Autumn 2018 Newsletter 2

At the moment we are embracing Autumn in its full colours. We are exploring and learning about different festivals, including Bonfire Night and Diwali, and this week remembering soldiers through the making of simple poppies. After that we will be preparing for Advent, the Nativity story and then all the sparkle and glitter of Christmas craft activities!

Children in need

Children in Need is taking place on Friday 16th November this year. If your child attends Pre-School on Fridays, they are welcome to come to Pre-School in fancy dress (or they can pick one of our outfits to wear for the day, if they would like). We will be collecting donations, if you would like to support this charity.

Chudleigh Pre-School Nativity & Christmas Jumper Day

On Friday 14th December, we are holding our very first Nativity play at the Church at 2:15pm - 3:00pm and everyone is invited! This will be an informal event where we’ll be telling the Christmas Story and singing simple Christmas Carols with the Children as the story unfolds. Please save the date and more information will shortly follow.

Also, on that Friday, it is Christmas Jumper Day, so perhaps you and your child would like to show off your Christmas Jumpers! There will be a Save the Children fund donation box, which is the charity that Christmas Jumper Day supports.

If your child regularly attends on a Friday afternoon session, please rest assured that your child will be taken to the church for the Nativity and the Christmas party (see below for details), if you are unable to attend these events.

Church wall

You might have noticed already that the major repair work is taking place on the Church wall running parallel with the car park. We have been informed that this work will take at least a month to complete. For any parents using this route to Pre-School, please take extra care in this area.


The invoices for this half-term have now been handed out and are due for payment by 3rd December 2018.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to come to the office, where we can discuss a payment plan.

Extra sessions

If you would like to increase your child’s sessions at the Town Hall after Christmas, please return the Request for changes to sessions form to the office before 30th November. Note that there is limited availability on some sessions.

Late night shopping / Chudfest Christmas Lights

Chudleigh Pre-School will have a table at the Chudfest Christmas event on Thursday 6th December.

Can you help man the stall and sell raffle tickets?

Christmas Party

The Christmas Party will be on Friday 21st December, 1:30pm - 3:00pm in the Large Room (upstairs) at the Town Hall. Your children are welcome to arrive from 1:30 for refreshments, with entertainment starting at 2:00pm.

This is a ticket only event and tickets will be on sale from Monday 10th December at a price of £3.50 each.

If siblings are attending, and would like a present, they will need a ticket of their own.

Applications for Primary School

For children born between 1/9/14 and 31/8/15, the Devon Schools online application facility opens on 15th November 2018 and closes on 15th January 2019. Please note, Devon County will only accept applications between these dates and no applications are considered until after the closing date. You can apply online at It is essential you apply, or your child may miss out on your first choice. If you are unable to access the admissions website, you can call the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019 or email


If you had your child/children photographed with Tempest on Friday 19th October and would like to order through us rather than online, please make sure your green order envelope is in by Friday 9th November.


Please remember to complete and return you Parent Declaration Form, along with a form of ID for your child before the end of this half-term if you child is going to become eligible for funding from January 2019.

Remember, we need 30 hour codes before the end of term in order to validate them for January.

Head to the Childcare Choices website to find out if you’re eligible.

Christmas raffle

Once again, we are running a raffle in order to raise funds for the Pre-School. We have some fantastic prizes including: River Dart Country Park tickets, South Devon Railway tickets, Escot tickets, a Home Farm Cafe cream tea voucher and many more…

If you would like to buy some raffle tickets, we will be sending some home with your children soon and they will also be available at the late-night shopping evening in Chudleigh on 6th December. The draw will take place during the Pre-School Christmas party on 21st December.

Reminder from Chudleigh PRimary School

Chudleigh Primary School are holding ‘Open Afternoons’ on Wednesday 14th November and Thursday 22nd November 2:00pm - 3:30pm, for the parents of children starting school next September. This will be an opportunity for parents to look around the school and meet the staff.

Buggies and prams at the school site

This is a gentle reminder from Chudleigh Primary School that the Pre-School cloakroom area is a major fire exit and, therefore, should remain clear of obstacles at all times. This includes buggies and prams. We appreciate that this is difficult, but we need to follow the School’s fire procedures in order to keep all children and staff safe.

We therefore must ask that you leave buggies and prams outside. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Exciting news!

We are really excited that we have been accepted as one of Chudleigh Co-op’s Local Community Fund projects. If you are a member of the Co-Op, please select us as you local cause! Simply go to

Previously, the Local Community Fund has generously built our fantastic mud kitchen at the Town Hall site.

Our next big project is to build a wonderful sand pit area at the Town Hall site. Money raised will go a long way to help us reach our goal.

Pre-school committee

If you are interested in joining the Committee, getting more involved in the running of our Pre-School or fundraising, do email for more information about how to join us!

Autumn 2018

As we near the end of the first half of the Autumn Term, we would like to say how lovely it has been to spend time again with our familiar faces as well as getting to know the new members of our Chudleigh Pre-School family.

We have started the term with the theme, ‘All about Me’ celebrating all the special skills that your children can do now that they are 2, 3 and 4 years old. One of the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ (you will see reference to this on Tapestry), is children developing an ‘I Can…’ disposition, developing a ‘good feeling’ about themselves and how clever they are, being willing to ‘have a go’ and try out and practise new skills. We have looked at ‘growing up’. A huge thank you to those parents who came in with children’s younger siblings to help us all see and learn about our growing and development. We have also been looking at some of the different large, gross motor skills our clever bodies can do, like twisting, twirling, jumping, leaping, balancing, hopping - have fun practising these skills with your children at home!

The week we are considering ‘Clever Fingers’; playing with clothes pegs is a great way to help develop a fine motor, pincer grip. We would love it if any parent/carers would like to come in and share any special activities that you like doing in your families, for example cooking, gardening, playing an instrument, singing, a special tradition; please contact one of the Lead Practitioners if you would like to join in and share your activity with us. Remember there is also the regular parents’ rota to sign up if you would like to just come in and help and play on a session, you can always discuss it with your child’s key person.

A reminder about clothing and naming items

There are always messy play resources out on each session which are crucial to young children’s sensory development. Whilst we do provide aprons for the children to wear, we would ask that you send your child in suitable clothing that doesn’t matter if it gets a bit messy.

We want to use the outdoor areas available to us as much as possible, whatever the weather. It is really helpful if your child has suitable clothing and footwear for this, such as coats, hats gloves (although we do provide wellies!)

It is always helpful if items they bring to Pre-School are named, be they bags, coats, hats, gloves, jumpers, lunch boxes or a favourite toy! If you would like some labels we would love you to use as if you quote ‘Chudleigh Pre-school’ we get a small commission which goes to help our fundraising.


If your child is turning 3 this term, please remember to fill in a Parent Declaration form and bring in a form of ID (such as their Birth certificate) so that we can start claiming your child’s entitlement from January. If you think your child is entitled to 30 hours funding, please make sure you have applied for it and returned your funding form, complete with your 30 hour entitlement code and National Insurance Number as soon as possible. Codes are needed by the end of term (deadline is 31st December - however, please remember that Pre-School is closed during the Christmas holidays). If you are unsure about whether your child qualifies, you can check your eligibility online using the Childcare Choices website.

Christmas Party-Save the date!

This year’s Christmas Party will be on the afternoon of Friday 21st December. Further details to follow

Visit to Chudleigh Primary School

Chudleigh Primary School are holding ‘Open Afternoons’ on Wednesday 14th November and Thursday 22nd November, 2.00pm-3.30pm, for parents of children starting school NEXT september. This will be an opportunity for parents to look around the school and meet the staff.

Photos-Friday 19th October from 9.30am

On Friday 19th October, in the Woodway Room in the Town Hall from 9.30am until approximately 11.00am, we have a photographer coming to take portraits of the children. These will make great Christmas presents and mementos for you and the Pre-School gets a small commission from any pictures sold. We are using Tempest Photography. This session is open to all families from Pre-School and any friends you may know who have young children and would like their pictures taken - just drop in during the morning. If your children attend either site on the Friday morning, then you would be welcome to bring them along for a photo and then take them back to Pre-School.

New website

We hope you have had the opportunity to explore our wonderful new website! We are still working on it and new things will be added during the term. Do have a look around and let us know what you think!

Pre-School Committee

If you are interested in joining the Committee, getting more involved in the running of our Pre-School or fundraising, do email and we can give you more information about how to join us!


We hope you are enjoying looking at your Tapestry account and finding out about the lovely things that your child gets up to whilst with us at Pre-School. Please remember that you can comment on any of the observations that have been made and even share your child’s ‘Wow’ moments with us - we would love to see some of the things your child does out of Pre-School, so please do share them by uploading photos and comments of your own!

There are times when photos and observations that we add to your child’s Tapestry journal may contain images of other children; may we take this opportunity to remind you that these photos must not be shared on social media without the express, written permission of those children’s parents/carers.


Please remember to pay any outstanding invoices before the end of this half term. If you have any concerns over the payment, please do not hesitate to come to the office where we can discuss a payment plan.

Wrap Around Childcare

As a Pre-School, our opening times are 9.15am-3.15pm during term time, in line with Chudleigh Primary School. We appreciate that these times and dates don’t always meet all parent/carers commitments. As a result of this, we are now working in close partnership with Child Minders, Daisy Chain and FISH (Fun In the School Holidays) to try to help provide Wrap Around Care for your child through the Chudleigh Pre-School; please let us know if we can help you with this.