November 2019


       Coat, hat, gloves and spare socks in the colder months

       Sun protection cream and sunhat in the summer months

       Small bag for artwork and belongings (no large bags or plastic carrier bags)

       Spare nappies and wipes in your child’s bag (if needed)

       Small plastic or metal lunchbox (no soft lunch bags); we provide cutlery; no nuts.

       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 diarrhoea.

REMINDERS: Please check noticeboards, letters, emails and Facebook for up-to-date information about activities and events so that your child arrives ready for whatever has been planned. 

SPARE SESSIONS: There are just a handful of afternoon sessions available (Monday, Thursday, Friday) so please get in touch if you are interested.

BEACH SESSION on Monday 11 November (morning).  Please make sure children are dressed in warm layers, thick socks, hat and a waterproof coat.  They may borrow wellies or bring their own.  All children will wear our waterproof dungarees and a hi-vis jacket.  Pairings for the outing will be on the board outside shortly.

PROGRESS APPOINTMENTS: Please make an appointment with your key person by using the slip at the bottom of your newsletter.  We will begin with new starters first.

WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS: Let us know if you would like to attend one or both:

EARLY LITERACY: Thursday 7 November at 7.30 pm

EARLY MATHS: Thursday 14 November at 7.30 pm

HAVE YOU APPLIED FOR A SCHOOL PLACE?You can apply for a place at the school of your choice by using the link below:

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2020.

Please remember that attendance at St Catherine’s Pre-school does not automatically lead to a place at St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School.


POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR: Attached  to your newsletter is some information about how we support and encourage positive behaviour in the pre-school.


IT’S GOOD TO GIVE: You should have received a letter about our Christmas appeal.


And thinking ahead to Christmas in the pre-school...


CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL AT BRIDPORT UNITED CHURCH: We will be walking to town to look at the trees and listen to the Mountjoy Handbell Ringers on Wednesday 4 December, leaving at 1pm. Please let us know if you can help and check the board outside for pairings nearer the time. Children will need to wear a coat and comfortable shoes for walking, plus hat and gloves. We will return to school in time for collection at 3.15 pm.


CHRISTMAS CARDS: In the run up to Christmas we give every child a piece of card with which to make a Christmas card for the big display board in the playroom.  This card is from them to everyone in the pre-school.  We ask that children do not bring in individual cards for friends as other children can be upset if they do not receive a card.  Sorting out the cards can be time-consuming and it creates a great deal of paper waste.  We have been doing this for many, many years and find it works well.


CANDLELIT SINGING: On Friday Wednesday 11 December at 2.30 pm there will be ‘Candlelit Singing’ around the Christmas tree to which parents are invited.  Older children (due to start school in September 2020) who do not usually attend on Wednesdays are welcome to join us but will need a parent or carer in the audience.  Parents are welcome to come and watch. 


CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY is on Friday 14 December, in aid of Save the Children. 

It would be great if as many children (and adults) as possible could support this by wearing a festive jumper during the week and paying £1.  It doesn’t have to be a shop-bought jumper, just add some Christmas decs to any jumper!

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Everyone should have received a letter about the Christmas parties on Wednesday 18 December.  The times are:


MORNING:                     9.00 to 11.00 am

                   AFTERNOON:                11.30 to 1.30 pm


There will be no fees charged for the Wednesday and we are unable to claim Government funding.  Instead, there is a charge of £8.00 towards the cost of the party (2 hours) and that includes a present from Father Christmas, food, drinks and staffing.  You do not need to provide anything and your child can attend unaccompanied as it will be fully staffed.



Dates will be added for Beach sessions for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday


Wed 6 November                      Forest School continues on Wed mornings

Thurs 7 November                    Funkee Monkees (morning)

Thurs 7 November                    Early Literacy Workshop for Parents

Mon 11 November                      Beach session (morning)

Thurs 21 November                  Funkee Monkees (morning)

Fri 22 November                      Bake & Share Lunch

Wed 4 December                      Walk to Christmas Tree Festival (afternoon)

Wed 11 December                     Candlelit singing (afternoon session + older children)

Thurs 12 December                  Funkee Monkees (morning)

Tues 17  December                   Last day of Autumn Term

Wed 18 December                     Pre-school Christmas Parties

Monday 6 January                     Start of Spring Term

Thurs 16 January                      Bake and Share Lunch

Mon 17 to Fri 21 February         HALF TERM: Pre-school will be closed

Mon 24 February                      Bake and Share Lunch

Friday 28 February                   Forest School (1st of 6 Friday morning sessions)

Wed 1 April                              Bake and Share Lunch

Friday 3 April                           Last day of Spring Term

Mon 20 April                            First day of Summer Term

Mon 20 April                            Forest School (1st of 5 Monday morning sessions)

Mon 25 to Fri 29 May                HALF TERM: Pre-school will be closed

Tues 2 June                              Forest School (1st of 7 Tuesday morning sessions)

Friday 17 July                           Last day of Summer Term