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STEPPING STONES LATEST NEWSLETTER

Dear parents and families ​                                                                                                                  January 2019

We wish a belated Happy New Year and welcome back to one and all, and a big hello to some new little people.

This term we plan to learn about the weather as we play throughout the winter weeks, including how to keep safe and dress in suitable clothing to keep warm and dry when we play outside, keeping ourselves healthy and active. To encourage this we will be sharing a cuddly toy named “Tickly Ted” who wants to befriend each child for a couple of nights. Please would you help us by keeping a diary of its ‘active adventures’ and visit to your home, and return it to school the next day, with the diary, so that your child may share these with us before it visits another friend.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: with our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles, we are continuing upon a Healthy Early Years program and hope that you will become involved:

• Log onto our web page….www.newlynschool.co.uk, select Stepping Stones: Healthy Early  Years for information and healthy tips
• Log onto www.minded.ork.uk for a range of free resources of support for families with regard to emotional health and well-being
• Provide physical activities whenever possible (the recommendation is 180 minutes of physically active play each day)

Please would you also cut up any grapes/cherry tomatoes (or similar) that you include in packed lunches to avoid any choking hazards.

We stress the importance of regular attendance at Stepping Stones and ask that you contact us if your child is unwell, thus will be absent from the group. 

Please also ensure that we always have your most recent contact numbers in case of an emergency.

We value your contribution to your child’s “Learning Journey”, which is available to you at any time; and look forward to sharing progress and successes with you. We will post information of meetings on the outdoor easel when it is “your turn!”

Perhaps you would like to include some WOW stickers for achievements at home. 

Next steps are set for your child, each term – a note of these is also be included in your CHILD’S READING DIARY. Our reading scheme is a vital way of keeping in touch with your child’s progress, in every area of development, especially communication and language. If you haven’t presented this diary, and chosen a new book, for some time PLEASE CHECK FOR IT AT HOME.

This term we will be sharing our Learning Together packs with you, which we hope you will find enjoyable– don’t let them become a chore, we want you to have fun with your child (no pressure, but the evaluation slips are important to us). We will provide a new pack each week, and advise you that they remain the property of Stepping Stones at all times.                            

Pupil Premium Update we are continuing to focus on our social skills, maths, taking turns, sharing and listening to each other: making healthy choices, and thinking about transition into school.

HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE WEB SITE: newlynschool.co.uk, select Stepping Stones, or on our Facebook page: SteppingStonesPre-School, Newlyn?? Where you can find all relevant information about us including further provision:

* Kidzone Breakfast Club is held at Stepping Stones and available to 3-11 year old children from 8am to the beginning of the school day. Please enquire at Stepping Stones for further information.

Newlyn Nippers and Tiddlers – provision for parents, and young children: meeting on Thursday mornings in the school hall, in a relaxed atmosphere, to share experiences and exciting activities for little people. If you would like to know more about this club, or offer your help, please come to a general meeting on Tuesday 12thFebruary at 9am

If you have any ideas that you would like to share with us, please do so, or email us, we would love to hear from you!

Half term will be from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February, returning on Monday 25th

Keep safe and warm!

Sue and Co

 

STEPPING STONES LATEST NEWSLETTER

Dear one and all,November 2018

We hope you had a good half term break and are now ready to CELEBRATE with us throughout this term. We plan to explore colours whilst lighting up the sky for Guy Fawkes night, Divali and Hanukkah; to promote our BRITISH VALUES whilst we remember things and people that are special to us; think about Children in Need; and enjoy the anticipation and preparations for Christmas.

Friday 16th Nov we would like to celebrate Children in need by all of us wearing our pyjamas! We will be making a collection for the cause and a small contribution would be greatly appreciated. THANK YOU to everyone who helped us to raise £133.25 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a wonderful effort, for a worthy cause!

* If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015, you must apply for a school place by 15th January 2018You may do this on line at www.cornwall.gov.uk/admissions

To help with your decision making, THERE WILL BE A TOUR OF NEWLYN SCHOOL AT 9.15amON TUESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER, please see a list by the signing in sheet

Your child’s Progress updatesEach child will have a focused observation this term, which we would like to share with parents to celebrate success and chat about progress and agree some “next steps”, together. We will post information of meetings on the outdoor easel when it is “your turn!”.

HEALTH AND SAFETY:

With our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles, we are embarking upon a Healthy Early Years program and hope that you will become involved:

• Log onto our web page….www.newlynschool.co.uk, select Stepping Stones: Healthy Early  Years for information and healthy tips
• Log onto www.minded.ork.uk for a range of free resources of support for families with regard to emotional health and well-being
• Provide physical activities whenever possible (the recommendation is 180 minutes of physically active play each day)

Please would you also cut up any grapes/cherry tomatoes (or similar) that you include in packed lunches to avoid any choking hazards.

ATTENDANCE: It is an Ofsted requirement to report poor attendance for funded children

**It is always necessary to keep us informed of absence by phone or email

Pupil Premium fundingThis year we have decided to focus on our maths and social skills, using patience, taking turns and listening to each other, making healthy choices, and thinking about transition to school.

We will post our Christmas program of dates on the outdoor easel, Provisional dates are: 

14/12 Christmas Jumper day and Christmas show for morning children 

17/12 Children’s Christmas party for the morning children...exciting times ahead!

This term finishes on Wednesday 19th December until 07/01/19......Many thanks,

Sue and Co

LATEST NEWSLETTER

Dear parents,​                                                                                                                                         April 2018

We hope you all enjoyed the Spring break, and welcome you back to Stepping Stones. This term we hope to be enjoying some lovely weather, exploring and investigating “all creatures GREAT and small” which will include, among other things, animals in the jungle and on the farm; the life cycles of frogs, insects, birds, baby chickens and creepy crawlies: including “at the vet’s” role play......

 

We would love to see a photo of your pet at home, for your child to talk about, if you could send one in!

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY:

Please help us to continue to keep safe by locking doors and gates, and adhering to our 

sun safe procedure, a copy is displayed on the noticeboard and web site www.newlynschool.co.uk

 

• Dress child in sensible clothes and shoes and apply sunscreen before coming to Stepping Stones. We will supply a suitable brand of at least “factor30” sunscreen and ask for your written consent if you wish us to help your child re-apply it during the day.
 

We have sun hats readily available for your child to wear

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY: We ask all parents to be aware, when making packed lunches, that one of our young children has an allergy to PEANUTS. Please would you also cut up any grapes/cherry tomatoes (or similar) that you include in packed lunches to avoid any choking hazards.

 

** We are required to record attendance; therefore it is vital that you contact us if your child is absent due to sickness, or any other reason

 

• Thank you to everyone who recently helped us to raise £100.00 for Sport Relief.
• Stepping Stones coloured tee shirts are available at £5.00 each; plus sweatshirts at £8.00.
 

Your child’s Progress 

 

All “Learning Journeys” are available for you to read at any time, please ask if you would like to share it. Next steps have been set for your child, for this term – a note of these will also be included in your CHILD’S READING DIARY. Our reading scheme is a vital way of keeping in touch with your child’s progress, in every area of development, especially communication and language. If you haven’t presented this diary for some time PLEASE CHECK FOR IT AT HOME.

 

Pupil Premium Update we are continuing to focus on our social skills, taking turns, sharing and listening to each other: whilst promoting healthy lifestyles and choices. This term our focus will be how to prepare for “transition”- the next big step in your child’s life. 

 

Hopefully the parents of our older children have received a placement for your child in September; please let us know if you have any problems with this. There will be a meeting for these parents at Newlyn School later this term.

 

A group photo for school intake children will be taken by Tempest on Monday 14th May at 9.15am, please advise us if you do not wish this to include your child.

 

If you have any further ideas that you would like to share with us electronically, please see our Facebook: Stepping Stones Preschool, Newlyn; email us at: steppingstones@newlyn.cornwall.sch.uk

or log onto the web site www.newlynschool.co.uk (search Stepping Stones) where you can read all about us,including Newlyn Nippers and Tiddlers and the Kidzone breakfast club  

 

The end of this half term will be from 

Friday 25th May, returning to Stepping Stones on Monday 4th June

 

Thank you!

Sue and Co