Our Lady of the Wayside PreSchool

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Our Lady of the Wayside PreSchool

Parish Hall, 566 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands B90 4AY



Telephone No: 0121 745 2799

Registered Charity 1033527

Welcome to our first edition of our 2014 half-termly newsletters. We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas time and we wish you all a very Happy New Year.
Our staff would like to say a big thank you for all of your Christmas gifts, cards and kind wishes.
" We are looking forward to welcoming our final intake of new starters for this school year. There are some wonderful activities and themes planned for Spring Term."

Week Commencing Topic

6th January Senses

13th January Sight

20th January Hearing

27th January Taste and Chinese New Year

3rd February Smell

10th February Touch
The long, medium and short term plans are always displayed in the lobby area on the Parents' notice board, so that you can keep track of what we are up to!

We work from 'Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Please remember that learning will be planned through play for your children. Some activities will be adult led and others, child initiated.

For Your Information:-

P.S.E. Personal, Social & Emotional Development

C and L Communication & Language

P.D. Physical Development

LIT Literacy

MATHS Mathematics

U.T.W Understanding the World

E.A.D. Expressive Art & Design
During this half term our learning opportunities will be supporting...............................
P.S.E Self Confidence & Self Awareness

  • Can select and use activities with help.

  • Shows confidence in asking adults for help.
    Making Relationships

  • seeks out others to share experiences.

  • can play in a group extending & elaborating play ideas.
    Managing Feelings & Behaviour

  • shows understanding/co-operates with some boundaries & rules.

  • can express their own feelings such as happy, sad, cross, worried, sacred.

C and L Listening and Attention

  • shows interest in play with sounds, songs and rhymes.

  • listens to others 1:1 or in small groups when conversation interests them.


  • shows understanding of prepositions e.g. on top of

  • responds to simple instructions.


  • can retell a simple past event in the correct order?

  • uses language as a powerful means of widening contacts, sharing feelings, experiences and thoughts.

P.D. Moving & Handling

  • uses one handed tools and equipment.

  • turns pages in a book, sometimes several at once.
    Health & Self Care

  • clearly communicates need for potty/toilet.

  • can usually manage washing hands.

LIT Reading

  • listens to stories with increasing attention and recall.

  • recognises familiar words and signs, such as name and logos.


  • writes own name and other things.

  • ascribes meanings to marks they see in different places.

MATHS Numbers

  • recites numbers in order 1 -10.

  • sometimes matches number and quantity correctly.

Shape, Space & Measure

  • Begins to use language of size.

  • Notice simple shapes and patterns in pictures.

U.T.W People & Communities

  • recognises and describes special times for family or friends.

  • beginning to have their own friends.

The World

  • Enjoys playing with small world models.

  • Can talk about some of the things they have observed e.g. plants, animals, events, naturally found objects.

E.A.D. Exploring & Using Media & Materials

  • Shows an interest in the way musical instruments sound.

  • Use various construction materials.

  • Explores colour and how colour can be changed.

B.I. Being Imaginative

  • Captures experiences & responses with a range of media e.g. music, dance, paints.

Ways in Which you can Support Your Child's Learning at Home

  • Senses - Talk about how materials/objects feel e.g. smooth, hard, rough etc.

  • Look for recognisable names and logos.

  • Reading - afterwards talk about the story, main characters and recall.


We would like to thank all of the parents, grandparents & relatives who helped us on Sainsbury's Christmas Shopping Trips. The children really enjoyed their outings and we can only do trips such as these with your help, so thank you.

Please don't forget that you can come into Pre-School as parent helper, anytime, please just let a member of staff when you are able to help. We truly welcome and appreciate your help. Thank you.

If you have siblings and you would like to apply for a place at Pre-School, it is never too early to apply. We already have a large number of applications for the Pre-School Year 2014/15. You can obtain an application form from our website www.OLOWpreschool.com or ask a member of staff.

Closing date for applications is Friday 28th February 2014.
2's Group

Our 2's Group launched on Monday 16th September 1.15pm - 2.45pm, every Monday during term time.

For more information and an application form, please ask or visit our website.

Nursery Wraparound

Did you know that we operate a Nursery Wraparound Service for children who attend OLOW Nursery in the afternoon? Children come to Pre-School from 9.15am - 12.30, bring a packed lunch with them and are collected by a member of Nursery staff at 12.30pm. Please ask for an application form or if you have any questions. Closing date for applications is Friday 28th February 2014.


Please note that we ask that children change into pumps when they arrive at Pre-School. This is not only to protect the Parish Hall's wooden floors, but also to avoid nasty accidents caused by heavy shoes, boots, trainers or inappropriate footwear. Thank you.
If you are unsure, please just ask a member of staff.

Change of Clothes

We do ask that each child brings with them a change of clothes in a labelled bag, which can be hung on a peg in the lobby. At Pre-School children take part in a lot of "messy", but fun play, which often necessitates a change of clothes. Thank you.

Reporting your child's absence from Pre-School

Please don't forget to advise us when your child is absent from Pre-School on 0121 745 2799.

Emails are generally not read until later in the day - so please, do not notify by email.

Please can we ask you to ensure that ALL of your child's clothing & footwear is labelled to avoid loss.


When we experience adverse weather conditions, it is Solihull Council who advise schools whether to open or close.

We will follow the Council's advise and if this is to close, we will email parents and update our website.

Alternatively, you can visit the following websites.

www.heart.co.uk/local/snow   click on snow, West Midlands Region and school closures.

http://www.solihull.gov.uk/snow/default.htm   this is Solihull Council's website and lists all school closures.

Please note that if Our Lady of the Wayside School is closed, Pre-School will also be closed.

REMINDER - Exclusion Periods for Communicative Diseases

Measles 7 days after the appearance of the rash

German Measles 4 days from the appearance of the rash

“Whooping” Cough 21 days from beginning of the characteristic cough

Mumps Until swelling has subsided

Chickenpox 7 days from the appearance of the rash

Impetigo Until the skin has healed

Cold sore Until the skin has healed

Scarlet Fever 3 days from the onset of treatment

Head lice/Ringworm of the scalp or body/ Scabies:

Until the appropriate treatment has been given

Temperature 24 hours from when the temperature is normal

Vomiting/Diarrohea 48 hours from the last episode

Hand, Foot & Mouth Until the blisters have dried up usually 7 - 10 days

Slapped Cheek Please seek advice from the Manager/Deputy
Please consult the Manager if any of the above illnesses do transpire in a child’s appearance.
We respectfully ask that you adhere to our above noted exclusion periods, to ensure that staff, children and parents/carers are not unnecessarily exposed to communicative diseases. Thank you.


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