NEWLETTERS

STEPPING STONES LATEST NEWSLETTER

Dear one and all,​​​​​​​​​​November 2019

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 15th 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 £75 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a wonderful effort, for a worthy cause!

* If your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, you must apply for a school place by 15th January 2019You may do this on line at www.cornwall.gov.uk/admissions

Your child’s Progress updatesEach term your child will have a focused observation,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!”.

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

HEALTH AND SAFETY:

With our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles, we are continuing with the Healthy Early Years program and will introduce two new initiatives: Healthy Movers and Brighter Smiles tooth care. We hope that you will become involved:

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 social skills, - relationships, taking turns and listening to each other; keeping healthy and making healthy choices.

30 hour funding requests need to be with us by 6thDecember for us to check eligibility before next term please

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

13/12 Christmas Jumper day and Christmas Fayre for Stepping Stones children and families/friends

18/12 Children’s Christmas lunch for the morning children...exciting times ahead!

This term finishes on Thursday 19th December returning on Monday 06/01/20

There is a possibility that there may be an ‘After School Provision’ for children aged 3-11 years, beginning in January 2002. Please enquire at Stepping Stones.

 

Many thanks,

Sue and Co

 

STEPPING STONES LATEST NEWSLETTER

Dear parents, 17th September 2019

We welcome you back to Stepping Stones after the summer break, and a big hello to lots of new little people. This half term we will be thinking about our Favourite stories, such as Goldilocks and the three bears, The three little pigs, The Gruffalo, Prince and Princess stories, Kipper the dog, Fergus the farmyard dog and any others that we fancy! During the term we will be talking about our Grandparents, and celebrating National Grandparents Day, with a coffee morning in aid of MacMillan nursing - further details will be posted on the daily easel.

THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILDREN is hugely important to us all; therefore PLEASE KEEP GATES LOCKED AT ALL TIMES AND ADHERE TO OUR NO SMOKING OR USE OF MOBILE PHONES POLICIES WITHIN OUR AREA

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. 

Reading book scheme: The sharing of the reading books that we offer is another vital way of keeping in touch with children’s progress, especially in the development of language and communication. We will exchange books with our older children each Friday for them to take home and share with you throughout the week, and at the beginning of each week for the younger children. New books will be placed in your child’s pigeon hole with any other correspondence for your collection. Please feel free to make a comment about your child’s ‘reading’ experience in the diary.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Please would you also cut up any grapes/cherry tomatoes (or similar) that you include in packed lunches to avoid any choking hazards. With our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles, we ask that the daily drink that you provide for your child to access for themselves at any time is “water”. We also provide a choice of milk or water with each mid session snack. As we return to school, so does the problem of HEAD LICE! Please remember to check your child’s hair regularly, and if you need advice, please ask. Using a ‘Nitty Gritty comb’ on damp, conditioned hair, will keep them away!

We hope to complete our commitment to renew our Heathy Years status this term, and embark upon another program, namely ‘Healthy Movers!’

We stress the importance of regular attendance at Stepping Stones- this we have to monitor and record, and ask that you contact us if your child is unwell, thus will be absent from the group. Please ensure that we have your most recent contact numbers, in case of any emergency.    

Information for the parents of our older children:

If your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, you must apply for a school place by 15th January 2020You may do this on line at www.cornwall.gov.uk/admissions            

All Funding information can be found at: www.supportincornwall.org.uk/childcare or 08005878191

Or www.cornwallfisdirectory.org.uk

In certain cases, according to individual family circumstances, some parents may claim additional funding for the group called Pupil Premium, which is claimed via the Early Years funding application. Last term we were able to use this funding to arrange several visits around our local environment, to treasure some real life experiences, and promote healthy lifestyles and make successful transition sessions into school  to know more about this, or if you have any ideas to share, please chat with the staff.

We are also making provision for a limited amount of 30 hours of funded childcare for families who meet different criteria.

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, Healthy tips and further provision:

AND ‘READING HEROES’, a national campaign: www.cornwall.gov.uk/realheroesread 

https://www.supportincornwall.org.uk/kb5/cornwall/directory/advice.page?id=CPo9Y3PL20Y

* Kidzone Breakfast Club is held at Stepping Stones and available to 3-11 year old children from 8.15am to the beginning of the school day. Please enquire at Stepping Stones for further information.

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 21st October to Monday 28th October, inclusive, returning on Tuesday 29thOctoberuntil then we hope to share a fun filled Autumn!​​

 

Sue and Co

STEPPING STONES LATEST NEWSLETTER

Dear one and all, June 2019

We are now into our second theme for the summer term, namely 

“Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside!” during which we will enjoy our learning in the great outdoors, in the tree house and pretend that the sand area is a beach, where we can build St Michael’s Mount, create our own waterfalls, chase our own shadows, and get messy in the mud kitchen!! 

For the children leaving at the end of this term and starting school:

Your child’s Learning and Development Summary will be ready for your comments at the beginning of July. These need to be completed by you and returned a.s.a.p for us to enclose in the Learning Journey, which will be presented to you at the Graduation Service, which will be at School hall on 

Friday 19th July at 9.15am, with light refreshments afterwards at Stepping Stones.

We are also collecting the completed admission forms (which were handed out at the school intake meeting)for the Foundation class, and have school sweatshirts if you wish to try them on your child, for size.

We are planning a special visit for our Graduating children possibly on 12th July ….further details will follow.These children are also invited for school lunch or packed lunch in the school hall on 21st and 28thJune...further details will be written on the daily easel.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: is hugely important to us all…….

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

HEALTHY EARLY YEARS:

There will be an open afternoon on Friday 5th July (same day as the school fayre) during which we plan to make a presentation of healthy eating to share suggestions with you.

• Log onto our web page….www.newlynschool.co.uk, select Stepping Stones: Healthy Early  Years for information and healthy tips

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

** IF YOU ARE ENTITLED TO 30 HOURS OF FUNDING NEXT TERM, PLEASE GIVE US YOUR CODE BY MID JULY-information can be found on www.supportincornwall.org.uk/childcare  

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 last day of term will be Wednesday 24th July.

Many thanks,                    Sue and Co

 

Thank you!

 

Sue and Co

STEPPING STONES LATEST NEWSLETTER

Dear parents,​​​May 2019

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, butterflies, birds and creepy crawlies!

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

HEALTHY EARLY YEARS: 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
• 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 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

• 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, whilst promoting healthy lifestyles and choices, including healthy eating, portion sizes, checking salt and sugar content in the foods that we eat, and dental care. This term we will also focus on how to prepare for “transition”- the next big step in your child’s life.

 

There will be a meeting for parents of children starting Newlyn School in September later this term

 

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 24th May, returning to Stepping Stones on Tuesday 4th June

 

Thank you!

 

Sue and Co

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STEPPING STONES LATEST NEWSLETTER

Dear parents,March 2019

** UPDATES TO NEWSLETTER OF JANUARY 2019 please ask if you require a duplicate copy:

 

As we begin another half term, we plan to think about the People who help us, especially on Mothering Sunday, and how we can help others for Comic Relief, before we celebrate Easter together. 

To celebrate World Book Day, we may wear Fancy Dress (any theme) on Thursday 7th March; donations gratefully received will go to Comic Relief…..Last year we held a week of sporty activities, which the children loved, so with our commitment to healthy lifestyles, we will hold some more, from Monday 11th to Comic Relief day on Friday 15th March. 

We will post further details on the daily easel.

Please look at the daily easel for your child’s name, to share his/her learning journey and celebrate progress and achievements

 

Further provision…spread the word:

Kidzone breakfast club is available to children from the ages of 3-11 at Stepping Stones from 8am until school time, at a cost of £3.00 per child.

 

Newlyn Nippers and Tiddlers parent and child group is held in the school hall on a Thursday morning from 9.30am, please phone us for details 01736363050, 

or look on Facebook: steppingstonespreschoolnewlyn, 

or the clubs own Facebook page: newlyn nippers and tiddlers

 

ONLINE SAFETYyou may have seen some distressing news concerning disturbing pop-ups that can appear online, targeting children, particularly one named MOMO. There is a poster on display in the preschool with tops tips for parents, but more useful information on:

www.nationalonlinesafety.comwww.internetmatters.org/advice/0-5/   we have many more links, please ask for details, online safety for our precious children is becoming a huge worry!

Further links for healthy information and support include:

www.supportincornwall.org.uk/kb5/cornwall/directory/family.page?familychannel=4 1

www.elfh.org.uk/programmes/childrens-oral-health/

*** PLEASE WRAP YOUR LITTLE ONES UP WARM IN THIS EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER and encourage them to keep coats on, as some of them see the sunshine and think that summer is here!! And refer to our closure policy if snow becomes a problem. 

The last day of this term will be Friday 5th April, returning after Easter on Tuesday 23rd April

Keep warm, safe, healthy and happy!…..Sue and Co.

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