Our Pre-School News
Hello and Welcome Back!
We hope that you have all had a lovely sunny Easter break.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our fun Easter event at the end of term and a special thanks to the committee for organising the activities, the bouncy castle and to Hayley Turay for the music and dancing. Thank you to the parents who baked the delicious cakes, joined in with all our fun and games and contributed so generously in so many ways. We can announce that we raised an impressive £440 on the day.
Our topic this half term is “Living Things”. We will be exploring Zoo animals, pond life, pets, ocean life and woodland animals; and this will link with our preschool outing to Shortenhills Environmental centre on Thursday May 3rd with activities organised to compliment the story “The Gruffalo”.
The Forest School session will restart this term on Wednesday 25th April for a six week period. A new group of children will enjoy this amazing learning experience and will have received a letter with the full details including what clothing is required.
On Monday 30th April we have invited a photographer to preschool to take individual children’s photographs (siblings welcome.) The photographer will be here 9am to 11.30am and 12.30pm to 1.30pm. More information to follow.
Our annual Open Day will be held on Thursday 17th May 2018 12.45pm to 2.45pm. This is an opportunity for us to showcase our pre-school and gives new and existing families a chance to visit and share our fun packed session. There will be lots on offer to enjoy including craft activities, garden play, refreshments and a chance to have a relaxed chat with the members of staff.
We look forward to seeing you and your family, and having lots of fun in the summer sun at pre-school! On behalf of the whole team, thank you again for all your continued support.
Tina Horler, Paola Maher, Helen Lewis and the team.
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.