Little Stars Christian Preschool
Newsletter September 2022
Dear Parents and carers
Welcome back to Little Stars, and to our new families a warm welcome to our preschool. It was so good to see the children again and hear about your summer. We have attached a “what we did in the summer” sheet if you want to share with us about your adventures. Everyone has settled in so beautifully.
Pick up at the end of the day.
We have changed our picking up routine back to the pre covid routine 😊 please come into the foyer and collect your child’s belongings from the peg – their water bottle and going home pocket will be outside (unless it’s too rainy). Staff will see you from the glass in the doors and bring your child into the foyer. This gives you chance to peek through the glass in the door to see them and chat to staff with more ease.
We will continue with dropping off at the door as we have found that the children settle better. New families of course can come in and settle their child in the room.
Staff are always available to talk to you, please just let us know and they will come out to chat. There will be opportunities regularly to come into the room and see the children’s work and join in with us.
Places available at Little Stars
5 children have unexpectedly not started preschool despite booking their place – so if you know of any families who would like, or are in need of a place, especially 2 & 3 year olds please give them our information. Please do spread the word, maybe share our Facebook page, put a leaflet up in a local shop, or share our website with your friends. www.littlestarspreschool.org
The Sunshine room (our 2 – 3 year old’s) has been lovely, the children have fully embraced the sand play and have separated well from their families. They are enjoying the painting and sensory playdough and staff are assessing their development. Outside play has been very popular.
The Rainbow room (preschool room 3 – 4 year olds) has been an oasis of calm….. for now 😊, the children have loved returning and seeing their friends and making new ones too. They will be looking in mirrors and drawing themselves, looking at their hair colour and eyes and thinking about “All about me”. There has been some lovely play with the sand and water and sensory playdough in this room too. They have enjoyed diggers and pasta and getting to know the building too.
Please label your children’s water bottles, lunchboxes, hats and coats etc – we sometimes get into a muddle sorting out whose items belong to whom.
Healthy eating at Little Stars.
At snack time children are offered snacks such as a cracker, breadstick, wrap, brioche and fresh fruit, alongside milk and water. Attached is a leaflet about healthy lunchboxes with some photos of examples of lunchboxes too 😊. We are encouraging families to register with a dentist, as locally there is an increase in children’s tooth decay – please try and get your child on a waiting list and get your child used to these check-ups.
Our shopping basket
We will occasionally ask for your support with some purchases of snack and cleaning products. We will send out a reminder with ideas of the sorts of products that we need. Please do help us to keep costs down by adding some of these products to your shop.
How Little Stars is run
Little Stars is a not for profit organisation, we are a registered charity and are run by a board of trustees on a voluntary basis. Our current trustees are;
Ian Doncaster – Chairman
Blessing Simango – Treasurer
Sara Rouse, Amanda Kilgour, Karen Barge – Trustees
Easy Fundraising & Amazon Smile:
An easy way to fundraise for Little Stars is by using Easy fundraising, a simple tool which makes a donation to Little Stars when you do online shopping at no extra cost to you. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/littlestarscp/
We are also registered with Amazon Smile which means we can receive donations from online shopping there too, just register Little Stars as your cause and continue shopping. The link is:
Bags 4 school
Our next collection is Tuesday 1st November. Please collect any unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, belts, soft toys etc and bring them in – we get paid per kilo and sometimes manage to raise nearly £100.00
We plan to have an informal coffee morning sometime this half term, after drop off, you can come and have coffee and toast and chat to other parents – to begin to get to know each other.
We are very keen to start organising fund raising events after a break of 2 years – and would love some families to join our fundraising team to help organise simple events – such as quiz nights, second hand sales etc… please chat to staff if you want to support us.
Safeguarding corner (each of our newsletters has a safeguarding tip)
Car seats – please remember to strap your child into a correctly fitting car seat. It really is not safe to have them on your lap in the back of a car. Here is the link for the rulings about correct car seats and fittings. https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules
Staffing and Keyperson
All children will be allocated a key person over the next week or two, this person will work closely with you and your child to support their development and targets. However, all staff know all the children well.
Sunshine staff are
Mrs Sarah Ware – room Leader
Mrs Keri Bishop
Miss Nicole Wilson
Emma Archer (admin),
Andrew Hartlebury (finance)
Rainbow Staff are
Mrs Lesley Hayes
Mrs Kat Watson
Mrs Louise Harding
Mrs Toni Darby
We love sharing – if you have something exciting to tell us e.g. – potty training, trying new food, drawing a picture, a trip on a train please tell us and we will put it up on our wall. We have attached a sheet of wow moments for you to fill in or you can just email us 😊
Bookbags and Sweatshirts
We have a few bookbags £4.00 that children can use to borrow one of our books and share with you at home, then return.
We have a few sweatshirts left £9.00 and polo shirts £7.50, but may not order more for a while as the price has increased enormously from our current supplier, so we are looking for another company before we order any more. Let us know if you would require one and we will add you to the list.
Nursery Education Funding Form Signing
For all 3 year olds, children on the 2 help scheme or those eligible for the 30 hour entitlement. You will need to sign your forms week commencing 27th September.
Queen’s funeral 19th September
Little Stars will be closed on this day to observe the national day of mourning.
Term dates and October half term.
Our term dates are attached
Please remember that our October half term is longer than the school ones as we do not receive funding from the Local Authority for this week. We will close Friday 15th October and open again on Monday 31st October
Contacting each other
Please make sure that we have your correct address, email and mobile numbers – if there have been any changes let us know.
Our telephone number is quirky. Please store our number 01926 477597 in your phone and use this to contact us – However when we ring you, you may see another number on the screen – we are trying to get this sorted out with BT.
We want this term to be a positive experience for you and you Little Star. Please do chat to me, or any of the staff if you have any queries or worries.
We are always keen to hear your views about Little Stars and will be sending out a “your views and your child’s views” sheet over the next few weeks, please do return them as we use this feedback to plan and improve.
Love from Sara Rouse and all of the Little Stars Team
Stars mobile 07983 098171
Dates for your diary:
|Queen’s funeral. Day of mourning. Little Stars closed||Monday 19th September
|Half term||17th – 28th October
|Bags 2 School Collection
|Tuesday 1st November|
|Thursday 15th December|