Pre-school news 

Learning journeys 
The information provided by Parents in the 'All about me' books is valuable to the Staff as this helps to assist your child's developmental records and help us to develop each child's next steps and learning plans. 
Parent and key person meetings 
There will be an oppurtunity for parents to speak to their child's Key Person and look through their Learning Journey and discuss next steps, as well as any concerns or worries you may have in an arranged meeting; parents will be notfied of dates and times. 
The booking form will be available in the main entrance, however, If you wish to have an evening appointment or a home visit please speak to Andrea or Emma to arrange a convenient time for both parents and key person. 
These meetings are an important part of our parental involvement agreement and provide information for parents and Key Persons about every child in the setting. 
If you are unable to attend, or have any questions, please speak to Andrea. 
Little Chestnuts wish to 'Thank' all parents' for their continued support witih our fundraising events; all proceeds go towards vital resources for the children. 
Our next Fundraising event will be a 70's Night, to celebrate 45 years of Little Chestnuts Pre-School. 
70's Night to be held at The Green Man, Toppesfield, Essex, CO9 4DR Date: Saturday 4th May 2019 Time: TBC 
Hot Meals 
During the Winter months we now offer hot meals at least once a week, typically Wednesdays. Children get to prepare and eat their own lunch, providing them with the early skills of being independent.  
General Reminders 
As the weather can be un predictable, please could all children bring a coat, cardigan,sun hat, sun cream and wear appropriate shoes for the time of year. 
We have a selection of Wellie boots that the children can use but if you wish for them to have their own pair, please bring them into pre-school with your child’s name clearly marked on them. 
Come all weathers, we go outside in our garden, mud kitchen area and visit the allotment, therefore, wellie boots need to be available every session please. 
Life skills 
To encourage independence, and learn skills that will help them as they get older, could we ask that each child walks in to pre-school, hangs their belongings on their coat hook, and finds their name on the registration tree as they enter the setting. 
During the session we encourage the children to wash their hands and go to the toilet independently, with an adult assisting when necessary. We encourage all our children to pour their own drink at snack time and select their snack from the options available; this will further enhance life skills and gain independence. 
Key Person and Tapestry Update 
We use Tapestry as a way of recording each childs development and learning and gives Parents/Carers the opportunity to be involved in their childs learning journey. We have loved the comments you have left and the pictures of home learning and activities; your comments and feedback are important as these contribute to your child’s development record and learning journey. 
Your key person is there for you to discuss your child’s development, any concerns you or the key person may have about your child’s behaviour or development, and to discuss any other matters with you. This may be at the beginning or end of the session, if you require more time and a quieter place to discuss matters please arrange this with your key person.  
Please refer to our Tapestry agreement regarding Terms & Conditions of use. 
Parental Involvement  
Activities will be set for you and your children to do at home, these will be based on our topic, please post any photos of your child completing home learning onto tapestry, or email them to us, we can then add them to your child’s learning journey. 
We welcome any parent or carer, grandparent, auntie, uncle or friend, who wishes to stay and help during a session, if you wish to do so please speak to Andrea to arrange a day. 
As part of our information sharing, you will receive updates either through email or text, informing you of events and also reminders of any outstanding forms and fees. 
Up and coming events for your diary  
Stay & Play Sessions with Cheeky Chimps 
Friday 18th January 2019 
Friday 15th February 2019 
Friday 15th March 2019 
Meet the Committee Coffee Morning - Thursday 14th February 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm (location details upon request) 
Chinese New Year Hot Lunch - Thursday 14th February 2019  
World Book Day Dress Up - Thursday 7th March 2019 
Mothers Day Coffee Morning Friday 29th March 2019 10:30-12:00 
Easter Party - Friday 5th April 2019 
End of Term Celebration and Graduation - Friday 19th July 2019 09:00am - 1pm 


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