Newsletter - Autumn 2018
We would like to start by offering a warm welcome to all of our new families and children starting this September, and an equally warm ‘welcome back’ to our returning families and children. As we get to know the children, please can we ask you to ensure that you update us with any relevant information about your child. In particular, do let us know if your child has any medication, even if not a regular medication. (e.g. inhalers), as it is important that we have this information in the case of emergency.
INTRODUCING OUR STAFF TEAM
Diana – manager Louise – Senior Administrator
Kirsty – Deputy red strawberries key person
Rachel – Stand in Deputy blueberries key person
Jo – oranges key person
Becca – purple grapes key person
Shelley – bananas key person
Jade – apples key person
Karen – raspberries key person
Zartasha – support practitioner/sick cover
ROPPING OFF IN THE MORNING
We open our gate 5 minutes early (at 8.40 every day) so that children can be dropped off in plenty of time to get older siblings to school. We close our gates promptly at 8.50 each day. Children do settle better when they start the day with their friends, so please arrive on time.
COLLECTING YOUR CHILDREN
Keeping your children safe is our top priority, so please bear with us if we ask for ID as we get to know you all. If you arrange for another person to collect your child please ensure you arrange this with us and that they have your individual password and some ID. Please can we also ask that the doorway is kept clear so we can see parents, children and direct them to the right person.
Other children waiting in the garden MUST be supervised please, for their own safety and to prevent damage to the preschool garden equipment. Please ensure children are NOT climbing on the playhouse roof.
Please help us to help you and NAME EVERYTHING!
LUNCH CLUB REMINDER
You don’t need to bring drinks bottles to lunch club, as we have milk, water and cups available. Please make lunch boxes as healthy as possible, remembering that we do not allow nuts or nut spreads due to allergies and sweets, chocolates and chocolate bars are not allowed. Children will often try new and healthy foods when they see their friends eat them.
We hope you are all enjoying Tapestry and looking at all of the antics your children get up to in preschool!
We will be using Tapestry for lots of information, including recording minor injuries and updating you with information, so do keep looking. If you do need any help or assistance we have a parent point in preschool where we can show you how to access your account.
LEARNING AT HOME
We sometimes suggest on Tapestry Observations, an activity or idea that you might like to do at home which may extend the interest or development that has been shown in the observation. Do give us feedback on these ideas.
‘PROUD HANDS’ and ‘WOW’ slips
Your child may come home with a ‘proud hand’ – this will have been given for something that we really felt was praiseworthy. They get 2 hands – one to show you and one to add to our wall. You may also want us to celebrate special things that they have done at home. You can collect a ‘WOW brick’ to write the details of their ‘wow’ moment for us to celebrate and add to our wall.
Thursday 11th October (9.30) is our first Parent Forum meeting of this new year. A great opportunity to find out what’s happening in preschool, give your views and ideas and get to know other preschool parents! It’s very informal so come and join us for a cuppa and cake! If anyone is happy to host this meeting in their house please speak to Di. We will confirm and advertise the venue for the meeting nearer the time.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – so far – more to come!
18th October – BOOKS FOR BREAKFAST AND TALES FOR TEA! Bring siblings and join us for either breakfast and a story (from 8 – 8.45) or tea and a story (3.35 – 4.15)
11th October – parent forum (see above)
22nd – 26th Oct – half term PRESCHOOL CLOSED
8th November – Autumn party 4–6pm– details to follow!
14th Dec – Christmas party at Jungle Jeffries – 1 – 3pm more details to follow.
22nd Nov –PRESCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER-details to follow
19th December – LADYBIRDS WILL CLOSE AT 11.45 FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.
7th January – spring term starts.
Future newsletters will be sent electronically (email,Tapestry and FB updates) – if you prefer a paper copy to pop on the fridge they will be available to pick up in the preschool.
Ladybirds Preschool at Ludlow (all correspondence to this address)
Ludlow Infant Academy
Ladybirds Preschool at Porchester
The Scout Hut