March 2020



For information about the coronavirus, please use the NHS and Gov.UK websites:

Typical symptoms of the coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to  severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.  Effective handwashing and carefully managing coughs and sneezes are the best defence.

We have been monitoring the current situation and have decided that now is the time to introduce a few sensible precautions.  As from  Monday 2 March:

     All parents, carers and visitors need to use hand sanitiser on arrival - there is a dispenser in the entrance, on the wall next to the staff toilet.

     Children need to wash their hands on arrival with soap and water (or use the hand sanitiser if you are happy to do this).

     Children must not bring soft toys or cuddlies in from home. If your child relies on a soft toy to help them settle, please speak to your key person.

     Children must not come into pre-school if they are unwell.  As well as the usual illnesses (eg, sickness, diarrhoea, colds), this might be a high temperature/fever and/or cough, shortness of breath, aching or fatigue.  Children must not attend pre-school if they have had a temperature overnight or early morning, even if they have had medication to lower their temperature. 

     As always, if your child becomes unwell while they are at pre-school, we will contact you and ask you to collect them.  This will be applied more rigidly.

     Parents and carers should not come into pre-school to drop off or collect their child if they are unwell themselves.  Please follow the usual procedure if someone is collecting on your behalf.

If the situation worsens, we will step up the precautions.  We will let you know when procedures can be relaxed. 



SHELBY’S/SKALATANS GIG NIGHT: This raised a whopping £2510!  Many, many thanks to everyone who helped by providing raffle prizes, by selling raffle tickets, by helping to advertise the gig (most of our tickets were sold by everyone being very active on Facebook) and by buying gig and raffle tickets. 

VERY SPECIAL THANKS to SHELBY’S ELBOWS and THE SKALATANS who both played fantastic sets, also to the following businesses who donated prizes and made the raffle an amazing success:

Heavers of Bridport                            Boden

Abbotsbury Estate                               The Anchor Inn, Burton Bradstock

The Ilchester Arms, Symondsbury       CHG Electrical

Bridport Electrical Solutions                Rise

Pets Direct & Aquatics                         Strawberry Jam Entertainments

Freshwater/Jurassic Fun Centre          Penny Yarnold Swim School

Groves Nurseries                                  Salon on The Square, Beaminster

Porter Dodson LLP                                Vurlands Farm & Eggcup Tearooms

Bridport Golf Club                                Symonds & Sampson

Bridport Car Repair                              Electric Palace

Moores                                                 Melplash Agricultural Society


     BEN DICKSON of who designed our fantastic poster.

     FOOTEPRINTS of Bridport who donated a large roll of paper for use in the pre-school.

     BRIDPORT ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS who fitted a new security light at the front of the building.

WAITROSE GREEN TOKENS: Thank you to Waitrose who have given us a cheque for £301.

FOREST SCHOOL on Friday mornings:  Children must be wearing warm layers with warm welly socks (or two pairs), warm waterproof coat, hat and gloves.  A base layer would be a good idea (eg, vest or extra t-shirt, leggings or tights). They will also wear our waterproof suits and can either borrow wellies or bring their own. 

SPOONS & FORKS: Please return any spoons or forks that have accidentally gone home in your child’s lunch box.  Many thanks.

BOOK WEEK: Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March, children can come to pre-school dressed as a character from one of their favourite books (not Disney film characters please) and may be bring their book to share with key person and friends.  Please do not spend too much time on this and definitely not lots of money.  See what you can borrow, or trawl the charity shops.  This is about sharing and talking about stories and books and it should not be stressful for you or your child.  Please do not worry if your child does not want to participate as not everyone is into dressing up.

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Claire Wilton (administrator) and her partner Mike on the birth of their baby boy (7lb 8oz) on Monday 3 February.

EASTER HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER: Holly Barwick of Strawberry Jam Entertainments is very kindly running two holiday fun sessions on Friday 17 April at the Beehive, in aid of the pre-school:

     Morning session 10-12 noon - SPRINGTIME ARTS AND CRAFTS WORKSHOP including jewellery making, bouncing lambs, bunnies, flowers and more, £10 first child, £5 siblings;

     Afternoon session 1-3pm: DINOSAUR MADNESS -, make your own fossil and dinosaur land, fossil rubbings, a prehistoric puppet and more, £10 first child, £5 siblings.

Sessions can be booked in advance with Strawberry Jam Entertainments via Facebook.

SPONSORED STRETCH: A WEEK OF LEARNING YOGA: During the week beginning 11 May we will be having a yoga teacher (one of our parents, Alice) come in every day and lead a yoga class for the children. The sessions will focus around a story and use lots of animal-themed yoga stretches and simple mindfulness based activities. In an effort to continue our fundraising this year we are going to run this as a fun ‘Sponsored Stretch’ week. A sponsor sheet will be provided after Easter and children can be sponsored for taking part.

LUNCH BOXES:  You may have seen our recent Facebook post about single-use plastic which included a photo of a week’s worth of packaging from lunch boxes.  We do not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable but do want to work with families to make lunch boxes cheaper, healthier and better for the planet.  It is surprising what children will eat at snack time, or at least try.  We will produce a leaflet (when time allows) which will include ideas, tips, photos and recipes and will also put these on Facebook, in the newsletter and on the noticeboard.

WANTED LIST: If you are spring-cleaning or decluttering and have any of the following items, please consider donating them to the pre-school:

     Lining paper (partly used rolls) for drawing and painting;

     Wood offcuts (no treated or splintery wood or MDF) for woodwork;

     Old towels (just a few for beach trips);

     Bags, small backpacks, small holdalls suitable for rhyme time bags;

     Old microwave or table-top hob (for the mud kitchen);

     Kitchen utensils and bakeware (mud kitchen);

     Buttons, beads and foreign coins.

If you are unsure about any items, please ask a member of staff.

WASHINGPOOL FARM VISIT on Monday 15 June: A visit has been booked and a letter will go out nearer the time.  Volunteer helpers will be needed.  We will leave pre-school by 9.15 and depart from the farm at 1.30 pm. 

FOOTBALL SESSIONS: Lee Cuff from Footie4Dorset will be running a set of five football sessions on Wednesday mornings in the summer term, starting Wednesday 3 June.  We are also arranging for 2-3 extra football sessions on Thursdays.


        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.


Mon 2 to Thurs 5 March            WORLD BOOK WEEK

Thurs 26 March                        Declan/Funkee Monkees (morning)

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)

Tues 5 May                               Beach session at Charmouth (morning)

Mon 18 May                              Possible session at Cooper’s Circle

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

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

Wed 3 June                              1st of five Wednesday morning football sessions

Thursday 4 June                       Beach session at Charmouth (morning)

Monday 15 June                        Washingpool Farm trip

Friday 3 July                            Beach session at Charmouth (morning)

Tuesday 14 July                        Possible session at Cooper’s Circle

Friday 17 July                           Last day of Summer Term and Leavers’ Picnic

Monday 20 July                         First Stay and Play session for new children