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Newsletter

Telephone 07749240004 or 01275857614  www.grovepreschoolnailsea.co.uk

Welcome back from the Christmas break I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and a Happy New

Year. Thank you, on behalf of the staff and myself, for the gifts and cards. I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas Concert the children worked very hard learning the songs. Thank you for your kind donations for coffee and mince pies.

                                                                                     

Week 1     06/01/2020                                    Winter                                                  

Week 2     13/01/2020                                         ″                                                                                             

Week 3     20/01/2020                                        The five senses

Week 4     27/01/2020                                            “                                                                                             

Week 5     03/02/2020                                            “

Week 6    10/02/2020                                            ″                                                                                        

                                       

As always, the children are invited to bring in items for the interest table or to show if they are related to the theme. Parents/carers are also invited to join any session particularly if they have an interest in any of the themes.

Help/visitors needed

Our theme from 2oth Jan is the five senses if you, friends or family work in an opticians, dentist or beauty and can spare some time to come in to speak to the children please let us know. It would be a short time slot usually at the end of a session.

Funding

You only need to complete a funding form if the number of sessions has changed since last term, it is the first claim for funding or if any contact details, address etc. have changed. I will give out to those who I know are new or changed sessions, but I am not always aware of changes in contact details so please ask for a form if address, email, telephone number has changed. Please remember to check your 30-hour code termly for continued funding. North Somerset have changed to a new system and at the moment I am unable to check for codes going out of date.

 

Facebook page

We have a hidden Facebook page for current preschool families only. We add weekly updates and photographs. Please let me know if you would like to be added I need the email address that you used to set up your Facebook page so that I can send an invite or a current member of the group can recommend you for approval.

  

Reminder packed lunches and water bottles. From our policy

Where the children attend all day or an afternoon session, they can bring in a packed lunch.  The children all sit down together and are encouraged to be independent, by opening tubs and packets or peeling their fruit.  Please remember to cut grapes and cherry tomatoes as these can cause choking in young children. We also ask that peanut butter or nuts are not included in the lunch box. Do tell us about your child’s dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met. A maximum of four items should be included in the lunch box, no sweets or chocolate please. An ice pack should be included.

We have fresh drinking water constantly available for the children. The children are encouraged to bring in a named water bottle for each session. (No squash please this encourages children to drink out of others bottles and spread germs.)

 

Improving the home learning environment guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-the-home-learning-environment

 

 Fund raising

Thank you to everyone who had a turn on the hamper squares and for the donations of food and drink for the hampers we had four excellent hampers this year.  Thank you to the Fundraising committee for making up the lovely hampers and to the parents who sold squares. 

 

Donations 

£70.00 was raised from the refreshments at the Christmas concert and has been donated to The Rainbow centre. This was a fantastic effort.

 

Tapestry Online Journal

We are now starting our second year using Tapestry online journals the staff are enjoying using the journals and finding them much better than the paper diaries. Email invites have been sent out from Tapestry to all families with an email address. (Please check spam) If you haven’t had an email please write the email address clearly and let me have it to try again.  Thank you to the Parents who have already signed up. 

You will have a direct feed to your child’s journal and will be able to add your own “wow” moments or other achievement made by your child. 

New Families please go into your child’s account, on the right had side it says “About me” please complete this section to help us create a starting point for your child. Families who are already with us are welcome to complete this section as well.

Please note the staff have a rota for observations and several key children so you won’t have updates every time your child is in.

 

Parentmail – new families

We use Parentmail to send out emails, newsletters, text messages about closures, bad weather etc. An email asking you to register has been sent out please register a.s.a.p.  If you haven’t received an email, please check your spam box and make sure that your browser is up to date as sometimes the browser prevents the Parent mail opening. If you still don’t receive an email let me have your email address again so that I can double check and re-send.  

This will provide a safer, easier means of communicating with parents and saves on printing and paper costs so please register. There is an app for Parental if using this on your phone sometimes you will find that you cannot reply to emails. 

If you cannot send use email info@grovepreschoolnailsea.co.uk or  sarahirobbins56@gmail.com. Emails should send from a laptop.

 

Parentmail – all

Please remember to update your parentmail details if you change email address or telephone number.  You can also include details of any other carer e.g. Grandparent or child minder so that they are kept informed of events and activities. Please let me have their email details and I will send out the registration email.

 

Website www.grovepreschoolnailsea.co.ukthis has lots of information so please remember to use for updates, details about the setting etc. 

To view the hidden galley the username is grove and the password grovebs48

 

School Admissions 2020

The closing date for applying is 15th January 2020 you can apply online www.n-somerset.gov.uk/admissions or Tel 01275884078 North Somerset Council. Please see the poster displayed on the entrance door.

 

Dates

Spring term 1                                        6th Jan – 14th Feb

Photographer                                        4th Feb 2020 a.m.                          

Half term                                                Monday 17th to Friday 21st   February

Open afternoon                                     13th March pm

Spring term 2                                        24th Feb – 3rd April                        

Easter Break                                         Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April

 

Children Information

Please inform us of any changes to your child’s details, address, email address and contact number, new mobiles, Doctor, school attending, diet changes including any allergies, email address. Please also keep us informed of any mobile number changes for parents, emergency contacts and those authorized to collect. You will need to complete a new Parent Declaration form for North Somerset for any address/contact details

 

Newsletter’s/reminders/bad weather

Newsletters are sent out by Parentmailpmx at the start of each half term with any reminders, information updates, closures due to weather etc. are also being sent by Parentmail, so please make updates to contact emails, telephone numbers etc. on Parentmail. Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we highly recommend you download the Parentmail App for the best user experience.To do this, simply search for “Parentmail”in your App store. 

You are welcome to register a Grandparent or child minder on Parentmail so that they can be kept up to date about events at pre-school.

A copy of the newsletter is also on our website www.grovepreschoolnailsea.co.uk 

In cases of bad weather and pre-school closure, I will send a text message via Parentmail to all those who have registered a mobile number, and contact North Somerset who will put information on their website and broadcast on the local radio stations and put information on our face book group. 

 

We are trying to stop excess printing so for anyone not signed up to Parentmail pmx a copy of the newsletter can be read at pre-school (noticeboard) and updates will be posted on the main door for parents to read.

 

Staff/Parent meetings

Please sign up for a time slot if you would like to speak to your child’s key person. If you cannot find a suitable slot please speak to your child’s key person to arrange a time. If you are unable to attend during the session you can make an appointment before our evening staff meeting. (Date not yet agreed)

 

Summer 2020 sessions

If you require additional sessions for the summer term please speak to me as soon as possible spaces are limited.

 

Staff changes

We were very sad when Lisa Needham left at the end of last term and wish her well in her new role. Clare Trounce has increased her days and will work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from January and Charlotte Cashley will join us on a Thursday morning having covered for various sessions during the past term.

  

The fee notice is displayed by the staff desk, we do not issue bills and payment is due in advance by the end of the first week we expect a weekly, monthly or half – termly payment. 

 

Resource Fees

Thank you to everyone who paid for last term or for the year please remember that the second £5.00 payment is now due for the term.

 

Early Years Pupil Premium - guide for parents

From April 2015, children who are currently claiming the 3 and 4-year-old free education entitlement could be eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).  The EYPP is additional funding used to improve a child's learning and development.

 

Will my child be eligible?

Children will be eligible if they are 3 or 4 years old and receiving Government funded free entitlement in any Ofsted registered childcare provider and parents are in receipt of one or more of these benefits:

Income Support

Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Universal Credit

Of if the child has been:

looked after by the local authority for at least one day

have been adopted from care

have left care through special guardianship

are subject to a child arrangement order (what used to be a residence order)

 

Please let me know if you think your child is eligible and complete a new Parent Declaration form. Sarah