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Autumn 2018 Newsletter 1 (September – October 2018)

Date: September 5, 2018 Author: Kate Porteous Categories: News, Pre-School Newsletters

All the staff would like to welcome both our new and returning children and families 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 4th 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 will endeavour to do their 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, however we 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.

Tapestry – please let a member of staff know if you have any questions or experience any problems with logging in to tapestry.

Our topic this half term is: ‘Getting to know each other.’ 

Week 1: 4th – 7th September – Settling in. 

  • Sharing settling in bags with key person. 
  • Exploring our pre-school. 
  • Free choice activities. 
  • Song: It’s good to see you here. 
  • Story: Settling in books. 

Week 2: 10th – 14th September – Settling in & Getting to know one another. 

  • All about me positive portrait & display. 
  • Focusing on ‘How we play at pre-school’. 
  • Exploring outside. 
  • Song: Nursery rhyme bag. 
  • Story: Stories about being kind and helpful. 

Week 3: 17th – 21st September – My family. 

  • Gingerbread family (cooking focus). 
  • My family – who lives in my house? (craft activity). 
  • Song: Tommy Thumb Song. 
  • Story: The Three little Pigs. 

Week 4: 24th – 28th September – Exploring outside. 

  • Home corner role play. 
  • Picnic in the garden. 
  • Making sandwiches for our picnic. 
  • Exploring textures. 
  • Song: Chicken, rice and peas (boogie mites). 
  • Story: The Tiger who came for tea. 

Week 5: 1st – 5th October – Keeping Healthy. 

  • Making fruit kebabs. 
  • Fruit and vegetable printing. 
  • Making an obstacle course on the patio. 
  • Song: Head, shoulders, knees and toes. 
  • Story: Muncha, muncha, muncha. 

Week 6: 8th – 12th October – Exploring music. 

  • Introducing morning circle. 
  • Sound track lotto (listening focus). 
  • Introducing musical instruments. 
  • Trips to the music room in school. 
  • Song: Here is the box. 
  • Story: Stories which have a musical theme. 

Week 7: 15th – 19th October – Being together. 

  • Fire drill practice. 
  • Introducing new role play props. 
  • This is for you activity (craft activity). 
  • Song: I sent a letter to my friend. 
  • Story: Dear Zoo. 

Important dates: 

Last day of term – Friday 19th October. 

Half term – Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October. 

First day back at Half Term – Monday 29th October.