Newsletter September 2018

Newsletter September 2018


Welcome to the 2018 – 19 academic year!

It is really lovely to welcome back our little ones from last year who have now become our big ones and to see how much everyone has grown over the summer break. We are also very pleased to welcome all the children who are joining us for the first time this term. The staff are really enjoying getting to know their new children and supporting them as they settle in to life at preschool.

We are very aware that settling in can be tricky for some children (and parents!), as can returning after a long break. Our team are very experienced at supporting these transitions: establishing routines and building confidence is a big part of coming to Playgroup.

If your child is upset in the morning or is finding it difficult to let you go, please be reassured that we will phone you to let you know how they settle. In addition to this if staff feel that a child is really distressed and not settling, we will call you to discuss options. You are also always welcome to call us to see how your child is doing at any time. If you have any doubts or concerns, please speak to your child’s key person (or Fiona/ Jacqui)

To support this big transition, our first Book of the Moment this term is Martin Waddell’s “Owl Babies” This is a delightful story about 3 little owls who worry that their Mother won’t come home and are overjoyed and reassured when she flies back to them with their dinner. It is a story that the children can relate to as they get used to parents dropping them off and coming back at home time.  It is also great starting point for thinking about and enjoying the changing seasons.


Cake Sale Our Committee are organising a cake sale to raise funds for new resources for Playgroup on Monday 17th September. The sale will take place at the Playhouse at lunch time and at 3pm. If you are able to bake cakes or biscuits for them to sell, please bring them to the Playhouse on Monday morning.


Garden Tidy – Saturday 6th October 9.30 to 12.00. Please see attached flyer for details


AGM – The Playgroup is managed by a Committee of parent volunteers. If you would like to take part or are interested in finding out more, please speak to our current Chair, Lizzie Harris. Our AGM is on Tuesday October 9th – posters giving full details will be going up soon.


CI Photography will be coming in to Playgroup on Wednesday 21st November to take individual portrait photos. If your child doesn’t usually come on a Wednesday morning but would like to be included in the photos, please speak to Jacqui or Fiona.


Family Bunting – We are collecting photos for our Family Bunting. We started the bunting last year: please have a look over the book corner as it is looking really nice. Each child can decorate their own flag to display their family photos. If you don’t have any group photos, individual ones are fine (and pets are welcome too.)


30 Hours Funded Childcare

30 hours free childcare is now available to qualifying families. To find out if you qualify for Spring 2019 (and to register if you do), please go to  If you are interested in booking your child in for 30 hours or would like to use some of your entitlement with us please speak to Jacqui or email


Lunches – healthy eating is a vital part of supporting your child’s overall well-being and making sure that they are best placed to make the most of their learning opportunities. Please make sure that you send a healthy, balanced lunch in. Please do not include any sweets or chocolate bars and try to include at least one portion of fruit or vegetables. We provide a choice of milk or water at lunchtime, so please don’t include any squash or other sugary drinks (fruit shoots etc). If you are looking for healthy ideas for lunches the Childrens’ Food Trust website has some helpful advice.


Mobile Phones – A quick reminder that the use of mobile phones, cameras or personal electronic devices of any sort is not allowed anywhere on the premises (including the front garden). This is for the safety and privacy of the children. If you are coming in to Playgroup for a meeting during the day, we will ask you to leave your phone at the front desk.


Toilets – If parents or carers would like to assist their child to use the toilet in the morning, please use the adult toilet in the reception area as other children may be using the children’s toilets. In order to safeguard all of our children and respect their privacy the only adults allowed in the children’s toilets are staff.


Waterproofs and wellies –  The children have access to the garden and water play in all weather. At this time of the year, please remember to send your children’s wet weather clothes in in their drawstring bags. These can be stored at Playgroup – or taken home each day. Please keep sending your child with spare clothes as water play is always available too and please check to see if the clothes in your child’s bag still fit them. Please don’t send your child in crocs, flip flopso r other loose fitting shoes as they are not suitable for climbing on the Play structure.   Please label all your child’s belongings as this really helps staff.


Uniform Our blue Playgroup t-shirts and sweatshirts are available to purchase (£7 per t-shirt, £11 per sweatshirt) They come in the following generous sizes 1 – 2 (t-shirt only), 3-4 and 5-6. We usually have some in stock, please speak to Jacqui if you are interested.


Parent Rota –After half term, once the children have settled in , we welcome parents and carers to come in and help at one of their children’s sessions. We really appreciate the help and it is a nice way to understand your child’s experience at Playgroup and get to know their Key Person. Please look out for our Parent rota on the notice board if you would like to join us for a session. Parents can also join us at their child’s Forest School session, please speak to Jacqui or Fiona if you are interested.


Extra Sessions – We are happy to take one-off bookings for sessions where we have spaces. We charge for extra sessions at the same rates as our normal sessions and ask for payment in full when booking. Sessions must be booked with Jacqui so that she can check that space is available and payment must be made in advance. Please see Jacqui for full details.

 Facebook– Join our Facebook group for more updates and pictures of our activities!

Our website ( has full details of term dates,


Library Dates

We visit the library every 3rd Monday- see dates below. Please make sure that library books are in book bags on library days because if they are not returned we will be unable to take your child over to choose new books:

17th September –

8th October

29th October

19th November

3rd December –  books back only

If your child is not here on a Monday, they can borrow books from Playgroup (your child’s Key Person will write details in their home diary)


Dates for Your Diary

Monday 17th September – Cake Sale

Tuesday 9th October – AGM

Monday 22nd October to Friday 26th October Half Term holiday (Playgroup closed)

Wednesday 21st November – CI Photography – individual photos

Tuesday 18th December – Autumn Term closes at 12.00

Tuesday 18th December –  Playgroup Nativity Play (afternoon)

Wednesday 19th December – Children’s Christmas party

Friday 4th January – Spring Term starts



  • We are a nut free building. Please do not include any nut products in your child’s lunch.
  • We regret that we cannot dispose of nappies on site. Please make sure that you collect nappies from the bin by the front door.
  • If your child is ill and cannot come to Playgroup, please call and let us know. If they have experienced vomiting and/or diarrhoea, they are not allowed to return to Playgroup for 48 hours after the last incident.
  • Please label all your children’s belongings. Staff spend a lot of time trying to find children’s coats, gloves, jumpers etc. and we do occasionally have items of clothing getting lost or going home with the wrong family.
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