June 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back and we hope you all had a great half term.

We have a very busy time ahead at preschool as the second half of the summer term is now upon us.

This Friday 8th June Lesley Brewin our preschool photographer is coming to take photographs of the children. Lesley has been visiting us for several years now and has always captured some beautiful shots. Each child will be photographed (if they are happy to) unless anyone specifically does not want their child photographed. You will receive a proof sheet of the photos Lesley has taken but you are under no obligation to purchase any of them. If you would like your child photographed and you do not usually come into preschool on Friday or if you would like your child photographed with a sibling just come along to the Club Room at the village hall from 8.45am and we will endeavour to have your pictures taken first. If your child is at preschool for the day and is coming in their ‘best clothes’ for the photographs, please provide a change of clothes for them to change into afterwards.

For all of you that have returned response forms, please remember we have our Parents Evening on Monday 11th June and your allocated 15 minute time slot will be confirmed this week. Don’t forget if you are not able to attend on Monday 11th June please speak to your child’s key carer so we can arrange an alternate time for a meeting within preschool hours.

On Friday 22nd June we are hoping to take the children to the Silchester School sports day to watch some of the races, participate in the toddler race and then enjoy our packed lunches on the sports field afterwards. A letter with full details will be coming home soon but if there are any parents available to help chaperone the children during this visit, it would be very much appreciated. Please speak to Helen and Fiona if you can help. If your child does not attend preschool on Fridays but would like to participate in the race, you are both welcome to join us on the sports field at 11.30am.

With some of the older children coming to the end of their time with us at preschool we shall be focusing on the transition to their new school and practising some of the necessary skills to become as ‘school ready’ as possible. As well as their arranged school visits, their new school teachers have all been invited to preschool to meet with the children and talk to their key carers. Mrs Thomas from Silchester School will be spending time with us next week and will meet as many of their new class from Cherry Trees as possible.

For the parents of younger children at Cherry Trees who will be returning in September, we will need to know what sessions you would like when we come back after the summer holidays. Therefore a letter will be sent home this week to ask what you require. Please return this to us as soon as you can so we can accommodate everyone’s requirements wherever possible.

If you are entitled to free 30 hours childcare funding, please don’t forget to renew your eligibility code regularly. You should be sent a text or email by HMRC to remind you, although some of you have told me this isn’t always the case, so please check anyway. It is important that you check this and renew your details on time or you could miss out on your funded childcare.

With best wishes

Helen, Fiona and the Cherry Trees team.

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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 


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