POSTED > 13.01.2017
Dear Parents
Welcome back to the Spring Term. 
Firstly, thank you for all your kind gifts and lovely cards.  I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
Application for a School place – September 2017:
If your child is due to start school in September 2017 and you have not already applied for a place, the closing date is SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 2017.  Go online at to register.
Should you wish to support your child’s learning at home, please find below details of the topics we are looking at this half term.  Please share any learning with your child’s key person or on an achievement slip.  This half terms planning is based on discussions held with children before Christmas as to what resources they would like to play with.
09.01.17 Spiders.Little Miss Muffet
16.01.17 Vets and Pets Peter Rabbit
23.01.17 Recycling
30.01.17 Chinese New Year.  Year of the Rooster.  Food tasting.  Textures
06.02.17 Garage / Petrol Station
13.02.17 Babies

Naming Items:
Please ensure that coats, wellies, hats, scarves, lunch boxes, drink bottles, rucksacks are all clearly named on the outside so they can be easily identified.
Outside Play:
We tend to take the children out most days, so please ensure they have a warm, shower/water proof coat with sleeves.
Please remember to supply a piece of fruit or vegetable sticks for the children to share at snack time.
When Barclays Bank closed we acquired bags that will make ideal ‘wellie’ bags.  Each bag will have your child’s name on and where possible we would like you to keep a pair of wellies at playschool at all times.  These will be hung up in the foyer.  If you are unable to keep a pair constantly at playschool, please pop your child’s wellies in their bag at the beginning of their session and collect at the end.  PLEASE do not take the bags home.
Late Arrivals/Collections:
By arriving late registration is disrupted and can be upsetting for the child, likewise it can be distressing for the child when collected late.  If you are running late and are not going to make your 0900 or 1200 start, please wait and bring your child in at 0930 or 1230, unless agreed in advance ie doctor’s appointment.  If you know you are going to be late, due to unforeseeable circumstances, please telephone the playschool (07708 426134) to let a member of staff know.  This way they can reassure your child.
Parent Rota:
The parent rota sheet is up on the notice board.  Please write your name against the session you would like to stay and play (please ensure that your child has settled at playschool first).  The children really enjoy showing their parents/carers around.
Key Person Allocation:
Where children have changed/added sessions it may have been necessary to re-allocate a key person.  If this is the case you will be notified in due course.
Amazing Achievement Slips:
Amazing Achievement slips enable you to share with us anything your child does outside of playschool such as, ride a bike without stabilizers, sporting achievement, family outing, being kind, holidays, sharing; the list is endless.  The children are very proud when we talk about their achievement to the rest of the group.  If you require any more slips help yourself to the ones on the red parent’s information table by the desk.
We are still running our library.  All library books can be found in the wicker basket by the red parent’s information table.  If your child wishes to take a book, please sign it in and out.
And finally, I am sad to announce that after 17 years of loyal service, Julie Hampton has decided to move on to become a Postie.  Her last day at playschool will be Friday 3 February.  I am sure you will join me and the staff in wishing her all the best in her new career.
Julie’s key children will be re-allocated and I will inform you of your new key person in due course. 
Diary Dates  
Half Term - Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February 2017
Easter Holidays - Monday 10 April to Friday 21 April 2017
May Half Term - Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June 2017
Summer Holidays - Finish Thursday 20 July – tbc
Leavers Party - Friday 21 July - tbc
Playschool Contact Numbers:
If you need to contact playschool please telephone on:
            07708 426134 During sessions
07903 388568 Out of sessions
Kind Regards