News and Weekly Newsletter

At Middleton Cheney Pre School, we very much see parents/carers as partners in their child's education. We aim, therefore, to keep you informed with everything that is going on by producing a weekly newsletter.

Middleton Cheney Pre-School Ltd

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                                                                                   15th October 2018





I cannot quite believe we have arrived at half term – we have packed so much in over the last few weeks and I am pleased to say that all of the children without exception are now largely settled and appear happy and contented in the setting. This first term is always hard work as we all adjust, but I think we are there, and all deserve a restful break before the rigours of next term which will be ‘full on’ right from the start.


Last week, the children had a great time making playdough and following a pictorial recipe card, so as promised, I am including the recipes which you may want to have a go at over half term.


Non Cook Playdough

2 cups of plain flour

0.5 cup of salt

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of oil

Up to 1.5 cups of boiling water

Food colour/glitter


Combine all the ingredients together  - obviously keep the boiling water away from the children but they can help with everything else. Knead until soft, add a bit more flour if too sticky


Gluten Free Playdough

4 cups of gluten free flour

4 tablespoons oil

1 cup of salt

4 tablespoons of cream of tartar

Up to 3 cups of boiling water

Food colour/glitter


Method is as above. Gluten free flour tends to absorb liquid very quickly so you may need to add a little more oil if it is too crumbly.


Have fun!


Next week we have no specific activities planned as we try to keep the week before a holiday for tying up loose ends, and for keyworkers to do specific activities with their keyworker children based on the needs or interests. We will be finishing off this terms PE with kicking the ball practice and kicking the ball at a target….preferably not me 😊



All things admin and procedural


Open Morning 13th October 10-12 – Thanks in advance to everyone who is helping with this event, whether as a presence on the day, running the refreshments or baking cakes. It is very much appreciated. Hope to see some of you there


Sickness and diarrhoea – Can we respectfully ask that children are kept away from Pre School for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness or diarrhoea.  Even if you suspect it isn’t a tummy bug, there are no guarantees of this , therefore, even if they appear fine and are bouncing off the walls, they must stay at home, as this age group are very 'touchy feely' and illness can spread like wildfire. As working parents ourselves, we appreciate how difficult this can be, but this is following the guidelines for this age group from the Health Protection Agency to help infection control. These rules are also applied in school. This is not only to protect the other children, but also the staff. Thankyou for your cooperation and understanding with this.


Parents Evening and AGM – We have a Parents Evening coming up on 13th November. Lists with timed slots will be out on the snack table from next week


Garden project part 2! – Hopefully (depending on the weather) over half term the second part of our Garden Project will get under way. We are hoping to create a special sensory path and proper mud kitchen area. A huge thankyou to Alli, Paula, Lynne and Gemma for planning this project, to Emma for her support, and of course to our Management team who gave us the ‘green light’ to go ahead.


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A reminder that there is No Pre school on Friday 19th or Monday 29th October  and we will see you all back from Tuesday 30th October. Make sure you get plenty of rest over half term as next term is arguably the busiest and definitely the most glittery of the year….Diwali, Bonfire Night, Children in Need and then of course…..Christmas!! We also have a couple of major fundraising opportunities for which we will be asking for your help…the Christmas Fayre and the Christmas Float… watch this space!!!


There will be no newsletter next week.


Weekly Reminder


Reminder - The car park at the front of the setting is purely for the staff of the school, Pre School, and library plus four spaces for library users. There is absolutely no parking or drop off in the car park for parents at the school or Pre School. Can you also please ensure that anyone else who is picking up your child e.g. grandparents, are aware of this please – thankyou for your support


Please be aware that we have a child with lowered immunity at the setting, and we therefore respectfully request that your child is kept off for an appropriate period in the event of illness.

Now Online

posted 23 Jan 2012, 12:30 by Middleton Cheney Pre School

Website now online!!

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