Autumn 2018 Newsletter


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.


What’s new……?

From September 2018 we have made the decision to increase our fees from £4.20 per hour to £4.40 per hour.  This means a morning or afternoon session is now £13.20 with a full day being £26.40.  We also have a “Late Finish” for those parents that need it.  This is from 3.00pm – 3.30pm at a cost of £2.20 per session and also the “Early Starts” from 8.30am – 9.00am also at a cost of £2.20.

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. 


Pre-School Extension

We are very excited that our Pre-School extension was completed over the holidays and after a few building delays opened for business on Thursday 6th September 2018.  We hope you will all agree what a wonderful addition to the Pre-School room it has made in terms of space and light.   We can now accommodate 32 children in the Pre-School room which will mean there will be no need for a “Lower Pre-School” in the Sunbeams room in future.  There will be room for all Sunbeams children to move into Pre-School as scheduled after Christmas and again after Easter.  Please see our Facebook page or web site for photographs.


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.

Fur Clemt

  • Fur Clemt foods will be displayed in the foyer on Thursdays and Fridays.  Please feel free to help yourselves to whatever you can use.   There is a money box for small donations.  These foods are close to their Best Before dates.

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 Tesco.   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 girls 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.  



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 – welly bags are provided on your child’s coat peg to enable you to leave wellies in Nursery
  • 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

Tracey Carter – Deputy Manager

Paula Leese – Room Leader Sunbeams

Keeley Banks  – Room Leader Pre-School

Hannah Storey – Level 3 Practitioner - SENCO

Julie Mann – Level 3 Practitioner

Michelle Reedy – Level 3 Practitioner

Sharon Dodge – Level 3 Practitioner

Shannon Smith – Apprentice – Level 2 – Working towards Level 3

Rachel Higgins – Apprentice – Working towards Level 3

Hayley Hurst – Level 2 Practitioner

Nicola Hudson – Volunteer

Dawn Morley - Admin









Harvest Festival – Thursday 4th October 2018

We will be holding a Harvest Festival for the children on Thursday 4th October 2018.  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 5th October and then distributed after their Harvest Service on Sunday 7th October 2018.  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 4th October 2018.


Half Term Week – Half Term this year is Monday 22nd – Friday 26th October 2018.  We will be closed for one week.

Parents Evening – Wednesday 7th November 2018

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 5th December 2018

For the parents of children moving from Sunbeams to Pre-School in January 2018. 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 – 14th December 2018

Nursery will close for the holidays after the afternoon session on Thursday 13th December 2018.  This year’s Christmas Party will take place at 9.30 am – 11.30 am on the 14th December 2018.  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 11.30am.

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


First day of Spring Term 2019 is Monday 7th January 2019

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