25th February 2019.

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We hope you all had an enjoyable half term and welcome you back to the second half of the spring term at Pals.

 

Our theme this half term is “Where Next Mr Noah”:

We are taking a mini world tour this half term using the book “Where Next Mr Noah” as our springboard. This lovely story imagines Noah sending the animals to different parts of the world after the flood and we are going to follow the kangaroos to Australia, the pandas to China, elephants to Africa and India and the parrots to the rain forests in South America - quite a feat without even leaving Chislehurst!!

As always we love to encourage parents to be involved as much as possible so if you would like to help in any way within the setting whether by contributing to our themes, putting your name down on the parents rota or just coming in for an hour to read to the children then please do let us know. We would particularly like to get more dads involved – particularly in reading to the children as it is well researched that dads reading to their children has a huge impact on the child’s interest in print and literacy.

If anyone has family members who work in an office or perhaps in print then we would be especially grateful for any unwanted paper. Our future scientists, artists and architects need a surprising amount of paper to practice their skills and any donations of (unwanted old) paper would be very welcome!!

 

World Book Day:

We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March. The children are invited to come dressed as a favourite book character on those mornings for a donation of £1 which we will use to purchase some new story books for the children to explore and enjoy.

 

Eco planting Competition returns

After the Easter break we will be running an Eco planting competition. We would like to invite you to create a recycled planter (complete with plant) over the Easter break with your child for our outdoor area. The planter should be made from anything recycled be it a yoghurt pot, an old boot, football, tea pot…..!! Please bring them in week commencing Monday 29th April. Every child that brings one in will receive a packet of seeds for you to plant at home and also a certificate.

We would be very grateful if you could ensure that you arrive on time with your child in the morning as this enables us to start promptly with small groups and other activities. It would also help us if you could clearly label your child’s outdoor clothes. We are outside most days and it is quite a feat to return 32 coats to the correct peg!!

 

Term dates 2019-20

For those of you who will still be with us in September please find term dates attached for the next academic year. These are also available on the home page of our website.

 

Fees:

We have managed to maintain the fees for the additional 15 minutes at the same rate for a significant time now. However, with increasing costs and no funding increase from the Government for some years the fees for the additional 15 minutes will rise to £4:00 from the commencement of the summer term.

 

Parents leaflets:

We have a selection of parents leaflets on a variety of topics in the racks on the parents table in the entrance hall. Do please feel free to  help yourself to these resources.

 

Dads and Tots:

This meets on the fourth Saturday of every month in the link here at Christ Church from 9:30 until 11:00. Upcoming dates are March 23rd and April 27th - why not come along to meet up with other Dads over a Bacon Butty while your children play.

 

Testimonials:

Many thanks for all those parents who filled in our questionnaires last half term. We have looked closely at the results and comments and were delighted. Where possible we have responded to any suggestions made.

We would really appreciate it if you were to post a testimonial on our website and you are able to do this by clicking on the testimonial link at the top of our home page on the website. You are also able to leave a review of Google or net mums. Nearly all of our enquiries come either by recommendation or through the website. You are also able to leave a review on Google.

 

Summer Dates for your Diary:

Please save the date for our Summer Show which will be held in the church on Wednesday 17th July. Children arrive at 10:00 on this morning and parents stay for this event where the children showcase some of their P.E. activities and Circle Time songs.  More details to follow.

 

On Friday 19th July all children are invited to our Teddy Bears Picnic 9:45 -12:00 – again more details to follow.

May we remind you that we are always happy to arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have. 

 

7th January 2019.

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope that you have all had a good Christmas and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year and to give our new children and their families a very warm welcome.

Last half term we welcomed Mary onto the team. Mary will be working with us until the end of the summer term as a support worker.

Theme:

This half term we will be looking at “Keeping Healthy” with the children exploring exercise, healthy eating and how we grow as well as looking at the role of doctors and dentists. We have a visit from the dental nurse scheduled for the last week of this half term.

Also this half term we will be completing our annual RSPB big school Birdwatch. This gives the children a wonderful opportunity to see the variety of birds on our doorstep here at Christ Church. If you would like to help or get involved in any of these activities then please speak to Teresa.

You can find our plans together with a short paragraph about what the children have been up to at the end of each week on the notice board page of our website. You will see that some items are colour coded – the colours relate to our key worker system and individual activities staff plan for their key children.

If you lose a newsletter don’t worry you can find all the newsletters from the past year on our website together with a calendar with key events marked and also term dates for this academic year.

Our policies are also available on the website together with a large amount of other information.

 

Healthy Early Years London

We have signed up to the Mayor of London’s scheme Healthy Early Years London and will be working on our Bronze award this term. HEYL supports a healthy start to life across themes that include healthy eating, oral and physical health and early cognitive development.

Lubbock Road Gas Works:

Week commencing 4th February there will be major road works at the bottom end of Lubbock Road for approximately 6 weeks whilst the gas mains are replaced. During this time the road will be closed between Lower Camden and Hatton Court and a diversion will be in place. There is a drop in regarding the work from 10:30 am on Wednesday 16th January in the Link here should you wish to find out more.

 

Winter Weather:

Should we have heavy snow this term we may need to make a decision as to whether to open. In such circumstances please check the home page of the website where we will post a message to state whether we will be open or closed

 

Parents’ rota:

On our notice board we have a parent’s rota and you are very welcome to put your name down to help out for a session. However we do suggest that you wait until your child is settled into the routine before you do this.

 

Parental Questionnaires:

Apologies to those of you who were anticipating this questionnaire last half term – we are aware of how busy the lead up to Christmas can be and decided it would be better to send this out now. We would be very grateful if you would take some time to complete the attached questionnaire and return which will help us in our continuous evaluation of our practice. Please note that we have not attached this for new parents!

 

Child absences:

If your child is goingto be absent due to a family holiday or even a one day outing then please let us know. Once they are funded London Borough of Bromley stipulates that children are allowed no more than 3 weeks absence due to such events during any one term and for this reason you will need to fill in an absence sheet for any absences due to holiday etc. Should your child be absent for longer than 3 weeks then you will be liable to pay the full fees for the absence.

We are also required to keep a note of absences due to sickness and it is important therefore that you notify us if your child is going to be absent due to being unwell in any way. Many thanks for your co-operation in this matter.

 

Extended sessions:

 These sessions are primarily for children who are off to school in September and run until 2:45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As well as learning to manage their lunch the children love exploring outside during the afternoon and towards the summer also get the opportunity to practice such skills as getting changed for P.E. the cost for this session is £10.00 and if you are eligible for extended entitlement funding then you can access 2 hours funding towards the cost of this session. Please speak to Teresa should you wish your child to join these sessions.

 

Primary School Applications:

The deadline for applications for Primary Schools for 3 and 4 year olds born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 is Tuesday 15th January and it is imperative that you send your applications in by this date. Please visit www.bromley.gov.uk and click on the link marked “apply for it” on the home page.

 

Please remember that we are always happy to arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.

 

Teresa, Laura, Nicola, Brenda, Claire, Janet, Lara, Linley, Liz and Mary

 

 

3rd September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

We would like to welcome you all to the autumn term whether you are joining us for the first time, returning with a sibling or just returning after the summer break.

Theme:

For the first week or two of term we will be thinking about what we have done over the summer. After that we will turn our attention to “Ourselves”. Amongst other things we will explore who we are, families and where we live.

Staffing:

Those of you returning will know that Sophia sadly left us at the end of the summer to take up a job in her new location in Kent. Laura and Nicola have stepped up to share the role of deputy which we think is going to work exceptionally well. We are delighted to welcome Claire Bridger to Pals who holds an Early Years Foundation Degree and has 19 years experience in the sector.

Updated contact details:

It is vital that we have your correct contact details in case of emergency. Please complete the attached form to ensure all details we have are up to date

School Photographer:

The school photographer will be here Tuesday 9th October taking both individual photographs of the children and will also be happy to take photographs with siblings should you wish. Please put your childs’ name down on the sheet in the entrance hall if you wish them to be photographed, also indicating if you require a sibling photograph.

Extended Sessions:

Please note that our extended sessions for 3 and 4 year olds will resume on Tuesday 19th September and operate on Tuesday and Thursdays until 2:45. These sessions are largely aimed at children who will be leaving for school next September. The full cost of these extended sessions is £10.00, however if you are eligible for the additional funding then you will be able to claim 2 of the hours under this scheme, in which case the cost for the extra 15 minutes will be £3:79. Please speak to Teresa regarding availability, if you wish your child to attend.

Website:

For those of our parents who are new we would like to draw your attention to our website where there is a lot of useful information. We usually upload our weekly plans retrospectively on a Friday afternoon to give you an idea of some of the things that the children have been up to during the week. You can find these on the notice board page of the website. Our plans are colour coded linking to our key worker system.

If you lose a newsletter don’t worry because you can find all the newsletters from the past year on our website together with a calendar with key events marked and also term dates for this academic year.

All our policies are also available on the website together with a large amount of other information.

Absences:

Please note that if your child is in receipt of Early Years Education funding and is goingto be absent due to a family holiday or even a one day outing then you will need to fill in an absence sheet. London Borough of Bromley stipulates that children are allowed no more than 3 weeks absence due to such events during any one term. Should your child be absent for longer than this then you will be liable to pay the full fees for the absence.

If your child’s absence is not due to a planned event then please phone, text or email that morning to let us know whatever the reason. Many thanks.

Primary School Admissions:

If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 then you are able to apply online now for their primary school place. Details are available on Bromley’s website together with details of school open days on their schools and colleges page. You will be able to amend and upload any documents right up to the close date of 15th January should you wish.

Christmas Dates for your diary:

Our Nativity and fund-raising morning will be on Wednesday 12th December. Please note that the children arrive at 10:00 that morning. The nativity will commence at 10:15, after this we will have our fundraising and coffee morning. All the children are involved in this event and all parents invited. It is imperative that your child has an adult with them for this morning.

The Christmas party will be held on Friday 14th December at 9:45, this will finish at 12.00. We will give you more details nearer the time.

As always we are always happy to arrange a time to talk to you should you wish to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.

 

29th October 2018

Dear Parents and Carers 

We hope you all enjoyed a break over half term and we are pleased to welcome you all back to the second half of the autumn term.

Theme:

This week we will be thinking about autumnal weather before moving on to focus on bonfire night and Diwali next week. After that we will begin to shift our focus towards Christmas as the children start to learn the songs for our nativity production this year and also work on some Christmas crafts. If you would like to get involved in any way then please speak to Teresa.

Christmas Dates for your diary:

Our Nativity and fund-raising morning will be on Wednesday 12th December. Please note that a carer or parent must be present for your child during the morning and that the children arrive at 10:00. The nativity will commence at 10:15, after which you are invited to stay for coffee and our fundraising . All the children are involved in this event and all parents, friends and family invited. This year we will be running a toy tombola and would therefore be very grateful for donations of any toys you may no longer want at home. We would also appreciate help in either ticketing up the items in advance or helping to man the stall on the day.

We will also have a cake stall for which we will invite donations nearer the time. Please keep an eye out on our notice board for sign up sheets.

The Christmas party will be held on Friday 14th December at 9:45 and we have booked an entertainer for this morning. ALL the children are invited to attend the party and will need a named packed lunch. Please note that we are a nut free zone and are unable to accept any lunches with nut products on the premises. The party will finish at 12.00 with a special visit from someone very festive

Extended Sessions:

Please note that there will be no extended sessions during the last week of term. The final extended session this termwill therefore be on Thursday 6th December.

Parents Rota:

We have a parent’s rota on the notice board and once your child is settled you are very welcome to put your name on the rota and stay for a session (or even just an hour). You may be surprised at just how much we pack into a morning and we would love to see you

Home Share Sheets:

We like to celebrate the childrens achievements whether here or at home and would encourage you to share any small thing that your child may have achieved at home. If you would like to add something to your child’s record then please pick up a Home share sheet from our parents table in the entrance hall. Alternatively we have some cut out leaves and pine cones in a basket in the entrance hall. Fill one in and we will add it to our special achievement board in the lounge.

Childrens clothing:

Please be aware that we are outdoors most days and your child will therefore need a suitable outdoor coat for the colder weather. Please ensure that your child’s coat and jumpers/cardigans are labelled to enable us to return items to the right child at the end of the session!

We would also be grateful if children do not wear wellington boots during the morning.  You are very welcome to leave your childrens boots underneath their peg if they wear them to and fro the setting. Many thanks.

Primary School Admissions:

If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 then you are able to apply online now for their primary school place. Details are available on Bromley’s website together with details of school open days on their schools and colleges page. You will be able to amend and upload any documents right up to the close date of 15th January should you wish. Please note that as verification of your school application the Borough will require a letter from the Child Benefit Department regardless of whether you are eligible for receipt of this or not. We would strongly recommend that you apply for this now as the waiting time is up to 12 weeks.

Website Testimonials:

We hope that you all find the information on our website useful. We know that a lot of potential families use this as their first port of call when researching Pals and we are therefore always grateful for parents posting a testimonial on the website. If you would like to post a testimonial then please click on the testimonial link on the home page.

As a team we regularly evaluate all we do and it is important to us that we get it right for the children in our care. As part of our evaluation we will be sending home some parental questionnaires later on in the term which we would appreciate you taking the time to complete and return.

As always we are always happy to arrange a time to talk to you should you wish to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.

 

 

4th June 2018.

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you all had a lovely half term break and are pleased to welcome you back for the last half of the summer term.

Theme

This half term we are going to be thinking about summer. Within this we will be exploring such things as picnics and barbecues, camping, the beach and sea life. We will (hopefully) harvest our potatoes and cook them with the children for them to enjoy at snack time before the end of term. If you would like to help or get involved in this half terms plans in any way then do please speak to Teresa.

Extended Sessions:

Please note that there will be no extended sessions during the last week of term. The last extended session will therefore be on Thursday 12th July.

During the Thursday afternoon sessions this half term the children will be practising changing for P.E. and we would therefore be grateful if you could supply your child with shorts, a T Shirt and plimsolls in a named bag. On Tuesday 26th June we have a string quarter coming in to play for the children during the afternoon.

PARENTALK

Please find attached a flyer for this excellent parenting course which will be running here commencing this Thursday 7th June. Don’t worry if you can’t make the first one you are very welcome to join the following week. These are informal evenings over a glass of wine exploring topics such as

“It’s not just me”, “Love them and let them know”, “It’s good to talk”, “Boundaries and battles”, Parenting with elastic”, and “Creating a sense of belonging.

If you would like to attend or know more then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photographs

Please may we have any returned photos and all payments for photographs by Monday 11th June. Many thanks

Summer Weather:

The children access our outdoor area every day and we would therefore ask that you put sun cream on your children before you leave them in the mornings and that you provide them with a named sun hat. Many thanks

Summer events

Our Summer Show and Coffee Morning is on Wednesday 18th July and all the children are invited regardless of whether they normally attend on a Wednesday or not. Parents stay for the show where the children perform some of our favourite circle time songs and P.E. action songs for you. Please bring your child along at 10:00 that morning then find your seat in the church where the show will commence at 10:15. This is followed by our Summer Fund Raising event where you will be able to buy a little piece of art specially created by your child. If you would like to donate a cake for our cake stall then please watch out for the sign up sheet in the entrance hall soon.

Our Teddy Bears Picnic will be on Friday 20th July from 9:45 until 12:00. Again this is for all the children and they are invited to bring their teddy bear in for the morning. Please provide your child (and their teddy!) with a packed lunch in a named container. Parents do not need to stay for this event.

Please note that Thursday 19th July will be normal timings. During that morning the children will have a mini sports day with races etc in the hall.

Autumn Term:

Please note that ALL children who are returning in September are invited in on the first day of term – Monday 3rd September for our “Welcome back” session. This is a really good opportunity for those children returning to meet up again after the long summer break and familiarise themselves with the pre-school and one another before we begin to welcome our new starters! Please put this in your diary regardless of whether your child will be attending on Mondays or not.

 

May we remind you that we are always happy to arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.

 

Teresa, Sophia, Brenda, Janet, Lara, Laura, Linley, Liz, and Nicola

 

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Term dates 2019-2020

Autumn 2019  

Mon 2nd September - Friday 13th December   

Half Term: 21st October-25th October

Spring 2020:

Monday 6th January - Friday 3rd April

Half Term 17th -21st February

Summer 2020:

Monday 20th April - Friday 17th July

Bank Holiday Monday 4th May

Half Term 25th - 29th May 

 

 

Half Term 28th May 1st June

 

 

 

Half term:  28th May - 1st June