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Autumn 1 Newsletter (September – October 2017)

Date: August 14, 2017 Author: littledolphins Categories: News, Pre-School Newsletters

All the staff would like to welcome both our new and returning children and parents to our pre-school. We hope you have had a fun and relaxing summer and are ready for more fun whilst getting to know and make new friends at pre-school.

The first day back will be TUESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER.


Each half term we produce a newsletter which will give you a brief outline of the topic and the activities that are on offer for your child; enabling them to learn through play, developing their social and communication skills with other children and adults.


During this half term we will help your child settle in and get accustomed to all the new faces and routines at pre-school. Your child’s key person will work with you, making sure the right individual needs are met to support your child and family. Please raise any concerns or questions with them and they we will endeavour to do our best to help! They will be available at the start and end of each session if you need to pass on any relevant information or just have a quick chat.


We are fully aware that sometimes children have accidents, get wet or messy during play and whilst we have spare clothes, but cannot guarantee to have clothes to fit every child! Therefore, please bring in a named bag (small) with a full change of clothes just in case. We strongly advise that everything is named that is brought into pre-school, including coats, shoes, lunch boxes and bags etc.


Please remember when packing your child’s lunch box (if applicable) that we are a NUT AND CONFECTIONARY FREE ZONE!! Children’s lunch boxes need to include a drinks bottle, ice packs (as we have no refrigeration space for them all) and that all tubs are named!


At pre-school we are a ‘dummy free’ setting… please could you make sure that your child’s dummy is left at home in a safe place. It is important for their social and language development that they do not have one in the setting.


We would also like to ask if you could discourage your child from bringing in ‘toys from home’, as we would hate for them to get lost, and cause your child to become upset. We will have designated times throughout the year to allow your child to ‘Show and tell’ which we will inform you beforehand.


Finally, we are looking forward to embracing all new children and parents to the family of Little Dolphins on their new exciting journey with us and for those returning to continue to support and encourage them to achieve their best!


Facebook – We have a closed group page called ‘Parents of Little Dolphins’ where we upload the newsletter, special activities, tips and committee news – please add us to see all the latest news.


What is happening this half term?

Week One: 5th – 9th September. ‘Settling in and getting to know each other.’

• Sharing ‘Settling in’ bags with key person and others.
• Exploring our pre-school.
• Free choice activities.
• Song: Makaton – Wind the bobbin up.
• Story: Children’s choice.

Week Two: 11th – 15th September. ‘Making friends.’

• Continue to share ‘Settling in’ bags.
• Hand print picture (Craft activity)
• Introducing water play activities.
• Song: Hello song.
• Story: A focus on ‘being kind & helping others’.

Week Three: 18th – 22nd September. ‘My family.’

• Family collage (craft activity)
• Introducing malleable play.
• Introducing role play – tea party & picnics.
• Song: Tommy Thumb / Finger family song.
• Story: The Tiger who came to tea.

Week Four: 25th – 29th September. ‘My family pets.’

• Role play – pets in the home.
• Cookie family and pets (Cooking activity)
• Exploring mark making.
• Song: Makaton – Open, shut them.
• Story: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.

Week Five: 2nd – 6th October. ‘Where I live / My house.’

• Shape collage – making a house (craft activity).
• Picnic lunch in the garden (Weather permitting).
• Introducing turn taking games – Lunch box game.
• Introducing large construction play – making houses with large blocks.
• Song: Clever & Silly person.
• Story: The boy and the picnic lunch.

Week Six: 9th – 13th October. ‘My favourite things.’

• Show and tell week – letter to follow.
• Favourite food pictures – painting or printing.
• My favourite activities – circle time focus.
• Explore aqua beads and gelli bath (messy play activity).
• Making choices (Speech and language focus).
• Song: Twinkle Twinkle
• Story: Stories from home.

Week Seven: 16th – 20th October. ‘Looking and listening.’

• Introducing morning circle routine.
• Making a shaker (craft activity).
• Going on a ‘Looking & Listening’ walk.
• Colour treasure hunt in the garden.
• Sound track lotto.
• Fire drill & safety activities.
• Song: Boogie mites – shaker song.
• Story: The listening walk.

Important dates:

• Closure day – Monday 4th September 2017.
• Last day of term – Friday 20th October 2017

October half term dates: Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October 2017.


We hope you and your child has enjoyed this first half term with us…
We look forward to seeing you after the half term holiday.