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Happy New Year! Term 3 January 2017

We would like to wish all our parents and children a Happy New Year!

The staff would like to say thank you to all the parents for all our lovely gifts we received from you at Christmas.

We would like to welcome 4 new children and their families who have joined us this term.  So welcome to Oliver, Emilia, Mya and Max we hope you enjoy your time with us.

This term’s topic is all about Winter so we will be learning all about winter weather, animals, where people live. We will be doing some experiments, lots of crafts and will keep you informed on a weekly basis.

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Term 1 & 2 September – December 2016

We had a very busy couple of terms this year.  We welcomed some new families to Pre-school.  Albion, Billy and Dean, we hope you enjoy your time with us.

This first term was all about festivals.  We had the Woodcote Festival, Harvest Festival, Halloween & Bonfire, Christmas and we have been celebrating the fact that Woodcote Pre-school has now officially been open for 50 Years!!

50th Anniversary Celebration

The 50th Anniversary celebration was fantastic, despite the rocky start with the heavens opening about 3pm just as we were beginning to set everything up.  It soon cleared up and over 200 people turned up to help us celebrate.  It was great to see most of the ex-managers, staff and children there.  The hog roast was very tasty, the bar very busy, music was great, the children loved the bouncy castle, ball pit and face-painting.  The face-painting was so popular that we even had a staff member’s husband helping. (Well done Jimmy!)  We had a raffle and the top prize of a weekend away went to one of the ex-managers.  A big thank you to Wendy Powell, Sharron Rook, Jackie Lawrence, Sam Hearn & Sophie Ayres-Norman who set up a committee to organise all the celebrations.  We did a lot of fundraising over the last year to fund the celebration and made over a thousand pounds profit which will go towards new equipment for the children.  Thank you to Barbara Pennial who donated a substantial sum of money from the Windmill Sale which helped pay for the hog roast. We raised over £1000 which will go towards new equipment for the children.

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Woodcote Festival

The first week back it was all hands on deck to get everything ready for the Woodcote Festival.  We entered lots of competitions and are really pleased to say our Scarecrow of the Queen came 1st (she was the only one entered this year).  Most of the children enjoyed helping to make her but some of the little ones were a bit scared!  The Queen sat on the centre of the stage overlooking the festivities!  We also came 1st with our decorated biscuits, 2nd with our apple pie and had a few 3rd places.  Our stall was a Bottle and Jolly Jar tombola and Splat-the-Rat which considering it pretty much rained all day was a huge success and we raised lots of money for Pre-school.  We also sold our homemade jam which was made from the raspberries and strawberries from our allotment.  Well done all the children and staff!


Harvest Festival

The children had two weeks to practice all the songs for the Harvest Festival which took place at St Leonard’s Church.  We made and loaf of bread and took along some food items which will be distributed to people around the village and the homeless shelters.  We were joined by the Cabin Preschool and Woodcote Primary School.  It was lovely to see all our old Pre-schoolers at the church.


Halloween Parade

We held our annual Halloween parade, the children all came in dressed in their scary outfits.  They all looked fantastic and they demonstrated to all the parents the songs & actions they had been learning.



The rest of the term was all about Christmas.  We had a new Pre-schooler called Freddy The Elf who came to teach the children all about being good & kind.  He reported daily back to Father Christmas and had the children wondering everyday what he had been up to overnight.


We were very busy making lots of special presents and cards for our families.  We made Christmas decorations, cakes, mince pies and did lots of painting and sticking.  We cut out pictures to send to Father Christmas so he would know what we wanted for Christmas.  We had our traditional Christmas dinner which was prepared and cooked at Pre-school.  We held our Christmas Play, the children were fantastic and did a great job of learning all the songs and performed brilliantly on the day.  We had a party on the last day of term where the children were entertained by Jester Giggles.  They then had a very special visit from Santa where they all received a present and Santa even joined them for their party lunch.

Amongst all these celebrations and festivals the children have continued to enjoy learning through their play.  We have had music sessions, stories, nature walks, practising our maths, phonics and handwriting on a daily basis.



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Ofsted Report

Ofsted Report July 2016


We had our most recent Ofsted Inspection in July 2016 and are very pleased to say that we have been given a ‘GOOD’ rating.

Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is good because:

  • The pre-school manager, the management committee and staff have worked hard since the last inspection to make the necessary improvements. As a result, all legal requirements are now met.


  • The leadership and management of the setting has improved. The manager is fully supported by a strong committee and better provision has been put in place for staff training and development. The quality of teaching is now good.
  • Children are very happy in the pre-school. They form very close relationships with the staff and greet them excitedly when they arrive each day. From the youngest age, children settle quickly and enjoy good support from their key person.
  • Children make good progress in their learning and development. Staff work closely with parents when children first join the pre-school to identify what children know and can do. This provides staff with a good understanding of children’s abilities and helps them to accurately measure their progress.

It is not yet outstanding because:

  • Although staff review their practice, this is not yet robust enough to help them deliver an outstanding level of provision.
  • Information about the progress children make is not yet effectively used to show how quickly gaps in learning are closing.

To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should:

  • Utilise all opportunities for monitoring the quality of the provision to improve standards to an outstanding level
  • Make full use of assessment information to demonstrate how any gaps in different groups of children’s learning are closing at a rapid pace.


We are very pleased with our Ofsted report and have taken steps to further improve our provision.

Staff have now been on further training courses to enable them to use all opportunities for monitoring the quality of the provision.  Staff make full use of assessment information and are now narrowing the gaps in children’s learning.

To read our full Ofsted report please click on link below…/133702


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Wk3/24th April – Africa

The children have been on Safari, role-playing dressing up as animals.  Making lots of crafts, reading lots of rhyming stories like ‘Rumble in the Jungle’.  We have been learning our numbers and counting.  Dancing to Sticky Kids and developing our hand/eye co-ordination with mark making, threading and puzzles.  They have been learning about numbers with the number lines and counting.













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Wk 2 April 17th – Europe

This week’s topic is Europe.  The children have been on having fun role-playing going on holiday on a plane, a boat and a bus.  They have been camping, visiting cafe’s, going to the beach and even went to London to visit the Queen!  They have sampled some Tapas which they really enjoyed.  We have had lots of outside play.  We poured some hot soapy water on the grass and watched the worms come up, they were really fascinated and excited.  We have been for listening walks around the green.  Visited the garden centre to look at different flowers.  There has been lots of mark-making, arts and crafts, practicing our balancing on stilts.Woodcote Pre-School children sampling some Tapas!P4050006P4210045



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