January Newsletter

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.

For parents who are claiming 30 hours, please don’t forget to update your account every term.

Your child’s learning summary will be available for you to read on Tapestry over the next few weeks, if not already.  We really need your input, so please read them and comment. Your keyperson will be organising a time for a more formal chat over the next couple of weeks. Please make sure you have been able to read the report before your chat. If you have any problems accessing your report, don’t hesitate to speak to Lynn or Jacqui.  If you haven’t already done so can you please complete the ‘All about me’ section as well. Especially new parents please.

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.

As always we are happy for the children to bring in objects from home and place in our show and tell bag, but can you please remind them they are not for playing with as we are afraid they may get broken. Please also limit the amount of toys they bring in!

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.

We also need lots of help to have a spring clean of our toys, including dressing-up clothes. If you could help please speak to one of the girls as soon as possible. We are beginning to sort our cupboard for the move and need a huge clean and de-clutter!

We are currently waiting for the keys to be issued for the new building. We then have to organise storage to be built before we can move over. If anybody would like to assist with building storage or flatpack please come and see Jacqui or Lynn.

May we take this opportunity to remind you to please label your children’s clothes, coats, lunch boxes, drinks and wellington boots! We also need you to provide labelled hats and gloves for your child.

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.

We break up for half term on Friday 9th February.  We return on Monday 19th.

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.

You may not see Lynn as much as usual. Unfortunately she has illness in the family and has had to reduce her hours. She is still quite happy to reply to texts and emails but it may take longer, or it will be forwarded to Jacqui.

We have been thinking hard about our opening hours in the new hall. It is going to be possible that your children can be in our care from 0830 until finish at 4pm. Obviously the grant covers 0915-1515 so early or late finishes will be at a cost to yourselves, unless you claim 30hour funding. Please complete the tear off slip below and return to Jacqui or Lynn if you are interested. The cost would be £3.75 for the extra 45 minutes at the beginning or end of each day.

Please note that our official opening hours are 0915-1515, anything extra is charged to yourselves or added into the grant claim.

You will receive your invoice for the Spring term over the next couple of weeks. They will be emailed to you so if you don’t receive one please check your junk box or speak to Jacqui or Lynn.

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

Many thanks

Jacqui (07760325530) and Lynn (07773574550)

 

 

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Name………………………………………………………………………………………

 

I would like my child to start school at 0830    Yes/No

 

I would like my child to finish school at 4pm    Yes/No

 

I understand that any cost will be charged or added onto the grant claim.

 

Signed…………………………………………………….

 

 

November Newsletter 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

We hope you have all enjoyed the half term and are looking forward to the run up to Christmas!

Thank-you to everyone who settled their invoices. As this is a new way of issuing invoices we will be issuing reminders for those not yet paid.

Lots of children have made new friendships and their confidence has grown. They are all becoming really familiar with our ‘rules’ and routine. Apart from the Rainbow reward board, we are also re-enforcing good behaviour by handing out gold stars. You may see your child with a gold star on their sweatshirt!

We like to support Children in Need each year. This year we thought each child could bring in their teddy and we will hold a Teddy Bear picnics each day. A contribution of your own choice would be gratefully received. Teddy Bear week is week beginning Monday 13th November.

We are going to again organise a Bags 2 School collection. Look out for the bag on your peg, but please start saving all your unwanted clothes, shoes etc. The collection date will be 9am on Monday 27th November. Please keep your items at home until collection day.

We are also going to hold a sponsored walk. We will attempt to walk the children around the park 3 times. This equates to 1 mile. They will be bringing home a sponsor form to get sponsors for their walk. If each family could raise just £5 we will be able to pay for the Christmas entertainer without asking for anymore contributions. Our walk will be each morning week beginning Monday 27th November.

Our fundraising evening was a huge success. £1100 was raised and after deducting the £150 charge for the hall we have £950 in the pot. We will be looking to purchase a new mud kitchen, outside storage and a canopy for outside play in the new hall. We will definitely repeat the occasion, hopefully in the spring/summer before some parents leave for school!

This year’s Nativity service in St. Thomas’ Church has been provisionally booked for Monday 11th December @ 10am. Date and time will be confirmed. 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 the scout hut afterwards. Donations for the raffle will be very much appreciated. There is no afternoon session on this day. Party day is on Friday 15th December. Party starts at 10am, so please bring your child at 0945. We ask parents to return at 11.45 for a few Christmas songs and a visit from Father Christmas. Preschool does not run its usual sessions 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. If we cannot raise enough money through our fundraising we may also have to charge a small amount for the Christmas entertainer. Please could we have the present by Friday 8th 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 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.

Our move to the new hall is fast approaching, but it looks like completion for us to move in won’t be until February half term. We will slowly move our resources etc over during January and we will then be able to have a few open days to familiarise everybody with the new surroundings. We will definitely keep you posted as the time gets nearer. As we are positioned close to the woods, all our staff will be attending various sessions at a Forest school. We hope to gain some new skills and knowledge to enrich our play in the new outside space available.

Can we also remind you that we will not allow you entry to the preschool whilst taking a call on your phone. We hope you understand that this is for safeguarding reasons. Also feel free to text Lynn or Jacqui. We are quite happy to answer texts or calls. Sometimes it is easier to txt to report a sick child. If you have any questions on any of the above information please come and speak to one of us.

Many thanks Jacqui, Lynn and team

Newsletter September 2017

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.

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.

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 on the large table in the playroom are our plans for a 2 wk period. These are changed every 2 weeks according to the children’s needs. We will also have other learning opportunities based on the children’s likes and interests.

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 spare clothes for your child. We do have plenty of spare clothes for accidents they may have, but on occasions we like to go puddle jumping or playing in the rain. We have 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.

Many of the accidents that occur at Rainbows are on our outside area. We try really hard to make it as safe as we can but if you could also ensure that your child has sensible shoes for running, not crocs or flip flops please. A substantial shoe like trainers or doodles are best.

We would like to participate in the Macmillan coffee morning. This year though we have decided to make cakes all week, 25th-29th September and ask you to buy them when you collect your child. Each child will make 2 cakes for 50p.

Please also don’t forget to buy your tickets for our fundraising evening. They are a great band, playing lots of songs you would know! Fantastic raffle prizes and good company! £6 per ticket plus bring your own bottle!

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 hallway. 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 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.  Newsletters will also be sent to your email address in the very near future.

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.

Please come and speak to Jacqui or Lynn if you have any queries. Please find our new 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 hello@rainbowspreschool.co.uk