News

 
December
 
We have had a lovely week getting in the festive spirit in preschool. Children have been playing with festive scented playdough, making mince pies, craft activities: cards and calendars.
 
We had our last forest school session of the term. The children made Gruffalo pictures and had a fab time in the field and drinking scrummy hot chocolate!
 
This week...
 
Party details: 
 
Starts at 9.30am in the Village Hall
There will be activities for you to enjoy taking part in with your children. Activities include: Reindeer food making, decorating biscuits and xmas tree decs, face painting, pass the parcel.
Declan will be coming along at approx 11am to lead a music session with you and the children. This will include our 5 Christmas songs. Song sheets will be in your child's tray 1st thing monday morning.
A special visitor will be coming along!
There will be a raffle and lucky dip. 
Party lunch around 12pm. 
Reminders:
Please stay with your children and join in the fun!
Let me know if you cannot bring your child as i will give you their xmas pressie from santa
Raffle prizes in by WEDNESDAY please!
Food list is on the fridge, please put your name down to bring a plate
Bring any sold raffle tickets and money on the day or into pre-school any day this week.
HAVE A GREAT TIME!
Other info:
Reports from tapestry have been created and will be shared with you. If you wish to discuss anything in more detail (as they are brief) please see your childs key worker or myself. 
 
Please remember to empty your child's trays at the end of the day. 
 
We have a Christmas post box in the entrance for xmas cards. I have also written a 'class' list of names if you want a copy.
 
Photo's will be back this week for you. 
 
What a wet and windy week we have had this week. The children have been very busy starting to explore Winter Tuff Trays created by Kim. They have loved the fake snow and finding animals which live in the cold.
We have read Stick Man and the children have used sticks to paint master pieces and made their very own stick men.
 
This Week...
 
Forest School: Tuesday 4th December. Fingers crossed for less wet and windy weather. This week its our last week and these children are invited: Harley, Jacob K, Jacob B, Reef, Zethan and Dylan. Please bring warm and waterproof clothing!
 
Christmas
Our food list for our party on 14th will be on the fridge this week. Please pop your name down to bring some goodies. You are welcome to bring in extra bits if the boxes fill. No nuts!
 
Raffle Prizes
Donation for the Raffle we will be holding at our party are greatly received please. Bring into pre-school asap.
Karina will be creating hampers to raffle off. All money to pre-school. 
 
Raffle Tickets
Will be sent home in the coming week. We will allocate 5 per family for you to buy/sell for £1 a strip. Your are welcome to more if you wish.
Please write names clearly on the backs of EACH number for us for those you buy/sell.
 
Christmas songs
We are practicing 5 Christmas songs which we will singing at our party with Declan. I will send the words out for you in trays. You need to be ready to sing with us!
 
Tapestry
For the last 2 weeks of this term, i have advised staff to use these weeks as 'catch up' weeks to ensure children's gaps in learning are being supported. Therefore your child may not have a learning snap shot on tapestry. We will be doing smaller obs and pics...dont worry! I will be attempting to print a report from tapestry for you to get a guide on how your children are getting on overall.
 
Please ADD YOUR photos leading up to xmas and over the xmas period!
Please don't forget to LIKE or comment on observations we share of your child with you. It is really important to show us you are seeing your child's achievements. Thank you
 
 
 
 
November
 
November 23rd 2018
 
We have had a fab week this week in preschool raising awareness and learning about road safety.
 
We have played games and had lots of discussions about how we keep safe when out and about. The children have learnt that we must hold hands when crossing roads, listen and look. They have talked about traffic lights and road crossing. Many hadn't heard about Zebra crossings so they have learnt about that. We had a visit from Hayley the Community Police officer. She came on Wednesday and talked to the children about staying safe. She left some dressing up, stickers and colouring in sheets. She also bought her police car which the children had turns at sitting in and also heard the very noisy sirens! 
 
Next Week...
 
Forest School is on Tuesday 27th at 10.30am. The children going this week are: Ava, Logan, Noah, Mali, Elsie and Coralie. If your child is not normally in on a tuesday, you are invited to bring them in for this hour session (10.30-11.30). Let me know if you cannot make it.
PLEASE MAKE SURE you bring in warm clothing and wellies. The children spend an hour outside during forest school and it can get very cold. The experiences they get from forest school are valuable so make sure they are dressed well!
 
All Saints OPen Morning
This Wednesday...28th November, 9.20am. Please come along if you are interested in sending your child there next september...i will be there in prep for Dylan starting school next year!
 
Tapestry
Dont forget to comment and/or like observations we share with you about your child's learning.
 
School admissions
The time has come for those children due to start school in September 2019 to apply for their school places. I have spoken to many of you already and will catch the rest next week. I am offering support to those who would like me to apply with you. I will offer a session where i will stay in pre-school one afternoon if you want to pop back and apply here. 
 
Christmas Party
Invitations for the christmas party have gone out. It is on Friday 14th December (our last day of term). We are asking for donations for the raffle please. Please bring into pre-school anytime. We will be handing out tickets in preparation for this in the next few weeks, £1 a strip.
 
Food list for the party will be on the fridge shortly. 
 
If you have any questions or want to talk to me about anything, please let me know.
 
November 16th 2018
 
We hope you have had a good week! Pre-school have had a busy week writing their Father Christmas list which will be posted next week. Some children went to Forest school and made Chinese Drums!
Many children have been practicing writing their names, practicing counting and we have done a number of group sessions on Emotions.
 
Next week....
Forest school: Tuesday 20th November. Children going are: Harry F, Harry E, Isobel, Oliver and Zethan. Dont forget warm clothing and wellies!
 
Beep Beep...Road Awareness week!
Next week our planning is focused on Road Safety. We will be providing activities for the children to learn about road safety, role play activities to put these into practice. A link to the website about this is: http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/about
 
We will be talking to the children about safety when crossing the road: holding hands, listening to adults. They will learn about zebra crossing and crossing the road safely. We will talk about car safety and importance of sitting in car seats and also talking about cycling. 
At the end of the week the children will have a Certificate and a Zebra mask to take home.
 
Tapestry
Dont forget to comment and/or like observations we share with you about your child's learning.
 
School admissions
The time has come for those children due to start school in September 2019 to apply for their school places. I have spoken to many of you already and will catch the rest next week. I am offering support to those who would like me to apply with you. I will offer a session where i will stay in pre-school one afternoon if you want to pop back and apply here. I will wait till after the All Saints open day on Wednesday 28th Nov at 9.20am.
 
November 9th 2018
 
I hope you have all had a good week. In Pre-school this week we have been talking about fireworks and sharing our Firework experiences. The children have done firework paintings and children in on Monday afternoon joined in with Forest School. We had a small fire, toasted marshmallows and had some hot chocolate. 
Some children who were in yesterday talked with Rachael about Remembrance Sunday and painting finger poppy pictures. We have made biscuits and had Kate Newman was in for photos on Wednesday.
 
Next Week...
Forest School is on Tuesday 13th Nov, theme is Africa: Elsie, Betsy, Evelena, Joe and Coralie will have their turn. Please make sure they have plenty of warm clothing, boots and waterproofs.
 
We will be starting our letters to Santa next week. If anyone is popping to tesco/argos etc and can grab us some catalogues or if you have any at home, please bring them in. Thank you!
 
Information/dates for your Diary...
To help us to monitor Tapestry, please can you 'like or comment' on your child's observations. Ofsted like to ensure that settings are sharing learning with parents and whilst we are doing all we can to do this on Tapestry, it is helpful to know that it has been seen! Thank you
 
I am in the process of registering for a table on Light up Axminster's Christmas event on Friday 1st December. We are planning a lucky dip and cake sale (i think) to raise money for pre-school. We will need some volunteers for help running the 'stall' on the day as the hours we are allowed to be there are 4.30-8.30pm. No one wants to stand there the entire time, so if you can give an hour of your time let me know! Thank you so much
 
Christmas Party Day: Friday 14th December at 9.30am. Invited in the next few weeks. 
 
Our new units have arrived and i will be assembling them ALL on Sunday. If anyone is handy and wants to help me, i will be here from 1pm. Equally i will be needing help disposing/selling our old units. Please spread the word. Thank you!
 
Facebook Page...
Please make sure you like and keep up to date with our facebook page. I will be creating links from Devon and other useful information for you. We regularly share updates and info so keep informed!
 
Lets Talk More...
In the pre-school peg area we have displayed a 'lets talk more everywhere' monthly strategy. This months tip is to consider background noise when communicating with your children.
 
November 2nd 2018
 
I hope you have all had a lovely week.
In pre-school this week the children have done lots of fun Halloween activities. They have carved pumpkins, made cakes, done halloween crafts, explored messy jelly, pasta and other gooey stuff!
 
The first Forest school session has been a great success. The children enjoyed going on a bug hunt and making playdough spiders, weaved a web with string, they learnt about spiders and how they eat. All this  followed by enjoying a warm hot chocolate with marshmallows.
 
Our next session is on Monday afternoon and ALL Monday afternoon children are taking part. We will be lighting a small fire in the garden! Please bring layers of clothing so the children will keep toasty warm.
 
WEDNESDAY 7th OCTOBER - 9.30am Kate Newman will be here taking photos. You are welcome to bring in your children and siblings throughout the morning. 
 
FUNDRAISING
At our Spooky Halloween cake sale we raised £57.50! Thank you for everyone's contributions! The money is going towards new storage units in preschool which i will order next week!
 
CHRISTMAS PLANS!
This year pre-school will be celebrating Christmas on Friday 14th December, our last day of term. There are a few plans to be finalised but ALL children will be invited to come along to the Village Hall in the morning with parents/family to take part in a fun filled Christmas celebration. We will have plenty of activities, music and songs with Declan, a special visitor, party and a small fundraising table. Invites and more details will follow soon. SAVED THE DATE! 
 
October
 
October 25th 2018
 
We have loads planned for this coming half term. Here are a few updates and reminders.... 
 
FOREST SCHOOL 
 
I have booked in Zelda to start forest school sessions this half term. Please find attached a letter about them. This time, i have planned for the children to get 1 or 2 sessions dependent on days of attendance. If they only have 1 turn, i will make sure they have 2 next time. 
 
We are asking for a £2.50 donation from every child to contribute towards the costs. Forest school doesn't come cheap but it is something we as a team feel strongly about in benefiting children's learning. Pre-school will fund the rest. Please bring in your child's £2.50 next week. I will approach you to sign a permission slip for us please. 
 
The children going this week are: Jacob K, Reef, Noah, Joe and Oliver. Please bring suitable clothing and shoes as they will get cold quickly. Their theme this week is Bug Adventures! 
 
HALLOWEEN 
 
This week we will be having some fun messy (not scary) activities with the children for halloween. On Wednesday children are welcome to dress up in halloween themed clothing (please do not make it too scary!) There will be a cake sale in the play ground at the end of the day. Donations of CAKES AND BAKES to pre-school by Wednesday please! All money raised will be going towards new storage units in the pre-school room. 
 
COMMITTEE MEETING
 
Our next committee meeting is on this THURSDAY 1st November in pre-school @ 7pm. New committee members applications have been submitted/are in progress. All expected to attend please. 
 
PAINT
 
Sadly our paint is not very washable when it gets on clothing. We have repeated tried different varieties but its a bit of a nightmare. The children are offered painting opportunities daily and this will continue. Please make sure your child has 'nursery clothes' which you dont mind getting dirty. I know it is not ideal! We will be getting a few aprons, but if you would like to bring in one for your child or an old larger t-shirts to wear when they paint, you are welcome to. You can also purchase a Wise Owls T-shirt for £6 and it wont matter if they get dirty. Let me know!
 
PHOTOGRAPHS
 
I have arranged for Kate Newman to come into pre-school on Wednesday 7th November @ 9.30am to do individual photos of the children. They will be uploaded onto a secure site for you to purchase (nice xmas pressie idea!). More details will follow. Please make sure you bring in clothes you want your child to wear. Let us know if you want siblings from school to join your child (and let the school know). If your child in not normally in on that day, you are welcome to pop in during the morning to have your child's photo done. 
 
LUNCH BOXES
 
We know it is hard to think about lunch box ideas and it is easy for go for the same things every time, particularly when children can be 'fussy'. Devon County have shared some guidance and ideas for healthy lunch boxes and smart sugar swaps. More info can be found on:
 
 
Healthy swaps ideas will be shared in pre-school.
 
TERM DATES
 
This half term is Monday 29th October till Friday 14th December.
 
 15th October 2018
 
In pre-school this week we have had a rather creative week with lots of activities promoting children's creativity and imagination. Some children have made some hedgehogs out of pine cones and clay. Some have made binoculars with Fran out of tubes, string and masking tape. We have been practicing our scissor skills and done lots of mark making. Some of the older children have wanted to practice writing their names using their pebbles. We were super proud to see some starting to form good letters from their names.
 
REMINDERS
 
Please make sure you are bringing suitable clothing for the weather. We do like to go outside, even in rain/drizzle so waterproofs and/or spare clothes are a MUST please.
 
DONATIONS
Some of you may have seen we are wanting to fill some shoe boxes with items to support the Rotary. I have 2 boxes which i would like to do for 1-3 year old and need items such as: flannel, tooth brush, small soft toys, picture book, hat, socks, scarf, soap (NO fluid, food, liquids, battery powered items, clothes or larger toys). If any one would like to donate anything, that would be fab thank you.
 
FOREST SCHOOL
This week i will be planning the list of dates each child will attend forest school on our return from half term. Please can you all bring in £2.50 so that your child can attend. If your child does NOT attend on a tues and you are wanting them to come, i will be asking and checking which day you can make.
 
HALLOWEEN
We will be planning some halloween themed (not scary) activities for after half term. We will be holding a spooky cake sale on Wednesday 31st October in the playground. All monies raised will be going towards our plans for new storage facilities in the pre-school room.
 
Please can you bring in and cakes or bakes w/c 29th October for us to sell on 31st. Could i please have some volunteers from committee members to help me sell the cakes on the day?? Thank you!
 
NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING...
Our next committee meeting will be held in pre-school on Thursday 1st November at 7pm

8th October 2018

I am sorry I am a bit late in sending my weekly email. The weekend has flown by! Plus my laptop had a funny 5 mins!
We have survived the first week of October...can you believe it! Two weeks to go to half term, its crazy!
 
SESSIONS
Just so you are all aware, January is filling up fast, so if your child is due to start school next September and you wish to increase sessions, please let me know sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. You can check on: https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare
to see if you are entitled to 30 hours free childcare. I will need codes and details before xmas so you can apply now. 
 
INVOICES
Invoices went out last week, please make payment within the month. Thank you!
 
WINTER READY
I have had an email from Devon County Council offering advice and reminding us that children aged 2-9 years should be immunised. The school will have contacted you regarding school aged siblings, but children aged 2 and 3 years are to get their immunisations via GP. I strongly recommend you do this. Don't wait for a letter from them.
 
FOREST SCHOOL
I have arranged for Zelda to return after half term to do more forest school sessions with the children. She will be coming in to do these on a Tuesday. I will be making a 'plan' to ensure all children get a go, even if your child is not in on a Tuesday, i will speak to you. This time round, we are asking for a £2.50 donation from you for your child to take part. This will not cover the full cost but part of it and the pre-school will pay for the rest. Myself, staff and committee believe this to be fair and reasonable however, please come and see me if you think this would be difficult for you. We are really looking forward to Forest School starting again!
 
GRAPES
Please make sure that if you pack grapes in your child's lunch box that these are already cut - long ways. There are many horror stories about the choking risk and we want to make sure this risk is minimal. Thank you!
 
DONATIONS
Some of you may have seen we are wanting to fill some shoe boxes with items to support the Rotary. I have 2 boxes which i would like to do for 1-3 year old and need items such as: flannel, tooth brush, small soft toys, picture book, hat, socks, scarf, soap (NO fluid, food, liquids, battery powered items, clothes or larger toys). If any one would like to donate anything, that would be fab thank you.
 
MACMILLAN
My sister and i held a coffee morning in preschool a few weeks back and we have raised £218.53! I would just like to thank you all so much for coming along and/or donating money. It has been paid in to this worthy cause. Thank you!
 
September
 
30th September 2018
 
I hope you have had a good week. In pre-school this week we have had a visit from AxeVale Wildlife park. All of the children really enjoyed meeting and saying hi to a tortoise, bearded dragon, snake, stick insects and a millipede. They also looked at spider skin, snake skin and egg shells. There will be pictures on tapestry in the next week...i took quite a lot!
The children have also enjoyed exploring the ELF Firebox, dressing up as fire fighters. Some also played a floor game which involved counting dots on the dice, moving their characters and answering fire related questions. I was very impressed.
 
This week among other things, we will continue to look at Autumn as the weather changes as leaves continue to drop. 
 
October invoices will be handed out this week. Any questions, please let me know.
 
TAPESTRY
Please can you reply to this email and let me know if you cannot log in to tapestry. I shall sort them all out in the week. I believe the best way to look at your childs observations is to login in on the internet, not the app. Save your email and password, then when an email comes through to you notifying there is an observation, click on it and it should go straight to your children observations. I have checked the settings and this should work. Forget the app for now.
 
I wont be in pre-school Monday and Tuesday as i am in Cardiff at a friends wedding. If you have any problems or questions Kim will be there. I can get back to you with anything on my return.

23 September - Good Afternoon All,

I hope you have had a lovely weekend. I would personally like to say a massive thank you to all of those who came, donated and/or baked for the Macmillan Coffee morning held yesterday. It was a wet and miserable day so no better way than to spend it eating cake! So far, we raised £141.91 which is amazing. Thank you so so much.
 
COMMITTEE MEETING
This week we had our committee meeting. We had a great turn out and elected new members pending completion of the EY2 forms. As there has been troubles with what we need to do (not our fault) we now know this has to be done online. There are some questions regarding the right number to use on the form I will following this up with Becca and let you know tomorrow. 
 
FIRE FIGHTER ROLE PLAY
The fire service have learnt us a role play box with resources and activities for the children to do. We have had it for  1 week and the children have loved exploring, dressing up and pretending to be fire fighters! We have it for 1 more week and will continue with this. 
 
AXEVALE WILDLIFE PARK VISIT
We will be having a visit from the Education Officer and animals on Wednesday morning at 9.30am. If your child is not normally in pre-school and you would like to come along, let me know. 
 
REMINDERS
Please can i remind you to make payments for your September invoices by the end of the month. As a committee we discussed altering it so they will be dated from the first of the month and you have till the end of the month to make payment.
 
DID YOU KNOW....
 
We use and update our facebook page regularly. Please like us!
 
Have a lovely rest of the day and we shall see you next week!
 
Thank you
 
Nic x 

16 September - Good Evening All,

I hope you have had a lovely weekend. Axminster Carnival was good last night, i hope all those who watched enjoyed!
 
We have had our first week of completing our Learning Snap Shot Observations. Half of the children have been completed, the second have are being observed this week. Observations are on your child's tapestry account. This cycle will continue, we hope you find them interesting and useful. We are learning so much more about your children by completing them!
 
EVENTS
On Wednesday the 26th September, we will be having a visit from Axe Valley Wild Life park who are bringing in a selection of animals to meet the children.
 
Declan is now coming at 9.30am on Fridays. Its not ideal as it is our quietest day but we shall see how it goes! He is in high demand!
 
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING...DONT FORGET!
My sister and i will be holding a Macmillan coffee morning in pre-school this Saturday 22nd September 10am till 12pm. Everyone is welcome to come along for a slice of cake and a cuppa. All for a great cause in memory of my nan and anyone else who has lost a loved one to Cancer. There will be a raffle for a cake made by the lovely Monique Soole!
PS. Any bakes/donations greatly received! x
 
AGM
This week we have our AGM meeting followed by a committee meeting. Thursday at 7pm in Pre-school. Those parents who have completed the DBS check and sent off their EY2 forms and therefore would like to be put forward to join our committee, please make sure you are there. If you are really unable to attend, i will happily put your name forward if you can provide me with a statement of commitment and interest in joining.
 
There are some roles (small roles) which will be available as current members step down. These will be discussed in the meeting in more detail.
 
REMINDERS
 
Please return any forms i have given you regarding funding.
 
This week is headcount week so i will be asking for you to sign to agree we claim the correct funded hours at Wise Owls.
 
As the weather is variable, please remember suitable clothing, coats etc to suit the weather. Please also remember to bring in spare clothes for your children as we do get wet and messy...that's why they come to pre-school!
 
We look forward to seeing you all next week!
 
Thank you
 
Nic x

8 September - Good Afternoon All,

The children have survived their first week back at pre-school. It has been a lovely week meeting and welcoming new children. They have all done really really well. 
 
SHARING LEARNING
Next week we shall be starting our new planning and observation system. You will have observations added to your child's tapestry accounts so please make sure you log on regularly! Over fortnightly periods, one observation will be titled "Learning Snap Shot", we will be doing these to make more focused notes and observations on your child and this will then inform our planning. If you would like more info on this, come and see Nic.
 
FORMS
Many of you this term are new to the Early Years Funding for 3+4 year olds. I have given you all Parent Declaration forms which i need to have back please. Can you also bring in your child's birth certificate or passport for me to look at and i can sign to say i have seen it. Alongside these forms are Pupil premium forms. It is up to you if you want to fill these out and return them to me. It explains what it is on the front. It cant hurt to fill out in case you are entitled.
 
Invoices have been handed out this week (if i missed you i will give it you this week). This is now monthly so please make payment withing the date given. Thank you
 
EVENTS
On Wednesday the 26th September, we will be having a visit from Axe Valley Wild Life park who are bringing in a selection of animals to meet the children.
 
Declan is now coming at 9.30am on Fridays. Its not ideal as it is our quietest day but we shall see how it goes! He is in high demand!
 
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
My sister and i will be holding a Macmillan coffee morning in pre-school on Saturday 22nd September 10am till 12pm. Everyone is welcome to come along for a slice of cake and a cuppa. All for a great cause in memory of my nan and anyone else who has lost a loved one to Cancer. 
PS. Any bakes/donations greatly received! x
 
Have a lovely weekend and we shall look forward to seeing you all next week!
 
Take care
 
Nic