April 2021 Newsletter

Dear Parents.

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.

Many thanks

Jacqui and Lynn

January 2021 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you had a nice Christmas break and we wish you a Happy & healthy 2021 and hope it proves better than 2020.

Unfortunately we are still having to live with this awful Covid situation, Rainbows will continue to run as we did last term. Please can we remind you of our Covid policy that was previously sent to you. Let us know if you haven’t got a copy. It is really important that we all follow it to ensure all of our safety & for Rainbows to continue to stay open. Thank you.

We have new children and parents joining us this term, so we would like to welcome them to Rainbows. We hope they enjoy their time with us.

Please can we ask that if you have a new phone number or have changed your address that you write a note with your new details & pop it into your child’s bag.

The labelling of your child’s items i.e. coat, bag, lunch boxes, drinks bottles, wellies etc. has always been a challenge for us, but we’d like to say thank you as it has been the best it’s ever been. There are still a few unlabelled items so please remember to label new items & names that have worn away. Our fundraising label company we use is www.mynametags.com school ID is 47700. We receive a small percentage on ordered labels.

Unfortunately due to personal problems, Jen left us last term, we wish her well.

We are now recruiting for a Pre-school Practitioner, if you know anyone that maybe suitable to join our team please ask them to email us their CV. We ask for a minimum level 3 in childcare & they have to be able to work some days starting at 8am & finishing at 4.15pm.

Last year we tried to introduce a water & milk only policy for the children, this being partly due to the increased pressure we get from the early years with regards to children’s poor dental health, please bear this in mind when selecting your child’s drink. If they are used to having squash maybe try making it a little weaker each time to wean them off of it. We have a strictly no fizzy drink policy which most parents adhere too, we would really like to work on this with you.

We also realise that some children still have dummies which can significantly affect their speech and of course their teeth, if you would like some help in dealing with this please come & speak to us.

Nagging over!!!

Dates for your diary:

We break up on Friday 12th February for the half term break returning on Monday 22 February. We then finish on Thursday 1st April for the Easter break returning on Monday 19th April.

Please remember to write a gold coin for any achievements your child has had at home. We discuss them at story time, it is great for children’s self-esteem. We use positive praise throughout.

Please keep an eye on our website. The current newsletter is on there & we will use this & Facebook to inform you if we have to close due to bad weather, i.e. snow. We try to do the same as the local schools.

Please can we have any outstanding fees & the termly £10 fee paid ASAP.

If you have any queries please pop a note in your child’s bag or email us we will get back to you.

Many Thanks

Jacqui 07760325530 Lynn 07773574550

November 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back although the weather wasn’t great, we hope you had a nice week. 

Please ensure your photos are handed back this week if you haven’t ordered them online, there is a charge from the photographers for any late returns.

The latest lockdown guidance on Friday from the government was that early years are to remain open. We will continue as we have been. Please can we ask you to reread & adhere to the COVID-19 policy we sent out to you recently. If you haven’t received this please let us know & we’ll give you a copy.

Please can we remind you: to put a named drink bottle in for your child at each session & to provide a spoon if they have a yoghurt/jelly in their lunchboxes. We are trying to avoid children sharing our items. Thank you to most of you for naming your child’s coats, bottles & lunch boxes it makes our job a lot easier when named. Please do so if you haven’t already. Thank you!

Can we also remind you of our start times they are 8.30 or 9.15, we are being flexible for parents whose children’s school times have changed but if this doesn’t affect you please keep to these times.

Unfortunately, Christmas activities as they usually are, are looking unlikely. We have not been selected by the Christmas card company to do our fundraising cards this year.

We are in the early stages of setting up another fundraising idea and will keep you updated on this if and when it is set up.

We would like to have a Christmas Jumper week commencing the last week of term w/b Monday 7th December with your child wearing their Christmas jumpers with a £1 donation per child. We are also intending to put on a Christmas sing song on Tapestry, encouraging all the children to join in this also being in the last week of term.

Most of you may already know Ashley moved onto pastures new at the end of half term, we now have a new Auntie to welcome to our team. ‘Auntie Anna’ she will have a chat with you if she is your child’s keyperson.

Please remember the Bags2School collection on Friday 13th November. Bags must be here by 9am.

Please come and speak to Jacqui or Lynn if you have any queries. Please find our business email address and phone numbers below.

Please can all outstanding fees be paid by the end of this term.

Thank you for your continued support

Jacqui, Lynn and The Rainbows team. 

Tel Jacqui on: – 07760 325530   Lynn on: – 0777 357 4550    

Email Jacqui and Lynn at hello@rainbowspreschool.co.uk

February 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents

We hope you have all survived the recent weather and are now looking forward to the spring sunshine!

We have an exciting half term ahead of us, starting with ‘Vegetable week’ next week. Lots of schools are taking part in vegetable week, and we would also like to do so. All we are asking is that you bring in vegetables for our snack bowl, vegetables we could put in our digging area or even vegetables that we can print with! Just place them on the table when you come into the playroom.

Auntie Sarah and Auntie Lynn have recently updated their Makaton knowledge and are keen to start using it more. Therefore we have decided to choose 2 Makaton signs for this half term. These signs will be displayed on the big whiteboard in the entrance hall. Please can we ask you to encourage your child to use these signs in their daily life. The signs are used in conjunction with speech, it is definitely not instead of. We would very much like to be using Makaton throughout our day for all children. The words for this half term are ‘more’ and ‘help’.

Lots of children also need to use the toilet as soon as they arrive at preschool. Can we please ask that if this is the case please can you use the main toilets in the corridor, before coming into the playroom. An increasing number of parents are using our own toilets in the smaller room, but this does cause us safeguarding issues. We are thinking of the safety of the children and also the parents. We hope you all understand.

 

We have been asked to hold another coffee morning/afternoon which we would very much like to do! On Wednesday 1st April, after lunch at 1.45pm. We will be holding an Easter Bonnet parade, made with you at home! An Easter egg hunt and a raffle. We would like to see as many of you as possible, even if your child does not usually attend that day. If your child is already at Rainbows but you are unable to attend, please do not worry, they will still be able to join in all the fun. ALL proceeds will be divided between 2 charities that are very close to Rainbows heart at the moment. The National Autistic Society and Diabetes UK. Donations of home made or bought cakes will be very welcome, but please no nuts. If any of you would also like to make dairy free cakes, a few of our children would be very happy!

We will also be organising some P.E sessions, hopefully a couple before the Easter break. Look out for the dates on the white board. The P.E sessions are predominantly for our children going to school in September, although all children take part when the session runs.  We encourage them to change into a P.E. kit and then back into their normal clothes. The kit should contain labelled shorts, t-shirts and trainers/plimsolls. The running around in between is just for fun!! When dates have been confirmed, put a note in your diary and remember to pack a change of clothes. Just the older children though, don’t forget!

We pride ourselves in having friendly staff and families. However, please be considerate when outside of Rainbows to not ask about your child. If you want to ask anything please wait until you are at Rainbows. You are all very welcome to email us or text Lynn or Jacqui.

 

Could we also ask that unless there is an auntie by the door please do not unlock it and let yourself out. We potentially have got a few runners who would take the opportunity to escape.

Due to the National Living Wage, holiday pay and Pension contributions we are required by law to pay we will be increasing our fees after Easter. Our government funding hasn’t increased sufficiently. As a result our fees in the summer term will be £6.50 per hour. £19.50 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 notice lots of everyday information about our daily routine but you will also see lots of useful information about healthy eating and potty training. If you would like advice on anything else please come and speak to us as we have access to lots of useful parenting tips.

 

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 3rd April and return on Monday 20th April.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Many thanks

Jacqui, Lynn and Team

Jacqui’s contact number is: 07760325530

Lynn’s contact number is: 07773574550

Email us at:  hello@rainbowspreschool.co.uk