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.
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.
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:
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.
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 www.childcarechoices.gov.uk for more information.
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.
Uniform – PRE-SCHOOL
MEET THE TEAM
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