Newsletter January 2020

13th January 2020


Dear Parents

A Very Happy New Year to you all and a warm welcome to all new parents and children.

Christmas Raffle 

The raffle raised £248 for the pre-school. Thank you to all those who supported this by buying/selling raffle tickets and a big thank you to Rachelle Thompsett and the team for arranging a great selection of prizes.

Christmas Activities

The Christmas activities, Fair and Disco (run by an amazing Tamsin Austin and Jo Mcgee) all raised an incredible £350. Thank you to everyone who helped with these events,

Thank You

I'm sure you will agree that the children put on a great performance at the end of term Nativity play and that it was lovely to hold it in St Marys Church.  Thank you for all your support with this and a big thank you from staff for the kind gifts received from you.

Easter Service - Tuesday 31st March 2020

The Reverend Napo John will be conducting an Easter Service for the children at St. Marys church, Hayes Street, followed by an Easter Egg hunt on the above date.  Children should be collected by parents/carers from Pre-School at 11.15am and taken to the church for 11.30am.

Easter Bonnets

We will be holding another Easter Bonnet competition this year and bonnets will be available to buy week commencing 16th March.  The bonnets will be judged by Reverend Napo John at school on Monday 30th March.


The photographer will visit the group during the morning sessions of the week commencing Monday 2nd March. Photographs with siblings can be arranged and group photos will be taken during the morning sessions.

'WOW' notes

We would love to hear if your child has achieved anything significant in their development and likewise, we will inform you of any 'wow' moments we witness during their time with us. A supply of cards to record these achievements is available in the foyer for your use as well as ours.

'Getting to know You' Booklet - New Parents Only

Could the parents of new children who have not yet returned their completed 'getting to know you information booklet, please do so as soon as possible, Thank You.


The Friends of St.Marys have set up a Facebook page for parents In Order to join this group, please search 'Friends of St Marys Pre-School' and send a request to join.

Dropping children at Pre-School

Please ensure that the dropping off process is done quickly and simply.We aim to close the doors at 9.15am promptly for the safety of the children.

Phonics Training

In the coming months leading up to the children in the main hall transferring to school children in the main hall transferring to school, we will introduce phonics into the daily routine, working closely with Hayes Primary School.

Forthcoming Events

The following events are being arranged for the Spring and Summer Terms:

Sunflower Competition - seeds on sale in March

Cup Cake Decorating - W/C 23rd March

Hayes Fair - Saturday 6th June

Sports Day - TBC

Reptile Razzamatazz - Tuesday 7th July 

Fundraising Committee

Jo Mcgee, Rachelle Thompsett and Laura Thompson are the groups fundraising committee. If you are able to offer any help or assistance in any way, please let us know.

Outdoor Clothing

As the cold weather continues please ensure children bring a warm coat, clearly labelled with their name. We will attempt to use the garden for outdoor play as much as we can, weather permitting, and therefore advise parents to dress their children in old clothes as there is a chance they will get dirty, All scarves, hats, gloves, wellies must also be named to help us ensure they are put on the correct child.

Key Workers

Each Child has been allocated a key worker who is responsible for monitoring your child's development and progress. Please feel free to approach your child's key worker at anytime with any queries or concerns.

Guidance Notes

Important changes have been made with regard to funding if a child is absent from Pre-SChool for more than 3 weeks due to either holiday or ill-health. The new Guidance Notes can be viewed in the Foyer and a copy has also been placed in the Policies File.

Lunch Club

Please ensure they you DO NOT Include any products containing NUTS in your child's packed lunch as we currently have a little boy attending with a severe allergy.  

The Lunch club runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week, There are a very limited number of places available should anyone wish to use this facility as a 'one off'. We require 48 hours notice and the cost is £6.50 (payable up front or on the day), Can we kindly ask that your child's name is labelled on the outside of their lunch box not inside and, as lunch club is only 45 minutes long, a sandwich, piece of fruit, yoghurt and treat is all that is needed, Please can you cut up grapes to reduce the risk of choking Please also include an ice pack to keep food fresh. Thank You .

Child Protection

Accident Book - If any child sustains an injury at home or on their way to preschool, please inform a member of staff on arrival so that a record of the incident may be noted in the appropriate accident book. Parents will then be required to sign an acknowledgement of this

British Values - Please look on the parent noticeboard for details of our British Values Policy.

Water Bottles

MAy we politely remind you that drinking bottles brought in from home to allow children access to water during the pre-school session must contain water only and NOT SQUASH or any form of flavoured drink. Please also ensure your child's bottle is named. Thank You.


Please note that, following a necessary change in the groups policy, children must not return to the group for 48 hours after a bout of vomiting and/or diarrhoea.

Mobile Phone, Photography & Internet Policy

As you are aware from the prospectus, the group holds a number of policies/procedures, copies of which can be requested from any member of staff. In addition to these, a new policy has been written to ensure the safeguarding of all children with regard to the use of mobile phones, photography and computer systems (including the internet). This clearly states that ANY PHOTOGRAPH TAKE ON PRE-SCHOOL PREMISES (including those taken at the end of term performance)IS NOT PERMITTED TO BE PLACED ON FACEBOOK OR ANY OTHER SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE.  Failure to comply with this will be taken very seriously.

Church School Hall's Car Park

May we politely remind you yet again that the Old Church School Hall's car park is strictly for the use of STAFF ONLY. However, the privilege of using the Rosary Church Car Park remains, thus enabling you to drop off and pick up your children safely. Please bear in mind this is not our car park and sometimes you will need to find alternative parking. Please be respectful to others using this facility.

Toys From Home

We do not encourage children to bring toys from home into playgroup as, unfortunately these often get mislaid or broken. This is with the exception of 'comfort 'toys for the new/younger children to help them settle during their first few weeks in the clubroom.

Shoe Recycling

We will be continuing the shoe recycling scheme until further notice and would be grateful for donations of any old shoes (in pairs). Please hand these to a member of staff. The group receives a small donation each time the box is filled. Thank You.

Collection Of Children/Going Home Book

Just a reminder that if a child is going home with someone other than his/her usual carer the 'going home' book will need to be completed with full details. If during the session, plans change and someone other than the usual person is collection your child, please telephone the group on 0208 462 7663 or 07415 506667

Contact Details

Please ensure that the group is informed of any new addresses/telephone numbers to enable us to contact the correct person in case of emergency. If you have access to email please provide us with an up-to-date email address. This allows us to contact you in the case of closure due to adverse weather etc. It is extremely important that our records are kept up-to-date.

Speech and Language 'Drop in ' Clinics

Details of the speech and language ' Drop Ins' for children under the age of 5 are as follows:

Blenheim Children and Family Centre, Blenheim Road, Orpington, Kent, BR6 9BH

Telephone : 01689 831 193

On the first Friday of the Month, between 9.30 and 11.30am.


Burnt Ash Children and Family Centre, Rangefield Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 4QX

Telephone: 0208 697 4503

On the third Thursday of the month, between 9.30 and 11.30am

NO appointment is necessary, as a maximum of 12 children will be seen on a 'first come first served 'basis . This service is available to families who have not already been referred to speech and language therapy services.

Physiotherapy 'Drop In' Clinics

These clinics are for families who have concerns about their pre-school child's gross motor development, such as developing standing, walking balance and coordination. No appointment is needed and parents will be seen on a first come first basis with a limit of 6 children being able to be seen at each drop in. This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to get access to a physiotherapist without a referral,

Running alongside Speech & Language drop in's

Blenheim Children & Family Centre, Orpington, BR6 9BH

Friday 10/1/20 and Friday 6/3/20

9.30 to 11.30am

Community Vision Children & Family Centre

PEnge, SE20 8UX

Monday 17/2/20 and Monday 20/4/20

10.00am to 12.00pm


As you are aware from the prospectus, The Group holds a number of policies. Copies of these can be requested from any member of staff. 

Finally, should you have any concerns please feel free to contact me.

Gina and the team