Our #bagsofhelp project is finished and we now have a plaque from@tesco to show their support. Our grant from the Tesco Bags of Help community fund has enabled us to extend the garden safety surface down the bike path, including road markings, a roundabout and parking bays for lots of imaginative play. As you can see it’s very popular!
Here are the pictures from our fundraising last year and the work that was done in the garden back in September. A big thank you needs to go to the Olney Co-op who raised a whopping £3729 through their Community Fund, Olney Town Council for their very generous donation of £3000, the MKC Ward Coucillors (£380) and the Olney Masonic Club (£250). This was s significant investment for our Pre-School and we are so grateful for all support we have received. Thank you everyone!
The website has now been updated with term dates for the 2017/18 school year. Please note that we will be starting on the Monday afternoon at the beginning of term – inductions will take place in the morning for new starters.
A reminder also that our afternoon hours are changing from September with sessions times now running from 12.45 – 3.15pm. There is a lunch club each day from 11.45 until 12.45 for children staying for a full day.
The Coop is relaunching it’s membership scheme. All members will be able to earn 5% every time they purchase any own brand product. In addition, 1% will go to one of the 3 local community causes. This new scheme is available from 21st September. Olney Pre-School has been selected as one of the charities to benefit from our local Co-op membership scheme this year. Abigail went along to the Co-op last week and the Phonebox were there to take photos.
At pre-school, we would love to put the money towards a new climbing frame and water-wall for the garden, to encourage outdoor physical play and exploration. We are very grateful to the Co-op for supporting us and would love parents to join in. Please help by using your Co-op membership card when you shop or by applying for one in-store.
We have been invited to enter a number of our older children in the boys and girls pancake races at 10am in the Market Square. If you would like your child to take part, please read the notice in the front porch which has full details on it and sign up there. Please note that you must sign up beforehand and cannot just turn up on the day!
Have a look at our fundraising page to see how you can help pre-school with our fundraising. We use our Nursery Education Grant funding to pay for the rent, our staff wages, training and everyday necessities such as snack food, paper and paint. This doesn’t leave much for new toys, equipment and big projects such as the new playhouse in the garden. Money raised pays for the extras or we sometimes save up for the larger projects, especially in the outdoor pay area.
We had a lot of community support for our events during December, including our stall at Dickens, raffle and Father Christmas bucket shake. The money from these is going towards our new garden canopy, buying new resources for water play and updating other resources.
Please remember to let us know if your child is unwell and not able to attend pre-school. If they only have a cough or cold but are generally feeling OK, then they can attend pre-school. If your child has suffered from sickness or diarrhoea, please DO NOT return to pre-school until 48 hours after final bout. If your child has got headlice, they may attend once treatment has started. For information about any other illness exclusions that you are unsure about, please contact Pre-School.