Hopefully you have had a lovely Easter break and managed to enjoy the time and not eaten too much chocolate!
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 3rd May. Fees and grant have been accounted for with this in mind.
We are also closed on Friday 14th May for staff training. Hopefully you are all aware of this already as we posted it on your Tapestry account a few weeks ago.
If the sun continues, please provide a labelled suncream and put it in the basket provided by the main door. There will also be a basket for labelled sun hats. We do have spare sun hats but obviously we cannot share and they will need to be washed by yourselves 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.
First touch football are now allowed to deliver our PE sessions, which we normally do this term. Our school leavers are encouraged to bring in a small PE Kit and we practice getting undressed and re-dressed whilst having fun games in between. 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. The dates are Monday 10th, Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 26th May. If your child is a school leaver and does not attend any of these afternoons, please come and speak to one of us and we will see if we can make some changes to their sessions.
We will be having a Bags2school collection again next term. The collection will be on Thursday 17th June. Please can you use your own bags for collection. We cannot take any bags before this date.
Hopefully all school leavers will now have a confirmed place and you have all received a Ready for School leaflet. Please let us know your school of acceptance and we will endeavour to book in a visit from all relevant schools.
May we also add another suggestion 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.
School leavers group photo will be on ?????. If your child does not usually attend on this day, please feel free to bring them in.
Our chat times in the morning have changed on some days for this term. We will be having the more able children in a group to challenge skills. i.e. rhyming, counting. Another group of children who need a little more support will be participating in various activities.
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.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO LABEL YOUR CHILD’S BAG, LUNCH BOXES, DRINK BOTTLES AND OTHER BELONGINGS.
We would also ask you not to put sweets in their lunch boxes and please limit the sweet snack that they have. One piece of cake or biscuit bar is enough along with their fruit and yoghurt.
We will be inviting our school leavers to a party on Friday 16th July, invites to be sent nearer the time. Last day of term for all other children is Thursday 15th July.
For the children that are staying with us for the next academic year, please don’t forget to complete your request for the September sessions. This is a really busy time of year for us so please bear with us. We may not able to confirm your sessions immediately.
Finally, we would like to introduce our new auntie. Her name is Lisa, and she will be with us 3 days a week at the moment. She is very well qualified and experienced. We are sure the children will love her.
Please don’t hesitate to come and speak to either of us if you have any concerns.
Jacqui and Lynn