Noah's Ark Christian Preschool

Part of Castle Hill Baptist Church


21st September 2017

Term Dates 2017 - 2018

AUTUMN TERM    Wednesday 6th September Term Begins
HALF TERM            23rd October – 27th October
Staff Training Day – Monday 30th October (Noah’s Ark Closed)
END OF TERM        Friday 22nd December
SPRING TERM        8th January Term Begins
HALF TERM             19th February – 23rd February
END OF TERM        Wednesday 28th of  March
Staff Training Day -  Thursday 29th March (Noah’s Ark Closed)
SUMMER TERM    16th April Term Begins
HALF TERM              28th May – 1st June
END OF TERM         Tuesday 17th July

Dates for your Diary

Moved to Thursday 28th September – Macmillan Coffee Morning – here @ Noah’s Ark

19th October – Harvest Service with Kevin Johnson – 9.30 @ Noah’s Ark

6th – 17th November – Key Worker Meetings – An opportunity to sit with your child’s Key Worker to chat about how things are going.

21st December – Nativity Service with Rev’d Peter Burns – 9.30 @ Castle Hill Baptist Church

22nd December – Christingle in the Hall with Rev’d Peter Burns

27th March – Easter Service with Rev’d Peter Burns – 9.30 @ Castle Hill Baptist Church

17th July – Leaver’s Service with Rev’d Peter Burns – 9.30 @ Noah’s Ark

Coffee Morning with Claire

If you were unable to attend the Welcome Coffee Morning with Claire, please ask to see a copy of the updated Behaviour Management Policy.

Don’t forget that we have books and story sacks for parents to borrow.  Please feel free to view your child’s Learning Records at any time.  These are kept in a trolley by the door and are updated termly.

Activities to do @ home

Activities to practice at home include:

  • opening yoghurt pots, packets and any other items your child has in their lunch boxes
  • putting their shoes and socks on and off – this is necessary as the children take off their shoes and socks before going into the sand pit.  Also, when purchasing new shoes please make sure your child is able to put them on without your assistance.
  • as well as coats and jackets to also include cardigans.


Next Week's Topic - 'Incy Wincy Spider'

All things spiders!  Things you could do at home include:

  • Counting the legs on a spider – how many do they have?
  • Sing ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and include the actions
  • Look out for spiders on their cob-webs whilst out walking
  • Have a go at drawing a spider
  • Bring in any toy spiders and books you might have

If any of you have spare guttering at home that you could donate, please bring in for next week.

MacMillan Coffee Morning - Change of Date! - Now Thursday 28th September

Please note the change of date to the MacMillan Coffee Morning.  We have moved it to Thursday 28th September.  We hope this change of date means that more of you can attend.

For the last couple of years we have taken part in the MacMillan Coffee Morning.  If you are a keen baker and could possibly bake a cake or two, or certainly enjoy eating a slice, you are more than welcome to join us to raise some money for this great Charity.

Applying for 30 Hours of Funding?

If your child turns 3 this term and you are eligible to apply for the 30 hours of Government funding for next term, you need to start applying now.  The deadline for applications for the Spring Term is 31st December.

If you think you are entitled for the 30 hours of funding, more information can be found at:

For parents who are currently in receipt of the 30 hours of funding, you too need to re-validate your code via your Gateway account.

For all queries regarding the code contact HMRC on 0300 123 4097.


General Notices

Please remember that we use the garden in all weathers and dress your child accordingly. It’s great to bring wellies to change into for outdoor play but wellies aren’t great for indoor wear.

We have some children with severe nut allergies, please can we remind you not to include any kind of nut, especially peanuts in your child’s packed lunch box.

Unfortunately we do not have the storage facilities for buggies, please can we ask that you do not leave them here.

If you are bringing in treats to share on your children’s birthday. These will be left in a bowl in the hatch for children to take when they leave.

May we remind parents that we do not allow use of mobile phones on the premises, this is common safeguarding practice.

Payments made by cheque to Noah’s Ark should be made payable to ‘Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool’.

Nametags order forms

If you would like to purchase some Nametag stickers, which are not just to be stuck on your child’s clothing but can also be stuck on drink bottles, lunch boxes and shoes, we have plenty of order forms for you to take away.  If you were to include our school reference then we get a little commission too.

Attendance Records

Please do not forget that we keep close records of attendance.  This includes late arrivals and departures.  These records will be kept in your child’s learning journal and will be forwarded to their future schools.

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