Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope this newsletter finds you well! This past week at Headstart preschool, we’ve been focusing on the vital topic of summer safety. It’s been an engaging and informative week for the children, filled with songs, crafts, and practical activities designed to help them understand the importance of staying safe in the sun.

Summer Safety Activities

Summer Songs on Safety: Music is a powerful tool for learning, and our children have enjoyed singing catchy songs about summer safety. These songs emphasise the importance of wearing hats, sunglasses, and applying sun cream when playing outside.

Creative Headbands: To reinforce the message of sun safety, the children have made their own colourful headbands. This fun craft activity allowed them to express their creativity while learning about the importance of covering their heads to protect from the sun’s harmful rays.

Sun Cream Practice: We’ve also had hands-on sessions where the children practiced applying (pretend) sun cream on dolls. This activity provided a visual and tactile experience, helping them understand why sun cream is essential in protecting our skin from sunburn and UV damage.

The Importance of Summer Safety Education

Teaching children about summer safety at an early age is crucial. It helps them develop habits that will protect their health and well-being as they grow. By learning through play and hands-on activities, children are more likely to remember and apply these safety principles in their daily lives.

Next Week’s Theme: Caring for Our Planet and Recycling

As we move into the next week, our focus will shift to environmental responsibility with the theme “Caring for Our Planet and Recycling.” This is an important topic that aligns with our commitment to fostering a sense of responsibility in our young learners.

Letter of the Week: R

To complement our theme, the letter of the week will be ‘R’, ‘r’.   We’ll explore words related to our activities, such as “recycle,” “reduce,” and “reuse.” This will help reinforce their phonetic skills while connecting to our environmental focus.

How You Can Support at Home

Discuss Summer Safety: Reinforce the lessons learned by discussing sun safety at home. Encourage your child to explain what they’ve learned about staying safe in the sun.

Practice Recycling: Involve your child in your household recycling routine. Let them help sort materials and talk about why recycling is important.

Explore ‘R’ Words: Engage your child in identifying words that start with the letter ‘R’ in your daily routine. This can be a fun way to build their vocabulary and connect learning with everyday activities.

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.