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December Newsletter 2023

Here’s our news and information for December.

Info & updates

· Please no wellies or shoe laces.

· We are now full for spaces until September 2024.

· Lots of warm layers and coats!

· Gloves and hats get easily lost please label them if you can.

· Please remember to return library books on a Friday, we are now collecting them in for the Christmas break.

· Paddington Bear- please return after a few days.

· Encourage your children to put their own coat and shoes on.

Thank you’ s!

To our families- for all your continuous support with donations over Christmas, for the children to be able to make festive treats and a gift as well as all of your hamper donations. As a charity run Pre-School we couldn’t provide what we do without your help, thank you always for your support.

To John the Lollipop man- for teaching us about crossing the road safely.

To PC Ellie and her crew- who visited us on Wednesday 15th November to talk to us about how the police keep us safe and let us go in a police car!

To Debbie from Barnardo’s- who visited us on Friday 1st December from Hampshire Healthy Hero’s teaching us about how to keep healthy, including our teeth! Here are her top tips:

• Brush twice a day for two minutes with adult supervision

• Go for regular check-ups as advised by the dentist

• Encourage healthy food & drink choices

• Children under 5 need 3 hours of physical activity per day

• Every move counts


Please give Becky a big hug and good luck as she moves on to her next adventure, she has worked at Pre-School for a long time and we are very sad to see her go, her last day will be Friday 15th December.


Raffle tickets are on sale, there is lots to win!

This Christmas we will be organising a raffle to win a selection of hampers, tickets will be sold for £1 each at the Pre-School in the run up to Christmas. The winning tickets will be drawn by the children on the morning of Friday 15th December. The money raised from the tickets will be used to buy new resources for the children.

Gate (Infant School Entrance)

At lunch time the gate is unlocked to get into the school, please do not buzz unless the gate is locked as it is very distracting for the children having a story.

Useful online safety link:

Starting School

Closing date to apply for school is Monday 15th January.

If you need assistance with the application process the school admission team are holding drop in sessions in the Havant library on 09/01/24.


To all our very grown up Friday children from January try to walk into pre-school all by yourselves and say goodbye to your grown up at the gate.


We are looking for a level 3 practitioner to join our team 3 or 4 days a week. Please speak to Karen or Holly for full details and an application form.

Clothing and Shoes

Pack lots of spare clothes please, the children will be spending a lot of time outside during the day and may be cold, wet and muddy.

Shoes that are easy for the children to get on and off with little or no help would be very much appreciated. Please no laces and lots of spare socks!

Please pack a warm coat every day, this weather is very unpredictable.


If you would like to purchase uniform please ask a member of staff we have plenty of stock at Pre-School, tops are £11 and jumpers are £12.

Curriculum Autumn Term: All About Me

Intent: Understanding myself so I can make friends with others.

Reminder for parents needing ‘30 hours childcare’ from January 2024 All parents who are working, and have a 3-or 4-year old and want to claim funded extended hours (30 hours childcare), must make sure they have applied to HMRC before the 31 December 2023. All parents with a 30 hours’ code need to make sure their details are up to date. They must do this every three months: Help paying for childcare: Childcare Choices | 30 Hours Free Childcare, Tax-Free Childcare and More | Help with Costs | GOV.UK

Our inset days are:

March 11th, July 22nd and July 23rd

That’s all for December

Happy Christmas!

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you when we return on Tuesday 2nd January 2024.

From the Padnell Pre-School Team


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