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Exminster Pre-School News – November 2019

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Well, the first half of the Autumn term has gone by quickly and the children have so much more to look forward to in the coming months. November will be filled with plenty of Autumn themed activities with a real focus on harvest. We will be toasting marshmallows on a campfire, talking about the weather and what it means for our hibernating animals and making clay Hedgehogs. During harvest week will be collecting food for the local food bank and supporting the great work they do.  

Thank you to everyone who supported our #HelloYellow day in October, we raised £18.20 from our after school cake sale. Following on from this we will be taking part in “Friendship Friday” on the 8th November, which is the start of National Anti Bullying week. We will be making friendship bracelets, talking about the importance of having friends and what it means to be kind. We will be holding a cake sale at the end of the day; all donations welcome. 

Parent information evening 13th November, this gives you the chance to talk to your child’s key worker.

We will also be starting to get ready for the Christmas Bazaar, which is taking place on Saturday 7th December, from 2-4pm in a new venue, Exminster Primary School Hall. Also look out for Father Christmas who will be touring the village on Friday 6th December – see our advert is this issue of Scene for route details and timings. These are our main fundraising events of the year, and we would like to say thank you in particular to our volunteer Committee who organise and run these fantastic community events – we hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us! 

Primary school admissions for September 2020: If your child is starting Reception year at primary school in September 2020, you will need to apply for a place from the 15th November to the 15th January. You can apply online at  https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place

Term dates: Autumn term 5th September – 20 th December, half term 21 st – 25th October; Spring Term: 7th January–26th March, Half term 17 th –21 st February; Summer Term: 14 th April -17 th July; half term is 25 th May – 29 th May

Exminster Pre-school news – Updates October 2019

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Thank you to everyone who came to our Open Day in September, it was lovely to
see lots of new families and we have enjoyed welcoming everyone to our village
pre-school – well done to all the children for settling in well.
We are delighted to have two new members of staff, Karen Beal who has taken
over the role as Preschool Administrator and Emily Thavarajah, the new snack
assistant. Welcome on board!
The children are enjoying this terms’ theme, stories. Focusing in particular on
rhyming stories including family favorites, “Each, Peach, Pear, Plum” and “The
Hungry Caterpillar”.
This month the Preschool are supporting the charity Young Minds; a charity
supporting mental health in young children (www.youngminds.org.uk). On the
10 th October we are taking part in their “#HelloYellow” fundraiser and would
like children to come to Preschool wearing Yellow. Whether you chose a splash
or full head to toe, let's support this great charity. The “Pink Ladies” may become
the “Yellow Ladies”. Our focus for the day will be talking about our feelings .
A little reminder to all parents that we use an online key working system called
Tapestry; this is a great way to see your child’s progress and we would
encourage anyone who hasn’t yet done so to sign up. We also have a closed
Facebook group which is used for sharing information and details of events and
news at pre-school -please speak to Leah if you would like to be added to the
group.
Tempest Photography will be at the preschool Monday 7 th October from
8.30am. Individual, family and siblings. Everyone welcome even if it’s not your
usual day.
This years Santa Tour will take place Friday 6 th December with the Christmas
bizarre on Saturday 7 th Decmeber – further details to be announced soon
Term dates: Autumn term 5 th September – 20 th December, half term 21 st – 25 th
October; Spring Term: 7th January–26 th March, Half term 17 th –21 st February;
Summer Term: 14 th April -17 th July; half term is 25 th May – 29 th May

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Exminster Pre-school news – update for August 2019

Our new voluntary management Committee have had their first meeting and are looking forward to working closely with all the staff over the next 12 months to ensure the continued smooth running of our Outstanding village pre-school.

We had a hot, sunny and fun-packed last few weeks of term; our trip to Paignton Zoo was enjoyed by all, and our annual teddy bear’s picnic was the perfect way to end the school year – thank you to everyone who came along and supported this.

We said a fond farewell to our Cygnets who are moving up to Primary School in September – goodbye and good luck to all of you in your exciting new adventure, we know you’ll all be great!

We have spaces available for children starting in September – please contact us for further information by emailing info@exminsterpreschool.co.uk, or come along to our Open Day on Wednesday 4th September 2019, 10-11am – everyone is welcome; this is a great opportunity to look around our village pre-school, meet the staff, Committee and other parents and buy some pre-school uniform.

Term dates for 2019/20 are: Autumn Term: 5th September–20th December, Half term: 21st – 25th October; Spring Term: 7th January–26th March, Half term: 17th–21st February; Summer Term: 14th April–17th July, Half term 25th–29th May.