News & Forthcoming Events

Weekly News 29th November 2019

We all have had a busy week at preschool this week.
The children have been using their imagination lots through our loose parts. Indoors the children decided to make a lorry with the planks and chairs. This lead them to think about different professions and what they do. Their lorry was to carry the chairs as they were to heavy.
In the garden the children used the loose parts to make their own sleigh and reindeer. The children gathered all the scattered toys in the sleigh before flying off to deliver them. This was very thirsty work and they were rewarded with hot chocolate and marshmallows!!
Also in the garden the children used the building bricks to make ice skates. They pretended to skate around the garden being careful not to fall.
The children inside enjoyed drawing and being creative. We had lots of lovely pictures which was really lovely. The children enjoyed sharing the tractor calendar Miss Hannah has brought us which sparked off lots of questions about farm machines.
Coach Jon’s session was inside this week as it was just a little too wet to be outside. He went over his mini golf skills which the children enjoyed.
In group time the children thought about winter and things that are cold brrrrrr! Next week we would like to start to think about Christmas. If you have anything unusual or interesting please bring it in for our curiosity cube. This is a cube where we can explore, provoke and encourage learning.
Reverse Advent Calendar – You may of notice a box in the entrance hall. This is for our reverse advent calendar. Every year we will choose a charity to donate to. As the local food bank have plenty we have decided to donate a hamper to the local charity HOPE. Hope is an independent charity working for the benefit of those vulnerable and at risk within our community. Their aim is to provide a safe haven for those who need it, with an opportunity to learn new skills, the chance to work and become part of a team, and even progress into paid employment. We would like to collect hamper items for this charity. We will be collecting items every day until the 13th. This will then be presented to the charity in time for Christmas. We do hope everyone will support this by donating at least one item.
Next couple of weeks……….
Bring something for our Christmas Curiosity Cube
Costumes to be in by the end of the week
Any extra tickets please do ask!!
Christmas lunch box menus to be returned
Christmas present to be handed in
All outstanding invoices to be paid
Christmas Lunch on Thursday 12th
Christmas play and party Friday 13th
End of term Friday 13th
Start of the Spring term Monday 6th January 2020!!
Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week!
Miss Emma, Miss Trudy, Miss Hannah & Miss Jo

Weekly News 22.11.19

We have had a eventful week at preschool.
On Monday we had a visit from one of Miss Hannah’s puppies. The children sat quietly on the mat and were able to stroke the puppy. Some of the children also managed to give the puppy some treats. The puppies owner also gave the children some treats which we enjoyed at snack time!
Coach Jon taught us a new sport this week….Golf! The children managed to use the oversized clubs to hit the balls. Miss Trudy and Miss Hannah also had a competition to see who could get a hole in one. Miss Hannah was the winner!!!
Maggie Moo came to visit us on Thursday and took us on an adventure through her wonderful songs.
In group time Miss Trudy talked to the children about Autumn and got the children to think of some curious questions.
‘What do Bears need to build a house in the winter?’
‘Why are the sea animals stuck underneath?’
‘Why do the animals go to sleep?’
‘Do sharks build a house?’
‘Why do the leaves fall off the tree?’
Next week Miss Hannah will be leading the group time. She will be thinking about Winter. Please bring in something that is related to winter for her to explore with the children.
We have been informed that Flu outbreaks have increased in Somerset and that a few schools and nurseries in the south west have been affected. The best protection against seasonal influenza is the annual vaccination. All preschool children from the age of two are eligible for the flu vaccine. We encourage everyone to get their children vaccinated through their GP’s. We continue to maintain a good level of infection control at preschool in the hope we can reduce the likelihood of acquiring influenza.
HOT LUNCH MENUS – please can all orders be returned by Thursday Morning at the latest to Miss Hannah. Please note that your child will not need a meal booked for the 13th as this is our Christmas party. If you have ordered and paid this will be deducted off your next bill.
Christmas Nativity – letters will be handed out next week for your child’s party food. Please return by Friday 6th December. Additional tickets are on sale for £1
Sessions for the Spring Term – letters confirming sessions will also go out next week. If you find these are wrong, or you would like more or to make a change please speak to Miss Emma who will happily help.
Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week!
Miss Emma, Miss Trudy, Miss Hannah & Miss Jo

Weekly News 08.11.19

It has been a very busy week at preschool with lots of amazing adventures to catch up on from your half term. We had children who went to see fireworks, some saw crocodiles and one met Billy Beachball on their holiday!
To celebrate bonfire night the children explored different techniques on how to make a picture that looked like fireworks. On the floor the children had access to some logs, bricks and chalk. On the table they had access to cardboard tubes, marbles and paint. As you can see from our photos the outcomes where very creative.
We introduced our new story stones to the preschool. The children where unsure about them at first and asked what they were. They quickly learnt how to use them and their imaginations started to run wild and we had lots of funny stories being made….. “The granny flew in the aeroplane and eat the cloud. They taste like cotton wool. Then the shopping basket ate a tree!”
The children have also been accessing the children’s camera. They have been taking lots of photos of each other and things around the preschool.
Next week we will be introducing small group times for the children who are going to school in September 2020! This will be short to begin with then building up throughout the year. Please look out on Tapestry news for things we may ask from you at home!!!
Upcoming events……..
Storytime – we have been invited to join the reception class for their Storytime on a Tuesday afternoon. This will start at 3pm. If you need to collect your child early on this day please do so by 2.45pm.
Parents evening – 12.11.19 we look forward to seeing some of you for parents evening!!
Nativity – 13.12.19 at the village hall. Please note if this is not a regular session for your child that we ask you to bring them along to the hall for 11am. After the nativity we ask that an adult is present to stay with the children (everyone) to enjoy the party food and meet our special visitor. The party will aim to finish by 1.30pm – 2pm when everyone is free to go and start to enjoy their Christmas celebrations!
Zoolab – 10.12.19 at preschool.
Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week!
Miss Emma, Miss Hannah, Miss Trudy & Miss Jo

Annual General Meeting – 22nd October 7.30pm held at the preschool. This is a perfect opportunity to come along and meet other parents. It’s a chance for you to join our fantastic committee and play a major part in your child’s journey. The committee play a huge role in running the preschool and without the support of these volunteers we are unable to open. If you would like anymore information please do speak to a member of staff or our Chair Alice agpalmer@hotmail.com

Weekly News – 18th October 2019

The children have had a lovely week investigating Farms! We had a visit from a farmer with his lovely calf’s. We made our very own butter and cooked some yummy soup. We were also invited to St George’s harvest festival in the church.

Weekly News – 11th October 2019

This week has been fun packed with lots of awe and wonder…..
We have now signed up to The Curiosity Approach accreditation. The Curiosity Approach is more than just a beautiful play place. It’s a beautiful recipe of wonderful ingredients including Reggio, Steiner, Te Whariki and a sprinkle of Montessori. We are hoping that throughout this accreditation process our environment becomes an aquarium which reflects the ideas, ethics, attitudes and life-styles of the people who live here. Throughout the process we will be asking you for your input ideas and support. If you would like more information please do ask.
This week one of the children became fascinated by an object. They asked many questions and explored the shape. Miss Trudy introduced them to a new word ‘Boomerang’. Some children recognised this word and told her that it comes from Australia. Together they looked at the map and decided to make their own! One child named their boomerang a ‘Boogerang’!
To celebrate Autumn we will be having lots of different activities over the next two weeks. Next week is Farmers week where we will be having lots of different exciting activities to do with farming and sharing harvest celebrations with St Georges School. If your child would like to decorate a pumpkin of any size and bring it in to display at preschool, we would love to see them. They can be any size and decorated in with what ever you would like. We will be giving a prize for the best decorated pumpkin, so get creative!
Thank you for grandparents who came into preschool to celebrate Grandparents Day. The children enjoyed baking scones and sharing them. Yum Yum!!
Coach Jon came and taught as ‘big bubble, small bubble’ and how to make pyramids. Maggie Moo took us on a journey on her train for milkshake. She taught us a new song about doing 2 things at the same time which is really tricky!!!
Next week to celebrate farmers week we will be joining St George’s School for their Harvest Festival service in the church on Thursday afternoon.
We would like to take an offering of produce from pre-school. If you have anything that we can add to our basket please can you bring it in before next Thursday.
Have a fun filled curious weekend! We all look forward to seeing you next week as a Farmer’s…….
Miss Emma, Miss Trudy, Miss Hannah & Miss Jo 🙂

Weekly News – 4th October 2019

We have had a very busy week at preschool. This week the children have been given some challenges. They found Humpty Dumpty fallen off his wall and had to make a new one to keep him safe! The children also find some sad Owls who needed a new nest. The children thought about the challenge and with the loose parts started to build. One of the children asked about the sounds Owls make. Miss Hannah use her iPod to learn the sounds that owls make. We have had some amazing buildings and maybe some future architects in the making! Miss Jo set the challenge of making faces using natural resources and mirrors. The children looked at their features and each other’s. They discussed what was the same and what was different about each other. Miss Trudy set the challenge of working together in her bakery! The children thought about the different roles they need and set about working together as a team! Coach Jon and Moo Music came to see us this week. We went driving, looking for leaves and extending our physical skills though kicking and hitting.
Upcoming events…..
Parents evening– this is open for parents to book an appointment with their key person. It is really important to come and see us if your child is new to the setting or is off to school next September. The times are on the wall above the signing in sheet.
Farmers Week – to celebrate harvest festival we are asking the children to come in dress in the theme of farms!
We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week!
Miss Emma, Miss Trudy, Miss Hannah and Miss Jo x

Weekly News – 27th September 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we have had a fantastic week which started in a sweet way! Miss Hannah had kindly organised our Macmillan
Coffee Morning – Thank you we raised £38.85. The children enjoyed their picnic as they tucked into some very yummy cake. There is still time to donate if you so wish! we had some cake left over and decided to share this with the toddler group at St George’s. The children enjoyed spending time over at the school and even had their snack there! Miss Emma brought over her ‘Magic Spoons’ and we all had a lovely sing along.
The children on Tuesday felt a bit tired so we thought about what we could do. One child suggested to get some pillows so we all made some little nests to rest on. Miss Emma played a calming sleep story to the children whilst they rested their heads. The children all felt refreshed and ready for lunch.
As the weather has been rather damp we decided to put on our wetsuits and wellies to go outside. In the garden the children worked together to build with the tyres and crates. At times there were some challenges but as a team they tested ideas and came up with some great solutions. One of our children was very creative and used the tyre as a hula hoop!!!
Maggie Moo and Coach Jon came to visit us this week. The children all listened well and had lots of fun!
Please note we have had a few temperatures and sickness this week. To aid the spread of these nasty bugs in line with public health that it must be 48 hours since the last episode of sickness or diarrhoea.
Upcoming events……………
Annual General Meeting – 22nd October 7.30pm held at the preschool. This is a perfect opportunity to come along and meet other parents. It’s a chance for you to join our fantastic committee and play a major part in your child’s journey. The committee play a huge role in running the preschool and without the support of these volunteers we are unable to open. If you would like anymore information please do speak to a member of staff or our Chair Alice agpalmer@hotmail.com
7th October – Grandparents Day Tea Party 2pm – 3pm
7th November – Sponsored Pyjama/Onsie Day in aid of Crackerjacks Children’s Trust
28th October – 1st November – Half term
Miss Emma, Miss Trudy, Miss Hannah & Miss Jo

 

The New Preschool Committee – Alice Zourzi

As some of you may already know, there have been a few changes to our preschool committee. Lucy and Fiona have stepped down as Chair and Vice Chair after putting in a lot of hard work and dedication over the last few years. They have done a fantastic job and we all owe them a huge thank you!

Myself and Alex Walker have taken on the roles of Chair and Vice Chair. Our treasurer is now Paul Bowe and our secretary is Katherine Shean. Clive, Kim, Fran and Jolene make up the rest of the team. We are always keen to get more members so please come forward if you are interested in joining us!

There are some new, and very fetching, photos of the whole committee going up on the website and the board outside the school so please do come to any of us with ideas, comments, feedback or any concerns. We really need and value your input to make sure we are providing the best possible environment for the children.