Plea for raffle prizes: Other than watching the little ones perform their stage debuts and eat mince pies, the raffle is another highlight of our Nativity celebrations – as well as being a huge fundraiser for the Pre-School. We normally get some fantastic prizes through the hard efforts of the committee and parents.
We would be very grateful if you have any unwanted gifts, toys, chocolates, wine etc. that you may be willing to donate or perhaps you know an organisation, or work for a company that might be able to offer a prize, such as vouchers or an experience? One main prize this year will also be a ‘luxury’ christmas hamper, so if at the very least you might be able to donate a small item, such as a jar of chutney, jam, biscuits, cake etc. that we can add to the hamper, that would be fantastic.
Contributions are being accepted from now, so just bring them into Pre-school at any time.
Welcome back after the half term break we hope you all enjoyed the holiday.
This week we have been celebrating Halloween, we hope the children have enjoyed making ghostly balloons, bats, pumpkins and especially creating pumpkin scones. Next week we will be celebrating bonfire night so if you are going to a bonfire celebration over the weekend don’t forget to post a picture on your child’s Tapestry account.
If your child is starting school next year please make sure you read the flyer which was sent home this week which gives you the information you will need to secure your school place.
The school photographer will be at pre-school on Tuesday 14th November don’t forget to book a slot if your child is not here on a Tuesday.
That’s it for now, enjoy the weekend.
Hello from Cuckoo Meadow. Just a quick reminder that we finish for half term on Friday 13th October for a two week break. We return on Monday 30th October.
Thank you to everyone who has so far made a donation to our voluntary contributions we really appreciate your support and this will help to fund extra curricular activities and provide more craft opportunities for the children to take part in. We would be unable to offer this to the children without your help as the Government funding does not cover these costs.
Hello from Cuckoo Meadow. In the last parent mail we sent you we told you that the party date would be Friday 21st December, this was a mistake and we meant to say Thursday 21st December, thereby the last pre-school sessions will be Wednesday 20th December. Please amend your diaries accordingly.
Please ensure that all Christmas card orders are returned to pre-school along with the payment by Friday 29 September.
We have been asked by Puddleducks, the local toddler group to let you know that they meet up every Wednesday morning in the Doris Cook room here at the Pavilion from 9 o’clock to 11 o’clock so if you have a toddler why not bring them along for a cup of tea and a play.
Hello from Cuckoo Meadow. Please add the dates below to your diary.
Friday 13th October last day of half term. Please note we are having a two week half term break so we return to pre -school on Monday 30th October.
We will be holding our AGM on Thursday 5th October here at the pre-school at 8 o’clock. Please come along and support us.. This is an opportunity to see how the pre-school runs and a chance for new parents to have a chat with staff about how their child is settling in.
On Tuesday 14th November the school photographer will be visiting pre-school. If you do not attend a Tuesday session you can book an appointment nearer the time with a member of staff. If you would like siblings to appear in the picture again book an appointment, these make great Christmas gifts!
This years nativity will be held on December 9th at Preston Candover village hall, more details to follow nearer the time.
Our last day of term at pre-school is Thursday 20th December. We will be holding our Christmas party on Friday 21st December. There will be NO pre-school sessions on that day. The party will begin at 11.00 and there may be a visit from a very special person!
That’s all for now, have a good weekend.
Welcome to our new children who have joined us this year and welcome back everyone else. We would also like to welcome Mrs Kat Andrews who has joined our permanent staff after being bank staff for a couple of years we are looking forward to you joining the team. If you are unsure of any aspect of preschool life please ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.
This is going to be a very busy term and we would like to remind you that we will be having a two week half term break so we finish for half term on Friday 13th October and return on Monday 30th October. Please make a note in your diaries.
We will be looking at some of our favourite books this half term so look out for some great creations by the children. The children will also be creating Christmas cards over the next two weeks for you to purchase and send to friends and family so look out for those too.
Please can we have any outstanding funding forms by Monday or you will miss the funding date and you will receive an invoice for the term.
As the weather gets colder please can you ensure that your child comes to pre school wearing the appropriate clothing and footwear.
The preschool is registered with easy fundraising so if you do any online shopping you could help raise funds for your preschool. All you need to do is to sign up and support us at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/cuckoomeadowpreschool it is extremely easy to do and helps boost preschool funds.
Welcome to Cuckoo Meadow! With term starting on Monday 4th September it really is just around the corner now.
We want you and your child to have a wonderful experience during your time with us so to help with any questions you might have about your first day please take a look at the below which will help you know what to expect.
Doors open at 9am and in the foyer each child will have a labelled peg. Please put coats only on the pegs and bags on the floor below. Take lunch boxes and water into the main pre-school room. Your child will be signed in as you walk through and you will see a member of staff by the doors into the playground, this is where you can hand in your show and tell item – more on this below.
Lunch boxes should go in the metal unit in the centre of the room and water in the water basket – this is so that the children have access to water throughout the day as per OFSTED guidelines. Lunch guidelines can be found in the pack you will have received but please ensure that children are able to get in to their lunches independently, avoid cling film and use foil or paper to make this easier and ensure fruits such as grapes or cherry tomatoes are cut in half.
There is also a board for your child to find their name and place it on their own register – this helps with name recognition, initially guided by a photo of each child and then just names for rising 5’s as they become ready.
As mentioned above, each day we ask the children to bring in a small item for show and tell following the letters of the alphabet so the first week will be ‘A’. This really engages the children, helps develop awareness of the alphabet and words and objects.
If your child is only doing a morning session please ensure that you arrive promptly for pick up as delays can cause issues with numbers for those arriving for the afternoon session.
At the end of the day please make your way to the playground to the rear of the pre-school where the doors will open at 3 and staff will reunite you with your child one by one and fill you in on any issues from the day.
I hope our new starters are excited to start their Cuckoo Meadow journey and we all look forward to getting to know you all and to welcoming back those who were with us last year.