Our Pre-School News
Hello and Welcome Back!
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 Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 9am and we look forward to seeing the children and hearing all about their summer.
We welcome Candy Schlesinger to our team. She has joined us from a Nursery in London having moved to the area and is a highly qualified and experienced teacher in Early Years. Mrs Sam Ison has also joined our team moving over from our relief staff. We wish good luck to Mrs Maher and Mrs Hay as they start their level 3 qualification in Early Years this term, studying at Henley college one day each week.
On Tuesday 6th September we open at 10am for a drop in”Coffee morning” for the new parents and children. They are able to meet the staff and ask any first day questions, and this 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 will also get to meet their child’s keyworker, a member of staff who is allocated as their special helper, and will work closely with the child’s parents or carers to ensure the child feels secure and confident
when their carer has left.
Our theme for September 2017 starts with ‘Singing and signing Nursery Rhymes’. We will be singing our favourite songs and incorporating actions and learning opportunities around the themes. We will be talking about the summer holidays and hear how the children have spent their time. We have updated our garden equipment to provide more exciting challenges for the children playing outside, and our weekly Forest School will continue for the older children later this month.
We provide exciting activities for the parents too! Our first social event is a Parents Social Badminton Evening on Thursday 14th September 8pm to 9.30 at the Badminton Centre Cressex. Followed by a Committee Meet and Greet/AGM evening on Thursday 21st September at 8pm in the Village hall. This is a chance to meet the existing Committee and staff and find out a little more about the important role (big or small) each parent can make in running your child’s pre school. Please don’t be put off by the word Committee, it is just a group of lovely parents making decisions about what they want for their childrens
education and helping to achieve it together.
Our ‘Children’s Halloween Party’ is on Monday 30th October 3.45pm to 5.15pm in the Village hall.
Let the fun begin…….. 🙂
What a Year We Have Had!
We wanted to thank each and everyone one of you for all the support you have shown us with our fundraising efforts. We have been able to complete the soft surface flooring in the back garden, mend the leaking shed roof and continue to supply a healthy snack for the children each day.
Thank you very much from all the Committee, the Staff and most importantly, the Children. It really does make a difference to the experience they have with us here at Pre-school and the facilities we can offer them. And we hope you can see evidence of that in and around the Pre-school. THANK YOU SO MUCH ONCE AGAIN!
The Best Bit...
…has really got to be the new climbing frame in the garden of the Village Hall. It was purchased in May 2014 using our hard earned fundraising money and a cash boost of £980.00 from Wycombe District Councillors for the area, Dominic Barnes and John Richards. We were able to get it installed in time for our Open Day in May and we were joined on the day by both Councillors and the Bucks Free Press for it’s ‘Official Launch’. We must thank the Village Hall Trust for giving us the go ahead to install it and we think the children may have had their money’s worth already. It’s a great success and all the children can benefit from it every day.
Last terms Sainsbury’s school voucher items are in. We now have new balls, new play food, a garden teepee, a zig zag tunnel, large foam dice, hedgehog stones, bean bag scarves and a foam rugby ball. Lots of things to get our children up and moving. A big Thank You to the parents who brought in their vouchers!
Please Bring a Bag to School
We had another successful year of clothes and textile recycling and raised over £200 from our two collections (November & April). We will plan another two dates for the next academic year so please don’t throw anything away. In the meantime, it’s important to visit their website to check what they do and don’t accept.
You can raise money for the Pre-school by doing your normal online shopping via easyfundraising.org.uk. Every time you shop, you earn a donation for the Pre-school and it won’t cost you an extra penny. And if you install the Find & Remind toolbar when signing up you don’t even have to remember – you’ll be reminded each time you visit the retailers involved, of which there are over 2,000 including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay, Next and Tesco.
They will donate a small percentage of what you spend to us to say thank you for shopping with them. It’s a really simple process, all you have to do is:
- Register at www.easyfundraising.org.uk.
- When you’re asked to choose your cause, select Marlow Bottom Pre-school – Buckinghamshire.
- Get shopping – it couldn’t be easier!
We do already have a small handful of supporters who are shopping online and raising money for the Pre-school but this is something that could be done so easily by everyone! Please register, it costs you nothing!
Where Does it All Go..?
You will no doubt be wondering where and what we spend all our fundraising money on? And it’s a very good question! Obviously the Climbing Frame was a massive purchase for the Pre-school and it did cost £3,800. We’ve also made some other big improvements to the outdoor space in recent times such as the large digging beds, small planting border and chalk boards. Please also be reminded that we do fund the children’s daily snacks – fresh fruit and vegetables which can cost up to £1,000 per year. And who can forget those lovely days out the children have enjoyed to the Wild Life Trust at Wooley Firs. The staff have also purchase some other nice new toys and pieces of equipment. A full report of what has been spent this academic year will be given at the AGM in October.
And what are our future plans..? We would welcome your thoughts and suggestions on improvements to the Pre-school and you can either speak to Mrs Horler or please do come along to one of our very informal Committee Meetings and have your say. Everyone is always very welcome.