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
February;
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 www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline.

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  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.