March 2022 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

We can’t believe that we are moving quickly towards the last term of this academic year. It has been a very busy year and we thank you for your continued support. 

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new children and their families to Rainbows. Please could you all take a moment to look at the ‘All about me’ section on Tapestry and ask that you complete it as it does help us to get to know your child more. For our new parents we would like to request that they donate 1 piece of fruit a week to go into our snack bowl which will be shared with all of the children.

We will be continuing to use the garden entrance into the building as we feel that this is safer and more welcoming during drop off and pick up.

We are planning to arrange PE sessions with First Touch Football and Merrett Dance Academy after the Easter break. This is a great opportunity for the children to join in with fun and exciting games, as well as teaching them about teamwork while working on their physical development.  For those children who will be going to school in September we ask that they bring in a named PE kit (shorts/legging/t-shirt and trainers) on the dates that the session is being run.  Asking them to get changed in their kit will help them prepare for when they have to change ahead of their PE lessons in school. We will be encouraging them to be independent in getting themselves ready so we would appreciate your support in this too, maybe some ‘getting dressed by myself’ practice. Dates are yet to be confirmed but we will endeavour to ensure that every school leaver has an opportunity to attend a session, if your child doesn’t attend the setting at these dates then we will be in contact to make arrangements so they don’t miss out. Our younger children will also be encouraged to join in with these sessions but they do not need to bring in a PE kit.

We will soon be selling tickets for our Easter raffle so please keep an eye out for these. Our last raffle was a great success and has enabled us to buy new resources as well as paying for extra activities during the upcoming term.

We have recently sent out details for our summer fayre we are planning in June, thank you to all volunteers who have already put their names down, we cannot run these events without the support of our parents so if you haven’t already done so then please let us know if you can help.

In our previous newsletter we mentioned our volunteers that regularly join us at Rainbows, unfortunately Liam and Vanessa are no longer visiting us but Fiona still joins us every week. In the first week of April, we will be joined by Kate who will be gaining some work experience with us while also studying at Eastleigh college.

On the morning of Monday 4th April, we have Poppells farm visiting us, if your child does not attend Rainbows on this day then we would like to invite them in between 11.15 and 12.00 so that they do not miss out. You must supervise your child during this time and ask that you remain in the garden.

There are still a few invoices that are outstanding, there will be a late payment charge of £5 added to these invoices. If you wish to discuss any invoice you receive, we would appreciate it if you come to us soon after receipt of it so we can discuss payment terms and not leave it until after its due date. 

If your child will be with us in September, you will have already received 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. Thank you to those parents who have already replied and ask those who haven’t done so to let us know before we break up for Easter. While we are on the subject of Easter break we would like to remind you that we break up on Friday 8th April and return on Monday 25th April.

From April 2022, our hourly fee-paying rate will go up to £7ph. This increase has been made in line with other preschool settings in the area.

For those starting school in September, you receive an email confirming your child’s place during the Easter break. We would appreciate it if you could let us know which school they will be joining. This is a very exciting time and we look forward to helping them to get school ready, encouraging them with their social skills, independence and self-care (especially tending to all their toileting needs) as well as supporting their listening and attention skills.

Should you wish to have this newsletter in printed form then please let us know.

Many Thanks

Lynn, Sarah and Sarah