Dear Parents and Carers,

We had an exciting week at Headstart Preschool, filled with fun and educational activities centred around our theme of “The Beach” and “Under the Sea.” Here’s a recap of our adventures and how they support your child’s development according to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

The Beach and Under the Sea

This week, our preschool transformed into a seaside paradise. The children engaged in various activities that stimulated their imagination and curiosity about marine life. Here’s what we did:

Sensory Play: We created a mini beach and the deep blue sea with sand and water, allowing the children to explore different textures. This activity supports their sensory development and helps them understand the properties of different materials; Art and Craft: The children made colourful marine life and are in the middle of creating our window display (photo will be on Facebook once it is all completed. These art projects encourage creativity and fine motor skills, essential for writing and other tasks requiring hand-eye coordination; Story Time: We read stories about the ocean and its inhabitants. This enhances their language development, comprehension skills, and fosters a love for reading; Science Exploration: We learned about different sea creatures and their habitats, introducing basic scientific concepts and vocabulary.

Link to EYFS: These activities support several areas of learning and development, including Expressive Arts and Design, Communication and Language, Understanding the World, and Physical Development.

Field Time and Outdoor Play

The children also enjoyed ample time outdoors, where they could run, explore, and play various field games. Outdoor play is a crucial part of our curriculum, offering numerous benefits:

Physical Development: Running, jumping, and playing games like tag enhance their gross motor skills, coordination, and overall physical health; Social Skills: Playing in groups helps children learn to take turns, share, and cooperate with others, promoting their personal, social, and emotional development; Exploration and Discovery: Being outside allows children to explore nature, fostering a sense of curiosity and a connection to the environment.

Link to EYFS: Outdoor play supports the Physical Development and Personal, Social, and Emotional Development areas of the EYFS framework. It also encourages children to develop a positive attitude towards physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

Looking Ahead: Summer Safety

Next week, our focus will be on “Summer Safety.” We will teach the children important lessons on how to stay safe during the summer months, including sun protection, water safety, and staying hydrated. These lessons are vital for their well-being and will be taught through interactive activities and discussions.

Letter of the Week: H/h- We will also be learning the letter of the week, “H/h.” The children will practice blending and segmenting words that start with or contain this letter, enhancing their phonics and early reading skills. Activities will include:

Sound Recognition: Identifying the sound of the letter “H/h” in different words.

(for those wishing to challenge themselves) – Writing Practice: Tracing and writing the letter “H/h.”

Word Games: Playing games to find and use words beginning with “H/h.”

Important Announcements

Wrap Around Care: We have a few extra people interested in our wrap-around care from September (3-5 pm). If you would like to use this facility, please email us with the days you would be interested in.  Currently, we can offer Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 3-5pm as we don’t have enough numbers for a Monday to be financially viable.  The more children we have, the better the chances of keeping this service available.

Morning arrival and food: As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children at our preschool, we want to remind you of an important policy regarding food during morning drop-off. Safety First: No Food at the Gate- For the safety of your children, it is crucial that children do not arrive at the preschool eating food. Here’s why:

Choking Hazard: Eating while walking or lining up can pose a serious choking risk. In these moments, children are often excited, distracted, and less careful with chewing and swallowing their food properly.

Supervision: Our safeguard policy requires that all children must be supervised during mealtimes to prevent choking incidents. When children are lining up at the gate, it is not possible for us to provide the necessary supervision to ensure their safety.

If your child arrives at the gate eating food, we will kindly ask them to stop and will remove the food item for their safety.   Please ensure your child finishes any food before arriving at the preschool or save it for after they have entered and are properly supervised. 

We understand mornings can be rushed but ensuring that all children are safe from potential hazards is our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

Lunch time pack up-

We wanted to gently remind you of our preschool’s policies regarding food items brought from home. Firstly, kindly ensure that any packed lunches do not contain nuts, including peanut butter or any chocolates with nuts. Our provision is nut-free, and this measure is in place to safeguard children with severe allergies.  Additionally, we strive to promote healthy eating habits among our children. Therefore, we kindly request that you refrain from including sweets and chocolate bars (this includes chocolate spread sandwiches) in your child’s lunchbox. Instead, we encourage nutritious options that support their growth and development.

It’s important to emphasise the significance of these guidelines in maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all children. Allergies can have severe consequences, and by adhering to these policies, we can prevent any potential risks or allergic reactions.

Should any food items containing nuts or unhealthy snacks be inadvertently brought to preschool, we will kindly return them home to ensure compliance with our policies.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter. Your support in upholding these standards is invaluable and contributes to the overall well-being of our preschool community.

We also have spoons and forks for your child to use at the setting during their lunch if you would prefer to safeguard your cutlery and keep them at home.  All the children at lunch have bins on their tables so they can bin their empty packets and yogurt pots.  We are often finding a spoon or fork in the bin, but at times we do miss this.  Please do not worry that we can’t offer cutlery here, because we can, and we would prefer the children borrow one of ours, as it takes pressure off trying to find the rightful owner of a spoon or fork as we know then they are ours 😊

Clothing

Please could you ensure that any clothes come with a name on as we are often finding the same items coming in and the same sizes, and we are getting them lost and mixed up. We do try our best to ensure the clothes go to the correct home, but we often get mixed up!

The warm and sunny days are here, with plenty of rain!  We ask that all children arrive to preschool with suncream applied, have a labelled sunhat to leave in the setting and labelled suncream. If we can leave hats with us, we can be sure that the children have this on their session days, and it becomes one less worry in the morning 😊 

Book Bags

Please could you ensure that your child comes to preschool with their book bag so we can send pictures home in their bags and send home a book from our lending library. With the weather being as it is, we struggle to carry and keep paper safe to take home with your child. Thank you to those who do remember their book bags. Any lending library books will be sent home 1-2 times per week with a book of your child’s choice, or one we feel they may enjoy 😊

September sessions-. For any children staying on in September and wish to use their extended funded hours.  Please ensure you ‘re-confirm’ with HMRC to avoid losing the extended hours.  Book now to avoid any disappointment later in the term 😊

Key dates

Thursday 18th July- school leavers trip

Friday 19th July- last day of term for summer holidays –(close at 3pm)

Thank you for your continued support in fostering a nurturing learning environment for our little ones. Together, we’re shaping bright futures filled with health, happiness, and endless possibilities.

Monika, Amanda, Sally, Emma, Harriet, Sarah and Whitney.