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