Term 3 January 2016

Staff Corner

Welcome back and a Happy New year! We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. A special hello and welcome to all our new starters this term.

Our theme this term is “people who help us”. We will be inviting a doctor to come into Pre-school to talk to the children. If you or anybody you know would like to come in and talk to the children about how you help people, please talk to Caroline. We would love to hear about everything you do.

Using different lengths of string and building blocks we will be developing the children’s ideas and methods to solve practical problems.

Physical development
We will be offering music and music – along with noting how children can negotiate space, move freely, how they mount steps/stairs, if they can stand momentarily on one foot and if they are confident catching a large ball.

Personal, Social and Emotional development
We will use the role play of the home corner to develop the children’s awareness of their own needs, views and feelings and to encourage them to be sensitive to the needs, views and feelings of others.

Expressive Arts and Design
We will be making ‘thank you’ pots, encouraging the children to express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings using a range of materials and tools.

Understanding the World
We will be looking at what is inside a doctor’s bag, investigating objects and materials, and asking questions about how things happen and why things work.

Communication, Language and Literacy
We will be sharing our holiday news and what Santa kindly delivered as well as listening to lots of favourite stories. We will be using our new resource, our puppet theatre and puppets, to encourage the use of language in a storyline or narrative during play.

The books we will be sharing include: Why should I eat well?, Let’s look at maths, The Tooth Fairy, Topsy and Tim books, Peppa Pig, Stinky spaceboy Super Spud to the rescue. We will be learning rhymes such as: Miss Polly had a Dolly, DR. Foster went to Gloucester, Five Little Monkeys, London’s Burning and The Farmer’s in his Den.

This term’s healthy snacks are changed weekly and will include cereal, breads, cheese and crackers, fruit, and crudités. Please see the noticeboard for this weeks’ snack.

We think you will all agree that the children did an excellent job. Well Done!

Thank You
The staff would like to say a massive thank you for all the lovely Christmas cards and gifts received. They were most gratefully appreciated and enjoyed.

Starting School in 2016
If your child is due to start school in September 2016, you need to apply for a place. To apply online log on to or phone 01522 782030 for a paper form. You can also pick up a form at your local primary school. You must apply for a place by 12 noon on 15th January 2016.

Arrival and Departure – Important!
Please could you make sure your child is dropped off between 9.05am and 9.20am. We understand that occasionally, due to unforeseen circumstances, this may not be possible. It is important for your child, and the children who attend the setting, to maintain a routine which helps them settle into pre-school and avoid upsetting new starters in particular. We also ask that you please remember you are responsible for your child, siblings and cared for children’s whereabouts, when you are dropping off and collecting them from pre-school.

Gate Safety
Please be aware of strangers behind you and don’t let them in ! If you are unsure of who is behind you press the buzzer until a member of staff answers the intercom and let them know you are unsure. We are aware that the gate is a little stiff due to the damp conditions at the moment. Please give the gate a good push on opening and push hard to ensure it closes fully. Thank you.

Sickness Reminder
As you will be aware, there are lots of unpleasant bugs going around at the moment. If your child has a high temperature or appears unwell, please do not send them to Pre-School. Important!! If your child has had sickness and diarrhoea they may only return to playgroup 48 hours after the last bout, regardless of whether they seem better or not – this will help stop the spread of the illness. Coughs and colds are an everyday occurrence so we always encourage good hygiene at Pre-School – for example, sneezing/coughing into our arm, putting our hand over our mouths, using tissues and disposing of them properly and, of course, washing our hands.

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. With this in mind we will be displaying a ‘policy/policies of the term’. These will either be displayed on our corridor noticeboard or outside in our waiting area. This term’s policies are “Guidelines for illness exclusion” and “Administering Medicines”.

Clothes and footwear
Putting your child in manageable clothes and footwear is so important at playgroup, for example, elasticated jeans, jogging pants etc. dungarees and belts can be difficult for children to manage when going to the toilet, staff are always there to assist but we also like to encourage the children to become independent in this area. Please ensure that your child is well equipped for the elements with practical, easy to put on, outdoor clothing. Hats, mittens and Wellingtons. Boots with laces are not ideal. Remember, new and second-hand uniform is always available to purchase and makes deciding what to wear much easier – please speak to a member of staff.


Fundraising for term 2 has so far amounted to £400.00, with money still coming in. This includes the Grand Christmas Draw, Christmas Fayre and the beautiful photos. Thanks go to the committee and staff for all of the hard work they put into making it such a successful fundraising term and to you the parents/carers for supporting these events, donating prizes and selling the Grand draw tickets.

Committee notices

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!
Next Meeting – Thursday 14th January 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.
Bad Weather Policy – it is our policy to remain open where possible. However, in severe weather conditions, if Swinderby Primary School is closed then playgroup will also close. You can keep up to date with school closures by listening to Lincs FM or radio Lincolnshire or by checking on the school closures website. If you are in any doubt phone Playgroup, if you do not receive an answer it’s most likely we are closed.

Dates for your Diary

14th January – Committee Meeting 7.15pm
12th February – Break Up for half term
22nd February – return to pre-school

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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