Autumn Term 2019

Dear All,

A very warm welcome to all our staff, parents and children. We hope the Summer break was both enjoyable and restful.

As most of you will know, we are now well established and settled within our new homes here at Tanyard Barn and also back at Strawson Hall and we are sure you will agree with us they really are wonderful settings for the children and staff alike.

We display a notice board in the glass Atrium (front of building at Tanyard Barn) and in the entrance corridor at Strawson Hall and all important notices for the Autumn Term 2019 will be posted here together with the signing in/out book.

However, if there is any aspect of Pre-School you are not sure of please ask any of the staff when you are here or contact us using the detail provided in the contact page on this website.

Those of you new to the school settings will soon be allocated their Key Person within the setting and information about this will be given to you via the book bags or trays. A tin containing all sorts of exciting things about the childrens key person (all about me) will be shared between the children for you to take home and share the contents before handing the tin back to be shared by others. If you are unsure of the arrangements or you are worried about any aspect please ask any of the Staff.

Those of you who are new this term will be contacted by a staff member during the first few weeks to explain all about Key Persons and their role in supporting your child throughout their time within the setting.

New Term dates and events will be updated below so please remember to make a note in your diary.

Just a reminder if you are claiming any of the additional 15 hours funding support you must apply online at  The dated are constantly updated so please remember to check on line. If your child will be additionally claiming the 15 hours please ensure you have let Nicky know exactly what additional sessions you would like as we have a very busy year ahead and you may not get the extra sessions unless reserved well in advance.

Don't forget the settings are using digital learning journeys that detail the childrens development. One of the many benifits of this is the ability for you to view and access your childs learning progress from the comfort of your home. Full access details will be shared (if not already) with everyone concerned and a link is available on this web-site below.

If you haven't already logged in to this wonderful resourse please ask one of the staff for help or if you know your log-in click here.

Finally we would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and look forward to a fun filled Autumn term. If there is anything you are unsure of please just ask any of the Staff as they will be only to pleased to help.

Main Dates for your Diary in Autumn 2019

Monday 28th October to Friday 1st October (Half Term at Both settings)
Wednesday 18th December (Last day at both settings)

Tuesday 7th January (2020) (New Term starts at Both settings) 



1. How do I contact the Pre-School at either setting?

Our main phone number is 01293 665091 for both settings or mobile 07948809246 (Tanyard Barn) and 07305538704 (Strawson Hall), and these mobile numbers we use for our text reminder service.
You can E Mail us via this web site (see contact page) or directly from your device at:

2. Do I still have to pay even when my child is on holiday or off sick?

Yes, and please notify the Pre-school of any holiday dates in advance.

Do I need to notify the Pre-school when my child is not attending their sessions? Yes you are required to phone or message in on their first day of absence and contact us again on day three if still absent. A record of absence is kept by the Pre-school in line with safeguarding duty of care and legislation applicable to claiming the free entitlement. We will contact you if we do not hear from you by day two.

3. How long do I have to keep my child of Pre-School after illness?

Please allow 48 hours from the last occurrence of sickness and upset tummy before returning to Pre-school. For other illness please follow G.P.’s guidelines and ask for advice. If your child has a temperature or is under the weather needing regular calpol type medication please keep them at home.

4. Does my child have to be toilet trained?

We encourage children attending the Pre-school to be toilet trained, but are happy to change the childrens nappies and pull ups while supporting toilet training. You will need to provide nappies and wipes for your child and spare clothes.

5. What happens if I am unable to collect my child?

If someone different other than nominated persons or people familiar to your child (and Pre-school staff) please let us know upon your arrival and note it in the signing in book, you must notify a staff member regardless of this,in person. Please ensure you telephone to let us know of any impromptu changes in collection and a code word must be given to the staff and person collecting.

6. How do you deal with disruptive behaviour?

The Pre-school uses positive reinforcement and role modelling with all children in accordance of our behavior policy to scaffold desirable behaviors and learning.

7. How secure are your Premises?

Our premises are completely secured and fenced-in at both locations. The main front doors and garden gates are securely locked and all entrances are secured, supervised or locked at all times. All children and visitors must be signed in upon arrival for security purposes.

8. Who do I speak to if I have any concerns?

When your child joins the Pre-school they will be allocated a key worker, you can always speak to them in confidence. Alternatively Sam and Michelle are available most sessions.

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