Storytelling Bid Success
Our exciting bid for a story professional to work with us in setting to expand story provision and increase communication, language and literacy outcomes, has been successful. We are one of only 4 settings in North Somerset to have won this amazing opportunity. We have been linked with Mike Akers, lead professional responsible for doing innovative work with many Bristol nurseries, and the man who developed theatre to engage the under 5s; the ‘travelling light’ theatre group. We are confident that working with Mike will expand the skills of our team to engage children with a range of storytelling, especially non-verbal story, which is great for enhancing literacy development and is Mike’s expert area!
Young Paramedics at the Ready!
Pre-School Xmas Shopping Evening
Youngsters Bid Farewell to Wendy
Wellies at the Ready!
Pirate Day Success!
Jolly Rogers, eye-patches and heaps of treasure were all used by children as pirates landed in Churchill for our pirate-themed open day. Current and prospective parents had the opportunity to see what the Pre-School has to offer and to meet the fabulous team. The free open day also gave youngsters, aged two to five, the chance to dress up as a pirate for the day!
The Memorial Hall in Ladymead Lane looked like a set from the Pirates of the Caribbean, with the children playing with fake jewels and sand whilst nautical-themed books were also read. The event allowed prospective parents to look around the premises, giving them a chance to meet new acting leader, Samantha Stone, who began her appointment at Churchill Pre-School in January 2014. Photos courtesy of the Weston Mercury.
Pre-Schoolers Meet Shadow!
Churchill Preschool recently received a visit from wildlife rescue charity, Secret World, the West Country’s only 24/7 wildlife rescue service, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of orphaned and injured wildlife.
The visit linked into the themes of autumn and hibernation. The charity’s Learning and Outreach Manager, Sophie Hampson brought Shadow, one of their resident tame barn owls. In addition, she brought a wild hedgehog currently rehabilitating with the charity before being released back into the wild.
Sophie said, “Visiting the children was a real delight for me. Helping little ones to understand about native British wildlife at such an early age is vital to help them connect with nature and foster their concern for the world outside. Their keen questions and observations put us adults to shame. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be involved in inspiring their love of the wild.”
Acting Pre-School Leader, Danni King, said, “All the children were very excited to meet Sophie and the animals. To be so close to an owl and a hedgehog was an amazing experience. At the end of the presentation, the children donated food and old newspapers and towels that they collected for the sick animals. They had a wonderful time and it is an experience they will not forget".
Churchill Xmas Shopping Evening
Churchill Pre-School is hosting an evening of Christmas shopping and fun on Thursday 21st November between 6.30pm and 9.30pm at Churchill Memorial Hall. The Pre-School are inviting the local community to come along, bring a friend plus a shopping list and browse a wide range of stalls. From delicious food offerings to exquisite jewellery and unique Christmas gifts; you will find something for everyone with lots of fabulous locally produced crafts and gifts.
Caroline Lawes, one of the organisers of the event, says, “Make Christmas easy for yourself this year and do all your shopping in one relaxing and fun evening with friends whilst enjoying a glass of wine! We have a fantastic array of local stalls at this outstanding one-stop-shopping event. Get set for Christmas and support your local Pre-School!”
Tea, coffee, wine and delicious festive food will all be available. In addition, there will be a raffle with an extensive array of prizes. So mark the date in your diary and countdown to Christmas with a shopping evening out with friends. Entrance is FREE!
Pre-School Leaver’s Graduation Ceremony!
Children going up to “big school” after their time at Churchill Pre-School celebrated by putting on their mini mortar boards and gowns before receiving their personalized certificates in front of proud parents and staff who all cheered with pride!
Danni King, Acting Pre-School Leader, said, “We have loved having all our children and are sad to say goodbye to our school starters but we are very proud of them. The graduation ceremony was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the children’s achievements and development during their time at Pre-School and they have had great fun making and decorating their own graduation hats! ”
She added, “It was an emotional day for everyone, as all the staff and children have bonded so well. We would like to wish all our children every success in their new schools and thank parents and supporters of the Pre-School over the last year.”