A few new pictures 

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We’ve returned Bach from Christmas looking at lots of fun and interesting things.  We’ve also found a new way to share pictures of your children.  You should have all received an email inviting you to join Evidence Me.  If you agree we can then share photos directly with you via email.  It’s great to receive any feedback from these shares so that we can hear if you have anything to add. 

We’ve looked at the weather, our clothing and ice.  We found ice outside in the garden and also we had a tuff tray inside which we could melt with warm water. 

We’ve talked about out feelings and made our own Colour Monster board.

Outside ice fun

Dinosaur tuff tray which included a volcano.  We had a big book which helped us to identify which dinosaurs were which.  We talked a lot about volcanos and lava.

We had a visit from some 7 week old puppies! We asked questions, listened and played with them.

Our chats about volcanoes in the dinosaur tray led us on to looking at real volcanoes and we watched a short clip of lava erupting from a volcano.

We made our own volcanoes using vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and food colouring.  

Getting our hands moving using the tweezers and playdough. 

Everyone was enjoying the role play kitchen getting involved with cooking, cleaning and household jobs.

The string and cup telephones were a hit.

Parent Voice Survey

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West Hoathly Pre-school is very keen to learn your views, and ask that you take a few minutes to answer the questions on this survey. The answers you provide will allow the Pre-school to effectively reflect on its performance, and help make any changes that may be useful. Please answer each question by ticking the response you think most reflects your feelings or opinion on each question. There is space at the end to
make any further comments you would like to include.

You do not need to identify yourself on the form. We really appreciate your help in this matter, and value everyone’s views. This will enable us to greater understand any weaknesses or strengths that may be detailed.

Please click on the link below if you would like to share your views with us.

Pre-School Survey

Positive Case

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We wanted to make parents aware that this morning we have had a report of a positive case of covid within our setting.  We are (as always) taking measure to clean, ventilate the room and wear masks when staff are close.  

If we could ask parents to please err on the side of caution if they think their child may not be well. 

New Observation Sharing

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I have just been setting up your email addresses so that we can easily and safely share what your child has been doing at preschool throughout the term.  This is great for everyone to keep up to date with their child’s progress and keeping in contact with us.  There is also a place for you to comment or give feedback.  This is really useful for us to hear anything you have to say or what you have observed at home.  

If for some reason you haven’t received an email please let me know.
Thanks 

Becca

🥳HAPPY NEW YEAR 🥳 

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Happy New Year to you all!

We hope you have all had a lovely festive time over the last few weeks.  We are really looking forward to seeing you tomorrow and over the next few days. 

This week we are going to focus on months of the year, cold, ice and appropriate clothing for the weather. 

We are politely requesting that you use lateral flow tests before you bring your child in tomorrow, to help keep us all safe and preschool running. 

Many thanks

Christmas 

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We had such a lovely time yesterday, watching Stick Man, eating party food, playing party games and two birthday celebrations.  

We all wanted say a huge thank you for all the lovely cards, Christmas wishes and gifts. 

Could we ask that if any children test positive for Covid 19 over the next few days we are notified.  We have a protocol we need to follow which involves us notifying local authorities. 

A few recent pictures…. 

Last Day tomorrow!

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Tomorrow we are having lots of Christmas fun and have invited all children to preschool. We would politely ask if you could lateral flow test your child before they come in.  We are asking this because the numbers of children mixing will be higher and the cases within the village are rising.  We want to do everything we can to keep the children and staff safe for Christmas.

Around the World

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Can you help?

Next week we are looking at people around the world.  We were wondering if any parents  could spare some time to talk or show the children about somewhere else in the world that they may have lived looking at perhaps language, music or stories. This is part of the Early Years curriculum which encourages us to look at diversity within our community and the world as well as covering lots of other areas of learning. If you can spare a few minutes please let us know.

***REMINDER INSET DAY on Monday 29th Nov in line with the village school** 

The last couple of weeks…

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We’ve been caring for the dolls, washing them, putting nappies on and finding out what babies need to make them happy.

Some of us were drawn around and created our own super heroes or named where are feet, hands and head were. 

We created a wreath for Remembrance Day. We talked about remembering brave people who look after us. 

Looking at numerals and value.

Finding items with a certain colour.

At least once a week we have toast, crackers or rice cakes and practice spreading our own butter.

At Forest school we talked about animals that hibernate, we lit the fire, sang songs, watched the popcorn grow on the fire and created hedgehogs from pinecones and sticks. 

We used our new scales to compare weight and talk about which is heavier and lighter using bricks, dinosaurs or whatever else we were interested in. 

We read our friends stories.

Last week…

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We talked about fire and how to be careful around fires.  We sang songs around our campfire, using our speaker we listened to the noise that fireworks can make.  After listening and watching fireworks some of us wanted to paint firework pictures. We had a fire drill which everyone was very good at listening and walking up to big school. We also looked at the sound that some letters make and tried to find them around preschool. 

We use Jolly Phonics songs to help with learning letter sounds first rather than the letter names.  There are videos available on places like You Tube showing Jolly Phonics https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zvJKc0Ord1g.  The BBC also have Alphablocks and their app these also look at letter sounds in a fun way.