Newsletter 1 Autumn 2016

Newsletter 1,  Autumn 2016


Welcome to all our new families and welcome back to all of you who were with us last year. We are looking forward to an Autumn Term packed with fun activities. The children are really enjoying the lovely weather in the garden this week and we are hoping it carries on for a while. The Autumn Term is the time for settling in, either getting used to Playgroup routines for the first time or settling back in after a long summer break. Our staff have many years’ experience in helping children to adjust: establishing routines and building confidence is a big part of coming to pre-school. If you do have any concerns, no matter how small please speak to your child’s Key Person.

Playgroup AGM – you may have seen the posters up this week about our AGM. The Playgroup is run by a management committee of parent volunteers and without them we would not be able to operate. It is a nice way to get to know the Playgroup better and meet other parents. 3 members of the committee are resigning this year as their children are moving on to primary school and we need to replace them. If you are interested in joining, we’d love to hear from you please speak to a member of the current committee or a member of staff.

 Wet weather –  Please send waterproof clothing with your child on wet days. (coat, wellies and waterproof trousers too if possible) and a full change of clothes. The children have access to the garden and water play in all weather and the grass and slides can get quite wet. We do have a limited supply of spare clothes at Playgroup, but we run out very quickly on wet days, so it really helps us if each child has their own change of clothes. Please label all your child’s belongings as this really helps staff.

Children’s portrait photo session – CI Photography are coming in to Playgroup on Tuesday 4th October. If your child doesn’t attend on Tuesdays but you would like them to come and have their photograph taken, please let us know. The photos make lovely Christmas gifts and Playgroup receives commission on all sales.

Uniform – Our blue Playgroup t-shirts and sweatshirts are available to purchase (£6 per t-shirt, £9 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 our new children have had a chance to settle, 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.

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 on the day of the session. Please see Jacqui for details.

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

Our website ( has full details of term dates, Newsletters and our 2015 – 16 blog which has some lovely photos from last year. Our 2016 – 17 blog will be starting very soon

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:

19th September

10th October

31st October

21st November

12th 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)

Forest School

We will be starting Forest School sessions again very soon for the children who are going to school next September.

French Lessons – After half term we will be offering an optional French lesson each week for the children who are going to school next year. It is an informal half hour of songs, games and fun activities aimed at introducing the language and developing listening and concentration skills. Places are limited and there is a small fee (£5/ half-term) which helps us to buy language resources for Playgroup. If you are interested, please speak to Jacqui.


Dates for Your Diary

Playgroup AGM – Monday 3rd October 7.00 at the Playhouse

Children’s Portrait Photos – Tuesday 4th October

Half Term – 24th October to 31st October

Parents’ Evening – TBA

Playgroup Nativity – TBA

Playgroup Christmas Party  – Friday 16th December



  • 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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