Welcome

Dormansland Pre-School is a small and welcoming village pre-school for children aged between 2 & 5 yrs. Our pre-school is situated in: The Parish Room, The Platt, Dormansland, Surrey, RH7 6RA.  Tel: 07855 279934.

Our facilities include: a large hall (complete with stage, kitchen and toilets) where we have a wide range of indoor equipment creating a vibrant, challenging and supportive play-based curriculum. We also have a secure outdoor area with new artificial grass and an all-weather canopy where children can access free-flow play whatever the weather!  Our outdoor area is equipped with a play house, slide, sandpit and a wide range of outdoor play equipment.

We are committed to ‘learning through play’ and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  We try and focus the environment in such a way that every area of learning is covered within the EYFS by using child intiated experiences with some adult input on activities to develop and extend each individual child’s stages of development.

Our Pre-school is registered with ‘OFSTED’, a copy of our latest inspection report can be seen under the ‘Links’ section on the right.

If you wish to know what’s going on this term then please see our newsletter.

Newsletter – Autumn 2018

Welcome to our new team member: Jane

We look forward to welcoming our latest team member: Jane Marshall, who has worked for many years in both the Pre-school environment and as a child minder. We’re sure she’ll fit right in!

Autumn term:

After our Leavers Party in July and a fond farewell to the children leaving us, we now welcome back returning children and all new starters! We will begin the term with ‘Autumn & The Stickman Story’ as our main theme, talking about everything to do with Autumn and the changes that occur, leading to Halloween/Fireworks.  We will of course still accommodate the children’s own interests and ideas! The ‘Letter of the Week’ will be ‘Aa’ and the number will be ‘1’.

Please watch our outside notice board to see what the next Activity, Letter and Number will be!

Home Activities:

To encourage the learning that your child will get from the above activities, there are things that you can do together at home:

* Explore the countryside to collect different nature items relating to autumn.

* Read autumnal stories relating to our theme.

* Talk to your child about the world around them and have them describe what they can see, touch and smell.

Please bring into Pre-school any objects or books that you might have relating to ‘Autumn’ so that we can look at them, as a group at Circle Time.

Stories:

You could read together; maybe even take a trip to the local library to find some of these books:

* ‘It was a cold dark night’ by Tim Hopgood

* ’We’re going on a leaf hunt’ by Steve Metzger

* ’Squirrels Autumn Search’ by Anita Loughrey

Clothing:

Due to the unpredictability of our weather, please make sure that your child has appropriate outdoor clothing such as a jacket and wellies or sturdy outdoor shoes.

We aim to allow the children free flow access between indoor and outdoor environments as long as it is safe to do so.  Plimsoles are a good, safe footwear for indoors.  Please label all your child’s clothing & footwear.

Due to the nature of the activities that we do and the fact that we don’t want to restrict their play too much, we would suggest that best clothes are not worn to Pre-school as they do tend to get messy!

We recommend Pre-school Sweatshirts and T-shirts as it takes away the worry of what to dress them in and helps them to feel part of the group.

Sweatshirts = £8:00 / T-shirts = £5:00.  Also Book-bags can be purchased for £3:50.

Collecting Children:

Please be aware that afternoon sessions finish at 3:00pm.  Any problem collecting your child, please inform us by phone or text on Pre-school Number: 07855 279 934.  If we do not receive notice of delayed collection, we reserve the right to charge a late collection fee in-line with other childcare facilities in the area.

Important:

If someone different is collecting your child, could you please make sure that Pre-school is aware of who this will be by writing it in the Parent Book. Also, if you change your address or phone numbers could you please let us know so we can ensure emergency contact details are kept up to date.

Personal Details/Contract:

Everyone will be receiving a new personal details/contract form to complete, updating all important details for your child.

Notice Board:

Our notice board in the lobby is one of the ways that we can keep you informed of all the relevant information such as policies, procedures and activity plans. This is to ensure that your child’s time at Pre-school is safe, secure and as much fun as possible.

Sickness:

If your child has sickness or diarrhoea, they should not attend Pre-school for 48 hours after the symptoms have gone, as they may still be infectious.

Also, if your child has a very heavy cold and/or cough please keep them off Pre-school so infection is not spread to others.  Please ring or text us on Pre-school’s number 07855 279 934 by 9:15am if your child is unable to attend for any reason!

‘Wow’ Certificates:

We will be continuing with ‘Wow’ Certificates!  These will be given to children for achieving something special in their development (i.e. learning to pedal a trike)  or  attitude to learning (i.e. perseverance with a tricky activity) or exceptionally good behaviour (i.e. consistently participating in circle time).

Parents/carers should tell their child’s keyperson if they want to share something done at home, which they consider worthy of celebration (i.e. learning to swim, riding a bike, etc.) so that we can produce a ‘Wow’ certificate. All certificates will be shared at ‘circle time’ and displayed in Pre-school, they will then be available for parents to take home if they so wish.  We find this an effective way to celebrate and highlight children’s successes & achievements.

Bertie Bear:

Bertie bear will of course be back again to share even more adventures! A letter will be given to all new children regarding Bertie.

Children’s Toys:

If at all possible, could you please try to limit the amount of toys/objects that your children bring into Pre-school. This is because they may be lost, broken or get mixed up with our own toys and therefore be very upsetting for the children concerned.

Dates to remember:

First day – Autumn Term = Monday 3rd Sept

Half Term – Last Day = Friday 19th October

Half Term – Return = Monday 29th October

End of Autumn Term = Friday 14th December

Christmas Play = Friday 7th Dec. 2 till 3pm

(Details to follow in due course)

Christmas Party = Friday 14th Dec. 1 till 3pm

(Details to follow in due course)

First Day of Spring Term 2019 = Monday 7th January 2019.