Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week in preschool, the children have been zooming off in their rockets and exploring the awe of Space. Exploring the topic of space in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) supports learning and development in several ways. This thematic approach has helped to engage children’s curiosity and imagination, while also promoting various areas of development outlined in the EYFS framework.

Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (PSED)- the children have learned about teamwork and Collaboration.  They have created activities like building a model rocket or creating a space-themed display encourage children to work together, share ideas, and cooperate. This in turn helped the children to build their confidence and Self-awareness, by role-playing as astronauts or scientists allowing the children to express themselves and build confidence in their abilities.

Communication and Language- Vocabulary Expansion: Introducing terms like “planet,” “star,” “astronaut,” and “spaceship” has helped to enrich children’s vocabulary. Listening and Speaking has been strengthened by discussing space-related topics, listening to stories about space, and participating in group discussions enhance listening and speaking skills.

Physical Development- Fine Motor Skills: – the children have created activities such as crafting rockets, drawing planets, and cutting shapes to help develop fine motor skills.  Gross Motor Skills: Playing games that involve space travel, such as jumping and dancing which all promotes physical activity and coordination.

Literacy -Reading and Writing: Reading space-themed books and stories helps develop reading skills. Storytelling and Imagination: Creating and telling stories about space adventures fosters imagination and narrative skills.

Mathematics, -Counting and Numbers: Counting stars, planets, or space objects in activities helps reinforce number skills. Shapes and Patterns: Identifying shapes in space (like circular planets or star patterns) and creating space-themed patterns supports shape recognition and pattern skills.

Understanding the World-Science and Exploration: Learning about the solar system, planets, and stars introduces basic scientific concepts and fosters curiosity about the natural world. Technology: Using technology, such as watching videos of space missions or interactive apps about space, supports digital literacy and understanding of technology.

Expressive Arts and Design -Creative Expression: Art projects such as painting, cutting, and glueing.  They have made space sensory bottles with glitter, oil and water and created beautiful artwork using their imagination and sharing different ideas.

Next Week’s Theme: The World, Food, and Different Cultures

We are excited to announce that next week’s theme will be “The World, Food, and Different Cultures.” We will explore different countries, their traditions, and the variety of foods they offer. This theme will provide an excellent opportunity for the children to develop an understanding of diversity and global awareness.

Letter of the Week: ‘W’ ‘w’

To complement our theme, the letter of the week for our sounds show and tell table will be W. We encourage the children to bring in an item that starts with the letter W to share with the preschool.  We will also be continuing to blend the letters by playing ‘I spy’ to support the learning and understanding.

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 or Friday 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.