Playgroup Update 16/10/2017

Focus Story

 “After the Storm” – a Percy the Parkkeeper story.

A storm is raging outside and Percy the Park Keeper is having a sleepless night. When he gets up the following morning, Percy finds that the old oak tree has been blown down. It is a disaster for his animal friends who live there, but Percy is soon devising a plan to help his little friends find new homes in the best tree house they have ever seen

Focus Song

“Conkers, conkers. Shiny and round,

Put them in your pocket when you find them on the ground.

Conkers, conkers. Fall from the trees

A pocket full of conkers and bunch of yellow leaves.”

 

Focus Activity

Using powder paint to mix Autumn colours.

Autumn Walk

Thank you to everyone who came on the Autumn Walk with us.

Wednesday 18th October from 10.45 am

 Coffee Morning and Home Learning Session

 All parents, carers and children invited. (If your child doesn't usually attend on Wednesdays, you are still welcome to come along with them/or without them at 10.45)

Please arrive promptly at 10.45 as we cannot spare a member of staff to wait on the door for too long.

Come and meet the other parents and find out about how to support your child’s learning at home.

There will be different activities to try with your child and lots of ideas to take home to support your child’s fine motor skills and markmaking.

Half Term Week

 Playgroup Closed from Monday 23rd October. Opens again Monday 30th October.

 

 

Half Term Challenge

Autumn Scavenger Hunt

Collect a printed sheet from Playgroup and go out with a basket and look for all the Autumn things on the list. Take a photo of your child with all their “finds” and upload to their Tapestry Journal.

School admissions September 2018

Primary schools are holding Open Mornings soon for parents of children starting school next September 2018. Check on school websites.

Details of applying for school places can be found here.

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Admissions-Primary-School.aspx

 

Thank you to everyone who returned the speech bubble about their child’s likes and dislikes. Make sure you have a look at them all on Sarah’s display in the Middle Room.

Golden Rules

We have talked to all the children about what makes Playgroup a happy and safe place to be and they have shared their ideas for what they think the Golden Rules should be. Notice that they are all positive – things to do rather than things not to do.

We listen to each other.

We use walking feet inside.

We take care of our toys and books.

We help each other.

We all help to tidy up.

We share and take turns.

Parents often tell us they use and adapt our Golden Rules to support good behaviour at home. Let us know what you think.

 We will be watching out for children who show they know these rules and choosing them as a Golden Star for the day. We will have some blank stars available for parents to tell us about how their child has been a Golden Star at home. Just write on your child’s name and why they are a Golden Star and add it to our display. Any member of staff will show you what to do.

 If your child comes home with their Golden Star, please ask them about it and celebrate their achievement.

Playgroup Update 9/10/2017

Focus Story

“Shark in the Park on a Windy Day”

The children really love “Shark in the Park” and “Shark in the Dark” so this is bound to be a hit!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2RwvAHUAdc

Watch Nick Sharratt, the author, read the story here.

Focus Song

“Autumn Leaves are Falling Down”

Focus Activity

Help your child to collect leaves, acorns, conkers and bring to playgroup to put in the Autumn basket. We will be using these to make Autumn pictures.

Autumn Walk

Wednesday 111h October 10.50 am

Please sign up on the list at playgroup if you will be coming on the Autumn Walk. All children are invited to come along.

Please make sure children are dressed appropriately for the weather and have something to carry their leaves in; a small bucket works well.

Wednesday 18th October from 10.45 am

 Coffee Morning and Home Learning Session

 All parents, carers and children invited. (If your child doesn't usually attend on Wednesdays, you are still welcome to come along with them at 10.45)

Please arrive promptly at 10.45 as we cannot spare a member of staff to wait on the door for too long.

Come and meet the other parents and find out about how to support your child’s learning at home.

There will be different activities to try with your child and lots of ideas to take home to support your child’s fine motor skills and markmaking.

Half Term Week

 Playgroup Closed from Monday 23rd October. Opens again Monday 30th October.

We are planning a Half Term Challenge for all the children. Watch out for it next week!

 

Reminder

Fees for this half term must be paid by the beginning of next week.

Flu Vaccine

Information for parents about flu vaccine for children on this website

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/child-flu-vaccine.aspx

School admissions September 2018

Primary schools are holding Open Mornings soon for parents of children starting school next September 2018. Check on school websites.

Details of applying for school places can be found here.

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Admissions-Primary-School.aspx

 

Have you completed the activity with your child, filling in their likes and dislikes on the speech bubble and returning it to Playgroup?

 

Town Street Playgroup Update 2/10/2017

Focus Story

“I Like Bees I Don’t Like Honey” by Sam Bishop

 A book that encourages the children to talk about what they like and dislike, and to promote understand confidence, self-awareness and the value of personal opinion. 

We will be sending home a speech bubble for you to complete with your child about their likes and dislikes. Please fill it in and bring it back.

Focus Song

“If You Like Red, Nod your head”

Makaton Signs of the Week

Play

Stop

We will also be learning to sign some colours in the song

We have all been practising exercising our fingers so please ask your child to show you the “Fingers Workout”, and singing “Tommy Thumb, Tommy Thumb Where are You?” with lots of finger movements. Maybe you could do it at home too.

Golden Rules

We will be talking to children about Playgroup Golden Rules and why these rules are important so that Playgroup is a happy, safe and welcoming place for everyone.

Our Golden Rules are:

  • We use walking feet inside.
  • We all help to tidy up.
  • We are nice and kind to each other
  • We share and take turns.
  • We listen carefully.
  • We look after the books and toys at playgroup

From 1 July 2015 the Prevent Duty became law. This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect children in our care, we must be alert to any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. This includes awareness of the expression of extremist view.

British values are a set of four values introduced to help keep children safe and promote their welfare – as is the duty of all providers following the EYFS to counter extremism. 

The fundamental British values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths.

The promotion of British values is firmly embedded in the work that we do and the Golden Rules are an example of part of it.

 We will be watching out for children who show they know these rules and choosing them as a Golden Star for the day. We will have some blank stars available for parents to tell us about how their child has been a Golden Star at home. Just write on your child’s name and why they are a Golden Star and add it to our display. Any member of staff will show you what to do.

 If your child comes home with their Golden Star, please ask them about it and celebrate their achievement.

Reminder

We work really hard to encourage your child to develop self help skills around using the toilet, putting on coat and shoes so please make sure you send them in clothes and shoes they can manage for themselves, i.e. pull up and down trousers that aren't too tight or with tricky fastenings. Please make sure your child has spare clothes, including socks and pants with them in their bag. If we have lent our supplies, please return them.

The weather is turning colder and wetter so make sure your child has a warm, waterproof coat that won't spoil with messy play, wellies, a hat and mittens (no gloves please!) because we do play outdoors all through the winter.

Inside the building can vary in temperature too so please send your child with a cardigan or fleece they can put on or take off as they wish. Please name children’s coats, bags and wellies to prevent confusion with children having same coats, bags and wellies.

Wanted   Paper for drawing

Old birthday cards for cutting up

Town Street Playgroup Update 25/9/2017

Focus Story

“This is Our House” by Michael Rosen

George wants to keep the cardboard play house all to himself. He doesn’t want to share it and makes up lots of instant rules to justify why others can’t enter eg no glasses, no girls, no twins allowed…

A resolution is found when George finds out for himself what it’s like to be excluded. It’s a valuable lesson for George and a good opportunity to empathise with this common childhood (and human) experience.

Watch the story being read on You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf_n6yjr9T0

Focus Rhyme

“What’s in the Box?” – a game to develop questioning and thinking skills.

 

Dates for Your Diary

Wednesday 18th October from 11.00 am

 Coffee Morning and Home Learning Session

 All parents, carers and children invited. (If your child doesn't usually attend on Wednesdays, you are still welcome to come along with them at 11.00)

Please arrive promptly at 11.00 as we cannot spare a member of staff to wait on the door for too long.

Come and meet the other parents and find out about how to support your child’s learning at home.

There will be different activities to try with your child and lots of ideas to take home to support your child’s fine motor skills and markmaking.

Half Term Week

 Playgroup Closed from Monday 23rd October. Opens again Monday 30th October.

Christmas Party

Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 10.45. More information nearer the time

Christmas Holidays

Playgroup closed from Monday 18th December. Opens again Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

 

REMINDER

Please return all completed Funding Forms as soon as possible to make sure you receive the funded place.

Please name all children’s coats and bags. It makes it much easier for staff!

Tapestry Learning Journals

New parents will all have received an email from Tapestry Learning Journals inviting them to set up a password to access their child’s learning journal. Check in your Junk mail and set up an account so you can see what your child has been doing at playgroup.

Wanted

Tissues

Handwipes

Paper for drawing

Fruit to share at snacktime

Playgroup Update 18/9/2017

Focus Story

“I Am Using My Words” – a story that encourages young children to speak rather than point or make noise.

Focus Song

“I Had a Tiny Turtle” Watch this video of the rhyme with your child https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3QzldsLFJo

Fine Motor Skills

We are having a major focus at Playgroup over the next few months on developing fine motor skills. Fine motor skills let children perform crucial tasks like reaching and grasping, moving objects and using tools like crayons, pencils and scissors. As they get better at using their hands, their hand-eye coordination improves.  We cannot expect them to be able to write if they haven’t yet developed the strength needed in their hands and fingers. Recent research has highlighted a decline in children’s fine motor skills and reception teachers tell us that this is becoming evident when children go into school.

We will be holding a Coffee Morning and Home Learning Session to give you ideas about supporting your child’s learning and development around Fine Motor Skills on Wednesday 18th October at 10.45.  All parents and carers invited. More information nearer the time.

Johanne Broadhurst will be joining the staff team at Town Street Playgroup to cover for the days when Jemma is at Huddersfield University and on placement as she trains to be an Early Years Teacher.

Wanted     Any old handbags for pretend play

Playgroup Update 11/9/2017

Dear Parents and Carers

We are really pleased with the way the start of this new year at Playgroup is going. Our returning children have been very kind and considerate to the new children, showing them the routines and helping to settle them in. The new children are settling well, bearing in mind that for some of them, this will be their first experience of being away from mum or dad, and getting to know all the staff, and their Key Person especially.

Playgroup finishing times are 12.00 and 3.00 but we will be opening the doors between 5 and 10 minutes earlier to allow you to choose a Borrow a Book or Activity Pack with your child and to give you more time to speak to staff. 

Home Learning Packs

We have listened to the feedback from parents who answered our questionnaire and have expanded the Home Learning Activity packs available for you and your child to borrow. You can borrow them for a week and then please return them for someone else to borrow. We have a new card system for you to record what you have borrowed. We have invested a lot of time and money in these packs so please take care of them. But we do know that accidents happen so if anything goes missing or gets damaged, just let us know. Don’t be put off from borrowing them.

All we ask is that you give feedback on your child’s Tapestry Learning Journal by adding a photo of them enjoying the pack.

Don’t forget we also have lots of books to borrow too.

 

Playgroup staff meet every Tuesday after playgroup to plan for the children's learning and development and we intend to share these plans with you each week

THIS WEEK

Focus 1  Learning our friends' names.

You can support this by asking your child about their day and the children they played with. Maybe say hello to someone when you are waiting outside and ask their name.

Focus 2  Embedding routines at Playgroup, e.g. snack time, lunch time, toilet time, tidying up

Focus Story "My First Day at Nursery"

.Focus Song  "If You're Happy and You Know it" , using Makaton signs for happy, sad, angry, naughty.

Makaton Signs of the Week are Hello and Goodbye. Look out for the display which tells you how to sign these and please do it with your child.

Yoga will be planned for the older children on Mondays. Please make sure your child is wearing loose trousers not jeans if they might be taking part.

 Please speak to staff if you want any more information about these activities.

 

Jemma is now attending Huddersfield University part time to train as an Early Years Teacher whilst still working at playgroup. We are all very excited about the impact this will have on our setting and the outcomes for the children.

 

Lunch boxes
PLEASE REMEMBER TO CUT GRAPES, CHERRY TOMATOES AND LITTLE SAUSAGES TO REDUCE THE RISK OF CHOKING.

WE DO HAVE A CHILD WITH A NUT ALLERGY SO NO NUTS PLEASE.

Special Helpers

We are continuing with the system for our older children of being a special helper for the day at playgroup. Along with a friend, they will be given special responsibilities to help with preparing snack, tidying up and leading the lines upstairs. A list of the helpers for the week is on the wall next to the birthday lists. Please talk to your child about what they did.

Don’t forget to bring fruit for the fruit monster.

We are always grateful too for donations of tissues, handwipes, scrap paper, big newspapers.

Tapestry Learning Journals

New parents will have received an email from Tapestry about how to set up your account. Check your Junk Mail folder.

If you are a new parent who had an account with an older sibling, your account will still be there for the new child.

The following webpage explains how to use Tapestry through the browser on a computer

http://eyfs.info/forums/topic/46915-introductory-walk-through-browser-overview/

Information sheets on how to use Tapestry on a tablet or phone are available on the playgroup website

https://www.townstreetplaygroup.org/home/tapestry/

If you are a returning parent, don’t forget to look at your child’s learning journal regularly and add observations, photos and videos, and reply to our observations too.

Any problems, speak to Debbie. 

Playgroup Update 17/7/2017

Here we are at the last week of this playgroup year. We would like to thank all our parents for their valued support over the past year, particularly those who have attended events, and given or lent resources.

We feel very privileged to have been part of your child’s life. We always feel sad to say goodbye at this time of year but know that our children and families are moving on to the next stage. We look forward to welcoming some of you back in September and hope you all have a great summer.

Parent Questionnaires

Thank you to everyone who has returned their questionnaire. We really value your feedback and suggestions. We have looked at all of them and will be acting on some of them for next year:

Stay and Play Sessions – we will be planning these.

Borrow a Book and Activity – we will be adding more challenging packs.

Home Learning Challenges – we will continue with these.

Unfortunately, we can do nothing about increasing our opening hours as the Methodist Centre will still be used by other community groups on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

Borrow a Book

Please return any books, games or activity packs you have borrowed so we can get them ready for next year.

Playgroup Picnic and Leavers’ Ceremony

We have decided to hold these two events at the same time on Wednesday 19thJuly. The picnic will be in Chapel Allerton Park from 9.30 am until 11.30 a.m. and we will be having the Leavers’ Ceremony at the end of the picnic. You can meet at playgroup and walk to the park or meet us there.

All parents, carers and children invited. Please bring a picnic and something to sit on.

If you cannot come with your child, please send them with a packed lunch.

If the weather is wet, we will hold the picnic in the Upstairs Hall but may change the time.

Please reply to this email so we know who is coming, with or without an adult, so we know how many ice lollies to buy!

 Town Street Playgroup Parents and Carers End of Year Get Together

Wednesday 19th July

8 p.m. at The Mustard Pot, Chapel Allerton

Everybody welcome.

Friday 21stJuly

Last day of Summer Term. Playgroup closes for Summer holidays

 NOTE We close before schools as our funding is only until Friday 21st July.

Monday 4th September 2017

Playgroup closed – training day

Tuesday 5thSeptember 2017

Playgroup opens for Autumn Term

This week

This week our children will be contributing to a project to create a permanent art installation in Chapel Allerton. It will be composed of pebbles painted by children from the Chapel Allerton community. The location of the pebbles is currently being decided and worked on with the council.
Have a look at this link to see what is planned.
http://www.scarymommy.com/only-one-you-sharon-elementary-painted-rocks-art-project/?utm_source=FB

Playgroup Update 10/7/2017

Some children have been on holiday or for days to the seaside and more will be going in the holidays so we have planned some activities about the seaside.

Focus Story

“Winnie the Witch at the Seaside”

Focus Song

“Going to the Seaside Today”

Watch “Something Special” at the seaside

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/cbeebies/episode/b070r8m9/something-special-were-all-friends-series-10-21-summer

We will be setting up a role play Ice cream shop, playing with sand, shells and pebbles, and making sandcastles. We will be making a rock pool and finding out about the animals that live there.

If you have any stories or resources about the seaside, we’d love to borrow them.

Thank you to all the helpers who came to Temple Newsam Farm. We had a great day!

WANTED

An electric ice cream maker to borrow to make some ice cream. Please let me know if you have one we could borrow.

30 Hours Funding/Tax Free Childcare

Information about this has been sent to all parents by email. If you are eligible and wish to claim this, please make sure you have the information needed and complete a claim form at playgroup before the end of next week.

Playgroup Picnic and Leavers’ Ceremony

We will be holding these two events at the same time on Wednesday 19thJuly. The picnic will be in Chapel Allerton Park from 9.30 am until 11.30 a.m. and we will be having the Leavers’ Ceremony at the end of the picnic. You can meet at playgroup and walk to the park or meet us there. All parents, carers and children invited. Please bring a picnic and something to sit on. If you cannot come with your child, please send them with a packed lunch. If the weather is wet, we will hold the picnic in the Upstairs Hall but may change the time.

Town Street Playgroup Parents and Carers End of Year Get Together

Wednesday 19th July 8 p.m. at The Mustard Pot, Chapel Allerton.  Everybody welcome.

Friday 21stJuly

Last day of Summer Term. Playgroup closes for Summer holidays

Monday 4th September 2017

Playgroup closed – training day

Tuesday 5th September 2017

Playgroup opens for Autumn Term

Playgroup Update 3/7/2017

This week we will be planning some activities and sharing some stories and songs about farms and farm animals, as we prepare to visit Temple Newsam Farm on Thursday.

Please make sure you have read the email with information about the visit and have returned the permission letter.

30 Hours Funding

Information about this has been sent to all parents by email. If you are eligible and wish to claim this, please make sure you have the information needed and complete a claim form at playgroup before the end of next week.

Children Going to School

If you wish to book a place for your child to attend playgroup  before they start school, this must be done this week. Details in a previous email.

Playgroup Picnic and Leavers’ Ceremony

We will be holding these two events at the same time on Wednesday 19thJuly. The picnic will be in Chapel Allerton Park from 9.30 am until 11.30 a.m. and we will be having the Leavers’ Ceremony at the end of the picnic. You can meet at playgroup and walk to the park or meet us there.

All parents, carers and children invited. Please bring a picnic and something to sit on.

If you cannot come with your child, please send them with a packed lunch.

If the weather is wet, we will hold the picnic in the Upstairs Hall but may change the time.

Friday 21st July

Last day of Summer Term. Playgroup closes for Summer holidays

Monday 4th September 2017

Playgroup closed – training day

Tuesday 5th September 2017

Playgroup opens for Autumn Term

Playgroup Update 26/6/2017

We will be revisiting some of the stories from the past year and asking children to vote for which one they want to hear each morning. Please help your child to decide and vote.

Animal Visit

The children and staff enjoyed the visit to Playgroup by Sam’s Safaris last week. The children met stick insects, a tortoise and turtle, a snake and a lizard, a giant millipede and a tree frog and were able to touch and hold them. Zara, who brought the animals, commented on how well all the children listened and how much they already knew about them.

This week we will be talking about these animals, drawing pictures of them and voting for which was our favourite.

Pets

We have a Pets Corner Role Play at the moment where the children can pretend to care for the different animals. If you have any stories about pets we could borrow, please bring them in.

Meredith and Lexie, the guinea pigs who live at Debbie’s house will be visiting playgroup, along with the Giant African Land Snails.

Temple Newsam Farm Visit

Information for parents about the trip will be sent out this next week by email so make sure you read it please. Also, please return the permission letter which will be given out too. Without this, we will not take your child on the trip. If you volunteered to come on the trip with us, thank you all very much. We are able to take every one who volunteered and Debbie will confirm this with you this week.

Parent Questionnaire

We will be giving everyone a questionnaire about playgroup to complete. We very much welcome your feedback on all aspects of playgroup so please take one and return it. Your suggestions and opinions will be used in our setting development plan for next year.

Playgroup Update 19/6/2017

The caterpillars at playgroup have been growing very fast and are ready to turn into cocoons. We will be watching very carefully and thinking about what might happen next.

Focus Story

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Watch the story here.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY

Focus Song

“Arabella Miller Found a Furry Caterpillar”

We will be practising speech and letter sounds by singing some of the Jolly Phonic songs.

You can watch them here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCMvsQho4ZE

Thursday 22nd June

Sam’s Safaris will be visiting playgroup to bring some unusual animals for us to meet.

Please pay your £4.00 towards funding this activity.

Children coming into playgroup especially for this activity are to arrive at 9.25 please for the first session.

6th July Temple Newsam Farm Visit

Have you booked your child’s place and paid £8.00 please?

I will shortly be confirming which adults will be needed to help on the trip, depending on how many seats are available on the coach. Thank you to everyone who has offered.

NEW DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Wednesday 19th July morning

Playgroup Picnic and Leavers Presentation.

Put this date in your diary. More details soon.

 

Playgroup Update 12/6/2017

One of the children at playgroup has received a letter from The Queen. We are planning our stories and some activities around this next week.

Focus Story

“The Tooth Fairy’s Royal Visit”

Focus Rhyme

“Sing a Song of Sixpence”

We will be designing crowns and using the small world figures and puppets to make up stories about kings and queens.

If you have any stories or other resources we could borrow, that would be great.

We have some caterpillars at playgroup and will be watching as they grow, develop and change into butterflies.

Staff Training

Playgroup staff attended training last Thursday when Playgroup was closed. The training was about The Characteristics of Effective Learning and how to help our children develop them.

Promoting British Values

As part of our Prevent duty, we have to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. More information here

  www-new.pre-school.org.uk/sites/default/files/the_prevent_duty_1.pdf

Our children are being introduced to the idea of democracy by being asked to vote for what they want for snack, or which story to read or which game they want to play. They are learning that the one with the highest number of votes is the one that has been chosen. Please support this by helping your child to vote each morning as they come in.

Animal Visit to Playgroup

We have arranged for Sam’s Safaris http://www.samsafaris.co.uk/Samsafaris/Welcome.html

to visit Playgroup on Thursday 22nd June and bring some unusual animals for the children to see.

Charge of £4.00 per child to help towards the cost of this special activity. We need to collect this money this week please.

Children who do not usually attend on that day are invited to come for the visit too, but must be accompanied by an adult.  These children can attend the session at 9.30.

Please confirm whether your child will be attending.

Leavers’ Photos

We now have a copy of the Leavers’ Photo for you to see. Orders need to be given to Debbie by the end of the week please.

Temple Newsam Outing Thursday 6th July

We have arranged a coach outing to Temple Newsam Farm on Thursday 6th July.

We will be leaving from Playgroup at 9.30 a.m. and returning from Temple Newsam at 1.45 p.m. – back at Playgroup some time around 2.15 p.m.

Children who are booked in for the afternoon session on Thursdays can remain at Playgroup until the usual picking up time of 3.00 p.m. if necessary.

We plan to visit the farm, have a picnic lunch and then enjoy the outdoor space. (We will not be going to the playground).

We have booked a 57seat bus from Tetleys so will be able to take 36 children and 13 helpers plus staff.

Children who do not attend playgroup on that day are also invited as long as we get enough helpers.

We will have to make a charge of £8.00 per child to cover the cost of hiring the coach. Entry into the farm is free.

We cannot run this trip without parent helpers – they must be able to travel on the coach there and back, and be responsible for two children while we are there, and make a firm commitment to helping on that day.

Please reply to this email/speak to Debbie if you wish your child to come on the trip and if you are able to come with us as soon as possible.

Please send £8.00 cash in a sealed envelope with your child’s name clearly marked on it as soon as possible.

Once we know which children and adults will be coming, we will send out a letter with details of permission, risk assessment and what children need on the day.

WANTED

Handwipes

Tissues

Scrap paper

Fruit to share at snack time.

Playgroup Update 5/6/2017

Focus Story

“Oi Frog” – a story with lots of rhymes

Watch it here.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPDyXsSbxOY&t=89s

Focus Rhyme

“Five Little Speckled Frogs”

Watch it here.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9zERMYNqG0

The tadpoles at playgroup are growing and changing into frogs.

We will be looking at some information books to find out more about this.

REMEMBER

Playgroup is closed on Thursday June 8th as the building is being used as a polling station.

Playgroup staff will be attending training on that day.

WANTED

Handwipes

Tissues

Scrap paper

Fruit to share at snack time.

Leavers’ Photos

Please collect an order form from Debbie.

Playgroup Outing

Details about the outing to Temple Newsam Farm on Thursday 6th July were sent by email.

We do need parent helpers to come with us so please let Debbie know if you can come.

Animal Visit to Playgroup

We have arranged for Sam’s Safaris http://www.samsafaris.co.uk/Samsafaris/Welcome.html

to visit Playgroup on Thursday 22nd June and bring some unusual animals for the children to see. Children who do not usually attend on that day are invited to come for the visit too, but must be accompanied by an adult. Time to be confirmed.

Voluntary contributions of £4.00 per child to cover the costs would be welcomed.

Playgroup Update 22/5/2017

Focus Story

“No Bot – The Robot with no Bottom”

Focus Song

“Dancing Robots”

Watch how to do it here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpLULy-gjyc

We will be making pictures of robots using 2D shapes, robot models with boxes, developing fine motor skills using robot grabbers to pick up objects, and talking in robot voices to practise breaking words down into sounds.

If you have any stories about robots or any other resources we could borrow that would be great.

REMINDER

Playgroup is closed the week beginning 29th May for Half Term.

Don’t forget, playgroup is also closed Thursday 8th June when the building is being used for polling in the General Election. Make sure you have talked to Debbie if you want to re-arrange your child’s attendance on that day.

WANTED

Handwipes

Tissues

Fruit for snack time

Foil, boxes and bottle tops to make robots

Wellies for outdoor area – sizes to fit 4-5 year olds please. We have plenty of smaller sizes but need spare pairs for the older children.

Playgroup Update 15/5/2017

We have some tadpoles at playgroup and will be watching as they hopefully change into frogs.

The children are enjoying the Outdoor Kitchen so any donations of flowers, herbs, vegetables that they can use in their “cooking” would be great.

We will be having a visit from some unusual animals to playgroup after Half Term.

 More information soon!

Tuesday 16th May Spring walk to Gledhow Valley Woods

Thank you to all the helpers who have signed up to come with us.

Children who do not usually attend on that day are welcome to come with us, either meeting at playgroup and walking there or meeting us in Gledhow Valley Woods at the junction with Gledhow Lane. We will leave Playgroup about half nine and come back to playgroup for 11.45. Parents can go home from the woods with their children if they wish.

The walk back up the hill to playgroup can be quite challenging for some children. In the past, some parents have planned to drive to the woods, park on Gledhow Lane and then meet us for the walk in the woods only. Please let Debbie know if this is what you plan to do

 We will take some water and biscuits for a snack in the woods. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather and in old clothes and wellies. We will be exploring the trees, bushes and looking for signs of spring.

Thursday 18th May

 9.15 am

Leavers’ Photo for all the children leaving to go to school

THURSDAY 8th JUNE

 DON’T FORGET - PLAYGROUP IS CLOSED

Wanted

Fruit for snack

Handwipes

Tissues

Paper for markmaking

Playgroup Update 8/5/2017

Focus Story

“Rumble in the Jungle” – a story in rhyme

Watch it here

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRplFz5SGz0

Focus Song

“King Kong” – a song which includes body percussion

We will be making jungle biscuits, making pictures of jungle animals, practising clapping out animal names and identifying the initial sounds.

If your child has a favourite jungle animal at home, they could bring it to playgroup to tell everyone about. If you have any stories of jungle animals, we could borrow too.

Tuesday 16th May Spring Walk  

We are planning our annual walk in Gledhow Valley Woods to see the bluebells, feed the ducks and look for signs of Spring.

Children who do not usually attend Playgroup on that day are welcome to join us (with an adult) or meet us in the Woods.

We will be walking from Playgroup at 9.30 and will need lots of helpers to come with us. The walk will be along proper paths so is ideal for helpers with younger ones in buggies.

Please sign up on the list at playgroup if you plan to come. Without enough helpers, we cannot go.

Thursday 18th May Group Photo for Children Leaving Playgroup

We have arranged for Tempest Photography to come and take a group photo of the children leaving to go to Reception Class, with Playgroup Staff.

 Parents will be able to buy a copy but there is no obligation to do so.

 It would be great if children who do not usually attend on that day could be in the photo, please talk to Debbie about how it will be organised and sign up if you give permission for your child to appear in a photo that will be owned by other parents too.

Healthy Children

 Focusing on stress management is important at any age, but there are definite benefits to starting when children are young. When they need to learn to self-soothe and are experiencing strong emotions that they can't always understand or explain, stress management strategies that work on a physical level can be helpful for them and for you as a parent. So we have introduced times throughout the playgroup day when the children and staff do some breathing exercises together.

Ask your child to show you and take a look at this link. Maybe you could have a go at home too.

www.verywell.com/deep-breathing-exercises-for-kids-3145162

 Wanted

 Fresh herbs, leaves, flowers that we can use in our outdoor kitchen this week

Hand wipes

Tissues

Fruit to share for snack

Scrap paper

Playgroup Update 2/5/2017

Some of the children have been playing “going on the bus” so we are following this interest in our activities this week.

Focus Story

“Please Don’t Chat to the Bus Driver”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_4twScuYVA

Read the book here.

We will use puppets to retell this story.

Focus Song

“The Wheels on the Bus”

Focus Activity

Bus role play outside – buying a ticket, finding your number seat, talking about places for the bus to go, writing signs and drawing maps.

Maybe you could have a ride on a bus this week –  take a photo of your child on the bus.

 

 

We are making plans for our Spring walk and will let you know the date soon. We will need lots of helpers to come with us.

Playgroup Update 24/04/2017

Focus Story

“Sausages” by Jessica Souhami

A story about being careful what you wish for!

Focus Song

“Ten Fat Sausages”

 

We have set up a new role play shop to develop counting and number recognition, and writing shopping lists.

Jemma will be planting some peas and some more sunflowers with the children.

We will be exploring cornflour gloop!

Reminders

Children going to school in September - Don’t forget to accept their school place.

Next Monday 1st May – Playgroup closed Bank Holiday

Packed Lunches should be healthy – no sweets and they should contain a piece of fruit please.

Remember to cut grapes, tomatoes and sausages so they are not a choking hazard.

Methodist Church

The church is looking for anyone who can knit and would be willing to help knit Bible figures for an exhibition at Chapel Allerton Festival in August. Please ask Debbie for more details if you are interested.

Playgroup Update 17/04/2017

Playgroup opens on TUESDAY 18th April for the summer term

Focus Story

“We’re Going on an Egg Hunt”

Focus Song

“Peter Rabbit’s got a Fly Upon his Nose”

“Five Easter Eggs”

Focus Activity

We will be doing activities around Easter, e.g. egg hunt outside, printing patterns on egg shapes, counting chicks and putting in numbered eggs.

Have you Completed the Easter Challenge?

Use the kit from playgroup to plant some sunflowers during the Easter holiday. Help your child look after the plants and talk about what they see happening as they grow. Please take some photos to add to your child’s Tapestry Learning Journal.

If your child didn’t receive a kit at the end of term, we have a couple of spare ones and some spare sunflower seeds. Just ask Jemma.

Summary of Learning and Development

Your child’s key person has added a Summary of Learning and Development to their Tapestry Learning Journal. Please add a reply so we know you have read it. You can make an appointment to discuss it with them if you wish.

Wanted

Fruit to share at snack time

Big newspapers

Hand wipes

Tissues

Paper for drawing/markmaking

School places

Parents with children going to school this September will be informed of school places on April 18th.  Please tell Debbie which school your child has been allocated.

Staff Training

All staff attended training on Developing Mathematics during the holidays.

 

Dates for your Diary

Playgroup closed Monday 1st May Bank Holiday

Playgroup Closed week beginning Monday 29th May for Half Term

Playgroup closes for Summer holidays after Friday 26th July.

Playgroup Update 20/3/2017

Focus Story

“Monkey Puzzle” – a story about a monkey looking for its mum

Watch the story being read here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Dbu9UQtvU

We will be sharing some other stories about Mums too.

Focus Song

“I Love Mummy” – a special song for Mothers’ Day

We will be drawing pictures of our mums and talking about why they are special.

Easter Challenge

Collect a kit from playgroup to plant some sunflowers during the Easter holiday. Help your child look after the plants and talk about what they see happening as they grow. Please take some photos to add to your child’s Tapestry Learning Journal.

St. Matthew's Church Easter Fair

 Saturday 25th March 2-4pm, - all welcome

Homemade cakes, refreshments, chocolate tombola, candles, Mothering Sunday gifts, accessories, children's stuff, Fair Trade, cards, raffle, bric-a-brac, local charities, books, craft stalls. Something for all the family - come along and bring your friends!

 

Playgroup closes after Friday for the Easter holidays. Back on Tuesday 18th April

 

Staff Training

Playgroup staff are attending training around Developing Mathematics in the Setting during the holidays.

Debbie has completed Part1 and 2 “Working together to Safeguard Children and Young People” with Leeds Safeguarding Children’s Board

 

Tapestry Learning Journals

When did you last look at your child’s Tapestry Learning Journal?

When did you last add a reply to an observation or add an observation about your child?

If you are having any problems with Tapestry, please let Debbie know.

 

Spaces

There are a few spaces available for morning sessions. If you are interested, please speak to Debbie.

Also, if you know of anyone wanting a place for September, please pass on our contact details and ask them to get in touch soon.

 

Wanted

Tissues

Handwipes

Paper for writing on

Fruit to share for snack

 Playgroup Update 13/3/2017

Focus Story

“Mr Gumpy’s Outing”

 You can share the story with your child by clicking on this link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97YpQXa6rmc

Focus Song

“Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

The words for this song are on the website

http://www.townstreetplaygroup.org/song-of-the-week/

We are following an interest that some children have shown around boats, and floating and sinking.

We will be investigating floating and sinking in the water tray.

Dates for Your Diary

Easter Playgroup closed week beginning Monday 27th March

Playgroup re-opens Tuesday 18th April

Playgroup closes a week before schools at Easter because the FEEE funding for three and four year olds finishes then.

Playgroup Closed week beginning Monday 29th May for Half Term

 

Playgroup closes for Summer holidays after Friday 26th July.

 

Easter falls right at the end of the Easter break so we will be planning some activities around Easter for when we return in the summer term. That way, children will have already had the experience by then.

 

We are planning a challenge for all children and their parents for the Easter holidays and will let you know what it is next week!

 

Don’t forget to collect the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and bring them to playgroup.

Please confirm your child’s place at playgroup if they are returning in September as soon as possible if you have not done so already.

Playgroup Update 6/3/2017

Focus Story

“Whatever Next”

Share this story with your child

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn73STXrPP0

Focus Activity

Exploring powder paint, and mixing colours.

Photographs

Photograph orders need to be returned to playgroup by Wednesday please.

Although it isn’t clear on the order form, you can order the Add On packs by themselves.

Bookstart Packs

Have you shared this with your child yet?

Playgroup Update 27/02/2017

Focus Story

‘This is Our House’ by Michael Rosen.

We are using this story to help us think about what makes us different and special and to help us discuss good choices linked to sharing.
You can share the story with your child by clicking on this link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf_n6yjr9T0

We will be making and eating pancakes on Tuesday when it is Pancake Day.

Photographs

Thursday 2nd March from 9.15 a.m.

The photographer will be at Playgroup to take individual photographs of children or in family groups with brothers and sisters.

Children who do not usually attend playgroup on that day can come in with a parent to have their photograph taken.

There is no obligation to purchase but the photographs are always of an excellent quality and playgroup receives commission on sales.

If you wish to have your child’s photograph taken, please sign up on the list at playgroup.

New Staff Member

We will be welcoming Kady Hodgson to the Playgroup staff team from this week.

Playgroup Update 20/02/2017

Playgroup opens tomorrow for the second part of the Spring term.

We are having a Number Week at playgroup next week to help children with recognising numbers

 0 -10.

 We will be singing songs, reading stories and doing lots of activities around recognising numbers.

It would be great if children could wear something that has numbers on it and/or bring something to playgroup with numbers on it (nothing too special).

Focus Story

“Over in the Meadow”

Focus Song

“There was One in the Bed” – we’ll be getting into bed rather than falling out of bed!

Photographs

Thursday 2nd March from 9.15 a.m.

The photographer will be at Playgroup to take individual photographs of children or in family groups with brothers and sisters.

Children who do not usually attend playgroup on that day can come in with a parent to have their photograph taken.

There is no obligation to purchase but the photographs are always of an excellent quality and playgroup receives commission on sales.

If you wish to have your child’s photograph taken, please sign up on the list at playgroup.

Children are enjoying the Movement Area but please help us by making sure that children wear shoes that can be taken on and off easily - laces are a nightmare!

Don’t forget to collect the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and bring them to playgroup.

Please confirm your child’s place at playgroup if they are returning in September as soon as possible.

It will be Jo’s last day at playgroup on Thursday and I’m sure you’ll join us in thanking her for all her hard work and wish her well.

We are pleased to be welcoming Helen Addison back after recovering from her operation.

We are hoping to appoint a new member of staff in the next few weeks once all checks are completed.

WANTED

Hand wipes

Tissues

Scrap paper

 

Playgroup Update 13/02/2017

Playgroup is closed this coming week for half term.

Half Term Challenge

Go for a Number Walk or a Number Hunt at home. Challenge your child to look for numbers, take a photograph and put it on Tapestry.

Photographs

Thursday 2nd March  from 9.15 a.m.

The photographer will be at Playgroup to take individual photographs of children or in family groups with brothers and sisters.

Children who do not usually attend playgroup on that day can come in with a parent to have their photograph taken.

There is no obligation to purchase but the photographs are always of an excellent quality and playgroup receives commission on sales.

If you wish to have your child’s photograph taken, please sign up.

 

Children are enjoying the Movement Area but please help us by making sure that children wear shoes that can be taken on and off easily - laces are a nightmare!

 

Don’t forget to collect the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and bring them to playgroup.

 

Playgroup Update 6/02/2017

Focus Story

“Eat Your Greens Goldilocks” – a story about eating healthily

Focus Activity

Making fruit kebabs for snack time.

Helen Addison is recovering from her operation and popped into playgroup last Friday to say hello. We are all missing her and wish her a speedy recovery.

Sainsburys vouchers

Please collect the Active Kids vouchers from Sainsburys and bring them into playgroup. Ask your friends and relatives to collect for us too.

Childminder Vacancies

Jaz Bharath, a local childminder who we know well at playgroup, has some vacancies.

Enquiries to 07950 101968 jaz.bharath@ntlworld.com

Half term

Half Term Playgroup closed week beginning Monday 13th February

Easter Playgroup closed week beginning Monday 27th March

Playgroup opens Tuesday 18th April

Playgroup closes a week before schools at Easter because the FEEE funding for three and four year olds finishes then.

Playgroup Update 30/1/2017

Focus Story

“Where's Your Eee-Orrh?” – a story about a donkey who has to go to hospital

Focus Song

“Miss Polly had a Dolly”

We will be planning activities and provision to support the children’s current interest in playing doctors and hospitals.  

Helen Addison will be away from playgroup for the next two weeks following her operation tomorrow. I’m sure you will join us in wishing her a speedy recovery.

A big thank you to Jemma and Sarah who are working extra hours to cover her absence. Jo will also still be at playgroup on Thursdays for the next few weeks. We hope to appoint a new member of staff in the next few weeks.

Playgroup Update 23/01/2017

Focus Story

“Wash your Hands”

“Who’s in the Loo?”

Focus Song

“Humpty Dumpty Went to the Loo”

“Have you Washed your Hands?”

You can find the words on the playgroup website

http://www.townstreetplaygroup.org/song-of-the-week/

We have noticed that some children are forgetting to wash their hands after the toilet so we are planning some activities to reinforce the importance of handwashing.

It’s important that you reinforce the rules about good hygiene at home too.

 

We are pleased to welcome Sarah Clark to the staff team at Town Street Playgroup from this week. Sarah will be undertaking Level 3 training as she works at playgroup.

Lucy Watt has decided not to continue her employment at playgroup due to personal reasons so we will be recruiting another member of staff.

Helen Addison will be away from playgroup after next week for a few weeks following an operation so I hope you will join with us in wishing her well.

We are pleased that Jo has agreed to continue working at playgroup on Thursdays for the next few weeks.

I will be contacting all parents of children not going to school in September to ask them to confirm whether they want a place for their child in September 2017 and what hours they want. So please have a think about that. The introduction of 30 hour funding for 3 and 4 year olds and lots of enquiries for September mean I need to sort this out much sooner than in past years.

Playgroup Update 16/1/2017

Focus Story

“Yo Ho Ho A- Pirating We Go”

Focus Song

“The Pirate Song”

“Five Little Pirates”

We will be continuing with some activities around Pirates, as this seems to have captured the children’s interest.

New Staff

We are very pleased to welcome Lucy Watt to the staff team at Town Street Playgroup. She is a very experienced Level 3 early years practitioner and will start working on Thursday this week.

 We have also appointed another member of staff who will be completing her Level 3 training at Town Street. We are just waiting for the final Safeguarding checks to be completed.

Dates for Your Diary

Half Term Playgroup closed week beginning Monday 13th February

Easter Playgroup closed week beginning Monday 27th March

Playgroup opens Tuesday 18th April

Playgroup closes a week before schools at Easter because the FEEE funding for three and four year olds finishes then.

I am waiting for confirmation from Leeds City Council for the funding dates after Easter.

Wanted

Fruit for the Fruit Monster to share at snack time

Hand wipes

Tissues

Big newspapers

Scrap paper for drawing

 

Latest Update

Playgroup Update 9/01/2017

Focus Story: “More Pants".

                      "Pirates Love Underpants"

Focus Song: "Pants"  This was the focus story last week and you can watch it with your child here www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pchrn4a4V7c

"The Pirate Song" (words are on the Playgroup website)

Golden Rules

We will be revisiting and talking to children about Playgroup Golden Rules and why these rules are important so that Playgroup is a happy, safe and welcoming place for everyone.

Our Golden Rules are:

  • We use walking feet inside.
  • We all help to tidy up.
  • We are nice and kind to each other
  • We share and take turns.
  • We listen carefully.

From 1 July 2015 the Prevent Duty became law. This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect children in our care, we must be alert to any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. This includes awareness of the expression of extremist view.

British values are a set of four values introduced to help keep children safe and promote their welfare – as is the duty of all providers following the EYFS; specifically to counter extremism. 

The fundamental British values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths.

The promotion of British values is firmly embedded in the work that we do and the Golden Rules are an example of part of it.

Reminder

School applications

Last date for school applications for September 2017 is 15th January 2017

Packed Lunches

Please remember that your child’s lunch should be healthy and balanced. Please remember to cut up any grapes, tomatoes, sausages or olives as they could be a choking hazard.

Tapestry Learning Journals

Please remember to add a reply to your child’s Summary of learning and development.

Wanted

Paper for drawing and painting

Baby wipes

Tissues

Newspapers – big ones are best.

Christmas at Playgroup Update

We will be planning activities and provision for the remaining weeks around Christmas. We will be setting up Santa's Workshop where children will be wrapping presents and writing labels. We will be writing Christmas cards for our friends and posting them in the playgroup post box. Children can bring cards from home for their friends and post them if they want. We will be doing lots of Christmas counting, and creative activities using glitter, glue and paint.

The Christmas Elf will be arriving at Playgroup on the 1st December – hope he’s well behaved!

Home Learning Challenge

It would be great if all children could make a decoration to hang on the Playgroup Christmas tree which will be up from next Monday. Please make sure their name is on it.

Christmas Cards

All children will be making a Christmas card to post to their families. We need all parents to bring a stamp into Playgroup for this.

Christmas Party

Wednesday 14th December

at 10.45 prompt.

 All children are invited even if they don’t usually attend that day – parents, grandparents, siblings, childminders are all welcome too.

Parents and children who do not usually attend Playgroup on Wednesday should come at 10.45 prompt.

 We will be having a visit from Santa Claus, party food (tea/coffee and mince pies for grown-ups) and lots of singing.

 A charge of £6.00 per child will go towards the costs, including a present from Santa.

 Please confirm if you will be coming by signing up on the list at Playgroup and paying as soon as possible.

WANTED

Any wrapping paper, decorations, ribbons please.

Playgroup Update 28/11/2016

Focus Story

“The Little Red Hen”

Focus Song

“This is the Way We Plant the Seed”

Focus Activity

Making bread

Thank you to everyone who came to the Coffee Morning and Home Learning session, and for all the feedback. You were interested in more Home Learning sessions so we will be planning another for next term. Check out the new activity bags now available to borrow.

Some parents also expressed an interest in First Aid training for parents and we will be looking into that for next term too.

Claire from Mini First Aid came to talk to the older children at playgroup last week. She talked about how it’s important to tell a grown up at home and at playgroup if you hurt yourself and they all practised shouting loudly for help. They put plasters on the poorly teddy and a cold pack on his bumped head and practised lying on their sides in case they ever felt sick. They also practised ringing 999 on the telephone for an emergency and saying their name and where they lived. Please teach your child the first line of their address in case they need to tell someone in an emergency.          Claire was very impressed with the way the children sat, listened and contributed so well.

 http://minifirstaid.co.uk

Monday 5th December

We have had our usual invitation from St Matthews School to take our children to see their Christmas play. We need to be there before 9.30 in the morning and will need some parents to come with us, to walk there, watch the play and walk back to playgroup, getting back before 10.30.

Please let me know asap by email if you will be able to help with this.

Playgroup Update 21/11/2016

Focus Story

“The Gingerbread Man”

Focus Song

“Five Gingerbread Men “

Watch and listen to the song here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCZ3dzFK6BI

 

Wednesday 23rd November 2016 from 11.15 am

 Coffee Morning and Home Learning Session

 All parents, carers and children invited. (If your child doesn't usually attend on Wednesdays, you are still welcome to come along at 11.15.)

Please arrive promptly at 11.15 as we cannot spare a member of staff to wait on the door for too long.

Come and meet the other parents and find out about how to support your child’s learning at home.

There will be different activities to try with your child and lots of ideas to take home.

 

Thursday 24th November 2016

Claire, from Mini First Aid is coming to meet the pre-school children to talk about how grown ups look after us if we hurt ourselves. It is aimed at the children’s age group and is fun and interactive.

As part of this we are encouraging the children to learn the first line of their address in case they ever have to call for help. If you can help practice this with your child that would be great.

Playgroup Update 14/11/2016

Focus Story

“What Small Rabbit Heard”

It's a cold windy day and Small Rabbit doesn't want to go out for a walk, so he comes up with all kinds of excuses to stay inside. But Big Rabbit is determined, and she bundles him into his coat and off they go.

 

Whether it's because the wind is howling so loudly or whether he gets it wrong on purpose, Small Rabbit mishears everything Big Rabbit says - so when she says 'Try to keep up!' what Small Rabbit hears is 'Jump in the mud!' As he follows these alternative instructions, the walk becomes a lot more fun.

 

Focus Song

“Peter Rabbit has a Fly Upon his Nose”

Dates for Your Diary

Wednesday 23rd November 2016 from 11.15 am

 Coffee Morning and Home Learning Session

 All parents, carers and children invited. (If your child doesn't usually attend on Wednesdays, you are still welcome to come along at 11.15.)

Please arrive promptly at 11.15 as we cannot spare a member of staff to wait on the door for too long.

Come and meet the other parents and find out about how to support your child’s learning at home.

There will be different activities to try with your child and lots of ideas to take home.

 

Please remember to return borrowed books, games and activity packs when your child has finished with them so other children can borrow them.

 

If you are having a clear out before Christmas, we’d love to accept any donations of books, games or toys.

Playgroup Update (7/11/2016)

Focus Story

"Farmer George and the Hedgehogs"

Focus Song

"Old McDonald had a Farm"

We will be practising the Makaton signs for pig, cow, horse, chicken as we sing this song.

Watch a video of Singing Hands singing and signing on You tube with your child.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJvEwjK0lSQ

Focus Activity

Revisiting experiences of fireworks and using lots of different media to make collages and pictures.

Using our bodies and voices to represent fireworks.

We are holding our annual reunion for the children who left playgroup to go to school on Friday after playgroup. It is always lovely to catch up with them and their parents and see how they are all getting on.

Playgroup staff are visiting Cookridge Preschool on Tuesday afternoon as part of our setting development plan, to observe other settings' practice and share ideas.

A BIG thank you to all parents who completed the Half Term Challenge with their children. There have been some great photos and unusual places to read a book!

Wanted

Fruit to share at snacktime

Tissues

Handwipes

Scrap paper

 

Playgroup Update 26/10/2016

 

Half Term Challenge

Don’t forget this half term’s challenge

Does your child have a favourite story?

Take a photo of them reading it in an unusual place and add it to their Tapestry Learning Journal or email to playgroup email address.

We will be making a display of them!

Dates for Your Diary

Wednesday 23rd November 2016 from 11.15 am

 Coffee Morning and Home Learning Session

 All parents, carers and children invited. (If your child doesn't usually attend on Wednesdays, you are still welcome to come along at 11.15.)

Please arrive promptly at 11.15 as we cannot spare a member of staff to wait on the door for too long.

Come and meet the other parents and find out about how to support your child’s learning at home.

There will be different activities to try with your child and lots of ideas to take home.

Christmas Party

Wednesday 14th December

at 10.45 prompt.

 All children are invited even if they don’t usually attend that day – parents, grandparents, siblings, childminders are all welcome too.

More information soon.

Playgroup Places

There are places still available most sessions at Playgroup for parents who wish to increase their child’s attendance. Children who have a third birthday before 31st December 2016 are eligible for 15 hours of funded attendance at Playgroup.

Please contact Debbie as soon as possible.

Wanted

Donations of tissues and handwipes

Paper for drawing/old rolls of wallpaper

Autumn Walk

A BIG thank you to everyone who came on our Autumn Walk.

Playgroup Website

The Playgroup Updates that are sent out by email each week are also available to see on the playgroup website.

There is also a Song of the Week page where you will find the words of the songs that we are learning

http://www.townstreetplaygroup.org/

Training

Playgroup staff are regularly involved in training for their Professional Development.

All staff have undertaken refresher training around Safeguarding and Child Protection and Helen Park has completed Introduction to Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People.

All staff have been involved in training around Behaviour Management.

Debbie attended Leeds Preschool Learning Alliance Conference with speakers and workshops around Positive Behaviour Management, Preparing for Ofsted and Technology in Early Years.

Helen Park will be attending training around Developing Mathematics in the Early Years.

Focus Children

We have focus children each week and we invite their parents to share information about their interests and learning at home with us, using Tapestry Learning Journals. The focus children are given extra attention, but the other children are also pursuing their own learning, in the same environment, supported by the same adults.

Activities that occur are recorded daily and are added to the children’s Tapestry Learning Journals.

If your child has been a focus child already this term, make sure you have looked at their Tapestry Learning Journal. If you want to discuss anything with staff at playgroup, please speak to Debbie to arrange a time.

 

 

x >>

Playgroup Update 17/10/2016

Focus Story

"We're Going on a Leaf Hunt"

Focus Song

"Conkers, Conkers"

"Hilly Billy Hedgehog"

the words are on playgroup website http://www.townstreetplaygroup.org/song-of-the-week/

Autumn Walk

Tuesday 18th October 2016

We will be walking to Chapel Allerton Park, looking for signs of Autumn and collecting leaves and conkers on the way. We need lots of helpers to come with us.

You are welcome to join us on the walk even if your child does not usually attend Playgroup on that day.

We will need you to come into Playgroup at 11.00 and we will return to Playgroup for 11.50. You can go home from the park if you wish – just let us know.

Please sign up so we know who is coming.

Please make sure children are dressed appropriately for the weather and have something to carry their leaves in.

Remember 

Playgroup closes after Friday for Half term and re-opens on Monday 31st October

Playgroup Update 10/10/2016

Focus Story

“Shark in the Park on a Windy Day”

The children really love “Shark in the Park” and “Shark in the Dark” so this is bound to be a hit!

Focus Song

“Autumn Leaves are Falling Down”

Focus Activity

Help your child to collect leaves, acorns, conkers and bring to playgroup to put in the Autumn basket.

Flu Vaccine

Information for parents about flu vaccine for children on this website

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/child-flu-vaccine.aspx

Autumn Walk

Tuesday 18th October 11.00 am

Please sign up on the list at playgroup if you will be coming on the Autumn Walk. All children are invited to come along.

Reminder

Fees for this half term must be paid by the beginning of next week. 

 

Playgroup Update 3/10/2016

Focus Story

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"

Focus Song

"When Goldilocks went to the House of the Bears"

The words for this song are on the playgroup website http://www.townstreetplaygroup.org/song-of-the-week/

We will be using this story as a starting point to focus on size, counting to three and recognising numbers 1,2,3

Tapestry Learning Journals

Most parents have set up their Tapestry account and are looking at their child's learning journal. Parents should receive an email to tell them that an observation has been added. If not, please tell Debbie.

We  know you love to read the observations and look at the photos or videos, but it's important to us that you add a reply and add your own observations, photos or videos of what your child has been doing. We can use this information in planning for your child. Ask Debbie if you are not sure what to do.

Autumn Walk

Tuesday 18th October at 11.00am

We will be walking to Chapel Allerton Park, looking for signs of Autumn and collecting leaves and conkers on the way. We need lots of helpers to come with us.

You are welcome to join us on the walk even if your child does not usually attend Playgroup on that day.

You will need to come into Playgroup at 11.00 and we will return to Playgroup for 11.50. You can go home from the park if you wish – just let us know.

 Playgroup Update (26/09/2016)

Focus Story: "Shark in the Dark"

Focus Song: "I Want to do Painting", including Makaton signs for painting, sticking and playdough

We will be following an interest from last week of hand and finger painting, putting sea creatures (including sharks) in the water tray,  using playdough to develop hand and finger strength, so important for pre-writing skills and joining in with Sticky Kids, music and movement.

 

Please remember 

Send your child with a warm coat/jacket for the outdoor area.

A photograph of your child if you haven't given us one already. You can email one if you haven't got a print.

NO NUTS OR NUT PRODUCTS IN LUNCH BOXES.

 

 

Playgroup Update 19/09/2016

Dear Parents and Carers

We are really pleased with the way the start of this new year at Playgroup is going. Our returning children have been very kind and considerate to the new children, showing them the routines and helping to settle them in. The new children are settling well, bearing in mind that for some of them, this will be their first experience of being away from mum or dad, and getting to know all the staff, and their Key Person especially.

 All the children staying for lunch are coping with lunchboxes, and Debbie, Helen and Helen are enjoying eating their lunch with them.

Playgroup finishing times are 12.00 and 3.00 but we will be opening the doors between 5 and 10 minutes earlier to allow you to choose a Borrow a Book or Game with your child and to give you more time to speak to staff. 

Playgroup staff meet every Tuesday after playgroup to plan for the children's learning and development and we intend to share these plans with you each week

THIS WEEK

Focus 1  Learning our friends' names.

You can support this by asking your child about their day and the children they played with. Maybe say hello to someone when you are waiting outside and ask their name.

Focus 2  Embedding routines at Playgroup, e.g. snack time, lunch time, toilet time, tidying up

Focus Story "Owl Babies"

.Focus Song  "If You're Happy and You Know it" , using Makaton signs for happy, sad, angry, naughty.

We will be spending time in Key Person groups, sharing stories, games and Circle Time activities

 Please speak to staff if you want any more information about these activities.

Lunch boxes
 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CUT GRAPES, CHERRY TOMATOES AND LITTLE SAUSAGES TO REDUCE THE RISK OF CHOKING.

WE DO HAVE A CHILD WITH A NUT ALLERGY SO NO NUTS PLEASE.

Special Helpers

We are continuing with the system for our older children of being a special helper for the day at playgroup. Along with a friend, they will be given special responsibilities to help with preparing snack, tidying up and leading the lines upstairs. A list of the helpers for the week is on the wall next to the birthday lists. Please talk to your child about what they did.

Children are enjoying the Movement Area but please help us by making sure that children wear shoes that can be taken on and off easily - laces are a nightmare!

Thank you to everybody who has been bringing fruit for the fruit monster.

We are always grateful too for donations of tissues, handwipes, scrap paper, big newspapers.

Tapestry Learning Journals

Make sure you have logged on to the Tapestry Learning Journal - any problems speak to Debbie.

The following webpage explains how to use Tapestry through the browser on a computer

http://eyfs.info/forums/topic/46915-introductory-walk-through-browser-overview/

Information sheets on how to use Tapestry on a tablet or phone are attached to this email and paper copies are available at playgroup.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 24th October - Friday 28th October Half Term Playgroup closed

Friday 16th December Last day of term before Xmas holidays

Tuesday 3rd January 2017 Playgroup opens for Spring Term