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Newsletter for Week Beginning 4th November 2018

Dear parents, children and carers 5th November 2018

This newsletter is kindly sponsored by KEITH REYNOLDS BRICKWORK

The newsletter is also on our website, on our Facebook page or by email on request

We had a very busy week packed with Hallowe’en related activities. We made cookies, multi coloured cake, spiders, potions, pumpkins, Hallowe’en hunts, Hallowe’en dance session with Miss Paula, and lots of stories and more.

This week we will chat about our Bonfire nights experience, experiment with colour and paint to make fire work pictures, chat about safety and fire generally – stars, volcanoes etc, the work of firefighters and practise our own fire drills; we do not set the alarms off so as not to panic the children.

Fire Marshall training – if you know anyone who may be interested in Fire Marshall training – all businesses must do it – the we have a training day here in January 12th. It’s run by Lewis Lawless Right Start Training who also runs our First Aid training. It’s a four hour course cost around £35. He is also running a one day adults’ emergency First Aid training here on Saturday 17th of this month 9am – 4.30. If interested speak to Janet.

CHRISTMAS fair (Sunday 2nd December 11.15 am) Please do help out in any way, however small. It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year and we aim to make up to £1000 in a good year. RAFFLE tickets on sale NOW , 50p ticket or £5 a book of 10 tickets. We will be giving out 2 books per family to try and sell. If you prefer not to please return so others might try and sell them. Many thanks.

CHRISTMAS ON-LINE SHOPPING? or BOOKING YOUR HOLS? Now’s the time to use easyfundraising and make big donations for Hummingbirds- If you shop on-line at all, please consider registering on and donating to ‘Hummingbirds Garstang’, each time you shop on-line. Ask Janet if you want help.

CHRISTMAS PARTY for children is on the last afternoon before we break up WEDNESDAY 19th December. If your child is not in Wednesdays but wants to come to the party from 1.30pm, please tell Janet. Mr Jolly, the magician, will be back to do his show. The children love him, he is excellent with them. Supervised by staff. A suggested donation of £5 per child to cover his fee and to help pay for party food. If Wednesday is not your normal nursery day, please can we suggest £10 donation to also help cover extra staff needed?

CHRISTMAS SINGING: we like to put on a short and simple Christmas related performance for parents and family each year. This year we will be selling tickets at £3 each nearer the time, which will include refreshments afterwards. So, for your diary, it’s going to be on our last day before Christmas, Wednesday 19th from 9.15 am. If you want to buy a Nativity related costume of your choice or if prefer party clothes, you can get organised. We do have a variety in nursery which you may borrow – please ask in plenty of time though!

100 club membership is another easy way to help raise funds details on easel or ask. Donate from £2 a month per number to go in the monthly draw and get the chance to win half our monthly takings every month! The other half helps towards our rent to the parish. Forms on easel or ask Gemma or Janet for help.

30 HOURS FUNDING Parents already receiving 30 hour funding please check if are you in the ’grace period’? You can lose funding if you do not respond to reminders to update your funding. If you want to claim for 30 hours funding you must do so the term before you want to start using it i.e. this term ready for January.

BODY SHOP PARTY Tuesday evening 13th November at 7pm here at Hummingbirds, to raise funds for Hummingbirds. Please come along if you can, bring a friend! Watch out for details and catalogues soon. We had a Body Shop evening last year and it was good fun AND there were great discounts to be had as well as lots of prizes. Get some of your Christmas shopping done and help us raise some funds at the same time! Catalogues available for pre -order or buy a lucky square if you cannot make it.

STAY & CHAT If you want to stay and chat to staff about how your child has settled etc please let us know, anytime.

LIFE EDUCATION BUS – just a few of us visited last Tuesday but we had a great time. Suggested donation £3 towards school costs.

SCHOOL PLACES if your child is 4 by 31st August 2019, you need to be thinking about booking a school place. Poster on the easel explains how. Book by 19th January 2019. Looking ahead, the skills essential to school readiness are self-help skills – e.g. independent toileting, dressing, using knife and fork: managing feelings and behaviour: sharing and cooperating and good listening and communication skills.

COLD WEATHER: please do send in wellies, hats, gloves and a change of clothes for your child. Please put names or initials on all clothes. Thank you

Best wishes, Janet, Shirley, Carole, Bridget, Gemma and Becca

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