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.