Welcome back everyone to the start of our Spring term. We hope you all had a lovely
Christmas and wish you a very Happy new year. We would like to give a warm
welcome to all our new children and their families joining Runnymede Pre-school
Please visit Our website www.runnymedepreschool.co.uk there you will find all the
details of our policies and procedures. Original signed copies of our policies can also
be found in our setting.
There is also lots of other information about the pre-school on the website, the staff
team and the dates for events along with useful links.
Gymnastics and Football
We are continuing with the Football sessions on a Thursday afternoon and
gymnastics on a Friday morning please return the reply slip on your letter to reserve a
space, if you have not received a letter please ask.
Accidents at home
We have an “accident from home” record as recommended by the Essex
safeguarding children’s board.
This form is a record of accidents or existing injuries that happen before your child
comes into pre-school.
If your child has had an accident/injury, however minor, please let a member of staff
know on arrival at pre-school so that the accident form can be completed.
Changes to persons authorised to collect
Please advise us if there are any changes or additions to persons authorised to collect
your child from pre-school. Please advise us if there will be any last minute changes
and please note that we will check by telephone if authorisation is unclear.
We have a password procedure in place which you completed on your entry form.
Our class names are :
The next school intake class is split into 2 groups, the “Whales” and the “Dolphins”.
Our 3 year olds are called “ Starfish”
Our 2 year olds are called “ Turtles”
The picture on their name card shows which class they are in. If you are still unsure
which class your child is in please ask
If your child is a Whale or Dolphin, or is confident enough, please could you say
goodbye to your child at the entrance to the hall and send your child straight in to the
hall in the morning to self-register without entering the hall yourself.
This will really help any noise and congestion which can be very upsetting for some
of our children, especially first thing in the morning during separation from their
parent or carer. There are always plenty of staff to help your child with their drinks
and finding their name card.
You can to speak to your key-person at anytime, please just let us know.
We provide healthy snacks every day in line with government guidelines e.g. fruit,
vegetables, various breads, cheese etc. No child will be forced to eat anything they do
If there are any special dietary requirements or allergies please inform a member of
The Co-op on Kiln road very kindly donate some of our snack items each week. We
would still appreciate your snack donations of 20 pence a day so that we can continue
to provide a wide variety of healthy snacks for the children.
We provide milk free of charge. As you are aware milk provides excellent nutrition
therefore we would like to encourage all children to take advantage of the free milk
offered. Water is always readily available, if you would like to provide your own
flask, please ensure it is clearly marked with their name as it can be very upsetting
and unhygienic if another child drinks from their flask.
We do not allow the use of draw string bags or plastic carrier bags (including nappy
sacks). Such bags could cause a potential risk of strangulation or suffocation.
Please also do not leave items such as sun cream, lip salve, food or sweets,
medicines or asthma pumps in your child’s bag to prevent the risk of allergic
reactions or, in the case of medicines, poisoning. In the event of your child needing
us to administer medicines or pumps, please advise a member of staff who will
arrange safe storage and completion of a medicine consent form.
Please remember children must change outdoor shoes for soft slip-on
plimsolls, Please put your child’s name in their shoes as we take them off and on
regularly throughout the morning for entry to our soft play area. NO CROCS,
SANDALS OR FLIP FLOPS these are very dangerous. You must provide outdoor
shoes / wellies for your children so that we can change them when going outdoors.
We provide outdoor activities (regardless of weather). Please ensure your child is
appropriately dressed and provide them with a coat and change of shoes.
On an additional note, we encourage children to be as independent as possible
therefore it would be helpful if you could hang coats on a peg. Their bag should have
a label on for easy identification, if you need a new label please ask. Please ensure
all belongings are named.
When we have brighter weather please remember to put sun protection lotion on your
children before they come to Pre-school in the morning.
If they are staying for the afternoon session you can provide sun cream that we can
apply after lunch, alternatively we will use the pre-school sun cream.
If you do want to provide your own sun cream please label with their name and hand
to a member of staff. Please do not leave any items in bags in the cloakroom, such as
sun protection lotion, medication, snacks or plastic bags.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Our chair person is Julie Lawrence who is an ex member of staff and we have several
parents on our committee. We have a fantastic committee who help with fundraising
and decision making and we are always looking for new members. If you are
interested in getting involved, please speak to Catherine, Alison, or any committee
Please do not put sweets and chocolate bars in your child’s lunch or over fill the
lunch box, see our healthy eating guidelines.
Please remember that our pre-school is a ‘nut free zone’.
Grapes and small tomatoes should always be sliced downwards to prevent choking
**To maintain the freshness of your child’s lunch, YOU MUST insert a cool
pack in their lunch box**
We shall be checking lunch boxes for ice blocks and for items of unhealthy foods.
Parental help and involvement
All parents /carers are welcome to join us at any time to stay and play.
We welcome any ideas and suggestions that you may have and encourage you to play
an active part in your child’s time at Runnymede Pre-school.
We would really like the children to experience different ways of life and different
roles in the community. If you or someone you may know would like to come in and
talk to the children or show what they do that would be brilliant. It could be how you
may celebrate a festival or a job role or a hobby they may have. All these things help
to enrich our children’s learning experiences and begin to appreciate different ways
If you would like extra days or extended sessions for your child please ask to find out
if places are available. Please think ahead for when your child will be entitled to
grant funding and let us know now so that we can add your name to our list. Extra
sessions cannot be guaranteed.
The fees will be £5.00 per hour,
Fees per session: 9.00am – 12.00pm £15.00
9.00am – 2.45pm £28.75
Payable in advance, NOT arrears.
All children are entitled to 15 hours free grant funded sessions per week from the
beginning of the term after their 3rd birthday. Please return the form ASAP if you
have not already done so, otherwise fees may become your responsibility to pay.
Funding for 2 year olds and extended 30 hour funding
To see if you are eligible and to find out if you can receive help with child care costs
You will need to apply for extended funding and 2 year funding and receive a code
which we need at the pre-school. Without this code we cannot claim your funding
Early year’s pupil premium
If your child is of 3 or 4 years of age we may be entitled to receive additional funding
if your child meets the eligibility criteria. Please request this form if you think your
child may meet the criteria as this means additional training, resources, focused
intervention etc. will be available to our setting which will greatly improve the
outcomes of our children in their early years. If you have any questions please ask.
Mobile phone policy
Parents and visitors are not permitted to use their mobile phones whilst on the
Sickness and Diarrhoea
Please remember that your child must not return to pre-school for 48 hours after
having sickness and diarrhoea.
Please be aware that we have children attending our pre-school who have very
low immune systems. It is crucial that you keep your child away from pre-school
if they have any illness and that you notify pre-school at once of the type of
illness so that the parents of the children can be warned.
Children’s learning and supporting your child’s development at home
We value and welcome all information to help us support your child’s progress and
to provide the best learning experiences for them. Your keyperson will be
individually planning for each child around the child’s interests and their next steps.
Your key-person will add next steps to your child’s learning journey so that you can
support your child at home. You will also receive the Runnymede Bear once each
half term. You can keep this bear for a week. With the bear will be a book bag with
ideas of how you can support your child at home with the next steps they will be
working on. Please don’t forget to share lots of photos and comments on your
tapestry online journal.
We will add on your Tapestry account some of the experiences and activities which
your child has the opportunity to participate in during the week, our Facebook page
and website also provides information about things that are happening at our
The children are still welcome to bring in items for show and tell focused around our
sound, story or interest of the week or something that is important to them. Please
label all items.
Please do not bring in toys from home as this causes distress and problems
during the session and at home time.
Don’t forget we love to see any comments and photos that you add to your Tapestry
online journal. You can help your keyperson to learn more about your child and help
to build a more detailed and accurate learning journey.
Spring Term 2020 Dates
First day of the Spring term: Tuesday 7th January 2020
Closed for Half term: Monday 17th February to Friday 21st of February
Back on Monday 24th February 2020
Last day of the Spring term: Friday 3rd April 2020
Easter parent involvement afternoon for the Whale and Dolphin classes will be on
Friday 3rd April . Further details will follow nearer the time. Please note there will be
no regular Pre-school afternoon session on this day.
We return to Pre-school for the start of the Summer term on Tuesday the 21st of