Christ Church Pre-School Nursery

Parent News

January 2017

New children

A very warm welcome is extended to the new children joining us for the Spring term. For our new parents, take a look at the Policies and Procedures page to find tips on helping to settle your child in and our partnership with parents.

New volunteers

Tanveer Kauser will soon finish her training and will join us as a regular volunteer and supply staff. The children benefit from having extra adult support and if you would like to consider joining the team as a volunteer then please do speak to Di or Annie.

Lingotot sessions

Our Christmas raffle and commission from the Christmas cards and our family photography session will help towards the cost of our special Lingotots sessions that will be running this term. These will run on a Monday morning at 11am and will also be open to children whose session is not then as long as a parent or carer accompanies them. A small contribution towards costs will be asked for.

Lingotot run interactive and fun pre-school language classes and we will be having fun in Spanish at Christchurch. More information is available on their website here.

Update from Christ Church

A big thank you from Peter, the new vicar at Christ Church, to all those who came to Messy Church Christmas and the Christingle Service and helped to make them so special and watch this space for information about the next Messy Church!

Update on our New Children's Area

We will shortly be gaining a fantastic new children/office space for the nursery children. The date for building work is Monday 16th January. Please be assured that the children's safety will be paramount.

Learning Journey Books

These will soon be kept in our new children children/office space. Please feel free to borrow your child’s book by asking your child’s keyworker. In it you will find observations, photographs and a chart showing your child’s stage of development in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. It would be great if you could stick things in that your child has done at home, with a little comment. The book is your child’s to take away with them when they move onto school; a lovely keepsake.


Book of the Week- This term the books include;

Something Special by Nicola Moon

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Ben Biggin's House by Judith Nicholls

The Monster Pet by Jan Pienkowski

Chinese New Year book

Over in the Meadow (counting rhyme)

Suddenly! by Colin McNaughton

Hickory Dickory - Nursery Rhymes

No Matter What by Debi Gliori

The Wheels on the Bus by Penny Dann

A New Look at Nursery Rhymes - adapted by Christine Schelhout

Nursery Rhymes by Debi Gliori

All Join In by Quentin Blake

Round and Round the Garden (play rhymes) collected by Sarah Williams

A Quiet Night In by Jill Murphy

Counting Rhymes - collected by Carol Thompson

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

Balloon by Jez Alborough

My Mum's Fantastic by Nick Butterworth

Isn't she Clever! by Eveline de Jong

Can you Choo Choo Too? by David Wojtowycz

The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster by David Conway

Tickle my Nose and Other Action Rhymes by Kate Umansky

Butterfly Kiss by Vicki Churchill

Hello Toes, Hello Feet by Ann Whitford Paul



Sound of the Week

We focus every two weeks on a sound. By our notice board above the children’s coat pegs there will be a poster displaying the sound of the week. Children may wish to sometimes bring in an object beginning with that sound to show their friends at circle time.

Number of the Week

We also focus on a number in our group times. The children learn to recognise and form each number using a child friendly rhyme and games.

Makaton Sign of the Week

We learn a new hand sign each week as this greatly improves young children's communication skills. Please look for this on the display above coat pegs.

Nursery Uniform

We now have three sizes of polo shirts and sweatshirts with the Christ Church logo on. Please ask a member of staff for an order form or download one from our policies and procedures page.

Forest School

This term we shall be using the Wildlife Area located next to our Outdoor area one afternoon a week weather permitting. Any parental help on these afternoons would be gratefully received. We will confirm which afternoon this is so you can ensure your child brings wellies on that day.

We have booked a Forest School session on a Thursday afternoon next term (Summer Term). This will involve a cost for the session and transport. Please see Di if you are interested in your child taking part.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers

Please save your vouchers. Every year we have been able to get some fantastic free resources for your children.



September 2016

Pyjama Drama

We have again invited in Pyjama Drama, a private company that specialises in drama for Early Years children. This is held on Tuesday mornings at 11.15am.

If your child does not attend this session he/she can still come along as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

During these sessions the children sing, dance and 'pretend'. They have great fun and the activities are excellent for developing communication skills.

The first session is held on September 13th, 2016.


Family Photograph Session

On Saturday October 15th professional photographer, James Tennant, will be in nursery between 10am and 12noon. If you would like to book a 10-minute slot please sign up on the chart on the nursery window.

In the past parents have been very pleased with the photographs he has taken, many buying them for Christmas presents for friends and family.

The nursery gets a very reasonable commission and you are under no obligation to buy if you are not fully satisfied. Please sign up quickly before all the slots are taken.


A Few Pleas

Please continue to bring in a spare set of clothes in your child's bag (and don't forget that the children need t-shirts too).

Labels in hats, coats, jumpers, wellies and on lunch boxes are also appreciated. If you have any spare pants, socks and clothes to put in our emergency spare clothing box that would be fantastic.

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER - We need to know if your child has been given Calpol, or any other medicine, before nursery. This information is recorded on an information form and is kept in the event of your child becoming unwell during a session and emergency treatment being needed.

Please be on time to collect your children. Our session times are:

- 9am to 12pm

- 9am to 12.30pm (additional charge for lunch club)

- 12pm to 3pm

Please ring if you are unavoidably late.


Christ Church - rated as Outstanding by Ofsted - is a committee run nursery that encourages parents to become fully involved in nursery life. We are an official charity, our number is 1163600!

The setting operates from a purpose built nursery room with additional shared side rooms and an outdoor playing area.

A maximum of 20 children may attend aged between two and five years and the setting supports children who have learning difficulties and disabilities and those who speak English as a second language. It is easily accessible to adults and children with disabilities.

Our charity status allows us to fundraise to ensure the children in our care have all they need to learn, play and thrive and we are able to offer a variety of external activities including Forest School, Pyjama Drama lessons, Lingotot lessons and free trips to museums, farms, and more.



Our typical day at Christ Church


We welcome the children to nursery, parents can help them settle in if needed and chat to us as we complete registration activities.

Our two-year-olds head to the book corner and our three and four-year-olds gather on the large mat where they will share news, have showing time and talk about the weather and the calendar.

This is followed by adult-led focus time which, for the two-year-olds, involves fun and moving activities, ‘getting messy’ and looking at early phonics and maths, fine motor skills, senses, music and mark making.

Our three and four-year-olds will split into groups to do fun, age-appropriate activities such as early reading and writing in line with the Early Years Foundation stage.

Our staff includes two fully qualified reception class teachers so those children soon to leave for school will work on ‘getting prepared for school’ activities too.

We then have an hour of child-initiated play when the children choose what they would like to do - inside or out - and the staff act as play partners.


The children gather for a group snack and a drink and the older children will help hand out snacks, cut soft fruits and practice polite social skills.

Then we play again.Child-initiated play is a joy to watch and it allows us to observe the children’s interests and spot where they may need help with learning.We finish the morning with story time or singing in age-appropriate groups.

12 Noon

Lunchtime, followed by relaxation time when the children are encouraged to lie down or relax with a book. Then we are back to focus activities with plenty of opportunity for child-initiated play.


Snack time, followed by story, singing, or dancing.

We also have special activities in line with the weather or our term theme - growing plants, den making, forest school, Lingotot language lessons and Pyjama Drama are among the regular activities on offer.