Welcome back! We hope you have all had a lovely summer break and your children are looking forward to returning to Rainbows!
We would like to welcome all our new children and their families and we hope you enjoy coming to our pre-school.
When your child is settled please feel free to add your name to our ‘Parents Stay and Play’ board. The children love having visitors, and it can be for any amount of time you can spare. From 20 minutes to a full session. Mums, Dads and grandparents are all very welcome.
If you have not yet done so, please can you log into Tapestry and complete the ‘All about me’ section. The information you provide is very useful to ensure your child is settled and happy. Could you also read your child’s latest report and next steps. Can you either ‘like’ or write a comment. Your keyperson will be organising a quick chat with you over the next couple of weeks.
We have settled into Tapestry now and we will be reducing the number of observations made. It is more important that your keyperson spends time playing with your child than taking photos! Please be assured that all the aunties get to know their key children very well. Please also feel free to upload photos and comments yourselves. We enjoy reading all observations you upload, but we do not put them all into your child’s journal.
If you have applied for your 30hours free funding, please be aware that you have to update your eligibility code every 3 months.
Please continue to take note of our ‘Story of the week’ and ‘Rhyme of the week’ that will be displayed in the entrance hall. We are hoping that this will encourage discussion with your child at home! Also available to see will be our plans for a 2wk period, based upon the children’s likes and needs. We are happy to go off plan if the children’s play dictates.
All of the enrolment forms need to be checked each year, so if you have any changes for example, change of address, phone numbers etc please let us know straight away. We will be approaching you individually over the next few weeks.
If your child is staying for lunch for the first time we are committed to a healthy eating lifestyle and you can find advice on the large table in the playroom. It would be helpful if you could only put in their lunch boxes what you would like them to eat. Please do not give your child anything containing nuts. We always ensure they eat sandwiches first and then their biscuit etc., but some children bring quite a lot and we are sometimes unsure of how much they are supposed to eat. We also need you to cut grapes and sausages in half, lengthways please. They are a huge choking hazard. Please also label the lunch boxes clearly.
The children love our reward board, so please continue to use the silver coins to reward your child’s achievements. It can be for something quite simple, i.e. saying thank-you, using the toilet, eating their dinner, sleeping all night! We read out all the coins at registration and the children congratulate their friends by clapping.
Please can you ensure that you provide the spare clothes and outside wear that we suggested. We have limited all-in-one wet weather suits and boots for these occasions but as you know the children like to get the water everywhere. Please supply named wellies if they have some. Children will need long trousers, a coat and wellie boots for our wood walks. Please can you check your child for Ticks on a regular basis. If you are at all worried you need to see your GP.
We would like to participate in the Macmillan coffee morning. We will be holding a coffee morning for all parents, grandparents, siblings on Friday 28th September. You are welcome to stay, play, chat and eat cake from 0915. All cake contributions will be very welcome.
Please don’t forget to label your child’s bags, clothes, shoes etc. We cannot accept unnamed lunch boxes, drinks bottles, coats or shoes. We will provide marker pens. If you haven’t yet labelled these. Remember you can purchase labels from ‘My nametags’ quoting our school ID 47700. This helps us with pennies towards our fundraising pot. Please also help us further if you shop online by adding easyfundraising to your pc.
Don’t forget also for your child to bring in one piece of fruit each week. If every child just brings one piece in, we should have a lovely selection. Just place the fruit in the large bowl in the large playroom.
Please don’t forget to use our web-site to keep up to date with everything. Newsletters and dates for your diary are all on there. It seems that a few of you have been unable to find our website. If you type the address straight into the address bar you should find us.www.rainbowspreschool.co.uk
We have also started to be more environment aware. We will now be recycling all left over food waste. We will also be researching the possibility of using biodegradeable glitter. We will not be using glitter of any kind but will make sure we have lots of bright colourful resources instead. We’ve even invested in a teapot for loose leaf tea as some teabags contain plastic!
You also need to be aware that with the new GDPR rules, the HCC Privacy Notice is in our glass display cabinet in the hallway.
We will be endeavouring to send all invoices to your email address you provided for your Tapestry account. A reminder that there will be a £5 charge each term for our admin costs. Invoices will be sent out termly. September, January and April. Those of you that only have the £5 costs, you will be invoiced annually.
We also need to make you aware of EYPP – Early Years Pupil Premium. If your joint household income is less than £16,190 your child may be eligible for funding that we can use within our setting. Please come and speak to Jacqui or Lynn for more information.
As this will be our first full year in our new building, you may find we move our furniture around until it suits our needs! The coat trollies may be repositioned as the children need quick access for outside!
We will be having a new whiteboard set up in the entrance hallway. All notifications we need you to see will be pinned onto the board. We will also be writing on daily updates of what the children have been up to! This is in a response to our questionnaires. Some of you were unsure of what the children had been up to!
Please come and speak to Jacqui or Lynn if you have any queries. Please find our business email address and phone numbers below.
Many thanks Jacqui, Lynn and Rainbows team
Tel Jacqui on:- 07760 325530
Tel Lynn on:- 0777 357 4550
Email Jacqui and Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you have all enjoyed your half term break.
Hopefully everyone is enjoying the new building. The children and aunties are certainly enjoying the space. Everything is a bit calmer, the children are behaving really well and seem very happy. There are a few teething problems but hopefully these won’t take long to rectify. We now have a door bell, so you won’t have to call us from the car park! If you have any concerns with the new set up please come and speak to one of us!
Installation of the internet has become a problem, but hopefully will be installed very soon. Therefore, we cannot access Tapestry whilst at preschool. We do however check up on it at home when time allows! The aunties are still making observations and putting them onto Tapestry in their own time.
A massive thank-you to the parents that helped us move our boxes, our huge pieces of furniture and for the two parents that helped us move on the day. All of your help was very much appreciated and invaluable.
A huge thank-you also to Isaac Hall’s talented dad! He has revamped our playhouse so we can now use it again! The children love it. They have played shops as well as doing the washing and ironing!
We are now entering our last half term of this academic year, traditionally a very busy term for us with all the school transitions and teacher visits that occur!
We hope the children have enjoyed the P.E. sessions. We have two more on 21st June and 6th July.
Over the next few weeks we will be emailing you our annual questionnaires. We take all responses very seriously and use any suggestions to develop our provision each year. We will also make sure that you are made aware of any changes that we feel are necessary.
Hopefully the carnival props are well under way. If you still need to make anything come and look at the carnival board or speak to Isaac or Ella’s mum. Hopefully you would have all now received the carnival update letter via email. If not speak to one of us. More help is still needed for setting up and dismantling. If your child is participating please help in anyway you can.
If your child is starting at Fair Oak Infant School you would have all had a note explaining the arrangements. For all children not attending school the afternoon remains unchanged.
Children that are attending Bishopstoke will have their class visit with 2 aunties on Tuesday 3rd July. We need all of you to meet at the school gates with your children at 0920.
If your child is attending a different school to these, please ensure you pass on Jacqui or Lynn’s phone number to discuss the transition into school.
We have a Bags2School collection on Monday 2nd July. All bags need to be here for 9am. Some of you didn’t have bags, we were short, but any bag can be used.
Our preschool picnic will be on Thursday 19th July, 12.30, at Rainbows. It would be lovely for as many of you as possible to attend. If your child is at Rainbows and you are not able to join us, the aunties will take responsibility for your child. This will happen whatever the weather! Don’t forget to bring your picnic! Siblings welcome.
The school leavers party will be on Friday 20th July at 0945.Return to say our farewells at 11.45. Invitations will be sent out soon.
Please can we also ask you if possible to apply your child’s suncream before Rainbows. It saves us a lot of time and the children can get outside quicker.
Can we also ask that sensible shoes are worn to preschool. No flip flops or crocs please.
Once your child leaves Rainbows you will be unable to access their Tapestry account. If you wish to print off any pictures or observations you will need to do this before 31st August. Export the photos into PDF’s before printing. Last year we were able to organise the tapestry accounts to be put into book format, we will hopefully be doing the same again this year. The cost last year was between £15 and £20.
Can we remind you also of our opening times. We open at 0830. Anyone needing this will have to either pay for the extra 45mins or use their funding. Our opening times for everyone else is 0915. We close at 3.15, unless you have organised a 4pm pick up which again has to be paid for or use your funding.
For those of you that are entitled to 30hrs, we would like to remind you that we will be unable to offer 30hrs but we are happy to discuss your individual needs. The most popular seems to range between 18 & 21 hours, which we are at the moment able to do. You still need to apply for 30, even if you use less.
As most of you now have the Rainbows jute bags, we would like to suggest what is put in the bag for use at preschool.
Wet weather coat
Hat and gloves in winter
Sun hat in summer
We do intend using our outside space and the woods on a regular basis and as our box of spare clothes is disappearing we thought it would be easier for each child to have their own. We also need you to check your child for ticks as we begin to use the woods more often. We will monitor the ticks and if it becomes a problem we will change the way we do our wood walks. Have a look at the NHS website for more advice.
For those of you that are in the process of toilet training, we have been advised of a very informative website to help with all kinds of issues. It is full of information that will not be relevant but there is also a page to help guide parents through the ordeal. www.eric.org.uk . Follow the link ‘when-to-start-potty-training’ or ‘top-10-potty-training tips’.
If you haven’t paid your £5 admin fee yet, this is just a gentle reminder to please pay it as soon as possible. In September you will receive one invoice of £15, which will cover the whole year.
Our new term dates for the next academic year are also attached within this email.
Jacqui, Lynn and team Jacqui:- 0776 032 5530 and Lynn:- 0777 357 4550
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