Barlow Pre-school
Barlow Pre-school

Barlow pre-school
Millcross Lane
S18 7TA

Tel. 0114 289 9046 

Morning sessions - 9.00am - 12.00pm Monday - Friday
Afternoon sessions - Tuesday & Thursday 12 noon - 3.00pm
Forest School - 12 - 3pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Breakfast club 8.30am - 9.00am Mon - Fri


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December Newsletter

Half Term Plans



To reinforce the children’s learning at Pre-school.
Theme: Spring,
Easter, Mother’s Day, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), St David’s Day, St Patrick’s Day,

  •   Talk to the children about the different festivals we celebrate. e.g. St Patrick’s Day and Easter.

  •   Have a go at making pancakes with your children following a recipe.

  •   Go on a walk and talk about the signs of spring you see.

  •   Have an Easter egg hunt in your garden to see if the Easter bunny has been. Enjoy looking for clues.

  •   Talk about the different cultures around you and us and look at books and the internet to further your

    childs knowledge.

  •   Make a Mother’s Day card for a special person who takes care of you.

  •   Have a go at face painting, or letting your child do face-painting!

  •   Plant some bulbs in the garden and talk about what they need to grow. Or have a go at growing cress on

    your windowsill.

  •   If you have any pets encourage your child to help you look after them. Talk about what they need to

    stay healthy.

  •   On your daily walk collect some items to make a spring bouquet. Put in water when you get home.

  •   Have a go at pressing some flowers from your walks using blotting paper and books to keep flat. Make a

    scrap book of items like twigs, leaves, feathers you find on your walk. Label them so you talk about them and to show other people.

Dates to Remember: St David’s Day Shrove Tuesday
St Patrick’s Day Mothers’ Day

Good Friday Easter Sunday

1st March 16th February 17th March 14nd March 2nd April
th April

What will the children have an opportunity to learn?

  •   To gain an understanding of different cultures and ways of life.

  •   To develop an understanding of different celebrations we take part in and enjoy British traditions and


  •   To increase knowledge and learn new words and where to go to find out about things.

  •   To listen and follow simple instructions.

  •   To explore and use different media and materials.

  •   To explore and notice features of the natural world around us, such as living creatures, and changes in








Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five

Many little things light up hungry little minds. Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.

They love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything.

Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game. 

And every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for the day they start school.


‘Every Child a Talker’ at Barlow Pre-School

As part of our commitment to supporting children’s early communication and language development, Barlow Pre-School is taking part in the national ‘Every Child a Talker’ (ECAT) scheme, which, in partnership with parents and families, aims to support early communication skills including listening and attention, speaking and understanding.

Early communication and language skills provide the building blocks for future development, and can have a considerable impact on a child’s learning and development throughout their childhood.

Through the ECAT scheme, we are looking forward to working with parents and families to further support children’s communication and language development. With this in mind, we will be providing ideas for games and activities that you can try at home as well as providing some fun activities that children can bring home from pre-school.

At pre school we have introduced the chatterboxes as part of the new incentive Every child a talker (ECAT).

This is to encourage a two way communication of language between adults and children. Children love stories whether it in is book form or from there own imagination.

The chatterboxes have been created with this in mind, each box contains a story book with relevant toys so that the children can recreate the story through play engaging and interacting with their parents.

We are also in the process of creating play bags with familiar toys and equipment in from pre school so children can continue their play and development at home, these are to include a music bag, block play bag, a gardening bag and many others. 


Here are some simple and fun activities that you can try at home.


Do you want to get involved?

Please see the volunteer rota at Pre School if you are able to help out.

Thank you



Ofsted Links

The Common Inspection Framework - education, skills and early years September 2015

Inspecting Safeguarding - In early years, education and skills setting

British Values in Schools