Last week..

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We made soup, chopping and identifying the different vegetables. The children were making imaginary cups of tea so we got out teabags and talked about how we make a cup of tea, where tea comes from and what’s inside a teabag.  We ripped them open and mixed the leaves with warm water and watched the water change colour.

We drew Autumn leaves created coffee filter leaves, celebrated two birthdays, built huge train tracks stretching across the hall.  

Last week

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Last week we went for a lovely walk to Finche Field, we collected leaves and pine cones and discussed Autumn. We have painted using the items we found on our walk.  We also made some fresh bread rolls for our snack. 

Take a look at some of the pictures….

Heating in the hall

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Unfortunately this morning we have had a problem with the heating in the hall.  Luckily the weather isn’t too cold so we should be fine tomorrow while they source a part.  Please could you make sure children are dressed to keep warm.  They are hoping to have the part by Monday or Tuesday next week so if you could bear that in mind for the next few sessions. 

What we’ve been learning..

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We’ve been looking at our Jolly Phonics (music available on Spotify) sounds S,A, T, I, P and N.  We have also been having fun with number songs Hickory Dickory Dock, 5 Speckled Frogs and 10 in The Bed.  

In our sensory tub we have had crunchy Autumn leaves, pine cones and acorns to explore.

A parent bought in a couple of huge tubes which became car tunnels, boats and many more exciting things.  

We have completed our new Space Wow board.  We talked about space, planets, read stories about stars and made loo roll aliens.  

Yesterday we used water beads and watched them expand as we added water.  We used words to describe how they looked, felt and moved.

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.