24th February 2020.

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

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

 

Ofsted Inspection:

Our Ofsted report has finally been published and we are at last able to share with you that we have been graded outstanding again! There are copies of the inspection report available in the entrance hall; however we have also created a link to the report on our website for your reference. During her feedback the inspector commented on our good strong routine, the strength of management and how much we valued each other and worked well as a team.

 

Theme:

Another strong feature of our report was our emphasis on books and amongst other things this half term we will be cooking whilst linking this to some of our well known and popular childrens books. For example as Pancake Day is this week, we will be making (and eating!) pancakes whilst focusing on the books “Mr Wolf’s Pancakes” and “The Big Pancake”. Other weeks we are planning to make overnight oats, flapjacks and bread whilst looking at a variety of books.

As always we love to encourage parents to be involved as much as possible so if you would like to help in any way within the setting whether by contributing to our themes, putting your name down on the parents rota or just coming in for an hour to read to the children then please do let us know. We would particularly like to get more dads involved – particularly in reading to the children as it is well researched that dads reading to their children has a huge impact on the child’s interest in print and literacy.

Another way to get involved is by donating unwanted paper. If anyone has any old rolls of unwanted wallpaper or paper suitable for use within the setting then we would be very grateful for donations.

 

Staffing:

We are very pleased to inform you that Ashley Perrins has joined the staff team as a pre-school assistant. Ashley has recently spent some time within the setting and was a real asset. She is keen to become a qualified Early Years Practitioner and we will be delighted to support her as she gains the skills and qualifications necessary to achieve her aim.

 

World Book Day:

We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th 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 and sacks for the children to explore and enjoy.

 

National Dental Health Survey

We have been selected to take part in this scheme and as a result the Dental Nurse will be with us on Thursday 30th April and all children will be offered a quick and simple dental examination. If your child is due to be at Pals on that day we have therefore attached an information pack and consent sheet for you. Please return the consent sheet by Friday 20th March at the latest indicating whether you are happy for your child to participate or not.

 

Photographer:

The photographer will be here on Tuesday 28th April when she will take both a group and individual photographs of the children. We will put a sign up sheet in the entrance hall nearer the time.

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 2020-21

Those of you whose children will still be with us in September should have received the term dates for the next academic year. Please note that unusually we return very early in the autumn term (Tuesday 1st September) and we have a two week autumn half term this year.

 

Parents leaflets:

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

 

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:

Please save the date for our Summer Show which will be held in the church on Wednesday 15th 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 17th July all children are invited to our Teddy Bears Picnic 9:45 -12:00 – again more details to follow.

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, Sarah and Ashley.

 

6th January 2020.

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” and will be exploring our rich and varied weather types!

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. If you would like to help or get involved in any of these activities then please speak to Teresa.

Website:

Unfortunately we currently have a slight hiccup with our website and are unable to upload documents. However, we hope to resolve this soon and you will then be able to view our weekly plans on the notice board page. In the meantime you will still be able to view our weekly paragraph telling you a little about what the children have been doing during the week. This is normally posted on Friday afternoon

If you lose a newsletter don’t worry 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 a large amount of other information.

Job Vacancy:

We are currently advertising for a level 3 Early Years Practitioner to replace Claire who will sadly be leaving us on January 23rd. Should you know anyone who may be seeking such a post then do please spread the word!

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

Mobile Phone Policy:

May we take this opportunity to remind you that we as part of our safeguarding we have a “No mobile phone” policy in and around the building. We would therefore be very grateful if you could ensure that you do not use mobile phones whilst dropping and picking up your children. As the children are in the lounge just prior to pick up we would be grateful if you could also ensure that if you need to use your phone at this time you do not stand by the lounge windows.

We would also be grateful if you could where possible resist the temptation to look through into the lounge at this point – the children get quite excited when they see their parents or siblings looking into the lounge and this can prove a bit of distraction during their story!!

Parents’ rota:

On our notice board we 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.

Parking:

Please park considerably when dropping and picking up your child. We had a very strong complaint last half term about cars blocking driveways and the entrance to Abbey view opposite the church. Many thanks

Child absences:

If your child is goingto be absent for any reason due to a family holiday 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 required to keep a note of absences due to sickness and it is important therefore that you notify us if your child is absent due to being unwell. 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 £11.00 and if you 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 2015 and 31st August 2016 is Wednesday 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 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, Claire, Janet, Lara, Linley, Liz and Sarah

 

 

 

 

2nd September 2019

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 and what we look like while we create a gallery of self portraits. After that as we get to know the new children we will be thinking about what we like.

Staffing:

Those of you returning will know that we sadly said goodbye to Brenda at the end of the summer as she moved to Herne Bay. However, we are delighted to welcome Sarah Walby to Pals who holds both a BA in Childhood Studies and Early Years Professional Status. We are sure that Sarah is going to be a real asset to the team and that you will join us in welcoming her.

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 photographer will be here Tuesday 8th October taking 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 17th 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 £10.50 (increasing to £11:00 from January), 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 £4:00. Please speak to Teresa regarding availability, if you wish your child to attend.

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.

Story Sacks:

We have recently put together some story sacks with a popular story book, a variety of resources to enhance exploring the story and also a sheet of ideas. We will of course be using these within the setting but we would love to share them with you and they are available for you to borrow to use at home with your child.

Parents Leaflets:

We have a variety of fact sheets and leaflets available for you to take on the parents table in the entrance hall. We endeavour to refresh these frequently and they cover such topics as Healthy Eating, Sleeping, Physical Development, Helping your child with Maths or Literacy to name but a few. Do please help yourself to this information.

Primary School Admissions:

If your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 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 11th 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 13th December at 9:45, this will finish at 12.00. There is no need for parents to stay for this event. 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.

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

 

28th October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

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

Theme:

This week we will be thinking about Diwali before moving on to focus on bonfire night next week. After that we will begin to shift our focus towards Christmas as the children start to learn the songs for our nativity production this year and also work on some Christmas crafts. If you would like to get involved in any way then please speak to Teresa.

Christmas Dates for your diary:

Our Nativity and fund-raising morning will be on Wednesday 11th December. Please note that a carer or parent must be present for your child during the morning and that the children arrive at 10:00. The nativity will commence at 10:15, after which you are invited to stay for coffee and our fundraising . All the children are involved in this event and all parents, friends and family invited. This year we will be running a toy tombola and would therefore be very grateful for donations of any toys you may no longer want at home. We would also appreciate help in either ticketing up the items in advance or helping to man the stall on the day.

We will also have a cake stall for which we will invite donations nearer the time. Please keep an eye out on our notice board for sign up sheets.

The Christmas party will be held on Friday 13th December at 9:45 and we have booked an entertainer for this morning. ALL the children are invited to attend the party and will need a named packed lunch. Please note that we are a nut free zone and are unable to accept any lunches with nut products on the premises. The party will finish at 12.00 with a special visit from someone very festive

Extended Sessions:

Please note that there will be no extended sessions during the last week of term. The final extended session this termwill therefore be on Thursday 5th December.

Shoe Box appeal:

If you would be able to fill a shoebox with gifts to send to children in deprived areas of the world this Christmas, Christ Church are supporting "Operation Christmas Child" through the Samaritans Purse. Please take a leaflet with more information and instructions. Any completed shoe boxes should be brought in by 11th November at the latest. Many thanks

 

The Book People

 We have signed up with The Book People Big Book Boost which enables us to collect points towards new books for Pals. If you use the Book People online then do please select Pals Christ Church for The Big Book Boost and we will receive £1 to spend on books for every £10 you spend.

 

Photographs:

 Please may we haveany photograph orders you wish us to send off for you by this Friday 1st November, any online orders must be placed with Tempest by Sunday 3rd November. Any orders after this date would be subject to a delivery charge.

 

Parents Rota:

 We have a parent’s rota on the notice board and once your child is settled you are very welcome to put your name on the rota and stay for a session (or even just an hour). You may be surprised at just how much we pack into a morning and we would love to see you

 

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!

 

As the weather is now changing we would be very grateful if the children attending the extended sessions could bring their wellington boots. Many thanks

 

Primary School Admissions:

 If your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 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. 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 now as the waiting time is up to 12 weeks.

 

Website Testimonials:

 We hope that you all find the information on our website useful. We know that a lot of potential families use this as their first port of call when researching Pals and we are therefore always grateful for parents posting a testimonial on the website. If you would like to post a testimonial then please click on the testimonial link on the home page. Parents often post a testimonial when their child leaves and we would therefore especially appreciate testimonials from parents of children who have more recently joined us.

 

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.

 

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

 

 

3rd June 2019.

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 with a particular emphasis on mini beasts. We are looking forward to receiving some caterpillars this week which the children will be able to see develop into Painted Lady butterflies. Towards the end of term we will harvest our onions and potatoes and cook them with the children.

If you would like to help or get involved in any way then do please speak to Teresa. We would especially welcome Dads to put their names on the parents’ rota and help at our coffee and fundraising event after the summer show in July.

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 11th July.

During the Tuesday 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 25th June we have a string quarter from Bromley High coming in to play for the children during the afternoon so the children will not need P.E. kit that day.

Staffing:

As you are aware Brenda is sadly leaving us at the end of this term but we are very pleased to inform you that Sarah Walby is joining our team in September. Sarah is very well qualified holding Early Years Professional Status and we are sure she is going to be a real asset. Mary our support worker will also be finishing at the end of this term.

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

Photographer

The photographer will be with us on Tuesday 11th June at 9:15 to take both a group and individual photographs. If you would like your child to be photographed please put your name on the sign up sheet in the entrance hall. 

Summer events

Our Summer Show and Coffee Morning is on Wednesday 17th 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. Afterwards we will have our summer coffee and fundraising event. This year we will be showcasing the Pals Art Gallery where you will be able to purchase your childs unique piece of canvas art.

If you would like to donate a cake for our cake stall or help serve tea, coffee and cake then please watch out for the sigh up sheets in the entrance hall soon

Our Teddy Bears Picnic will be on Friday 19th  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 containing no nuts in a named container.  Parents do not need to stay for this event.

Please note that Thursday 18th 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 2nd 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.

 

 

 

Teresa, Laura, Nicola, Brenda, Claire, Janet, Lara, Linley, Liz and Mary

 

 

 

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