Reminder – Forest School Monday

Monday 11th July will be our last Forest School of this year. We have decided to finish with a picnic. All children who usually attend on Monday will arrive as usual at 8.45am. Parents of these children are welcome to join us at 11am for a picnic in the Forest. These children won’t need to bring a snack but will require a water bottle and packed lunch in a named bag.Those who don’t usually attend preschool on Mondays are welcome to join us with their parents at 11am. Please bring a picnic.
We will finish at 1pm. 
Please could we ask that all picnics are nut free in line with our preschool policy.

AGM Meeting Monday July 18th 6pm

As you are probably all aware we are a Community Preschool which is overseen by a committee. Now that life seems to be getting back to some sort of normality we are looking for new committee members to join us. Our current committee are due to step down at the end of term and in order to stay open we require new parents to sign up.  

The preschool can not remain open unless we have a fully running committee that comsists of at least a chairperson, a secretary and a treasurer.  We have already had someone step forward to take on the chairperson role which is great. We also leagally have to have an annual AGM meeting which is now due.  Please see poster below for details of the next meeting that will be held at West Hoathly Primary School (not at preschool). 

What being on the committee involves :

Before Covid we met around once a month in the evening at a local pub or someone’s home to discuss Preschool business and to help organise lovely fundraising events. Being on the committee is a great way to meet other parents within our community and to help raise much needed funds to keep our preschool running. We’ve had some amazing events previously such as Band nights, paella nights and Burns night. We really can’t wait to get planning another fabulous social event. If you have any questions then please feel free to ask us at pick up or drop off.

Thank you so much for your support x

Important dates coming up 

Hello we have had a fun packed week this week.  The children have been amazing as always.  We are gearing up for the end of term but we still have time for some fun events. 

NEXT WEEK our theme is PIRATES we will be going on a treasure hunt making lots of fun crafts and playing fun games.  If your child wishes to dress up as a pirate then please feel free, it is completely optional so please do not feel you have to.  


SPORTS DAY Thursday 7th July All are welcome.  Please meet us on West Hoathly Rec at 11am.  If you can not make it please collect your child from the rec at 12.30 please.


FOREST SCHOOL PICNIC Monday 11th July the Forest school session will start at normal time of 8.45am.  Parents are welcome to join us 11am for a picnic in the Forest.  Children will not need to bring a snack but please bring a water bottle and packed lunch in a named bag please.


LAST DAY OF TERM PARTY Thursday 14th July 11am It is alway an exciting time of year when we say hello to the summer holidays but it is also a sad time for us as we have to say good bye to all of our older children who will be starting their adventure at big school.  We are also saying goodbye to Issy who as you all know will be retiring this year.  We would like to invite all children, parents, grandparents to join us for an end of term celebration with tea and cake and maybe some dancing at pre school.    

As always if you have any questions about any of the above events feel free to ask us at drop off or pick up 

Have a fantastic weekend and we will see you all next week 

Xx

Update

News on new Preschool session times

We are excited to share with you that from September we will be extending our preschool session times.  They will be Mon-Thurs 8.45 until 12.30 and also 8.45 until 3pm (term time only). Please see the poster below for more information or come and have a chat with us if you are thinking of extending your child’s hours. 


New Preschool Supervisor

I’m sure you are all aware Issy is retiring in July and we will be joined by Claire from September.  Claire has already joined us for a couple of sessions to meet us and the children.  She will be joining us again this Thursday (30th) to spend some more time with us if you would like to pop in at drop off to say “Hello”.

Preparing your child for starting school

We often get asked at this time of year what is expected of children going to school.  We have found this article by PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) that might help answer some of your questions. Here at preschool we have been helping to prepare the children for many aspects of going to school; being independent, being social and tidying up are just a few.  

https://www.pacey.org.uk/Pacey/media/Website-files/school%20ready/PACEY_preparingforschool_guide.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0aFxHr5F5FoE4t-n9ld2yqBw3KQ-Egp0zvwXA7jzcl5kG8qK-42kISTIE&fs=e&s=cl

Sports Day 

On Thursday 7th July at 11am (weather permitting) we will be having a little Sports Day for preschool.  

If your child doesn’t attend on a Thursday please meet us at the Recreation Ground at around 11am when we will walk all the other children up. 

We hope parents will be able to turn up to support their children. 

Update

A few pictures to show some of the things we have been up to. 

Courgettes, strawberries and flowers growing in the garden. The children all enjoy watering the plants. 

Coloured ice cubes. Helping us to learn about mixing and experimenting with colours. 

Playing with the ball pit balls.

Water beads sensory tray

Experimenting with light and shadows.

Some pictures from our trips up to use the school playground.

One of our Cygnets trips to big school to have lunch.

Forest School Picnic – 11th July

Monday 11th July will be our last Forest School of this year.  We have decided to finish with a picnic. All children who usually attend on Monday will arrive as usual at 8.45am. Parents of these children are welcome to join us at 11am for a picnic in the Forest. These children won’t need to bring a snack but will require a water bottle and packed lunch in a named bag.

Those who don’t usually attend preschool on Mondays are welcome to join us with their parents at 11am. Please bring a picnic.

We will finish at 1pm. 

Please could we ask that all picnics are nut free in line with our preschool policy.

🦷 Dental Health and Heathly Eating 🍇 

As part of the Early Years curriculum it is important for us to reinforce the need for good dental hygiene and for us to encourage heathly eating.  We often discuss this at preschool and have fun activities for the children to learn about this.

Please find some useful links below-

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-teeth-and-gums/taking-care-of-childrens-teeth/

Click to access The-Eatwell-Guide-2016.pdf

Last week of term

What a fun packed term we have all had.  The children have all grown in confidence, independence and size ! The older children are definitely nearly ready to leave our pre school nest and start their new adventure to big school.  Which make us so happy and proud but also a little sad too that we will not be able to see them everyday.   

A few of the things that we have been up to 

Trip to big school

We had a lovely trip up to big school to olay in the playground and in the outside area.  The children enjoyed playing and socialising with the reception and year one children and getting to know the teachers a bit better.  This has been fantastic to get the older children ready for the transition to school in September and it is great for the younger ones to get used to the big school environmnet so they will be fully comfortable when it is their turn to start big school.

Julia Donaldson stories

Julia Donaldson is one of our most favourite authors.  We have been reading The Smartest Giant In Town together and we created a Going On A Bear Hunt tuff tray to play with which the children loved. 

Jubilee Celebrations

We have been doing royal activities in the lead up to the Jubilee Celebrations.  We made some royal play dough creations.  Made red white and blue cupcakes.  The children have created a huge Union Jack flag to decorate our stall at the Jubilee fair.  We have had a karaoke machine kindly donated to us so the children enjoyed playing with this this week  We even had afternoon tea (late morning tea).  Unfortunately the queen was too busy to attend herself but we played the national anthem in her honour.

We hope that you have a fantastic half term and we will look forward to hopefully seeing some of you on the pre school stall next Saturday.  Fingers crossed for some lovely sunshine xx