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.