Our Blog

Welcome to our blog!

We will make regular posts here to keep parents up to date with pre-school news. We will  also post items of interest  such as news articles about developments in the early years sector and information about local community events and clubs.

  • Learning Through Play at Micklands Pre-School

    Play underpins the Early Years Foundation Stage. It also underpins learning and each aspects of child’s development. Through play, children advance their language skills, emotions and creativity, and social and intellectual skills. For the most part, children’s play is natural … Continue reading

  • New Pre-School Year

    We have reached the end of our first half-term. It has been a really wonderful start to the 2017/2018 school year and it has been a pleasure getting to know all the children and their families. The children have been … Continue reading

  • Reading Borough Council Update on Local and National Childcare

    Reading Borough Council Update on Local and National Childcare for Parents: Additional 15 hours or the 30 hours Entitlement – September 2017      From September 2017 the Government is launching its extended early years offer for eligible working families. This … Continue reading

  • Head Lice

    Head Lice As there has been a case of head lice in the setting recently, I would like to take this opportunity to give you some information regarding checking your child’s hair and treating any infestations. Head lice are a … Continue reading

  • Healthy Lunch Club

    At Micklands Pre-School we provide a Lunch Club for the children and we ask parents to provide a healthy packed lunch including a drink. Our Lunch Club runs from 11.45am to 12.15pm each day and it is run by our … Continue reading

  • The Prevent Duty and British Values

    The Prevent Duty and British Values. From 1 July 2015 the Prevent Duty became law. This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order … Continue reading

  • Volunteering Matters!

    On Wednesday 10 June, we were visited by a team of volunteers from Vodafone, arranged by the volunteering charity “Volunteering Matters”. Volunteering Matters works with companies nationwide to set up volunteering projects that give the benefit of voluntary action for employers, employees … Continue reading

  • Ofsted “Outstanding” again!

    Dear Parents & Carers As you may be aware, we finally received our routine inspection visit from Ofsted on 5 May 2015 and I am delighted to be able to tell you that we have once again received an “outstanding” … Continue reading

  • Smiling for Life

    Is dental decay in children still a problem?  Yes! Please find below a link to a presentation on a recent children’s dental health promotion from Karen Gonzalez, Oral Health Advisor, Berkshire Healthcare: Early Years Smiling for Life Training Reading If you … Continue reading

  • All aboard!

    During half term we took delivery of our long awaited train! Last year the children were consulted about the type of equipment and resources they would like in the garden as part of our garden development project. There was a … Continue reading

  • National Book Reading Week – Literacy in the Early Years

    ‘So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, go throw your T V set away and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall’.’ Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Babies are never too young … Continue reading

  • Returning to Routine

    Happy New Year!! With Christmas over and the decorations all packed away, parents often tell us that the one thing left behind can be a display of challenging or unwanted behaviour. It is very easy for breaks in routine to cause … Continue reading

  • Christmas chaos!

    So the shopping has begun, the decorations are beginning to emerge from the attic. letters have been posted off to the big man himself….and now the panic sets in…… You are in the process of planning and organising the biggest … Continue reading

  • Nursery World Awards 2014

    Back in July we were shortlisted By Nursery World, a renowned industry publication, for “Website of the Year”. From over 300 applicants, we were whittled down to last four and invited to an award ceremony in London in late September. Recognition … Continue reading

  • Messy Play

    Why is messy play so important, what can our children learn from this type of activity and how can we support this? Messy play is not only fun but it is a vital part of learning and development in the … Continue reading

  • Summer activities

    As we near the end of term, pre-school practitioners begin to think about putting their feet up and having a well earned rest   …..  parents and carers are frantically planning childcare and exciting activities to wile away the 6 weeks … Continue reading

  • Our new Mud Kitchen!

    You may be intrigued by the introduction of our new mud kitchen which was part of the recent outdoor refurbishment. Over the last  six years at pre-school,  I have been offered many a mud pie. I have watched birthday parties extend … Continue reading

  • Off to school!

    I can imagine right now some of you are feeling a little emotional. During the holidays you will have received noification from the local authority about primary school allocations. For some,  this will be your first encounter with schools as … Continue reading

  • Creative Play

    The EYFS calls it “Expressive Art and Design”, it was previously known as “Creative Play” and both mums and practitioners alike still refer to it as “Messy Play”!  What we call it doesn’t change. The  huge amounts of benefits and … Continue reading

  • Prevent Christmas meltdowns!

    Christmas…… dancing, singing, wonderful food, special times with family and friends…..then the dreaded screaming and upset.  How can we prevent tantrums and anxiety in our under 5’s during the Christmas period? Christmas is full of over sensory and over stimulation, … Continue reading

  • Making story time a high priority!

    Reading to your child sets the foundation for later independent reading. Before children can read independently, they need emergent literacy skills. These include: Listening to and joining in with stories and poems. Handling books and printed material with interest and care. … Continue reading

  • Primary School Applications

    For all children who will turn four years of age before 1st September this year, it is time to apply for a primary school place. Your Reading Borough Council school application pack has been sent out this week through pre-school and we have ensured … Continue reading

  • Ofsted Changes

    The new framework, effective from 4 November, sees the Ofsted rating of ‘satisfactory’ replaced with ‘requires improvement’, bringing early years providers in line with schools. Settings judged as ‘requires improvement’ will be subject to ‘monitoring’ within six months and re-inspected … Continue reading

  • Barnardo’s Toy Exchange

    Here is some information on the Toy Exchange Barnardo’s is running this year in conjunction with Argos: Christmas is all about children At Barnardo’s we believe this should mean all children – no matter who they are, what they’ve done … Continue reading

  • Dance classes

    From Bollywood to Bangra, ballet to tap and all the contemporary and street dance in between! We are very lucky to be able to offer weekly dance sessions within the pre-school curriculum. Anna Collett,  one of our mums, is a … Continue reading

  • People who help us

    After half term we will be covering the broad topic of “People who help us”. This will help the children to gain an understanding of the wider community and many different types of job roles. It will also help the … Continue reading

  • Extending learning through role play

    Last week, Kiran Ahmed attended a course run by Reading Borough Council called “Extending learning through Role Play”. Kiran found this course really informative and she is already helping to implement some new ideas for the use of role play in … Continue reading

  • Parent Partnership

    I found a wonderful poem at the weekend, it really sums up the importance of a strong relationship between pre-school and our parents and carers. Unity I dreamt I stood in a studio, And watched two sculptors there. The clay they … Continue reading

  • All Settled In

    All the children have really enjoyed their first week at Pre-School. There have been a few expected tears but on the whole, all children have been keen to investigate their new environment and have settled really well into their new … Continue reading

  • Strike!!!!

    The staff and their own children had a fun afternoon of bowling to round off the holidays. Laughs and jokes were had as we all donned a pair of the funny coloured shoes and the children decided it was them … Continue reading

  • Summer fun on a budget!

    So as we are nearing the middle of the summer holidays already, how are you managing to keep the children occupied?  Pre-School has come to a close but that doesn’t slow the children down –  they still pine for inspiration, activity … Continue reading

  • Changes within our team

    We were sad to say goodbye to Shilpa this summer and we wish her lots of luck in the future. This change to the staff team has lead to the successful internal promotion of Helen Flaxman to Deputy Supervisor. We … Continue reading

  • Ratio reverse

    The talk in January to raise the ratio in early years settings sent shivers down our spine! It was proposed that nurseries and childminders in England were to be allowed to look after more children, in a package ministers said will … Continue reading