It is hard to believe after this unusual year that we are into the last few weeks of the summer term; and at long last the sun has appeared to brighten the way.
The children at Pre-school have been busy settling in, getting reacquainted with friends, remembering routines and just finding their feet again.
When the lockdown restrictions were relaxed, we invited Rugby-tots back to pre-school to get the children moving and working as a team. This term, we introduce Kiddleydivey, a music-based activity led by the wonderful Heddi. The children love following the actions, playing the instruments and singing.
We have also been able to offer weekly cooking sessions that enable the children to learn about healthy foods and how to cut the food safely. The children have also had regular PE sessions led by a parent who is a qualified Sports teacher. Many thanks for this.
The Pre-school Forest School session has been in full swing this year and all the children have had the chance to experience this wonderful activity of playing and exploring in the woodland nearby. Forest School will continue in the Autumn term with a new group of explorers.
Thank you to parents and local residents for your donations of unwanted clothing for our Bag2School fundraiser. The lockdown has restricted our fundraising projects and the bags collected have provided extra income to help pay for new resources. Our next collection is Monday 21st June 2021 and bags of clothes may be dropped at the pre-school hall by 9am.
Finally, to end the term on a lovely, happy memory, we have invited Ark Farm to visit with their variety of small pets for the children to meet and pet. We are so excited and we cannot wait to see the children’s faces as they see the pets arrive for a special day at Pre-school.
We wish all our children a wonderful summer and good luck to the leavers as they move on to school. We thank you all for your continued support.
Tina Horler, Paola Maher, Helen Lewis and the team.
Happy New Year 2021
Christmas Events 2020
A huge thank you for all the kind words, Christmas cards and gifts we received in the days before Christmas, and for the money collected for the staff to have a meal out to celebrate. We are keeping it safe and all longing for that time when the social world reopens and we can plan a night out together.
The children surprised us with a special Christmas video talking about their teachers at pre-school and we all laughed and cried at how sweet and thoughtful the parents had been to put this together.
As with many pre-school events last year, the Christmas party and Bazaar had to be adapted, but the amazing committee had a plan to keep the fundraising going. They spent the autumn term collecting donations from local businesses, hotels, supermarkets, and shops and were able to set up a Christmas Cracker fundraiser, and an online Auction to raise much needed funds for new pre-school equipment.
We were also very privileged to be part of the Marlow Bottom Christmas Lights fundraising event, alongside the Churches in Marlow and the Marlow Bottom playing fields. The houses in Marlow Bottom were invited to enter the competition and their garden Christmas lights were judged from four categories. Maps could be purchased to plot a route around the lights and we thank Tin town, Da Luca and Rebellion in Marlow Bottom for helping to sell the maps.
The staff organised a day of fun for the children with a Christmas Activity day specially planned to include “throw a snowball challenge, lucky dip, hook a duck, coconut shy, glitter bottles and hidden stars.” It was a lovely day and the children got a taste of the Christmas spirit at the end of term.
Spring Term 2021
We were excited to open on Tuesday 5th January, despite a new lockdown coming into force to close all Primary schools, Secondary Schools and Colleges. Nurseries and Pre-school could open as normal. We did not know what to expect, but parents were fantastic and quickly advised us of their plans and concerns regarding the new lockdown. The first week was quiet, which allowed the staff and keyworker children to safely return and adjust to updated safety routines. As each week passes, more children are returning to pre-school but we continue to step carefully through each day making the most of our wonderful outdoor space to allow children to play together as normal. We know the children are happy to be back playing with their friends, and the smiles we see and the laugher we hear is a good place to start.
May we wish you all a very Happy, Healthy New Year 2021.
Marlow Bottom Pre-school CIO is a non-profit, charitable organisation and the parents on our committee guide the decisions, organise fund raising projects and support the staff throughout the year. The Committee are always looking for new parent members and if you would like to make a difference in the running of your child’s pre-school, big or small, please speak to Tina Horler for more details on 07592 388723.
Autumn Term 2020 Newsletter
The start of every new term is always exciting but especially this term. We saw the return of children who had stayed away since lockdown began, and our little ones in the Spring have grown tall over the Summer and are now our big children. We welcome too, new little faces who join us on their first experience at pre-school.
We reopened on Monday 7th September and the children are all very happy to be back. There are a few changes – more handwashing, less choice of toys due to cleaning guidelines, and lots of outdoor play. The children are not in bubble groups so they can play freely and are becoming aware of the importance of handwashing and being mindful of others’ space.
Our themes for September 2020 start with “All about us” and the children have been thinking about their favourite things, their families and pets. We have been planting winter bedding in our soil beds, and watching the leaves on our garden trees start to fall and change. We will be talking about Autumn as we see the changes to our environment happen.
Our Forest School has started, led by Mrs Whyte, our trained Forest School leader. Her team take a small group of children into the woodland nearby to explore and play with its natural resources. Digging in the mud, bug hunting, making dens and having fun.
We are not sure what the virus may bring us in the future, but we are happy the children are back, playing and learning and making new friends.
Summer Term 2020 - Pre-school reopens 8th June 2020
Next week we reopen the pre-school to our children and start to return to a different kind of routine. The hall is still the same and the garden still has the same climbing frame and lots of room to run around, but there will be less toys out to choose from and not as many children in session to play with. We may not see all our friends every day, and we won’t stay for lunch; we will have to keep washing our hands and sit in our own space at the tables and on the floor. But we will still have the same teachers, still listen to our favourite stories and still have lots of fun playing with our bubble group friends.
As we all begin to slowly emerge from our safe places during this term’s lockdown, we feel sad for families who have lost loved ones and families who are working in key industries and have lived apart to keep their children safe. For many of us the lockdown has meant staying home with our family and just making the most of quality time spent together. We look forward to hearing about the lovely things the children have been doing – walking, cooking, cycling, painting and just stopping to smell the flowers.
For our older children moving up to big school, it will be a chance to finish their chapter at pre-school, and we will still made an occasion of handing over their yellow books full of photos and pictures drawn or painted since they started. It is always wonderful to see how much they grow, in height and confidence, during their time with us.
We look forward to our little ones returning in September, and new faces beginning their journey with us. We know it will be a little different, but preschool still remains a safe place to run and laugh and learn together – whether that is with a few friends or all together. We will wait and see.
Thank you to all our wonderful parents and children who have stayed in touch during lockdown and kept us up to date with their news. We wish those of you leaving us this summer – good luck for all the new adventures school will bring, and to those children returning in September – we will see you soon. Take care.
Happy New Year 2020 from Mrs Horler, Mrs Maher & the team
We welcome the children back after the holidays and hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
A huge thank you for all the kind words, Christmas cards and gifts we received, and for the money collected to help us celebrate the end of term with a staff night out. The ladies had a wonderful meal at The Polecat Inn near Great Missenden. Many thanks – it was a good night!
All the Christmas events of 2019 were superb and kept us all busy. The Christmas bazaar was fantastic and great fun – many, many thanks to our parents on the Committee who all worked hard to make this a success; especially Fundraising Lead Lucy Waite, Chair Sophia Corbett and the rest of the team. The money raised will go towards extra activities such as our Preschool day out in the spring, Rugby tots, Cooking and replacing resources.
Our annual invitation to Burford School to watch the reception children’s nativity is always a highlight and the children were excited to walk up to the school. We all enjoyed the experience of sitting in the big hall to watch the production. It was amazing!
Following weeks of song practice, the children performed to their families at the Christmas Show, and Sami, the local Vicar, joined us to read the Christmas Story. Thank you to all the parents, carers, and grandparents who came to watch and support the children. It makes it extra special for the children to have such a large audience.
The final event of the year was the Christmas party, and the children were entertained by “Hayley Turay” with her party music and games including decorating the staff as snowmen. We also had a surprise visit from Father Christmas who gave gifts to the children before dashing back to the North Pole.
A BIG THANK YOU, to all the members of the Committee – The pre-school could not continue without a team of parents to guide the decisions, organise fundraising projects and support the staff throughout the year. The Committee are always looking for new members and if you would like to make a difference in the running of your child’s pre-school, big or small, please speak to Tina Horler or Paola Maher for more details.
We wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Fun 2020.
Autumn Term 2019 Newsletter
The start of every new term is always exciting but especially the Autumn term, when our little ones in the Spring have grown tall over the Summer holidays and are now our big children, and new little faces join us on their first big step to independence.
Our first day back is Friday 6th September 2019, 9am to 3.30pm, and we look forward to seeing the children and hearing all about their summer.
On Thursday 5th September we open at 10am for a drop in “Coffee morning” for the new parents and children. They meet the staff and can ask any first day questions, and it is a good opportunity to be able to chat with other new parents at the start of their journey together through the school system. Each parent gets to meet the member of staff who is allocated as their child’s teacher and who will work closely with the parents or carers to ensure their child feels secure and confident to play.
Our theme for September 2019 starts with “All about us” and the children will think about their favourite things, their families and pets. We will also be talking about the summer holidays and hear how the children have spent their time. We will explore our environment with walks to the local shops and park, and our weekly Forest School sessions will resume in the nearby woods.
Come and join in with the fun!
Our Committee Meet and Greet/AGM evening is on Thursday 19th September at 8pm in the Village hall – all parents are welcome. This is a chance to meet the staff and existing Committee and find out a little more about the important role (big or small) each parent can make in running your child’s pre school.