• St Lawrence Preschool

Autumn 2021 Term 1

Welcome to the Autumn Term. The term of new beginnings when we welcome new families and friends to our preschool team. A term that brings with it such wonderful and exciting opportunities, experiences and activities.

Activities

Our new curriculum had us embrace oral health. This is a significant focus within Personal, Social and Emotional Development of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and it states: Talk to children about the importance of eating healthily and brushing their teeth. Consider how to support oral health. We reached out to local dentist who supported us by providing resources we’ve shared with you. We created a role play area, which has been very popular and provided natural opportunities to discuss everything dentistry. Children have taken part in cleaning teeth, developing their understanding of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th as they sequenced ‘how to brush your teeth’. We discussed foods which make our teeth happy and made some delicious ‘Butternut squash and red pepper’ soup. The number 2 became our significate number and we carried out various tasks for 2 minutes, the recommended time to brush your teeth. If your child has not been to the dentist, make an appointment. It’s free!

Statistics from Public Health England (PHE) revealed around one-in-four (23%) of 5 year olds in 2019 have had dental decay.

More information on taking care of children’s teeth can be found here.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/taking-care-of-childrens-teeth/





We celebrated Harvest festival by talking about crops and how our bodies need food, how we can support others and how does it make us feel to help others. We read ‘The Little Red Hen’ and processed baked making bread rolls adding herbs and spices looking at quantities needed. We kneaded dough developing our pre-writing muscles.



The book ‘It’s a no money day’ by Kate Milner become quite a powerful read as we discussed emotions. Thank you for contributing to the food bank. We are looking for continued donations of food for our food bank however small. This will allow us to continue with this very important service for families in need. Our food bank basket can be found just inside our hall. Children will deliver the food to the church on a regular basis.


e book ‘It’s a no money day’

Pumpkin week was celebrated with everything orange and lots of sensory play. Gloop, jelly play and hammers and tees encouraged finger dexterity along with building hand and shoulder strength.

We had two characters arrive at preschool this term. Sid the spider and Christopher Pumpkin. After playing ‘We’re going on a spider hunt’ we learnt Sid was a lonely spider who just wanted a friend. Children embraced his presents and were very keen for him to join in with their daily routine. Christopher Pumpkin was a little different from other pumpkins and that’s okay. We have discussed respect and tolerance and we use our words to help others understand our needs.







Staff/Committee News

Becky and Clair have completed a Child Protection course. This has highlighted a review of our ICT risk assessment to ensure we are teaching our children how to be safe online.

Donna has attended Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) course. This has confirmed we have good practice and a secure understanding of the referral process.

If you ever have any concerns about a child’s welfare or safety and not sure what to do, please come and speak to us. Our roles: Donna - DSL No1. Mary - DSL No2. NSPCC website contains lots information for further advice. NSPCC | The UK children's charity | NSPCC


This term we welcome our new committee members, without their support and dedication to their role preschool wouldn’t exist. If you have a matter you would like to discuss with them, please contact them on:


Chair - Stephen (Joshua’s Daddy) chair@stlawrencepreschoolsevenoaks.co.uk

Treasurer - Laura (Joshua’s Mummy) treasurer@stlawrencepreschoolsevenoaks.co.uk

Secretary - Becky (Poppy’s Mummy)secretary@stlawrencepreschoolsevenoaks.co.uk

Marketing - Jo (Thomas’ Mummy)marketing@stlawrencepreschoolsevenoaks.co.uk

Fundraiser - Mark (Thomas’ Daddy) fundraiser@stlawrencepreschoolsevenoaks.co.uk

I know they would appreciate any fundraising ideas and we will always welcome new committee members. Please get in touch.



Illness

Whilst Covid-19 is still in circulation, we remind you that children should not attend preschool if they are unwell. We request that you do not send your child to preschool if they have had Calpol as Calpol may mask a temperature. If your child displays any of the three main symptoms, we would advise that you take a test. Please let us know if your child will not be attending. As part of our safeguarding practice, if we have no reason for absence, we will contact you.


Safety

We have introduced a new preschool rule after a parent donated two safety helmets.

Rule: When on a bike with two wheels, a helmet must be worn.

The children have been fantastic at really trying to put these helmets on themselves and getting a grown up to secure them.






Parent/Carer Views

We are always striving to offer the best service for our families and we value your feedback. If you have any suggestions how we could make improvements or tell us about something we’ve done well, let us know.



This section can also be about sharing favourite family meals or family days out. Have you found a hide away that you would like to share with others? Do you have a favourite family recipe or would you like ideas for what to cook for family meals? Your suggestions are very welcome.




Dates for your diary

Autumn Term 2 starts: Monday 1st November

Touch of Clay coming into preschool: Tuesday 9th November

Information to follow

Nursery Rhyme Week 15th – 19th November

Christmas party morning: Thursday 9th December

9.30am – 12.30pm Information to follow

Christmas jumper day: Friday 10th December

Last day of term 2: Friday 17th December

Spring Term 3 starts: Tuesday 4th January Welcome to 2022




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