9th September Newsletter

This term our theme is HARVEST

We will begin our new term with two weeks of ‘Getting to Know You’ which is our time to get to know each other, learn about our interests and generally settle back into the swing of things.  We will begin to build new friendships and re-kindle previous ones.

New friends are joining us each week and it will be so nice to introduce new personalities to the group.  The September term is always refreshing and exciting for all of us.  The children love to take on new responsibilities, share their ideas and really find their place at Pre-School. 

We have the whole year to look forward to – so let’s get busy!

The theme of Harvest will incorporate cooking, creative art, music and movement, stories, discovering the outdoors and learning about the environment we live in.  We will ask the children to share their experiences; if you see tractors or farm vehicles please  take a photo if safe to do so!  Email it to us or print it so that we can make a display.  I imagine we are going to have a lot to talk about.

The Harvest theme will continue until half term at the end of October.

Upon our return to Pre-School on 31st October we will be having a week of Halloween celebrations which will include some fundraising such as a cake stall and a bit of healthy competition in the form of pumpkin carving……more details to follow.


Each week we will hold a P.E session with the children.  From next week the session will take place on a Wednesday afternoon.


Liz and Vicki will begin the ‘Little Chefs’ group on Tuesday 13th September. 

Each week a small group will follow a recipe and learn food handling and preparation skills to produce something delicious to take home and enjoy.

We look forward to finding out what the first recipe is going to be….


A group of children will begin learning French on Thursday 15th September.  They will use colourful, attractive French resources to learn simple words and phrases, songs, numbers and colours.


Throughout each week, whenever the mood takes us we love dancing and moving to music.  We are so lucky to have such a spacious hall enabling us to move freely and express ourselves physically.

We use different genres of music including classical, pop, folk and jazz to enhance the children’s interest of music and sounds and to provide the opportunity to move in many different ways.


Each child is encouraged to bring one Show and Tell item with them when they attend Pre-School.  Their item will stay on the Show and Tell shelves until it is time to talk about it within the group.

Items may include photographs, tickets from outings, books, models, treasures etc.  Items will be looked after and returned the same day.

Please name items wherever possible.

Show and Tell is a super activity to encourage not only self-confidence but also provides the opportunity to ask and answer questions, to listen, share and discuss events that have taken place.

An important area of learning is for the children to share their interests and for us to encourage respect for each other’s beliefs and cultures.


We will begin the specific transformers group at the beginning of the January term.  It is most likely to take place on a Wednesday morning.


On the hallway table each day you will see a clear, plastic wallet for your child.  Please check this wallet at the end of your session for letters, notes, pictures etc.  Kindly leave the wallet here with us.


Each child does have a blue book wallet to be used to transport a book home and back again.  This is our own library service!  We have such a vast collection of fiction and non-fiction books and it is only right that we should share!

Please use the blue wallets – this is a good practise for taking school bags to and from school in the future.


We ask all of our families to help us provide a healthy variety of snack foods for the children to enjoy throughout the week.

Please kindly bring some fruit or salad items with you each week – maybe once or twice – for the children to share at snack times.

We provide toast and drinks to go alongside.

There is a snack basket on the hallway table – please help us to fill it each week with goodies.  Thank you.


Each child needs to bring along a drinking bottle filled with water to encourage drinking throughout the day.  Please name the bottle clearly.  We will refill as necessary.  The bottles do need to be taken home please at the end of your session.


Please name lunchboxes clearly on the outside and place them on the trolley in the entrance hall.  We will refrigerate them until lunchtime.  If you need ideas for lunches do ask us!  We have many years of packed lunch experience and may be able to suggest something that you may not have thought of…….


If your child enjoys any of the numerous children’s magazines available would you kindly pass them on to us instead of popping them in the recycling bin please?

We use the pictures for many activities – especially the production of birthday cards!!

So, we are looking forward to a busy, fun term.  We have so much to look forward to and many activities planned.

Do see the welcome from our Chairperson, Hannah Pivonka, below.  Our Pre-School Committee oversee the smooth running of our Pre-School.  They meet once a term or so to discuss the ‘business’ side of things as well as the ‘social’ side such as parent gatherings and fundraising events which are vital to the continuation of a Pre-School.

Throughout the year we will introduce fundraising events.  These may be a cake stall, a hamper raffle or the purchasing of a tea-towel on which your child’s drawing will be printed.  Some of these will require contributions from yourselves such as a cake or a small gift for a tombola.  We ask for these to enable funds to be raised to purchase resources for your child’s Pre-School.  As a registered charity is necessary for us to raise funds through events such as these.  Sometimes we ask for your help to run a stall or sell some tickets.

Please do try to help us when these events arise.  As a small team of staff and a small committee we do need as much help as we can.

New ideas are always welcome; if you have attended or run or contributed to a successful fundraiser in the past, please do share them with us.  We are always on the lookout for new ways to raise money!

The size of our Committee can only get bigger!  If you would like to know more about their role and if you fancy joining us for the first committee meeting of the year, do come along on WEDNESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER.  We meet in Checkendon Village Hall at 7.45pm for an 8pm start.

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about your child, Pre-School in general, or if you have any ideas you would like to share with us.

If you do have a hobby or a skill that you would like to share with us do come and chat.  For instance; we have enjoyed visits from pet ducks, train enthusiasts, cyclists…..you never know who’s going to come along next!!

And lastly, again a big thank you from the three Checkendon Ladies for the delightful gifts and kind words we received at the end of the summer term.  We never fail to be surprised and touched by your kindness and appreciation.  Thank you.

Liz has asked me to pass on her thanks to you all for the gift of theatre tokens with a meal that she received from parents in recognition of her 25years of working at Checkendon Pre-School. She was truly surprised and touched by the contributions made and is looking forward to booking tickets for a show in London very soon – once she can decide what to see!!

Kind regards,

Nina, Liz and Kelly.

 Committee news

Welcome to old and new parents! We hope to be able to meet you in the near future – keep an eye on the useful date section for a coffee morning. Hannah (chair) will also be loitering in the hallway on a few occasions so do stop and say hello.

The preschool is parent-run school all of whom undertake this work voluntarily and therefore we would always welcome support or additional members – big or small … The support that is.

After a successful fundraising run in June last year the plan is do it all again making use of the lessons learnt. A separate meeting to kick this off will take place in first week of October- watch this space but we’d love as much help as possible so if you have a skill we can probably use it!

We wish all your smalls a wonderful Autumn term and look forward to meeting you.
Best Wishes,

The Checkendon Pre-School CIO Committee;

Hannah, Heidi, Sue, Vicki, Charlotte.