We’re back!!

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What a fantastic start to this new academic year!  It’s been so lovely to see lots of new faces joining us too.  We’ve been spending most of our time outside in the garden playing with water, sand, bikes, mark making and experimenting.  Esther made cornflour messy play which EVERYONE enjoyed exploring.  

This term we are really wanting to concentrate on getting the children back into the preschool environment and mixing with their peers. 

Please can we remind parents to stay 2m apart at drop off/pick up, do not enter the hall unless requested to, please help us by labelling snack boxes, clothes and drinks, a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes, spare labelled clothes, please leave toys at home, we have a no nut policy at preschool. As the weather starts changing please ensure waterproof clothing, we will be outdoors in all weathers.

Here are a few pictures from last week-

Starting back in September 

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Hello! We hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer and we look forward to welcoming everyone back on Tuesday 8th September.
We will be returning to our usual 4 mornings a week from 8.45am-12.30pm. We won’t be doing staggered start and finish time but ask all families to adhere to social distance guidelines ensuring that you remain 2 meters apart outside while your child is waiting to come into Pre-school. 
When you arrive at pre school we ask that parents don’t come into the hall and instead drop off at the door. We will be doing a temperature check for everyone entering the hall and then taking the children to wash their hands. Please do ensure that the children wear clean clothes each day and that all water bottles and snack pots are sanitised each morning before attending Pre-school.
We ask that at snack time children bring in their own snacks in a named pot or bag. For now we won’t be doing a shared snack. Could they also please bring in a labelled water bottle to use throughout the morning. (We will be able to refill bottles).
They will also need a change of clothes and weather appropriate clothing.
As per government guidelines we are currently saying that children can only attend one setting.
If a child within our care develops any of the COVID-19 symptoms we will isolate them with a member of staff in the committee room and call the parents immediately.
We have policies and risk assessments in place and these are all available to be seen upon request. 
If you have any questions then please do ask them. We want everyone to feel happyand comfortable and want to support you all.
The team from September will be Issy, Becca and Esther. Sophie will be on maternity leave.

Survey 

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Were looking to collect new information from everyone on their current needs and views of when they would like to send their children back to pre school. If you are unsure then that is fine just reply with unsure but if you have a second to send a text or email in the next few days that would be really helpful.Could you also please add in which days would be preferential if we were to open for a smaller amount of days?
You can email: whpsadmissions@gmail.com
Or text/call: 07854128616 
Many thanks
The Pre School Team

West Hoathly Pre School

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Dear Parents,

I am writing to notify you of the plans we have at Pre-school for a potential reopening in light of the governments relaxation of the lock-down. As you will know, we recently conducted a survey of both parents and staff to support us in our decision to reopen Preschool after 1st June 2020.

Based on the results of the survey, the uptake as of the 1st June is very low with the vast majority of our parents unsure if they will return their children to pre-school on the 1st June and it is based on this that we have decided that we will not reopen on the 1st June.

We do however want to reopen as soon as we are able, have the correct staffing and demand is sufficient. We will therefore reassess this in the coming week with a potential to reopen on the 15th June, based on parental demand, staff availability and advice from the government.  

We understand that some of your circumstances may have changed over this period and when we do move closer to a reopening date, we will be in touch again to understand everyone’s exact situation. Of course, when we do reopen we will of course be taking all the advised additional measures to protect everyone within our Pre-school and their families and also adhere to any social distancing measures we may be asked to observe.

We will be sending out a new survey in the next week or so regarding a potential opening on the 15th June. We would be grateful if everyone could complete this so that we have a clear understanding of how to best support our families as we move forward.

Best wishes

The Pre School Team

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Hello,

If you have a chance to fill out the quick survey below and send it back to me on my whpsadmissions@gmail.com email that would be really helpful for us moving forwards. We are seeking advice from the Local Authority and following government advice as to how we can do things next. Our main priority is keeping children, staff and families safe. At the moment the village hall has been closed to everyone so we are waiting to hear back on when it will open. We will of course keep you updated. Sending back the questionnaires as soon as you can will really help with our planning. 

If for any reason you are unable to complete the questionnaire and get it back to me then please do give me a call to discuss it and give your answers. You can reach me on 07854128616. 

If you would find it easier having the survey in a word document then just ping me an email and I can send you over the attachment. 

I hope your all well and staying safe

Sophie 
13 June 2020Dear Parent,

Following the government’s announcements on the 11 May 2020 about a phased reopening of childcare settings, we would like to ask you to complete a short survey to find out a little bit more about your future childcare needs so we can include this in our planning.

Please complete this by 22nd May 2020 and return to whpsadmissions@gmail.com or Hilltop View, North Lane, West Hoathly, RH19 4QG.

Please be assured that we are using all the government guidance to ensure that, when we are able to open for more children, we can ensure we are taking every precaution to protect our staff, children and their families. As such we will continue to discuss our plans with you and any potential changes we may need to make as a result.

Many thanks,

Sophie

Pre School Manager

When do you envisage sending your child back to pre-school?

☐Already attending somewhere else ☐As soon as you are able to open

☐At some point during the summer term ☐I would like to wait until September

☐I would wait until there is a vaccine ☐I am not sure

 

What do you envisage your post lockdown childcare requirements to be?

☐ The same/similar

☐ I would need to decrease the hours my child attends

☐ I would need to increase the hours my child attends

☐ I don’t currently know

☐ I will no longer require childcare 

☐ Other (please state)

 

How can the team/I best support you and your family during this time? 

What is the biggest challenge you are facing right now?

If you have any questions or any other comments please write them below.

Hello!

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Hi everyone, I hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter. Don’t forget to let us know what you’ve been up to and how you’ve been doing, we love your updates! Also if there is anything you need then let us know. 

I’ve been thinking about summer activities and about tough trays and thought I would share some ideas with you. If you don’t have a tough tray then don’t worry, you can use the ideas on a big sheet of paper, a smaller tray, a cardboard box etc etc. One of the many reasons I love tough trays is because you can take a toy that children love, for example cars and they can have fun with the cars on their own and then after a while the cars might lose their initial excitement but if you introduce a ramp using books and a plank of wood or a chopping board etc then that opens up a whole new experience and level of play, they can learn cause and effect by pushing the car down the ramp, experimenting and problem solving with more or less books to make it steeper/smaller. You can draw a car park on some paper, make a map etc etc. Adding cereal creates a whole new sensory aspect and children love running wheels through the cereal and crunching it.

Minibeasts! 

You can gather things from your gardens or your walks and make a minibeast tray or you can use the checklist attached and go out exploring to see what you can find in the world around you. Discuss the different habitats with your children, the different sizes of the minibeasts, how many legs do they have, do they walk crawl or fly? Where would you go if you could fly? Also find books/videos about minibeasts and talk about them.

Diggers, trains and cars!

Diggers and cornflakes can keep children busy for quite a while! It’s so simple but so fun. You could add pots and get the children to transport the cereal from one area to another. Talk about the different types of vehicles and what they do, can you spot any from your windows? How many? Maybe keep a tally chart.

Shaving foam!

This is one of my favourites! This does get messy so maybe a good idea outside with some water and towels at the ready. In the picture below they have made an ice cream tough tray. (We have done a similar activity making ice cream dough at pre school, you use 3/4 cup conditioner and 1 1/4 cup cornflour to make the ice cream like dough). You can add toppings etc to make it really fun! Also with the shaving foam you can add colours, easy to clean toys such as diggers, duplo, aqua beads. If you have piping bags you can fill them with the foam and let the children pipe the foam.

Books with props!

Bring a book to life with props. You can do this easily with things from around the home or drawings that help the children to act out the book and have even more fun and extend their learning. You can add in numbers to help with counting and letters to help with letter recognition and forming. On its own sand in a tray is a really useful resource for us at pre school as the children can practice letter formation in a fun way and any mistakes are easily shaken away. I’ve popped a picture at the bottom.

Another lovely idea is to collect fallen leaves and flowers and put them into a container with water and freeze them, do this part with the children and talk to them about what you’re doing. Show them the ice when it has frozen and let them experiment and play with the ice to watch it dissolve.

Let us know how you get on by emailing whpsadmissions@gmail.com

Sophie 



Ideas 

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Hi everyone, we hope you’re all well and having a good week. We would love to hear how you’re getting on and please do keep in contact. You can email: 

whpsadmissions@gmail.com 

We’d love to see any photos of your children’s learning. We can add these to their learning journals.

Here are some ideas of things that are available:

Hopefully you have all found the Twinkl link useful. Just before we had to close we were looking at the life cycle of frogs and we went out to see the frogs in the pond at school.


There are lots of life cycle resources on twinkl. We were going to be looking at the life cycle of a caterpillar/butterfly yet and use the very hungry caterpillar book. There are lots of lovely hungry caterpillar things on twinkl from colouring in to maths activities etc.

If you have Spotify they have some great counting songs that we use with the children. We would also use the numicon sheets from twinkl to help them with number recognition and learning quantities. If you can help them with their number recognition and learning quantities that would be great. This can be done in many different ways. During this lovely weather you could use chalk in the garden to write the numbers and the children can use stones or leaves etc to match the quantities with the numbers. They could practice writing the numbers too if they wanted! 

Here is the Spotify link: 

For the children starting school in September it would be great if you could continue to help them practice writing their names.

Twinkl have some great pencil control work sheets that the children often enjoy doing. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage at pre school so click on the EYFS tab for ideas relevant to pre school age children. (They will also follow the EYFS in Reception at school).

If you’re into cooking then Becky from The Garden Chef at Chiddinglye is posting some great recipes and videos on Facebook of things to cook at home with your children. 

Please don’t forget that there is absolutely no pressure to achieve or complete anything other than having fun and staying safe. This is all very out of the ordinary and the children will be missing normality and their friends. Remember that every child is in this position and if they don’t want to learn numbers right now or write their name right now then that’s totally ok. The main thing through this is everyone staying happy and safe and us providing a loving environment for our children. You most likely will see a change in behaviour with your children, this is normal and won’t last forever. Please don’t forget that we are here to help and support you and you can get in contact if you have any worries or concerns. 

Don’t forget to keep in contact and we’ll be sending out more ideas soon! 

Sophie, Issy, Becca and Esther

Pre school closure 

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I’m sure as many of you have been watching the news you have seen the decision by the government to close schools and early years settings. It’s brings us great sadness to close the pre school after Thursday 19th March. We will continue to follow all government advice and keep you updated as we receive the information. If you have any questions or anything you’d like to talk about then email me: whpsadmissions@gmail.com or call 07854128616 

We hope that everyone stays healthy and well during these uncertain times. There is a lot of support out there in the community. 

We also thank you for your continued support, especially during this past week where things have been slightly different!

We use Twinkl for a lot of our resources and they are offering a free month to parents. You might find it useful to print some pages/colouring etc to use at home. Here is the link if you wish to do so:

http://www.twinkl.com/offer

And enter code: CVDTWINKLHELPS