Friday 24th September 2021

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our weekly newsletter which will update you on what we have been busy with in the week and any important information we need to pass on.

Week 3 of term and you have all amazed us at how well you’ve all settled in. Your all superstars.

We’ve had a super fun week at Preschool, we’ve been continuing to get to know each other with our all about me theme, we have explored the big garden using our climbing skills and got very sandy in the sand pit, we have been learning all about our current ‘autumn’ season and how our environment changes around us, we have been excited to see our pumpkins, marrows and carrots. We have/will be sending an autumn bag home with all the children, while you are out and about and find anything exciting and autumnal to share with us, please pop it in the bag and bring your bag of goodies back for us to all explore.  all our picture of the fun week we’ve been having will be uploaded to our Facebook page. Thank you to all of those who have returned our all about me questions its lovely to see your favourite things.

Most children will have received a form and some information on our ‘daily mile’ sponsored walk we are taking part in on the week commencing 18th Oct. if friends or family would like to sponsor your little ones big or small it will all be gratefully received and a huge achievement for some of the little legs we have.  

As Halloween is while we are on half term, the last week of term wc 18th Oct will be dedicated to lots of Halloween spooky fun, we will have games and activities on every session for your child to enjoy, if your child would like to come dressed in fancy dress, we would love to see you all looking scary a £1 voluntary donation for this would be gratefully received.

Every year we as a setting use cauliflower card to design Christmas cards and gifts for our families, we will create these with your children at preschool and send them home for you to look at their masterpieces along with details on how to purchase and what options are available. We ask that the artwork and form are sent back to setting no later than the 22nd of October. These are always a lovely way to send Christmas greetings to friends and loved ones at a reasonable price.

The children are all provided with a clear book bag to take all their marvellous artwork or important documents home, please ensure these return to setting with your child when they attend their session. If you need to replace your book bag, please contact the setting and we can replace for a 50p fee.

We as always are continuing to learn about healthy eating in the setting and the effects it has on our body, please can you ensure children have a healthy packed lunch with any grapes/tomatoes/strawberries or the likes cut in half length ways to avoid a chocking incident, nothing containing nuts (please see below) No chocolate bars or sweets are permitted only one biscuit or cake as part of their healthy balanced packed lunch. Snack is provided daily which provides a balance of carbohydrate, good fats and fruit or vegetables with milk or water, Water is available for all children throughout the full sessions, even whilst they are outside, us staff encourage the children to drink and explain to them the importance of keeping hydrated.

Hopefully, the good weather will continue a little longer so please ensure your child attends their sessions with sun cream, sun hats, and spare clothes as we love to get wet and dirty. Please ensure all these items are labelled with your child’s name as you can imagine clothes get everywhere and it saves us a lot of time trying to find the right owner if they are labelled with a name. As a request if you have any clothes that you no longer need, we are in need of re stocking our spare clothing, especially girls’ clothing, and socks.

We do have Brayton Headstart preschool polo shirts and zip hoodies to purchase from the setting, if you would like any of these for your child please either telephone the setting on 01757 291191 or email manager@brayton-headstart.co.uk.

As you will have noticed one of our lovely selves are outside of the gates in a morning to answer your queries or if you’d like to pass on information or just have a chat, we all love to talk. Please ring the setting or email Monika to book a time for your child’s key person to ring to discuss you child, their development or any concerns we are here for you whenever you need us.

Please can we remind you that lots of childhood illness are doing the rounds as well as covid still in the background, if your child is unwell, please keep them home from the setting, it is not only unsettling for the child feeling unwell, but it also risks the infection of other children and all the staff.

Polite reminder:

Brayton Headstart is a NUT FREE setting. Can we refrain from putting anything containing nuts in pack ups, including chocolate spread and peanut butter.

The diary is open for next year onwards and we are filling up already, if you are thinking of extending your child’s sessions, please contact Monika ASAP to avoid any disappointment.

We are also looking for new committee members, the setting wouldn’t be able to run without a committee so it is vitally important so Brayton Headstart can continue having a place in the heart of the village that families have attended for more than 30 years, if you would like information on what it involves please contact chair@brayton-headstart.co.uk

We have our settings AGM scheduled for October the date will be confirmed in due course.

Many Thanks, Brayton Headstart