Autumn 2nd Half Term: Monday 25th October 2021
A very warm welcome back for the 2nd half term. This is a busy and fun period leading up to Christmas.
We have booked our Christmas party for Wednesday 8th December 11.30am. Children who do not normally come in on a Wednesday can be brought in at 11.30am and collected at 1.30pm. The collection time also applies to children who only attend in the mornings. More information to follow.
The Nativity Play will be held on Friday 3rd December, the week before we break up to allow time for it to be filmed and put onto DVD’s for parents to purchase for a small fee, which will be used to pay for the party, children’s entertainer etc. Again, more information to follow.
Thank you all for the endless requests for your signatures, as you know we have finally gone digital with an online company called Tapestry. The main reason is for parents to have easy and direct access to view their child’s progress and see all the lovely photos, showing what they are doing throughout the day and the progress they are making across all areas of development. Parents can input their own comments, information, questions, and any photos if they wish. Please bear with us as this is all very new, but so far we are receiving very good feedback from parents who have started to use the system.
Inviting parents in to speak with their child’s key person:
Prior to all the lockdowns, we always enjoyed an open door policy, where parents could come in for a chat at any time, unfortunately we had to suspend that due to the restrictions. As some of these restrictions have been lifted, we feel that it ‘s very important for parents to be able to speak to their child’s key person on a one-to-one basis. They will be inviting you in for an informal chat and to discuss your child’s progress during the next few weeks. Of course if you need to speak to them or myself urgently, we will arrange as soon as possible.
30 Hour Funding:
If you are working for more than 16 hours and think you may be eligible for the additional funding, please go to the following website and apply; www.childcarechoices.gov.uk If you are still unsure or have any questions please speak to Gill or myself. If you are in receipt of the extra funding, please ensure that you update your claim every 3 months; (from when you first applied even if your child hasn’t starting using it yet. You should receive a reminder from HMRC and we will also try to remind you as well.
2 Year old funding:
If you earn below £16.000 and think you may be eligible for the 2 yr old funding, please speak to Gill or Anne Marie and with your permission we can check it for you.
STRICTLY NO NUTS:
Please ensure that your child’s lunch does not contain any nuts or nut products. This in line with all settings and schools. Please provide healthy packed lunches or cooked food which does not include any sweets, chocolate, biscuits, crisps or fizzy drinks.
Please inform the pre-school if your child is absent due to illness, holiday or for any other reason on the day or as soon as you possibly can. Fees are still due if your child is absent, as you are reserving their place, and staff wages, rent and all other outgoings still must be paid irrespective of how many children attend. Parents are politely reminded that funded places must be used appropriately, or you may lose your child’s place.
If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff or contact me directly. We understand how difficult it is this year, where parents cannot come in to the setting at the present time. We look forward to working with you and offering your children, a safe, secure, happy and fun place to learn and grow.
With my very best wishes. Anne Marie. Our Lady’s Pre-School Manager.