Term dates 20/21

Swanwick Pre school term dates

Autumn Term

7th September 2020 – 23rd October 2020

2nd November 2020 – 15th December 2020 plus additional dates to allow for Christmas activities, depending on covid-19 guidelines
There will be an opportunity to talk to your child’s key person in October

Spring Term

4th January 2021 – 12th February 2021

22nd February 2021 – 1st April 2021

There will be an opportunity to talk to your child’s key person in March

Summer Term

19h April 2021 – 28th May 2021

7th June 2021 – 21st July 2021

Reports will be presented in July

End of term

We would like to remind all parents that tomorrow is our final day of term.

We would like to thank all the staff, children and parents for adapting fantastically to our new way of working over the last 7 weeks.

If you need to contact pre-school over the summer please send an email and someone will get back to you.

Pre School will return on Monday 7th September for children aged 3-4 and the younger children will start from Monday 14th September.

On behalf of all the staff and committee we would like to wish you a healthy and safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in September.

Kind regards

Lynda Wardle
Martin Dye 

Uniform orders

Due to the current government guidelines it won’t be possible to have parents come onto the Pre-School premises to buy uniform. Therefore  this year please order your uniform by emailing treasurer.swanwickpreschool@gmail.com and pay for the uniform by online banking. The uniform will be delivered to your home before Pre School starts back in September. 

Please email the quantity and size of the uniform you would like to purchase, the child’s name and address and the date you made the bank payment.

Please make online payments to:
Swanwick Pre School
Sort-code:  05-04-07
Account number: 70095432

Uniform prices
Pre School Sweatshirts       3-4 years       @£7.50 each                        .

                                             5-6 years       @£7.50 each                        

Pre School Polo Shirts        3-4 years       @£6.50 each                        

                                            5-6 years       @£6.50 each                        

Pre School Zip up Fleece   3-4 years       @£13.00 each                      
                                            5-6 years       @£13.00 each                      

Pre School Beanie Hat        One size        @£3.50 each                        


aged 3-4
aged 5-6

aged 3-4

aged 5-6

Return from Covid

We were very pleased to reopen our doors on 1st June and welcome back pre-school children, following the period of closure, to all but children of key workers.

Following a robust risk assessment, staff briefing and communication with parents and carers, we are very satisfied with how smoothly the reopening process has been, and above all the children have adapted exceptionally well and are enjoying being back at pre-school.

The committee would like to say 'thank you' to our staff for their hard work and positive approach to the challenges and also to parents and carers who have worked with us to adapt to the new routines.

Some of the steps we are taking to keep staff and children safe include:
·       Splitting children  into small cohorts and kept with the same children. There are orange, yellow and blue cohorts, with only two cohorts in pre-school at any one time and the same staff members with each cohort.

·       Cleaning our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly, or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.

·       Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the day, including table tops, door handles and plays equipment.

·       Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household.

·       Asking children not to bring toys or other items from home to the setting, unless this is essential to their health and well-being.

Covid Closure and Keyworker Children

Key worker children

Further Coronavirus Update

Swanwick Pre-school continue to follow government guidelines and advice in the connection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are also fully committed to providing regular and clear communication to all parents, carers, guardians and staff at the earliest opportunity in relation to the proposed and continued operations of the group setting.

Yesterday it was confirmed that Swanwick Pre-school is scheduled to close by the end of the day on Friday 20thMarch 2020, this until further notice.  We reaffirm that regrettably this remains the case.  

We also advised yesterday that the government would require some schools and group settings to remain open for children of ‘key workers’ and for children in vulnerable groups, but would provide further clarifications in due course as to individuals who fall into this classification.  Clarification has been received today by Swanwick Pre-school upon these matters and the group setting will be required to stay open for the following groups of children:

We would ask parents, carers and guardians who believe they qualify against the criteria as set out above to contact Swanwick Pre-school via e-mail: Swanwick.pre.school@googlemail.com identifying your children(s) name and the specific criteria met that may qualify your child to attend the group setting under the government guidelines.  Alternatively you can communicate any qualifying links direct to the staff / management at the setting if you would prefer this method of communication.

We would encourage you to advise / contact Swanwick Pre-school before 12 noon Friday 20th March 2020 in order to assist us with planning and preparation, however we do appreciate that this may not be possible in all cases.  The greater the period of notice provided, will assist our staff and management with their preparations in what is a very fluid and challenging period of time.
Swanwick Pre-school continues to take all precautions / preventative measures available in the face of the Coronavirus and would like to extend our thanks for your support.  Finally, should you have any questions during this period we would be happy to assist in tackling your queries, providing clarity wherever possible.

Once again thank you from all at Swanwick Pre-school.

Fundraising updates

The end of 2019 brought about a flurry of fundraising activity, resulting in a huge boost to our 'Save our Ceiling' campaign. We ended the year with an amazing fundraising total of £14,702 and within touching distance of our overall target of £17,000 to cover the cost of the ceiling repairs.
The fundraising activity in the Autumn term that contributed to the total included:
·       Halloween Party - £347
·       Temple Spa Event - £126
·       November and December Quiz Nights - £333
·       Christmas Fair - £935
·       Donations at Christmas Play - £120
·       Christmas DVD sales - £270

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the Christmas Fair and to all those who kindly donated prizes and bought raffle tickets. The event would not have been a success without your support. We'd also like to thank The Steampacket for generously supporting the Pre-School Quiz Nights throughout 2019, along with everyone who came along to enjoy the quiz. Thank you also to Chris Parkes, Senior Lifestyle Consultant and Temple Spa Manager who kindly donated all proceeds from the raffle at a recent Temple Spa event. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who made a donation at the Christmas Play and also to pre-school parent, John Felix. owner of John Felix Films for very generously filming/producing the Christmas Play DVD and donating all proceeds to pre-school.

World Book Day

World Book Day

Thursday 5th March

If your child wants to dress up as their favourite character from a book they are welcome to.

Spring Term Two 2020

Spring Term Two 2020 

Themes/Special Days

Pancake Day
World Book Day
Mother's Day
St Patrick’s Day

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self confidence & Self Awareness

We will be learning about sharing, turn taking and making new friends.

We will be encouraging self help skills such as putting their own coat on.

Communication and Language


We will provide opportunities for children to talk about what they see, hear, think and feel.

We will talk to children about what they have been doing and help them to reflect upon and explain events

Physical Development

Health and Self Care

We will support children's growing independence and talk about the importance of hand washing.

We will encourage children to notice changes in their body after exercise.



We will encourage the children to make marks in different ways both inside and outside.

We will support children in recognising and writing their own name


Shape, Space and Measure

We will use descriptive words such as big and little in everyday play situations and through books and stories.

We will encourage children to talk about the shapes they see and use.

Understanding the World

The World

We will be learning about different parts of the body as well as looking at the difference between children and adults.

We will look closely at similarities and differences

Expressive arts and design

Being Imaginative

We will observe and encourage children's make-believe play to gain an understanding of their interests.

We will carefully support children who are less confident.

How can you help your child?

Talk to your child about what happens at Pre-school, ask them questions and encourage them to ask you questions.
Talk to your child about road safety eg red man means stop

Remember: staff are always available for a chat or advice about your child.

Safer Internet Day 2020

Safer Internet Day 11th February 2020

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Swanwick Pre School are Celebrating Safer Internet Day on 11th February! Find out how you can also get involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.  Information packs will be sent home with children.

Dates and Diary Events

Swanwick Pre school term dates

Spring Term

6th January 2020– 14th February 2020

24th February 2020 – 3rd April 2020

There will be an opportunity to talk to your child’s key person in March

Summer Term

20th April 2020 – 22nd May 2020

1st June 2020 – 17th July 2020

Pre School Diary

Quiz Night – Steampacket pub Tuesday 12th November

Children in Need – Friday 15th November (in session)

Christmas fair- Saturday 7th December 

Christmas Quiz Night – Steampacket pub Tuesday 17th December 

Christmas play – 18th December 9.30am

Tuesday 3rd March -Quiz Night Steampacket Pub 

World book day – Thursday 5th March

Sponsored Adventure Course – The week of 20th April in session

Open Day – Saturday 25th April

Registration evening for new starters Tuesday 19th May 5.30pm – 7.00pm

School Trip to Chatsworth – 25th June 

Summer Party – Sunday 28th June   

Leaver’s Ceremony- Saturday 11th July