Last week..

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Last week were Doctors looking at the human body, using our keyboard and taking notes to check if our patients were well. We built towers, arranged colours, fed the dolls, experimented with mixing colour using the droppers and celebrated another birthday! 

Fundraising – Help needed

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We have found a wonderful way for parents, grandparents and anyone else to help us.  Usually we have a few social village events to raise money for preschool and for everyone to get together and have fun.  This year is obviously very different.  We would love it if people could support us by shopping in their favourite online shops via Easy Funding.  A small amount for everything spent is donated to us.  We are really looking to get a shelter for winter so that we can get outside in the fresh air when it might be raining.

Please click on the link below to help us. 

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/westhoathlycommunitypreschool/?q=West%20healthy%20community%20&cat=cause-autosuggest

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.