5th May 2017 Newsletter

Sunday 07.05 Annual Checkendon Village Hall Bluebell Walk 2pm. Everyone welcome J
Monday 15.05 Committee Meeting 8pm Village Hall.
Saturday 20.05 Coffee Shop – 10-12 in village hall.
Friday 26.05 Last Day of Term. Pre-School closed for one week for half term holiday.
Monday 05.06 First Day of new Term.
Thursday 08.06 Pre-School Closed – Elections – Village Hall used as Polling Station.
Sunday 11.06 Checkendon Pre-School Run – Fundraiser
Sunday 18.06 Annual Checkendon Village Hall Car Boot Sale 9.am-12 noon.
Wednesday 21.06 “The Big Toddle” – fundraising event – see below.


Friday 23.06 CHECKENDON PRE-SCHOOL SPORTS DAY – 10am…………details to follow next term.
Friday 30.06 RESERVE Sports Day
Friday 14.07 Last day of 2017 school term.  Summer holidays begin before returning to Pre-School in September.

Checkendon Village Hall will be a Polling Station  on the following date:

Thursday 8th June.

Pre-School will be closed on the above date.

You will not be charged.  If your child usually attends a Thursday session and is funded then you may use those hours on an alternative day.  Please speak to Nina or Liz if you think this may apply to you.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.

We have enjoyed dressing up and role play, using the ‘target’ carpets to play marbles, discovering the school field, painting, creating, counting, adding and subtracting, sorting, building, songs, stories and conversation.

We are looking forward to some exciting themes during the Summer term:

Under the main title of ‘Let’s Explore How’ we will find out and discover all sorts of interesting things:

  • How many ways can we paint?
  • How does a bicycle work?
  • How does a butterfly grow?
  • How can we use Maths every day?

As this week was Bike Week we have enjoyed seeing and using children’s bicycles, scooters and energy to complete laps, keep a tally of how many laps we can cycle, ride through water, play wheelie relay, learn about road safety and so much more.

Dave, the Lollipop Man joined us and showed us his bicycle as well as helped us to understand the importance of road safety. The children crossed the area using a giant zebra crossing that they had made as well as using traffic lights and Dave’s Lollipop.

The children are very good at showing an understanding of road safety, what the colours of a traffic light mean and the importance of using our ears as well as our eyes when riding bikes and scooters.

Thank you to Claire; Harry’s Mummy, who shared her bicycle with us – we loved this as it has a trailer on the back to ride in!

We drew very detailed pencil drawings of Nina’s bicycle too.  We really looked at all the different parts of the bicycle and were able to draw some very exact pictures.

Next week is PAINTING WEEK

During Painting week we will be using a variety of tools to paint with.  Maybe things we have never used before such as feathers……we will be producing a number of pictures and paint effects to take home so please clear a space on the fridge!

We do use maths and maths language every day during Pre-School and at home.  We want to investigate how, where and when this happens – especially the times that we don’t realise we are being mathematical!


Starting next week (Wednesday 3rd May) we would like all children attending to bring with them change of clothes for P.E.

Now that the Primary School choice has been determined it is an important aspect of school preparation to be able to undress and dress at a pretty speedy rate!  This, as in so many areas, is simply to enable the children to move on to the next art of their day promptly and efficiently.

Please bring shorts and a t-shirt in a named carrier bag.  If we may keep them here it would be most handy.  PLEASE NAME THE CLOTHES.

Little Chefs

On Tuesday 9th May the Little Chefs will be making delicious “Marmite Wheelies”.

They will be making their own pastry then spreading it with a layer of marmite before rolling it up to make a wheel before popping their creations into the oven to cook.

The following children will be cooking next week and will need to bring a lidded container to take their wheelies home in:




Checkendon Pre-School has a Facebook page.  We use this to remind everyone and advertise events, celebrations, themes, activities and items to bring in.

We do not put any photographs of children on the page, and we ask the same of all our Facebook friends.  It is purely as an extra information tool for our families at Pre-School.

Please do visit the page.

You will see a post which advertises our next big fundraiser – The Checkendon Run on Sunday 11 June. Please, please share this post with anyone and everyone! It is a really lovely event which celebrates a popular sporting hobby as well as the beautiful countryside that we are all lucky enough to enjoy so closely.

We are hopeful that with plenty of sharing going on, more runners will enter the 10k and raise funds for our Pre-School.

Thank you for sharing everyone!

Another Coffee Shop…….

We are hosting our second Coffee Shop on Saturday 20 May in Checkendon Village Hall.

If you are able and willing to make a cake for us to serve, please kindly bring it along just before the 20th for us to share on the day.

Everyone is most welcome to come along and enjoy some fresh cake, coffee, tea, conversation and chat with villagers and friends.  There will be a children’s play area along with drinks and biscuits for them to enjoy too.

Last time it was lovely to see many of our local families popping in for drinks and cakes – and we certainly had some delicious, fresh, homemade cakes, thanks to all of you!

We hope to see you then and thank you in advance for any contributions towards the cake table.

Barnardo’s Big Toddle Event.

On Wednesday 21st June at 10.00am we will be participating in the annual ‘Big Toddle’ to raise funds for the children’s charity Barnardo’s.

We will be ‘toddling’ around the main field in the village, just next to where we hold Sports Day.

The theme of this year’s toddle is ‘COLOURS’ so we all need to dress as brightly and as colourfully as we can.  There will be stickers and balloons to add to the occasion.

All children who attend on a Wednesday will be joining in – with or without sponsors – but let’s aim to raise a lovely amount of money for this worthwhile cause.

If you do not attend on a Wednesday, of course you may join us but will need a grown-up to come along too!

We will send home a sponsor form – this is voluntary – if you wish to ask family and friends to sponsor your child for each lap of the field completed then we would be most grateful.

We will raise money for children who are less fortunate than ourselves and we hope that by taking part we can encourage the children to recognise that there are children who have and do far less than we are able to.

As an extra activity, I wonder if each child would be able to choose a toy or book that they have grown out of to donate to a Barnardo’s charity shop.

If we are all able to bring along one item on Wednesday 21st June then I will take them to our nearest Barnardo’s shop.

Thank you for your participation.


As the weather warms up – Dave told me it is on the cards! – please bring a bottle of suncream to Pre-School.  It must be named clearly (just write on a plaster!)

We will ask you to sign a form as we do need permission to apply the suncream throughout the day as necessary.


Please try to regularly bring your child’s purple communication diary to Pre-School – at least once a week if possible.

These are a vital tool for us to monitor children’s achievements and adventures from home and their life outside Pre-School.  We are then able to complete each individual’s learning profile and build up a full picture of their development.

Please do try to return them.  Thank you.


Any item deemed suitable for ‘Show and Tell’ is always a delight to see.  We will make time through the week for as much ‘Show and Tell’ as possible – whatever it is.

Show and Tell photographs and videos have been so interesting.  This involves the children in the use of technology and combines it with social interaction and communication.  Emailed photographs are always welcome as a ‘Show and Tell’ item.

Children do not need to bring a ‘Show and Tell’ item every day.  It is just as important to be the audience and ask questions – in fact that is just what is needed!

Stories are a great idea – we always enjoy reading a new book and sharing it with our friends.

Warmer Weather…..

As the weather warms up, please remember to bring a NAMED suncream with you.

We will ask you to sign a form – giving us permission to apply as necessary but we do ask you to do the first application of the day at home and we will top up as necessary.

If the suncream can stay here with us then we know that each child has some.

Thank you.

If you have more than one pair of wellies here, please take home the pair that doesn’t fit – we only have a limited storage space.

Soft/indoor shoes must be worn at Pre-School and we will change in to boots for outdoor activities.

An extra layer in the form of a fleece or jumper is a good idea for indoors as the hall can be chilly sometimes.

Please ensure that your clothes bag is re-filled throughout the term, just in case…


We would like the children to wear indoor shoes or slippers during Pre-School please.

Our carpets/rugs are becoming quite marked due to mud on shoes.

We also request that if parents have muddy boots on, please try to avoid the carpets in the main hall.  Thank you to the parents who have kindly removed muddy boots – very much appreciated.


We are nearing the end of the Spring term.

Please ensure that bills are fully paid by Friday 7th April.  This includes payments for extra sessions attended. Do check with Liz or Nina if you need to know if you have any outstanding payments.

Thank you.


We are aware that due to having to travel to Pre-School sometimes children may be collected after the end of the sessions- 11.30/12.30/3.30.

We require a ‘late pick up’ fee to be paid if you arrive past the end of the session.

The same fee applies if children are dropped earlier than the beginning of a session.  Our Breakfast Club begins at 7.30am, morning session 8.30am, lunch at 11.30am and afternoon at 12.30pm.

The Breakfast Club session begins at 7.30am – no earlier – due to the fact that we have the room to set up.

The fee is £1.25 for each 15 minutes or part of 15 minutes after the end of session.

So between 3.30 and 3.45 the fee is £1.25 but then increases to £2.50 between 3.45 and 4.00….

The late collection fee stands even if you have telephoned to inform us that you will be late.

Please pay cash on the day or as soon after as possible.

We do not like having to ask for this which is why we do ask you to be prompt in your collection.

Thank you for your understanding.

Two of our Parents and Committee members would like you to spare a couple of minutes to complete a survey about the playground in the village.

Please see below and if you are able to complete the survey everyone involved would be most grateful.   Thank you.

I need to ask for 2 minutes of your time to fill in a survey please. Alexandra West and I are leading a bid to South Oxfordshire county council to secure funding to develop the Checkendon village playground. We want to put in more varied equipment for school age children, provide a dedicated toddler area and make the playground accessible to disabled users. The Parish Council is supportive of the project and we have agreement that the footprint of the playground could be extended out towards the pavement, thus almost doubling the useable space. All the new equipment would be wooden, in keeping with the look of the current facility and we want to create a new picnic area nearer the main playing field. 


We think this is a really exciting opportunity to provide a first class facility in the village. We have spoken to a number of local people and everyone has been supportive of our ideas. However, as part of the grant application we have to show that we have done a formal consultation process with the local community. So we have put together this 10 question survey. Please can you fill it in? It should only take 2 minutes of your time.


Please can you also forward this email to any other local parents that you know use the playground, the more responses we get the better and I do not have that many email addresses.

Thank you in advance for your help, and please let me know if you have any questions. We welcome input from anyone that has opinions on this as it will be a community facility so we want everyone to be pleased with it. 

Best wishes

Charlotte and Alexandra.

The Checkendon Run….SUNDAY 11th JUNE 2017


Run meeting
This is our big fundraiser for the preschool and we would like to thank those sponsors already involved. Please book out the date:  Sunday 11 June 2017 in the diary.


We are looking forward to a new route this year which is bound to be an exciting and interesting one.


COMMITTEE NEWS Please see below for a few notes from our Chairperson, Hannah Pivonka.



We are looking for sponsors to cover the costs of the race – this is a fund raiser and therefore, any costs we can re-coup the better. Even only £50 will go a long way

Run meeting
This is our big fundraiser for the preschool and we would like to thank those sponsors already involved. Please book out the date:  Sunday 11 June 2017 in the diary.

If anyone wishes to be involved in any aspect of the run, please contact our Chairperson, Hannah Pivonka.

We are looking forward to a new route this year which is bound to be an exciting and interesting one.

Committee meeting

The next committee meeting will be held on Monday 15th May at 8pm in the village hall. If you would like to attend or have an item for discussion please contact Hannah or another member of the committee.


The last day of term before the summer holidays for Checkendon Pre-School CIO is Friday 14th July 2017.

We do close earlier than the Primary School due to the number of weeks for which we receive the Nursery Education Funding. We stay open for inset days due to the fact that we have a large number of children attending who do not have school attending siblings.

We appreciate that this is an earlier finishing date than the Primary School but we hope that with as much notice as we have given that plans can be made accordingly.

Kind regards,

Nina, Liz, Kelly, Harriet.