Newsletter September 2019

Newsletter September 2019

 

Welcome to the 2019 – 20 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)

Playgroup Annual General Meeting 2019

We would like to invite all our parents and carers to come along to our review of 2018 – 19 at our AGM which will be held at the Playhouse at 7pm on Thursday 10th October.

As you know, the Playgroup is run by a management Committee made up of parents. If you are interested in volunteering, either as a Committee Member or to help with fundraising during the year, please come along to find out more.

If you are not interested in joining the Committee but would still like to come along to find out more about our Playgroup, meet other parents and enjoy a sociable evening with wine and nibbles, everyone is very welcome. If you are not able to come on 7th, but would like to find out more, please speak to Jacqui or Fiona.

Notices

Ofsted We are delighted that following our Ofsted inspection earlier this year, we have retained our “Good” rating. If you would like to read the report it is available on https://www.gov.uk/find-ofsted-inspection-report .

 

CI Photography will be coming in to Playgroup on Wednesday 20th November to take individual portraits of the children. 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.)

 

Help with childcare costs

The government website to find out what you are entitled to is www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

30 hours free childcare is now available to qualifying families. To find out if you qualify for Spring 2020 (and to register if you do), please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk  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 info@waterbeachplaygroup.org.uk.

 

Lunches –.Please do not include any sweets or chocolate bars and try to include at least one portion of fruit or vegetables. We provide children with water at lunchtime, so please don’t include a drink. If you are looking for healthy ideas for lunches the Children’s Food Trust website has some helpful advice or speak to a member of staff. www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk

 

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 –  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 flops or 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.

 

 

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 (£5/ hour for 3 and 4 year olds, £6/ hour 2 year olds) 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 (www.info@waterbeachplaygroup.org.uk) 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:

7th October

28th October

18th November

9th 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

Thursday 10th October 7pm – AGM

Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October – Half Term holiday, Playgroup closed.

Wednesday 20th November – CI Photography

Tuesday 17th December – Autumn Term ends at midday.  Nativity Play 1pm

Tuesday 18th December –  Playgroup Christmas Party

Tuesday 7th January – Spring Term starts

 

Reminders

  • 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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