Summer Term Newsletter 2014

Dear Parents/ Carers,

We hope you enjoyed the Easter holiday and would like to welcome you all to the start of the Summer Term. Hello to the new children and their families joining us this term. If you have any queries regarding your child please feel free to chat to their keyperson, to Mrs Lynn, or to Mrs Wilson.

We have a few staff changes; Mrs Wilson has been promoted to deputy. Mrs Bowles is reducing her hours and we welcome our new qualified early year’s practitioners Mrs Smith and Mrs Marfleet

Thank you to everyone who supported our Easter coffee morning. We raised £170.17. The children looked fabulous in their Easter bonnets and all of your hard work and efforts contributed to make it such an enjoyable day.

Transitions for our children, who will be starting reception class, will begin on 28th April. These give the children opportunity to experience their new settings (

for children not attending St John’s Academy please speak with your child’s keyperson). We cannot guarantee more than one visit to school per child, but hope that this will help to make the next step of their learning journey as comfortable as possible.

As the weather becomes warmer we would like to request sun hats for the children and sensible shoes for playing on the outdoor equipment. Please don’t forget to administer the sun cream when needed. If you wish for sun protection to be applied at our setting, you must provide this with the child’s name clearly marked. Please again can we remind you to name all items of clothing and children’s possessions including lunch boxes and drinks bottles. Please remember that the contents of lunch boxes should be encouraging a balanced diet. Lunches are stored at ambient temperature, so please include a cold pack if you wish.

Curriculum

Our planning will follow the children’s interests, extending their learning and also include key celebrations of the calendar.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

We will be supporting our new children, helping them enjoy and explore their new setting, and also to feel comfortable and build friendships.

This is an important time for the children who will soon be leaving us and moving to school in September. Our transitions programme will enable the children to become familiar with their new environment and teachers, building their confidence to cope with the change. They will be encouraged in their self- help skills, as will our new children. Louis the persona puppet will be used to help the older children with transitions, and with the younger ones to settle in.

Communication and language

We encourage the children to explore and develop communication and language through their play by providing exciting and resourceful activities, such as books, toys, natural resources etc, and following and extending on their ideas. We will be receiving the ‘Book start’ Treasure chests soon; these are for the older children.

 

Physical development

The coop community challenge raised £372.56, so thanks to that we have been able to further develop our woodland area. We have introduced new climbing logs, planks, and tepees. This has made the area more inviting for the children and extends to more open ended play.

We continue to develop and improve our resources/activities to enable all children to develop their fine and gross motor skills, and with the world cup approaching we will encourage healthy activity for all (we may find some promising footballers along the way!)

In July, we will have our preschool sports day on Thursday 10th at 2.00pm on the school field. All children are invited (if you know your child will not be able to attend please inform a member of staff)

 

We continue to thank you for all your support for preschool, and encourage family involvement in our setting. We are always interested in what the children are doing, playing with, visits, holidays etc and welcome your input. We would like to remind parents/carers that you are welcome to come and ‘stay and play’ or come and potter in the garden pulling a few weeds.

DIARY DATES

Transitions start 28th April

Red Apple photos 7th May- this is open to all our children. “Red Apple” take natural photos of the children while they play, instead of portrait pictures. If your child does not attend sessions this day, you are welcome to bring them in for photos if you wish (must be accompanied by an adult at all times please)

Term 5

Tuesday 22nd April- Friday 23rd May

May Day bank holiday Monday 5th May

Half term Monday 26th May- Friday 30th May

Term 6

Monday 2nd June – Friday 18th July, This day will be our committee summer fund raising event

(staff only will work till 23rd July)