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Dear Parents


Welcome to Little Acorns (Preschool)

Autumn Term 2017


We hope that you all had a lovely summer holidays and enjoyed some family time with your children.  We are very excited to welcome you all back and a big welcome to all our new families and children who will begin at preschool this term.



This term, our learning will focus around the theme - ‘Toys’.  Attached is a copy of the planning for the first half of term.  This can also be viewed on our Foundation Stage page, on the school website.  This plan details the curriculum areas of your child’s learning and some of the activities that they will be doing this half term.  We will be exploring our local area at different times during this term, and will need adult helpers.  Please let a member of staff know if you may be able to assist us with this.  Dates and times will be set during the term. 


Teaching Team

As you may be aware, Mrs. Catherine Yeandle will join our Early Years teaching team this year.  She will teach the Big Acorns class on Wednesday Morning, Thursday and Friday.  Mrs. Claire Webber will continue to teach the Big Acorns Class on Monday and Tuesday.

Mrs. Donna Hussell, Mrs. Becky White, Mrs. Melissa Jewell and Mrs. Helen Hewson will be our Little Acorns Early Years Practitioners, with Mrs. Sue West supporting lunchtime cover.  Mrs. Claire Webber will remain as Early Years Leader and have overall responsibility for the Little and Big Acorn Classes.  Please do not hesitate to speak to any of our Foundation Stage Team if you have a query or concern. 


Outdoor Learning

The children will be going out into the school environment in all weathers.  Please ensure that they always have a waterproof coat (with a hood) kept in school.  We ask that children bring in wellington boots and keep them under their peg, so they don’t get wet/muddy shoes.  We have a few spare sets, but not enough for every child.



Children need to bring a named, healthy snack and full drinks bottle to school every day.  We can only provide one fruit snack each day.  Drinks bottles can be refilled in school, during the day, if needed.  Water and Milk is available for the children at snack times.


Spare Clothes

We only have a limited supply of spare clothes for children, so please ensure that your child has a spare set of clothes (pants, trousers/skirt, t-shirt, tights or socks) kept on their peg, in case they need changing during the day. 


Parent Helpers

We are always extremely grateful of any parent support in the classroom or on trips.  We would value however much time you could spare to either the children read, accompany us on adventures outdoors or around the local area.  Please let us know if you think you could spare any time to help us. 



We try to keep our Foundation Stage page of the class website updates, so please spend time looking at our news feed to see photographs and stories of what the children have been up to.


Preschool Hot Meals

We are fortunate to have an excellent school cook, who can provide hot meals for children at lunchtime.  These must be paid for and ordered in advance. 



Please note that we do not have nappy disposal facilities, so all nappies will need to be taken home by parents. 


Lastly, we operate a very open door policy, so please come and chat to us at any time if you have any questions or queries.  If you need to arrange an appointment, please speak to a member of staff and we will try to arrange a mutually convenient time. 


Many Thanks


Acorns Foundation Stage Staff