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week beginning 17th July

This is our final week of term :(. We feel really sad, we be saying goodbye to 30 of our children.

We really enjoyed the sponsored walk on Friday and we hope you all did too!

The raffle has raised £101 and Julie will be drawing it on Monday.

On Tuesday we will be going to the Fire Station - we need extra helpers please.

Reports and Questionnaires are coming home this week. Please fill in the feedback sheets. Your comments are valued.

Have a great holiday.

Term starts on Wednesday 6th September.

Week beginning 3rd July 2017

Hi

Sorry I haven't been on this lately. We are now up and running again!

This week we are inviting family members to come and 'STAY AND PLAY'. There will be a few activities that you can take part in with the children.

Sponsored walk sheets have gone out, please start t fill in. We also are in need of helpers on the day. Please sign up and come along, the more the merrier.

Sessions for September have been allocated and will be send out this week too - we haven't forgotten!

week beginning 24th April 2017

We are back on Monday 24th April. We hope everyone has had a great Easter.

This term we will be learning about Growing and Changing.

This week we will be learning all about Old MacDonald's farm animals and we will be learning the names of the baby animals. We will also be learning the Makaton signs for the animals too.

We are introducing some phonics and learning a new sound each week. This week we will be learning the sound S.

We are starting to plant some tubs with our Key Workers.

Mini reviews and next steps will be coming home with the children. Should you wish to discuss these, please see your child's Key Person.


Week beginning 20th March 2017

This week we will be looking forward to celebrating Mother's Day by inviting our mums to a tea party each day. If mums are not sure which day to come, please ask a member of staff. We will be reminding you all too!!

The golden rule this week is : We are kind and helpful.

We will be following instructions in preparation for the tea party too.

Week beginning 13th March - 17th March 2017

This week we will be learning about patterns and we will be making some special gifts, but some people will have to wait until next week to find out what we are doing!

Thank you to everyone who came to the play dough disco time last week. We had a 70% turn out from parent - well done everyone!!

Next week we are inviting mums (or another family member) to our Mother's Day Tea Party. Please make sure you look at the invitations that your child brought home last week to find out when your Tea Party is. It is all very exciting!! We will be singing some new rhymes for you too next week too, so you can stay for our final circle time too if you wish.

Our golden rule this week is : we are kind and helpful

Week beginning 6th March 2017

Well, we all made it through Shrovetide!

This week we will be learning the Makaton sign for red, yellow and orange.

We will also be sending out invitations to our Mother's Day tea party during the week of 20th March. If Mum's are unable to come, please send someone else....it is a lovely time for your child to spoil you!

We will be looking closely at Daffodils... we want Spring Time to come now! We will be colour mixing to make the right colours.

Our golden rule this week is : we are kind and helpful.


Week beginning 27th February 2017

This week will be a shorter week due to our Shrovetide events in Ashbourne. Therefore there is NO LADYBIRDS ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. 

This week we will be thinking about books, our favourite books and taking part in World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March, All children are invited to come dressed up as a favourite book character on Thursday.

We will be reading The Enormous Turnip story this week and working together to make a display of the story as well as learning about ordering sizes.

We hope everyone stays safe at Shrovetide.

Week beginning 30th January 2017

This week will be continuing to find out about the Chinese New Year.

We will be making dragon puppets as well as all working together to make up a dragon dance.

We will be wishing everyone 'Kung Hey Fat Choy' (Happy New Year!)


Week beginning 23rd January 2017

This week we are starting to learn all a bout the Chinese New Year. We will be finding out which year 2017 is and also why the years all named after different animals. We will be making banners with our letters on and we will be looking at some Chinese writing too. We will be preparing to decorate our room with red and gold.

Look out next week for the dragon and lion dances!!

Please make sure that your child comes in a warm coat, hat and gloves. We are going outside, even in the fog and cold, so we need them to be warm and cosy!

Kung Hey Fat Choy - Happy New Year!

Week beginning 10th January 2017 - SNOW ALERTS / CLOSURE ARRANGEMENTS

This week our theme is snow. We will be finding out about animals that live in cold places.

It is also parent chat week for some parents. Becky's parent chats will be arranged soon.

The weather warnings this week tell us that snow might be coming in. Keep looking on here for any updates.

Below is the closure policy.

ST OSWALD’S LADYBIRDS PRESCHOOL

CLOSURE POLICY AND PROCEDURES

The safety of our children, staff and parents is paramount, therefore should any emergency occur in playgroup or playgroup is required to close for any reason, the following procedure will be adhered to :

BEFORE PLAYGROUP OPENS OR SEVERE WEATHER IS FORECAST
Becky Dutton will inform the Supervisor, who will then contact the staff for that day. Becky Dutton will contact Radio Ashbourne (01335 346967) and also enter the information on the web site with details of closure.

IF SCHOOL DECIDE TO CLOSE BEFORE THE REGISTER IS TAKEN
*      The Staff will report to work as normal and stay in playgroup.
*      School will contact playgroup and inform them of a meeting or closure.
*      If a meeting takes place, the Supervisor will nominate a member of staff to attend the meeting. The nominated member of staff will wait until the St Oswald’s School Headteacher has made a decision.
*      Parents will be asked to stay with their children in the cloakroom until a decision has been made.
*      If the decision is to close, parents will be asked to take their children home.

DURING A SESSION
The Supervisor in charge will contact all parents/guardians immediately and ask for children to be collected or to inform them that playgroup will be closed

Don't forget that if you have changed your phone number inform us immediately. Thank you. 

Week beginning 12th December 2016

It will be our last week before the Christmas holidays.

This week we will be getting ready for Christmas including a gingerbread house and candle decoration.

Don't forget that it is our concert on the last day entitled 'Special Delivery'. All adults need tickets. The children are really enjoying the songs and are really getting into the Christmas spirit.

Next term starts on TUESDAY 3RD JANUARY. NO LADYBIRDS ON MONDAY 2ND JANUARY. 

The staff and Committee wish all our lovely families a very Happy Christmas and a super 2017.



MOBILE PHONE PROBLEMS

We are experiencing problems with our mobile networks in Ashbourne.

Therefore our mobile phone is not working.

Should you need to contact Ladybirds about any important matters, then please ring 01335 342660 and ask for Kay. She will pass any messages on to us.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.


week beginning 21st November.

This week we will finding out about animals that are awake at night time. We also have our own bedroom in the role play area. We will be talking about our bedtime routines as well as listening to stories and dressing up in the PJ's.

Please bring in the t towel money by this Friday. If you don't want to purchase one, then please bring it back.


week beginning 7th November 2016

This week we will be looking at the colours of Autumn. We will be making our own stained glass leaves - you will be able to see the light going through them.

Our Golden Rule is : We are kind and helpful

We will be learning some autumn rhymes and also learning some makaton signs for the different colours on the leaves.

Our Communication and Language focus this week will be listening to the different sounds of the musical instruments and trying to identify them when they are out of sight.

Week beginning 31st October 2016

We hope you have all had a super 1/2 term holiday.

We hope that you have managed to go out on walks and we look forward to seeing all your Autumn finds. Please bring them in so we can see them all!

This week we will be learning all about Autumn and what celebration happens this week - YES - Bonfire night. We will be making up our own dances / poem on the theme of fireworks. We will be making bonfires and fireworks. We will also be learning how we stay safe when near fire. We will be taking part in an Autumn colour hunt - look out for it as the finished hunt will be coming home.

Our golden rule focus will be please and thank you.

A busy week is ahead of us, lets hope for some beautiful Autumn weather too!


Week beginning 17th October 2016

This week we will be trying to follow all our golden rules!

1. We are kind and helpful
2. We say use our manners and say please and thank you
3. We listen to each other

We will talk about how we can make sure that the rules are followed and what we can can do to get a ladybird spot on the board.

It has come to our notice that the term dates on the website are incorrect. Please accept our apologies.

Term dates are below :
Autumn 1 term
INSET DAY – No play group – Monday 5thSeptember 2016
Term starts on :  Tuesday  6th September 2016
Term finishes on : Friday 21st October 2016 (half term)

Autumn 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 31st October 2016
Term finishes on : Friday 16th December (Christmas holidays)
INSET DAYS Monday 19thDecember, Tuesday 20th December 2016

Spring 1 term
Term Starts : Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Term finishes on : Friday 10th February 2017 (same as DCC)
Spring 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 20th February 2017
INSET DAYS - INCORPORATING SHROVETIDE - Tuesday 28th February, Wednesday 1st March 2017
Term finishes on : Friday 7th April 2017 (Easter Holidays)

Summer 1 term
Term starts on : Monday 24th April 2017
May Bank Holiday - Monday 1st  May 2017
Term finishes – Friday 26th May 2017 (half term)
Summer 2 term
Term starts – Monday 5th June 2017
Term finishes – Friday 21st July 2017 (summer holiday) 

We finish term on Friday 21st October and return on Monday 31stOctober. During the holidays, please can you fill a bag with ‘autumn objects’? We will be looking at the finds when we get back! Have a super holiday and stay safe.





Week beginning 10th October 2016

This week we will be learning how to take off our shoes and socks and then we are going to be painting our own feet. Once our feet have been washed, we will try to put on our socks and shoes independently! We will also be practising putting on our coats by ourselves.

We will be talking about the clothes we need to wear as it is getting colder, singing here we go round the Mulberry Bush.

The golden rule focus this week is : We are kind and help each other.

Our Communication and Language focus is : listening to instructions as we take part in play dough disco. This helps to build up our hand muscles too.







week beginning 26th September 2016

This week we will thinking about feelings such as happy, sad, excited and tired. We will be listening to music and then talk about how it makes us feel.

It is a sad week as we are saying goodbye to Tracey Elston. She has been working at Ladybirds for 18 years. We wish her all the very best for her future....once a ladybird, always a ladybird.  ☺


Week beginning 19th September 2016

This week we will be learning all about our families. We will be learning that families come in all shapes and sizes, but each one is very special.

On Tuesday morning, the children who attend that day, will be walking down the Tissington Trail to 'walk a mile for Bukina Faso'. People within the community are sponsoring others, including us to walk a mile. We hope to be able to walk up to 27 miles (1 mile per child and adult!).

The golden rule this week is : We listen to others

The Makaton signs are : Mummy and Daddy


Week beginning 5th September 2016

Welcome to St Oswald's Ladybirds Pre-School - our new name from 1st September 2016.

TERM STARTS ON TUESDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER - NO PLAYGROUP ON MONDAY 5TH!

Welcome to any new parents and children who will be starting this week, we look forward to getting to know you all.

Welcome back to our older children too. We hope you are ready to come back!

This September, we are starting to put the Newsletters onto our website. Go to the section 'Newsletters' on the website.

This week we will be getting to know each others and playing getting to know you games.

Our Golden Rule focus will be : Being Kind and Helpful

week beginning 4th July 2016

This week we will be learning about People who can help us. The older children will be walking round Ashbourne on specific days to find where we can see people who help us (hospital, swimming pool, supermarket etc).

On Friday, children who will be attending St Oswald's Infant School will be going to school for lunch. This will be the last time. Next week (15th July), the school leavers will be going to Carsington for their trip.

Term finished on Friday 22nd July. Only a few more weeks to go.....

Week beginning 13th June 2016

This week we will be learning about healthy eating. We will be fruit tasting and making our own smoothie.

We will also be pretending to be Peter Rabbit again, exploring Mr McGregor's garden and looking for vegetables as we gpinbg over the obstacles.

Mrs Mansfield will be visiting Ladybirds this week as well as continuing the visits to school and lunch on Friday.

Could be wet weather is week....please bring a waterproof coat.

Week beginning 6th June 2016

We hope everyone has had a super holiday.

This term we are finding out about Peter Rabbit. During the weeks we will be learning about different sorts of feelings we have, how to plan and make a special garden and people who can help us.

For those children going to school at St Oswald's in September, we  will be taking them over to school for half an hour on an allocated day each week. The staff take the children over during the session. This Friday will be our first lunch date at school. Please bring packed lunches. Please pick up the children at 1pm at the school office door.


For those children who will still be with us in September, please can you bring your acceptance of sessions letter back along with the funding form, we will need to process these very soon. Thank you.

Don't forget to put sun cream on the children and bring their sun hats - it may be sunny this 1/2 term.....we can hope!!


Week beginning Monday 18th April 2016

This Monday morning we will be going over to the gym. If your child attends this session, please can you make sure they are wearing leggings or trousers?

This week we are going to be Artists. We are going to be looking a Van Gogh's sunflower picture and creating our own too.

We will be learning about how the sunflower grows by joining in a rhyme.

Next week, (from 25th April), parents are invited to come along to the final circle time from 11.40am and 2.55pm to join in the rhyme time. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Week beginning 11th April 2016

We hope everyone has had a super Easter holiday.

Term starts on Monday 11th April. We hope that we can see everyone fit and well and the nasty cough, colds, chicken pox and high temperatures have long gone!

This term we will be learning about Sunflowers, how they grow and an artist who liked to paint them.

We will be hoping that the smartie tubes are filling up well, please return to playgroup as soon as possible. We hope to buy some balance bikes with the monies raised.

Please can you start saving plastic (clear) bottles? We are going to up cycle them and make our own mini gardens for herbs and spring flowers.


Week beginning 29th February 2016

This week we are celebrating books. We are encouraging everyone to come dressed up as a book character. We hope to read some of the children's favourite books.

Also this week, we are having a tea party for mums, dads, grandparents, and any other family members who can come. The children have a few surprises for you all!

Week beginning Monday 1st February 2016

This week we will be learning all about the Ashbourne tradition of Shrovetide football. We will be watching parts of the game using our hudl tablets. We will be making our own Shrovetide Football too.

We will be celebrating pancake day each day by decorating our own for the snack this week.

In the role play area, we will trying to toss the pancakes in the air and then try to catch them!

Have a great half term holiday and STAY SAFE AT SHROVETIDE.

Don't forget term finished on Friday 5th February.

We return to playgroup on Monday 15th February. 

Week beginning 18th January 2016

Well, we wanted snow so the children could experience it and now we have got it!

Last week we were finding out about animals that live in cold places. The children love our cuddly penguin and have been asking lots of questions about penguins.

So, this week we will be learning about Emperor Penguins - where they live, how they grow and what they eat. We will be painting pictures of penguins, moving like penguins, feeding a  very large penguin (only with bean bags!)

We will be playing in the snow if it continues to come down, so don't forget to wrap your children up warm. PLEASE put names on the scarves and gloves too!

Stay safe in the snow!


Week beginning 11th January

This week we will be learning about living in cold places, what animals live in cold places and how we can travel over snow. We will be making our own snowmobile and then testing it on a snow ramp.

We will also be practising our balancing this week too.

Make sure the children come in a warm coat, gloves etc. It is going to be cold this.

Snow has been forecast, so please make sure you keeping looking at the blog and listening to Ashbourne radio for updares.

Monday 4th January 2016

Happy New Year! Just a reminder that playgroup is closed on Monday 4th January. We start term on Tuesday 5th January.

This week will be learning about Snow and what happens when it starts getting warm. We will be hearing the story of The Snowman and then we will be sequencing it and retelling the story in our own words.

The craft area will be sparkly all week and we will be practising circular movements both outdoors and on the mark making table, so that we can then paint our own snowmen.

We will be learning some new rhymes about snowmen too.

Our golden rule focus this week will be : Remembering to say please and thank you.

week beginning 14th December 2015

Thank you to everyone who supported our late night shopping stall either by donating bottles, coming to buy tombola tickets or both. We raised an amazing £184.

The total amount raised this Christmas will be just over £500. We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to any of the ticket sales, cd's or late night shopping. The monies will be used to purchase some balance bikes and craft resources over the next few months. 

This week we will be a busy as the elves and Santa. It's number week this week and there will be various Christmas number activities around playgroup and outdoors.

On Tuesday afternoon, we have been invited to the school play. On Friday morning we are going to Dove House to sing and tell the old folk 'The Donkeys Story'.

We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a very healthy and peaceful New Year. We are so thankful for all the support that parents, grandparents, carers and the Committee have given to us this year.

Week beginning 30th November 2015

We are learning all about the very first Christmas this week.

The week our Nativity convert titled 'The Donkey's Story' will finish the week nicely.! Tickets are still available for parents who haven't already picked them up. We will start to sell extras tickets from Wednesday.

Reminders also that the tombola stall with bottles will be on Friday 11th December as we join in late night shopping festivities. Please bring in bottles to put on our stall - all the money raised will go directly back to the children for resources.

We will be are all looking forward to getting ready for the festive season. This week we will be writing our letters to Santa and posting them on Tuesday and Thursday.

On Thursday we will be visiting Ashbourne Methodist Church to join in the celebrations on the theme of 'Let's tell you the story'. We will be looking at displays created by the people of the church and we will also be taking part in craft activities around the theme of the Nativity. We love going there - it will be the start of our Christmas too!

Week beginning 16th November 2015

This week we will be learning about animals that hibernate. We will be making hedgehogs and also moving like some of the animals as part of our physical development programme.

We are also beginning to learn about the very first Christmas. Our play this year is called 'The Donkey's Story'. Every child will have a special part to play in it. Letters with details of your child's part, costumes and details of arrangement on December 4th are coming out this week. Look in your child's bags!

Week beginning 9th November 2015

This week we are learning about Diwali, the festival of lights. We will also be talking about our bonfire and firework experiences over the last weekend. We will be making our own Diva lamps from play dough. We will also be making up dances using sticks. All exciting!

The Curry Night list will be going round, so parents can sign up for this. Curry Night is on Monday 16th November.

This week the Committee will be meeting to plan for the next stage of the CIO and also to plan the AGM on Friday 20th November at 2.30pm. All parents are invited to attend.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION MONDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

Monday 2nd November 2015 - Playgroup and School have to close today due to Health and Safety issues. The fire alarms are not working so it is unsafe for children.

Becky will be ringing round everyone for today's sessions. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this closure.


Week beginning 2nd November 2015

We hope everyone has had a really great half term holiday.

This week we will be learning about Autumn and look at what is changing around us. We will also be learning all about Bonfire Night and what happened on the first November 5th. We will be thinking about safety of fireworks too.

The golden rule focus this week is : Please and Thank you. Lets hope the children will remember to say these without any reminders!

Curry Night is now on Monday 16th November NOT 9th November. All parents - new and old welcome to come,

week beginning 5th October 2015

This week the older children in the group will be visiting Ashbourne to find out about the town we live in and the shops that are here. They will then go into a shop and choose their own snack time fruit as well as looking around to see what a big supermarket sells.

We continue to support our younger children to settle into Ladybirds. We are welcoming some more new children and their parents this week.

Week beginning 28th September 2015

This week we will be finding out how to make bread. We will be linking this to the stroy of the Little Red Hen with a Literacy focus.

The children will be coming home with their own bread.

The Makaton sign will be bread.

Last week we made fruit smoothies and by the end of the week all the children had a try of one!

The Committee are still in the process of changing our charitable status. We have registered with the charity commission and we are now in the process of talking to the PLA about our legal requirements. We will keep you in touch. An AGM will be held in November, so look out for the date.



week beginning 21st September 2015

This week we are finding out about the fruits we like or dislike. We are making a favourite fruit tree in the morning sessions.

We will be hearing a story called Oliver's fruit salad and looking at some of the fruits in the book too.

For snack we are making fruit smoothies....should be tasty.

On Wednesday morning we hope to tidy the garden. Lots of things have grown over the summer. Any help would be appreciated. Please speak to Becky.

Week beginning 7th September 2015

Please note that playgroup opens on TUESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER. There is no playgroup on Monday 7th September!

We look forward to seeing old and new faces this half term. We will be finding out about each other as we take part in play, games, circle times and read stories together.

There will be lots of extra pieces of information coming home this week, so don't forget to look in your child's bag!

See you soon!


Important information from week beginning 7th September - MOBILE PHONE PROBLEMS

Once again we have been experiencing problems with our mobile phone network. EE are trying to rectify the problem with the mast.

If you need to call us, please try the mobile number 07980 420232. If it goes straight onto the answer phone, please contact school - 01335 342660. Mrs Wright will give you an alternative number to call.

We apologies for the inconvenience this is causing.

Other contact is - info@stoswaldsplaygroup-ashbourne.co.uk.



Week beginning 20th July 2015

Really can't believe itis the last week of term. We have really enjoyed getting to know all our children. We are really proud of their achievements this year. We will miss our leavers, but they are only going over to the other side of school and we will continue to see them.

This week we will be reminiscing and talking about our memories of Ladybirds. We will be drawing pictures of ourselves, then putting them onto a bunting. This will be put up in the playground with 'At Ladybirds I like....' The bunting will be up in the playground when the children start school so that there is something of familiarity when they start the next phase of their learning.

Parents questionnaire results will be coming home this week. Many thanks for all the positive comments. We really do value your comments and glad that you think Ladybirds is a very special place.

Thank you to everyone for all your support this year. We have been blessed with wonderful parents and children. We will miss the children and parents who are leaving, but we hope to stay in contact with you.

We also look forward to getting to know new families as they begin a new phase at Ladybirds in September.

Have a super holiday. Good luck to the children who are starting school and we look forward to seeing others in September!

Take care and be safe.

Week beginning 13th July 2015

Well, what an amazing weekend we have had......485 ducks were seen swimming down the River Henmore, raising £450 for playgroup! Thank you to everyone who bought ducks, donated cakes, bought cakes, came down to watch the race and helped to make the morning on Sunday so successful and unforgettable! The weather was perfect for ducks!!!

1st Prize = Julie Banks
2nd Prize = Harry Bulica
3rd Prize = Sam Waring

Last duck past the finishing line = Tracey Clarke-Kellow.

We all had a fantastic time! Well done everyone.

This week we are continuing to find out about our pets. Children are bringing in their own pets to show us.

We will be finding out about our pets at playgroup, Keith and Sandall - our fish.

We will also be focussing on taking turns and friendships.

Parent chats are also continuing, so please ask if you haven't had your chat yet...it will be this week! We have had great feedback from parents so far. We are very fortunate to have such supportive parents. Thank you.

On Friday we will be taking the school leavers to Carsington for the day. We hope to have an adventurous time...let's hope the weather is fine too.

Parent questionnaire results will be coming out in book bags this week as well as next years term dates.




Week beginning 6th July 2015

This week we will be finding out about our pets.

We are focusing on our scissor technique this week too.

It's the parent chats this week and we are looking forwards to telling you about your amazing children and their achievements this year.

There is another move up day on Thursday 9th July . Those children who are going to school will need to go over like last week at 9.30.



Week beginning 29th June 2015

This week will be a little different for some children.

Tuesday morning will be the move up day for the children going to St Oswald's Infant School in September. The children will need to be taken over to school by their parents and collected by parents also. Please contact the school if you need any more information.

During the Tuesday morning, we will be welcoming some of our new little ones ready for September too.

Friday 3rd July is an INSET day - so no playgroup.

This week we will be learning about animal homes and taking part in lots of different maths activities. We will be counting, making number lines and looking at 2D and 3D shapes.

Please continue to sell the duck tickets - only a couple of weeks to go!

Week beginning 22nd June 2015

This week we will be learning the names of baby animals.

We will be singing songs, hearing stories and playing games.

Don't forget to sell your duck race tickets - they are £1 each. 1st Prize will be £50, 2nd Prize will be £20 and 3rd Prize will be £10.

Come on Saturday 12th July at the fishpond side of the Henmore to watch the ducks swim down the river. Cakes for the stall would be welcome!

Week beginning 8th June 2015

This week we will be continuing to visit school with the children going to St Oswald's in September. Don't forget the packed lunches - please make sure you put an ice pack in the bag too.

We may see some sun this week - please put sun cream on your child and bring in their sun hats.

This week we are learning about the life cycle of the hen. We will be hearing farm animal stories too and listening to the sounds the animals make.

Outdoor play will include a chick hunt!

Newsletters are coming to you this week - please make sure you put all the dates in your diaries!

Week beginning 1st June 2015

Playgroup will be closed on MONDAY 1ST JUNE as it is an INSET day.

Playgroup opens on Tuesday 2nd June at 9am.

This term we will be finding out about farm animals and their babies. We are also going to be finding out about our pets. Later in the term we would like children to bring in their own pets and tell us how we need to care for them.....watch this space!!

For the school leavers, the lunch time sessions start this week. An invoice will be placed in your child's book bag so that payments can be made to cover the extra time with us. If you have already paid, this will be on the invoice too.

We will be making visits to school for those who are going to St Oswald's School. If your child is not going to St Oswald's, then please let us know and we can start to get in touch with their new school too.

It is going to be a long half term - 8 weeks in total. So we hope you and the staff have had your weetabix...we will need some extra energy for this one!

More details about the activities over the half term will be in the letters sent home, so make sure you look in your child's bag each day.

Fundraising events will also be happening this term. We are planning a duck race on 12th July and a disco - so again, look in your child's bag.

As this is written, Julie our intrepid explorer is walking the Inca Trail. She has been in touch and after a few blips and an injury, she is feeling positive to walk the trail to fund raise for playgroup. If we hear from her again, we will keep you informed of her progress.

If you send anything information back to playgroup, please can you get it out of your child's bag at the start of the session and give it to a staff member please? There are quite a few bags to look through each day and we may miss some important information.

So, we are all raring to go, for what will be a final half term at playgroup for some. Where does the time fly?


Week beginning 18th May 2015

This week we are making butterflies and learning about patterns.

Over the last few days, children and staff are falling ill with a stomach bug. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN FREE OF ANY VOMITING OR LOOSE BOWEL MOVEMENTS FOR 48 HOURS BEFORE BRINGING THEM BACK TO PLAYGROUP.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

We finish term on Friday 22nd May.

We return on TUESDAY 2nd June. Please note that playgroup is closed on Monday 1st June.

Don't forget to think about Julie - she is going trekking on the Inca Trail over the holidays. If you haven't sponsored her, please do. The monies will be split between playgroup and Ataxia. GOOD LUCK JULIE!!


Week beginning 27th April 2015

This week we will hearing the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We will be making a range of caterpillars and moving our bodies as we hear about the life cycle of a caterpillar.

Don't forget our open afternoon on Friday 2pm until 3.15pm. All family members welcome… come and join us and take part in garden activities and bring a plant to put in our garden. Lets hope for dry weather this year!!! School will be opening the Reception class from 3.30pm.  We look forward to seeing you all.

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY NEXT WEEK SO NO PLAYGROUP

Week beginning 23rd March 2015

This week we are learning about the Easter story and going on a egg hunt on our Key Person Day.

We will be focussing on Positional Language.

We will also be hearing stories about Dora and hen and her chicks.

We will be taking part in a 'I am painting' activity where we pretend to paint each other, then draw a picture of ourselves afterwards. Pretending to paint ourselves helps us to remember what we need to draw on our pictures...

We finish term on Friday 27th March and return on Monday April 13th.

All the staff wish everyone a Happy and safe Easter.

Week beginning 16th March 2015

Monday 16th - parents of those children who attend Monday mornings are invited to come and see the great things the children can do in the gym from 9.30 - 10.30am

This week we will be hearing the story of the Enormous Turnip. Our role play area is a garden.

We will be playing pulling a long rope outside, pretending to pull up the turnip!

We will be learning 'The Enormous Turnip' song  and we will be ordering and matching sizes.

A busy week this week!

Week beginning 9th March 2015

This week we will be having 3 Tea Parties for the older children. If someone is unable to attend for each child, please let us know as we can make other arrangements or change the day. The younger children will be making special things for their mums.

We will be talking about our families and what makes them so special.


Week beginning 2nd March 2015

Hello

Sorry in the delay in the blog this week - I have had trouble logging in....

This week we will be thinking about our mums in preparation for Mothers Day.

The newsletter will be going home from Wednesday 4th March. On this will be dates for your diaries. We are also inviting all the mums of the older children (ie those going to school in Septmeber) to come along to a Mothers Day tea party.

This week we will also be learning how to make patterns.

Week beginning 23rd February 2015

Hope you all had a very happy Shrovetide holiday.

This week we will be learning all about squares and Elmer the Elephant.

We will be finding out about your holiday adventures too.

Newsletters will be coming out soon with dates for yours diaries.

Week beginning 9th February 2015

It's Shrovetide week this week! We are learning about the great Ashbourne Football game - a real tradition for Ashburnians!

We will have a real Shrovetide ball to look at and we will re-enacting the game. We wonder if you know whether you are an upard or downard? We will be asking so that we don't put anyone in the wrong team!!

Term finishes on Friday 13th February.

We return to school on Monday 23rd January.

Have a safe half term and don't get to close to the hug!

2nd February 2015

On Monday we are going over to the school gym to pratice our balancing.

On Wendesday it's the drop in sessions at 11.30am and 2.50pm. Please come if you are able.

This week we are learning how to keep warm in winter. We will be sorting clothes and making snowman soup!

Pre warning - we finish term on Friday 13th February for Shrovetide week. We return to school on Monday 23rd February.

3oth January

ITS A SNOW DAY!!! NO PLAYGROUP TODAY WE ARE CLOSED - HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

29th JANUARY 2015

PLAYGROUP IS CLOSING THIS AFTERNOON DUE TO SNOW.

PLEASE LISTEN TO ASHBOURNE RADIO FOR UPDATES ABOUT TOMORROW

Week beginning 26th January 2015

We enjoyed the snow last week! We will be continuing the snowy theme this week by learning about animals that live in cold places.

Our role play area will be a snow slide - we will be making sledges to slide down the slopes, we will also be fishing in there too!

When we were painting snowmen, the children loved mixing the paint to make different colours, so this week we will be mixing cold colours.

Outdoors, we will be finding things that we push and pull. We have a new wagon too.

We will be making our own snow shakers and joining in the story of 'Jolly Snow'.

21st January

Just had a text from school to say we are OPEN. Lots of snow activities today!!

20th January 2015

Having just looked at the weather forecast for tomorrow, it seems that we may be in for an accumilation of snow.....great news for us as we are learning about snow!!

However, we know that from previous years, the snow may cause disruption.

Please stay tuned to Ashbourne Radio. If you hear that the school has closed, then we will also need to close too.

Please use your common sense too. If you feel that it is too dangerous to bring little ones out, then please stay at home. We also have a few pregnant mums at ladybirds, so please don't risk any falls.

We will keep you updated using this blog. As soon as we hear anything about closures, we will write it on here and contact the radio station.

If we are open and it is snowing, please remember to send your child in a warm coat, gloves, hats and scarves. We will be going out on sledges and making snowmen!

Week beginnng 19th January 2015

This week we are going snowman frenzy! We all so enjoyed painting snowmen last week, that we thought that we continue the enthusisam for snowmen!

We will be making dough snowmen, making snowmen in our physical core programme (imaginatively), dancing like snowflakes, listening to the snowman story and sequencing the story in order.


Week beginning 12th January 2015

This week, after popular demand, we are going all 'Frozen'. We will be learning about the story, recalling the story, we will counting snowflakes, making up our own snowflake dance and painting snowmen. A busy Frozen week!

We will be extending the learning as the weeks continue and we will be learning about animals in cold places, how we stay warm, and we hope that the snow will come again so we can go sledging!!

Week beginning 5th Janauary 2015

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TERM STARTS ON TUESDAY 6TH JAN - NO PLAYGROUP ON MONDAY 5TH.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

Thank you for all your gifts and last term, we hope everyone had a great Christmas.

This week we will be sharing our experiences of the holiday time and gifts we have received. Please encourage your child to bring in a gift they would like to show us all.

We will be making thank you cards and sending them to the people who helped to make our Christmas celebrations very special, namely Ashbourne Methodist Church, Dillions Cafe, Marks and Spencers Cafe, Cornerstone Cafe and Dove House residential home.

Please bring your child's scrap book with pictures of the holiday season in. If you don't have one, please speak to Becky or Tracey E.

We are looking forward to hearing all about the children's Christmas celebrations.

We hope the children are all well and recovered from the coughs and colds that seemed to do the rounds at the end of last term. Just a reminder of our illness policy - if your child has been vomitting or had diarrhoea, then you need to keep them off school for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea. We are hoping for a more healthier 2015! Thank you for your help in this matter.

FRIDAY 19TH DECEMBER

We have managed to contact the Pixie Treasures for the t towel order. They are delivering it tomorrow, so we will make sure you get your orders before Christmas.

All the staff and Committee wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year

Term starts on TUESDAY 6TH JANUARY 2015!

week beginning 8th December 2014

This week we will be continuing the Christmas theme.

We will be decorating a big tree for playgroup and hoping to put it outside.....

We will be painting our feet this week and then making the prints into a snowy feature....

Our concert is on Friday afternoon @ 2pm. Tickets are on sale for £2.50 - max 4.

Please send your children in warm coats, hats, scarves and suitable shoes/boots. It is getting colder this week and we have lots of outdoor activities planned!

We finish term on Friday 19th December (next Friday) and return to playgroup on TUESDAY 6th JAN - NO PLAYGROUP MONDAY 5TH - INSET DAY.

Week beginning 1st December 2014

We are finally into December!! So we can now start learning about Christmas.

This week we are starting to sing some of the Christmas songs.

Our concert will be on Friday 12th December. Tickets will be on sale £2.50 each - max 4 per child.

We will also be learning some signs to go with the songs too.

We are focussing on Maths this week, so there will be Christmas number hunts outside, pattern making in the craft table and singing our songs with lots of numbers in them too!

Last week we sent letters to Santa. The children may get a reply from him before Christmas. We had a great time last week. We visited cafe's, Kids @Cornerstone and visited the tree in the market place, so we are really getting into the Christmas spirit.

Don't forget the Curry Night - Monday 1st December @ 7.30pm

HO,HO, HO!! 25 days to Christmas!!!

Week beginning 24th November 2014

This week we will be writing letters and thinking about our families. We will be finding out about Ashbourne and the older children will be going to the post office to post their letters and looking around Ashbourne.

Please be aware that there may be some work being done on the playground this week.

Also, Curry night numbers need to be with us by Wednesday this week. All payments need to be made by then please...

The Tea Towel orders need to be in by the end of the week so that you can have the  order back for Christmas presents!

Week beginning 10th November 2014

This week we will be learning about feelings and reading the story of owl babies. We will be talking about how we feel in different situations.

We will be threading using gold and silver to make a night time display on trees.

Our role play area is now a theatre and we will be acting out the owl babies story with puppets.

Dates to be aware of : Friday 21st November - AGM - all welcome.

Week beginning 3rd November 2014

We hope everyone has had a great half term holiday.

This week we look forward to hearing all about the half term holiday, including your plans for bonfire night.

We will be making up our own firework poems and putting them to music. We will be moving like fireworks and also learning about how we keep safe on bonfire night.

Please start to bring back the Autumn scavenger hunts back. Prizes will be given to all who bring them back.

Newsletters will be coming out this week telling you all the dates to put in your diary for this half term. it will be another busy one!

Week beginning 20th October 2014

This week we will be learning about Divali - the festival of lights.

We will be making divas and dancing with sticks and listening to stories about Prince Rama and Princess Sita.

DON'T FORGET NO PLAYGROUP ON FRIDAY 24th OCTOBER - INSET DAY.

Have a great half term - we return on Monday 3rd November.

Week beginning 13th October 2014

This week we will be learning about day and night.

We will be continuing our maths theme too by counting, making patterns and sorting stars and moon shapes.

Our role play area is now a bedroom. We will be reading stories and talking about our own bedtime routines.

Friday 17th October 1.30pm - 3pm - Open Afternoon - come and see us and visit the school too!
Saturday 18th October 10am - 11.30am - Open Morning - playgroup and school open

DON'T FORGET - NO PLAYGROUP FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER - INSET DAY AT SCHOOL

Week beginning 6th October 2014

Thank you to everyone who has brought in leaves, conkers, and twigs you have found on your travels this week. We have really enjoyed looking at them and learning about Autumn.

We had a super time visiting the fire engine last Tuesday too. We were all in awe!!

On Monday and Wednesday morning we are going on a walk to the park to find more signs of Autumn. If your child attends these sessions, please bring them in a coat and sensible shoes. We are hoping for beautiful crisp mornings, not soggy ones!

We will be learning some numbers and ordering numbers this week as we thread leaves onto a sash or necklace. We will also be practicing our throwing and catching skills too!

Just a reminder : No playgroup on FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER as it is an INSET Day.

Week beginning 29th September 2014

This week we are learning about Autumn. The children have been showing real interest in the falling leaves, so we have changed the plans and will be focussing on this theme instead!

Please bring in any leaves, acorns, conkers for us to look at.

We will be mixing colours to make Autumn colours this week too.

On Tuesday we will be visited by the Ashbourne Fire Engine and fire fighters. All our older children are invited to come along (ie those who attend the morning sessions), even if it is not your normal session. If parents would like to stay to help us, please do! It will be very exciting. The afternoon children will have an opportunity next year, so you won't miss out!

It will be an exciting week!

Week beginning 22nd September 2014

This week, we will be welcoming more new starters!

We are getting to know each others' names this week too. We will be playing parachute games so that we can put faces to names.

We will be making bule play doh too - so don't send the children in anything new!

The Makaton sign this week is Good Morning, Good Afternoon.

Ladybird bags can still be ordered. Please ask a staff member if you would like one.

Week beginning 15th September 2014

We had a great week last week. We are beginning to get to know the new little ones. We are continuing to welcome new children and families this week too.

We are learning the Makaton signs for Good Morning and Good Afternoon as well as the 3 golden rules.

There is a Committee Meeting on Wednesday. For more information talk to Tracey or Becky.

Newsletters have been coming home, so look in the children's bags.

If you would like to order a ladybird bag, ask a staff member. They are priced at £2.50 until half term.

Week beginning 8th September 2014

HELLO!

We return to playgroup on Monday 8th September! New starters will have staggered days of starting, so look in your welcome pack for that day!

We really hope everyone has had a great holiday. Please bring your scrap books with all your adventures in them! New starters will be receiving them when you start.

This week we will be getting to know each other again. Even our children who attended afternoon sessions will be getting to know new children and staff - all very exciting!

Parents - if you have any worries about the new start, please come and tell us - we are here to support you too!

We are looking forward to seeing you all! Happy Days!

Week beginning 14th July 2014

This week will be learning how to tie dye! We will also be learning about sun safety and what we need to do to protect ourselves in the sun.

Our Makaton sign is SUN

This Friday we will be taking the school leavers on a trip to Carsington. Please send the children with a packed lunch and approriate clothing - we will be going come rain or shine!!

Tickets for the disco are now on sale.

Also - the parent curry night out is on MONDAY 21ST JULY. Please sign up for this by Wednesday this week as we need to let the Bengal know how much curry to make!!

Next week will be our last week or term.

We finish on Wednesday 23rd July @ 3.15pm

We return to playgroup on Monday 8th September.

Week beginning 30th June 2014

It's parent chat week (but not for Tuesday AM Key Person group - that is on the 8th July). Please come and find out how fantastic your child is!

For school leavers - don't forget it is move up day. Get to School at 9.30am and don't forget a packed lunch....

This week we are learning about textures and Going on a Bear Hunt.......expect some dirty feet to come home!

Also, don't forget that it is our open afternoon on Friday 4th - 1.30pm - 4pm. Come in your trousers as we will be showing everyone what we do as part of our physical development programme!! We will also demonstrate what we do in a normal session.

The grand opening of our chatter bags and Library will happen too. So come along to borrow a book or chatter bag.

Week beginning 23rd June 2014

This week we are going bear mad.....

We are going to hearing the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears, then we are having porridge for snack.

This week we are also learning about sizes, ordering heights and putting numbers in order.

We will be learning the signs that go with the Goldilocks rhyme.

Photos are on Friday afternoon. The staff will take the school leavers back to playgroup after their school visit. Parents then come to pick up at 1.15pm and wait for your photo slots. We hope the weather is fine so that the children can wait and play outside....



Week beginning 16th June 2014

For Show and Share this week the children will be bringing in their favourite teddy or cuddly toy. We will be talking in small groups about our teddy bears and why we love them so much.

We will be using different types of joining materials to make a teddy with moveable arms and legs.

Lots of teddy stories and rhymes will be going on too!

Please start to place your names on the slots for the photo session on Friday 27th June.


Week beginning 9th June 2014

We have really enjoyed planting seeds, so this week we are going to be learning about what happens to the seeds and what they need to help them grow.

We will be hearing about a painter called Van Gogh and his sunflower painting. We will be explore media to make our own sunflowers.

Visits to school will continue as well as having lunch on Friday.

Week beginning 2nd June 2014

Hope everyone has had a great half term holiday.

Don't forget there is NO PLAYGROUP ON MONDAY 2ND JUNE.

Term starts on TUESDAY 3RD JUNE.

The theme of the week will be orange - so there will be lots of colour mixing and orange pictures this week!

For school leavers - don't forget your packet lunch on Friday - it will be our first visit to school and we will have our lunch in the hall. We will also be visiting school in small groups each day starting on Tuesday. All very exciting!!

Also this week -  Saturday 7th June - CAKE STALL OUTSIDE SAINSBURY'S . Please bake us some cakes and raise money for playgroup. Bring them to playgroup by Friday at 4pm or to the stall from 8.30am. Thanking you in advance.


Week beginning 19th May 2014

This term we have been learning all about plants and gardens.

This week we are going to be finding out about a very special garden belonging to Monet. We will be trying to create our own Monet garden using a range of media.

Dates for next term coming out this week, so pop them in your diary!

Don't forget - TERM FINISHES ON FRIDAY 23RD JUNE.

We are back to school on TUESDAY 3RD JUNE.
 
NO PLAYGROUP ON MONDAY 2ND JUNE - SCHOOL INSET DAY

Week beginning 12th May 2014

This week we will be finding out about The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We will be making our own caterpillars and butterflies and taling part in different activities about the hungry caterpillar.

A newsletter with special dates for next half term will be coming out this week.

The sign of the week will be butterfly.

The Committee are meeting this week and will be looking at the questionnaires that you sent into us. You will get a response soon.

Week beginning 5th May 2014

Thank you to everyone who came to the family afternoon last Friday. We planted lots and many plants were donated.

This week we are going to be finding out about gardens and talking about our own gardens.

We apologise for the delay in the Newsletter - this will be coming out shortly, as are the sessions for your children from September.

Transition with school will be starting soon - we will let you all know what we are doing to help your child to settle into school as quickly as possible.

DATES
Term finishes on FRIDAY 23RD MAY.

The last term of the year starts on TUESDAY 3RD JUNE. NO PLAYGROUP ON MONDAY 2ND - INSET DAY AT SCHOOL.

Week beginning 7th April 2014

It is our last week of term before the Easter holidays.

This week we will be following clues to find the eggs that Dora the hen has missed placed. We do hope the children find them!

The sign of the week is EGG

Don't forget the last day of term is FRIDAY 11TH APRIL.

We start the next term on MONDAY 28TH APRIL. We do hope everyone has a very EGGciting Easter!

Also, dont forget the family garden afternoon on the first Friday back - bring your family and a plant too! We will be making things for the garden, planting seeds and eating cakes! We look forward to seeing you there.


 

Week beginning 31st March 2014

Last week we saw lots of signs of spring in the garden, thanks to all those parents that helped to get rid of the weeds so we could see the daffodils and spring flowers!

This week we will be finding out about Dora's eggs and getting ready for Easter.

The sign of the week is egg.

Week beginning 17th March 2014

The children showed great interest in kites last week, so we are going to be making some this week, incorporating some of the children's Maths next steps.

They also enjoyed playing with pasta outside, so we are going to be changing the role play area and putting in dried food for them to use!

The sand pit inside was a great hit, the children were able to practice putting on their shoes and socks too! We will be transporting the sand back outside - the weather forcast says sunshine, so we will wait and see......

The sign of the week is Sky.

Parent Questionnaires are due in by the 24th March, so if you haven't filled one in yet, please do - your comments are valued by us.

We have had a couple of cases of scarlet fever. A letter from the Department of Health was attached to your newsletters, so please look out for any of the signs and symptoms and take your child to the doctor to get antibiotics. Please let us know if your child develops this. Thank you.

Also, please can parents ring or text playgroup if your child is not coming to playgroup? We have to monitor absences, especially if your child is funded. Thank you.

Week beginning 10th March 2014

We hope you all enjoyed the Shrovetide celebrations. The staff saw a few of you!

This week we will finding out about wind and storms and talking about how they make us feel.

Newsletters are coming home. There are dates for you to keep note of. There is also a special letter with regards to scarlet fever that is going around the East Midlands at the moment. Please look out for signs and symptoms and take your child to the doctor if you notice anything. We have also got chicken pox going round too!

We are starting a show and share week soon the dates are : 24th – 28th March. A slip will be coming out to you from your Key Persons to remind you!

Your child's next steps will be coming out this week. The next steps will last up to May spring bank holiday due to the days we have had off for Shrovetide and a very short term after Easter. 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
TERM FINISHES ON Friday 11thApril
NEXT TERM BEGINS ON MONDAY 28thApril

Week beginning 3rd March 2014

This week is a shorter week for us. Don't forget that we have 2 INSET days this week due to Shrovetide. There will be NO playgroup on TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY.

We have been learning all about Shrovetide - come and look at our Shrovetide balls we have designed at playgroup. We are very proud of them. We have been looking at pictures of and finding out about Shrovetide. Michelle brought in a Shrovetide ball to look at.

Last week we played Shrovetide - in a few years time, we will be looking out for some great Shrovetiders!!

On Monday this week we will be choosing our own fillings for pancakes and also going over to the gym.

We will then be learning about wind and storms in the next coming days and weeks.

Have a great Shrovetide - everybody stay safe. We look forward to hearing your stories when we return on Thursday 6th March!

Week beginning 10th February 2014

This week we are learning about numbers and counting.

Our Makaton signs are BIG AND SMALL.

We will finish term this Friday 14th February for one week. We return to playgroup on MONDAY 24TH FEBRUARY.

Please note that on TUESDAY 4TH MARCH and WEDNESDAY 5TH MARCH, there will be NO playgroup. It is our annual Shrovetide game in Ashbourne. If anyone in your family has any Shrovetide pictures or balls, please tell us we would love to see them!

HAVE A HAPPY HALF TERM - STAY SAFE EVERYONE.

Week beginning 3rd February 2014

This week we will be finding out about some animals that live in cold countries.

We will also be practising our cutting skills.

Questionnaires will be coming out to parents during the week. Please fill them in, as always your views are welcome.

Don't forget to start bringing back your child's next steps so that we can begin to start looking at some for after term.

PLEASE NOTE : I made a mistake on the INSET days. These will be Tuesday 4th MARCH and Wednesday 5th MARCH not February as in the newsletter. These days will be the annual Shrovetide days. My apologises! Becky




Week beginning 27th January 2014

We will be continuing our theme of 'cold'. This week we will be sorting clothes and dressing up in clothes that we wear in the cold weather.

We will also be making things that we can push and pull. Our makaton signs are push and pull this week too.

Playgroup council is this Friday. Letters for those invited to come have gone out or in the book bags slots. We hope you can make it. Our focus of our talk will be what we like to outdoors at playgroup and how we can make it even better.

Parent Questionnaires are going out next week, so please look out for them.

This week, we are starting to send children home with sticky labels rather than slips so that 1. You have an idea of what they might have done that day and 2. If they have been following our golden rules (those labels will have a hand on them to show it is a golden rule!).  We hope that these are a useful way to find out some of the activities your child has taken part in during the session.

Some parents have been asking about what snack we have. There was a rota in your welcome pack, but we are going to be putting the rota on the noticeboard too.

PLEASE NOTE : I made a mistake on the INSET days. These will be Tuesday 4th MARCH and Wednesday 5th MARCH not February as in the newsletter. These days will be the annual Shrovetide days. My apologises!


Week beginning 13th January 2013

This week we are going to be finding out about foot prints. The children were fascinated by the foot prints that were left in the room by the wet weather last week!

We will be painting our  feet (or wellies) to make our own prints and finding animal prints around the playground.

Some parents will be coming in to playgroup to see their child's Key Person this week. Letters for our younger children chats are now in your child's book bag slot.

We will continuing the theme of the Snowman. The children really engaged with the story last week. Thank you to parents who have made things with their children at home and bought them in to show us and for feedback about how their children have been telling them all about the story.

Don't forget - if you have anything in your scrap books - bring them in to show us. We know that you have had a very exciting Christmas!

Week beginning 9th December 2013

This week we will be learning about the true meaning of Christmas.

We will be showing all our family the real Christmas in our concert on Friday 'What happened at Christmas'.

The Makaton sign is Jesus.

The list for the raffle prizes is now on the notice board - apologises from Becky for not putting it up!

We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday morning at Ashbourne Methodist Church!

week beginning 2nd December

Only 3 more weeks until we finish for the Christmas holidays! We have lots of exciting things to do before then!

This week we will be writing a letter to Santa....you never know, you may get a reply!

We will be looking at candles in the darkness. We will be comparing them measuring them and making patterns with them.

Our role play area will be a dark den!

We will be visiting Ashbourne Methodist Church on Thursday this week. We will be finding out about the Shepherds in the Christmas story.

We will be continuing to sing our songs for the concert - tickets are on sale now!

Don't forget the disco is on 20th December - tickets on sale now!

A letter will be coming home this week asking for tombola and raffle prizes - please try and support us as much as possible. Thank you.

Week beginning 25th November 2013

This week we will be making playdough hedgehogs. We have enjoyed finding out about animals who come out at night time.

We have also been talking about bedtime routines and our role play area is a bedroom at the moment! SSHHHH......

We will be starting to learn some rhymes ready for Christmas. Letters about the parts children will be playing in the concert will be going out this week.

Concert and Disco tickets will be on sale too.

Week beginning 4th November 2013

Please note that there is NO PLAYGROUP ON MONDAY 4TH NOVEMBER - school have an INSET day.

Playgroup returns on Tuesday 5th November. 

This week we will be talking about fireworks and find out how everyone celebrated the night or plan to celebrate during the week.

We will be making up poems about the fireworks and exploring the sounds and noises they make.

We will also be making our own fireworks using junk and other resources.

Week beginning 21st October 2013

This week we will be doing lots of counting and number play activities.

We will be recapping some of the signs we have been learning over the past few weeks.

This is our last week of playgroup before the half term holiday.

We finish on Friday 25th October at 12noon and we start the next term on TUESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER . Please note the day. Playgroup is NOT open on Monday 4th November as school have an INSET day.

Week beginning 14th October 2013

This week we will be reading Commotion in the Ocean. We will be continuing to learn the names of the sea creatures and find out about rhyming words as we read the book.

We will be also getting messy - we are making our own blue playdough!

We will also be practising our scissor skills, so lots of activities around the room will have scissors with them.

We will be welcoming the next group of new starters on Friday afternoon.

Week beginning 7th October 2013

This week we will be choosing our own resources and media to make sea creatures.

The children have been talking about pirates, so the role play area is now a ship!

The Makaton sign this week is fish.

Week beginning 30th September 2013

This week we will be learning about the textures and sounds of the sea. We will be playing in our beach role play area and exploring different objects found around the sea side.

The Makaton sign will be sea.

New children will be stating once again this week and we will be helping them and their parents to settle into playgroup.


Week beginning 23rd September 2013

We will be continuing learning about the Rainbow Fish this week.

We will be learning about colours and finding shiny things. We will also be practising our scissors skills.

We welcome the next cohort of new starters this week too!

Our Makaton sign for this week is FRIEND.

Week beginning 9th September 2013

We continue to welcome new children and their families to playgroup this week.

We will be learning new names of children and staff as well as getting used to a new routine for quite a number of our new little ones.


Week beginning 2nd September 2013

TERM STARTS ON Thursday 5th September 2013.

For children who have already been attending playgroup - check your day your child attends so that you know when your child is starting!

For new children - don't forget we are having a staggered start to make sure the children settle with us quickly. Your child's start date was on the front of your welcome pack! If unsure, please ring us - 07980 420232.

We hope everyone has had a great holiday. We look forward to seeing our children and meeting new children and families.

See you all soon!

week beginning 15th July 2013

Thank to everyone who supported the disco last week. Thanks to Julie and Matt for all the games and music! We hope everyone had a great time - the staff did!!  Well done to Carly and family for winning the ladybird cake!

We will let everyone know how much we have raised from the sponsored walk, disco, cake raffle and tombola in a few days. Thank you so much for your support - without these extra funds, we wouldn't be able to provide the children with the exciting activites each week. We hope that the monies rasied will go back into the garden fund.

This week is our last full week of the year. We really can't believe how fast this year has gone. For some children, this is their last week at playgroup. We will miss you very much, but we hope that you will remember us!

This week we will be learning about positional language and we will be trying to find Nemo's friends in the garden.

We will also be looking at books and talking about going to school. We hope the leavers have enjoyed their school visits and are getting excited about their next phase in learning.

Week beginning 8th July 2013

Autumn 1 term
INSET DAY – No play group – Friday 5th September 2014
Term starts on : Monday 8
th September 2014
Term finishes on : Thursday 23
rd October 2014 (half term)
INSET DAY - No Playgroup - Friday 24
th October 2014

Autumn 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 3rd November 2014
Term finishes on : Friday 19
th December 2014 (Christmas holidays)

Spring 1 term
INSET DAY : No Playgroup - Monday 5th January 2015
Term Starts : Tuesday 6
th January 2015
Term finishes on : Friday 13
th February 2015 (incorporating Shrovetide)

Spring 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 23rd February 2015
Term finishes on : Friday 27
th March 2015 (Easter Holidays)

Summer 1 term
Term starts on : Monday 13th April 2015
Term finishes – Friday 22
nd May (half term holiday)

Summer 2 term
INSET DAY – No playgroup – Monday 1st June 2015
Term starts – TUESDAY 2
nd June 2015
INSET DAY – No playgroup – Friday 3
rd July 2015
Term finishes – Wednesday 23
rd July 2014 (summer holiday)

Week beginning 1st July 2013

Autumn 1 term
INSET DAY – No play group – Friday 5th September 2014
Term starts on : Monday 8
th September 2014
Term finishes on : Thursday 23
rd October 2014 (half term)
INSET DAY - No Playgroup - Friday 24
th October 2014

Autumn 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 3rd November 2014
Term finishes on : Friday 19
th December 2014 (Christmas holidays)

Spring 1 term
INSET DAY : No Playgroup - Monday 5th January 2015
Term Starts : Tuesday 6
th January 2015
Term finishes on : Friday 13
th February 2015 (incorporating Shrovetide)

Spring 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 23rd February 2015
Term finishes on : Friday 27
th March 2015 (Easter Holidays)

Summer 1 term
Term starts on : Monday 13th April 2015
Term finishes – Friday 22
nd May (half term holiday)

Summer 2 term
INSET DAY – No playgroup – Monday 1st June 2015
Term starts – TUESDAY 2
nd June 2015
INSET DAY – No playgroup – Friday 3
rd July 2015
Term finishes – Wednesday 23
rd July 2014 (summer holiday)

Week beginning 25th April 2013

Autumn 1 term
INSET DAY – No play group – Friday 5th September 2014
Term starts on : Monday 8
th September 2014
Term finishes on : Thursday 23
rd October 2014 (half term)
INSET DAY - No Playgroup - Friday 24
th October 2014

Autumn 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 3rd November 2014
Term finishes on : Friday 19
th December 2014 (Christmas holidays)

Spring 1 term
INSET DAY : No Playgroup - Monday 5th January 2015
Term Starts : Tuesday 6
th January 2015
Term finishes on : Friday 13
th February 2015 (incorporating Shrovetide)

Spring 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 23rd February 2015
Term finishes on : Friday 27
th March 2015 (Easter Holidays)

Summer 1 term
Term starts on : Monday 13th April 2015
Term finishes – Friday 22
nd May (half term holiday)

Summer 2 term
INSET DAY – No playgroup – Monday 1st June 2015
Term starts – TUESDAY 2
nd June 2015
INSET DAY – No playgroup – Friday 3
rd July 2015
Term finishes – Wednesday 23
rd July 2014 (summer holiday)

Week beginning 15th April 2013

Autumn 1 term
INSET DAY – No play group – Friday 5th September 2014
Term starts on : Monday 8
th September 2014
Term finishes on : Thursday 23
rd October 2014 (half term)
INSET DAY - No Playgroup - Friday 24
th October 2014

Autumn 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 3rd November 2014
Term finishes on : Friday 19
th December 2014 (Christmas holidays)

Spring 1 term
INSET DAY : No Playgroup - Monday 5th January 2015
Term Starts : Tuesday 6
th January 2015
Term finishes on : Friday 13
th February 2015 (incorporating Shrovetide)

Spring 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 23rd February 2015
Term finishes on : Friday 27
th March 2015 (Easter Holidays)

Summer 1 term
Term starts on : Monday 13th April 2015
Term finishes – Friday 22
nd May (half term holiday)

Summer 2 term
INSET DAY – No playgroup – Monday 1st June 2015
Term starts – TUESDAY 2
nd June 2015
INSET DAY – No playgroup – Friday 3
rd July 2015
Term finishes – Wednesday 23
rd July 2014 (summer holiday)

PLAYGROUP CLOSED TODAY - 22ND MARCH 2013

Autumn 1 term
INSET DAY – No play group – Friday 5th September 2014
Term starts on : Monday 8
th September 2014
Term finishes on : Thursday 23
rd October 2014 (half term)
INSET DAY - No Playgroup - Friday 24
th October 2014

Autumn 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 3rd November 2014
Term finishes on : Friday 19
th December 2014 (Christmas holidays)

Spring 1 term
INSET DAY : No Playgroup - Monday 5th January 2015
Term Starts : Tuesday 6
th January 2015
Term finishes on : Friday 13
th February 2015 (incorporating Shrovetide)

Spring 2 term
Term starts on : Monday 23rd February 2015
Term finishes on : Friday 27
th March 2015 (Easter Holidays)

Summer 1 term
Term starts on : Monday 13th April 2015
Term finishes – Friday 22
nd May (half term holiday)

Summer 2 term
INSET DAY – No playgroup – Monday 1st June 2015
Term starts – TUESDAY 2
nd June 2015
INSET DAY – No playgroup – Friday 3
rd July 2015
Term finishes – Wednesday 23
rd July 2014 (summer holiday)

JOB ADVERT

We wish to appoint 2 Assistants to work as a job share for 21 1/2 hours per week.

Please contact info@stoswaldsplaygroup-ashbourne.co.uk or 07980 420232 for more details and an application form.

CLOSING DATE  - FRIDAY 22ND MARCH @ 3.30PM.

Week beginning 18th March

What a busy term we are having! We have been shopping during the last 2 weeks - thank you to all those parents who helped us - it is appreciated.

This week we will be finding out about Handa's surprise and find out what fruit she takes to her friend.

We will also be doing lots of counting out objects.

Week beginning 4th March 2013

This week in small groups we will be visiting the supermarket. We will be going on a hunt to find some shopping items and buying our snack.

Our Makaton sign will be Supermarket.

We will also be thinking about our mums - but we will have to keep that a secret!

Our role play area will be a fruit and veg shop and we will be playing with the real things!!

It is GYM on Monday morning so remember to wear your joggers!

Week beginning 25th February 2013

What a fantastic week we had last week. The Three Little Pigs story really captured the imaginations!

This week we will be finding out about shops in our town and what we can buy in them.

Our Makaton sign is : SHOP

We will also be focussing on our shape for this half term which is square.

The builders yard was so well used last week that we have decided to continued it.

Don't forget to start completing the parent questionnaires - the post box is now on the noticeboard. All questionnaires will be anonymous  - so don't write any names on the sheets! Thank you for taking time to fill these in.

Week beginning 18th February 2013

We hope everyone has had a great half term holiday.

This week our theme will be all about The three little pigs. We will be building houses and talking about our own houses too.

Our role play area has been changed into a builders yard as so many children found buidling interesting last 1/2 term!

Don't forget to bring your scrap books in to show us!

Week beginning 11th February 2013

IT IS HALF TERM IN ASHBOURNE. No playgroup this week.

Have a fantastic Shrovetide and stay safe.

Playgroup returns for Spring 2 term on MONDAY 18TH FEBRUARY.

Week beginning 4th February 2013

This week we will be finding out about our tradition of Shrovetide Football in Ashbourne.

We will be practicing our balls skills and have we will have pretend Shrovetide goals in playgroup! You never know, we may have some budding Shrovetiders in our mist! It all starts here!!

Don't forget that we will be finishing for our half term holiday on FRIDAY 8TH FEBRUARY.

WE RETURN TO PLAYGROUP ON MONDAY 18TH FEBRUARY.

Have a great half term and stay safe at Shrovetide.



Week beginning 28th January 2013

Gung Hey Fat Choy  - Happy Chinese New Year!

We will be continuing to find out about the NewYear celebrations. We will be making dragon puppets and taking part in a dragon dance!

21st JANUARY UPDATE ON SNOW

AS OF 7AM - PLAYGROUP IS OPEN.

STAFF WILL BE IN SCHOOL BY 7.30AM SO IF THIS CHANGES YOU WILL BE CONTACTED.

Week beginning 21st January 2013

We had a great time last week playing in the snow!

Don't forget to go on this web page for information regarding snow. We will stay open as long as possible. The only time we have to close is if the schools closes before we start. If we school closes during the day, we will contact you.

This week we will be learning about Chinese New Year.

Our sign will be snake as it is the year of the snake.

Lots of red and gold activities will be taking place.

SNOW TODAY!

As of 6.30am we are still OPEN. We will contact you via phone should playgroup need to close during the day - hopefully not though!

Week beginning 14th January

This week the theme is SNOW! We think we might be getting some too.

Please look out on the website for any closer announcements or listen to Ashbourne radio.

If it does snow, we will be playing in it, so wrap up warm!

We will be also playing with ice and seeing what happens to it over the session!

Week beginning 7th January 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Just a reminder that playgroup opens on TUESDAY 8TH JANUARY. No playgroup on Monday 7th.

Christmas Time 2012

Many thanks to parents for all the help and support you have given us over the past 2 weeks. we ahve been so busy!

We have visited Ashbourne Methodist Church for their Advent 'Time to Shine'. We watched The Mulberry Bush play and we travelled on the bus to see the Reindeers. On Friday 14th December, we did our concert in front of 350 people! What a lovely time we have had.

All the staff and children at playgroup wish you all a

VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND GREAT NEW YEAR!

Term begins on TUESDAY 8th January 2013!

Week beginning 10th December 2012

What a busy time we are having at playgroup!

Last week we went to Ashbourne Methodist Church to join in their advent celebrations.

Some of us went to see The Mulberry Bush play and then we met them all again at the advent celebrations.

We had our disco on Friday 7th and Santa came to visit!

This week we will be getting ready to show everyone our concert. Don't forget - you need tickets to get in!

On Tuesday we are going to see Santa's reindeers - it will be very exciting!

WOW - it is nearly Christmas!!

Week beginning 26th November 2012

Another busy week a head of us.

We will be learning about light and dark.

We will be making stained glass candles and find out how the light will shine through to make them colourful.

Staff will be sending letters out this week with the parts for the concert. Please look in your child's  book bag. Everyone has a special part to play. Everyone is very important!

We will be learning the songs for the concert......!

Please start to bring in Tombola prizes into playgroup.

Remember that disco and concert tickets are for sale. 4 concert tickets per child have been allocated, so make sure you get yours.

Only 4 more weeks till Christmas!!!!!

Week beginning 19th November 2012

We are continuing to find out about Divali this week. Last week we heard the story about Rama, Sita and the 10 headed monster. We all listened well to it! We also sang a song called '5 little divas in a row'. We made small divas out of clay.

This week we will be making sweets and popcorn. We will also be drawing pictures of henna hands.

2 weeks ago we were visited by the fire service. We had a great time! We were able to go in the engine, try on the clothes and helmets and spray water into the river from the hoses! Brilliant!

Week beginning 5th November 2012

Remember, Remember the 5th November! We are - how can we ever forget it! It's such an exciting time for the children.

This week we are making fireworks and bonfires. We are also going to be making up our own firework poems with actions and music.

As a surprise for the children on Monday morning, we will be visited by some firemen and an engine!!! We will be taking lots of photos for everyone to see us!

Newsletters will be out by Wednesday as we have had a photocopying mishap over the holidays.

Dates for your diairies

CHRISTMAS DISCO FOR ALL OUR PLAYGROUP CHILDREN - 7th December @ 1.30pm - 3pm

NATIVITY PLAY @ Ashbourne Methodist Church 14th December 2pm - 3pm

AGM @ playgroup 16th November @ 2.30pm - 3pm - everyone welcome

More details will be on the newsletters, but make sure you make a note of them!

Week beginning 22nd Octobert 2012

It's our last week of term before we have a holiday!

Our theme this week will be Autumn. The children have been so interested in finding out more, we have put it into our planning for next week!

We will be exploring the garden and looking for different colours of leaves in a leaf hunt!

The children showed real interest in our building activities too, so the role play area will be turned into builders work shop!

WE FINISH TERM ON THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER - FRIDAY IS AN INSET DAY.

We hope you all have a fantastic half term - don't forget to do your scrap books, we are looking forward to seeing them already!

Week beginning 15th October 2012

This week we will be learning about clothes and how we keep clean.

We have a bathroom in the role play area, the children wanted it changed to that!

We are sorting clothes into sets for hot weather and cold weather.

Our makaton sign this week is 'coat'.

Don't forget that we have our Open Morning on Saturday - bring your friends and family to meet us!

Week beginning 8th October 2012

It is week 6 ...

It's family week this week! We are hoping that everyone brings in their scrap books or photos of their family.

We are also learning about sizes and measuring the towers we build. We will be comparing our towers to see how high they are and which one will be the tallest.

We are having difficulty at the moment in trying to work out children's belongings. There are many bags and coats that still don't have any names on them. PLEASE NAME EVERYTHING. Children try to find their own coats, but you will be surprised with how many Peepa Pig ruck sacks we have!

We will be getting a separate tub for ruck sacks as there are now so many! Children are finding it difficult to get their own coats due to the volume of bags on the hooks. We want the children to be independent in their self care, and this will help them.

Just a reminder that our term finished on THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER. Friday is an INSET day, so NO playgroup.

Week beginning 1st October 2012

This week have changed our planning as the children are enjoying learning about 'Our Body'.

We will be feet painting and learning the names of the body parts. We will be dancing moving our bodies to music.

Our makaton signs will be look and listen.

Next week therefore we will be thinking about 'Our Families'.

Week beginning 24th September 2012

This week we will be learning all about our senses.

We will making glasses and binoculars and wandering round the garden, smelling herbs, listening to sounds and looking through our binoculars!

We will be tasting a range of fruit at snack time too!

We will be using our senses to make play dough and touch different textures in all the areas around the room.

Our Makaton signs will be LOOK and LISTEN

What a busy week!!

Next week we need your family photos bringing in as we will be once again talking about our families - we look forward to seeing them all!

REMINDERS !

Just a reminder that playgroup's term starts on TUESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2012.

The children are having a staggered start, so don't forget to check the dates on your letter sent last term.

Have a good last week of the holiday and see you all soon!

Week beginning 30th April 2012

This week we will learning how to look after animals and pets.
Our role play area will be a vets!

We have been learning animal names and this week we are learning the names of their babies.

On Friday 4th May it is our Granparents Day - everyone can bring their grandparents. If they are unable to come, bring someone else as specila. We will be getting lots of crafts ready to put in the garden.

Week Beginning 26th March 2012

Thank you to all those parents, grandparents and children who attended our playgroup garden morning on Saturday. We appreciate all your help you give to us - thank you.

This week we will be learning about Easter. We will be taking part in an Easter Egg Hunt. We will be dressing up this week, so bring your £1 and you can have a ticket for our Easter Egg raffle!

On Wednesday afternoon, we will be going over to the church to meet Geraldine, the vicar, who will be telling us the Easter story.

We finish term on THURSDAY 29TH MARCH.

We return on MONDAY 16TH APRIL.

HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE!

Week beginning 19th March 2012

This week we will be beginning to learn about Easter. We will be reading 'Dora's eggs' and find out what happens to them.

We have had a great time looking at the signs of spring. We have enjoyed digging in the compost so much that now our role play area is a garden and we can dig, fill up plant pots and plant some flowers in them!

We hope all our mums enjoyed their special day on Sunday!

week beginning 12th March 2012

This week we will be thinking about our mums. We will be making lots of lovely things for them! We will also be looking at the changes to the trees in our garden and making pictures of them too. We are spotting lots of flowers coming up through the ground and blossom on the trees - it's finally Spring time!

Funding forms are needed to be signed as soon as possible please. Please bring them back completed.

Coming next week :
  • Parent Partnership Policy. (Thank you for taking time to read all the items coming home recently and for bringing back your slips of acknowledgement.)
  • Let's Talk leafet written as part of the Building Foundations Together links.

What a busy week, as always!

Playgroup Council

Our playgroup met on Friday 10th February. We had our lunch and we talked about 5 golden rules we would like to have at our playgroup.

We came up with the following :
1. We are kind to each other.
2. We listen to each other.
3. We say please and thank you and use our manners.
4. We talk quietly to each other.
5. We help each other.

After half term, we will be introducing our 5 golden rules to everyone. It is important that we can all remember them!

Week beginning 20th February

We are on our half term holiday this week.

Happy Shrovetide - please keep safe.

Week beginning 6th February 2012

This week we will be finding out about things that we can push and pull.

We also experience some real snow finally, so we will be going out to play in it if it comes! Don't forget to bring warm clothes and boots!

This week we are going to be having our playgroup council and we will be working together to make our 5 rules for playgroup.

Don't forget to look at our website for up to date information regarding the snow if it comes and also listen to Ashbourne Radio!

Week beginning 30th January

This week we are learning all about igloos.

We are also going to be learning how to dress ourselves and what order we can put our clothes on!

Week beginning 16th Janaury

we have been hearing about The Snowman in story books. We all worked together last week to make pictures to go up on the display.

This week we are watching the DVD and we are beginning to know what happens next in the story!

This week and parts of next week, we will be meeting parents to talk about how proud we are all of the children.

Remember to send your child in your warm coats, hats etc - it is getting cold when we play outside!

First week back in 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
We hope everyone had a great Christmas.

We start term on THURSDAY 5TH JANUARY. This week we will be talking about Christmas. We will be sending the scrap books home so that you can fill the pages with all the Christmas celebrations.

Week beginning 5th December 2011

We shall be very busy this week practicing for our concert which will be on Tuesday 13th December at 2pm.

On Thursday morning, we will be visiting Ashbourne Methodist Church to join in their 'Good News Angels' stories.

We will be making our cards - big surprises for our mums and dads......

STRIKE ACTION

St Oswalds Playgroup WILL BE OPEN on Wednesday 30th November 2011. Only the school will be closed that day.

Week beginning 21st November 2011

This week we will be starting to learn our new songs for the concert.

We will be making clay hedgehogs to go into the little homes we made last week.

The Makaton sign will be sleep.

Tickets will be on sale for the concert from Tuesday 22nd November. 4 tickets per child @£2.50 each.
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