22nd February 2016 Newsletter


22 February Start of term
29 February Mothers Coffee morning
17 March St.Patrick’s Day – wear as much green as you can!!
24 March Easter bonnet parade, coffee morning 9.30am – everyone welcome!
24 March Last day of term. Easter Bonnet Parade – 9.30am everyone welcome.
11 April Summer Term (5) starts
18 June FUNDRAISING FUN-RUN – information below….

What Have We Been Learning This Week?

We have really enjoyed discovering new painting techniques this week to decorate eggs. We have also been asking the question; “Are chicks the only animals to hatch from an egg?” So, we have been thinking about this and next week we will use the computer to help us answer the question. We will also use books and pictures as well as produce a wall display to show what we have learned.

The ‘Transformers’ group made eggs of different sizes this week. From using the stencil to draw the oval to cutting out and decorating the three eggs we put them in size order and matched the large, medium and small eggs ready to use for a hanging display. Part of this activity was the intention for the group to find the tools needed for the activity, locate the three different sized eggs, use scissors effectively to cut them and keep the oval shape and then to choose their preferred painting technique to decorate the shapes. The group worked well together and were able to assist each other if necessary. Working as a group whilst producing an individual piece of work is an important step to learn in the preparation for Primary School and I feel that we achieved this well.

Thank you Sam for bringing your Easter stories to share this week. We used the books to produce some beautiful artwork. The children chose their favourite picture and then drew it using felt tip pens. We have been absolutely amazed at the results of this – well done everyone! Just like the ‘still-life’ daffodils that Liz painted with the children. It is important to note that the paintings and artwork are all the children’s own work. Yes, we talk them through and encourage them to use the space provided but the finished product is always their own. And what fantastic results this achieves. The pictures will be displayed at the Easter Bonnet Parade along with the children’s other artwork.

French, P.E and themed activities have continued much to the enjoyment of the children.

We are following an Easter theme until the end of term. If you have any items for the ‘Showing Shelf’ that are appropriate to the theme please do share them with us. We like to have something new and interesting to talk about. Maybe photographs of lambs, baby animals, places you have visited or storybooks to share…

Committee news

We are delighted to announce a more user friendly website, which will be updated regularly with dates and other information relating to the preschool. If you would like to review our policies or need information it should be there. I should add that we would be very interested to hear if there is any information you would like to be included.

In addition the running of the preschool is undertaken by parents for parents, we currently have a committee team of three but would welcome any assistance however small please feel free to ask as we are sure you have skills that we might not have!

 A committee meeting was held on Tuesday March 1 and anyone wishing to see the minutes please contact Hannah on chairmancheckendonpreschool@gmail.com.


We really do need to update the photos on our new website. Using information we hold on registration forms we will only use photos of children for whom we have permission. If you would like your child to be on our website please let Nina know. Also, if you would prefer not to have photos of your child on our website please let Nina know. Thank you.

Warmingham Sponsorship

We are very proud to confirm that Warmingham have kindly agreed to continue to sponsor Checkendon Preschool CIO. Thank you.

Easter Bonnet Parade

We do like to host a traditional Easter Bonnet Parade in celebration of Easter. We would love you to join us on Thursday 24th March at 9.30am to show off the wonderful creations that we ask you to make at home!  

Please make a bonnet/hat and be as creative as you can! Use ANYTHING and have fun. Then bring your bonnet along on the last day of term – everyone is more than welcome to join us. There will be prizes to win and lots of fun to be had!!

Fun Run

PLEASE DOWNLOAD A FLIER ADVERTISING THE FUN RUN. We would appreciate the sharing of this flier – please forward it to friends and family who may wish to support us or maybe share it in your workplace – anywhere!! 
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Our updated website contains a page specifically for signing up to the Fun Run. All details can be found there www.checkendonpreschool.co.uk

This year the committee have decided to focus their efforts on one rather large fundraising event. The first ever Checkendon Run. We are very excited but cannot run the event without your support, if you feel this is something that you would like to help organise we would welcome you with open arms to the separate committee; otherwise please pencil Saturday 18th June 2016 into your diary as we will need all hands to assist whether cake baking, serving water or …taking part.

Easy Fundraising

Details can be found on our updated website of a really easy way to help us raise funds. We urge you all to sign up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/checkendonpreschool  Please take a few minutes to do this – you can raise money simply by shopping in a wide range (approx. 3,000 retailers) of shops online. Thank you.

Bank Staff

Thank you for the offers of help from a number of parents. Hugely appreciated but let’s hope that we don’t have to call on you too often!

Our three excellent ladies are always full of good health (with a slight hiccup this week) but there may be a few occasions that they are unable to attend preschool for training or other reasons and therefore, we are looking to create a list of ‘bank’ staff members that we could call upon for these occasions. If you are interested in volunteering please either speak with Nina or Hannah.

Communication Diaries

Please continue to use your purple Communications Diary to inform us of children’s achievements and events from home. They are a most useful tool enabling us to complete our records and monitor the developmental stages of the children. Please just put them in your child’s wallet or hand to a member of staff.


Please continue to contribute to our healthy snack times by bringing along some fruit or other items of food which could be added to the menu. Thank you.

Please note that we end the term on Thursday 24th March and return to Pre-School on Monday 11th April.

We are all looking forward to our Easter celebrations and hope that many of you are able to join us.

Best Wishes and thank you for your continuing support.

The Checkendon Ladies.