Bosley Bobkins’ Newsletter September 2018
Welcome back to a whole new year! Our first topic will be dinosaurs and we will be looking at sizes, food they ate, when they lived and what sounds they made. Dinosaurs begin with ‘d’ too! We are sure there will be lots of exploring adventures going on this half term.
We have reintroduced the link book instead of our daily feedback sheet, we hope more parents will contribute and it gives us a little more space for some practise work for you to do at home. Please place the book back in your pocket each morning and a staff member will add to it.
Thank you to those of you who completed our questionnaire, we had a 64% return. Karen of course did not contribute despite having two pupils resident with her. Results were very pleasing – 100% thought their child enjoyed Bobkins, felt welcome and felt that their child was safe with us. One person did not know how to make a complaint and only felt slightly involved with their child’s preschool education. To make a complaint you can see Karen, any committee or staff member or go directly to Ofsted. Full procedures and forms are on the noticeboard under the complaints heading.
Suggestions about how we could improve included opportunities for parents to get to know each other, more activities to do at home, more parental involvement and more opportunities to see their child’s progress. As a charity preschool we have to hold committee meetings and fundraisers; most meetings are open, held in a local pub and advertised by the sign out book as all welcome, so please come along. We hold stay & play sessions, Christmas meals, Easter egg hunts and leavers get togethers, all parents and grandparents are welcome just to come and chat. Our next fundraisers are a car boot sale, a Christmas shopping experience and a coffee morning at Congleton library. Please start collecting toys for our car boot and raffle prizes for our coffee morning. All offers of help gratefully received and any questions please ask any Committee member or Karen. If you would like to help in a session please see Karen and we always need help to promote ourselves- visiting other venues, distributing leaflets etc. Please let us know if you have any ideas. Our AGM is in Oct/ Nov and we are always looking for new Committee members – forms will be out again shortly.
If you would like to know about your child’s progress , do not wait for our parent’s evening ask your key worker ANY TIME. We will also be having more regular meetings with you to discuss next steps for your child that we will work on together.
Finally please remember to NAME everything , bring in clean water bottles daily, a change of clothes and warm / waterproof coats , hats and boots each day as our weather becomes the more ‘English’ wet and windy. Unfortunately all wet and dirty clothes have to be returned home as we have no washing facilities at Bobkins.
Thank you for your continued support and please don’t hesitate to speak to us if you have any worries or concerns.
Karen , Gill, Pauline , Tasha, Vicky, Amie, Becky & Shirley.
Bosley Bobkins Newsletter June 2018
Welcome back to our last half term this year. It will be a sad goodbye to our big Bobkins who go to big school in September. Hope, Daniel, Eloise, Priya and Isaac go to Bosley, Poppy to Whirley and Mia to Gawsworth. We will miss you all so much.
This half term our topic of growth changes to our growth and changes in our lives. Going to big school is a huge change. We will look at the things we are able to do now compared with what we did as babies. How much bigger we are, and how much more we still have to grow.
We have decided to introduce a Parent/carer worry box by the sign out book. It will be anonymous and you can add any concerns you have about parenting or behaviour, sleeping etc. however petty you may think they are. We will answer them with out identifying details on the Facebook page .Between the Bobkins team we have a wealth of knowledge in theory, 40 years of child based work experience and 77 years combined parenting skills. However we do not have all the answers, once our reply is on the page please feel free to contribute ideas. We all need help sometimes.
Our Bobkins photo will be taken on Monday 11th June at 9.30 am could all children please attend for just a few minutes.
Bobkin’s leavers celebration will be a coffee morning on Wednesday 18th July at 10.30 until 11.45am to enable leaver’s parents to get home in time for home visits in the afternoon.
As we hopefully get more sunshine can we ask you to bring in a pair of pumps with their sunhat, cream and water bottle (named please). We do play out what ever the weather, do not want to damage lovely new shoes and wellies are just not appropriate to wear when it’s very warm. Water bottles will be placed in your pockets to be taken home daily, cleaned and filled as we had problems last half term when we had no water. Thanks to Becky for bringing in supplies.
Thank you for all your support this year.
Karen, Gill, Pauline, Tasha, Vicky, Amie, Becky and Shirley
Bosley Bobkins Newsletter April 2018
Welcome back to our last term of the year, we hope you had a lovely Easter break. Did you do your Easter homework?
We welcome Florence who has already done a few days with us. She is our Stanley’s little sister and we have been waiting for her to be two to join us. She has already settled beautifully and we love having her as part of our family.
A huge thank you to our fantastic Committee for organising our very successful Easter egg hunt and sponsored walk we raised over £220 and it was so much fun, even in damp weather. We will hopefully buy new outdoor equipment with the proceeds.
We also had a special visitor in the last week of term from Ofsted, thank you to all parents who took the time to talk to our inspector. The report will be available shortly and we will make a copy available by the noticeboard.
This half term we will be continuing our phonics work in preparation for school and to enable us to work on sounds with those children who are finding some speech sounds challenging. We will also be looking at growth, our own and things around us in the environment. We hope this will lead to self-care and independence skills especially for those children leaving us in the summer.
We have heard that some people have not been receiving our newsletters or critical incident calls and texts, If this is the case please let us know immediately and we will check all your contact details. It is extremely important that we have your correct contact information.
Don’t forget parents evening on Wed 25th April and your parental comment on your report. We look forward to having the opportunity to chat about your child and any worries or concerns you may have.
Finally a belated happy birthday to Pauline , we hope it was a great one!
Karen, Gill, Pauline, Tasha, Vicky, Amie, Becky& Shirley
Bosley Bobkins Newsletter March 2018
Welcome back to a very short half term … just five weeks to fit everything in!
Priya and Jensen, brother and sister have joined our little group and are happy to be making new friends. Every one has made them feel very welcome and they’ve even been invited to a birthday party. Thank you.
This half term we will be talking about healthy eating and looking after ourselves. It’s good to try new things to eat and exercise our bodies to stay well. We are very proud of some of our Bobkins who have made huge progress in their self care and toileting. Well done (to Mums and Dads too!)
We are continuing our sounds work … It would really help if you could play I spy type games at home looking at the first sound of objects and especially your child’s name , you could practise writing it too. Another way is treasure hunts in supermarkets – can you see something that begins with ‘t’ tomatoes, tea, t shirts , tuna etc. The letters we start with are S, A, T and P.
On Tuesday 27th March we are holding a sponsored walk in Easter bonnets to raise funds for new equipment. The whole event has been kindly organized by our new committee and details and forms will be given out shortly. Thank you Amie, Becky and Vicky.
After Easter we will be issuing our reports and having our Parent’s evening. The date will be Wednesday 25th April and appointments will be available between 3.30pm and 5.45 pm. Please look by the sign in book nearer the time to book your slot.
Finally the weather can still be chilly so please remember, warm coats , hats, gloves and wellies. We do try to go outside what ever the weather.
Please don’t hesitate to come in and speak to us if you have any questions.
Karen, Gill, Pauline , Tasha and Becky .
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