October Newsletter

Dear parents/ carer
The children have settled into pre-school extremely well and children both returning and new are beginning to form friendships with their peers and have formed good relationships with the staff.
We are looking to have all parents added to Tapestry by the end of November. (N.B. If you have not previously provided us with your email address or have changed it, please inform us of this ASAP.) More details to follow.

Polite reminders
• Please could we ask that fees are paid on time and within one week of receiving your invoice as late payments may incur a charge. Thank you.
• Additionally, please could you ensure your child arrives in the morning session for 8.45 whenever possible, as this is causing disruption to the daily registration session.

Key Person and Key Groups
We have decided to add a back up Key person system for your child, this to ensure continuity of care in the event of your child’s key person not being in the setting. These are as follows:
• The Yellow Group Key Person is Mrs C. Humphries -back up Key Person is Mrs J Coles.
• The Purple Group Key Person is Mrs C Jordan – back up Key Person is Mrs J Wood.
• The Red Group Key Person is Miss F Baker- back up Key Person is Mrs J Wood.
• The Pink Group Key Person is Miss L Dudley- back up Key Person is Mrs J Coles.
• The Green Group Key Person is Miss S McKenzie- back up Key Person is Mrs J Wood.
• The Blue Group Key Person is Mrs Hughes – back up Key Person is Mrs J Wood
If you are unsure which group your child is in please ask a member of staff or see the parent’s notice boards, which are situated in the main entrance.

The committee have decided that we will once again be able to offer additional lunchtime sessions, as we have had several parents asking for this service recently. We can offer this to children who attend am sessions and will incur a cost of £4. This means the am session would be from 8.45am- 1.00pm if they stay for lunch (Packed lunch required).
This is only on a first come first served basis and spaces are limited. If you require additional information, please speak to Julia or Justine who will be able to see if this option is available.

Dates for your Diary
Remember Pre-School closes on Friday 21st October for half term. We re-open on Monday 31st October 2016
Monday 31st October – Children can attend the setting in suitable Halloween fancy dress costumes on this day as we are holding a Halloween party in both sessions.
Tuesday 15th November- We have a new Pre-School Photographer who will be in the setting both morning and afternoon. If your child does not normally attend on this day 3and you would like to have your child photographed, please speak to Julia or Justine and we can arrange a time for you to call in, furthermore if you would like siblings to be in on this photo please let us know before the day arrives.
Friday the 18th November – Children in Need. If you would like your child to join in on this day you are welcome to bring them into the setting in fancy dress. This year the theme is ‘Spotacular’. Please send your child into pre-school wearing something spotty along with a donation to support this worthy cause.

Finally, we have created a new Facebook page for Chantlers Pre-school. Please could you like and share our page and leave us some feedback, this will be gratefully received. We have already had some fantastic feedback thank you to those parents past and present who have already done this. Thank you to Miss Baker who has spent a lot of time developing and setting up this page, it looks amazing.
We hope you have a good break and look forward to seeing you after the half term.

September Newsletter


Firstly, we would like to welcome our new Parents/Carers to Chantlers Pre-School we hope your child has adapted well and is talking about their experiences with you at home. Secondly, we would like to welcome back our retuning children and families and hope you all had a good summer. Please could you return the ‘Look what we did in summer’ sheet asap, as this provides us with vital information which informs our tracking and contributes to your child’s learning and development record.
Learning Opportunities
Our planning this term will be focused on Autumn, where we will be sharing stories about Autumn, and providing communicative opportunities within our role play area which has been turned into a Percy the Park Keeper den. Your child’s Key Person will also be offering a variety of adult led and child focused activities following the EYFS; If you are unfamiliar with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff or look on this web site for more information http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/2015/03/what-to-expect-when-a-parents-guide/ (we have limited paper copies of this document available for a small fee). This term we will be talking to children about rules and boundaries by encouraging children to form friendships with others.

Additionally, we have also commenced our letters and sounds phase one. This is an educational programme where children take part in phonics based activities in small groups. For more information, please speak to Miss Dudley who is our letters and sounds co-ordinator or visit this website for more information. http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/2011/10/letters-and-sounds-phase-1/
Finley the Dog/ Fifi the Cat
We have introduced the children to our resident animals (don’t worry they are only cuddly toys) Finley the dog and Fifi the cat. Each child will have the chance to take one of these animals home for the weekend sometime over the next year, along with a diary and a bag. We would love it if you could take photos and write about what your child has done with the animal, for example a trip to the park or visiting relatives etc. This will then be shared with the rest of the children when they return to school.
We would like to thank all our past and present parents for the generous donations during the past few years, this has allowed us to purchase a new climbing frame which is now in place.

Polite reminders/ important messages

• We would like to remind parents of pre-school age children that your child DOES NOT obtain an automatic place at Chantlers Primary School. You will have to apply for the school of your choice between September 2016 and no later than 15th January 2017.
This can be done online via the Bury Council website. If you have any questions or queries regarding admissions, please contact the education admissions department directly on 0161 253 6474. Once the application has been submitted you can contact them at . (mailto:admissions@bury.gov.uk) or on the above telephone number. Please note Chantlers Pre-School will NOT complete the application for you. However, if you have difficulties with getting online or completing the form, please do not hesitate to ask Mrs Julia Coles or Mrs Justine Wood and they may be able to help you complete and submit your application.
• For those children who are staying for lunch please could you make sure your child has a healthy packed lunch that will not over face them, we have several children who come with packed lunches that have lots of food in them. There is a healthy lunchbox guide for young children on the Change 4 Life website. We also ask that lunchboxes contain a small drink and have no sweets/ chocolate or fizzy drinks in them thanks. Please could we remind parents/ carers about the £1 Fruit money which is payable weekly the tick sheet is placed on the unit near the door. Thank you.
• We are currently collecting books to raise money for the setting. If you have any books, children’s or adults that you no longer need, please could you bring them into pre-school, these books will then be given to a past parent who is able to turn these donations into cash for our setting.
Opening and closing times
At this time of year, we have children who are new to the setting and are still settling in, when children arrive late it can often cause children to become distressed. We open the doors at 8.40 to allow those parents/carers who have siblings at school to drop off children in pre-school before taking others onto school. Therefore, please could you ensure your child arrives before 8.45 as we have to complete the register as soon as possible, this also allows us to comply with the relevant fire regulations. Please note: The main door will be closed from 8.50. Additionally, please could you arrive promptly when collecting your child BEFORE 11.45 or 3.45. Any persons arriving more than 5 minutes late will incur a charge to avoid this the doors will be open from. 11.35 am and 3.35 pm.
We have limited spaces available if you require additional sessions. Please book now to reserve your child’s place if you are interested before the January intake.
Thank you for your cooperation.

July News

Dear Parents/Carers
It’s that time of year again when we send home our final newsletter, we, like you can’t quite believe it’s the end of the school year already.
As you may know we have a large number of children leaving us to go onto BIG school in just a few weeks’ time, therefore we are going to try ensure that our final weeks are full of fun. Furthermore, during the next few weeks, we will be completing our transition documents, this is an important document which we send onto school, this also requires a signature and a comment from parents. More details to follow.
Golden Apple Award
We promote healthy eating in Pre-school and have been awarded the Golden Apple Award each year as recognition of our healthy eating policy whilst the children are in our care. For children who are returning in September and who are staying for lunch, please could you ensure that your child has a well-balanced packed lunch, please note we will not be able to give your child any sweets or chocolate bars you provide them and these will be returned at the end of the day. For healthy packed lunch ideas please visit Change 4 Life where there are various menu ideas and also a sugar smart app, which shows you how much sugar are in certain foods. Thank you. Please visit this link for more information: http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/healthy-eating.aspx

Jade the cat and Jake the dog our class ‘pets’ are now in need of a new home; tickets are now on sale. Please see a member of staff to purchase a ticket priced at £1 each and the winner will be announced at our graduation ceremony. Good Luck. Additionally, we are still receiving donations towards the cost of printing your child’s learning journey, this would be a welcomed donation as each learning journey can cost around £3 to print. Thank you.
Dates for your Diary

Monday 11th July- We will be holding a Sports day, this event will take place on the school field am and pm. If you would like to come and see your child partake in this event, please arrive at pre-school at 10-30 till 11.30 in the morning session and at 2.00-3.00 in the afternoon. Please ensure your child comes into pre-school at the usual time wearing trainers/ pumps, T-shirts shorts, or trousers. (Reserve sports day Wednesday 13th July).
Monday 18th July- Move up morning 9.15-11.30 (Chantlers Primary School visit).
Tuesday 19th July- am and pm leavers and end of term party. Pirates and Princess theme.
Wednesday 20th July- Graduation ceremony 10.45 onwards. Please note: this is only for children who are leaving the setting this term. Additionally, Pre-School will be closed after the Graduation Ceremony, there will be NO lunch club or afternoon session on this day. (Children who usually attend on Wednesday morning who are returning in September may attend Tuesday afternoon instead if required). If you think you will be affected by any of these changes, please speak to Julia or Justine. Thanks.
We would like to thank both parents of children who are leaving us this time and returning parents for your generosity over the past year or two. Without your continued support we wouldn’t have been able to provide your children with the items we have already purchased or plan to purchase in the coming months. We have raised a staggering amount of over £2000 over the past two years which we are looking at spending on a large climbing frame. Thank you again.

We would like to wish all our school leavers a fond farewell and wish them every success in their new educational journey. We would also like to wish all children and families a lovely break and look forward to seeing our returning children in September.
Happy Holidays.
From all the staff at Chantlers Pre-School.

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
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
 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
 The inspector spoke to a small selection of parents and children during the inspection
and took account of their views.
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
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.