The end of the summer term is always tinged with emotion as we say goodbye to many of the children we have come to know so well. On the last day of term Allsorts held a small graduation ceremony for all the children who were leaving pre-school and heading off to start primary school. This was followed by a picnic in the park where they were joined by lots of their younger pre-school friends, their parents and staff. Not surprisingly, the significance of reaching this important childhood milestone was lost on the children themselves who all carried on with their usual exuberance.
As is the natural order of things, when we return in September the 'little ones' will become the 'big ones' and we will have a new intake of 'really little ones' to make the 'big ones' look as if they have grown at least three feet taller over the summer. The process of settling in the new recruits will begin with lots of cuddles and reassurances whilst they find their feet and get used to the routine.
Fortunately, we will have two extra pairs of hands to help as Lisa McIntyre and Victoria Clyde-Matthews begin their new roles as play assistants. Both bring a wealth of relevant experience as well as being familiar faces at Allsorts: Lisa's daughter has just left to go to the primary school and both of Victoria's children are Allsorts graduates too. In addition, Victoria was Allsorts secretary for several years during which time the Pre-School became her second home. She also stepped in as play assistant many times last term when her cooking sessions proved to be one of the highlights of the week. Both Lisa and Victoria will undoubtedly be valuable additions to the Allsorts team and we would like to wish them a warm welcome.
As well as having lots of exciting new activities planned for the coming term the staff will also be continuing to familiarise the children with the phonics system of learning letter sounds which is currently used in primary schools.
Allsorts takes children from the age of two and a half upwards. Morning sessions are between 8.45am and 11.45am Monday to Friday and afternoon sessions between 12.45pm and 2.45/3.15pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is also a daily lunch club which enables the children to enjoy having lunch with their friends.
Many of the activities are planned around the children’s interests and ideas so that the home corner can be a pirate ship one week and a hairdressers the following week. The children are encouraged to move freely between indoors and outdoors to make full use of the covered decking area where there are always activities such as painting and sand/water play.
If you are interested in finding out more about Allsorts or would like to apply for a place please call the Pre-School on 826387 and we will be pleased to help with your enquiry.
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