The staff would like to thank you for all your support this year and wish everyone a lovely summer.
There will be a Leavers’ Presentation on Friday 20th May at 9.30am to which the parents and relatives of all children leaving us this term are invited. For those pre-schoolers not in on a Friday, we ask parents to bring them in for 9.20am (Please confirm their availability in advance to Liz). Parents may take children home after the presentation (approximately 10.00am) or leave them to complete their normal session if normally in on a Friday.
Please note that we only invite parents of children leaving us to this presentation to avoid the set- ting getting too busy.
We are still hoping to organise a DIY/maintenance session early in the holidays; in order for us to gauge the best day, Kat has set up a“doodle” invite page where you can sign up your availability; please click here
and enter the information. All help gratefully received—there is no requirement to be a committee member!
Staff and trustees of Helmdon Acorns Pre-school are celebrating after achieving the top grade of ‘Outstanding’ in all areas in its latest Ofsted inspection last month.
“We have a very strong staffing team and dedicated voluntary Committee of trustees, all of whom work extremely hard to make Helmdon Acorns a positive, enriching setting for the children attending our setting.” commented Liz Hart, Setting Manager.
“ We’re delighted that all this effort and dedication has paid off!”.
In particular, the report highlighted the following areas as exceptional:
- “All children, including those with additional needs, make rapid progress in their learning. The staff are highly skilled in their teaching and engage the children in exciting activities that follow their interests and take full account of their next steps in learning.”
- “Partnership working is exceptionally effective. Parents are happy with the care their children receive and they comment on how well the staff support their children. Staff have developed strong partnerships with local schools and this results in children having a very positive transition to them.”
The setting, which is situated in a rural position four miles from Brackley, recently benefitted from the addition of new outdoor equipment and storage facilities to support its popular Forest School activities. In addition, Helmdon Acorns was amongst the first organisations in the country to receive charitable funding from the HS2 train line development scheme; to provide an enlarged play surface outside to give the children lots of opportunities to develop their physical and turn taking skills.
To view the report in full, click here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY420501
Enclosed photo: staff, trustees and children at Helmdon Acorns Pre-School
Given the road and weather conditions, and with reference to the forecast, we have decided that Acorns will be CLOSED tomorrow Friday 2nd March.
We expect to be open on Monday and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
As it is the first week of term, there isn’t enough to compile a full newsletter but just a note to say welcome back to Spring term 4.
The next newsletter will be next Monday and will contain lots of information regarding upcoming diary dates so keep a lookout for it.
Forest School continues on Mondays for the next 5 weeks.
A warm welcome back to Acorns this week and wishing everyone a Happy New Year.
We aren’t producing a full newsletter after just two days back but just a couple of reminders/announcements before next week’s.
Forest School – Forest School will take place on MONDAY mornings this term. Please ensure your child is wearing warm clothes and has a hat and mittens in their tray.
Primary School Admissions
Children turning 4 years old on or before 31st August 2018: the deadline for primary school applications is approaching… 5pm on 15 January 2018… apply here: http://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/children-families-education/schools-and-education/school-admissions/primary-school-places/Pages/how-to-apply-for-a-primary-school-place.aspx
The AGM takes place on Tuesday 16th January at Acorns at 7:30pm – all are welcome.
Have a lovely weekend and look out for the full newsletter next Friday.
We wish all our families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thank you for all the gifts we have received and for all the support and kind comments over the past year. We look forward to welcoming you all back after Christmas from Thursday 4th January 2018 onwards.
Due to the recent snowfall the pre-school site and surrounding roads are not safe and Acorns will therefore be closed on Monday 11th December, we expect to be reopen on Tuesday 12th. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
From September 2017, working parents of 3/4 year olds who meet certain criteria may be eligible for 30 hours of funded childcare. Please see the NCC website for further information, click here!
The committee have been hard at work making a great job of painting both the main room and the kitchen this summer. It looks fantastic.
We have also had new flooring put down in the kitchen, children’s toilets and the main room. None of this would have been possible without the fundraising efforts of the staff and committee.
Thanks to generous donations and match funding we now have solar panels installed at Acorns. Complete with an on screen display in the cloakroom, showing us how much we have saved.