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

Telephone 01295 712353                                                                                  


                                                                                   16th September 2019





Phew! We did it – we got through the first week without any major problems – the children were pretty chilled meaning the staff were even more so! Our new children are finding their feet and growing in confidence every day. They are beginning to build relationships which is great to see, as although the role of your child’s key person is one of vital importance, it is equally important that they are happy to go to any of the members of staff – and so far so good! Please be reassured they are all settling at their own pace, and even those who shed a few separation tears, which are so heartbreaking for you as parents/grandparents, are beginning to learn coping strategies and getting to realise that Mummy/Daddy/Nanny IS coming back! The first couple of weeks can always be a bit fraught as the children settle into their new routines and get used to being away from Mummy/Daddy /childminder, but it will pass – honestly!


Anyway onto our second week!!  We are going to still continue to take things steadily which will allow staff to give extra support to any of the children who are still feeling a bit wobbly, but we are also going to be talking about ‘Harvest’ and food with a particular emphasis on fruit and vegetables. The children are going to be doing some printing using fruit and vegetables, and are going to be listening to some stories and singing/learning a couple of new songs including an old favourite (much beloved of the Cobb family)


If you would like to be involved in your child’s learning, then you talk about where food comes from at home, and/or perhaps have a go at our Combine Harvester song  below – as ever, ask staff for a demo if you are not sure of the tune or actions!!


Big Red Combine Harvester

(Closest recognisable tune is, I think,  ‘Jesus love is very wonderful’)


Big red combine harvester, big red combine harvester

Big red combine Harvester, chug, chug, chug, chug chugging all day.


Cutting the corn, combine harvester

Cutting the corn, combine harvester

Cutting the corn, combine harvester

Chug, chug, chug, chug, chugging all day


Threshing the corn, combine harvester…..

Tipping the corn, combine harvester……


Big red combine harvester……


Harvest Time

(Sung to ‘Here we go round the Mulberry Bush)


Here’s what we do at harvest time, harvest time, harvest time

Here’s what we do at harvest time

At harvest time in the Autumn.


Cut all the corn at harvest time….

Dig up the potatoes…..

Share out our fruit….

Pick all the apples….

Gather the blackberries…..


We do a lot of singing at Pre School and try to include you in any new songs we are doing. Every year, I threaten to have a competition in the last term to see which parent can remember the most songs…haven’t done it yet……but watch out!!


Recommended Reads


“Harvest” by Polly Goodman

“Oliver’s Fruit Salad” by Vivian French and Alison Bartlett

“Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French and Alison Bartlett

“Oliver’s Milkshake” by Vivian French and Alison Bartlett

“Spot’s Harvest” by Eric Hill

“Jasper’s Beanstalk” by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

“Little Red Hen” Traditional tale


All things Admin, Financial and Procedural…….


Heartfelt Plea – Can I respectfully please ask that you clearly label your children’s bags either on the top or bottom of the exterior. Don’t presume that your child will be able to identify their own bag, because quite often they can’t, and sometimes we have multiples of the same bag…. Can we also please ask that coats are clearly labelled particularly as we head into the colder weather. Thankyou so much for your support with this. If you are looking to purchase name labels then we are actually registered with (our ID is 83932) and, even better, we receive 20% of the proceeds!


Cheney House Project – We hope to resume the Cheney House project as soon as we can before the more unreliable weather sets in. For those of you who were not with us last year, we have a joint project with Cheney House Nursing Home in the village meaning from time to time, we take small groups of our older children to visit the elderly residents and share nursery rhymes, action songs and stories together. A few of the residents even came down to visit the setting and have a wonderful time!  Each visit lasted about half an hour and I am very proud to say has been a resounding success for everyone involved – the benefits were clear to see - one elderly resident told us that it made her feel 30 years younger, she just absorbed the energy of the children! From the children’s point of view, they tend to regard the residents as ‘new friends’ and look forward to going, some even asking to go several times!


I will, therefore, be placing permission forms in the trays of the children who are due to go to school next year. We will not take any child for whom we do not have permission. We have an extensive risk assessment document for you to view if you so wish – just speak to/email Jacqui



Funding Forms - Please can you return these as soon as possible and please remember those utility bills or some other form of proof of address.


Sleep workshop

 - Towards the end of the last year we held our first parent workshop on Anxiety and Starting School. It proved to be a huge success and therefore we are offering a new workshop on helping you to solve your child’s sleep problems.

We’ve booked SCOPE who are going to come and talk about their Sleep Right Programme which raises awareness of good sleep practice and basic strategies for parents. Discussions will be around the following topics:
* Why is Your Child not Sleeping?           * Keeping a Sleep Diary
* The Bedroom Environment                   * A Good Bedtime Routine
* Approaches to addressing sleep           * Useful Resources
The workshop is being held on Tuesday 24
th September at 7:00pm. If you’d like to attend, please email by Friday 20th September to book your space as we are limited to 20 places.
Please can we ask only one member per family attends so we can allow more families to be able to come along. We will have a wait list though so if we don’t reach our numbers and you’d like an additional space please email and ask to be added to this list.


Sickness Bug

Please be aware that there is a rather virulent sickness bug doing the rounds over at the school and seems to be gradually finding its way over to us. Thankfully only a few cases so far, and we really want to keep it that way please! So please ensure that if your child goes down with the bug that you abide by the 48 hour rule – they cannot return to us until 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea in line with the guidance set by the Health Protection Agency. We appreciate that this can be a real nuisance for you particularly if you need to take time out of work and particularly if (as usually happens) your child appears to bounce back quickly and is soon eating a full breakfast and jumping on and off the sofa! The problem is, they are still likely to be infectious, therefore we cannot take them back in the interests of infection control. We ask you to be honest with us please and be thoughtful of not only other children but also of the welfare of the staff. No staff – no Pre school

Tapestry Learning Record – For our new starters – your child’s Learning Record link has been sent to you via email. Please ensure you activate the link asap as it is open to you for a limited time before it will need reactivating. If you haven’t received it, then please check ‘Junk’ folders as occasionally it goes in there. If still no joy, then let us know as there may be an issue with an incorrect email address. Please do not expect masses of observations in these first few days as staffs concentration is on the settling the children rathe rthan making copious notes.


There is no parking for parents in the car park. We are only allocated 5 spaces for staff – that’s it. Please ensure that anyone dropping off/picking up your child is aware of this rule. Thanks for your support with this.


Welcome to our new volunteers – A huge welcome to Kathryn Whitby who is joining us as a volunteer for the next few months on a Friday morning and to Zoe Marsh who we hope will be joining us on a Wednesday afternoon from next week. Their help is very much appreciated.


New planting project – Belinda is looking to start a new planting project in the garden using some very unusual planters – wellies! If anyone has any old pairs of children’s wellies (doesn’t matter what size) for which they have no further use, we would love to have them and transform them into flower filled containers. Thanks for your support


School Applications for September 2020


Please note the following from Northamptonshire County Council


Applications for primary and secondary school places can be made from Tuesday 10th September 2019.


Parents/carers of children who have their 4th birthday between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 need to apply for their school place by 5pm on Wednesday 15th January 2020;


School Admissions Drop-in Sessions are listed as follows:


 Wellingborough Library - Thursday 3rd October 2019, 9:30am - 12 noon


 Corby Library - Tuesday 8th October 2019, 9:30am - 11:30am


 Weston Favell Library - Wednesday 9th October 2019, 9:30am - 12 noon


  Kettering Library - Tuesday 15th October 2019, 9:00am - 11.30am    


 Northampton Central Library - Wednesday 27th November 2019,   10:00am – 12:30pm


Please note Our website pages have a new layout which you may want to familiarise yourselves with in advance in order to be able to help parents.


When applying, parents/carers need to first register online at


An email confirming registration will be sent to parents with a link which they must click on to enter the portal in order to make their application. Parents/carers must press submit once their application is complete and if they do go back into their application at any time after that (up to the closing date), they must ensure they submit again.  An unsubmitted application will not be considered.  Every year, applicants who forget to resubmit are distraught when this costs them a place at their preferred school as the application is not processed and parents will not receive an offer on National Offer Day.

 If you are having trouble applying, or have any problems concerning your application, please telephone 0300 126 1000 or email:


Summer Born application deferral requests

 Parents/carers of Summer Born Children may be contacting schools to enquire about their children starting school in the reception class in the year following the date they should have started school according to their age group, i.e. asking for their child to start in reception in September 2021, rather than 2020. As a reminder of the role of admission authorities in deciding whether or not to support a delayed application for Reception, please refer to paragraphs 2.17 - 2.17 B of the School Admission Code.  Specifically, 2.17A states that:

 2.17A    Admission authorities must make decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parent/carer’s views; information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely. They must also take into account the views of the head teacher of the school concerned. When informing a parent/carer of their decision on the year group the child should be admitted to, the admission authority must set out clearly the reasons for their decision.

 Please note that advice on the procedure followed by NCC, can be found on the website: For further information or advice, please contact: Jan Baines (School Admissions Manager):  T: 01604 367026 / 07872 148424


 Dates for your diary – so far! All dates subject to change ……


-        Open Morning – 12th October 10-12am

-        Family Social at New Inn – 12th October – timing tbc

-        Sleep Workshop – 24th September 7pm

-        AGM and Parents evening – 12th November 6-9pm

-        Christmas float –7th/8th December

-        Christmas Nativity concert* – 20th Dec 11 am.

-        Family Disco – date tbc – but likely to be last Saturday in January 2020

-        Open Morning 1st February 2020 10-12am

-        Easter Eggstravaganza – 21st March 2020 – 2pm

-        Open Morning – May 16th – 10-12

-        Summer term parents eve – 17th June – 6.30-9pm

-        Leavers ceremony – 17th July 1pm


*Open to all children irrespective of which day they usually attend



Weekly Reminder – The car park at the front of the setting is for staff of the school, Pre School, and library plus 4 spaces for library use. There is absolutely no parking or drop off in the car park for parents at the school or pre school Can you 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  children 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. Please also inform us of any suspected cases of Chicken Pox or Slapped Cheek.















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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