March 2019 Newsletter

March 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents

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 Government Grant funding has not had any increase this financial year. However, they have increased the limits for the National Living Wage and contributions necessary for Pensions.  We are required by law to pay both of these as well as paying holiday pay to all our staff. Therefore, it is necessary for us to increase our fees. In the  summer term the new charge will be £6 per hour. £18 per session. Our termly fees for those of you with us in September will be £10 per term. £30 per annum.

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.

We hope you keep an eye on our noticeboard in the hallway. You will have noticed that the Carnival application form is there.  We need a group of parents to organise it during their free time. We need a float, hay bales and lots of props, handmade by yourselves. It is a hard task, so a couple of parents to co-ordinate everything works well, with all other parents making props, decorating the float and dismantling it. Please speak to one of us as soon as possible if you think you would like to help in anyway.

We have organised Firsttouch Football to come and carry out football sessions with the children. A full list of dates will be at the bottom of this letter. All we ask is if your child is due to start school in September, you provide a labelled shorts and t-shirt and plimsolls/trainers in their bag for them to change into. Although the football is great fun, our emphasis is on the undressing and dressing. Younger children will participate but not change their clothes.

We have also arranged Miss Sue, a local dance teacher, to come in and carry out some dance sessions with us. Dates are also at the bottom of this letter.

Some of you may remember we held a fundraising evening before our move to the new hall. We had live music and a fantastic raffle and raised nearly a £1000. We would like to organise another evening in June/July. Look out for the date on the noticeboard. This time we would like to raise funds to enhance our outside area, with shade/shelter, role play areas, creative places and lots of other activities. If anybody is good at rallying local companies to donate raffle prizes, please mention it to Lynn or Jacqui.

If your child will be with us in September, you will be receiving a letter requesting the sessions you would like. We realise it is some time yet, but we are so busy and we need to start organising everyone ready for the new intake.

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 Friday 5th April and return on  Tuesday April 23rd.

Thank you for your continued support.

Many thanks

Jacqui, Lynn and team

Football dates                                                 Dance dates

Monday 1st April @ 1.30pm                          Tuesday 30th April @ 11am

Wednesday 24th April @ 1.30pm                   Thursday 16th May @ 11am

Wedneday 8th May @ 1.30pm                        Friday 24th May @ 11am

Monday 20th May @ 1.30pm

January Newsletter 2019

Dear Parents

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.

Summaries for your children will be available on Tapestry by the end of January. If your child is not yet 3yrs old, they will have a 2yr summary instead. This has to be done by time they reach their 3rd birthday. Please read and comment. Your keyperson will be organising time for you to come in and have a chat. If you haven’t yet done so, please can you complete the ‘All about me’ section as well.

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.

We are going to try a new system for the toys that the children bring into school. Each of our aunties will have a box with their name on and the animal that is their keyperson group. This is on your child’s name card. Please can you place the item into your child’s keyperson box, they will be on the large table situated by the window. The object needs to fit into a shoe box and just one item per child please. We will be chatting about the contents of the box during chat time. This will hopefully encourage conversation. If your child brings in comforters they can still be placed into the red bag.

We will also be introducing our ‘Borrow a book’ scheme. If your child wishes to borrow any of our books, we will ask them to mark make in our special book, and sign it back in when they return it. Our own library system! We would like to encourage book sharing times at home.

We would also like to introduce Auntie Ashley. She has joined us Tuesday and Thursday mornings at present.

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.

May we take this opportunity to remind you to please label your children’s clothes, coats, lunch boxes, drinks and wellington boots! 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.

Unfortunately we also seem to be missing our Paw Patrol figures. We have just one left! Please can you have a search at home and in bags, just in case they have found there way there.

Can we also remind you to please not use your mobile phones in the playroom. If you could also mention this to anyone else who may pick your child we would be most grateful.

We break up for half term on Friday 15th February.  We return on Monday 25th.

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.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of us.

Many thanks

Jacqui (07760325530) and Lynn (07773574550)



October Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

We hope you have all enjoyed the half term and are looking forward to the run up to Christmas! Apologies for such a long newsletter!!

So far the children have been busy designing a Christmas card which has been sent off and made into cards, gift wrap & gifts etc. They should be back this week for you to purchase if you wish.

Lots of children have started making new friendships and their confidence has grown.  They are all becoming familiar with our ‘rules’ and routine.

We receive quite a few guidelines and advice from early year’s experts relating to children’s development and various tips on all aspects of bringing up children. We thought we would share them with you and have a ‘Top Tips’ section on our whiteboard for you to read. This term was to encourage your children to use their words rather than pointing or murmuring. We are constantly encouraging the children to ask, for example at lunch time when they just hand us their packets to open, they also have to ask!

We have also being given a text number to the local Health visitors team for you the parent. If you need any help or advice you can text them & they will contact you. There are drop in sessions in Hedge End you can go to for advice. Ask Jacqui or Lynn for details.

We like to support Children in Need each year. This year we thought each child could bring in their teddy (labelled with their name) and we will hold a Teddy Bear picnics at snack/lunch time each day. Week beginning Monday 12th November. A contribution pot will be available if you would like to make a donation towards Children in Need. Thank you.

Due to the large amount of children we have this year and the size of St Thomas’ Church we felt it would be more beneficial & enjoyable for the children & their families to invite just the older children (children going to school next year) to take part in our Nativity.

This year’s Nativity service is at St. Thomas’ Church has been booked for Monday 10th December, 10am start. The church have very kindly offered to collect a group of children each day in their mini bus for rehearsals! If you are at all concerned about this arrangement please come and speak to Jacqui or Lynn.

For the performance please could your child come dressed as a character from the Nativity story I.e. Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Kings, Angels, Donkey, Sheep etc. Coffee, mince pies and the Christmas raffle will be held at preschool afterwards. Donations for the raffle will be very much appreciated.  There is no pre-school session on this day. The younger ones will of course be able to participate next year. 

Also with this in mind we have decided to hold two separate Christmas parties one for the younger and one for the older children:

For the younger children (children not going to school next year) On Thursday 13th December at 1.30 we will be having JiggyWrigglers in to entertain us with a Christmas session. Those children not usually in are invited in for 1.30. The children will be receiving invites soon. If your child normally attends on a Thursday afternoon they are still able to on this day. This is the last day of term for the younger ones.

On Friday 14th December our older children (children going to school next year) we will be having Maraca Jacks entertain them. They will need to be at pre-school at 0945 for a 10am start. We ask parents to return at 11.45 for a few Christmas songs and a visit from Father Christmas. Invites will be sent out soon.

Pre-school does not run an afternoon session on this day. 

As the same as last year we are asking all parents to provide a labelled Christmas present of no more than £5 for their own child. Please could we have the present by Friday 7th December. We will also be asking you to provide a party snack for your child only to eat at the party. They usually eat at about 11am, so it isn’t lunch. Crisps/biscuits, fruit or yoghurt and a drink will be ample.

We have decided not to hold a sponsor activity this year but to ask for a £3 per child towards the cost of the entertainers for the Christmas party. Please can this be in by Friday 7th December. Any problems with this please come & see Jacqui or Lynn.

We are always grateful for any help received so feel free to write your name on the parent ‘Stay & Play’ board.  Please don’t feel you have to stay for a whole session. We would really like some help with cooking activities with the children. If you have any spare time & enjoy cooking please come in.

Lastly we would like to have a separate ‘coat’ trolley & a separate ‘bag’ trolley. Once parents have left we will be moving them into the small room by the back door. To make it easier for the children to select their own coats etc. Please also ensure you put in gloves hats wellies & wet weather suits if they have them.

If you have any questions on any of the above information please come and speak to one of us.

Many thanks

Jacqui, Lynn and the Rainbows team





September 2018 Newsletter

Dear Parents

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

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


Summer Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

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.


Wellington boots

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. . 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.


Many thanks


Jacqui, Lynn and team Jacqui:- 0776 032 5530 and Lynn:- 0777 357 4550












Move to Crowd Hill

Dear Parents

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.