11th November Newsletter

Friday 09 Dec 9.30am NATIVITY.  All welcome to come along and watch.
Sunday 11 Dec 2.30pm Christmas Lunch Shopping with Nina !
Wednesday 14 Dec Children’s Christmas Party. 9.30am start – 12.30pm.  All children very welcome.
Friday 16 Dec

Tuesday 03 Dec

Last day of term. Christmas Holiday.

First day of new term.  NO INSET DAY FOR PRE-SCHOOL.

We have been busy this week……………….

This week we have been busy making lanterns and decorating Rangoli patterns in celebration of the Hindu Festival of Light; Diwali.

This has enabled us to continue practicing our cutting skills and to enjoy using the creative area.  We all have our favourite toys, games and areas that we like to spend time with but it is important that we direct the children to try a variety of activities which they may not necessarily choose to do.  Following the making of lanterns and patterns we have noticed that many of the boys have ventured freely into the creative area and produced some exciting and creative works of art.  The pride which they feel from drawing pictures, painting and being creative with art materials is so wonderful to see.  This naturally progresses to the creation of numbers and letters, writing and reading. 

The activity of using our fingers to write letters in the sand has been popular this week.  We have found initial letters of our own names and of our friends as well as matching letter sounds to items we can find around the room. We have also enjoyed working as a group to complete large floor puzzles and to use the big boxes to build and explore.

We have enjoyed exercises during P.E, on Thursday Kelly continued to practise French with the children, we have cooked, painted, cut, built, read, listened, danced, explored, laughed, chatted and so much more this week.  Every week the children continue to amaze and delight!

We are now well in to the school year and have noticed that the children are working so well together as a group.  This takes time to achieve at the beginning of each school year.  When the school leavers have moved on, the dynamics change and each child has to find their place within the group.  During this week we have all noticed a change and an acceptance of each other.  The conversations the children have,  show that they are genuinely interested in each other, they are showing pride and respect for their own and each other’s interests and are making firm friends.

Well done everyone!


We would like to welcome Harriet Waggett – Mummy of former Checkendon Pre-School friend, Sam. 

Harriet is helping Liz and Nina every Wednesday and is also with us three more times during the week to ensure smooth running of our ship!

It is lovely to have you with us Harriet.

Thank you to our committee members who have stepped in during the term to help us – you have given us your spare, child-free time and we really do appreciate your help.


Next week’s chefs are:

ERIC      THOMAS       CLIO   JUDE  


You will be making banana cakes.  Please bring a suitable container in which to take them home safely.


As you may know, we have joined the Fareshare scheme in conjunction with the Henley branch of Tesco.

This means that we collect a weekly donation of bakery, chilled and fresh goods from Tesco for the children to consume throughout the week.

Due to the wonderful amount and variety that we do collect, at this present time we would like you to lessen your contributions to the snack bowl.  We are so lucky to receive all the food items from Tesco and we hope that this may continue for a long time but it does mean that we have so much food!!

Thank you for your contributions to the snack bowl.  Your help has always been appreciated by us all.

We are in the news….

Do pick up a copy of this week’s Henley Standard – we are in the news!

On the gallery page there is a photograph and an editorial of us receiving our ‘Happy, Healthy Harvest’ window competition prize from the Tesco representative.


Next week we will venture into the realms of Christmas with the children.  If there is anything that you would like us to include in our celebrations, or not, please let us know.

We have five weeks in which to make decorations, build festive wall displays, sing songs, practise Nativity and so much more.  But please note that we build up as the weeks go by – we will not be sending the children home next week counting down the sleeps!

We are all looking forward to the Nativity on Friday the 9th December.  A casting session has taken place!  Next week we will try out the children in their parts which may lead to a few changes so in next week’s newsletter we will inform you of the part that your child will take in the Nativity followed by any costume requirements.

Nativity will be performed by the children who are moving on to Primary School in 2017. We are looking forward to painting scenery this year – our plan is to build Bethlehem using the Tesco boxes and fairy lights!  It is a very exciting time and we are looking forward to this very important event.

As usual, you are all more than welcome to come along and watch the performance.  Please do bring family along with you – the more the merrier.  I think our Nativities have gained a bit of a reputation so it is definitely a date for your diaries!

Our Pre-School committee members will be selling warm drinks and mince pies before the show begins so do bring some pennies along to support our fundraising efforts.

The Christmas Party and lunch is for ALL the children in attendance at Checkendon Pre-School.

This is the best chance to put on party clothes and celebrate the festive season in style! We are so excited to welcome Jester Giggles this year as well as Father Christmas, followed by a delicious Christmas Dinner.


Friday 16th December is “National Christmas Jumper Day.”  If you would like to send your child to Pre-School wearing a Christmas jumper, please do!  This doesn’t have to be on one day – Christmas jumpers are fun to wear throughout December!  Kelly has a collection of them at home so she will be joining in with the jumper fun!!

Christmas Jumper Day is an official fundraising day for Save The Children Charity – a fantastic reason to wear a Christmas Jumper at any time.


Halloween Week was a huge success, followed by our stall of games at the Primary School Firework Night.

From the sale of cakes which you all generously baked, the cake competition, face painting and the firework stall you raised a total of £260 in one week!  Thank you so much everyone.

The children had so much fun, dressed up, danced, played spooky games and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

If you buy online there is an easy way to support your preschool by going to easyfundraising.org.uk any small amount really helps.

Spare Clothes

Please ensure that your child has at least one whole outfit of spare clothes in the bag that Checkendon Pre-School has provided.  We use our own bags to free up some space in the cloakroom area which we know is rather limited.