It is with sadness that we are saying goodbye to Helen this month. Helen has been with us for 25 years covering various essential roles including practitioner, manager and SENCo. Unfortunately Helen sustained a severe back injury in February and has had a very long slow recovery, sadly she feels unable to return to work and has therefore had to say farewell.
We are all very sad to see her go, she was a valued member of staff with a wealth of knowledge, we would like to wish her all the best.
If you would like to contribute towards a leaving gift for Helen please speak to a member of the committee.
To keep us up to date with your child’s likes/dislikes and interests we require parents to update this information on tapestry each term. Please take the time to do this over the next couple of weeks as this enables us to tailor your child’s learning using their interests to make it as enjoyable as possible for them. If you need any help please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.
We have made a change to our planned inset days and will no longer have an inset day on Monday 1st July. Our inset days are now as follows
Tuesday 18th December 2018
Friday 5th July 2019
Monday 22 July 2019
I am delighted to tell you that after half term we will be introducing a ‘Forest School’ session on Friday afternoons. This will begin as soon as we return after the half term on Friday 9th November. We will be joining a group of the Year One children from the Infants school who are already taking part in this session.
During the session the children will take part in a variety of activities and will also be provided with a snack and a drink warmed on the camping stove.
Forest school is an opportunity for your child to experience nature and the outdoor environment in a safe, secure and hands on way. Research suggests that children learn best from first hand experiences. Exploring, playing and problem solving within the forest school aims to encourage learning using a range of activities (both designed by the leader and instigated by the children themselves). Building a sense of independence, high self-esteem and team work are important parts of forest school and we are sure the children will enjoy and learn from these experiences.
May we remind all parents/careers that you are welcome to join us for the first 15 minutes of every session to experience a taste of pre-school life with your child. During this time you are welcome to play alongside your child, observe them from a distance, or discuss any concerns you may have with your child’s key worker.
We would like to remind parents of the following points in our Visitors policy (the full version is available on our website). These procedures are in place to protect your children so please respect them.
General Duty of Care
Crich Pre-School is responsible for the safety and security of all visitors and children in its care. When receiving visitors we aim to protect the security and safety of children and adults and to minimise any disruption.
Staff are to remain aware of the potential dangers posed by an unregulated visitor and it is vital that they adhere to the rules and procedures detailed below at all times.
Strict control and management of visiting personnel is essential not only to protect them but also to protect pre-school staff and the children in their care.
· Visitors must not enter unauthorised areas i.e. children’s toilets.
· No visitor will be left alone with the children at any time.
· The pre-school has the right to refuse entry, or to ask a visitor to leave the setting.
· All mobile phones must be switched off
· Cameras are not permitted