February 2021


       Warm waterproof coat (that can get muddy), hat, 2 pairs gloves, thick socks

       Spare nappies and wipes (if needed)

       Small plastic or metal lunchbox (no soft lunch bags) for wiping and easy storage;

       We provide cutlery and drinks;

       No nuts or nut products in lunchboxes;

       Names on coats, bags, wellies, lunchboxes, hats, sweatshirts etc. 

       Please tell us if your child has had any medicine at home before coming to pre-school, including paracetamol or ibuprofen.

       Children should stay at home for the first 48 hours after starting antibiotics and their return to pre-school should be agreed with the pre-school leader.

       Children cannot return to pre-school until 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhea.

COVID-19 and LOCKDOWN: England is now in lockdown and everyone must adhere to the lockdown restrictions to ensure that all our children, siblings, parents, carers and staff (and their families) are protected as far as we are able.  Pre-schools have been instructed to remain open and we are working out what we will do if funding is withdrawn for non-attending children. Please refresh your memory by reading the reminders about procedures below.  Staff will be discreetly reminding anyone who is not complying with the rules and guidelines. Staff are wearing masks when indoors. The verandah door and windows are kept open and as much time as possible is spent outdoors.  There were problems with the garden in December as it became very muddy and slippery but we are working on solutions to this.  There will be some extra forest school sessions in January and February - please see the diary dates at the end of this newsletter.


     Everyone must adhere to Lockdown restrictions and any further changes as and when they are announced;

     All members of your household must follow current regulations and guidance regarding self-isolation and engage with Test and Trace;

     Children must not attend pre-school if they are unwell, this includes coughs, colds, raised temperatures and runny noses as the virus can present differently in children;

     Notify pre-school immediately if your child is displaying any coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough or loss/change in sense of smell or taste) and/or they are having a test.  Let us know the result.

     If someone in your household displays symptoms and/or tests positive, your child cannot attend pre-school;

     Children's temperatures will be taken on arrival;

     Only one parent/carer when dropping off or collecting to minimise the number of people congregating outside the pre-school;

     Parents/carers must wear a mask or face covering on school premises;

     Wait 2 metres apart outside the pre-school;

     Leave lunch boxes on the trolley outside and collect from there later;

     Notes/payments can be left with staff on the door or posted in the black letterbox (sanitise hands before and after).

     Go to the NHS website for further information:

FOREST SCHOOL: Forest school sessions will run on Tuesday and Friday mornings after half term.   Children must be dressed in a warm base layer (e.g. tights or leggings under trousers and an extra layer on top), thick socks (or two pairs), warm waterproof coat, hat and gloves.  They will also wear our waterproof dungarees over the top of their clothes. 

EARLY LITERACY WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS: A chance to find out a little more about how to support and develop your child’s early reading and writing skills.   If you are interested, please email the office for the attention of Emma and let her know which evenings are best for you.  Emma can then work out a suitable time and email parents with a group Zoom invite.

EASTER SING-SONG by ZOOM: Dates will be provided soon for the week leading up to Easter. 

SNOW POLICY:  We aim to stay open if it snows, even if the main school is closed, unless we are unable to adequately staff the session.  There will be an email marked URGENT and a post on our Facebook page if we have to close.  Please check before leaving home.

FUNDRAISING:  Did you know that we are registered with easyfundraising? This means you can raise FREE donations for us every time you shop online. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them – at no extra cost to yourself! Retailers include Amazon, Argos, Ebay, John Lewis, Tesco and many more. These donations really mount up and make a BIG difference to us, so we’d really appreciate it if you could take a moment to sign up and support us. It’s completely FREE and only takes a moment. You can find our easyfundraising page at ‘St Catherines Preschool Dorset’. 


BEACH SESSIONS, COOPER’S CIRCLE and BAKE & SHARE LUNCHES are on hold for the time being

FOREST SCHOOL sessions will be held on the school grounds, subject to weather conditions at the time, e.g., wind speed, extreme cold, torrential rain.

Tues 23 February                       Forest School: 1st of 6 sessions on Tuesday mornings

Fri 26 February                         Forest School: 1st of 5 sessions on Friday mornings

Thursday 1 April                         Last day of Spring Term

Monday 19 April                         First day of Summer Term

Wed 21 April                              Forest School: 1st of 6 sessions on Wed mornings

Thursday 27 May                       Forest school session & lunch at Cooper’s Circle

Mon 31 May to Fri 4 June           Half term: PRE-SCHOOL CLOSED

Mon 7 June                                Forest School: 1st of 6 sessions on Mon mornings

Tues 8 June                               Forest School: 1st of 6 sessions on Tues mornings

Mon 5 July                                Forest school session & lunch at Cooper’s Circle

Tues 13 July                              Forest school session & lunch at Cooper’s Circle

Friday 23 July                           Last day of Summer Term

To be confirmed                         Leavers’ Picnic (subject to current Covid-19 guidance)

To be confirmed                         Stay & Play sessions for new intake (Sept 2021)