Over the last few weeks all the children have enjoyed creating beautiful decorations to adorn our entry to the Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s church. This is a great community effort, with lots of groups in the village coming together with their colourful trees to decorate the church.
Everyone was thrilled to discover we won the award for best tree (out of 21 entries), receiving a wonderful trophy and edible christmas goodies! Well done to everyone involved.
The children pulled off an amazing nativity performance yesterday. Well done to each and every one of them, and thanks to families and friends who came to support them. Lots of hats off to the staff and volunteers for orchestrating some very young children into something wonderful to kick off the festive season. And another round of applause for our Chairperson, Natasha, for an excellent raffle, as well as all the local businesses who donated prizes. It’s an essential fundraiser for the preschool and we're delighted to have raised over £500 for the preschool as a result.
What a lovely start to the term (weather aside!) The children have come back after the summer full of energy and enthusiasm. They‘ve settled back in nicely and have been making our new starters feel welcome.
This week we’re continuing to embrace all things autumnal. The children are particularly enjoying the wonderful, seasonal produce to be found, much of it home-grown. The children have smelt, tasted, explored textures and painted with a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as ‘selling’ it in their role-play greengrocers.
We were absolutely delighted to be awarded an Environmental Clean Up Grant by TK Maxx/Homesense earlier in 2019 and organised a community event to help transform the run down waste area in the corner of the cricket ground and used the funds provided to extend our outdoor area with movable fence panels.
Our aim was to transform a neglected space into something that children, staff and parents could enjoy and benefit from, now and in the years to come. It was a project we encouraged as many of the local community be involved in as possible - broader than just our preschool - thus bringing a community together in an increasingly divided world. We care deeply about the world are children are growing into and how best we equip them to deal with the uncomfortable moments life will throw at them. Redeveloping this space gives impetus to our recent drive to 'build confidence and resilience through mindfulness' by creating a wildlife space where they can notice, appreciate and learn about (!) t...
Following the wonderful support we received from the local community in clearing away the waste mound, work has begun clearing away the nettles that have sprung up in its absence and planning how we're going to transform the space in the Autumn term. We sourced some tree stumps from a local tree surgeon and have created a new outdoor seating area to enjoy in the last few weeks of term.
We were delighted to be invited to join our friends at the Co-op during the Risborough Festival 2019. It gave us an opportunity to tell people a bit about our local community project and encouraging those who've not already selected their 'local cause' to choose us!