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Exminster pre-school news – October 2020

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Wow, what a start to the year! The children have been fantastic and really embraced our new systems, they are enjoying being back learning and making new friends. Thank you to everyone for their support and kind words.

The children have got off to a great start learning about a variety of animals and their different habitats. We’ve enjoyed hearing about everyone’s pets and the silly things they do. Thankfully the weather has be kind and we’ve been making the most of our outdoor area. 

We kindly ask parents to name all clothing, lunch boxes, bags, drink bottles, and children should only bring in what is necessary for the day. 

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.

Term dates for 2020/21 are: Autumn Term: 8th September–18th December, Half term: 26th – 30th October; Spring Term: 5th January–1st April, Half term: 15th–19st February; Summer Term: 20th April–21st July, Half term 31st–4th May.

Exminster pre-school news – September 2020

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Well, the summer holidays passed by very quickly – we hope everyone had an enjoyable summer! We are looking forward to seeing all our returning children, and welcoming the new families who are joining us this term.

Our theme for the Autumn term is animals; we will start by looking at pets, and we hope to have some furry visitors for the children to meet. We will also look at farm animals, jungle animals, those that live in the Artic, the woodlands and the sea. For returning children the Pre-School will look different but we have planned lots of exciting activities to help children settle back in after the long break, focusing on emotional wellbeing.

During the holidays we have been putting all our COVID19  procedures in place. We have new cleaning schedules, risk assessments, and all our staff have received training in our COVID19 policies. If you have any concerns or worries about your child returning and would like more information on our new practices then please contact Leah Barnes

Our annual AGM will be held on Thursday 17th September at 7.30pm, venue TBC – please come along and support our fantastic Pre-School.

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Click on the “virtual tour” and “meet the staff” tabs to learn more about our outstanding Pre-school.

Exminster Pre-School news – August 2020

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Our AGM this year will be held at a slightly later date; Thursday 17th September. We wish to invite parents, new and old, to come along and support our fantastic Pre-School. If you would like more details on how to become a parent volunteer or committee member then please come along, or contact us for more information.

We’ve said a fond farewell to our Cygnets who are moving up to primary school in September, although we couldn’t do this in person, we hope you enjoyed our virtual message to you all – goodbye and good luck to you in your exciting new adventure.

This year our annual Pre-School Open day will be held virtually, log on to and take a tour around our Pre-School and meet the staff. While we cannot currently welcome you to view our Pre-School in person, we hope that this virtual experience will give you a feel for our setting. If you have any question’s you’d like answering we would be happy to hear from you – contact our Pre-School manager Leah Barnes We currently have spaces available for September.

Term dates for 2020/21 are: Autumn Term: 8th September–18th December, Half term: 26th – 30th October; Spring Term: 5th January–1st April, Half term: 15th–19st February; Summer Term: 20th April–21st July, Half term 31st–4th May.



Exminster Pre-School news – July 2020

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With the end of the academic year approaching we’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the parents for the support given to us over the last 12 months. We know things haven’t gone to plan this year but your kind words have been a great motivation.
We will soon be saying goodbye to our Cygnets, we wish you all the best of luck at big school! We have no doubt that you’ll love it. Unfortunately, the Cygnets programme has not been able to run this year but to help with the transition to reception the teachers have been posting stories on Tapestry, read by themselves, and have recorded a virtual tour of the school. We are still hoping to hold a Cygnets presentation, with the possibility of it being virtual, but more details will be given to all Cygnets parents once they have been finalised.
We will continue to provide all the children with weekly learning tasks and activities, these are based on the Early Years curriculum to help with their development. They can be found on Facebook and your child’s tapestry account.
Lastly, we’d like to say a huge Thank you to all the staff who have worked from home and within the Pre-school during this last year – It has definitely been different! Although we do not know what September will bring we hope to welcome back all our Pink Ladies and children for another fun packed year.

Exminster Pre-School news – March 2020

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Firstly, we’d like to say a big thank you to local builders Matt Rule and Al from Silver Fern and to Suzanne Gee from Exeter Academy of Dance for visiting the children last month and talking about their occupations. The children really enjoyed learning some new dance moves and hearing about what its like to be a builder. 

Thank you to everyone who came to our parents evening in February we hope you found these sessions helpful, the pink ladies really do enjoy talking about your children and their development. Huge thanks also to the Foundation teachers Marie Greenslade and Rebecca Barr for organising and coming on the evening, we hope they answered any questions you may of had about school. There will be opportunities for the new starters to speak to their child’s key worker in the Summer Term.

This month’s topic will be ‘growing’. The children will be visiting the allotments; planting some seeds and watching them grow and change over the coming weeks. We will be celebrating World Book Day, taking place on Thursday 5th March, by inviting the children to come dressed up as their favourite book character and reading some of their favourite stories. The children will also be busy crafting special Mother’s Day surprises and making pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.

We are currently planning our Easter activities and events, which will include our annual Easter Egg Hunt due to take place during the last week of the Spring term. Further information and details will be sent out.  

Cygnets sessions for children starting at Exminster Community Primary School in September 2020, will begin in April. Working in partnership with the Reception teachers, these sessions give children the opportunity to become familiar with the school environment whilst in the care of Pre-school staff. The feedback to our unique Cygnets programme is overwhelmingly positive, with parents highlighting in particular that it enables and supports a smooth transition to primary school. An information pack will be sent out to all parents and carers soon.  

Term dates: Spring Term: 7th January–26th March, Half term 17th–21st February; Summer Term: 14th April–17th July, Half term 25th–29th May.

Exminster Pre-School news – February 2020

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We’ve had a great start to the New Year, the children have had such a
positive attitude towards their learning and as always heaps of
enthusiasm – We are looking forward to sharing each child’s progress at
our parents evening on the 11 th February.

Our topic this term is Occupations. Each week we will look into a
different occupation, focusing on the following – Emergency services,
medical services, Builders, Dancers, farming and Hairdressing. So far the
children have really enjoyed learning about people who help us, our
mock Police Station was a real hit! Family members who work within
these professions are more then welcome to come and visit the
children, they’d be very happy to meet you.

Last month saw the launch of our Home Learning Bags; each bag
contains everything you need to complete a shared activity at home.
These are a great way to spend some time together. You can choose
from a cooking activity, a reading activity, music fun and many more. We
look forward to you sharing your thoughts and photos with us.
We have lots of fun things planned for the month ahead, including
making pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, and are hoping we will be
able to get out and about more as we move into Spring.

Term dates: Spring Term: 7th January–26th March, Half term 17th –21st
Summer Term: 14th April–17th July, Half term 25th –29th May.

Exminster Pre-School News – January 2020

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We would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful time over the holidays and are looking forward to the year ahead.


December passed in a whirlwind of festive fun! Well done to all the children who took part in the Christmas performance, you all made such an effort with costumes and rehearsing your parts. It was very enjoyable to watch you all beam.  


We would like to say a really massive THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make Santa’s tour of the village such a success, in particular to John Trickett, Sean, Matt, Alice and the team at Berrybrook Garage, to Coffee on the Corner and to all who supported this amazing community event. Thanks also to everyone who collected donations, and to all the parents, carers, children, staff and committee, and local residents who came out in force on the evening – the total collected was £172.60! 


Huge thanks also to everyone who came to the Christmas Bazaar. We are really grateful to all the local businesses that donated raffle prizes, to the lovely volunteers who gave up their time to help on the day, and to the whole community for supporting us – we couldn’t do it without each and every one of you! Funds raised (amount tbc!) will go towards replacing some of our outdoor equipment and enhancing our indoor learning resources.


We are very sad to say goodbye to one our beloved pink ladies, Steph Pollard. Steph has been an invaluable member of staff and is very much loved by all of the children and her colleagues. All will sorely miss her beaming smile and bubbly personality. We wish her every success in her new adventure. 


Please don’t forget that if your child is starting Reception year at primary school in September 2020, you will need to apply for a place by the 15th January 2020. You can apply online at

Term dates: Spring Term: 7th January–26th March, Half term 17th–21st February; Summer Term: 14th April–17th July, Half term 25th–29th May.

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

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