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    Dear Parents/Carers, 

    As you all know, the coronavirus crisis has hit charities like ours hard. Many of the pre-school’s usual fundraising events have had to be cancelled, leaving us unable to pay for new equipment and improvements to the outdoor area as we had originally hoped. 

    But the new committee have been busy coming up with ways to help raise the much-needed funds, and this one is really quick and easy – plus it won’t cost you a penny

    With the shops closed, we suspect that many of you may now be opting to do your Christmas shopping online. By registering for an Easy Fundraising account and choosing Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club as your chosen charity, a small percentage of your total spend will be donated every time you shop at selected retailers. These include Argos, John Lewis, Not On The High Street, Marks & Spencer and many more.

    Simply visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk and click ‘Create an Account’, then click ‘Find a cause to support’ and search ‘Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club’. Hit ‘Support this cause’, then register your details and remember to turn on Donation Reminders. Every time you shop online at collaborating retailers, a notification will appear, and all you need to do is select ‘Collect Donation’.

    You can also download the Easy Fundraising app and shop directly through it to make donating to the pre-school even easier. 

    Another similar initiative is Amazon Smile. Visit http://smile.amazon.co.uk, click ‘Get Started’, sign in to your account and then choose Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club as your favourite charity. Every time you shop, 0.5% of your spend will be donated to the pre-school.

    Just remember to always go to the Amazon Smile page first before you start shopping. It may help to create a shortcut to it on your desktop or mobile web browser. 

    If you do your shopping via the Amazon app, make sure you have the most recent version installed, and then under Settings within the app, tap on AmazonSmile and follow the on-screen instructions. 

    Registering for the above accounts should only take a few minutes, and the donations raised will mean that we can continue making our pre-school the fun, creative environment that the children so deserve. 

    Please forward this email on to any family and friends who may also wish to help! 

  • Newsletter – October 2020

    It has been fantastic to welcome back many familiar, and lots of new, little faces to Preschool this term. Our  main priorities this term have been for settling children in well following lockdown, focussing on their  emotional needs and building up their confidence. They have all been doing so well and have adapted  brilliantly to the environment and all our routines.  

    Some highlights have been learning a different traditional nursery rhyme each week such as This Little Piggy,  learning numbers to 5 and Hey Diddle Diddle. We’ve had some lovely craft activities related to stories we’ve  been reading, such as the Three Little Pigs with some fantastic collages and rockets were made from a  cardboard box like in the story Whatever Next. This last week of term has been great fun with staff and  children dressing up for Halloween fundraising for Preschool and we’ve had some lovely generous donations  from parents. 

    Despite current restrictions meaning parents are wearing masks and saying goodbye at the gate, rather than  being able to come and immerse themselves with what we’ve been up to, the Preschool continues to be a thriving, happy place. Staff are always happy to answer questions or tell you about what adventures the  children have been up to during their days.  

    Our first ‘virtual’ AGM took place a few weeks ago after being delayed from June as we hoped we’d be able to  meet by now in person. As such, we’re particularly grateful to last year’s fantastic committee for having stayed  on in their roles for an extra few months. We’ve now elected a lovely new committee:  Jen Patterson – Chair 

    Bex Curtis – Secretary 

    Alicea Francis – Treasurer, Publicity 

    Sam Jenkins – Vice Chair 

    Tash Hartland – Purchasing 

    Josie Bentley – Billing 

    Kate Hobbs – Newsletter 

    Holly Eggleton, Lizzie Kitchin, Emily Mathison – Fundraising 

    Please do let Lin, Kate or someone on the committee know if you’re still interested in getting involved with the  committee or helping out with any fundraising as we’d love to hear from you. 

    There is plenty of fun planned for next term to help everyone get into the festive spirit in the run up to  Christmas which will all help with raising funds for the Preschool. One easy way if you do any shopping online  is to register free of charge for Amazon Smile or Easy Fundraising, and select Bishop Sutton Preschool as the  benefitting charity. We will be holding a Christmas raffle with lots of great prizes up for grabs. You will also be  able to order your Christmas trees via Preschool to be delivered directly to your home. Finally, there will be  the chance to get printed and framed photos of your littles ones and we hope to produce our very own  Preschool Christmas cards this year! 

    It’s difficult for everyone that we continue to live with the uncertainties of the COVID situation and we’re  thinking of you all, particularly trying to put a brave face on things in these strange times for your little ones.  We feel very lucky that our kids are able to be part of such a special little community in the Preschool during  this time.  

    As the nights draw in and the days become colder, we hope you get the chance to embrace some autumnal  fun with your families. Perhaps a walk just to hear the crunch in the orange leaves, go searching for some shiny  conkers or on wet days splash in puddles, bob for apples or carve a pumpkin! 

    Have a lovely half term break,  

    With warmest wishes, 

    Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club Committee  

    Term dates:  

    Term 2: Tues 3rd Nov – Thurs 17th Dec 2020 

    Term 3: Tues 5th Jan – Fri 12th Feb 2021 

    Term 4: Mon 22nd Feb – Wednesday 31st March 2021 

    Term 5: Mon 19th April – Fri 28th May 2021 

    Term 6: Monday 7th June – Tues 20th July 2021 

    Notable dates: 

    Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday 5th April, Bank Hol 3rd May Staff Inset Days: 2nd Sept, 2nd Nov, 4th Jan, 1st April, 22nd Jul ‘Moving Up’ Day Thurs 1st July 2021 – No Forest Club 

    Pre-School and Forest Club Trip Date – Tuesday 18th May 2021 Parents Evening Tuesday – 18th May 2021 

    Christmas Party for all children – Friday 18th December 2020 Party for our ‘Leavers’ – Wed 21st July 2021

  • Covid-19 advice from BANES

    We have attached a new document from BANES that may be helpful in deciding when it is ok to send your child to Preschool or School. It gives a little bit more information on how to work out if they have a cold or Covid symptoms and what to do next. http://www.bishopsuttonpreschool.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/25.9.20-Covid-19-A-quick-guide-for-parents-and-carers.pdf

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