March Newsletter

Dear parents/ carers
We hope you had a good week off at half term and thank you to all the parents who have returned their child’s ‘homework’ it looks like you have all been very busy.
Our world book day was a great success and the children looked fabulous.
Home/School Diaries
As from Monday 11th April, staff will no longer be signing your child’s home/ school diaries daily, unless your child attends the setting with a childminder or relative. However, please continue to send both folders and books in as staff may occasionally comment in them and children use their folders to put their creations and any letters in at the end of the session. If you have any confidential or sensitive information you need to pass on please write this in a letter and send it into the setting for the attention of the management or your child’s keyperson in a sealed envelope. Additionally, if you have anything you would like to tell us about please inform the member of staff on the door who will have a confidential communications book to write in, or speak to your child’s key person when you drop them off. We will also have a box for ‘WOW’ moment slips, which will be on the table at the side of the fruit collection pot.
Polite reminders:-
• Please could you check your child’s wellies are in the setting and still fit or bring them in with your child.
• Could you ensure your child arrives before 8.45 as we are completing the register at 8.50 and have children sitting on the carpet to complete this in preparation for school.
• Additionally, we have had an increasing number of people who are arriving late to collect their child. Therefore, please could you ensure you are on time at the end of the session, doors open at least 5-10 minutes before the end of each session. (N.b you may be charged for any late arrival after 11.45 and 3.45.)
• We have a number of unnamed and unclaimed items in our lost property box located in the entrance. Please could you check this next time you are in the setting to see if any of this belongs to your child.
Thank you.
Dates for your diary
We have decided to hold an Easter bonnet competition this year w/c Monday 21st March ( Bonnets/ hats are available at Home Bargains for a small cost, along with the resources to decorated them and are reasonably priced.) Each child who brings in a hat/ bonnet will receive a small chocolate egg and there will be a winning prize for a pre-school age child and non-pre-school age child who has the best hat.
We will be closing for Easter on Thursday 24th march and will re-open on Monday 11th April
We hope you have a lovely Easter break.

February Newsletter

Dear parents/carers
As many of you may know, we have a lending library for story sacks available for your child to take home and return after a few days, these have been a great new resource and are very popular. However, please do not take these without notifying a member of staff. Additionally please could you use the checklist inside the bag to make sure all the items are in before returning, these have cost the setting time and money to set up, and we have recently had sacks back with bits missing or items not coming back at all.
Punctuality and Attendance
Please could you ensure you and your child arrive on time and only collect early if you have a prior appointment, please could we ask that you give us notice of this by contacting us by phone on: 07934533006 or 0161 764 1507 or writing in your child’s home/ school diary.
Additionally, could we please ask all parents if you could arrive on time, if your child comes in the morning session, we open the doors at 8.40 and would appreciate it if you could arrive no later than 8.50, as the door will then be closed and your child will be marked in as late. This information may be recorded onto your child’s transition document, which goes onto the next setting or school.
Likewise, in the afternoon session, we have a couple of new children in the setting who can often become distressed if they see people at the door or see children leaving the setting before them. Thanks.
Parents Evening
Please make sure you have booked in a time slot with your child’s Key Person if you have not already done so. Additionally, we still have some parents evening documents unreturned, we will be unable to provide your child’s next steps without the information obtained from them, if you have lost of misplaced your document please let us know as we have spares available.
Letters and sounds
This month we are looking at alliteration in letters and sounds, we have sent home some green card in a plastic wallet for your child to make a collage or picture of items that start with the first letter of their name. Such as J- jelly, J-juice etc. Please could we have these back as soon as possible. Thank you to those who have already returned them.

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Tapestry Online Learning Journal
Some parents are still experiencing difficulties with Tapestry, if you are having trouble logging in please speak to myself (Justine) or Julia and we will be able to assist you.
Oral health and well-being
As some of you may be aware, just recently the government have noted the amount of children having teeth extracted at a young age is becoming increasingly worrying, with lots of food having large amounts of hidden sugars. Therefore, ‘Change4Life’ have developed an app for you to download onto your smart phone or tablet, giving you an opportunity to scan barcodes on food packaging.
‘The Sugar Smart app allows people to scan the barcode of over 75,000 everyday food or drink products and see how many 4 gram sugar cubes it contains (total sugar). They can also share a ‘sugar reveal’ with their friends and family, and find hints and tips to cut down on sugar on the Change4Life website. The Sugar Smart app is available for free from the app store and google play.’ Change for life (2016.)
Visit this website for more information: http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx
Junk Modelling
We are in need of boxes for our craft area; if you have any ‘small cardboard’ boxes or tubes at home we would appreciate it if you could bring them into the setting for our junk modelling area. Thanks.
Fundraising ideas
We will be looking to do another fundraising event during the next half term to allow us to purchase some new ICT equipment including a P.C for the children to access. We have done many fundraising activities in the past but would love some new fresh ideas to help us raise much-needed funds.
Finally
Chantlers Pre-School Committee
We are in need of several new committee members to join our board of committee. Without a committee, we are unable to operate. So if you have a spare hour in the evening once every two months we would be very grateful. These are generally informal friendly meetings to discuss Pre-school events past and present and also gives you an insight into how we operate.
Please see Julia or Justine for further information if you are interested. Our next meeting will be held on 15th March 2016 at 7.00pm in Pre-School. Please note we are closed from 3.45 on Friday 12th February and return on Tuesday 23rd February. (We will be closing at the usual time)

January Newsletter

Dear parents/carers
We would like to wish all returning and new parents a happy new year; we hope you have all had a lovely Christmas.
Thank you to all the parents/carers who came to see the nativity, I am sure you will agree the children were fantastic.
We would also like to say a big thank you to those who supported us in either providing donations for the raffle and/or buying raffle tickets. We raised over £175, this will go towards buying resources needed within the setting.
Additionally, all the staff would like to thank parents for the generous Christmas gifts we received, we are very grateful.
What we are learning
The topics we will be covering this half term are- Weather, Space, and The World around us. The role-play area is currently being turned into an outer space adventure area; the children are completing craft activities to enhance this and are playing with the resources to support this topic. We currently have the book Aliens Love Underpants as one of our focus books of the term. Additionally, this term we be looking at celebrating Chinese New Year along with many other activities linking to the EYFS.
Parents of Pre-School aged children: – Important Information please take note
• Please ensure you have submitted your application for the school of your choice on the Bury Council education website before January 15th Applications submitted after this date will be treated as late applications. Please note we do not complete the application for you, but we may be able to help you if you are experiencing difficulties completing it. Please go to the Bury council website for further details.
Dates for your diary
Thursday 11th February
We are looking at holding a parents evening on Thursday 11th February between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. This will be an opportunity for you to speak to your child’s key person on a one to one basis.
You will be provided with a ten-minute slot to discuss your child’s progress or raise any concerns you may have. Please see a member of staff to arrange a time.
If this date is not convenient please let us know and we may be able to make alternative arrangements.
(N.B. This parents evening is only for children who have attended pre-school prior to January 2016. Children starting in January 2016 will have the opportunity to speak to their child’s key person next half term. Further details to follow.)
Thank you
Pre-school staff.

Ofsted Report September 2015 (Good)

Chantlers Pre-School
Chantlers CP School, Foulds Avenue, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 2SF
Inspection dates
Previous inspection date
18 September 2015 – 18 September
2015
28 November 2011
The quality and standards of the
early years provision
This inspection: Good 2
Previous inspection: Good 2
Effectiveness of the leadership and management Good 2
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 2
Outcomes for children Good 2
Summary of key findings for parents
This provision is good
 Settling-in procedures for new children are strong. Children are very happy and display
lots of confidence in the pre-school environment. They build secure relationships with
their key person and their personal, social and emotional development is well
supported.
 Staff are enthusiastic practitioners and provide children with a good range of activities
which they enjoy taking part in. Children are eager to learn and discover new skills. All
children make good progress in their learning, regardless of their age or capabilities.
 The pre-school is well established within the community, with many parents returning
with younger siblings. Parents speak very positively about the care and education their
children receive and the guidance they get to support their child’s learning at home.
 Partnerships with the host school are excellent. The manager and headteacher
regularly share best practice and discuss the progress children are making. This has a
positive impact on the outcomes for all children.
 Self-evaluation is effective and successfully takes into account the views of the
committee, staff, parents and children. The manager and committee set clear targets
which lead to further improvements in the pre-school.

It is not yet outstanding because:
 Some staff act in a supervisory manner when children are playing outdoors and do not
teach and interact fully to deepen children’s learning even further.
 The management team have not fully considered updating their information with
parents about children’s progress when children return after the summer holidays.
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What the setting needs to do to improve further
To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should:
 improve the quality of staff interaction in supporting and extending children’s play
experiences outdoors
 increase the opportunities for parents to share their children’s progress made at home.
Inspection activities
 The inspector observed the quality of teaching during activities inside and outdoors,
and assessed the impact this has on children’s learning.
 The inspector completed two joint observations with the manager.
 The inspector held a meeting with the manager and the host school’s headteacher. She
looked at relevant documentation, such as the manager’s self-evaluation and evidence
of the suitability of staff working in the pre-school.
 The inspector looked at a sample of policies, including risk assessments and children’s
assessment records, and discussed the systems for planning children’s play
experiences.
 The inspector spoke to a small selection of parents and children during the inspection
and took account of their views.
Inspector
Joanne Parrington
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Inspection findings
Effectiveness of the leadership and management is good
The management and staff have a good understanding of the legal requirements. The
arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Staff’s knowledge of the procedure they
would follow if they had concerns about a child or an issue with a member of staff’s
practice is secure. This is further supported by the management, ensuring that staff
receive regular training to update and refresh their understanding. Staff receive support,
coaching and guidance to enrich their practice. When staff have specific areas to be
strengthened, these are highlighted by the manager’s monitoring procedures and clear
targets are set. Children’s progress is monitored well. The manager has extended this
monitoring to different groups of children, so that that all children, including those in
receipt of early education funding, are benefiting from accessing a good quality provision.
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good
The well-qualified staff team provide good quality teaching and learning for all children,
including those who require additional support. When children play indoors, staff deliver
good quality activities and support their play well. They encourage children to develop a
have a go attitude. They ask children questions and encourage them to think how to work
things out and anticipate what might happen next. Children enjoy applying mathematical
concepts, such as numbers, shapes and basic quantities, to their play. They enjoy roleplay
situations, such as acting out doctors and nurses and caring for the injured staff,
making links to their own personal experiences. Children enjoy listening to and joining in
with storytelling sessions, developing their concentration levels. Parents are very much
involved and kept up to date regarding their child’s development.
Personal development, behaviour and welfare are good
Staff begin to form relationships with parents and children right from the start. The
manager reports on the positive impact this has on children’s emotional well-being.
Children’s good health and physical development are fostered well. Many of the children
enjoy being outdoors exploring the stimulating environment staff have created. Staff
reinforce good behaviour during activities, using lots of positive encouragement and
praise, which promotes children’s confidence and self-esteem. On the whole, children are
well behaved. They have clear, age-appropriate rules, which staff reinforce.
Outcomes for children are good
Children who are not reaching age-appropriate levels of development on entry to the preschool
are provided with intense support so that they catch up quickly. As a result, all
children leave reaching age-expected levels, with some exceeding. This means children
are successfully prepared with the key skills needed for their move on to school.
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Setting details
Unique reference number EY346120
Local authority Bury
Inspection number 857345
Type of provision Sessional provision
Day care type Childcare – Non-Domestic
Age range of children 3 – 5
Total number of places 32
Number of children on roll 49
Name of provider Chantlers Pre-School Committee
Date of previous inspection 28 November 2011
Telephone number 07934 533 006
Chantlers Pre-School was registered in 2009. The pre-school employs seven members of
childcare staff, all of whom hold appropriate early years qualifications at level 3. The preschool
opens Monday to Friday during term time only. Sessions are from 8.45am until
3.45pm. The pre-school provides funded early education for two-, three- and four-year-old
children.
This inspection was carried out by Ofsted under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act
2006 on the quality and standards of provision that is registered on the Early Years
Register. The registered person must ensure that this provision complies with the
statutory framework for children’s learning, development and care, known as the Early
Years Foundation Stage.