4th January 17 Newsletter

Tuesday 3rd Jan 2017 First day of Spring Term – Welcome back and Happy new Year to All.
Monday 16th Jan Committee Meeting – everyone welcome.  Please advise if you wish to come along so that we can give directions.
Friday 10th Feb Last day of term – half term break for one week.
Monday 20th Feb First day of term.
Friday 7th April Last day of term – Easter Holidays, 2 weeks.
Tuesday 24th April

Monday 1st May

Friday 26th May

Monday 5th June

Friday 14th July

First day of Summer term.


Bank Holiday Monday – Pre-School closed.

Last day of term – half term break for one week.


First day of term.

Last day of term/school year – Pre-School closed for the summer holidays.



Firstly, welcome back everyone and Happy New Year.  We all hope you enjoyed the Christmas celebrations and are looking forward to the year ahead.

We have returned to welcome new friends and we look forward to introducing them to each other.

Our themes this year are going to be led by display boards and ideas from the children.  We are planning to use the boards around the hall to display the children’s artwork and writing which will stem from items they bring for Show and Tell, discussions we have and interests shared.

 So far, the weather is influencing us slightly and we have started to make a ‘cold’ board.  We will be using this theme to learn about the differences between animals that live in cold or warm climates as well as things that can be built with snow and ice.

Following my exciting holiday in the snow (Which I’ll try not to talk about too much!), construction of an igloo has already begun.  We will be making igloos with real ice and using chalks we will be creating our own Northern lights.

Who knows what the weather will bring during this term.  We all hope and wish for some snow!


Chinese New Year will be celebrated at Pre-School during the week beginning Monday 23rd January.  This year is the ‘Year of the Rooster’.

We will have Chinese snacks, Little Chefs will make celebratory food and we will use our creative skills to make a collage display and have a go at writing Chinese letters.

We also welcome Hal’s nanny, Jo, to sing with us in Chinese and teach us some words and phrases.


If your child is going to be absent from their session please telephone Pre-School to advise us of the absence.

Our sessions are filling fast and we may be able to offer the space to someone in need.


We are more than happy to accommodate extra sessions upon request as long as we have the spaces available and these extra minutes/hours are charged accordingly.  Please be aware that a late collection of children also carries a charge of £1.25 for each 15 minutes that they remain in our care. Payment is required at the time of collection.

It can be most embarrassing for us to keep having to ask for money and we understand that it is the same for you!  Please help us avoid this by paying promptly.  Thank you.


 The following children will be cooking on Tuesday 10th January:


 Next week the Little Chefs will be making individual pizzas.

These are great fun to make and introduce the children to a range of skills including chopping, grating, peeling.

Please bring an amount of cheese to cover a muffin-sized pizza and a topping of choice.

Please remember a container to take your pizza home in.


We have a fantastic selection of books; fiction and non-fiction that we enjoy sharing with the children.  Each child has received a blue book folder.  Please use these to borrow one book at a time from Pre-School and then return it to exchange for another.


Please kindly put the surname as a reference when paying by bank transfer.  This is the most popular method of payment, which is great, but we need to know who the payment is from!

On the bottom of your bill is a return slip.  Please give this to Liz so that we are aware the payment has been made.  Thank you.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  We always appreciate your comments and ideas.

We are all looking forward to the Sping term; we hope you are too.

Kind regards,

Nina, Liz, Kelly and Harriet.


If you buy online there is an easy way to support your preschool by going to easyfundraising.org.uk any small amount really helps. You can set it up so that you are reminded to go through them before you buy.


Happy New Year to you all  and welcome to the New Starters. The committee is always looking for new members or just a little help so please do ask!

The reports are on the website and will be submitted to the Charity Commission by June 2017.

Committee Meeting

The next meeting is due to take place on Monday 16 January at 8pm please ask the Ladies or email  chairmancheckendonpreschool@gmail.com. for more details. 

Run sponsors – this is our opportunity to raise valuable funds for your school.
We need to raise a small amount upfront this year. If anyone knows of a small business that would like their logo splashed everywhere please ask them to get in touch.

Breakfast Club

The preschool opens from 0730 offering a breakfast club for primary and preschool members.

Promoting your preschool

If you feel that your children are benefiting from the learning and nurturing environment provided by the Ladies then please tell everyone about it. There are various means such as the following websites, this list is not exclusive.  Thank you.

Facebook – Checkendonpreschool



Henley parents

Caversham parents

With thanks from Hannah Pivonka – Chairperson and the Checkendon Pre-School CIO committee.