Term 2 November 2015

Staff Corner

Welcome back, we hope you all enjoyed the half term break. A special welcome goes to all our new starters this term. As always, Term 2 will prove to be a busy term with so much going on.

Our theme this term is “Let’s celebrate and keeping safe”. Some activities will include; discussing Halloween and Bonfire Night and how we can keep ourselves safe. We will also be talking about Remembrance, making a poppy and taking it to church. We will be discussing why we celebrate Bonfire Night and Christmas by talking about Guy Fawkes and Mary, Joseph & Baby Jesus. We willl be looking at the celebration of and preparing for Christmas by practising for our Nativity, learning special songs and making some exiting things to hopefully sell at the school Christmas Fair. Some of the stories we will share are: The Owl and the Star, Sleepy Jesus, The nativity, Elmer in the Snow, Wow! Said the Owl, Feeling Happy, Feeling Safe, The Snowman, Sam’s Snowflake and many more.

Physical Development
We will be developing our large motor movements by trying rocket rolls, the rocking horse and many more ‘Big Moves’ actions. We are also now able to use the school hall on most Thursday mornings providing more opportunity for developing our large motor movements (especially if the weather is not good during the winter months).

We will be sending a wish list to Santa – where children will give meaning to marks they make, draw and write.

We will be sorting objects using size and shape – children will learn to use the language of size and begin to recognise shapes in the environment.

Understanding the World
Children will start to have an understanding of why things happen by experiencing how water turns into ice and then melts back into water.

Expressive Arts and Design
The children will be painting a bonfire night sky, making glitter stars and special crackers – the children will understand that different media can be combined to create new effects.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We will be using our puppets Alfie and Kiki to reinforce the understanding of how actions and words can hurt others.

Communication and Language
As always we cannot emphasise enough the importance of Special Books. They help children to cover many EYFS development matters statements – some of which are: uses talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences, uses vocabulary focused on objects and people that are of particular importance to them. If you cannot find or have misplaced your child’s special book please speak to a member of staff.

Fundraising so far this term

Halloween Cake Raffle – we raised £16.00 – a huge thank you to Elaine Milton for making and donating the cakes.
Bike Raffle – we raised £55.00 – the winners were E. Pearson and Sam Parker.
Macmillan – many thanks to those who supported our Macmillan/Grandparents Day. £100.00 was raised-Well Done!
Children in Need – Friday 13th November. To help raise money for this worthy cause we would like children to dress up in PJs on Friday and bring a donation on the day. Cakes will also be sold which the children will decorate.
School Christmas Fair – Please come and support this event on 26th November–we are hoping to have a table to raise funds for Pre-school.
Nativity – 15th December – a separate letter with more details will go out nearer the time. Our Grand Christmas Draw will take place after the service.
Christmas Party – 11th December 9.30am to 11.45am. Parents should return to pre-school for 11.15am as Santa is planning a visit. Separate letter to follow. A list of party food items will be going up nearer the time.
Lunch boxes – we like to encourage healthy choices in lunch boxes. We also ask that you don’t overload them with too much food and too many choices. A sandwich, yogurt, piece of fruit and a healthy treat is normally sufficient for a 3 or 4 year old (nut allergies – we kindly ask that not nuts or nut products are contained within lunch boxes and party food for obvious reasons).
Policy of the term – as you should all be aware, pre-school has a number of policies which detail the guidelines we work to, as well as our code of conduct which we all agree to abide by. These can be found in our corridor and are there for you to read. However, we do ask that they are not removed from the premises.


Safeguarding Children (child protection)
Swinderby Pre-school Playgroup believes that the welfare of children is of paramount importance. We have a duty of care regarding the safety and well being of all children in our setting. In line with our Safeguarding Policy and the Children Act 1989, we will have no hesitation in reporting any concerns to Lincolnshire County Council Safeguarding customer service centre if we believe a child is at risk of harm. Please also be aware that, in certain circumstances, information may be shared with other agencies without parental consent. We now have an absence form for each child which we ask parents to sign when your child is absent from pre-school. Please remember to inform us of any changes in your child’s family circumstances, e.g. child staying with grandparents or other family members for a period of time, also including change of address, phone numbers, change of medication etc.

If your child has medication in the setting please check with your child’s keyperson to make sure it’s still in date. Thank you. If your child has a mishap at home, for example, they have fallen out of bed and knocked their face or bumped their head. We need to know as it must be recorded in our accidents at home book. Please inform a member of staff.

Bad weather – in the event of inclement weather conditions, please tune in to lincs fm or radio Lincolnshire to check whether pre-school is open or not. Further details are in your child’s tray for you to keep somewhere handy for reference.
Car parking – please remember to use the village hall at dropping off and picking up times. This will ease congestion around the front of the school. This area is a free way and cars must not obstruct it. Please do not park in the bus bay at any time!
Gates – please ensure that you shut all gates behind you when entering and leaving playgroup and if you let anyone in after you please make sure you know them, if not do not let them in. Please be patient when buzzing, we can’t always get to you immediately (one press is sufficient, thank you).
Key Person Box – we would like to encourage the children to bring in one small item for their Key Person box. This could be a special toy, a comfort toy or a book or something related to our theme.
Appropriate Clothing – please can we ask that the children wear clothing that is appropriate for the environment at playgroup. Leggings, and jogging pants are ideal. This also applies to footwear at this time of year wellies are ideal.
Uniform – we have a pre-school uniform range (sweatshirts and t-shirts) and book bags for sale at a very reasonable price. Having pre-school clothing makes deciding what to wear so much easier and saves those special clothes getting ruined with paint, etc. Please see our display in the entrance foyer.
Clothing & Footwear – Please can you help us by ensuring all clothing, coats, slippers, shoes etc are named. A change of clothes is always useful to have too.
Notice Period – please be aware we now require a four week period of notice for children who pay for any of their sessions (some may be part funded) in the unlikely event that you should wish to remove your child from our setting.
Please remember to check your child’s tray and book bags regularly you may find important notices and some very precious work!

Committee notices

Next Meeting – Wednesday 18th November at 7.15pm in the playroom. We welcome new members to the committee as we feel that parents/carers have a huge amount to offer to playgroup and its continued success.
Can you help? – We have a new shed for storage which we are hoping to build on November 8th. If you are able to help in any way we would be most grateful. Please speak to a member of staff. Thank you.
Signs – We would like to say a huge thank you to Chris Hall (Jonah’s dad) for our lovely new signs. Not only did Chris very kindly arrange for them to be made, he braved the very wet weather with Jonah’s Grandad, Pete Ryan to install them for us. We are very grateful and are sure you will agree they look great. We really appreciate the help and support we receive from parents of children who attend or have attended the pre-school, it makes a huge difference to us.

Dates for your Diary

13th November – Children in Need
18th November – Committee Meeting 7.15pm
26th November – School Christmas Fair
11th December – Children’s Christmas party
15th December – Nativity
17th December – Last day of term
05th January 2016 – return to playgroup

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Principal: Mrs Danielle Ward
F.I.D.T.A. A.I.S.T.D.
Friendly and Fully Qualified Teachers
Ballet, Tap, Street Jazz, Musical Theatre
Classes at Coddington, Swinderby, Nettleham, Wellingore, Welton and Skellingthorpe
Saturday Theatre School at Swinderby Village Hall
Classes from 3 years upwards
Tel: 01522 696100 or find us on Facebook