POSTED > 10.11.2011

Dear Parents

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn Term.

I would like to say how pleased we are with how the children returning after the Summer break and how all the new children have settled into playschool.


Our newly revamped website is now ‘live’ and is looking great! It is easier to navigate with more information, including a ‘stop press’ section where important/emergency ‘real time’ information will be posted – eg should we need to close due to snow. Please have a look and if you have any suggestions (positive or negative) please let me know. The website will continually be updated and added to. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone involved with playschool to thank Laura, Greg and their staff of Urban Truant for offering their services and producing such a wonderful site –

Lunch Boxes:

Please by mindful of the amount of food you put in your child’s lunch box. Some children have so much they are struggling to eat it all. Also, please remember not to include nut or egg based products. To help the staff please have your child’s name clearly marked on the OUTSIDE of the lunch box.


As the weather begins to get colder can you ensure that your child has an appropriate named coat and named wellies. If they arrive in wellies, please ensure that they have indoor shoes to change into.

Committee Meeting:

The next committee meeting is on Tuesday 29 November at 8pm. It will be held in the upstairs committee room at the front of the Memorial Hall.

Late Arrivals/Collections:

By arriving late registration is disrupted and can be intimidating for the child, likewise it can be distressing for the child when collected late. 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.

Starting School September 2012:

If your child is starting reception class in September 2012 you need to apply either online at or collect a CR2 form from the Primary School available from 1 November 2011. Applications need to be received by 12 o’clock midnight, Sunday 15 January 2012, alternatively call 0845 603 5623.

Art of Living Estate Agents:

Art of Living continue to donate £50 to playschool on any lettings and up to £250 on sales. You must make Art of Living aware of the connection between yourself and playschool at the time of valuation and instruction.

Tesco and Sainsbury Vouchers:

This year we ordered a water butt so the children can collect their own water safely, plus sand timers, storage bags, sensory resources.

Sports Equipment Giveaway:

Haven Fun and Fitness are giving away free sports equipment to support Under 5’s. Last year we received a selection of fabulous sports equipment that the children love. To enable playschool to qualify you need to follow these simple steps:

  • Log on to
  • Click on ‘support your playschool’
  • Either search by town ‘Southampton’ or postcode ‘SO31 4JE’
  • Click on ‘register your support’
  • Complete the form and leave a message

We need to achieve 70% support in order to receive FREE equipment – and 100% support to qualify for a bonus item! Please ask family, friends (basically anyone you know with an email address) to log on before 27 April 2012.


If you are unable to collect your child from session and arrange for somebody else, please make sure you either inform a member of staff at drop off or ensure the person collecting knows your password.


Details of Christmas performance to follow shortly.

Playschool Contact Numbers:

If you need to contact playschool please telephone on:
07708 426134 During sessions
07903 388568 Out of sessions

The Spring Term begins on Monday 9 January 2012.

Kind Regards


Julie Ash