Applying for a school place

If your child lives in Derbyshire and was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 you need to apply to Derbyshire County Council for a primary school place for them.  The closing date for applications is 15 January 2021.

Guidance for parents is available at

If your child has an Education Health Care Plan contact the county council's SEND Central Team on 01629 536531 or 01629 536547.

Autumn Term Two 2020



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Children in Need

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Children will learn to show understanding and cooperate with some boundaries and routines

We will learn to respond to the feelings and wishes of others

Communication and Language


We will use language as a powerful means of widening contact, sharing feelings, experiences and thoughts

We will use talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next

Physical Development

Health and Self Care

We will support children’s growing independence and talk about the importance of hand washing

We will observe the effects of activity on our bodies



We will encourage the children to make marks in different ways both inside and outside

We will encourage children to give meaning to marks as they draw and paint


Shape, Space & Measure

We will use descriptive words such as big and little in everyday play situations and through books and stories

We will show an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects


Shape, Space & Measure

We will use descriptive words such as big and little in everyday play situations and through books and stories

We will show an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects

Expressive arts and design

Being Imaginative

We will being to make believe by pretending

We will create movement in response to music

How can you help your child?

Talk to your child about what happens at Pre-school, ask them questions and encourage them to ask you questions.

Talk about colours and shapes and look for colours and shapes around them

Sing songs the children are learning at Pre-school

 Remember: Staff are always available for a chat or advice about your child.

COVID-Face coverings

                                                          FACE COVERINGS

Due to the increased transmission in the community of Covid-19 we have taken the decision that all staff will now wear visors at drop off and pick up times to ensure their safety and yours.

Could we please ask that all parents wear face coverings when approaching the gate to help protect staff and other Pre School families.

We would just like to remind you that in order to adhere to social distancing that only one parent may drop off and collect their child from Pre School.

Thank you for your continued support in helping keep Pre School Covid secure.

Notice of AGM

Dear Pre-School Member,

Annual General Meeting 2020 and recruitment of new committee members

As a parent/carer of a child at Swanwick Pre-School, you automatically become a member of Swanwick Pre-School, which is a charitable organisation and you are also entitled to act as a director by joining the committee.

With this letter you have the notice of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and a proxy form if you cannot attend. The AGM will take place on Thursday 1st October 2020 by Zoom. This year due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to hold a physical meeting due to social distancing guidelines. We are required to hold an AGM each year and to appoint the committee to run Pre-School for the year.

We are committee run and parent/carer involvement is crucial to our continued existence and success. Volunteering for your Pre-School offers an ideal opportunity for you to become actively and practically involved in your child’s early years, make a difference to how your Pre-School is managed, meet other parents and the satisfaction of giving something back to your local community. Research shows clear benefits for children when parents become actively involved in their child’s learning and development from an early age. Current committee members have said that being a director at pre-school has helped them to develop their skills including, problem solving, financial planning, event planning and the opportunity to meet new like-minded people.

Ultimately we need your help to keep Swanwick Pre-School open. The 2018/19 academic year was financially extremely challenging due to unforeseen ceiling repair costs of £17,000. The committee however did a fantastic job and raised £12,000 in seven months. The 2019/20 academic year was equally challenging due to Covid-19 and resulted in a big reduction in fundraising activity. We now need new committee members to assist with fundraising and to manage the pre-school over the next academic year. Sadly a number of local pre-schools have recently closed due to a lack of funding and insufficient committee members to run the pre-school.

The role of the committee is to fulfil two roles and we welcome anyone who feels that they have the skills to contribute towards these:

(1) To manage the Pre School

(2) To fundraise

If you would like to join the committee please complete the attached nomination form and return it to Pre School no later than Friday 25th September 2020. At the AGM the new committee will be appointed. From the committee the positions of Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary will be filled.

If you are elected onto the Pre-School Committee you will become a director of the charitable company. In order for us to operate we have to have a minimum of five committee members, but realistically we need ten for effective governance. Unfortunately, if we do not have a committee then we cannot continue, so please do come along and support us.

If you would like further details on being a committee member, please email Alison Pickering on and she can answer any questions or put you in touch with member of the committee who would be happy to speak to you via phone or video call. We also have a pack containing all the information. 

Please see attached the notice of the AGM, a nomination form to become a committee member and a proxy vote.

Yours faithfully,

Swanwick Pre-School Committee

Returning to Pre School Letter

Dear Parent/Carer,


We are really looking forward to welcoming our older children back on Monday 7th September and our new starters from Monday 14th September.


First and foremost, we wish to reassure you that the safety of your child and our staff is our top priority.  We have used the latest government guidance to update our coronavirus risk assessment (attached) to minimise the risk from coronavirus and used this to develop and implement our new way of working. Please review the attached risk assessment so that you can understand the actions we are taking and those we need you to take.


In particular we need you to:

·       Follow self-isolation guidance if your child or another member of your household, show signs of coronavirus symptoms (fever, loss or change to their sense of taste or smell or a persistent cough)

·       Get a test for anyone who shows symptoms of coronavirus and let us know the results of any coronavirus tests as soon as you can so that we can take the appropriate actions at preschool to protect the other families

·       Follow self-isolation guidance if your child or another member of your household have tested positive for coronavirus

·       Follow self-isolation guidance for your child if you have been contacted by the NHS test and trace service and asked to self-isolate, and seek a test if that person subsequently shows symptoms of coronavirus (and let us know the results)

·       Please email preschool at even on a day your child does not normally attend to let us know if your child has developed coronavirus symptoms, or has had to enter self-isolation for other reasons

·       We request that only one person drop off and collect your child from the gate to assist in socially distancing at the entrance (on your child’s first session two parents can attend)

·       We ask that parents and carers should physically distance from staff and each other when dropping off and collecting children.  

·       Consider how you will arrive at preschool, the government advice is to walk or use private transport in preference to public transport, but public transport is acceptable if that is necessary

·       Minimise the number of settings you use for the care of your child


A member of staff will be at the gate to collect your child at the start of the session between:


Mornings:         8.50am – 9.00am

Afternoons:      12.35pm – 12.45pm


A member of staff will be at the gate for you to pick up your child at the end of the session between:


Mornings:         11.50am – 12.00pm

Afternoons:      3.35pm – 3.45pm


On the first session for any new starter, please remember to bring a photograph of their parents and anyone else who may be collecting them to enable us to hand over your child safely at the end of the session. If you could fill in the name badge that will really help us on the first day.


If you have any concerns about your child returning to Pre School or starting please email Lynda Wardle our Pre School manager on the above email and she will get back to you as soon as possible.


We look forward to seeing you soon,


Yours faithfully

Lynda Wardle

Preschool manager


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