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Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                                                                                   

Welcome to the start of another academic year.  We would particularly like to welcome those families who are new to Atherton Pre-School Day Care.  For those returning it is lovely to see the children returning with confidence, ready and eager to learn. 

Key Workers

Each child will have a key worker who will take time to form a special relationship with your child and be the first point of contact should you have any questions.    Staff are keen to work with you and your child to ensure that your child’s time at Nursery is the best that it can be. 

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key worker.  The key worker will help your child to become familiar with the provision and to feel confident and safe whilst developing a genuine bond with the child and child’s parents/carers. 

Development Matters

We would like to let you know about how we have further developed the educational programmes for all children.  It is important that children’s learning is supported through rich, varied and imaginative experiences.  Your child’s key worker will make day-to-day observations of them as they play and interact with their surroundings and will share these observations with you.  It is also important to gain an insight into children’s experiences outside of nursery and this is why we value parent/carer observations so much.  All of this information is essential in helping us to plan for and support children’s learning.

To further support children’s learning we assess children to monitor their progress.  We assess them by tracking their progress against the Development Matters, which provides us with a picture of typical development at different ages.  Your child’s key worker will involve you in the assessment process and inform you of the progress they are making.  Assessment also helps us to identify the next step in children’s learning and enabling them to build upon what they know.  We then use this information to plan purposeful activities and to support and extend children’s learning.  You can access the Development Matters and further information at:,uk/development-matters

Our weekly planning is displayed in the classroom for parents and carers to view.  Your child’s key worker will be happy to discuss how you can help your child at home.

Involving Parents and Carers

We would love parents/carers to be involved in their child’s progress by completing observations from their home environment.  This will help towards the children’s’ ongoing assessments and contribute towards continuing progress on their trackers.   Could parents/carers please bring in family photographs from celebrations, holidays and pets to go on the “Family Wall” or in frames to help the children settle into Nursery.  This will provide a talking point enabling children and key workers to build a relationship.


What’s new……?

From September 2019 we have made the decision to increase our fees from £4.40 per hour to £4.60 per hour.  This means a morning or afternoon session is now £13.80 with a full day being £27.60.  We also have a “Late Finish” for those parents that need it.  This is from 3.00pm – 3.30pm at a cost of £2.30 per session and also the “Early Starts” from 8.30am – 9.00am also at a cost of £2.30.

30 hour funding came into place in September 2017 for 3 and 4 year olds for those families who fit the criteria.  Please check out for more information. 

Your child can start in their 30 hours the term after they turn 3 years old and have received a valid 30 hours code, whichever is later. Term start dates are 1st September, 1stJanuary and 1st April.  The code needs to be given to Nursery prior to the start of the term.  If this isn’t done then your child cannot have the 30 hours until the start of the following term.  If you need any assistance please come to the office and speak to Angela or Dawn.

Wider Safeguarding

  • We have a Wider Safeguarding notice board in the foyer that provides information on how to promote child and family well-being.
  • Policy of the month is “Working with Parents”.  This is displayed in the foyer.

What we have developed:

  • We have updated and amended our Behaviour Policy.  This is available to read in the foyer as Policy of the Month. 
  • The Manager and Key Worker will offer Home visits to support children’s behaviour at home, looking at triggers and offering strategies that may help.
  • Pre-School have developed systems that reward good behaviour (reward chart, school bear, Star of the Day/Week, top table, kind hearts) .  Proud Cloud – for the parents to share their child’s achievements.
  • Sunbeams have also developed systems that reward good behaviour (reward chart, stickers/stamps, school bear, Star of the Day/Week).
  • Sunbeams room had a re-vamp over the summer holidays having been painted and new flooring fitted.  This has brightened up the room. 
  • Pre-School and Sunbeams have enhanced all areas and environments to keep the children engaged, interested and challenged during their time in Nursery.  These activities are changed constantly to take in account the child’s interests.   This, in turn, enables practitioners to support and extend children’s development and learning.   
  • Safeguarding – We have introduced coded access doors to both nurseries.  Visitors entering rooms are issued with identifying badges.  All visitors continue to “sign in”. 

Uniform – PRE-SCHOOL

  • Please ensure your child’s uniform is named.  I would like to start by thanking the vast majority of parents and children who wear their uniform daily and look fantastic.   Unfortunately, there are still a number of children who are not adhering to the school uniform policy. 


  • The uniform is statutory and it is an expectation that every child should adhere to it on a daily basis without exception.   As set out in the information previously provided, the uniform consists of yellow polo shirts and a navy jumper or cardigan.   The polo shirts can also be sourced from a range of supermarkets and can be ordered with the logo embroidered on from ourselves.  The rest of the uniform is made up of dark grey trousers or skirts/pinafores.  As with the t-shirts, these are available locally from a number of retail outlets and, as an example cost, from £3 at Asda.  In summer the girl’s dresses are yellow.




  • Could we please point out that girls culotte/play suit type pinafores although look good and are practical during play are far from practical when it comes to using the toilet.  By the time they have worked out how to get out of the playsuit (often having a cardigan on top) it is sometimes too late and “accidents” occur.
  • Please note: jeans should not be worn on any occasion. 
  • Finally, the uniform should be completed with plain black shoes.  
  • Please ensure a change of uniform clothing is in your child’s bag each session in case your child needs changing




  • Uniform is optional in Sunbeams
  • Please ensure a change of clothing is in your child’s bag each session in case your child needs changing


Other Matters

  • Although the weather may seem to be getting colder you child will still be accessing outdoor play.  Please provide suitable outdoor play clothes to protect from the cold.  Please also provide wellies for outside play.
  • Please ensure your child’s lunch bag/box is clearly named
  • Healthy Eating – We promote healthy eating in Nursery.  Please speak with your child’s keyworker if you have any questions.
  • Payment envelopes – We can provide payment envelopes for cash fees.


Angela West - Manager




Keeley Banks – Room Leader

Paula Leese – Room Leader


Hannah Storey – Level 3 Practitioner - SENCO

Michelle Reedy – Level 3 Practitioner


Sharon Dodge – Level 3 Practitioner – Dep. SENCO

Julie Mann – Level 3 Practitioner


Shannon Smith – Level 2 – Working towards Level 3

Tracey – Level 4 Practitioner – Dep Manager – Safeguarding Lead



Hayley – Level 2 Practitioner – Apprentice working towards Level 3



Rachel – Apprentice – Working towards Level 3


Dawn Morley - Admin







Harvest Festival – Thursday 3rd October 2019

We will be holding a Harvest Festival for the children on Thursday 3rd October 2019.  This will be a brief talk about harvesting food and particularly about giving food to those in need.  

We are asking for donations of any non-perishable food you can spare.  The food will be collected by representatives of the Methodist Church on High Street, Atherton on the 4th October and then distributed after their Harvest Service on Sunday 6th October 2019.  This year the food donations will be sent to the Booth Hall Homeless Shelter and Atherton Food Bank.

Any donations of food to this worthy cause would be appreciated by Thursday 3rd October 2019.


Half Term Week – Half Term this year is Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019.  We will be closed for one week.

Macmillan Coffee Morning 27th September 2019 – 9.30 – 10.30 am

We are holding a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning appeal.  The children will be baking cakes to sell on the day.  Everyone is welcome to come along and support us.  If any parent would like to help making coffees and can spare an hour on the day please talk to Angela.

Parents Evening – Wednesday 6th November 2019

Please make an appointment with your child’s Key Worker.  You will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s learning and development at Nursery and their progress and achievements.

Inspire Evening – Wednesday 4th December 2019

For the parents of children moving from Sunbeams to Pre-School in January 2020. As part of our transition procedure for children from Sunbeams to Pre-School we are, this year, inviting parents to come along and meet their child’s new Key Worker in the Pre-School Room.  Your child will already be accessing “Taster Sessions” in the Pre-School so this is an opportunity for you to discuss your child, the routines and view the environment.

Christmas Party – 13th December 2019

Nursery will close for the holidays after the afternoon session on Thursday 12th December 2019.  This year’s Christmas Party will take place at 10.30 am – 12.30pm on the 13th December 2019.  Following the party will be the children’s Christmas performance.  This will be a short performance of Christmas songs and all parents are welcome to come along at 12.30 pm.

Following the performance, the children will have the opportunity to visit Father Christmas and receive a small gift.


First day of Spring Term 2020 is Monday 6th January 2020


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