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Stower Vale Pre-School Newsletter Autumn Term – 2022 – 2

Stower Vale Pre-School Newsletter Autumn Term – 2022 – 2
November 22, 2022 Dorset Tech

A big welcome to the new families who have recently joined preschool, we would also like to thank parents/carers for aiding traffic flow and ensuring you do not arrive in the school car park before 8.50 every day after this was becoming a problem last term.  We really do appreciate your continued support.


Committee Meeting

Our next Committee Meeting will be on Tuesday 7th February 2023 at 7.15pm in preschool.  We would like to welcome both our continuing committee members together with our new members, it was great to see so many new faces at the AGM, we are so grateful for the overwhelming support after the initial struggle to gain new members.  Thanks again, without you we would not be here.

Dorset Schools Admissions Arrangements Consultation – 2024/2025

Dorset are running the annual consultation on the School Admission Arrangements for 2024/2025 with effect from Monday 7th November 2022 to Sunday 18th December 2022.

 Details of the consultation will be available to view at 2024 to 2025 school admission policies – Dorset Council

Responses must be submitted either in writing to School Admissions Team, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ or by email to [email protected] by Sunday 18th December 2022.

 Upon the conclusion of the consultation period all responses will be considered carefully and a report will be presented to Dorset Council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 28th February 2023.

We have been asked to share this information with all parents so that you are given an opportunity to comment, if you wish to do so.

Launching Start for Life, the new home learning environment (HLE) campaign

The National Literacy Trust are working with the Department for Education and Department of Health in this new Start for Life campaign.  Start for Life is designed to encourage parents to chat, play and read more with their children, developing their communication, language and literacy skills before starting school.

This user-friendly and engaging campaign promotes the benefits of chatting, reading, and playing with children.  Start for Life includes simple activities parents can do at home during everyday routines.   It reassures parents that it’s the small things that parents can do every day that will help children learn. You can chat, play, or read with your child on the way to nursery, on public transport, while you’re making a meal or even in the supermarket.

To find out more about the campaign please follow the link below

The Healthy Start Scheme – get help to buy food and milk

The Healthy Start scheme helps those who are pregnant or have a responsibility for at least one child under 4 years of age who are on a qualifying benefit and a low income in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The digital scheme issues a prepaid card to be used for purchasing healthy food and milk, to replace the paper vouchers.

Beneficiaries of the scheme will get:

  • £4.25 each week of your pregnancy (from the 10th week of your pregnancy)
  • £8.50 each week for children from birth to 1 year old
  • £4.25 each week for children between 1 and 4 years old

For more information please follow the link below


If your child is funded in the Spring Term your funding form will be sent home for completion.  Please remember to enter your child’s name as per their Birth Certificate and also fill in your complete postal address as per your Council Tax bill, this is to ensure there is no confusion when Dorset Council come to check the details and allocate the funding.


We have noticed that some children are coming to preschool in lace-up shoes, we would be really grateful if you could send your child in either slip-on or velcro shoes so that they can take them off and put them on independently.  We are there to help if a child finds this a challenge, but it’s a great skill to start to learn early, especially if they are moving on to school soon.

Christmas is coming!

Events and information to celebrate Christmas at Pre-school

Easy Fundraising

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Christmas Jumper Week

We will be raising funds for Save the Children by taking part in a christmas jumper week so wear your Christmas jumpers to preschool all week from Monday 5th December and make a donation to Save to the Children.  We will have a donation tin by the door during that week.

Christmas Cards

If your child would like to send Christmas cards to their preschool friends, we will have our Christmas post box available from Monday 5th December, last delivery is Wednesday 14th December.

Carol singing

We would like to invite you to join us on the last day of term, Friday 16th December at 4pm for carol singing, mulled wine (non-alcoholic), warm mince pies and ginger bread.  Santa will be visiting us and the children can visit him in his preschool grotto.  Wrap up warm as this event will be held outside, siblings are welcome to come along too!  Please return the slip if you are able to attend, or email your response, whichever is easier.

We are back to preschool on Monday 9th January 2023

Please note all term dates and activity days are also posted on the Pre-school website

Carol singing and Santa’s grotto

 Name of child …………………………………………………………………

We will be attending on Friday 16th December

We will not be attending on Friday 16th December

Number of siblings attending ……………..