Welcome to the Penguins
We are the Pre-school team:
Alison Richardson – Pre-school Teacher
Nicola Bowyer – Early Years Practitioner
Janet Bowers – Early Years Practitioner
Sue Coulthard – Early Years Practitioner
Michelle Hunter - Early Years Practitioner
Debbie Martin – Early Years Practitioner
Sherree Smart- Early Years Practitioner
Jane Le – Early Years Practitioner
Monday 29th June 2020
Good Morning Penguins, Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Week 12 of Learning from Home. Please click on the boxes above to find the tasks to do together this week. Learn all about the letter sound "y" for example think about what you did yesterday, collect some yellow things and eat a yoghurt for lunch - choose some favourite activities to complete together. Meanwhile at Number Zoo you can meet our final animal a gorilla who is very fond of bananas, it is time to get to know Greedy Zero. Whatever you decide to do enjoy being together, make the most of the great outdoors and remember children learn best through play.
For those children who will be moving on to the Reception class in September, look out this week for more Penguin Post dropping through your letterbox. We have provided you with a maths pack - including how to form each numeral correctly and a small book in which to practice writing the numbers, the complete set of Number Zoo animal picture cards and some ideas for maths activities to do at home. These can be used periodically throughout the summer to ensure the children continue to recognise and practice how to form each number from 0 - 10 before September. Thank you parents for assisting your child with these very important skills.
This week we are all looking forward to seeing our Penguins at Preschool for two days. If your child had been attending for a Thursday they can now join us on a Tuesday and if your child was attending on a Friday they are now welcome to come on a Wednesday as well. The groups of children remain the same as do the staff and the timings. With more children throughout the school and potentially more parents, it is crucial that drop off and pickups are prompt, thank you for your help in this matter.
Alison and the Penguin Team xx
Find below some websites you could explore for more ideas of what to do in lockdown.
Welcome to Penguins class
Penguins is the Pre-school class of Sharnbrook Primary. We have our own class room situated in the school, with an enclosed outdoor play area. We provide a safe, stimulating and caring environment that promotes learning through play, using a wide range of resources, and the opportunity for children to develop their social skills as they play alongside and with other children. We accept children from 2 ½ to 4 years.
When your child starts Pre-school it is an important time for both child and parents. We hope that this booklet will explain a little about us and perhaps answer some of the questions you might have. You are always welcome to come and chat to the staff and see what we offer.
The most important people as far as your children are concerned are our staff, who are all dedicated and caring, with a wealth of experience. We have a qualified teacher and 5 Early Years trained staff who hold either a Level 3 or Level 2 qualification, appropriate for the care and development of children, as required by Ofsted.
There is a continual program of staff development to enhance their knowledge and understanding of childcare.
Although all our staff will be involved with the care and development of your child, when they join us they will be allocated one of our staff as a Key Person. This helps your child to form a secure relationship with one person helping them to settle in. Your child’s key Person is responsible for keeping your child’s learning journal up to date, monitoring their progress and communicating with you about their progress and development.
Parents are as much a part of our Pre-school as their children. It is important for you and your child that you play an active part in this exciting phase of his/her life.
You know your child better than anyone and we encourage you to share information with us on their likes, dislikes, special people and friends etc so that we can help your child to settle in. We send home regular newsletters and home school letters so that you are able to contribute to your child’s learning journal with information on events and achievements outside of school.
When your child is due to start Pre-school we will invite you in for a tour of the setting and to familiarise you and your child with staff and routines. We also offer the option of a home visit. This allows us to come and meet your child in a comfortable familiar environment so we can begin to build a relationship with them before they start. If you would like a home visit please indicate this on the relevant part of the registration form.
Activities are planned following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The emphasis is on PLAY and giving children the freedom and support to investigate with resources both indoors and outdoors.
We are required by Ofsted to keep certain records about each child, including observations about their experiences and achievements at Pre-school and a selection of work. We regularly observe the children when engaged in play or when taking part in activities led by adults. This information means we can monitor progress and plan next steps/experiences in line with the child’s interests, and help them work towards the Early Learning Goals.
We use a software application called the Interactive Learning Diary. This is a web based tool, to record observations, assessments and learning journeys within a child's diary while capturing evidence and assessing progress against the Early Years curriculum.
The Interactive Learning Diary also encourages parental participation and gives you the opportunity to be more actively involved in your child’s learning journey through secure online access to the "Pupil's Diary". Once your child starts in the setting you will be given log- in information and a password so you can safely view and add to your child’s diary from home.
We offer morning and afternoon session as well as a lunch club. Depending on availability you can select the sessions that you would like your child to attend. The timings of the session are as follows:
Morning Session 9.00 -11.30 am
Lunch Club 11.30 -12.45pm
Afternoon Session 12.45 – 3.15pm
There is also the option of a before school and after school club if you require child care outside the Pre-school hours .This is open to all children aged 3 and above, please ask a member of staff.
Please note that we do not have facilities to provide a cooked lunch so children need to bring their own packed lunch.
We promote and encourage healthy eating habits so we kindly ask that children’s lunches reflect this. For example providing wholemeal sandwiches, pasta or pieces of fruit. Please do not send fizzy drinks or sweets.
We provide a morning and afternoon snack. We try to offer children a variety of fruit, vegetables, crackers, cheese etc and a drink of milk or water.
If your child is not eligible for Early Years Funding, our fees are as follows:
Morning and afternoon sessions: £10.00 per session
Lunch club: £3.50 per session.
If your child is 3 or over they will be entitled to funding towards their Pre-school fees. Please ask us for more information.
A child who is tense or unhappy will not be able to play or learn properly, so it is important for parents and Pre-school staff to work together to help the child feel confident and secure in the group. This takes longer for some children than others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle.
A home visit can be helpful for some children, where a member of our staff can come and meet with you in an environment in which your child is relaxed and confident. This can help us to learn more about your child and for them to become familiar with us before join the Penguins.
Children come to preschool in their own clothes put please don’t send them in their best clothes as they will be getting wet, muddy or covered in paint!
They will also require a complete change of clothes in a bag to be placed on their bag plus a pair of wellington boots for outside play.
Please ensure all clothing is named so that it can be returned to the right children at the end of the day.
Transition to School
As part of the main school we work very closely with the Robins Reception class. In the summer term children who are due to start at the school will visit the Robins class weekly to meet the teachers and become familiar with the classroom, school routines and activities.
This process works very well and it ensures the move to the main school is a smooth and stress free as possible.
The Department for Education have initiated the Hungry Little Minds campaign which aims to improve early communication, language and literacy development. Please click here for more information.