May 2021


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

        Sun protection cream and sunhat in the warmer months

        Spare nappies and wipes (if needed)

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

        No nuts or nut products in lunchboxes;

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

        Let us know 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.

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  Pre-schools have been instructed to remain open and we are working out what we will do if funding is withdrawn for non-attending children.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:

TRANSITION TO SCHOOL: Transition sheets are beginning to filter out.  Please return these as soon as possible with your comments so they can be passed to reception class teachers when they visit.  St Catherine’s, St Mary’s, Symondsbury and Bridport Primary have all made appointments to visit children in sessions.

YOUNGER SIBLINGS: The Pre-school is small and so places fill up very quickly.  We have also noticed an influx of new families to the area which is lovely but has led to a rush on places not only here but at other settings too.  So, please make sure that you complete an application form for any younger siblings and make sure that friends and family do this in plenty of time as well.

WARMER WEATHER: Your child must arrive wearing 8 hour SUN PROTECTION CREAM.  If your child cannot wear 8 hour cream and is staying all day, please speak to staff so we can make sure sun cream is re-applied, either using our sun cream or cream supplied by you.  Your child will also need to bring a sunhat.  PLEASE PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME INSIDE THE HAT.

FOREST SCHOOL: For insurance purposes there needs to be a Forest School Level 3 leader present so Forest school sessions will resume as soon as Emma returns to work on Wednesday 19 May.  Please check the weather forecast beforehand and remember it is cooler in the morning shade under the trees.  Whatever the weather, children must be wearing long trousers, socks and long sleeved tops to all forest school sessions and bring a waterproof coat.  They will wear our waterproof dungarees over the top of their clothes as these provide extra protection from grazes, ticks and mud. If needed, they can change into warm weather clothing when we get back to pre-school.

COOPER’S CIRCLE: Please return consent forms as soon as possible.  If your child stays all day on Thursday, they will be collected at the normal time (3.10 pm) from the pre-school.

FOOTBALL: The last football session will be on Thursday 20 May but Lee will return after the summer half term for five Wednesday morning sessions.

YOGA: The remaining dates for yoga are 18 May and 25 May.  This has been a great addition to the morning and it would be lovely to make this a regular occurrence.

DORSET FAMILY INFORMATION SERVICE provides free impartial , advice and assistance to parents and carers of children and young people aged up to 19, or up to 25 years for those with special educational needs or disability (SEND).

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Saturday 24 July, 8.50 am            Leavers’ Picnic (subject to current Covid-19 guidance)

Monday 26 July                        Stay & Play sessions for new intake (Sept 2021)


BEACH SESSIONS 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.

Monday 24 May                          Forest School

Wed 19 & 26 May                       Forest School

Thursday 13 & 20                       Football with Lee Cuff

Tues 18 May & 25 May                Yoga with Alice (morning)

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

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

Wednesday 9 June                     Football with Lee Cuff (5 mornings)

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

Saturday 24 July, 8.50 am          Leavers’ Picnic (subject to current Covid-19 guidance)

Monday 26 July                          Stay & Play sessions for new intake (Sept 2021)