Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to the new preschool year and what a wonderful year we have planned for your children. We hope those children returning enjoyed a terrific summer and hello to all those who are new to our Rainbows family. We also welcome our new assistant Samantha and welcome back to Joanna, we all missed you. À bientôt to our lovely Charlie, who has decided it is time to start spreading her wings and will be leaving us on the 3rd November. However, we are delighted that she will keep in touch and still be a valued member of the team, if only on an ad hoc basis. Charlie will also be doing some nannying while she decides on her future options, so please do keep her number in case you need an outstanding nanny! We hope you all have a lovely half term break, see you on the 30th! Chrisna.
With the whirlwind of Christmas just around the corner, I have highlighted a few important dates for you all to note in your diaries.
Monday 30th October
Friday 3rd November Parent meetings with their child’s key worker. We will put a list of children and their respective key worker by the snack table. Please select a time and write your name in the available slots.
Tuesday 31st October
Our new Mum and Toddler activity of ‘Stay and Play’ starts. Running from 1-2.30pm and costing only £3 per session (free for Rainbows Mums), it focuses on creative activities including painting, modeling, crafts and singing. Everybody is welcome so please help spread the word beyond the Rainbows family. 17th November Children in Need charity event. Please read the box.
Rainbows will have a stall at the Elstead Village Hall Christmas Fair. They have asked if any of our parents can donate prizes for the tombola (toys, gifts etc.)
8th December @ 10am Rainbows’ Nativity Play with Santa’s grotto and a Christmas lunch.
Please could all children attending bring a small present (£5 - £10 max) already wrapped, and with their name printed clearly on the label for Santa to distribute on the day. We will also provide a festive picnic so please could you confirm if you and your family and friends will attend. You are welcome to take photos of your child, but please remember you do need permission from other parents if their children are in the picture.
15th December Last day of term. Merry Christmas everyone.
Katie Sparks, who runs Lollipops, kindly invited Rainbows to their weekly session to take part in some Halloween activities. We went and enjoyed a messy craft session of making oranges filled with orange jelly . . . . spooooky.
The Rainbows team, parents and the younger children all loved it and we’d like to thank Katie for inviting us and we hope to visit again soon!
This term our theme is AUTUMN and the children have been busy making leaf prints and painting forest animals. The children showed real enthusiasm for the subject and decided to create a forest in the hall. It was great fun and we all loved it. We have also learnt about and celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We made cards and decorated our hands by making a salt dough copy of our hands and painting them. It was very messy, but a lot of fun was had by all.
We have recently been handing out the Day Nurseries (www.daynurseries.co.uk) feedback forms and if it’s not too much trouble and you’re comfortable doing so, please could you take 5 minutes to complete it and either freepost it back to them or bring it to Rainbows and we can send it off. This will help us to promote Rainbows in the local area.
CHILDREN IN NEED
Join us on Friday 17th November to support Children in Need. We will be playing lots of games and everyone is welcome so please feel free to bring along family and friends. We would like to encourage the children to attend Rainbows in fancy dress, for which there will be a £1 levy. All money raised will go straight to the Children in Need charity.
the rainbows family
Congratulations to two of our Rainbows’ families who have welcomed new babies into the world.
Firstly, Arran and his family following the safe arrival of baby JesseJames, and also Teddy and co. for baby Rafe.
Many congratulations to you all!
Happy birthday to Gabriel and to Leo who both turned 3 this September.
A gentle reminder that preschool fees are payable on or before the first day of each term. Instalments must be paid by the payment dates indicated on the bill. If paying in full the payment should be made by the first instalment date. We reserve the right to charge late fees of £5/wk for any instalments not made by the payment dates. Payments may be made by cash, cheque, internet-banking or employer childcare vouchers. Continual failure to meet payments may result in the termination of the Pre-School place. All sessions that have been booked will be included in your bill, even if your child misses a session due to illness or holiday. Any ad-hoc hours must be paid for in advance. Thank you for taking the time to make a note of this.
RAINBOWS FOR A COLOURFUL LIFE!
2 cups plain flour
1 cup of salt
2 tablespoons cream of tarter
2 tablespoons oil
2 cups of boiling water (from kettle)
Mix all the dry ingredients together, add the oil and food colouring, then the boling water. Form into a ball, knead for a few minutes until smooth and ready to play with.
Ready make puff pastry
Herbs or spices to taste (optional)
Cut a small piece of pastry, roll into a rectangle approximately 4 x 6 inches, as thin as possible. Spread with puree, sprinkle with herbs and top with cheese.
Roll into a tight ‘swiss roll’ and cut into thin slices. Place on a baking tray and cook for about 15 minutes.
Gas no 6 or oven 180c
Welcome back after the half-term break, we hope you all enjoyed the week off. Next week will be our parent's mornings, a chance for you to discuss your child's progress with their key person, a list is up in the lobby for you to book a convenient time. If next week is not a good time for you, please speak to your child's key person and we can arrange another time to suit you.
It is World Book Day on Thursday 3 March, all the children will be given a £1 token towards a new book, these tokens are accepted in most of the local bookshops, amybe not the larger supermarkets. It would be great if the children could dress up that day, perhaps their favourite character from a book or film, so we can have a fun morning celebrating the pleasure of books. The next day we would also like to invite all the mothers and/or grannies and nannies for coffee and cake to celebrate Mother's Day with your child, see attached invite for times etc.
The weather is still cold with more wet days to come, pleae make sure the children have coats and strong shoes to play outside, we do go out every day even if we need to stay under the canopy in pouring rain. This is a very short half term as Easter is early this year, hopefully we will be seeing signs of Spring very soon and warmer weather when we return in April.
Thank you to everyone on behalf of Jo for all your kind words, we will all miss her and I know the children will notice, but for now we do have enough staff as our numbers are fairly low this term, although we will be welcoming three new children this half term to join us.
Jane, Lily, Lisa, Ruth, Tessa and Charlie
Rainbows Nursery School
It has been a busy few weeks for the children at Rainbows Nursery starting with World Book Day on 3 March when the children could choose to dress up as a character from a book, so we had mice, princesses and various superheroes. To encourage children to pick up a book each child went home with a £1 voucher to put towards the cost of a book of their choice. Of course, at Rainbows our children can take a library book home every week if they wish, they have their own bookmark and can keep a book for as long as they are enjoying reading it.
The very next day we held our own Rainbows Cafe to celebrate Mother's Day on the following Sunday. Some of the children took orders and helped serve their mummies while younger siblings sat and enjoyed the toys. Great fun and great cake was had by all!
And to top it all we had a visit from Ofsted(gulp) which resulted in our setting being graded as 'Good' which is much to celebrate! Of course, none of the nerves and relief was apparent to our children who took it all in their stride and continued to show their happiness and confidence in their nursery during the inspection. They are our best ambassadors!
With a whiff of Spring in the air we set about our annual Easter Egg hunt on a sunny morning where the children hunted for one toy egg each and were rewarded by receiving several small chocolate eggs to put in their Easter baskets. A good start to the Easter celebrations.