Term Dates 2020 / 2021

AUTUMN 2020 3RD SEPTEMBER 2020 – 16TH DECEMBER 2020
HALF TERM (closed) 26TH OCTOBER 2020 – 30TH OCTOBER 2020
   
SPRING 2021 5TH JANUARY 2021 – 1ST APRIL 2021
HALF TERM (closed) 15TH FEBRUARY 2021 – 19TH FEBRUARY 2021
   
SUMMER 2021 19TH APRIL 2021 – 16TH JULY 2021
HALF TERM (closed) 31ST MAY 2021 – 4TH JUNE 2021
INSET DAYS


4TH DECEMBER 2020
1ST APRIL 2021
7TH JUNE 2021

NOTES


16TH DECEMBER 2020 – CLOSE @ 12 NOON
31ST MARCH 2021 – CLOSE @ 12 NOON
15TH JULY 2021 – LAST DAY OF TERM
16TH JULY 2021 – OPEN FOR GRADUATION CEREMONY (LEAVERS ONLY)

 

Term Dates 2021 / 2022

AUTUMN 2021 2ND SEPTEMBER 2021 – 15TH DECEMBER 2021
HALF TERM (closed) 25TH OCTOBER 2021 – 29TH OCTOBER 2021
   
SPRING 2022 5TH JANUARY 2022 – 8TH APRIL 2022
HALF TERM (closed) 21ST FEBRUARY 2022 – 25TH FEBRUARY 2022
   
SUMMER 2022 25TH APRIL 2022 – 15TH JULY 2022
HALF TERM (closed) 30TH MAY 2022 – 3RD JUNE 2022
INSET DAYS


3RD DECEMBER 2021
4TH JANUARY 2022
18TH FEBRUARY 2022
6TH JUNE 2022

NOTES


15TH DECEMBER 2021 – CLOSE @ 12 NOON
14TH JULY 2022 – LAST DAY OF TERM
15TH JULY 2022 – OPEN FOR GRADUATION CEREMONY (LEAVERS ONLY)

 

Newsletters

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Thank Yous

A few 'thank yous' we received from parents at the end of term (please click on images to enlarge):

 

Visual Timetables

We have made a visual timetable poster for the foyer to help with transition into Preschool (on the right hand notice board ahead of you as you enter the building) . It may be helpful for you to use with your child in the mornings to make coming into Preschool as smooth as possible.

It shows pictures (with labels) of;
Collecting name-tag from tree
Hanging up coat/bag
Finding photo on self registration board

The consistent use of visual timetables with children can assist in successful transitions. Visual timetables can allow children to preview an upcoming activity, have a better understanding of the sequence of events that will occur, and increase overall predictability. A number of studies have shown that visual timetables used in schools and home settings can assist in decreasing transition time and challenging behaviours during transitions, as well as increase children's independence.

We will also be introducing a visual timetable in the playroom to help with the transitions that occur throughout the morning. This timetable can then be extended for use with individual children to help with any routine transitions that they might find challenging such as going to the toilet or snack time. 

This activity can be extended for use at home too. You may like to make a visual timetable to help with things like bedtime or bath-time etc. Please see Sharon if you would like further information. 

Let us know if you find the Preschool visual timetable helpful and how you get on with using them at home. 

 

Challenge Cards

You may have noticed the blue box of challenge cards on the table in the foyer – I know that some of you are already using them!
The challenge cards provide you with ideas that will encourage learning & development at home. They are fun, short activities that can fit into your day. 
Take a card home once a week (or more if you would like to). 
Choose the card with your child to encourage participation and ownership. 
Follow the instructions together.

  • Have fun
  • Share photos, observations or children’s work with your key person. 
  • Bring back the card for others to enjoy.

At times your Key person may suggest a particular card/activity to consolidate learning or encourage development towards a ‘next step’.

 

The Thinking Book

We carefully plan activities and learning to extend each child’s confidence and development in a way that is fun and informal. By making sure that children are part of the planning process we will be reflecting their interests and learning needs. The thinking book encourages the children to be actively involved and we evidence this by recording their ideas, the things they say & their interests. It also contains photos and practitioner’s thoughts and ideas to extend learning.

We will, at times, share the book during group sessions enabling us to get feedback from the children and to look back on what we have been up to! We would also like your input. It would be great to see your ideas/comments too. Please feel free to add your own contributions.

After feedback from a parent questionnaire we have discussed putting the Thinking Book into the foyer at the end of a session so as parents have time to read through it. However, on reflection, we have decided that as it contains photos and names we will keep it in the playroom to preserve confidentiality. If you would like to take some time with your child at the end of the morning to look through our Thinking Book please let us know.