Blue Coat Pre-School Newsletter May 2012

At last we have had some sunshine and can start to believe that summer is on its way.

The children have certainly been enjoying being outside without coats, hats and gloves.

Surprise storytellers

We would like to thank all those parents and school staff who have volunteered to come and tell a story at the end of the session – it is lovely for the children to share stories with other adults. If there is anyone else (parents/grandparents/carers) who would like to pop in to read or tell a story to the children then please let the staff know.


Staff training

The staff have been busy gaining further professional knowledge to bring back and share with everyone at the setting. This includes Cathy attending Makaton training, Helen going on a course about outdoor play, Mandy taking a Health and Safety Qualification and Teresa taking the Food Hygiene Course. This has often involved staff giving up days off or evenings for which we are most grateful.

Eat Well Evening

Thank you so much to the staff for all the research and work that they put into providing this information evening for parents. Thanks also to Walkers Bakery in Long Street who provided a variety of bread for us to try – it was delicious, and to Mrs Hayward and her staff in the School kitchens who provided the sample school dinners.  Finally thank you to the parents who attended, and the representatives of the Parent Fundraising Group who came along to support the event.

Early Years Lead Practitioners (EYLP) Programme

This programme run by Gloucestershire Early Childhood Team started last year to offer support between settings and we were fortunate that Caroline was selected to become a Lead Practitioner. This year we are pleased to say that of the 25 EYLPs in Gloucestershire two come from Blue Coat with both Caroline and Mandy being selected. They will be asked by the Early Years Consultant to work and support other settings on particular projects and to also have those settings’ staff come to visit us.

Bristol Standard Quality Assurance

I am very pleased to say that we have retained our Bristol Standard Quality Assurance Award for our 6th successive year.  This is a way of improving what we do in the setting both in terms of practice, routine etc and also the physical environment and resources. The staff work hard to achieve this award and deserve a big pat on the back for all involved.



Parents should have received information about the three Pre-School parents, Sandie, Ginette and Liz, who are raising money for the Pre-School by doing a sponsored run. Please help them if you can, they are raising money which will benefit your children.

Hot weather

Please apply sun cream to your child before they come to Pre-School and provide them with a hat.  A water bottle is a good idea for the hottest weather and can be put on the water tray on arrival. Named sun hats make life easier!

Transition to school

All children who attend Pre-School and are going to Blue Coat School will get a chance to visit the classrooms in small groups (some have already been). We organise regular familiarisation walks to see where the toilets are, the coat pegs, the hall etc and these are usually done in larger groups.  Next half term there will be more occasions to visit the school, such as eating our packed lunches in the hall with the school children. These are sometimes last minute arrangements when the school can fit us in but we try to ensure that all children will get a chance to visit.

Dates for the Diary

Parents afternoons are as follows:

Toggles : Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th July – Drop in between 2 and 3pm for parents to collect Reports and Special Books. No appointments.

If Toggles parents can't make those times please arrange to meet up with keyperson at another time.

Buttons: Friday 13th July 1.30 - 2.30pm drop in to look at Special Books. 

End of term trip:  Provisional date & venue, 19th July  - Cattle Country. More details to follow.

Friday 29th June "Wrong Trousers Day" - please send your child in wearing the wrong trousers and make donation to charity. Suggestions are team colours, pyjamas, swim shorts, etc - look out for the posters.

Caroline Lee and the Pre-School Team