A BIG WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEW AND RETURNING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. It has been lovely to meet you all at our stay and play sessions before the summer.

 

STAFFING

Manager: Zoe Marler-Hausen (SENCo and Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer)

Deputy: Theresa Quartermaine (Health and Safety Officer and Physical Activity Lead) – Red Group

Administrator: Carmel Gardner (only Wednesdays)

Practitioners:

Jade Cavill (ECaT Lead) - Yellow Group

Gill McCarthy - Blue Group

Ella Hillis – Green Group

Jasmine Knight – Purple Group

Rachael Watt – Lunch Club Support

 

WHAT TO BRING TO PRE-SCHOOL

Please can you ensure ALL ITEMS your child brings into pre-school are clearly labelled with their name.  Each child should come with a named bag, a full change of clothes, and a coat. Named sun cream and sunhat, and wellies/waterproofs if wet. If your child wears nappies, please can you provide spare nappies, wipes and nappy bags to enable us to change them.

 

PAYMENTS

Invoices for lunch club or session fees are due in advance, in current climates we would prefer payments directly into our direct bank or pay using our card machine. Please keep up to date with  your payments.

 

30 HOURS FUNDING ELIGIBILITY:

Please can we remind those families who are accessing 30hrs funding that they need to re-check their eligibility every 3 months.  If this is not completed you will be charged for the sessions.

https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

You can check now if you think you would like to access this in the January term.

FACEBOOK Page  

We have a Ladybirds Porchester page for you to be involved with, please find us and join in to keep up to date with what’s going on.  You can also visit our website www.ladybirdsrus.co.uk

 

Tapestry: Please be aware that we use the online journal Tapestry to record your child’s learning and development at pre-school. By now you should’ve all received a log in password and be able to access your child’s page. Please do add your own photos and observations from home experiences, we love to see them. Any questions come and chat to Zoe.

Accident forms will continue be uploaded to your tapestry account and we ask that you comment on them to acknowledge you have seen them.

 

PARENT PARTNERSHIP

Under current restrictions and guidelines we are still limiting having parents into pre-school,  so parent partnership is even more important to us. We would like to ensure we build up these relationships with you and would ask that you share information/messages on tapestry where we can respond, and you actively have a look at the photos and observations we upload of your child.

 

At collection and drop off times Zoe will be an extra member of staff in the garden to talk to parents, pass on any messages and generally make sure that all our families and children are happy and settled. Please come over for a chat ?Equally if you would like to speak to your child’s keyperson pleases do ask at the door and we will send them into the garden to see you as soon as they can.

 

Parent consultations and reports

This year we will be sending home settling in reports for our families just before October half term, we will then offer appointments for face to face consultations (if government guidelines allow us) where you can talk to your child’s key person and discuss progress and next steps. However, feel free to chat to staff in between these times if you have any questions/ concerns and we of course will help you.

 

SEPTEMBER 2022 School Starters

If your child was born between 1st Sept 2017 and 31 Aug 2018 then they will start school September 2022.

Online applications opened 6th September 2021, and close 15th January 2022

www.southampton.gov.uk/schools-learning/find-school/apply-school

 

Please contact individual schools for details on their open evenings.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 

Half Term: Monday 25th October to Friday 29th Oct Pre-school opens Monday 1st November

 

Thursday 11th November Pre-school photographer will be at pre-school, more details to follow

 

 

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS: Pre-school closes on Friday 17th December 2021and re-opens on Tuesday 4th January 2021 

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