12th May Newsletter



Date: 12/05/16

27 May End of Summer Term (5)
6 June Start of Summer Term (6)
18 June RUN – all hands to deck (field)
1 JULY Sports Day – 10.00am – 1.00pm DETAILS TO FOLLOW
15 July End of Summer Term (6)



What have we been learning this week?


This week has been rather eventful – mainly due to the weather!


We have enjoyed playing indoors and outdoors, using the enclosed car park.  The children have been using the resources to enhance their learning of numbers and colours as well as the world around us.    


We have made paper boats, doll puppets and cherry blossom paintings using vegetables to print with. 


As the weather just got wetter and wetter we were lucky enough that Trey discovered that his garden was home to many, many snails!

We welcomed those snails to Pre-School with open arms and amidst the rain and the muggy heat we all indulged in a bit of snail racing! 

Each snail was chosen and named, a tasty leaf picked as an incentive to race and then they were off!  The car park was an arena of cheers and support for our snails as they raced to victory.  On the second day of rain we added an obstacle course for the snails to manoeuvre up and over – a test of strength and agility!

The racing was so much fun – thank you to Trey and his Mum and Dad who kindly babysat the snails each night.



This week we continued to build our stories; using our imagination and creativity to produce our storybooks.  Some detailed and imaginative pictures have been produced and made into books.

Well done Transformers.


Next week the Transformers will need to bring a P.E kit please (a t-shirt, shorts and a change of shoes and socks) for their activity on Tuesday afternoon.  Please pop these items into a clearly named carrier bag.



In the entrance hall there is a box each for hats and cream.  The form to sign for permission to apply cream is ready to sign.  Please do so when you bring cream in.  Thank you.



On a Wednesday afternoon we hold a P.E session – physical games and activities.  If your child attends this session please provide a set of shorts and t-shirt for them to change in to.  The move on to Primary School will include undressing and dressing at a good speed for P.E lessons so the more we practise now, the better. 



Liz, Vicki and their cooking group will be making ‘Royal Biscuits’ next week in the shape Kings and Queens.


Thank you to Imogen’s family for the ongoing collection of stamps.  Luckily there is still someone who receives letters in the post!  We are looking forward to using them to create a collage in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.




I can only apologies for any congestion in the village hall car park, especially at the end of the school day.

Despite reminders that the car park is for village hall users only, we are aware that many Primary School families do use it as a convenient and easy place to park.

I will, again, request that a reminder is placed in the Primary School newsletter.



We are in the planning stages of a planting scheme for our raised bed located in the grounds of the Primary School.

Over the next week or so the children will plant it out and observe the growth of the plants.

Will it be flowers or vegetables or a mix of both……….we’ll soon find out!


*Please return your purple communication diaries as often as you can.  They are a delightful read and are vital in our gathering of information for each child’s learning journal.


*If you have been given a likes and dislikes form please return it as soon as you can – if you haven’t done so already.


Thank you,

Nina, Liz and Kelly.



Monday A.M – Gardening

Tuesday A.M – Cooking with Liz and Vicki.

Tuesday P.M – Transformers

Wednesday P.M – P.E

Thursday A.M – French

Friday A.M – Transformers – Experimental Activities

Committee news

The preschool is a parent run preschool and they are volunteers. Any support you feel you can provide will be appreciated.   We have recently welcomed Vicki Thomas on to our committee.  If you would like to join us in support of Pre-School and be a committee member, please come and have a chat to Nina.  We look forward to welcoming new committee members – it’s a great way to have a say in your child’s early education and can be great fun too!



The signs are up – thank you to all for the offers of support it is much appreciated. We will be getting touch closer to the time with a list to sign up to but please bear in mind that we will need a few cakes from you if nothing else!


Secondly, we are looking for a tea and coffee van or a generator so that we can provide hot drinks – Anyone that can beg borrow (please don’t steal) one we would really appreciate it.



The next committee meeting is due to be held on 24 May 2016. Everyone is welcome. If you have any ideas or something you would like raised please contact either Hannah or Nina.

17th March Newsletter

24 March Easter bonnet parade and Mothers coffee morning
24 March End of term 4
11 April Summer Term (5) starts
18 June RUN – all hands to deck (field)
What have we been learning this week?
We have enjoyed preparing for our Easter celebrations this week. We are all looking forward to decorating our Pre-School with our beautiful paintings and Easter crafts.

We will really get into the Easter spirit next week with egg hunts and Easter games. Not forgetting showing off our Easter Bonnets on Thursday morning. We are hoping that the Easter Bunny will surprise us too!

We visited the mobile library on Wednesday afternoon. We chose reference books so that we can find information about animals and the world around us, as well as a selection of story books to read together.   We have already used the reference books to find out about animals that hatch from eggs. We have drawn some superb pictures that are displayed on the boards. We have also asked the computer about animals that hatch and discovered some interesting creatures such as Chameleons and Turtles which we watched hatching. We were all entranced!

Thank you to Lexi’s Grandad who sourced different sized eggs from a Rhea, a duck and two chickens.

P.E was lovely in the sunshine this week – we used the sports equipment to strengthen our throwing, catching and balancing skills.

After finding some unused plasticine in the cupboard this week, we have enjoyed creating and making creatures with it!   The idea was born from Holly and Louis using our blu-tac to make spiders and nests whilst I was sticking pictures on the boards!

Monday A.M – Mud Kitchen

Tuesday A.M – Outdoor Adventures

Tuesday P.M – Transformers

Wednesday P.M – P.E

Thursday A.M – French

Friday A.M – Cooking


Election Days

Please note that due to Checkendon Village Hall being used as a Polling Station, we regretfully are unable to open on THURSDAY 5 MAY due to a local election and THURSDAY 23 JUNE due to the EU referendum.


If you claim Government Funding please discuss with Nina or Liz an alternative available session so that you can use your allocated hours.

Committee news

We are pleased to report there is a new facebook page for the preschool and we are looking for interesting content so if you think of anything – even small please let us know.

This newsletter is also online so if you forget anything please have a look at our website.


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

Fun Run – 18 June

Please take a moment to look at the website. You will notice that there is a short course for all of our little ‘uns to take part as well.

The flyer is available to download from the website so please distribute to friends and family – the more the merrier!

Units disposal – HELP!

Thank you to the two families who have recycled the two units for us!


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.

Voucher Payments

Please may we ask that when paying any fees by childcare vouchers or bank transfer that your child’s name or your surname is used as a reference for the payment. This is vital in ensuring that payments are matched to the correct bills.

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.

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!! 
Download Now

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.


Details of the Fun Run now available

I’m delighted to say that the planning for our Fun Run is well under way and details of the entry options are available on the fun run web page .

It’ll be a great day out, so do please join in;  even my Dad reckons he could do it, although he does say that he’ll need an under 5 year old to accompany him!

Any questions, please do get in touch: runsecretary@checkendonpreschool.co.uk

See you there!