October 2017 – Newsletter
Unbelievably we are now into our 5th week of the new term. All our new children have settled in well and it was lovely for them to see us all meet last week at our Harvest Lunch. Thank you for all your donations of food. I’m sure you will agree it was a nice way to welcome in the Autumn.
OFSTED – as most of you will know we had our Ofsted inspection last Tuesday. The inspector spent a full day with us and enjoyed talking to and playing with the children, who did us proud. As did the staff. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thankyou to every member of the team who have put so much work in over the last few months, and always. As a result we have been graded GOOD again, after our little blip at the beginning of the year, with even the word OUSTANDING mentioned in the report. The report is available on our noticeboard, inside setting, for you all to read. It will be uploaded to the Ofsted website within ten days.
I apologise to those offended by a recent message on our door, though we really do need parental support to keep the Setting going. Luckily we have had a number of people enquire about joining the management committee. A reminder that our A.G.M. will be held on Monday 9th October in the committee room of the Town Hall, at 7pm. Please hand in all nomination forms before hand, if you haven’t already done so. Thank you.
We have had very few parental email addresses given to enable us to fully utilise our new child developmental record system. Over the next week everyone will be asked for their email address again. Obviously you do have the right to opt out, however the system is very safe to use and only you will be able to access your child’s records.
30 Hours Extended Funding
With the introduction of the extended entitlement it is now necessary to register each term for your eligibility code. Applications are now open until 31st December for Spring Term 2018. If you do not register before this date you will not be eligible for Spring Term. Act now apply online at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk and claim your voucher code, which can be passed on to us as soon as you have them. Please note this only applies to extended entitlement, Universal funding is applied via the setting.
In the end we had a good number of bottles donated for the Sheep fair and several of you helped run the stall. As a result we were able to raise £152.50 for Acorns.
Our funds have recently been boosted further by kind donations from Masham W.I. of £75 and the Bonfire Committee of £225.
As a charitable organisation we rely heavily on fund raising and with the cost of recent building works are more than ever grateful for and in need of these contributions.
Our next fundraising event involves 3 members of the staff team making total fools of themselves. On Saturday 14th October Ashleigh, Paige and myself are competing in the ‘Ripon 5km Inflatable Run’. All families are been given a sponsor form and we ask that you sponsor us as much or as little as you are able to, every penny really does count.
Easy Fundraising – Easyfundraising.org.uk is a great way to raise money for charities, schools etc just by shopping online. You do NOT pay anything extra, the retailer simply makes a donation to your nominated charity. Simply visit Easyfundraising.org.uk to sign up and choose Acorns Pre-school (Masham) as your charity. Every time you make an online purchase, first go to the Easyfundraising website and access your choice of retailers through this site. Retailers such as Amazon, Boden, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer’s, EBay, First Choice etc all participate. Simply make your purchase and the retailer will make a donation on your behalf. It is so simple to do and has the potential to be a very effective fundraising tool for Acorns, particularly with Christmas looming.
Yes I’m sorry I’ve used the ‘C’ word already, however this is something that happens each year at this time, then is forgotten about until 1st December, despite Ashleigh’s efforts.
For a number of years we have participated in the Christmas Car Project with Arts Projects for Schools. Each child is given the opportunity to create their own card design, which is then reproduced into cards, gift tags and wrapping paper. A copy of your child’s work will soon be sent home in the next couple of weeks (please return asap) along with details of how you can place an order. Acorns receives a contribution for each order placed. There is no obligation to purchase, however the quality is very good and makes a lovely keepsake.
We are currently taking bookings for October half term – 23rd, 24th & 25th October. All bookings are needed to be made by Friday 13th October at the latest. We reserve the right to cancel sessions if numbers are not viable to run the provision.
We are continuing to use our ‘Super star’ board to celebrate children’s achievements at home. Sheets are on the whiteboard at the entrance to setting, please help yourself.
Thank you for your continuing support. As always if there is anything you wish to discuss please give us a call or speak to your child’s key person.
Val & Team