Blue Coat Pre-School Newsletter - September 2017

Welcome to the Autumn term everyone. It’s lovely to see you all after the Summer break and to meet our new families. This term is always a busy one but promises to be lots of fun.

Staff matters

The staff would like to thank everyone for their generous end of term presents and cards, we do appreciate them. At the end of last term we said goodbye to our Deputy Mandy who has moved on to a job with South Gloucestershire Early Years and we welcome Vicky as our new Deputy Manager. Vicky works mainly in the Buttons room, but is in Toggles some afternoons and helps to run Stay and Play on a Friday morning, so will soon become a familiar face.

New Playhouse

Another big thank you goes to our volunteer Management Trustees who organised for a new play house to be built during the Summer holidays and then gave up their time to paint it so it would be ready for the children starting back this term. Many thanks – the children have had lots of fun in it already.

Phone number

Our landline number is 01453 525022, however we also have a mobile number 07957 639561. Please put this number into your phone now so that you will recognise it if we need to call you.

Help needed to fix outdoor chalk board

The wooden frame on the outdoor chalk board is in need of repair. If anyone is able to help repair this for us we would be very grateful. Many thanks


In response to our summer questionnaire, a number of parents wanted to know what our themes would be for the coming term. The reason that we don’t publish them in advance is that we don’t know! We like to follow the children’s interests as much as possible, so apart from the first week of term we take inspiration from what has caught the children’s attention in the previous week/s. We will however cover harvest and autumn in some way as well as fire safety, once we get nearer to Bonfire night. So if you find conkers, pretty leaves etc. when you are out and about, feel free to send them in for us to look at and talk about.

Internet safety

It has been brought to our attention that there are some rogue (and by all accounts very disturbing) versions of young children’s cartoons available on the internet. Peppa Pig in particular has been targeted by these creators. Please ensure that your children have access to the genuine versions, by using reputable channels and where possible using a “nanny net” or “restricted channels” to prevent them stumbling across the wrong ones. Gloucestershire Police and the NSPCC  both have information on their websites about internet safety.

Buttons group

Just a reminder that we take children from 2 years old. Please let friends and neighbours with young families know. More information can be obtained from Jo Bell, Administrator, 07873 890689, or ring the unit to arrange a visit. There is a Pre-School open morning on Wednesday 27th September, 9.30 to 11am.

Fruit/bread buyers wanted

For the last year one family has been doing the shopping for all the fruit, butter, bread etc. that is used in both the Pre-school and Busy Bees (the out of school club, that is also run by our Management Trustees). They are not going to be using our setting for the foreseeable future and it would be nice if some volunteers would come forward to take on this job.  It can be done in a number of ways, but being able to get fresh fruit and bread into Pre-school on a Monday morning, and possibly again later in the week is important. If you, or a pair/group are interested in helping in this way, please come and chat to staff about what is involved. (All expenses are reimbursed.) In the meantime, a big thank you to Kelly and Darren!

Information for new starters (reminders for old hands)

Please ensure that you close the school gates behind you when walking on/off the school site and leave dogs at the gate.

Only bring cars on site if you have been asked to pick up a sick child.

Please name everything! In particular if your child wears a Pre-school jumper, please write a name on the label. The same applies to lunchboxes as a number of children do have the same style box/drink bottle and it is important that these do not get mixed up. While on that subject, please remember that we are a “nut free” site due to a number of children with nut allergies.

Social media

We are taking our first steps into the world of social media so please look out for our posts on facebook (Blue Coat Preschool and Busy Bees) and Twitter (Blue Coat PSU and BB) and let us know what you think. Nice comments and shares welcome.

Dates for your diary

18th – 29th September collecting harvest donations for Wotton Food Bank

22nd September – INSET day Pre-School (Toggles & Buttons closed). However, Stay & Play still running 10am to 11.30.

27th September – Pre-school Open Morning for prospective parents/children/Blue Coat Primary School Open Morning. 9.30 to 11am.

14th October - Parents social evening at The Edge, 7.30pm.

16th October – Photographer will be here to take individual photos of the children (ready for Christmas)

18th October – Pre-School & Busy Bees AGM

20th October – End of term

31st October -Term restarts

7th November – Pre-School Open Morning for prospective parents/Blue Coat Primary School Open Morning

14th December (morning) – Christmas performance and party

15th December – End of Term


Caroline Lee and the Pre-School Team

Pre-School Unit: 01453 525 022

Mobile:              07957 639561

Administrator (Jo Bell): 07873 890689

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