Spring News 2017

We have all thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Space’ topic, the children have all been involved in a variety of activities including role play in a Space Station, Making Paper Mache planets and creating their own rockets and glitter sand/playdough!

In March the children have all made something special for Mother’s Day and throughout April the children will be moving on to ‘Spring’ learning about the change in weather, baby animals in the environment and planting
sunflower seeds.

If the children would like to collect and bring in any Spring objects in i.e. flowers, pine cones to show at group time then that would be great-thank you, this will help to support their Communication and Language.

Pre-school are looking forward to going out and about a lot more with the weather brightening up, please can suitable shoes be worn for walking and also a spare set of clothes for water play.

If you have any questions about the planning and activities please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help ?

Thank you to you all for your input in your child’s ‘Home Assessment’ forms, this information is very supportive in knowing what skills your child has at home ?


St George’s Day23rd April 2017

We will be celebrating St George’s Day, the patron saint of England – Enjoying some role play through becoming Knights and Dragons and also creating some Flags!


May Day1st May 2017

We will also be celebrating May Day throughout our continuing topic, focusing on Spring and creating a variety of art work and water based activities.


Parents Evening – Thursday 11th May 2017

We will be holding our Spring Term parents’ evening; this will be on Thursday 11th May between 5:00 pm and 7:30pm. An appointment list will be issued in the main Entrance from the 24th April. Please make an appointment with your child’s keyworker to discuss your child’s progress, settling, education and anything else you may like to discuss. As always we ask that this be a child-free evening where possible so that we can focus on our discussions with you. There will be light refreshments provided

A few little reminders:

  • Please can a suitable coat be provided for all weathers as we often take walks into the village and enjoy outside play
  • Please can children wear suitable shoes that can be easily be put on and removed as we are promoting their independence in being able to achieve their goal which develops their confidence in doing things for themselves – do ask if any questions.
  • As you know, Milk and Water are an important part of your child’s diet providing them with important nutrients, and to protect their teeth. Please can we remind you to put water in your child’s bottle, rather than juice, or we can fill it up with water here. Thank you ?


Staff information

This Easter Lucy will be going on Maternity Leave – we wish her all the best and look forward to meeting her new little arrival ?

Joining us in Preschool we have Jennifer French. Jen has achieved the CACHE level 2 Certificate in Caring for Children and Young People and will be assisting Leona in the preschool whilst studying towards her level 3 Diploma. Jen currently lives in Knowle with her husband and 2 young daughters.

We have 2 apprentices this year:

Rhiannon Mitchell is currently studying towards her NVQ3 Early Years Educator via the Advanced Apprentice scheme. Holly Skipper is studying towards her NVQ2 Children and Young People’s Workforce. Both Rhiannon and Holly live in Braunton and have settled in well with the team.


2yr old Integrated Review

Your child will be due a health check at age 2yr and the new EYFS requires us to have input into this in the form of a 2yr progress check. Please can you let us know as soon as you are aware of the date of your child’s health check in order that we can provide you with an up to date progress check to take along. If you have any questions please ask ☺

Parent / Carer Views

As you are aware we are not just here for your children – much of our work is done with individual families, supporting parents through a range of issues; from picky eaters to toilet training, behaviour management to sleep routines etc. As parents, we know you have some fantastic ideas to share – strategies you have used, things that have worked as well as those less successful plans (don’t worry, we all have ‘em!) – as these often form the basis of action plans we help put in place. We would love to hear your views on how this support is working for you, as well as any other aspect of the service we provide. Equally if you have any ‘top tips’ for parenting, that have come out of these meetings, or any other training or research you may have done please complete the feedback slips available in the entrance and popping it into the feedback box, or handing to a member of staff.

Beth and the Little Fishes Team 🙂