As I write this the first signs of spring are appearing: daffodils are poking their heads through the ground to join the snowdrops One of the things that epitomises spring is, of course, spring lambs and the children at Allsorts were lucky enough to have a close encounter with some recently. Thanks to Roly, the shepherd at Little Wittenham farm, the children were able to visit the farm and had a chance to feed a lamb with a bottle and to put out fresh bedding for them. A lovely time was had by all, including the parent helpers and staff.
In January Allsorts was very pleased to welcome Julie Carr as the new PreSchool Manager. Julie will no doubt be a familiar face to many in the village thanks to her involvement in lots of village and school events. Julie comes to the job with a huge amount of experience in the field of early years education and we are sure she will be a valuable asset to our pre-school.
During last term the children were introduced to phonics in preparation for their eventual move up to primary school. This has proved to be very successful, with many parents reporting that the children are repeating the letter sounds and accompanying actions at home. The staff have also been encouraging the children to come up with ideas for activities in the home corner. So far the transformations have included a hairdressers, a shop and an impromptu pirate ship!
The children recently had fun celebrating Chinese New Year. They tried fortune cookies, made a stir fry and jasmine tea and were each given a beautifully folded red envelope to place under their pillows to be magically filled with money (both edible and non-edible) before they awoke. Many thanks to Victoria Clyde-Matthews for spending hours in paper folding preparation. Thanks also to Victoria for stepping into the breach and becoming a temporary play assistant for a term whilst pre-school was short staffed. Her enthusiasm and creativity have been greatly appreciated, as have her cooking sessions with the children. The culinary masterpieces have included skinny fruit tarts and Numberjack biscuits as well as home made play dough which the children immediately had fun playing with.
Looking forwards, we are hopeful that the long awaited canopy will finally go up after Easter. This will make such a big difference to the children's time at pre-school as it will allow them to access the decking area even in wet weather, thereby enabling more outdoor activities to take place. The canopy has been a long time coming but will undoubtedly prove to have been well worth the wait.
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