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. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate in asking.

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 summary and next steps if they are available. Can you either ‘like’ or write a comment. Your keyperson will be organising a quick chat with you over the next couple of weeks.

Please can we remind you of our finishing times: 12.15, 1.15 3.15 (doors will be open at 3 for school runs) & 4pm (doors again open from 3.45. We are trying to reduce disruption to our daily routine by opening the doors unnecessarily. Of course there will be times for appointments etc that you may have to come early.

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 keep an eye on the whiteboard in the hallway, it has upto date info, ‘Story of the week’ and ‘Rhyme of the week’. We are hoping that your awareness of our stories & rhymes will encourage discussion with your child at home! Your child may also borrow a story book from us to read with you at home.

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. If you would like any help with this please ask. 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, and it is beneficial for their self-esteem 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 and the children congratulate their friends by clapping.

Too keep it meaningful please don’t write a coin every time they are in just when they have achieved something.

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 also check your child for Ticks on a regular basis. If you are at all worried you need to see your GP.

Please take time to go & view our new outside area it looks fabulous. We haven’t finished it yet as awaiting delivery of other items to complete the look!

We hope to have a ‘Wellie Boot trolley’ for when we return in September, please can you put your child’s wellies on it, their bags on the bag trolley & their coats on the coat trolley, this will save us time going through the bags trying to find their things enabling them to get outside quicker!! Thank you.

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 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 £10 charge each term £30 per year for our running/admin costs.

Invoices will be sent out termly. September, January and April. Those of you that only have the £30 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 to support your child within our setting. Please come and speak to Jacqui or Lynn for more information.

Thank you to those of you that completed our annual questionnaire, we will display results soon, we will also catch up with you to discuss any issues arising from this.

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

On a sad note to finish, Auntie Sarah Palmer, in the green apron, has decided that it is time for her to move on to new pastures. It has been a very difficult decision for her and she will be sorely missed by children, aunties and parents. She will hopefully visit often. We will obviously like to do a collection for her, if any of you want to contribute just let us know.

Thank you for your continued support
Jacqui, Lynn and The Rainbows team.

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

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

Come join us for our fundraising evening on Saturday 14th September at 7.30pm £8 per ticket. Live band and great raffle. Bring your own refreshments. Family & friends all welcome the more the merrier!! All proceeds will enable us to replace old and worn out toys for your children!!