Covid Closure and Keyworker Children

Key worker children

Further Coronavirus Update

Swanwick Pre-school continue to follow government guidelines and advice in the connection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are also fully committed to providing regular and clear communication to all parents, carers, guardians and staff at the earliest opportunity in relation to the proposed and continued operations of the group setting.

Yesterday it was confirmed that Swanwick Pre-school is scheduled to close by the end of the day on Friday 20thMarch 2020, this until further notice.  We reaffirm that regrettably this remains the case.  

We also advised yesterday that the government would require some schools and group settings to remain open for children of ‘key workers’ and for children in vulnerable groups, but would provide further clarifications in due course as to individuals who fall into this classification.  Clarification has been received today by Swanwick Pre-school upon these matters and the group setting will be required to stay open for the following groups of children:


We would ask parents, carers and guardians who believe they qualify against the criteria as set out above to contact Swanwick Pre-school via e-mail: Swanwick.pre.school@googlemail.com identifying your children(s) name and the specific criteria met that may qualify your child to attend the group setting under the government guidelines.  Alternatively you can communicate any qualifying links direct to the staff / management at the setting if you would prefer this method of communication.

We would encourage you to advise / contact Swanwick Pre-school before 12 noon Friday 20th March 2020 in order to assist us with planning and preparation, however we do appreciate that this may not be possible in all cases.  The greater the period of notice provided, will assist our staff and management with their preparations in what is a very fluid and challenging period of time.
Swanwick Pre-school continues to take all precautions / preventative measures available in the face of the Coronavirus and would like to extend our thanks for your support.  Finally, should you have any questions during this period we would be happy to assist in tackling your queries, providing clarity wherever possible.

Once again thank you from all at Swanwick Pre-school.

Fundraising updates

Fundraising 
The end of 2019 brought about a flurry of fundraising activity, resulting in a huge boost to our 'Save our Ceiling' campaign. We ended the year with an amazing fundraising total of £14,702 and within touching distance of our overall target of £17,000 to cover the cost of the ceiling repairs.
The fundraising activity in the Autumn term that contributed to the total included:
·       Halloween Party - £347
·       Temple Spa Event - £126
·       November and December Quiz Nights - £333
·       Christmas Fair - £935
·       Donations at Christmas Play - £120
·       Christmas DVD sales - £270

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the Christmas Fair and to all those who kindly donated prizes and bought raffle tickets. The event would not have been a success without your support. We'd also like to thank The Steampacket for generously supporting the Pre-School Quiz Nights throughout 2019, along with everyone who came along to enjoy the quiz. Thank you also to Chris Parkes, Senior Lifestyle Consultant and Temple Spa Manager who kindly donated all proceeds from the raffle at a recent Temple Spa event. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who made a donation at the Christmas Play and also to pre-school parent, John Felix. owner of John Felix Films for very generously filming/producing the Christmas Play DVD and donating all proceeds to pre-school.


World Book Day

World Book Day

Thursday 5th March

If your child wants to dress up as their favourite character from a book they are welcome to.

Spring Term Two 2020

Spring Term Two 2020 

Themes/Special Days

Spring
Pancake Day
World Book Day
Mother's Day
St Patrick’s Day
Easter


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self confidence & Self Awareness

We will be learning about sharing, turn taking and making new friends.

We will be encouraging self help skills such as putting their own coat on.


Communication and Language

Understanding

We will provide opportunities for children to talk about what they see, hear, think and feel.

We will talk to children about what they have been doing and help them to reflect upon and explain events


Physical Development

Health and Self Care

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

We will encourage children to notice changes in their body after exercise.


Literacy

Writing

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

We will support children in recognising and writing their own name


Mathematics

Shape, Space and Measure

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

We will encourage children to talk about the shapes they see and use.


Understanding the World

The World

We will be learning about different parts of the body as well as looking at the difference between children and adults.

We will look closely at similarities and differences


Expressive arts and design

Being Imaginative

We will observe and encourage children's make-believe play to gain an understanding of their interests.

We will carefully support children who are less confident.

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 to your child about road safety eg red man means stop

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

Safer Internet Day 2020


Safer Internet Day 11th February 2020

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Swanwick Pre School are Celebrating Safer Internet Day on 11th February! Find out how you can also get involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.  Information packs will be sent home with children.

Dates and Diary Events

Swanwick Pre school term dates




Spring Term


6th January 2020– 14th February 2020

24th February 2020 – 3rd April 2020

There will be an opportunity to talk to your child’s key person in March

Summer Term


20th April 2020 – 22nd May 2020

1st June 2020 – 17th July 2020

Pre School Diary

Quiz Night – Steampacket pub Tuesday 12th November

Children in Need – Friday 15th November (in session)

Christmas fair- Saturday 7th December 

Christmas Quiz Night – Steampacket pub Tuesday 17th December 

Christmas play – 18th December 9.30am

Tuesday 3rd March -Quiz Night Steampacket Pub 

World book day – Thursday 5th March

Sponsored Adventure Course – The week of 20th April in session

Open Day – Saturday 25th April

Registration evening for new starters Tuesday 19th May 5.30pm – 7.00pm

School Trip to Chatsworth – 25th June 

Summer Party – Sunday 28th June   

Leaver’s Ceremony- Saturday 11th July


Applying for Primary School

If your child lives in Derbyshire and was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 you need to apply to Derbyshire County Council for a primary school place for them.  The closing date for applications is 15 January 2020.
Guidance for parents is available at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions.
If your child has an Education Health Care Plan contact the county council's SEND Central Team on 01629 536531 or 01629 536547.

Children in Need 2019

Children in Need Friday 15th November 2019

Children are welcome to dress up.
Any donations will be forwarded to Children in Need.

Autumn Term Two 2019

AUTUMN TERM TWO 2019

Bonfire
Poppy Day
Children in Need
St Andrew’s Day
Christmas


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

Speaking

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

Literacy

Writing

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

Mathematics

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

Understanding the World

Technology

We will seek to acquire basic skills in turning on and operating some ICT equipment

We will encourage children to show an interest in technological toys eg torches, cameras, remote control cars

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.

AUTUMN TERM ONE 2019

Autumn
Harvest

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self Confidence and Self Awareness
 Separate from main carer with support
 Understanding and following new/old routines
 Promoting independence when making choices

Communication and Language
  
Understanding
 We will develop an understanding of simple concepts such as big/little
 We will provide opportunities for children to talk about what they see, hear, think and feel
 We will prompt children's thinking

Physical Development

Moving and Handling
We will motivate children to be active through music and movement
We will encourage children in their efforts to pour a drink and manipulate objects in their play

Literacy

Reading
We will encourage children to fill in the missing word eg Humpty Dumpty sat on a ........
We will focus on meaningful print such as children's names

Mathematics

Numbers
We will sing counting songs and rhymes which help to develop children's understanding of number
We will be counting objects and comparing quantities

Understanding the World

The World
We will tell stories about places and journeys
We will develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time


Expressive arts and design

Exploring and using Media and Materials
We will encourage and support the inventive ways in which children add or mix media
We will talk about children's growing interest in and use of colours as they begin to find differences between colours

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.
Count objects on the way to school eg "How many red cars can you see?"
Sing songs the children are learning at Pre-school

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