We are hoping that we will soon be able to move into our new premises at Woodland hall in Crowd Hill. To aid the transition for our children we are inviting families to come and visit us at the hall every evening this week, (Tuesday – Friday) between 4-4.45pm. If you plan to visit we ask if you could possibly bring a box of toys from the scout hut with you, it would be a huge help and will get things organised quicker. We look forward to seeing you up there.
Hopefully you have had a lovely Easter break and managed to enjoy the time and not eaten too much chocolate!
We can only apologise that we are not in our new hall by now! Your guess is as good as ours at this stage, but we are now aiming for hopefully May bank holiday! We do have to consider the impact this move will have on the children and want to make the transition pain free! If you have any concerns please come and speak to one of us. As soon as we have the keys, we will arrange a few previews!
We always find this last term before the Summer break a very busy one, so apologies for lots of dates and information we need to tell you about.
There are more parents and children joining Rainbows this term, so please help us make them feel welcome and at ease.
A reminder that we will be closed on bank holiday Monday 7th May. We are NOT closed for local elections.
If the sun ever appears, we will be providing Nivea Sun Cream 50+ for all children. If you prefer your child to use something different please label their bottle and place it in the basket by the main door. There will also be a basket for labelled sun hats. We do have spare sun hats if you forget. Can you please tell your child that a sun hat outside is a must! A rule we adhere to when the sun is out.
Unfortunately we were unable to organise visits from First Touch Football. However, we will still have lots of fun at our P.E. sessions. You may however return to see some very worn out aunties! We would ask all school leavers to bring a change of clothes, a t-shirt and shorts. Our aim is to enable them to change into their PE kit independently and back again into their normal clothes. We do not expect this of our younger children. Please make a note of all the dates!
We will also try and secure visits from Miss Sue, dance teacher. No change of clothes is required.
All the dates that you will need to make a note of will be at the bottom of this letter. Alternatively you can see this newsletter on our website. PE dates and Miss Sue, dance teacher dates are also on display in the glass cabinet in the entrance hall. Sessions will be before and after the half term holiday in May.
Hopefully all school leavers will now have a confirmed place. Please let us know your school of acceptance.
We will endeavour to book in a visit from all relevant schools.
May we also give you a few suggestions in readiness for school. The children really need to become independent bottom wipers! The teachers and assistants will not be able to give them the time and attention in the toilets that we can.
Rhyming is also an important part of developing their reading and writing skills along with physical activities, such as visits to parks. Children should have daily access to some form of physical exercise and using the climbing frames and swings encourages their upper body muscles to develop in preparation for writing. We know from experience that if children have good upper body and core strength their ability to write proficiently will appear.
Carnival time is also fast approaching! Two mums have very kindly offered (or was it coerced!) to organise the carnival. The meeting is/was on Tuesday April 17th. If you wish your child to be in the carnival you must take note of the carnival notice board that will be in the hallway. This will suggest the decorations and costumes needed.
We would also like to make a suggestion for the contents of your child’s school bag. Our spare clothes diminish quickly and we only have a few spare socks now. If you could all pack a pair of pants, socks, t-shirt, trousers/leggings and jumper/sweatshirt it would save us a lot of time. If you could also provide outdoor clothing suited to the weather. i.e. wet weather gear, wellie boots, hats and gloves or hopefully soon just a sun hat!
PLEASE REMEMBER TO LABEL YOUR CHILD’S BAG AND OTHER BELONGINGS.
For the children that are staying with us for the next academic year, we will be approaching you soon with a suggestion of days and hours September. This is a really busy time of year for us so please bear with us.
Jacqui and Lynn
Dates for your diary until end of term in July
Monday 7th May – Bank holiday
Monday 30th April – P.E. kit required for school leavers
Tuesday 15th May – P.E. kit required for school leavers
Half term – 28th May – 1st June
Wednesday 6th June – P.E. kit required for school leavers
Thursday 21st June – P.E. kit required for school leavers
Friday 6th July – P.E. kit required for school leavers
Monday 18th June @ 1.30 – Group photos for school leavers
Thursday 19th July – last day of term
Friday 20th July – Party day for school leavers (more info later)
We hope you have all enjoyed the recent weather and are now looking forward to the spring sunshine!
We hope you have now had a chance to read your child’s learning summary and talk to your keyperson about your child’s progress but can we please remind you to leave a comment on the summary. Please don’t worry if you haven’t managed to have a chat, your keyperson will be contacting you very soon.
Our move as most of you are aware has been delayed. Mainly due to red tape between local and parish councils. This has now been resolved and we are hoping to be given the keys over the next few days. For those of you that have seen the new hall, you will know that we had big concerns over the height of the fence. The council have agreed to purchase a new, taller fence and this should be in place for when we move. We have had to assist with the cost of this which we weren’t expecting. We will again have to think of some innovative fundraising ideas. We are still aiming to open in the new hall after the Easter break.
We would really like to open 8.30-4pm in the new hall. If you haven’t done so already would you please let us know if this is something you would like. These extended hours are not included in 15hr funding.
Now for some more positive news: You will all be aware that William had been diagnosed with a cancerous growth in his neck. We are pleased to say that William has undergone an operation that the Drs feel has been very successful. We are all hoping now that William can begin his road to recovery. He is back at pre-school now, and it is lovely to see his happy little face again.
Due to the National Living Wage rise in April we are having to increase our fees, from £5ph to £5.50ph. Because April is not far away we have decided to increase them after the May half term. Unfortunately we have to do this as we need to cover our statutory costs of National Insurance, Pensions and Holiday pay. The move to the new hall also will obviously trigger a rent increase.
For those of you who pay fees, you have all hopefully received an email advising you of the increase.
We are aware that some of you have not yet paid your last invoice. Please come and speak to Jacqui or Lynn if you have problems paying. We can offer a payment plan if necessary.
Please speak to Jacqui or Lynn, in person preferably, but by email or text if it is easier, if you have any concerns at all.
A reminder that we break up for Easter on Thursday March 29th and return on Monday 16th April.
Thank you for your continued support.
Jacqui, Lynn and team
We will be closed tomorrow Friday 2nd March due to the snow!
Welcome back to the new term. We hope you all had a good Christmas and we wish you all the very best wishes for the year ahead. Thank you again for all our lovely gifts!
We have more new children and parents joining us this term, so we would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to Rainbows.
For parents who are claiming 30 hours, please don’t forget to update your account every term.
Your child’s learning summary will be available for you to read on Tapestry over the next few weeks, if not already. We really need your input, so please read them and comment. Your keyperson will be organising a time for a more formal chat over the next couple of weeks. Please make sure you have been able to read the report before your chat. If you have any problems accessing your report, don’t hesitate to speak to Lynn or Jacqui. If you haven’t already done so can you please complete the ‘All about me’ section as well. Especially new parents please.
Please continue to put your child’s name on a silver coin on our reward board for any achievements that you are proud of. We will discuss these at registration. We use gold coins for any achievements at Rainbows so please remember to look at the board.
As always we are happy for the children to bring in objects from home and place in our show and tell bag, but can you please remind them they are not for playing with as we are afraid they may get broken. Please also limit the amount of toys they bring in!
Please don’t forget we have a parent help rota board. Your help is very much appreciated, whether it is for a whole session or just part of. Parents and grandparents are very welcome.
We also need lots of help to have a spring clean of our toys, including dressing-up clothes. If you could help please speak to one of the girls as soon as possible. We are beginning to sort our cupboard for the move and need a huge clean and de-clutter!
We are currently waiting for the keys to be issued for the new building. We then have to organise storage to be built before we can move over. If anybody would like to assist with building storage or flatpack please come and see Jacqui or Lynn.
May we take this opportunity to remind you to please label your children’s clothes, coats, lunch boxes, drinks and wellington boots! We also need you to provide labelled hats and gloves for your child.
If you use the label company we are advertising we will receive a percentage. Our reference number is 47700. Please don’t also forget to use Easyfundraising. It is quick and simple to use and does not cost you anything extra. Just remember to go into Easyfundraising website to search for retailers before making any purchases.
We break up for half term on Friday 9th February. We return on Monday 19th.
Please also keep an eye on our website. The current newsletter is always available and we will also notify you on there if we have to close due to bad weather, i.e snow. We do try and be the same as the local schools.
You may not see Lynn as much as usual. Unfortunately she has illness in the family and has had to reduce her hours. She is still quite happy to reply to texts and emails but it may take longer, or it will be forwarded to Jacqui.
We have been thinking hard about our opening hours in the new hall. It is going to be possible that your children can be in our care from 0830 until finish at 4pm. Obviously the grant covers 0915-1515 so early or late finishes will be at a cost to yourselves, unless you claim 30hour funding. Please complete the tear off slip below and return to Jacqui or Lynn if you are interested. The cost would be £3.75 for the extra 45 minutes at the beginning or end of each day.
Please note that our official opening hours are 0915-1515, anything extra is charged to yourselves or added into the grant claim.
You will receive your invoice for the Spring term over the next couple of weeks. They will be emailed to you so if you don’t receive one please check your junk box or speak to Jacqui or Lynn.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of us.
Jacqui (07760325530) and Lynn (07773574550)
I would like my child to start school at 0830 Yes/No
I would like my child to finish school at 4pm Yes/No
I understand that any cost will be charged or added onto the grant claim.