19th April 2021.

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the summer term we hope that you all had a lovely Easter break and that you were perhaps able to meet up with some family or friends outside over the holiday. We are delighted to tell you that Ashley had a baby boy on April 5th and that both Mother and baby are doing well. Ashley is hoping to return later this year but in her absence Lynsey has increased the sessions that she is working

Theme

We are starting this term with a mini beast theme and are looking forward to a special delivery this week of some caterpillars which the children will be able to watch transform into butterflies over this half term. Alongside this we will be looking at the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

Website Testimonials:

The website is such an important point of contact both for existing families and also new or potential ones and we really would be immensely grateful if you felt you could post a testimonial there. - it is very simple to do just follow the link on the top of the homepage.

www.palspreschool.org.uk

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.

Additional Sessions:

If you wish your child to increase their sessions at all in the next academic year (September 2021 – July 2022) then please let Teresa know. We are currently finalising our September starters and it is therefore important you let us know as soon as possible

 

Extended Sessions:

 Our extended sessions run on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for our older children and are particularly geared towards getting the children ready for the transition to primary school.

 

If your child will be remaining at Pals in September and you would like them to join the extended sessions then please let Teresa know (please note that these sessions will resume on Tuesday 21st September) They run until 2:45 and currently cost £12:50, any spare universal funding or extended funding if you are eligible for can be used towards the costs of these sessions

 

Autumn Term:

 ALL children who are returning in September are invited in on the first day of term – Monday 6th 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 which days your child is due to attend in September.

 

Summer events

 Our (covid permitting!) summer show will be on Wednesday 21st July. We are hoping that we may be able to go ahead with this event although will of course monitor the situation closely as we get nearer the time. But in the meantime, do please ensure this date is in your diary. We hope to be able to perform the summer show in the church as normal and to have some stalls etc outside afterwards weather permitting. During the show we also say goodbye to our 2021 leavers and present them with their Records of Achievement.

 

We ask that the children arrive at 10:00 that morning and the show will commence at 10:15

 

We are also hoping to have a Summer special session on the last two mornings of term and will keep you updated on our plans.

 

Please note that there will be NO extended session during that last week of the term.

 

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, Laura, Nicola, Janet, Lara, Linley, Liz, Lynsey and Sarah.

 

 

22nd February 2021.

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you all had a restful half term and welcome you back to the second half of the spring term at Pals. As I looked back at last February’s newsletter I was reminded that we were able to share the news of our most recent outstanding Ofsted inspection this time last year. That seems such a long time ago with all that has occurred in the past year but we are pleased to be able to look forward in the hope we will begin to regain some normality over the summer months!

I am very pleased to report that some of the staff have managed to receive their first vaccination over the half term break which is of course fantastic news. Nonetheless, we are aware that we must continue to be vigilant in keeping Covid at bay and would once more like to remind you of the importance of following our Covid policies and procedures. The Government campaign of Hands, Face, Space continue to be of vital importance and we appreciate your continued support

  • We are very grateful to you all for continuing to wear masks and respect social distances on arrival and pick up and adhering to our one way system.
  • We will continue to be at the door to welcome children between 9:15 and 9:30 but would appreciate if you could endeavour to be no later than this. Many thanks.
  • Please continue to monitor your Childs temperature and general health before bringing them to Pals. If you are in any doubt then we ask you to err on the side of caution and keep them at home. If you are concerned it could be Covid it is of course important that you arrange a test and that they do not return until a negative test has been obtained. Should your child have a Covid test then please forward the results to us once received.
  • We in turn are doing our part and continue to wash all the childrens hand on arrival and throughout the session and also to clean every single table, chair and toy that has been out for the children to enjoy during the mornings. It is time consuming but vital and we are now in a good routine with it. However, please forgive us if this means we do not always have the children’s art work to hand at the end of the session.

Theme:

The children gained so much from our exploration of rhyming books last half term we have decided to continue with a book theme and look at a variety of books this half term starting with The Big Pancake and Mr Wolf’s Pancakes in retrospective celebration of Pancake Day.

In normal circumstances we invite parents to get involved in our themes by coming in and spending a morning within the setting. With Covid restrictions we are still unable to do this but we will continue to post our activities on the Noticeboard page of our website for you to look at and hopefully enable you to explore the theme further with your child at home. For the few families that have yet to return to Pals we hope you will also be able to join us in exploring week by week!

 

Staffing:

As you are aware Ashley will be going on Maternity Leave shortly and her last day with us will be Wednesday 10th March but she is hoping to be back as early as September. In the meantime, we are very well prepared with our newest staff member Lynsey Keay ready to increase her days and stand in the gap!

World Book Day:

We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th March. The children are invited to come dressed as a favourite book character on those mornings for a donation of £1 (or more should you wish). This year we will be donating all money to The National Literacy Trust which works with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life. Do please look at their website where there is lots of information for parents: literacytrust.org.uk

Outdoor Clothing:

We would be very grateful if you could ensure that your child’s outside clothes and jumpers are labelled with their name. Many thanks

Term dates 2021-22

Those of you whose children will still be with us in September the term dates for that academic year are now available on our website.  If you would like a paper copy of the dates please let Teresa know.

Parents leaflets:

We have a selection of parents leaflets on a variety of topics which are usually displayed in racks on the parents table in the entrance hall and I will email the list together with this newsletter. Do please ask me if you would like me to email you any leaflets (or print you out a copy if you prefer)

Testimonials:

We are always very grateful for parent’s testimonials on our website and if you would be happy to leave one please just click on the testimonial link on the top of the home page and then go to “Submit a testimonial”.

Summer Dates for your Diary:

The last year has sadly been far from normal and one of our biggest losses has been the fact that we have not been able to have our annual summer show and nativity which is such a lovely opportunity for our community to come together. At this stage we cannot of course predict whether we will be able to have our summer show but nonetheless we would ask you to save the date in the hope that we can go ahead. At the very least we hope to be able to do something for our summer 2021 leavers. Please therefore put the morning of Wednesday 21st July in your diaryand we will of course keep you updated and we will of course keep you updated.

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, Laura, Nicola, Janet, Lara, Linley, Liz, Lynsey, Sarah and Ashley.

 

2nd November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

We hope you all enjoyed a break over our extended half term and we are pleased to welcome you all back to the second half of the autumn term. 

As we return we would like to remind you of the importance of following our Covid policies and procedures. The Government campaign of Hands, Face, Space are more important than ever as we go through the winter months and we are very grateful for your continued vigilance.

  • We are very grateful to you all for continuing to respect social distances on arrival and pick up and adhering to our one way system.
  • We will continue to be at the door to welcome children between 9:15 and 9:30 but would appreciate if you could endeavour to be no later than this. Many thanks.
  • Please continue to monitor your Childs temperature and general health before bringing them to Pals. If you are in any doubt then we ask you to err on the side of caution and keep them at home. If you are concerned it could be Covid it is of course important that you arrange a test and that they do not return until a negative test has been obtained. Should your child have a Covid test then please forward the results to us once received.
  • We continue to wash all the childrens hand on arrival and throughout the session and also to clean every single table, chair and toy that has been out for the children to enjoy during the mornings. It is time consuming but vital and we are now in a good routine with it. However, please forgive us if this means we do not always have the children’s art work to hand at the end of the session.

Nasal Flu Spray

Bromley are encouraging all parents to ensure their child receives the Nasal flu spray. Flu can be horrible for young children and they can easily pass it on to those around them even if they don’t show symptoms. The free nasal spray is easier to give to children than the injection and is the best way to protect your child and prevent the spread!

Primary School Admissions:

If your child was born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 then you are able to apply online now for their primary school place. Details are available on Bromley’s website. www.bromley.gov.uk/info/13/primary_school_admissions You will be able to amend and upload any documents right up to the close date of 15th January should you wish. Please note that as verification of your school application the Borough will require a letter from the Child Benefit Department regardless of whether you are eligible for receipt of this or not. We would strongly recommend that you apply for this as this can take some time

 

 

 Childrens clothing:

Please be aware that we are outdoors most days and your child will therefore need a suitable outdoor coat for the colder weather. Please ensure that your child’s coat and jumpers/cardigans are labelled to enable us to return items to the right child at the end of the session!

 

Universal and Extended Funding

If your child has their 3rd birthday this term then they will be eligible for universal funding from January. Please ensure you return any Parental Declarations and copies of Birth Certificates to Teresa ASAP. You may also be eligible for extended funding (which can be used towards our extended sessions). Please log onto www.childcarechoices.gov.uk and follow the link to check your eligibility.

Theme:

Over the next three weeks we will be thinking about autumn, including exploring Firework night and Diwali. After that we will turn our attention to some Christmas crafts.

We are so sad that we will not be able to put on our usual Nativity performance this year. Despite the fact that people are able to gather in a Covid secure way in churches, we feel very strongly that it is too big a risk and we most certainly don’t want to be responsible for any passing on of infection particularly in the lead up to Christmas.

We are however planning to do a nativity with the children during the last week of term and they will have the opportunity to learn all the nativity songs from one of our favourite nativities “Shine, Star, Shine. All the children will be able to dress up in costume and the older children will act out the story.

We are also planning to send home a special Christmas photograph of each child in costume together of course with the usual Christmas crafts that the children will be making.

On Thursday 17th and Friday 18th December we are planning to have two festive party sessions. The children will enjoy some free play for the first part of the session as normal and then we will provide some festive food (nut and dairy free) before enjoying some party games with the children. We are sure that the “big man himself” will be able to make a special delivery for all of the children somehow.

 

Extended Sessions:

Please note that there will be no extended sessions during the last week of term. The final extended session this term will therefore be on Thursday 10th December.

 

Website Testimonials:

We hope that you all find the information on our website useful. We post the plans for the week on a Friday afternoon which we hope gives you an insight into some of the things the children have been up to during the week. We do also add photographs of some of the activities which we hope may prove especially useful while parental access to the setting is restricted.

One of the challenges we face due to Covid restrictions is how to enable prospective parents to look around the setting. We are arranging visits out of hours on a one to one basis, but this of course doesn’t really show parents what our sessions entail or enable them to gauge our interactions with the children. With this in mind, we would particularly welcome parents posting testimonials on the website at the moment, as this will in some measure give parents an insight into parental satisfaction. If you would like to post a testimonial then please click on the testimonial link on the home page.

 

Please be aware that despite the current restrictions 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.

 

Teresa, Laura, Nicola, Ashley, Janet, Lara, Linley, Liz and Sarah

 

 

 

4th January 2021.

Dear Parents and Carers,

Despite the sudden change in national Christmas plans, we do hope that you have all had a good Christmas and would like to take this opportunity to look ahead together to 2021 when we pray that our lives may be able to return to some normality.

We would also like to take this opportunity to give a very big welcome to our new starters this term. Parents have always commented on the strong sense of community and genuine care and concern that our staff show and one of the great sadness’s of Covid has been that we have been unable to welcome parents into the setting in our usual way. You would normally be welcome to bring your child into the hall and get to know their key worker before leaving. Once your child is settled you are usually also welcome to spend a morning with us by putting your name down on our parent’s rota. We are looking forward to such days again soon.

In the meantime please be assured that Teresa is always available at the door and a staff member is always outside at the end of the sessions. We have also been able to arrange some outdoor meetings with parents and will continue this weather permitting.

Particularly in light of increasing Covid cases we would like to remind you of the importance of following our Covid policies and procedures. The Government campaign of Hands, Face, Space are more important than ever as we go through the winter months and we are very grateful for your continued vigilance.

  • We are very grateful to you all for continuing to wear masks and respect social distances on arrival and pick up and adhering to our one way system.
  • We will continue to be at the door to welcome children between 9:15 and 9:30 but would appreciate if you could endeavour to be no later than this. Many thanks.
  • Please continue to monitor your Childs temperature and general health before bringing them to Pals. If you are in any doubt then we ask you to err on the side of caution and keep them at home. If you are concerned it could be Covid it is of course important that you arrange a test and that they do not return until a negative test has been obtained. Should your child have a Covid test then please forward the results to us once received.
  • We in turn are doing our part and continue to wash all the childrens hand on arrival and throughout the session and also to clean every single table, chair and toy that has been out for the children to enjoy during the mornings. It is time consuming but vital and we are now in a good routine with it. However, please forgive us if this means we do not always have the children’s art work to hand at the end of the session.

Staffing:

Last half term we welcomed Lynsey onto the team and I am sure you will join us in giving her a huge welcome. Many of you will already know Lynsey and that she has been a childminder for a number of years – I know she is going to be a real asset to Pals and I am pleased to say that she will be able to increase her hours when Ashley goes on maternity leave later this

Theme:

This half term we are going to explore rhyming with the children which is a important skill in the process of learning to read. We will use a variety of rhyming books and traditional nursery rhymes amongst other things

Also 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.

Website:

For new parents we have quite a lot of information available on our website. In particular we normally post the plans for the week together with a small paragraph letting you know some of the things that the children have been up to during the week on a Friday afternoon.

If you lose a newsletter don’t worry you can find all the newsletters from the past year on our and also term dates for this academic year. Our policies are also available on the website.

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 closed

Child absences:

If your child is goingto be absent for any reason then please let us know. We are required to keep a note of all absences whether due to sickness or other reasons and it therefore important that you notify us.

Please note that once they are funded London Borough of Bromley stipulates that children are allowed no more than 3 weeks absence due to events such as holiday during any one term. Should this extend beyond 3 weeks then you will be liable to pay the full fees for the extended absence.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

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 £12.50 and if you have any universal funded hours are eligible for extended entitlement funding then you can access 2 hours funding towards the cost of this session. Please speak to Teresa should you wish your child to join these sessions.

                                                                          

Primary School Applications:

The deadline for applications for Primary Schools for 3 and 4 year olds born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 is Friday 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 link marked “apply for it” on the home page.

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

Teresa, Laura, Nicola, Ashley, Janet, Lara, Linley, Liz, Lynsey and Sarah

 

1st September 2020

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 enjoy and what we look like while we create a gallery of self portraits. After that we will explore ourselves in a little more detail.

Coronavirus Procedures:

We are following the Government guidelines closely as we continue to return to a more normal routine at Pals. As such it is vital that you read our attached procedures carefully and adhere to them at all times.

In particular we ask that whilst waiting outside to drop off and pick up your children that you keep a safe social distance with other families, and also that you adhere to our One Way system as laid down in our procedures

Usually we ask you to arrive promptly at 9:15, however In order to minimise numbers outside in the morning we will be on the door to welcome children between 9:15 and 9:30. Please ensure that you drop your child off during this time as this will enable us to carry on with our normal routines

Should you travel abroad to a country on the Quarantine list then we ask that you let us know and keep your child off for 14 days after your return for the safety of both the other families and staff.

For our new parents we would like to stress that in normal circumstances we operate a very different model and parental involvement is something that we actively encourage and we are very much looking forward to being able to do so once again.

You may be interested to read the following article from the Government:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-

years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-

carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term

Extended Sessions:

Please note that our extended sessions for 3 and 4 year olds will resume on Tuesday 15th 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 currently £12..50 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 £4:50. Please speak to Teresa regarding availability, if you wish your child to attend.

Updated contact details:

It is vital that we have your correct contact details in case of emergency. We would therefore ask you to let us know any recent changes in, contact details such as home address, email or phone number as well as any updates to medical conditions and GP contact details. Many thanks

Absences:

Please notify us if your child is absent for any reason. If this is for a planned event then we would be grateful if you could let us know in advance. If it due to unforeseen circumstances then please phone, text or email that morning to let us know whatever the reason.  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 we ask you 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.

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. These are 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. Our policies are also available on the website together with lots of other information. All of this can be found at www.palspreschool.org.uk

Primary School Admissions:

If your child was born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 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.

Term Dates 2020-2021:

Term dates for this academic year can be found on the front page of the Website should you wish to refer to it.

Christmas Arrangements:

We would normally perform our annual Nativity play on the last Wednesday of term to all our parents and wider families. Due to the current health situation we are sadly unlikely to be able to do so this year.

Likewise our Christmas party with all the children will certainly not be our usual format, but rest assured that we will ensure that we will celebrate the season when it arrives with the children in one way or another.

We are so sorry that this is the case – our Christmas celebrations within both the Pals and Church community are usually such an integral part of the autumn term.  We would also like to apologise in particular to all our new parents that we have been unable to welcome you into the Pals community in our normal way - usual policy is very much an open door approach!

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.

Teresa, Laura, Nicola, Ashley, Janet, Lara, Linley, Liz and Sarah.

 

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