Pre School Open to Children

Pre School Open to Children

Further to the announcement made by Boris Johnson this evening, we write to confirm that in line with government guidelines we will be remaining open.

We will be following our updated risk assessment in line with the government guidelines that have been updated.

However we must reinforce that guidance sent out recently must be adhered to in relation to self isolating and if your child, or a member of the household, is showing symptoms .

If you wish to discuss your child's attendance please email

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


Term dates 20/21

Swanwick Pre school term dates

Autumn Term

7th September 2020 – 23rd October 2020

2nd November 2020 – 15th December 2020 plus additional dates to allow for Christmas activities, depending on covid-19 guidelines
There will be an opportunity to talk to your child’s key person in October

Spring Term

4th January 2021 – 12th February 2021

22nd February 2021 – 1st April 2021

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

Summer Term

19h April 2021 – 28th May 2021

7th June 2021 – 21st July 2021

Reports will be presented in July

End of term

We would like to remind all parents that tomorrow is our final day of term.

We would like to thank all the staff, children and parents for adapting fantastically to our new way of working over the last 7 weeks.

If you need to contact pre-school over the summer please send an email and someone will get back to you.

Pre School will return on Monday 7th September for children aged 3-4 and the younger children will start from Monday 14th September.

On behalf of all the staff and committee we would like to wish you a healthy and safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in September.

Kind regards

Lynda Wardle
Martin Dye 

Uniform orders

Due to the current government guidelines it won’t be possible to have parents come onto the Pre-School premises to buy uniform. Therefore  this year please order your uniform by emailing and pay for the uniform by online banking. The uniform will be delivered to your home before Pre School starts back in September. 

Please email the quantity and size of the uniform you would like to purchase, the child’s name and address and the date you made the bank payment.

Please make online payments to:
Swanwick Pre School
Sort-code:  05-04-07
Account number: 70095432

Uniform prices
Pre School Sweatshirts       3-4 years       @£7.50 each                        .

                                             5-6 years       @£7.50 each                        

Pre School Polo Shirts        3-4 years       @£6.50 each                        

                                            5-6 years       @£6.50 each                        

Pre School Zip up Fleece   3-4 years       @£13.00 each                      
                                            5-6 years       @£13.00 each                      

Pre School Beanie Hat        One size        @£3.50 each                        


aged 3-4
aged 5-6

aged 3-4

aged 5-6

Return from Covid

We were very pleased to reopen our doors on 1st June and welcome back pre-school children, following the period of closure, to all but children of key workers.

Following a robust risk assessment, staff briefing and communication with parents and carers, we are very satisfied with how smoothly the reopening process has been, and above all the children have adapted exceptionally well and are enjoying being back at pre-school.

The committee would like to say 'thank you' to our staff for their hard work and positive approach to the challenges and also to parents and carers who have worked with us to adapt to the new routines.

Some of the steps we are taking to keep staff and children safe include:
·       Splitting children  into small cohorts and kept with the same children. There are orange, yellow and blue cohorts, with only two cohorts in pre-school at any one time and the same staff members with each cohort.

·       Cleaning our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly, or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.

·       Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the day, including table tops, door handles and plays equipment.

·       Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household.

·       Asking children not to bring toys or other items from home to the setting, unless this is essential to their health and well-being.