Parent and Child Voice
On this page we link to our blog, where we will be publishing the latest news about the playschool. You can follow the blog directly by clicking the link below but - for your convenience we display the last 5 posts here. If you have comments to make on our posts, this can be done by viewing the blog.
Some of our children's comments
- "i like the biggest bike"
- "i like playing on the bikes"
- "i love the bikes - i like the fast motorbike the best"
- "playing with cars and the big builder and the garage"
- "i like painting alot- i like painting houses"
- "i like playing in the mud and climbing on the climbing tree at forest school"
- "i like to play shops where my friend come to buy things"
- "i like going on the 'puter- i like 'the three bears' the best"
- "i like drawing - my favorite colour is pink"
- "i like water play and filling the shapes with waters and colours you know"
Parents comments for questionnaires and thank you cards
- "the staff at playschool provide a good family atmosphere that makes you feel immediately at home"
- "thank you you have made our first experience of education lovely"
- "playgroup has been fantastic want to thank everyone who has helped me and my son"
- "thank you to the playschool staff - your support has meant everything"
- "goodbye playschool we shall miss you"
- "playschool is lovely and we shall miss you all"
- "our family will miss you playschool ladies now the children have gone to school"
- "playschool staff are very helpful"
- "we will still wave at you through the (school) fence"
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Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:31:00 +0000
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Update on Keyworker
Fri, 20 Mar 2020 15:36:00 +0000
Dear parents and carers,
The Department for Education has issued guidance today for schools and colleges on maintaining educational provision during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Schools and educational settings have a key role to play, alongside other partners, in meeting our priority to preserve life, prevent spread of infection and keep critical services going. We are working together with key partners, including the Local Authority, to coordinate our response to the pandemic.
The guidance makes it clear that where children can safely stay at home they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
We are being asked by Government to continue to provide care for a limited number of children including children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
We are working with the local authority to identify all children defined as vulnerable.
The guidance published includes children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, 'looked after' children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
We will talk to these parents directly about how care will be provided.
Please note, as a school, we need to ensure we can prioritise those most in need so that our provision is sustainable and supports the Government's number one key principle from their latest guidance that maintains social distancing:
If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response may need support from schools and educational settings and we are working hard to provide that support wherever possible.
Many parents in this category will be able to keep their children at home and where children can be safely cared for at home they should be.
For those who cannot keep children safely at home and who work in one of the critical sectors listed below, your children will be priorities for education provision when you are at work.
However, it may not be possible to provide this in your child's usual school, as inevitably school staff will also be impacted by the virus and our shared priority is to keep children safe and prevent the spread of the virus.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
• Health and social care
• Education and childcare
• Key public services
o This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
• Local and national government
• Food and other necessary goods
• Public safety and national security
• Utilities, communication and financial services
Provision is only available when you are required to work. It is not available at other times.
Where only one parent/carer is a 'critical worker' there is an expectation that the child stays at home with the other parent to ensure the principal and impact of social distancing is maximised.
Further guidance on key workers can be found in the following link:
If you are a key worker and your child needs educational provision, please send us the following information to email@example.com by Sunday 22nd March.
• Your name:
• Your most up to date contact details:
• Evidence of each parent's / carer's job role:
• Name of employer and contact details (for verification):
• Student's name and year group:
More information on the closure of educational settings for parents and children can be found in the following link:
Many thanks for your assistance through this challenging situation.
Building fine and gross motor skills through imaginative play.
Sun, 15 Mar 2020 19:51:00 +0000
This week up at Broadway Playschool some of the younger children enjoyed
being outside in the sunshine and enjoyed doing some building & fixing in
the wendy house.
We encouraged them to really explore and access resources from the outside store which got them to engage in building, shape matching and chalking.
Towerview older children also enjoyed time outside in the sunshine and wind,
the children worked out throwing up a piece of paper and then watching it
floating in the wind!! It created a lot of laughter.
Great being 'waited' on by some of the children, coffee, tea, cakes and donuts in the home corner, nice chats and great little chefs!!!
Being led by the children's interest, main interest this week has been dinosaurs, on Tuesday a dinosaur had been and laid eggs in the outside area ( musical instruments that looks like eggs). In forest school today (Friday) the children found frozen dinosaur eggs they could see the dinosaurs inside the eggs, some children managed to get the dinosaurs to hatch by putting the eggs in water.
With drier weather outside has been used more. The children are playing in larger groups where tag, hide and seek, running and ball play are involved. They negotiate the games between themselves and taking turns.
The children have enjoyed exploring media and materials in 2 and 3 dimensions. Collectively the children decided that the grandfather clock for their hickory dickory dock activity would be 'rainbow colours' and what a multi-coloured clock it is! It was lovely to observe the children working creatively together on their project with a purpose in mind and how thrilled they were at the end result. Working individually and on a small scale the children created their mice by looking at the example template then choosing the shapes and materials they wanted to use. The end result were a collection of very colourful characterful mice ready to run up and down the grandfather clock!
We printed an image of a Grandfather clock for the children to work from, many hadn't seen one before, they did a brilliant job. Take a look in the home corner!