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Stower Vale Pre-school Newsletter Spring Term – 2022 – 1

Stower Vale Pre-school Newsletter Spring Term – 2022 – 1
January 24, 2022 Dorset Tech

Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

Forest Area Visits

These visits will take place on the following days (weather permitting):-


Monday 17th January

         Tuesday 25th January

         Friday 4th February

         Monday 7th February

         Tuesday 15th February


Waterproofs, coats, gloves and hats are essential for these visits at this time of year, please also remember to send along a named water bottle for your child/ren, thank you.


Chat Health

Parents and carers of children aged five or under in Dorset can now access support via ParentLine – a brand new confidential text messaging service.

The service is provided by Dorset HealthCare’s Health Visiting team and will help parents and carers who need guidance about a child’s health and development.

Advice will be available about a range of topics, such as breastfeeding, bottle feeding, weaning, sleep, toileting, minor illness, behaviour and parenting by simply texting 07312 277162.

For more information please visit Dorset HealthCare :: New text messaging service to support parents and carers

ParentLine is not an emergency service. For urgent medical attention please contact your GP, NHS 111 or 999.



As you will be aware there have been recent updates to Covid-19 guidelines regarding LFD tests and self-isolating.  Please find below information regarding Pre-school aged children:-


  • Children under the age of 11 are not required to take part in regular asymptomatic LFD testing.
  • From the 22nd December 2021 positive cases may end isolation early, this includes children under 5 years old if a parent or guardian chooses to undertake the required LFD testing with the child and they meet the following criteria:-
  1. Take two LFD tests on consecutive days, the first test being taken no earlier than day 6 of isolation (the tests must be taken 24 hours apart) and the result of both tests is negative.
  2. Have been free from a high temperature for a minimum of 48 hours.


If you decide not to undertake the required LFD testing on day 6 and 7, or the tests are positive, your child/ren must continue to self-isolate for the full ten days.


  • If your child is identified as a close contact of a positive case children under the age of 5 years old are not recommended to take daily LFD tests. They should however limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with Covid-19.  They are also recommended to arrange a PCR test if the positive case is a member of their household – they do not need to self-isolate whilst awaiting the results of this PCR test (unless they are showing symptoms).
  • If your child develops any of the three key symptoms, they must self-isolate and you will need to arrange a PCR test. Continue to self-isolate until the result is received.


Committee Meeting

To be held at Pre-school on Tuesday, 15th February at 7.15pm.



A big thank you to all our toddlers that joined our Christmas Toddler celebration – it was wonderful to see you all – especially all those festive outfits!  Toddlers restarts this term on Wednesday 12th and for the moment will be held in Stour Row Village Hall, from 9.15-11.15 every Wednesday. We hope to return to the school hall when Covid restrictions allow but in the meantime the group continues to welcome old and new families for a relaxed, social play session, with a continuation of table top and floor-based activities, a sing along and Storytime.   £2 per family, 50p for any additional siblings.


Dates for the Diary

Committee Meeting – 15th February

Forest Area Visits – 17th, 25th January and 4th, 7th, 15th February

Last day of term – 18th February

Back to Pre-school – 28th February


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