September 2020 Newsletter

Hello

we hope you all somehow managed to have an enjoyable summer. It has been lovely to be back and to be able to welcome all our children back into their Pre-School Year.

We have missed them all so much. A big welcome to all our new children and families who are joining us too. The children are all settling really well and enjoying the free play, adult-led activities, and lots of outdoor play.
During each session, the children play freely and are invited to do many activities. Some of the work they do will be for group displays, some to be kept for their Learning Journals and some to be taken home.
You are more than welcome to arrange to speak to your child’s Key Person or any staff member at any time by asking for a telephone call. Please email and we will be able to give you a convenient time.
As we will be unable to have a Parents Evening we will be arranging telephone appointment times in November to update you on your child’s progress.


Please if you have any questions, or concerns ring
01513430451 or email carol-kerry@brookstep.co.uk


Curriculum

The children have been having fun whilst settling and learning the routines of the group.  They have all had the opportunity to paint their own symbol as shown on their name card and pump bag and have been learning and singing familiar Nursery Rhymes.  

Outdoors the children have enjoyed climbing on our apparatus, playing in the mud kitchen, and especially using our ‘Stepping Stones’ café as an Ice Cream shop

We will continue looking at Nursery Rhymes next week before moving on to the story of the ‘The Gruffalo’

Brookhurst Preschool  Committee

Our group is run by parents. We hold half termly meetings (usually no longer than 1 ½ hours) (zoom at the moment)

We do need more members, if you are interested please speak to Kerry or Carol for more information.


Accidents at Home

Please telephone or email if your child has had an accident at home, so we are able to update records at Pre-School.

Lunch Boxes

Children staying for lunch; lunch boxes are stored on a trolley in the cloakroom.  The cloakroom can get very warm so we recommend if possible placing a small icepack in their lunch box.

Drinks need to be stored within the named lunch box or in a named bottle.

The children seem to have settled well into the lunchtime routine. We will return all uneaten food and packaging so you can monitor how much your child needs. 

We do encourage the children as much as possible to eat their healthy options first.


Facebook

We will from time to time share experiences from within the group. 

We will also add photographs and information on our website.

Please email us if you do not wish your child to appear or if you would like to be added to the page.


Coats 

Please can you make sure your child has a coat each day to enable them to play outside which is named

Clothing

Please ensure all removable clothing is labelled clearly with your child’s name; especially as you are not at present able to enter the building to find coats/cardigans/jumpers etc. 

Please ensure that their clothing is easy for the children to manage when toileting; this will help with their independence Illness

If your child has been sick, had diarrhoea or has a temperature, (37.8C or greater) 

we ask that they be kept at home for 48 hours to ensure that any bugs are not being passed on 

Please telephone or email to let us know of their absence

Medication

If your child is on antibiotics or any medication for example calpol  please ring to speak to Kerry/Carol

Please also consider if they are well enough to come.



Updating information 

Please can those families returning ensure that the information we hold regarding addresses, contact information, and medical information is correct and up to date

Fees

As stated in our policies and procedures notification if a child is absent from pre-school fees will be required and charged for e.g. illness or holiday.  This will be the same if your child has to self-isolate due to coronavirus (COVID 19).  If we have to close we will not be able to provide a service so fees will not be required and you will not be charged.