3rd September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

We would like to welcome you all to the autumn term whether you are joining us for the first time, returning with a sibling or just returning after the summer break.

Theme:

For the first week or two of term we will be thinking about what we have done over the summer. After that we will turn our attention to “Ourselves”. Amongst other things we will explore who we are, families and where we live.

Staffing:

Those of you returning will know that Sophia sadly left us at the end of the summer to take up a job in her new location in Kent. Laura and Nicola have stepped up to share the role of deputy which we think is going to work exceptionally well. We are delighted to welcome Claire Bridger to Pals who holds an Early Years Foundation Degree and has 19 years experience in the sector.

Updated contact details:

It is vital that we have your correct contact details in case of emergency. Please complete the attached form to ensure all details we have are up to date

School Photographer:

The school photographer will be here Tuesday 9th October taking both individual photographs of the children and will also be happy to take photographs with siblings should you wish. Please put your childs’ name down on the sheet in the entrance hall if you wish them to be photographed, also indicating if you require a sibling photograph.

Extended Sessions:

Please note that our extended sessions for 3 and 4 year olds will resume on Tuesday 19th September and operate on Tuesday and Thursdays until 2:45. These sessions are largely aimed at children who will be leaving for school next September. The full cost of these extended sessions is £10.00, however if you are eligible for the additional funding then you will be able to claim 2 of the hours under this scheme, in which case the cost for the extra 15 minutes will be £3:79. Please speak to Teresa regarding availability, if you wish your child to attend.

Website:

For those of our parents who are new we would like to draw your attention to our website where there is a lot of useful information. We usually upload our weekly plans retrospectively on a Friday afternoon to give you an idea of some of the things that the children have been up to during the week. You can find these on the notice board page of the website. Our plans are colour coded linking to our key worker system.

If you lose a newsletter don’t worry because you can find all the newsletters from the past year on our website together with a calendar with key events marked and also term dates for this academic year.

All our policies are also available on the website together with a large amount of other information.

Absences:

Please note that if your child is in receipt of Early Years Education funding and is goingto be absent due to a family holiday or even a one day outing then you will need to fill in an absence sheet. London Borough of Bromley stipulates that children are allowed no more than 3 weeks absence due to such events during any one term. Should your child be absent for longer than this then you will be liable to pay the full fees for the absence.

If your child’s absence is not due to a planned event then please phone, text or email that morning to let us know whatever the reason. Many thanks.

Primary School Admissions:

If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 then you are able to apply online now for their primary school place. Details are available on Bromley’s website together with details of school open days on their schools and colleges page. You will be able to amend and upload any documents right up to the close date of 15th January should you wish.

Christmas Dates for your diary:

Our Nativity and fund-raising morning will be on Wednesday 12th December. Please note that the children arrive at 10:00 that morning. The nativity will commence at 10:15, after this we will have our fundraising and coffee morning. All the children are involved in this event and all parents invited. It is imperative that your child has an adult with them for this morning.

The Christmas party will be held on Friday 14th December at 9:45, this will finish at 12.00. We will give you more details nearer the time.

As always we are always happy to arrange a time to talk to you should you wish to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.

 

4th June 2018.

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you all had a lovely half term break and are pleased to welcome you back for the last half of the summer term.

Theme

This half term we are going to be thinking about summer. Within this we will be exploring such things as picnics and barbecues, camping, the beach and sea life. We will (hopefully) harvest our potatoes and cook them with the children for them to enjoy at snack time before the end of term. If you would like to help or get involved in this half terms plans in any way then do please speak to Teresa.

Extended Sessions:

Please note that there will be no extended sessions during the last week of term. The last extended session will therefore be on Thursday 12th July.

During the Thursday afternoon sessions this half term the children will be practising changing for P.E. and we would therefore be grateful if you could supply your child with shorts, a T Shirt and plimsolls in a named bag. On Tuesday 26th June we have a string quarter coming in to play for the children during the afternoon.

PARENTALK

Please find attached a flyer for this excellent parenting course which will be running here commencing this Thursday 7th June. Don’t worry if you can’t make the first one you are very welcome to join the following week. These are informal evenings over a glass of wine exploring topics such as

“It’s not just me”, “Love them and let them know”, “It’s good to talk”, “Boundaries and battles”, Parenting with elastic”, and “Creating a sense of belonging.

If you would like to attend or know more then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photographs

Please may we have any returned photos and all payments for photographs by Monday 11th June. Many thanks

Summer Weather:

The children access our outdoor area every day and we would therefore ask that you put sun cream on your children before you leave them in the mornings and that you provide them with a named sun hat. Many thanks

Summer events

Our Summer Show and Coffee Morning is on Wednesday 18th July and all the children are invited regardless of whether they normally attend on a Wednesday or not. Parents stay for the show where the children perform some of our favourite circle time songs and P.E. action songs for you. Please bring your child along at 10:00 that morning then find your seat in the church where the show will commence at 10:15. This is followed by our Summer Fund Raising event where you will be able to buy a little piece of art specially created by your child. If you would like to donate a cake for our cake stall then please watch out for the sign up sheet in the entrance hall soon.

Our Teddy Bears Picnic will be on Friday 20th July from 9:45 until 12:00. Again this is for all the children and they are invited to bring their teddy bear in for the morning. Please provide your child (and their teddy!) with a packed lunch in a named container. Parents do not need to stay for this event.

Please note that Thursday 19th July will be normal timings. During that morning the children will have a mini sports day with races etc in the hall.

Autumn Term:

Please note that ALL children who are returning in September are invited in on the first day of term – Monday 3rd September for our “Welcome back” session. This is a really good opportunity for those children returning to meet up again after the long summer break and familiarise themselves with the pre-school and one another before we begin to welcome our new starters! Please put this in your diary regardless of whether your child will be attending on Mondays or not.

 

May we remind you that we are always happy to arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.

 

Teresa, Sophia, Brenda, Janet, Lara, Laura, Linley, Liz, and Nicola

 

19th February 2018.

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you all had an enjoyable half term despite the cold weather and welcome you back to the second half of the spring term at Pals.

Our theme this half term is “Rhyming”:

Rhyming is an important foundation in early literacy – it is hard to learn phonics and sight words if you can’t discriminate sounds and rhyming patterns in an audible way and we therefore encourage listening and rhyming through day to day activities at Pals. This half term however, we are going to take a deeper look at rhyming using both Nursery rhymes and also some popular rhyming books starting off with “Each Peach, Pear Plum” by Alan Ahlberg.

World Book Day:

As part of our theme we will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd March. The children are invited to come dressed as a favourite book character on those mornings for a donation of £1 which we will use to purchase some new story books for the children to explore and enjoy.

Arrivals and departures:

Please ensure that you arrive on time with your child in the morning as this enables us to start promptly with small groups and other activities. May we also ask you to ensure that you pick them up on time at the end of the session as this avoids children getting upset unnecessarily. If you have been delayed for any reason then do please let us know and we will ensure you’re your child knows that you are on your way.

September places:

If your child will still be with us in September and you wish to increase their days at all then please speak to Teresa in the next week or so.  We will soon be sending out our offers of places to new children for September and as we have a long waiting list we want to ensure that all existing children access which days they require. Many thanks

Term dates 2018-19

We are awaiting clarification of funding dates from the Local Authority and therefore are unable to publish our term dates for the next academic year at the moment. However, we can confirm that the autumn term will commence on Monday 3rd September. This morning will be a Welcome back morning for all children who are returning to Pals in the autumn term (regardless of whether they will normally be attending on a Monday or not). The autumn term will end on Friday 14th December

Parents leaflets:

We have a selection of parents leaflets in the racks on the parents table in the entrance hall. Do please feel free to  help yourself to these resources.

Testimonials:

Some parents have asked how they can leave a testimonial for Pals. You are able to do this by clicking on the testimonial link at the top of our home page on the website. If you would like to leave a testimonial then we would be very grateful as nearly all of our enquiries come either by recommendation or through the website. You are also able to leave a review on Google.

Outdoor clothes:

Please label your child’s COAT and BAG as it takes some time to work out which coat belongs to which child when the children have been outside

Summer Dates for your Diary:

Please save the date for our Summer Show which will be held in the church on Wednesday 18th July. Children arrive at 10:00 on this morning and parents stay for this event where the children showcase some of their P.E. activities and Circle Time songs.  More details to follow.

On Friday 20th July all children are invited to our Teddy Bears Picnic 9:45 -12:00 – again more details to follow.

Paper Appeal:

Do you know anyone who has access to paper which isn’t needed; for in an office or the print industry. We would be really grateful for any donations of such paper.

Parents Rota:

If you have ever wondered what the children get up to during the morning (it’s a lot!) then perhaps you would like to put your name on our parents rota which is on the notice board and help one morning.  We would just ask that you wait until your child is fully settled at Pals before putting your name down.

Data Protection:

Data Protection laws are changing and we would ask you to be patient with us over the next couple of months as we may need to ask you to reconfirm your permission on any date we need to hold.

Dads and Tots:

All Dads are welcome to the next Dads and Tots morning this coming Saturday 24th February in the link from 9:30 until 11:00. Why not come along to meet up with other Dads over a Bacon Butty while your children play.

“It Takes Two”

Christ Church is holding an event on Wednesday 7th March at 7:30 pm. It Takes Two is a relaxed event for any couple who want to invest a little more in their relationship. Tickets are available via the “Care for the Family website:

www.careforthefamily.org.uk and cost £4:00

May we remind you that we are always happy to arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have. 

 

16th April 2018.

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the summer term we hope that you all had a lovely Easter break.

Theme

This half term we are going to explore “Our Local World” starting off by looking at Farms. We will also explore Museums, parks and London – particularly with the Royal wedding coming up in May. If any of you are out and about over the next few weeks we would be very grateful if you could share your experiences perhaps via a postcard, photograph or leaflet that you may pick up. As always we would welcome your input in any way. As always you can find a resume of our weeks’ activities on the Noticeboard page of our website. This is usually uploaded on a Friday afternoon and not only shows you some of the toys and activities that the children have enjoyed during the week but also has a little paragraph expanding what the children have been up to.

Primary School admissions:

If your child starts school in September then please let us know which Primary school they will be attending. This will help us with our transfer arrangements for the children.

Fees and funding:

For those of you who were with us last year you may recall that despite needing to raise our fees we were able to retain the same fee for our additional minutes due to a very rare increase in Government funding However, the time has come for us to pass on the now overdue rise in these fees and you will note that the cost for the additional time each session is now £3:79 an increase of 20p.

Staffing:

Some of you may know that Sophia has recently moved down to Kent and it is with great sadness that we are informing you that she will be leaving us at the end of the summer term. We will be placing an advert in due course to fill the vacancy and will keep you informed of the process.

 

Photographer

The photographer will be coming in on Thursday 10th May. She will be taking both a group photograph which is a lovely keepsake of your child’s time at pre-school together with individual photos. She will not be taking any sibling photographs this time. Please complete the reply slip attach and return by Friday 27th April to indicate whether you wish your child photographed or not.

Website Testimonials:

When children transfer to Primary School we often get some very lovely testimonials as parents’ comments and we would really like to encourage you to put some of your comments on our website. The majority of families come to us via recommendation but their first port of call is often the website. We would be very grateful if you would consider posting a testimonial there - it is very simple to do just follow the link on the top of the homepage.

www.palspreschool.org.uk

Fund Raising:

You may recall that we used the money raised at our December fundraising event to enhance our outdoor area and to this end we have a fabulous outdoor structure arriving sometime in May – many thanks for all your support.

 

Summer events

The date for our Summer Show is Wednesday 18th July so please put this in your diary. The children really enjoy showcasing some of the activities they participate in during our daily P.E. session and circle time at this event and all families are invited. Please bring your child along at 10:00 that morning and the show will commence at 10:15. Afterwards we will have our summer coffee and fundraising event.

Our Teddy Bears Picnic will be on Friday 20th July from 9:45 until 12:00. The children are invited to bring their teddy bear in for the morning. Please provide your child (and their teddy!) with a packed lunch in a named container.

Please note that Thursday 19th July will be a normal session.

May we remind you that we are always happy to arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.

 

8th January 2018.

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope that you have all had a good Christmas and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year and to give our new children and their families a very warm welcome.

Theme:

This half term we will be looking at “Weather” exploring a variety of weather types. Next week we are planning a trip to the Arctic in the role play area where we are hoping to create an igloo scene. Watch this space – let’s hope we don’t get snowed in!!

Later on this half term we will be completing our annual RSPB big school Birdwatch. This gives the children a wonderful opportunity to see the variety of birds on our doorstep here at Christ Church. If you would like to help or get involved in any of these activities then please speak to Teresa.

Our plans are usually uploaded onto our website on a Friday afternoon together with a little paragraph telling you some of the things the children have been up to during the week. Although we follow a theme we do also plan for the children on an individual basis, and as a result you will notice that our weekly plans are colour coded. This relates to our key worker system and to individual activities they plan for their key children.  There is a current list of designated key workers on the notice board.

If you lose a newsletter don’t worry because you can find all the newsletters from the past year on our website together with a calendar with key events marked and also term dates for this academic year.

All our policies are also available on the website together with a large amount of other information.

On our notice board we also have a parent’s rota and you are very welcome to put your name down to help out for a session. However we do suggest that you wait until your child is settled into the routine before you do this.

Winter Weather:

Should we have heavy snow this term we may need to make a decision as to whether to open. In such circumstances please check the home page of the website where we will post a message to state whether we will be open or closedChildren’s Clothing:

Please can you ensure that your child’s coat and jumpers/cardigans are labelled to ensure that we return items to the right child at the end of the session!

We would also be grateful if children do not wear wellington boots during the session.  You are very welcome to leave your childrens boots underneath their peg if they wear them to and fro the setting. Many thanks.

Child absences:

If your child is goingto be absent due to a family holiday or even a one day outing then please let us know. Once they are funded London Borough of Bromley stipulates that children are allowed no more than 3 weeks absence due to such events during any one term and for this reason you will need to fill in an absence sheet for any absences due to holiday etc. Should your child be absent for longer than 3 weeks then you will be liable to pay the full fees for the absence.

We are also required to keep a note of absences due to sickness and it is important therefore that you notify us if your child is going to be absent due to being unwell in any way. Many thanks for your co-operation in this matter.

Extended sessions:

These sessions are primarily for children who are off to school in September and run until 2:45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As well as learning to manage their lunch the children love exploring outside during the afternoon and towards the summer also get the opportunity to practice such skills as getting changed for P.E. the cost for this session is £9:80 and if you are eligible for extended entitlement funding then you can access 2 hours funding towards the cost of this session.

Primary School Applications:

The deadline for applications for Primary Schools for 3 and 4 year olds born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 is Monday 15th January and it is imperative that you send your applications in by this date. Please visit www.bromley.gov.uk and click on the central link marked “apply for it” on the home page.

Christ Church Family activities

Did you know that there is a Toddler Group (ABC) every Monday afternoon and Friday lunch time in the link. There is an after school club on Tuesdays and a Dads and Tots group on the last Saturday of every month – Dads come along and have a bacon buttie!

“It Takes Two”

Christ Church is holiding an event on Wednesday 7th march at 7:30pm. It Takes Two is an event for any couple who want to invest a little more in their relationship. Whether your marriage is in good shape or things are difficult right now; whether you have been married for many years or you’ve just got together, this event will help make a difference in your relationship. Tickets cost £4:00 and will be available soon either through the church office or website. Alternatively please speak to Teresa

Please remember that we are always happy to arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have. 

 

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Term dates 2018-2019

Autumn 2018  

Mon 3rd September - Friday 14th December   

Half Term: 22nd October-26th October

Spring 2019:

Monday 7th January - Friday 5th April

Half Term 18th -22nd February

Summer 2019:

Tuesday 23rd April - Friday 19th July

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May

Half Term 27th - 31st May 

 

 

Half Term 28th May 1st June

 

 

 

Half term:  28th May - 1st June