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Sports Day

It was good to see the budding sports stars of the future race this year at our preschool sports day.  It was a great effort from all the children who had lots of fun running, balancing their egg and spoons and clambering through tunnels.  Well done everyone – and to the mums and dads who took part too.

 

Queen’s 90th Birthday Picnic

Ewelme Village Preschool wished the Queen a very happy birthday in style this year, with a village picnic on the recreation ground.  Everyone was invited to indulge in the delicious home made cakes, enjoy tea and coffee and join in with the chances to win some fantastic prizes donated from local businesses.

“We were delighted to bring all the generations of the village together for an extra special occasion,” said Zoe Dewar, Secretary of the preschool committee.  “It has been great to see everyone here having a good time.”

“We look forward to this every year,” said Louise Davidson, mother of twins who attend the preschool.  “There is always so much fun for the children, with great facepainting, a bouncy castle and the park.  Not to mention all the delicious cakes for the grown ups. And this year I’ve been lucky enough to win a great prize in the raffle!”

Debbie Farrell, Chair of the committee, wishes to thank everyone for their support: the committee for helping to organise; preschool families and local residents for making the occasion special; and to all the local businesses who were generous in their donations for the raffle.  “We had a lovely day and were able to raise over £700 for the preschool.  Kerry and the team will be able to buy some fantastic equipment,” she said.

Mother’s Day 2016

What a wonderful lunch we had last Friday (4th March)!  Thank you to everyone who came – we hope you enjoyed your home-made soup and rolls and a great social event with other mums and carers from the preschool.

Christmas Concert

Well done to all the children for their amazing performance in the Christmas Concert.  We saw some budding little actors and actresses and heard some wonderful singing from our little stars.  They truly did make an amazing effort.  Thank you to everyone involved, particularly the staff for their hard work making this year’s event so enjoyable.

Christmas Shopping Evening

Thank you to everyone who supported our Shopping Evening. I’m sure you will agree there was an extra special atmosphere this year.  Your support helped us to raise £719 for the preschool.

 

Summer Party

We celebrated the end of a great year at Ewelme Village Preschool with a summer party in the garden.  We got busy with arts and crafts, played in the sandpit and were entertained in the hall.  Our biggest treat of all was a visit from Tiago’s Fish and Chip van!  We enjoyed our delicious treats in the sunshine.  Yum yum!

 

Sports Day 2015

What an amazing Sports Day we had this year, seeing our children get competitive on the field: racing through tunnels, trying hard to balance with their egg and spoon and going for it in the sprints.  Even our parents didn’t fail us with their three legged races.  Well done everyone!

Easter Egg Hunt

We had an amazing Easter Egg hunt in the garden of Day’s Cottage.  The children searched high and low to find what the Easter bunny had left for them this year – we are sure they enjoyed tucking into their treats at home.

Mothers’ Day Lunch

Thank you to everyone who attended our Mothers’ Day lunch this year – each event gets bigger and better.  Our amazing staff served home made soup and bread rolls to 52 hungry mums and children.  We hope everyone enjoyed being waited on!   All our proceeds were donated to Comic Relief this year – we managed to raise £125.  Thank you to everyone for their generosity.

Visit from Zoolab

On Tuesday 27th January all the children were very excited to welcome Zoolab to preschool, who brought some creatures that they were able to learn about, look at and even touch.

Georgie introduced us to a Giant African snail called Turbo, which some children let sit on their hands or touched his shell. We learnt that Mike the cockroach likes to eat poo – Ewww!   Toothless the bearded dragon was  from Australia and needed a hot water bottle to keep warm and we left Rosie the tarantula in her box and admired from afar!  Casper the snake was next and we saw him wriggle on the floor.  Snow White, the big white rat, was very popular and lots of the children wanted to stroke her.  She even climbed over Georgie’s shoulders back into her box! And finally we saw Hermione the hermit crab.

It was a wonderful and unique experience, allowing to children to get up close to some amazing animals.

We’re Outstanding!

Ewelme Village Preschool has been rated “outstanding” by Ofsted.  The inspection found the preschool to be “vibrant”, “exciting”, and an environment where children “flourish” and are “happy, secure, fully involved and confident”.

“The committee and I are so proud of Kerry and her wonderful team for achieving outstanding across the board in our recent Ofsted inspection. Their hard work and dedication are what keep this preschool running at such a high standard,” said Debbie Farrell, Committee Chair.

You can find the full report on our website – Useful Information / Ofsted Reports.

Our Christmas party was a cracker!

We had a wonderful time in the run up to Christmas.  We enjoyed a fun-filled party, where the children were able to enjoy arts and craft activities, decorate cakes, go crazy on the bouncy castle and have their faces painted.  This was all before being entertained by Dizzy Dean, eating party food and having a visit from Father Christmas! He brought each of the children a Ewelme Village Preschool colouring book – a fantastic memento of their Christmas with us.

Just before the end of term the children put on an excellent Christmas concert for their Mums, Dads and wider families.  Their little voices worked hard to entertain and manage to delight everyone.  Well done!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Our pet gerbil is named “Mr Wiggles”

 

Our winner of the “name the gerbil” competition.  We love his name and are sure he will too.  Mr Wiggles’ name was drawn from a hat on Thursday, October 2nd.

Treasure Hunt, Saturday 13th July 2014

 

We had an amazing number of people participating in this year’s treasure hunt at the common in Ewelme. Following a very thorough briefing from Zoe “Blackbeard” Dewar, 23 families set off around the field in search of clues and treasure. It was great fun for the children to look for the various pirate picture props around the common as well as the special word they had to spell out when they returned.  Thankfully no-one had to walk the plank!  There were cakes a-plenty, drinks and barbecue as well as a bouncy castle.  There were prizes for the treasure hunt and luxury raffle prizes. It was a fantastic event; much fun was had by everyone. “Thank you to everyone who made the day a success. It was a fantastic fundraising event for the preschool” said Debbie Farrell, Chair of the Management Committee.

Sports Day, Thursday 3rd July 2014

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We were lucky to have a fabulously warm day for our annual Sports Day, which we held in Ewelme Primary School grounds. Our children, who were split into a number of teams, based on age, had a wonderful time. They entered sprints, a “through the hoops and hats on” race, and of course “egg and spoon”.  We were delighted with how the children cheered on their friends and even more surprised when the mummies and daddies joined in. We enjoyed an extra cheering squad from Ewelme Primary School, so thanks to them and Mrs Smith. All of our children were presented with a certificate and gold medal for their marvellous efforts in practice and taking part. “I didn’t realise we had so many budding athletes!” said Kerry Gibbon, Manager at Ewelme Village Preschool.

People who help us / jobs theme, Summer 2014

police visit 2police visittractor 2tractor 1 This theme was a roaring success with children, who had the chance to meet professionals from several difference types of career, with a focus on community jobs such as nurses, vets, police and farmers.  The children were given a fantastic opportunity to sit in a police car, try on uniforms and climb into a tractor.  It was a massive hit with the children, who loved the opportunity to meet a real policeman and farmer and clamber onto the tractor.