Lyminge Pre-School's October 2023 Newsletter


Topic of the Term

Our Topic for Term 2 is ‘Autumn to Winter.’

Each week we will focus on a different book. Planning for the setting will also be focused on the ‘book of the week’. It would be wonderful if you could share these books at home with your children too, maybe the local library will have a copy.

Week beginning 31/10/23 – Room on the Broom

Week beginning 06/11/23 – The Squirrels who Squabbled.

Week beginning 13/11/23 – The Bear’s Winter House

Week beginning 20/11/23 – When Will it Snow?

Week beginning 27/11/23 – The Gruffalo’s Child

Week beginning 04/12/23 – Stick Man

Week beginning 11/12/23 – Is It Christmas?



We will be holding a Halloween Disco on Tuesday 31st October to raise funds for a visit from ‘Creepy Claws’.

All children are invited to join us on the day from 13:30pm-3pm. If your child doesn’t normally attend, then feel free to drop them off at that time. We will be doing spooky tattoos, face painting as well as having a boogie in our Halloween outfits.

There will be a collection bucket outside the front door on the day for donations.


Front Door

Just a reminder to not let yourselves out of the front door.

Please wait for a member of staff to let you out so that the door can be locked behind you, we appreciate sometimes you can be waiting a while as staff are sorting out the children, but someone will come as quickly as they can.


Gift Tree

A huge thank you to everyone who has bought us gifts from the gift tree so far, we are extremely grateful. The Gift Tree will be out until the end of the week with tags on all about our planning for this term which is Autumn to Winter! It will include things such as pumpkins, Halloween crafts. food colouring, ribbon etc. We really appreciate any donations.


Toys from Home

We’ve had a lot of children recently bringing in toys from home we understand the children love showing their friends their toys. However, it can cause a lot of upset due to them getting lost, damaged or children not wanting to share them.

Can we please ask that all toys are left at home unless it is a comforter. Thank you.



Dummies can be a huge comfort to your children but if used for too long it can have detrimental effects on their speech development.

Did you know ….?

  • On the NHS dummies are only recommended for children up to the age of 12 months.
  • A dummy prevents the tongue from moving around, which are vital for children to be able to make the correct speech sounds.
  • Using a dummy past the age of 12 months can cause long term dental issues.

Ditch those dummies this Christmas with a little help from Father Christmas!

With Christmas approaching, Santa or his elves may be about, ready to collect your little one’s dummy on Christmas Eve. You may wish to hang them on your Christmas tree or leave them out with a snack and drink for the big man and his helpers. A letter of thanks or small gift from Santa or his elves will reinforce the experience and create a little distraction.


Primary School

Do you have a child born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020

You need to apply for their place at a primary school.

Applications open on Friday 3rd November 2023

Applying online is quick, simple, and convenient.

Apply before Monday 15 January 2024:



Could we please ask that EGGS are NOT put in lunch boxes please. We have a child with us that is very allergic, and we need to be extra cautious. Products with egg in are fine but not whole eggs such as egg sandwiches, scotch egg, boiled eggs etc.

Also, a reminder peanut butter or whole nuts are also not to be in children’s lunch boxes.

Thank you!


Dates for your diaries

End of Term 1 – Friday 20th October

Halloween party – Tuesday 31st October – 1:30pm-3pm – All children invited.

Christmas Party – Thursday 14th December 12pm-3pm – All children invited.

End of Term 2 – Friday 15th December

Closed for Christmas – Monday 18th December – Tuesday 2nd January

Start of Term 3 – Wednesday 3rd January


General Reminders

• Please can all clothing and Tupperware be labelled.

• Please speak to your Key Person regularly about any changes at home or any achievements your child has made. Even small changes can influence behaviour or mood.

• Please make sure your child has a labelled water bottle with them. This is so the children can have access to a drink throughout the day.

• If your child has an item that will require heating for lunch, please place it in the hot lunch box by the front door. (We do not reheat rice).

• To reduce the risk of choking we ask that no whole grapes, cherry tomatoes, olives or Maltesers are in lunch boxes. These can cause a plug in a child's throat. When cutting fruit, please cut them length ways and grapes into four quarter strips.


Best Wishes

The Lyminge Pre-School Team