April 2021 News

It was lovely to welcome everyone back after the school closures. The children have all settled back in well and thoroughly enjoyed all our topics and being able to socialise again—and when parents can socialise again and enter the foyer, we’re planning a new-look parent information board and staff board!

At present, we only have five permanent committee members. While we have had some interest from new volunteers, we still need more—especially as some members will naturally want to move on when their child starts school. So please consider if you could spare a little time, however small. We don’t expect everyone to be ‘in charge’ of something; even just occasional assistance can be a great help. If you are interested, please contact our manager, Nicola, or our chairperson, Jo Chillmaid, using the contact details below, or our treasurer, Debs, at buckdenpreschooltreasury@gmail.com.

Last term, the children were busy planting potatoes, onions, peppers and tomatoes, and we’re looking forward to seeing what progress our veggies have made when we return. The children took their green beans home to look after them over Easter, and some of them planted the sunflower seeds they gave their mums on Mother’s Day. We’ve enjoyed their stories and pictures of how tall they’ve grown. The children also had lots of fun doing some Easter craft activities, making Easter cakes, and going on an Easter egg hunt.

The staff have been working hard at transforming the quiet room into a sensory teaching area for next term and getting our leavers ready for school. As part of this, the Committee have kindly purchased an interactive board for the setting to use. The children are extremely excited about it! We will also be offering parent consultations via Zoom to replace the face-to-face ones we have been unable to have!

Next term, our themes will be around our pets, the Queen’s birthday, and National Walking Month. We will also be by introducing PE classes, maths assessments, more phonics work and library visits for our leavers, while younger children will continue doing circuits, cosmic yoga, and fun outdoor activities.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone that donated items for our garden project, and to Barry and Laura Butler for their very generous donation of Easter eggs for all the children.

Committee enquiries: contact Jo Chillmaid (Chairperson) at buckdenpreschoolchairperson@gmail.com or on 07393650084.

To enrol your child or arrange a visit, contact the Manager, Nicola Henge, on 01480 810600. For more information, visit www.buckdenpreschool.co.uk or see our Facebook updates at https://www.facebook.com/www.buckdenpreschool.co.uk/.

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