POSTED > 18.09.2015
Dear Parents
Welcome to the start of a new school year and a special welcome to those of you who are starting playschool for the first time.  We all hope your child will enjoy their time with us and have lots of fun along the way.
On behalf of all the staff I would like to say a very BIG thank you to everyone for their kind words, generosity and all the lovely gifts we received at the end of the summer term.
Please feel free to stay and settle your child and always say good-bye before you leave.  As well as settling in the children, if any existing parents see any ‘new parents’ looking a bit lost as to where to go or what to do, please point them in the right direction.
The children have been allocated a key person who will work closely with you and your child and answer any of your questions or concerns.  In some cases there may be a change to your child’s key person due to session changes and/or staff work patterns, in which case you will be notified accordingly.
Should you have any concerns about your child’s speech or any other areas of development, please discuss this with Debbie, our Additional Needs Co-Ordinator.  We are able to liaise with other agencies for extra support and also work alongside agencies already involved with your child thus giving your child continuity throughout their development.
During the first half of this term we will be concentrating on settling in the new children and children returning from the summer break, reinforcing playschool rules and building friendships.  We will also be looking at Harvest Festival and associated occupations; farmer, baker and greengrocer.  During this time we will offer the children a selection of different fruits, vegetables and breads to try. 
Amazing Achievement Slip:
Amazing Achievement slips are available in playschool.  Please complete a slip to enable you to share with us anything your child does outside of playschool such as, riding a bike without stabilizers, sporting achievement, family outing, being kind, sharing; the list is endless.  The children are very proud when we share their achievement to the rest of the group.
Free Craft:
Junk modelling is always available to the children.  Please send in cardboard kitchen towel rolls (no toilet rolls or egg boxes please) and any small boxes/pots/containers/milk bottle tops.  Please ensure that all containers are thoroughly washed.
As we are unable to keep all our books on the bookcase at once, we will be running a library to enable the children to access more books.  The basket of books is on the floor by the red information table and should your child wish to take one, please complete the simple form in the basket. 
Session Times:
It is imperative that children are dropped off and collected promptly, on time, to prevent disruption and to keep our ratios correct.  If you are going to be unavoidably delayed please telephone playschool so we can re-assure your child that you are on your way – 07708 426134.
If you are collecting your child at midday please wait by the white doors in the main car park between the black gate of playschool and the orange barrier.  This will enable us to keep the children as safe as possible.
If you are dropping your child off at midday, please continue to use the playschool door at the rear of the Memorial Hall.
If you are driving, please be aware of children and siblings in the car park, especially if you are reversing out of a parking space.
Lunch Club:
Please ensure that all lunch is supplied in a container/lunch box clearly named (ideally on the outside) and not loose in a rucksack.  When preparing the lunch box please be mindful of children with allergies, ie no nuts, eggs ir kiwi fruit.  Children will be reminded that their lunch box is their own and not to be shared.  The children have approx 20 mins to eat lunch, so ideally a selection of sandwich/wrap, yoghurt, fruit, cheese, crisps will suffice.  Uneaten food will be returned home to enable you to gauge what your child has eaten.
Wet Weather Gear:
Please ensure that your child arrives at playschool with a named long sleeved coat as the weather is very changeable.  We have waterproof ponchos to go over the children’s coats to enable them to explore outside in the rain.  Please remember to bring in NAMED wellies if it is raining.  During sunny weather please ensure that you apply sun cream to your child before playschool.  If your child is attending all day we will re-apply.
Please remember to bring in a piece of fruit / vegetable sticks for the children to share at snack time.
Payment of Fees:
A few parents have enquired about the possibility of paying fees direct via the internet.  This is acceptable providing you use your child’s name as the reference and you email  confirming the date of the transaction and the amount paid.

Details are:

Bank: Barclays Hamble
Account Name:  Hamble Village Playschool
Sort Code: 20-79-25
Account Number: 90380059

Diary Dates:
Half Term Week: Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2015
End of Term:   Thursday 17 December 2015
Christmas Party*: Friday 18 December 2015 - 0930 to 1200
*All playschool children invited – no afternoon session
(Hamble Primary finishes Friday 18th at 1230)
Spring Term begins:    Monday 4 January 2016

Playschool Contact Numbers:
If you need to contact playschool please telephone on:

07708 426134 During sessions
07903 388568 Out of sessions
Kind Regards
Julie Ash