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                     Bosley Bobkin’s  Newsletter January 2018

Happy New Year, we hope you had a fantastic Christmas and a restful break. A huge thank you to all of you (including our lovely new committee, Vicky, Amie and Becky) who supported, sold tickets and provided for our Christmas activities including the Christmas fayre and our Nativity and Christmas lunch. I know we all enjoyed them and we really couldn’t do them without you.

This half term we welcome Harry to our little family, the brother of one of our big Bobkins Alanna. We can’t wait for him to join in our playtime. Nolan has also had a little sister recently, she is called Ivy, we are so excited for him and are looking forward to meeting her. Congrats to the whole family.

This half term we will be thinking about working together and sharing, the world around us and the people in it who help us and care for us. We will continue to work on our self-care skills and if anyone wants support in toileting please speak to any staff member. We are also reintroducing our child lead challenge work particularly for our older children to help develop their abilities in the characteristics of effective learning. Please see our board in the classroom to see how you can help at home. Don’t forget to add any achievements at home to our WOW board in the entrance hall… we need to know all about them so we can celebrate too!

We will also be celebrating Chinese New year , continuing to visit Church for our monthly praise and play session and joining Reception each Friday for a EYFS story / drama session incorporating our speech , language and imagination skills. What a busy few weeks ahead.

Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you have any worries, concerns or suggestions. Finally just a reminder that our session fees have increased by £1 (morning and afternoon sessions are now £13 each.)

                      Karen, Gill, Pauline, Tasha and Shirley

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter November 2017

Welcome back to the second half of our busy Autumn term. We welcome Henry and his family and hope they enjoy their time at Bobkins.

This half term our theme is celebrations , colour and sound. We start , of course with Bonfire night incorporating all elements of our topic with firework’s colourful, noisy explosions and how to stay safe. This leads us on to talk again about Diwali, the festival of light and Christmas. We will also be looking at sounds and how they link to letters , starting with our colours and our own names.

Our Christmas celebrations start early this year on Thursday 30th November ( when we can use the hall) with our little Nativity and family Christmas lunch. Please join us in the hall at 11.30am to start the festivities in style .A letter and booking form will follow shortly.

The Christmas Fair is Saturday 2nd December and Bobkins would appreciate any donations of bottles or raffle type gifts for our pick a bag game and Christmas raffle. Please ask any staff member if you are unsure on what to bring in.

As the weather gets colder please remember we try to go out whatever the weather so please bring in NAMED wellies, warm coats, hats, gloves and scarves.

Thank you for your continued support.

Karen , Gill, Pauline, Tasha and Shirley

 Bosley  Bobkins  Newletter  September  2017

Welcome back. We hope you had a fantastic summer.

This half  term we welcome  Catherine,  Jake,  Isaac and Nolan to our little family and hope they enjoy their  time with us.

As our staffing has changed, so has some keyworker groups so please look at the list above the coats as you enter Bobkins . All staff get to know all our children well and we swap days occasionally to accommodate this; if you have any concerns  about your child please talk to any staff member.

We hope to extend our home school links this year so we have introduced a home WOW notice board. It is positioned by the coats and has sheets for you to complete at home or coloured post it notes by the sign in book for you to use quickly. We hope you will write any exciting things that happen at home, from a whole nights sleep to using the potty for the first time. We really want to celebrate these achievements in Bobkins too.

This half term our topic area is My World. Starting with your child – this is me , my home , my family etc. if you have any photos please bring them in so we can share them with the group. We will also be looking at things we can do…. I can climb up a climbing frame , I can jump with two feet, I can find something yellow etc. If your child has a I can  moment please add it to our wow wall and it will be added to their workbooks each week. Working together enables your child to achieve more.

Praise and play continues on the first Wednesday of each month with Reception in Church and we hope to extend these links with School with a weekly song and rhyme time on a Friday morning. This is invaluable for transitions and the children love meeting up with old friends. 

Stay and play remains on a Thursday afternoon from 1-3pm all welcome for a donation of £1 a family towards refreshments.

As we start a new year please , please remember to name all your child’s clothing , perhaps even with a permanent marker , including a water bottle , which should be taken home each week for a proper clean as Bobkins do not have the facilities. Thank you.

We are looking forward to a busy half  term full of new friends , fun and learning. Thank you for your continued support.

                                 Karen , Gill, Pauline, Tasha and Shirley

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Bosley Bobkins Newsletter June 2017

Welcome back to the last half term of our year where we have to sadly say goodbye to our BIG children. This year we share Oscar P, Oscar S, Jensen, Macauley, Hattie W, Edie, Ted, Jasmine and Stacey with Bosley and Hattie O with Mossley. We will miss you all so much.

We are also extremely sorry to tell you that we also lose Pascale after fourteen years of hard work, silly times and dedication above and beyond the call of duty. She has been an invaluable member of the team and will be greatly missed by all children, parents and definitely staff. Pascale leaves to play a more active role in her husband’s photography business and we wish her all the best in her new adventures.

Our theme this half term will be favourite books, a different one each week. We can’t wait to see where the adventures take us across all curriculum areas and back again!

Our village Rose Queen is on Saturday 17th June starting at 2pm. The parade starts at 1pm meeting at Lakeside, all families are welcome to join in. Our Bobkin’s stall will be children’s games so we would appreciate donations of a variety of prizes. For example individually wrapped, or small bags of sweets, lollies, small toys or activity packs, small cuddly toys or gifts from party bags. If you need any further suggestions please ask a staff member.

Our Chester zoo trip will be on the 5th July, unfortunately we only have room for those children who attend regularly on a Wednesday and our leavers. Staff will keep you updated on what your child will need and a permissions letter will be sent to you shortly.

On Wednesday 12th July we have our transitions picnic at school with Key stage One. All parents and families are invited to bring their own lunches and share our day from 1 pm. This year we have an animal / rain forest theme and our leavers will receive their final Bobkins books. We hope you can join us.

As our weather improves can we please remember named hats, water bottles and suncream as we will be outside as much as possible.

Finally thank you so much for your support over this year and we hope you have enjoyed spending time with us.

Karen , Gill, Pauline , Pascale, Tasha and Shirley

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter April 2017

Welcome back, we hope you had a great Easter break. Thank you once again for supporting our staff training in paediatric first aid, we are ALL now re-qualified including most of our committee. This half term we welcome Daniel, who joins our little family, his big brother Evan is already at school.

This half term our topic is nursery rhymes. There is strong evidence that learning rhymes helps with early reading skills so we will be concentrating on one a week and basing work around that rhyme. Please help your child to practise at home.

Don’t forget our parents evening on Wednesday 26th April from 3.30 to 6pm, check your appointment time on the sheet by the sign in book. All staff will be available to talk to and your appointment will be with your child’s key worker. Karen will also have some questionnaires for you to complete, to help us to continue to improve our service.

We are starting to think about the 30 hours free entitlement from September this year for 3 and 4 year olds. The criteria for entitlement is above the sign in book on our notice board. If you wish to book days PLEASE talk to us as soon as possible as there may be a shortage in the area. You would be able to have 5 full days and just pay for lunch clubs , so £10 a week, this really is a great opportunity, in the year prior to school entry. Please be aware we may only have ten places available and could be the only preschool in the area offering the entitlement.

Transition days start in early May for our BIG ones going into school , a letter will be out shortly with the dates . We hope you all got your first choice schools and that you will enjoy your last few weeks as a Bobkin.

Finally please remember as our weather improves (hopefully) to bring in sun hats and NAMED suncream as we will be outside as much as possible. A clean , named water bottle brought in daily would also be appreciated as they are easier to take outside and less likely to spill.

If you have any worries or concerns please don’t hesitate to come and talk to us .

Karen , Gill, Pauline , Pascale , Tasha and Shirley.

Bosley Bobkin’s Newsletter March 2017

Welcome back to a short but busy half term. Theo joins us this week and we are very excited, he is Oscar’s little brother and we look forward to him joining our happy little group.

This week will book week and we would love it if you brought in a favourite story or poem to share. The half term topic area is shapes and numbers and we will be looking at shapes around us, counting sides and doing practical number work each week.

We are having an open evening on Wednesday 29th March from 5-7 pm, If you recommend a friend to come, both of you will receive a free Bobkins session. Staff will be available to chat to

Our parents evening will be Wednesday 26th April from 3.30 pm to 6 pm please book your time slot by the sign out book.

We are looking for exciting new fundraising ideas and will hopefully be doing stalls locally. If you have any toys you no longer need please bring them in, all contributions greatly appreciated.

Please remember we close on Friday 31st March and reopen on Thursday 20th April for Easter. This half term all staff will have two days Paediatric first aid training, safeguarding training, Karen will have safeguarding lead update sessions and Gill will attend a Forest school day. You can never have too much training!

Finally School PTA would like to invite you to join them, if you have any questions please talk to Leyla (Hattie’s Mum)

Thanks for your continued support.

Karen , Gill , Pauline, Pascale, Tasha and Shirley

  Bosley Bobkins Newsletter January 2017

Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

Thank you to everyone who came to our Nativity, I think we all enjoyed it and we made  £70 to help Mrs Jenkinson in her Santa support duties.  We are so proud of all of our Bobkins for getting on stage.. it can be really scary, even for the staff ! We would also like to thank you for your contributions to our stall and for attending the Christmas fayre. It is so nice to see our pupils past and present on the day.

Our topic this half term is our senses, looking at I can see , hear , touch , smell and taste .We begin to introduce our phonics programme when we listen to environmental sounds and work towards recognizing that sounds link to letters.  All staff have had recent training alongside School staff in phonics and this training will continue this half term. We will continue our daily challenges, encouraging the children to think for themselves and develop early problem solving strategies.

As our weather gets colder please remember to dress your child appropriately in warm winter coats and send in named wellies as we will go outside regardless of the weather.

We would also like to remind you to bring in a named water bottle daily and would encourage you to take them home to ensure they are washed properly as we have limited facilities at Bobkins.

Bobkin’s staff will be renewing our paediatric first aid for two days after the Easter holidays . It is Ofsted registered and there are a few places available if any one would like to join us. The two days training would cost £75 a person. If you are interested please speak to a member of staff.

Dates for your diary –

Praise and play the first Wednesday of every month in Church 10 am . All welcome.

Stay and play Thursdays 1-3 pm term time only .. bring your friends

The big bird watch – Wed 18th January when we will listen and look for birds in our School environment.

Homework – 

Could we ask you to encourage your child to write their name, by tracing over letters with fingers, in sand or using a pencil. Every little helps with their pencil control. If you would like any other ideas for pre writing skills please ask.

Please remember that we are always available if you have any worries or concerns and thank you for your continued support.

Karen , Gill , Pauline , Pascale , Tasha and Shirley.


Bosley Bobkins Newsletter Nov 2016

What a busy half term we have a head of us! Our theme is celebrations and we start with Bonfire night leading all the way through to Christmas. We will learn about Armistice day and Diwali as well as our traditional Christian celebrations. We will also celebrate World kindness day on 14th of November and World hello day on 21st Nov.

We are looking at starting Focus days that your child may like to join us for perhaps even as an extra day. These days will be led by a member of staff using their specialist knowledge and we are looking at a cookery day when we make our own lunches, a language day when we will learn about different countries and learn to say some words and perhaps a  craft day when we design and make jewellery amongst others. We will let you know in advance so that you can book your child in if you would like to.

Our Christmas celebrations start with our fayre on Saturday 3rd December at 12- 2 pm. A box will be by the sign out book for all contributions to our stall. This year we would welcome any bottles, smellies or new small toys and gifts for our Christmas bag game. All money raised is spent on new equipment for our children so all donations are gratefully appreciated.

Bobkin’s Nativity and Christmas lunch will be on Wed 14th Dec, we would like all children to take part and if it is not your day could you please bring them in for 11.45 am  as we aim to start at 12 noon. Lunch will be served afterwards followed by a very special visitor. Please complete our letter and return to Bobkins as soon as possible so we can organise lunches.

We finish for Christmas late this year on Thursday 22nd Dec, it will also be our Carol service and final stay and play for the year. All families are welcome to join us in a lovely festive service at 2pm in Church. We reopen on Monday 9th January.

This half term we will be sending home a play at home survey, please complete it and return it as soon as possible, you need not give your name but it does tell us areas we need to cover or extend if the majority of children do not do certain things at home.

Thank you for your continued support. And please remember to contact us if you have any concerns

                 Karen, Gill, Pauline , Pascale , Tasha and Shirley.


Bosley Bobkins Newsletter September 2016


Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely summer break. If the good weather continues, please remember sun hats and cream as we will continue to be outside as much as possible before winter hits us. This half term we welcome Poppy and are extremely pleased to have Imogen back with us. We hope they enjoy their time in the Bobkins family.

This term we would like to extend our home links and would appreciate you using our link books on a more regular basis. All information can be written in these books including any worries or concerns.  We would like to know if your child did not sleep well, or if they were fussy with their tea, which bedtime story they love or that they had a temper in the supermarket. All these details help us to get to know your child better and will help us to understand their learning. The books will be read daily by staff members only, so please remember to place them in your pocket above the coat pegs each day.

We are continuing with our daily challenges and are introducing sound seconds and maths minutes into our days to focus our learning in short spells and to make the activities fun. These will link to our daily number and letter hunts which are already well established. Our theme this term will be holidays leading to travel and transport and we have purchased a few new toys to support this. If you have any photos or information from your holiday we would be very grateful if you could bring them in for your child to share with the class.

We would appreciate a named water bottle, brought in daily for your child and preferably taken home each day or at least at the end of the week for a thorough clean. We do not have a dish washer at Bobkins and are aware of current guidelines on bacteria and drinks bottles. All bottles are emptied and refilled daily however we would appreciate you cleaning your own bottles on a regular basis.

Praise and play continues on the first Wednesday of each month at 10 am and all families and friends are welcome. Stay and play is increasingly popular on a Thursday from 1-3pm and is open to all. If you know of some where we could display a poster or leaflet please let us know as we aim to advertise more this year. Any ideas very welcome.


Thank you for your continued support

Karen , Gill, Pauline, Pascale, Tasha and Shirley

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter June 2016.

This is our sad time of the year when we have to say goodbye to our lovely BIG children. Alanna, Lenni, Elsie, Evan and Kimberley leave us to join Bosley School to keep Mrs Baxter company . We will miss them even though they are just over the play area.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Ben & Holly cancer fundraising event, we raised over £70 . Thank you so much to you and to Pascale, Tasha and Gill for all their hard work.

Our next get together is our Rose Queen on Saturday 17th June and all are welcome. The parade starts at 1.30pm at Lakeside with an Olympic theme and the fete opens at 2pm. Please come along, it’s a lovely day for the whole family and a good fundraiser for us. If you would like to help on a stall please talk to a member of staff for more details. Bobkin’s stall is children’s games and we are looking for packaged sweets or lollies and new or nearly new children’s games, toys or activity packs for our hamper. Every donation is greatly appreciated. A box will be available by the sign out book for any contributions.

As this is our last half term we have planned a joint beach day with class one at School. All families are welcome to join us for a picnic in the playground (weather permitting). This will take place on Wed 6th July starting at 1pm , please bring a picnic or a school packed lunch can be ordered nearer the time. We have invited a Punch & Judy show and hopefully an ice-cream van to make the afternoon complete.

We finish for the summer break on Wed 20th July and return on Tuesday 6th Sept.

Can you please put your name down as soon as possible for days in Sept so that we can organise staffing. The sheet will be by the sign out book. Please be aware the 30 hours are not yet available in Cheshire East but we will keep you informed as soon as we know any details.

If we do get any good weather please remember NAMED suncream , hats and water bottles as we will be outside as much as possible.

Thank you once again for your continued support.

Karen , Gill, Pauline , Pascale, Tasha and Shirley

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter April 2016

This half term we welcome Mia to our little group and hope she and her family enjoy their time with us.

We continue our growing theme from last half term as our tadpoles grow into frogs and our big children start to get ready for big school. We will learn our self care routines and talk about what we need to do to stay healthy from eating to exercise. Let’s hope we get some warm weather!

As our weather changes can we start to think about sun hats and sun cream instead of wooly hats and gloves (all named please).

You will  shortly be getting your child’s report and be invited to our Parent’s evening on Wednesday 27th April from 4-6pm. Please book an appointment time with your child’s keyworker, the sheet will be near the sign out book.

This half term we are starting a daily challenge, where our children will select an adventure or challenge for the day as our theme. Work will be on display daily so you will be able to discuss it with your child and extend at home.

We have collated your parental questionnaires, thank you and results and what we have done are by the sign out book as usual, please take the time to read it. 

Please continue with our” borrow a story” sack scheme, it is so beneficial for all children to share books and gives a head start into school life. If you have any questions please ask a staff member.

As you know we have been working a lot around a road safety theme, can we continue this at home. The children know only grown ups open gates and doors and when we are near roads we must always hold hands.

Our staff have been doing a lot of training recently from two year old  updates to safe guarding , maths, phonics and self assessment. We like to keep as up to date as possible and all staff are involved..  Another aspect of safeguarding for our staff is the way we care for your child. We have introduced a new professional love policy , please read this and if you disagree with any part of it please let us know in writing, and we will amend the way we care for your child accordingly..

MAY DAY WEEKEND – Thursday 29th April – Tuesday 3rd May

HALF TERM – Friday 27th May – Monday 6th June 

We are looking for fundraising ideas and perhaps volunteers to help . If you have any suggestions please get in touch … it ‘s lovely when we all get together for a social event. Don’t forget our stay and play sessions on a Thursday 1-3pm £1 a family all welcome .. even new borns!

Thank you for your continued support, please don’t hesitate to talk to us if you have any worries or concerns.

Karen , Gill , Pauline , Pascale , Tasha and Shirley.

Bobkins Newsletter Feb 2016

Hello ! This half term our topic area will be based around growing and we will learn who, or what grows and how . Pauline and her green fingers will be planting and we are hopeful of eating our produce as usual this year as we promote our healthy eating programme at Bobkins.

We are following this on with our good dental hygiene work and have bought all Bobkins a toothbrush for use after snack or lunch. These toothbrushes will be individual and named and for use, only during the sessions. Each child will be helped to clean their teeth using a tiny amount of toothpaste. If you do not wish your child to take part in this please let us know in writing.

Gill, following her continued training in speech and language development , will start our “ditch the dummy” campaign. Our aim is to promote each child’s language development as this is becoming a national issue. Could we ask that you talk to your child and introduce our new rule of leaving your dummy at home or in the car before coming into Bobkins each morning.

This half term is also National Book week, so we will be choosing our favourite books, reading them and talking about why we like them and also trying to guess what happens next in the story. Our story sacks will be available for all children to borrow and share at home.

Our stay and play sessions on a Thursday afternoon from 1-3pm are becoming very popular and we may move to the hall for more space, because of this we have decided to charge £1 per family just to cover resources and refreshments. We hope that does not discourage anyone from coming.

Our trip with Class One to the airport will be on Wednesday 23rd March and will cost £14 per child to cover the entrance and bus. Your child will need appropriate clothing , including a change and a packed lunch. If Wednesday is not your child’s day there may be room for him or her to join us, however they will need to be accompanied by an adult , who will unfortunately have to pay the £14 as well. There is a sheet near the sign in book , please add your name if you would like your child to go.

Thank you for your continued support.

Karen , Gill , Pauline , Pascale , Tasha and Shirley.

Bosley  Bobkins  Newsletter  January  2016

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Thank you so much for the gifts and cards you gave to staff and all your contributions to our Christmas Fayre especially Lyndsey  Needham who convinced her Dad to make almost life size reindeers. They sold quickly and made almost £100 for Bobkins.

This half term we are pleased to welcome a new Oscar, a new Hattie and Maxx. We are looking forward to playing together.

Our topic area will be shapes ; we will cut them out , draw and paint them , talk about them , fit them together and find them in the environment. Please join in at home and bring in what you make or find to share.

We will also be learning about Valentines day, Chinese New year, Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday ... another busy few weeks ahead!

Don’t forget you are always welcome at our Stay and play sessions 1-3 pm on Thursday afternoons { no charge and all ages welcome } and at our Praise and Play in Church on the first Wednesday of each month at 10 am.

Thank you for your continued support, please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you have any concerns.


Karen , Tasha , Pauline , Pascale, Gill and Shirley.

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter November 2015

Welcome back to Autumn at its finest, please remember hats, warm coats and gloves as we will play outside even on the frostiest of days.

 Our little group have settled so well and are getting used to life in Preschool, as Karen is too, in big school!

We had an exciting half term including a great day in Dovedale and a Pirate science morning. This half term will be full of excitement too as we talk about Bonfire night, Christmas and learn about numbers.

Dates for your diary-

Praise & Play 4/11/15 10am in church all welcome

Bobkins AGM 9/11 /15 at 2.30pm in school please come along.

Bobkins closed 13/11/15 staff training day

Coffee afternoon for Macmillan Wednesday 18th November 2.30 pm in hall – all contributions to cake gratefully received!

Christmas Fayre 5/12/15 Bobkins NEEDS bottles please from flavoured water and ketchup to alcohol ... Thank you.

Christmas play with school this year – 2pm 8/12/15

Children’s Christmas lunch 9/12/15

Finish 18/12/15 return 5/1/16

Finally, we unfortunately may have to join other nurseries in charging for late collection. Our staff now have to have training and meetings after 3.30pm. Collection time is 3.15 pm, if you are late we have to pay two staff an hours salary (for safeguarding reasons) to stay in setting, even for one child. Of course at times there will be exceptional circumstances, if this is the case please let us know immediately by phone.

Thank you for your continued support.

Karen, Gill, Pauline, Pascale, Tasha and Shirley.

Bosley      Bobkins    Newsletter    Sept   2015

Welcome back, after a difficult summer, our thoughts and prayers go out to the people directly or indirectly involved in the  tragedy  at Bosley Wood treatment works. If you have been  involved  please let us know,  support is available.

This half term we welcome  Jensen and MaCauley , Teddy , Ted and Hattie to our little family , we hope they enjoy their  time with us.

Bobkins will run as normal this year, Karen will be on site five days a week and working in ratio at Bobkins two full days but out of ratio at other times. She will be teaching at school at least two days but will be available before and after school as well as at lunchtime if you have worries or concerns.  There will still be three staff a day at Bobkins, above required guidelines and Gill remains as Deputy. This year we hope to work more closely with School, linking visits, assessments and some areas of the curriculum, this should ease transition for our big ones when the time comes. If you have any questions please talk to us.

Our  lunch procedure has changed, School would like us to pay for hot lunches on the day or for the week in advance . The costs are £2.20 a day or £11 a week, unfortunately as we are not a maintained nursery, free school lunches are not available but we welcome packed lunches.

As our weather changes can we make sure children come to Bobkins in appropriate clothing, with either named suncream and hats or waterproof coats and wellies as we will go out regardless. Can you also remember a named water bottle daily, it is so beneficial for the children to drink freely throughout our day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Karen, Gill , Pauline, Pascale , Tasha and Shirley

                  Bosley Bobkins Newsletter June 2015

Welcome to the final half term of many of our big bobkins, a sad time for us, but an extremely exciting one for our children as they take the first big step into formal education. We say goodbye to Violet , Esther, Flynn and Henry who all hope to join Gawsworth, Megan and Freya who go to Buglawton, Oliver to Sutton and Rebecca to Wincle. The rest ; Matthew , Andrew, Grace , Eddie, Vinnie, Stanley ,Joseph, Fraser and Issy all, to our delight, stay at Bosley. As a big surprise Karen will be joining them!

From September Karen’s { now Mrs Baxter to our school children} hours at Bobkins will decrease and she will take up the position of Reception and Keystage one Teacher for 2.5 days of the week. Nothing at Bobkins will change , however it ensures smooth transitions between us and school and allows for shared planning ,consistent methods and more joint activities. If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to come and see me or speak to Mr Barard.

Our topic this half term is staying safe, something we all need to think about from stranger danger to applying suncream …. We have so much to learn!

Can we please remind those few parents who haven’t completed a parental questionnaire, returned the flexible entitlement form or brought in reports, can you please do it THIS WEEK !Thank you .

Our music sessions start on Tuesday afternoons , link sessions with Reception, we cant wait as we have a specialist teacher coming in to lead our learning.

On Wednesday 3rd of June at 9.15 am we would like all children to come into Bobkins for our final leaving photo. If it is not your day but you are expected to attend the afternoon transition meeting please come and see us. We need everyone on that picture!

We will also be at praise and play that morning so it will be a busy day. 

Our Rosequeen is on Saturday 20th June and Bobkins stall will be traditional games so any contributions to lucky dip type prizes or wrapped sweets greatly appreciated.

Our sad final get together will be on Thursday 16th July and we will have a Teddy Bears picnic from 1.15pm hopefully on the field weather permitting . All parents , friends and family welcome bring your own food and drink and a favourite Teddy to share it with.


Finally a HUGE thank you for all your support we couldn’t be Bobkins without you.

Karen , Gill , Pauline ,Pascale, Tasha , Shirley , Dawn and Vicky   

  Bosley   Bobkins   Newsletter   April  2015

We hope you had a lovely relaxing Easter break . With only a term to go before most of  our  Bobkins go to big school we have so much to do; from learning to put on our coat and shoes, to using a knife and fork and being brave enough to ask for the toilet in a new situation. We have so much to learn !

This half term we welcome new Bobkins Edie and Stacey, both joining their big sisters in our little family. Our topic area is transport and ways of travelling . As part of this topic our Wednesday children will be joining key stage one on a bus trip to Lyme park and we will be thinking about how people used to travel in the past and how we travel now.

Just before half term all staff completed training on dental awareness , this has made us acutely aware of the importance of healthy eating on children’s teeth. As a result we have changed our snack menu to offer only milk and water and we will no longer offer sugary preserves to add to toast etc. We will continue to provide daily fresh fruit and vegetables and will actively encourage excellent oral hygiene both at home and at school. Tasha will run a short information session for parents in the coming weeks .... prepare to be shocked, ; even the most innocent of fruit bars contain  several spoons of sugar !

 As our weather gets warmer can we remind you to name all items of clothing including sun hats, suncream and drinks bottles.... hopefully we will have some sunshine in the coming weeks and will spend as much time as possible outside. Can we also ask you to order school lunches before 9am if you are running late and if your child is ill please let us know before 9am or your lunch will be ordered and we are afraid you will be charged.

Your child’s annual report will ready shortly, we aim to go through it and answer any questions at our Parents evening on Wednesday 6th May between 4.30 and 6.30 pm , please make an appointment on the sheet by the sign in book. If you are unable to attend please ask to make an appointment separately with your child’s keyworker.

Bobkins closes on Thursday 30th April for the may day weekend back Tuesday 5th May.

Half Term starts on Friday 22nd May back Monday 1st June

If you have any worries or concerns please don’t hesitate to talk to us.... we are always available.

Karen , Gill , Pauline , Pascale , Tasha , Dawn , Shirley  & Vicky

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter January 2015

Happy New Year!

A big thank you to those of you who contributed so generously to our collections for our Christmas fayre, Reindeer run for East Cheshire Hospice {We raised a wonderful £115.60 } and even our family pictures for last terms topic. We also appreciate those of you who want to continue receiving our mini monthly reports, please don’t forget to return the home sheet, the information is invaluable to us. 

Last term, at short notice we said a sad goodbye to Zak and his family, he was offered a place early for the school he will go to in September. We wish him luck in his new school but will miss him and remain extremely proud of him and the huge progress he made during his time with us. Well done Zak.

This half terms topic is toys; our favourite toys,  toys that we played with in the past or around the world. Caring for our toys and sharing. We have noticed an increase in toy breakages recently and books torn, so we are hopeful that this topic will help to increase respect for the children’s own property and that of others.

On Wednesday 28th Jan at 9.30 am in the hall we are having a coffee morning with Ash Groves Children’s Centre they are coming filled with advice and information on an informal basis on behaviour support/ speech and language issues and literacy support. Come along ask questions or just chat and eat biscuits too!

Our next open day is Thursday 5th Feb from 9.30am – 3pm, please tell your friends. We have small flyers to put on notice boards or in shop windows if any one has any ideas.

Finally can everyone please remember wellies { and indoor shoes} hats , warm coats and gloves because we will play out in the snow !

Also more things to practice at home-

Using our Knives and forks

Fastening zips and buttons

Wiping our own bottoms

-all essential before school entry …..which will come sooner than you think .

If you have any worries or concerns please come and see us and thank you for your continued support.

Karen , Gill , Pauline , Pascale , Tasha , Shirley and Vicky

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter November 2014

Welcome back to a very busy half term.

Our topic area will be our family, and if possible we would like photos of our parents doing their exciting jobs….. We know who you are and we have some excellent careers to promote so please get your smiles and uniforms ready!

For those of you who didn’t know, we had a long overdue visit from Ofsted last Thursday. Thank you to the parents who agreed to talk to them.  We are expecting the report any day and will make copies available for you to read as soon as possible.

Please remember our AGM next Monday 10th Nov 9 am ish, in the school hall, coffee, tea and sweet briberies will be available so please join us- even if it’s just to make up the numbers!

Friday 14th Nov –Children in need { dress as a hero day } please come dressed up and donate £1 for such a worthy cause . We will also run a cake stall so all cakes / biscuits very, very welcome. Bobkins will make some too, so prepare to buy as well! 

Our School Christmas fayre is Sat 29th Nov and we would ask you to bring in bottles of all varieties for our bottle stall from alcohol to ketchup all extremely welcome. We would also like any items to add to our Christmas hamper so  we can raffle it at our Nativity.

As Christmas approaches we will be looking at celebrations around the world. If you have any ideas to contribute to our learning please bring them in. Pascale leads and brings in some lovely treasures and traditions from her travels. Thank you to all families who brought our Christmas cards, they were so nicely designed and a good fundraiser for us.

Our Nativity will be at 11 am on Wed 10th Dec in the hall, all children take part and it is followed by a very special visitor and a lovely Christmas lunch for parents, children and staff. Tickets are available at a cost of £2.50 per person which includes a two course Christmas lunch prepared by our school cook Mrs Scragg. We are afraid initially, we will have to limit tickets to two adults per Bobkins child, more may be available when we have allocated all required places. Sorry this is a very popular event.

During our last week of term {we finish on Fri 19th and return Mon 5th Jan} we will doing another fundraiser for a very good cause; East Cheshire Hospice. We aim to do a sponsored reindeer run around the paths at school. Your child will be provided with antlers and a nose for a small donation from you and we will have laps around the grounds which you can sponsor your child to complete. All families are welcome to come and watch the excitement in aid of such a wonderful local resource. Our charity work is so beneficial for our children to see and they enjoy it too!

Finally, can we remind you to bring in appropriate outdoor clothing for our lovely winter   as we go outside regardless ; hats , gloves , warm coats and wellies ALL NAMED PLEASE and other shoes to wear inside. We need to wear shoes indoors incase of fire alarms etc. Can we also ask you to return any Bobkins borrowed clothes, we are running desperately short at the moment due to slips in puddles and little accidents.   Thank you. 

Karen , Pauline , Pascale , Gill , Tasha and Shirley

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter Sept 2014.

Welcome back we hope you enjoyed a lovely sunny summer break!

This half term we welcome Joseph, Esther, Flynn, Freya and Megan, all new to our Bosley Family; we hope you all enjoy your time with us. Bobkins is now almost full we have a few sessions available but are looking at the possibility of taking small groups into the hall if necessary to extend our working space for the children.

Our topic area will be holidays so please bring in photos, brochures, souvenirs etc to help us share your child’s experiences and enables us to learn together. If you have not been away, information and photos from time spent together at home is just as valuable. We will continue our daily more formal, small group work, which has proved very popular with our children.

Everyone has a new home /school link book {in your pocket} please use these to tell us anything about your child, from how they’ve slept to any adventures they’ve had and even how you are feeling. The books are read daily by staff members only and all comments will be answered. Please put the books in our link book box under the sign in book daily, which stops us having to search through all the bags. The information you give us is invaluable for your child’s education and gives us a possible insight into how they are feeling each day.

We are also changing our two weekly reports to monthly ones, as we had very little feedback last term from each report. Please come and see us if you have any concerns or worries, you can email, text or write it in the link book if you prefer.

Our staff have renewed our paediatric first aid certificates, most of our committee and some Mums too. Two days at the end of last term were enjoyed by all and updated our invaluable knowledge. We have also updated our policies including medical sections, these will be available on our website very shortly and a copy will always be by the sign out book. If your child is unwell please remember to ring us and let us know that they won’t be in.

This half term we want to reintroduce our home reading books, each child can take home a story bag which includes a book, a feedback book for you to write in and a small toy linked to the story. These are to encourage a love of books and should be a fun, relaxed activity at home. The bags can be returned as soon as you’ve read them and replaced with a new one, we recommend perhaps one a week. Annie our much loved den building dog will continue to visit homes…. watch out for your turn!

Please remember we are here to help, come and see us, even if it’s a busy time we will find a time to talk.

Karen, Pauline, Pascale, Gill, Tasha and Shirley

Bobkins 01260 222993 {you can leave a message}

Email – [email protected]

Website www.

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter June 2014 

This half term is our saddest one as we have to say goodbye to our big ones; Harry, Leo, Joseph, Faye, Michael and George. Four of them, we will still see at Bosley but Michael is moving away and Harry joins his big brother and sister at Rushton. We are also saying goodbye to Lola as she has moved house. We will miss you all {and your mums and dads!}

Thank you to every one who completed our questionnaire , the results were very positive , please look at the breakdown sheet by the sign out book, if you would like to see the feedback from our 4 external replies they are in the poly pockets on the notice board…. we were delighted thanks ! As a direct result we are introducing a feedback form every two weeks completed by your child’s key worker, including basic information about their progress.  We will also send home one for you to complete and return so we can learn about your child’s progress/ development at home. We would also like you to be involved in our achievement tree – if your child has anything to contribute please let us know and we can add it to our wall. Thank you to those of you who sent in the pictures for our letter sessions, it really is appreciated and so beneficial for your child’s development.

This half term we will continue a growing theme, talking about our growth and changes especially those of us leaving to go to big school or a new area. The small group work has proved very successful and we will continue to cover three areas each day from the Communication, language and literacy, Mathematics and expressive arts curriculum areas.

Dates for your diary-

Coffee afternoon -Monday 9th June 2pm in the School Hall all welcome please come, bring a friend and get to know each other. Cakes and biscuits welcome too!!!!!!

Praise & Play in Church – Wed 4th June and Wed 2nd July 10 am – all welcome 

School sports day – Wed 18th June 1-3 pm Bobkins will run a race! {Weather permitting}

Bobkins mini Olympics / leavers party during the last week of term, date to follow 

Please remember we close on Friday 18th July to allow for all staff to renew paediatric first aid certificates … we do have a place, maybe two available it costs a very reasonable £50 for two days if anyone is interested.

We will also be arranging our photo day, probably a Thursday , when we would like all children to come in for half an hour so we can take our annual Bobkins family photo… we will let you know ASAP.

As our lovely British weather improves {hopefully!}Can every one please bring in sun hats and named sun cream daily so we can spend as much time outside as possible. It would be appreciated if all children came in with sun cream on in the morning as it saves us so much time in getting ready to go outside. Thank you.

Finally as you are aware we are a fully inclusive setting and now have quite a few children with additional needs from developmental behaviour issues, speech and language delays, difficulties associated to the Autism triad, even emotional immaturity. As you are aware we have increased staffing numbers, allowing lower pupil / staff ratios above legal recommendations, all staff have specialized in specific areas and we are getting support from outside agencies. Your compassion, support and understanding for these children and their families is greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to a happy last half term with our lovely BIG ONES 

Karen, Pauline, Pascale, Gill, Tasha and Shirley


We hope you had a fun filled Easter break. This half term we welcome Kimberley (Andrews little sister) Lexie who is new to Bosley and Tasha Waterhouse our new Bobkins lady. Tasha comes to us from Tideswell Primary School she is well qualified , experienced and we are very lucky to have found her. She met many of you at parents evening but please feel free to come in and have a chat with her, her days initially will be Monday , Wednesday and Thursday . We hope all our new families will enjoy their time with us.

This half term our main topic area will be growth and we will be using a slightly more structured teaching approach from 9.30 each morning when children will be split into three groups for sessions each lasting approximately twenty minutes in language , number and creative work. We are now able to offer this as we will have three staff working each day which is above our legal recommended staff to pupil ratios.

Dates for your diary

-May bank holiday we finish on Thurs 1st May and return Tues 6th May

Half term finish Fri 23rd May return Mon 2nd June.

Easter egg bingo this Thursday at 3.15 in school hall. Please remember we finish on Fri 18th July for the summer to allow all staff to do Paediatric first aid , the two final places have now been taken - thanks

Our popular coffee mornings / afternoons will be starting again this half term probably on a Monday afternoon from 2pm(Karen now has her day off back!)Signs will go up shortly , its such a great way for us all to get to know each other.

Thank you to everyone for returning our questionnaires on play – results on our notice board, yet another survey will be sent out shortly … please help us by returning it, we need to know what you think and how we can improve- no need to add your name just place it in our box !

Thank you for your continued support, if you have any worries or concerns please don`t hesitate to phone , text , write in the link book or pop in any time and speak to any of us.

Karen , Pauline , Pascale , Gill, Tasha and Shirley

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter February 2014

Welcome back , we hope you had a great half term break . We have our new lockable gate ! Thanks to Dawn our Chair for organizing it and to School for agreeing to it so quickly. This month we welcome Elsie , whose big brother Archie is one of our special old Bobkins….. once a Bobkin always a Bobkin doesn`t matter how big they get !

This half term we continue our theme of people who help us leading to mothers day at the end of March. Many, many thanks to Fraser`s Dad who came to be our special visitor in his uniform and with his Police car , a great experience for all staff and pupils … photos on our website.

Dates for your diary-

Wed 5th March – Praise and Play all welcome in Church

Tues 18th March – Monkey Magic filming at Bobkins letter to follow.

Wed 26th March – Parents evening 3.30- 6.30 School open for refreshments and to look around individual reports available that evening.

Fri 4th April – close for Easter Break

As many of you know we are interviewing for a new staff member, we have been inundated with great applications and hope to appoint as soon as possible to enable us to run three staff each day on a permanent basis. In the meantime thank you to all staff who continue to work overtime, above and beyond the call of duty.

We will be sending home, a play at home survey shortly to enable us to plan our activities taking into account the experiences our children have else where. We hope you will help us by returning it …. no names necessary.

Thank you once again for your continued support.

Karen , Pauline , Pascale , Gill and Shirley.

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter Jan 2014

Welcome back, we hope you had a happy Christmas and a relaxing New Year.

This half term we officially welcome Andrew who started earlier than expected last term, George, Kurtis, Rebecca and Mhairi, we hope they all enjoy their time with our Bobkins Family.

As we start this term ,our weather will undoubtedly turn wintry , so can you please make sure your child comes equipped with appropriate outdoor clothing … warm coat , hat , gloves , scarf , wellies etc as we will play out whatever the weather.

Please also remember if your child has had sickness or diarrhoea in the last 48 hours, or a temperature in the last 24 hours please keep them at home. If our staff get ill we do not have enough available supply staff to keep Bobkins open and almost had to close twice last half term.

This half term, our topic will be People who help us, we will cover the emergency services as well as family and local community. we will also try Chinese food and look at traditions for Chinese new year at the end of January.

If you want your child to have a school lunch can you please order by 9 am , if you are going to be late in can you order by phone on our landline number 01260 222993, this ensures our cook will prepare enough.

Finally if you have any questions , worries or concerns please come and see us or if you prefer write in the link book , email or text.

Karen , Pauline , Pascale , Gill and Shirley

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter Nov 2013

Welcome back from a very rainy half term break. This half term we have big three birthdays for Issy, Zak, Matthew, Grace, Ted and Archie {1st Jan but still counts!].

This half term our work is centred on autumn followed by celebrations; Diwali, Bonfire night and Christmas. This will lead to our Nativity on Thursday 12th December at 11.30 am followed by a Christmas cooked lunch for all children, families and friends in the hall. We do hope you will join us; cost will be a very reasonable £2.20 per person and will include a roast dinner and dessert. The list will be by the sign in book at Bobkins so you can reserve your place.

Please bear with us at the moment, we are very busy with two year olds and to maintain the ratios needed, staff are working overtime above and beyond the call of duty. This half term due to staff training and / or meetings there will be a couple of days when we will be using a supply member of staff. At all times that person will be with a staff member, they will not do personal care, they will be DBS or CRB checked and will be qualified to our level III requirement. If you have any worries or concerns please come and see Karen.

We have praise and play on wed 6th Nov all welcome to join us in Church at 10 am.

As our weather gets chillier can you remember to send in appropriate coats, hats, gloves and wellies as we will play out regardless of conditions… it makes life more exciting!

A change of clothes including socks and wipes in their bags would also be helpful for those little mud/ puddle/snow accidents! Thank you.

Thank you for your continued support, including our jeans for Genes day and MacMillan coffee afternoon. This half term we have some football cards to raise money to help the village father Christmas, please ask a staff member if you can help.

Karen, Pauline, Pascale, Gill and Shirley

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter Sept 2013.

Welcome Back , we hope you had a lovely summer break. This half term we welcome Ted , Archie, Jessica, Jesper, Edward and Stanley to our little family , we hope you all enjoy your time with us.

This half term our work will be themed around Nursery rhymes and homes, please let us know your child`s favourite rhyme and we will include it in our plans.

Everyone has a new home / school link book , please bring them in each day and place them in the basket ] on the sign in shelves. This enables us to check each one easily and means we can write in them without searching through all the bags. Thanks. Everyone still has their own pockets , named with a peg this year and our room has changed around as we have had a lick of new paint to start the year , thanks to Jason our caretaker.

Dates for your diary:-

Fri 20th Sept – jeans for genes day donations of £1 [ask Pauline for details !]

Fri 27th Sept- Coffee afternoon 2pm in the hall , all welcome [children too] for Macmillian Cancer Support all cakes / biscuits most welcome !!!

Half Term break finish 3.15 fri 18th Oct return Tues 28th Oct

Finally if you have any worries or concerns please ring , text , email , write in the link books or TALK to us at any time …. we are always available !

Karen , Pauline , Pascale ,Gill and Shirley.

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter June 2013

Welcome back to our last few weeks with our lovely “big ones “ We are losing Jessica , Archie ,Evie, Max and Dylan to Bosley . Alex and Oliver to Gawsworth and William to Sutton , we will miss you all so much.

This half term we welcome Matthew and Fraser who join our ever growing band of two year olds. We hope they both enjoy their time with us….. please remember to add your child to the list for sessions in September as some slots are already full !

This week is a busy one ; we have our Bobkins photo on Wednesday at 11am{ just after praise & play } , please, please bring in your child for just a few minutes , every child will get a copy so they can remember their friends even if they don`t leave us this year. We also have our Rose Queen celebration this Saturday ; the parade starts at 1.45 at lakeside and all Bobkins are welcome to join in . Our Stall really needs raffle type prizes so all contributions greatly appreciated.

Our theme this half term is moving on / changes in preparation for big school , summer holidays and growing up! Our little ones suddenly become big in September!

Our last event is our Mini Olympics on Wednesday 17th july at 1.30 pm all families are welcome , it will be a sponsored event as we feel it is so important that the children appreciate that there are people less fortunate than themselves. More details to follow ! Jayne , William`s Mum has kindly offered to provide food as a last party for the children but all contributions of Cake and biscuits for adults would be welcomed.

Please take the time to read the feedback from our Parental Questionnaires , it was great to hear some really positive comments as well as your suggestions for changes [ hence the newsletter now by email!] It is on our noticeboard. Thank you to all who contributed.

Can you please also return any outstanding reports/ headcount forms for our files . Thank you.

Bills for this half term will go out shortly , Shirley already has the information , any extra day costs will be issued towards the end of term and we would like all payments before the final week of term please, to close the year.

Thank you so much for your continued support we really do appreciate it. If you have any worries or concerns please don`t hesitate to contact us, by phone , email , text , link book or in person… no reason is too small !

Finally have a fantastic Summer and we look forward to seeing some of you back in September.

Karen , Pauline, Pascale , Gill and Shirley

Bosley Bobkins Newsletter April 2013

Happy Easter to you all . This half term we welcome Lola and Leo when he returns from his holiday, Leo will join big brother Max who is one of our BIG Bobkins. It is lovely to see how our little Bobkins have settled in ,especially as many are only just two, we are very proud of them all.

We are very excited we have finally got our own phoneline and internet access, we will keep the mobile but please use the landline to ring and leave messages-

landline – 01260 222993

website [also new – thanks Gill !]

new email- [email protected]

Karens mobile – 07805 232362

For future newsletters please add your email address to the list by the sign out book, it will also be added to our website.

This half term we will continue with our growing theme ,some of us are growing so much we are preparing for the huge move to big school. Our next country week is all about France week beginning 13/5/13 .

Our parents evening is on Wednesday 15th May 5-7 pm, all staff will be present , so please book an appointment with your child`s keyworker. We will give out your child`s report during the evening so we can answer any questions or queries.

Thank you to all of you who contributed to our recent fundraising for Red Nose day, it`s so beneficial for our children to appreciate the need to give to those who aren`t quite as fortunate as ourselves. This will continue in our last half term when we do our mini Olympics as a charity fundraiser. It will be on Wednesday 17th July at 1.30 ,We hope you will join in the fun !

Immediately after half term we have our Rosequeen on Sat 8th June , we are always looking for volunteers to help man stalls or help set up , please let us know if you can help in anyway or speak to Emma [Grace`s mum].Bobkins are looking for any raffle type prizes ALL contributions greatly appreciated-the box for items will be out shortly !

Thank you to everyone who has already completed our parental questionnaire, it is essential for us to know how you feel, we have spares for those of you who haven`t completed one! No need to put your name, just place it in our questionnaire box near the sign out book . Results as usual, will be collated before parents evening, along side our plans for improvement in relation to your feedback.

Don`t forget to come and see us if you have any worries,you can even leave a message on our new phone now !

Karen , Pauline,Pascale and Gill