Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and that you’ve had a fantastic week. Here’s a glimpse into what’s been happening at Headstart Preschool this week:

Exploring Healthy Lifestyles- This week, our little learners delved into the exciting world of healthy lifestyles! Through a variety of engaging activities, we explored the importance of making healthy choices and taking care of our bodies. From crafting colourful pictures to engaging in both indoor and outdoor exercise sessions, our children have been actively involved in learning about the significance of a balanced diet and regular physical activity.

In line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, this themed topic allowed our children to develop essential skills across various areas of learning. From personal, social, and emotional development to physical development and understanding the world around them, each activity was carefully designed to support their holistic growth and development. 

Furthermore, this week we have focused, like every week into yoga and mindfulness.  In the EYFS, both these activities play a crucial role in supporting children’s holistic development.

Here’s why they’re important-

Physical Development: Yoga promotes physical strength, flexibility, and coordination in young children. Through simple poses and movements, children develop body awareness and control, which is essential for their overall physical development.

Emotional Regulation: Mindfulness practices teach children how to recognise and manage their emotions effectively. By learning techniques such as deep breathing and mindful observation, preschoolers can develop self-regulation skills, helping them navigate their emotions in a healthy way.

Concentration and Focus: Both yoga and mindfulness activities encourage children to focus their attention on the present moment. This helps improve their concentration skills, which are essential for learning and academic success as they progress through school.

Social Skills: Yoga and mindfulness activities often involve group participation and cooperation, fostering social interaction and communication among preschoolers. These practices promote empathy, respect, and teamwork, which are fundamental for building positive relationships with peers.

Stress Reduction: Even at a young age, children may experience stress and anxiety due to various factors. Yoga and mindfulness provide tools for managing stress by promoting relaxation and a sense of calm. These practices can help children cope with challenges more effectively and build resilience.

Creativity and Imagination: Yoga poses often involve imaginative themes or storytelling, which encourage children to use their creativity and imagination. This not only makes the practice more engaging but also supports cognitive development and language skills.

Healthy Habits: Introducing yoga and mindfulness at a young age instils healthy habits that children can carry with them throughout their lives. By learning to prioritise self-care and mental well-being, our preschoolers develop a foundation for lifelong health and wellness.

So as you can see, in the early years, when children’s brains are rapidly developing and they are forming lifelong habits and attitudes, incorporating yoga and mindfulness into the curriculum can have profound and lasting benefits for their overall development and well-being, which links nicely to our Healthy Lifestyle topic 😊

Stay and Play Sessions- We’ve been thrilled to welcome our grown-ups to our stay and play sessions this week! Thank you to all the parents and carers who took the time to join us. Your presence not only brightened our setting but also enriched the learning experiences of our children.  Working in partnership with families is at the heart of what we do here at Headstart Preschool. By opening our doors and inviting you to participate in our activities, we aim to foster a strong sense of community and collaboration. Your support and involvement play a vital role in your child’s early learning journey, and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with you.

The overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received has been truly heartwarming, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting another stay and play session very soon! We look forward to welcoming you once again and continuing to strengthen the bonds between our preschool and our wonderful families.

As always, if you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your input is invaluable as we strive to provide the best possible early learning experiences for your child.

Looking Ahead- Get ready for an exciting week of exploration and discovery in our preschool science room! Next week, we’re diving into the fascinating world of colours, buoyancy, and scientific wonders. Our young scientists will embark on a journey to uncover the mysteries of mixing colours, investigating what floats and what sinks, and delving into the captivating realm of scientific exploration. Through hands-on experiments, playful activities, and curious questions, we’ll spark curiosity, ignite imaginations, and lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Get ready to unleash your inner scientist and embark on an adventure that’s bound to be colourful, exciting, and full of discovery!

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 😊

Letter of the week-

This week’s letter of the week was ‘H’ where children try to name as many things beginning with ‘H/’h’ and search for objects where possible to bring to the table as a ‘show and tell’

Next week, we will focus on ‘’E/e’’

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 (fingers crossed it stays).  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 also 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– we have very limited spaces left if you wish to extend your sessions for September. 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- (a separate letter is going home with our leavers child regarding this day).

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.