Exclusion Times for Illness and Infectious Diseases at Cherry Trees

Exclusion Times for Illnesses and Infectious Diseases

This table shows the minimum time periods of exclusion for different illnesses which may affect your child. If your child does become ill and you are unsure whether to send them to preschool please contact us for advice, although we are unable to diagnose any medical conditions.

Disease/Illness Minimum Exclusion Period
Antibiotics prescribed First 2 days at home
Temperature If sent home, child should be off for at least 24 hours
Vomiting If sent home, child must be off for 48 hours, or 48 hours after last attack
Conjunctivitis Keep home until eyes are no longer weeping
Diarrhoea 48 hours after last attack 
Gastroenteritis Until authorised by GP 
Measles 7 days from appearance of rash 
Chicken Pox At least 5 days after appearance of rash when spots have dried
Rubella (German Measles) 4 days from appearance of rash 
Impetigo Until the skin has healed 
Threadworm Once treated (all the household)
Head lice Until appropriate treatment has been given and all lice removed
Scarlet fever and Streptococcal Throat Until appropriate medical treatment has been given
Planter Warts No exclusion, should be treated and covered as necessary
Mumps Until swelling has subsided but not less than 7 days from onset of illness
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Until symptoms have gone 
Ringworm Until treated 


The Early Years Pupil Premium

Early Years Pupil Premium for three and four year olds

What is the Early Years Pupil Premium?

From April 2015, three and four year old children attending an early years education setting may be eligible to receive Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). Providers could claim an additional £302 per year for each child to spend on supporting their development, learning and care.

National data and research shows that children of families who meet the Early Years Pupil Premium criteria may need additional help to get the most from their Early Years Education. As with the Pupil Premium available for Hampshire schools for children in Reception up to Year 11, the Early Years Pupil Premium will provide Hampshire early years education approved nurseries, pre-schools and childminders with extra funding to support children in achieving the best early years outcomes and start they can.

How can the Early Years Pupil Premium help your child and others that attend your child’s early years education setting?

The funding can help by providing:

  • Extra training for staff
  • Support for developing children’s speech and language and learning
  • Greater links between the early years education setting and families
  • Further opportunities and experiences to prepare children for starting school

The funding that Cherry Trees may receive for individual children can be ‘pooled’ together across other providers and schools in our locality, enabling access to other opportunities such as a specialist practitioner or specific resources which can be effectively shared.

All early years education providers will have to demonstrate to Ofsted how the EYPP funds have been used to improve children’s education.

Eligibility Criteria

Our setting may be entitled to claim the additional Early Years Pupil Premium funding for a 3 or 4 year old child in receipt of early years education funding (also known as the free early years education entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds):

As a parent/ guardian, you will need to be in receipt of one of the following benefits in order for us to claim for the EYPP funding for your child:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (providing you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit Run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

Or if your child:

  • Has been looked after by the local authority, in care for at least one day
  • Has been adopted from care
  • Has left care through special guardianship
  • Is subject to a child arrangements order (previously a residence order)

What do I do next?

If you think your family meets the eligibility criteria, the next steps are:

  • Speak to Helen or Fiona and let us know that you would like to claim the Early Years Pupil Premium for your child. We can then inform you of the information we need to confirm your child’s eligibility.
  • We have sent you an ‘Early Years Pupil Premium’ letter. You should read this and consider whether your family circumstances meet the eligibility criteria.
  • We will need you to complete the confidential ‘Early Years Pupil Premium Voluntary Registration’ form and return it to us.
  • If your child has left care through adoption, special guardianship or a child arrangements order and you would like your child to attract the Early Years Pupil Premium; you should complete the appropriate section of the Early Years Pupil Premium Voluntary Registration form and you must attach a copy of the relevant court order when you return the form to us.
  • We will ask you to update and voluntarily share your income information when the child reaches 3 and 4 years old. 
  • You can inform Cherry Trees of a change in family circumstances and ask us to check EYPP eligibility at other times during the child’s attendance year. 
  • When your child starts school, your school may also ask you to share this information so that they can claim Pupil Premium.


The Importance of Pre-writing Skills

Cherry Trees Preschool

The Importance of Pre-writing Skills

What are pre-writing skills?

Pre-writing skills are the fundamental skills children need to develop before they are able to write. These skills contribute to a child’s ability to hold and use a pencil, and the ability to draw, write, copy and colour. A major component of pre-writing skills are the pre-writing shapes. These are the pencil strokes that most letters, numbers and early drawings are comprised of. They are typically mastered in sequential order, and to an age specific level. These strokes include the following strokes; I , – , O , + , / , ? , \ , X          

Why are pre-writing skills important?

Pre-writing skills are essential for a child to be able to develop the ability to hold and move a pencil fluently and effectively and therefore produce legible writing. When these skills are underdeveloped it can lead to frustration and resistance due to the child not being able to produce legible writing or keep up in class due to fatigue. This can then result in poor self esteem and academic performance.

What can be done to improve pre-writing skills?

  • Hand dominance Determine which the dominant hand is and reinforce its frequent use in precision task performance.
  • Experience Encourage participation in activities that involve grasping and manipulating small objects such as drawing, puzzles, opening containers, threading or other related tasks.
  • Poking and pointing Practise tasks that use just one or two fingers e.g. poking games.
  • Praise and encouragement when your child engages in fine motor activities, especially if they are persistent when finding an activity difficult.
  • Hand and finger strength Try scrunching paper, using tweezers, using play dough and pegs.
  • Sensory play activities such as rice play, finger painting, to assist the development of tactile awareness.
  • Hand-eye coordination  Practise activities that involve hand-eye coordination like throwing and catching, and crossing the midline (e.g. reaching across the body to pick up items).
  • Upper limb strength Encourage play activities that develop the muscles in the upper limbs such as climbing ladders, wheel barrow walking.

Activities that can help improve pre-writing skills include;

  • Threading and lacing with a variety of sized laces.
  • Play dough activities that may include rolling with hands or a rolling pin, hiding objects such as coins in the play dough or just creative construction.
  • Scissor projects that could involve cutting out geometric shapes to then paste together to make pictures such as robots, trains or houses.
  • Tongs or teabags squeezers to pick up objects.
  • Drawing or writing on a vertical surface.
  • Everyday activities such as opening containers and jars.
  • Prewriting shapes Practise drawing the 9 prewriting shapes  –  I  O  +  /  \  X  ?        
  • Finger games Incy wincy spider.
  • Craft Make things using old boxes, egg cartons, wool, paper and sticky or masking tape.
  • Construction Building with Duplo, Lego, Mobilo or other construction toys.

Bad Weather Closure Procedure

Dear Parents and Carers,

As the weather becomes colder and the risk of snowy conditions becomes more likely, we wanted to let you know what to do if you are ever unsure if the preschool is going to be open or not.

If for any reason we are unable to open, we will send out an email letting everyone know as soon as possible. If a member of staff is able to reach the preschool, a notice will also be put on the door giving as much information as possible.

If you haven’t had an email and are unsure if we are open or not, please telephone the preschool on

07763 333765 or 07833 547810

In the unlikely event of the current building works giving rise to any unforeseen circumstances that cause closure, we will also follow the same procedure.

Please could everyone check with Helen or Fiona to make sure we have your current email address.

Many thanks

Helen and Fiona

Play Dough Recipe

Lots of parents have asked us for the recipe we use for our play dough; and the children really enjoy making it with us so we have decided to share the recipe on our website.

Play Dough Recipe

You will need;
1 cup plain flour
1 cup water
½ cup salt
2 tablespoons oil
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food colouring of your choice

Put all the ingredients into a microwave-able bowl and stir until smooth.
Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes then stir.
Cook for a further minute and stir again.
Leave to cool for a short time then take out of the bowl and knead well. Your play dough is now ready to play with.