A note from Jonathan Philpott

Many of you will now know that I have been offered a new job and so Tracie, Luke, Caitlin and I will be relocating away from Yatton Keynell at the end of July.  This unfortunately means that I will no longer be able to chair the Pre-school Management Committee.  Although it has been a complicated year for the committee, it has generally been a pleasure to serve in this capacity and had we not been leaving I would have been very happy to continue in the role.  However, this means that the management committee now legally needs a new chair from the AGM (5th July 2016) in order for the pre-school to remain open. A number of people have come forward to join the committee, and someone has very kindly offered to take the role of Deputy Chair which is fantastic.  If you are able to consider the possibility of offering a bit of time to be the pre-school chair, then please can you let me know as soon as possible?  I have everything in good order ready to hand over, and we have done most of the preparations for the start of the next academic year so it will not be as busy a year as we have had this time round. You don’t have to be a parent of a child at the pre-school in order to consider this role! If you would like to explore the role with no commitment at this stage, please do let me know. With many thanks Jonathan Philpott...

Yatton Keynell Quiz – Sat 16th May 2015

Introducing the first annual Yatton Keynell quiz night We’re looking for teams to come together from all areas of the village.  So get together with those you are on a committee with, other school parents, those in your street, or simply those you run with, cycle with or drink with!   Saturday 16th May – 7.30pm for 7.45pm Yatton Keynell Village Hall 4 to 6 people per team Tickets £5 to include a cheeseboard Tickets from yattonkeynellquiz@gmail.com or fill in the form:   Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Details of your team...

Under 5s Newsletter June 2012

Dear Parents, Welcome to the June edition of the YKU5’s newsletter. I would like to welcome all the new families who have recently joined us, and hope that they will be very happy here. With all the rain that we have seen lately, the produce in our garden is shooting up, including potatoes, onions, peas and some lovely herbs – but we need the sunshine now! Children’s learning and development Amy continues to work with small groups of children carrying out activities in the BLAST programme. The older children are now working on ‘blending and segmenting’ activities during the Letters and Sounds sessions, in preparation for going to school in September, where they will further develop these skills. The Reception year is the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage, so whilst they are ‘going to big school’, they are still working within the Early Years curriculum for one more year. Alex from Kaya Drums visited the pre-school recently and the children had a great time learning about sound and rhythm, and playing drums in time to the beat. Staffing news We were sorry to say good-bye to Caroline last week, who had been with us for just over a year. We wish her well for the future and she will be truly missed by us all. We will also be saying a sad farewell to Sue our pre-school administrator, at the end of the month, and wish her well too. We welcome Helen to our team of Bank Staff, who you will be seeing from time to time in the future and congratulations go to Charlotte for...

Under 5’s Newsletter – May 2012

The sound of drumming filled the village hall recently, as Yatton Keynell Under 5s welcomed the Alex Miles and his Kaya Drums. Alex specialises in encouraging children to combine music, rhythm and musical ideas with the cultures of Africa and South America, and bought a number of his interesting and unique drums to show the children. After a brief demonstration and discussion on sound and rhythms, the preschoolers were up and experimenting with playing the drums. With Alex’s expert guidance and after a bit of practise all the children we completely absorbed in the drums and became experts in keeping in time with the beat by the end of the session! Enjoying our new garden Despite the wet weather, there’s also no stopping the U5s when it comes to being outside, and the new garden is looking a lot greener as the recently planted seeds are starting to grow. It’s an exciting time for the children to see how the potatoes, onions and peas are growing and developing as the weeks go by, although it will be a while yet before there are vegetables to harvest. In the meantime however, the herbs are now ripe for picking, and are providing the opportunity for the children to learn about the different smells and tastes, with plans to incorporate the herbs in baking in the upcoming weeks. Extended hours As the end of the academic year draws near, the Under 5s have no intention of slowing down – before and after preschool sessions (8.15 – 9.00 and 3pm – 4pm) are becoming more popular with parents looking for extended hours, whilst...