Dear Parents and Guardians,

We’ve had an exciting and educational week at Headstart Preschool, focused on the important theme of “Caring for Our Planet and Recycling.” Here’s a recap of our activities and some important updates:

Recycling Sorting Game: Children sorted different materials (paper, plastic, metal) into the correct recycling bins. This hands-on activity helped develop their understanding of recycling and environmental responsibility.

Sea world- the children have been looking for rubbish and plastic in our water tray and looking to see how sea life get trapped in the rubbish.

Nature Walk and Clean-Up: We took a walk around the preschool grounds, picking up litter and discussing the importance of keeping our environment clean.

Creative Recycling Crafts: Using recyclable materials, the children created various crafts, encouraging creativity and demonstrating how items can be repurposed.

Storytime: We read books about recycling and caring for the Earth, fostering a love for nature and an understanding of environmental protection.

These activities align with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and Characteristics of Effective Learning (COEL) by:

  • Promoting Personal, Social, and Emotional Development: Understanding the impact of their actions on the environment builds empathy and responsibility.
  • Enhancing Communication and Language Skills: Discussing recycling and the environment enriches vocabulary and comprehension.
  • Fostering Understanding of the World: Learning about the environment and recycling helps children make sense of their world.
  • Encouraging Active Learning: Engaging in hands-on activities keeps children motivated and involved in their learning process.

Looking Ahead: Next Week’s Themes- Letter of the Week: E for Exploration

We are excited to delve into the theme of “Exploration.” The letter E will guide us as we embark on various exploratory activities, encouraging curiosity and discovery.

Next Week’s Topic: Space – Our topic will be Space, where children will learn about planets, stars, and the vast universe. This theme promises to be both fun and educational, sparking imagination and interest in science.

Important Announcements

We are thrilled to announce that Paige, our dedicated Level 3 T-Level student, has successfully completed her hours with us over the course of the year. Paige has been an invaluable part of our team, and we are pleased to share that she will continue to pop in during this month to further her experience in early years education. We await her results to see if she has passed her course and will keep you posted!

We are delighted to announce that Paige has been offered a job with us starting in September. This is fantastic news as it means we don’t have to say goodbye to her! Paige has built an amazing rapport with both the children and the team.

She will be returning as a qualified Level 3 staff member (pending results), and we are very much looking forward to having her continue to be a part of our family.

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 will only 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. These hours are not funded and will be charged at £7 per hour (which includes the care package).

Health and Safety announcement- 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.