Bamford Pre-school staff, children and parents are celebrating following another happy and eventful academic year!
The school year started with a bang thanks to the success of the Bamford Bake-Off fundraising event, which was followed by more kind donations from parents and the local community, including a £330 raised by pre-school parent, Paula Grant, who ran the Sheffield 10K and decided to donate her sponsorship to pre-school as well as the local toddler group. Other kind donations came from High Peak Garden Buildings… two successful blue bag collections that were supported by the whole village saw fundraising reach in excess of £2,000. In March, pre-school applied for a grant from Foundation Derbyshire and was successful in securing financial support, that was used to improve facilities and staff training in the setting.
The playgroup saw further support from the community with visits from Bamford Dentist and Hope Valley Vets – not forgetting a fantastic art session from local artist, Jenny Mather.
Staff also used topical events to inspire the children as part of the Early Years Foundation Curriculum, which included British Science Week and Healthy Eating Week.
The spring saw the opening of the extended outdoor play space and introduction of a new water play area and then in the summer term pre-school’s Friday afternoon Forest School session returned thanks to the support of Bamford Primary School, providing a unique outdoor learning experience for the children.
After such a great year, Bamford Pre-school is delighted to extend its offer to help parents and provide more flexibility. From Tuesday 4thSeptember parents/carers will be able to choose from an 8am or 9am drop off five days a week, for the early starters there’s the option of breakfast. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday’s the morning sessions will be extended to 1pm for those who want to take advantage. Tuesdays and Thursday afternoon sessions will continue to finish at 3pm.
On a sadder note, pre-school’s Deputy Leader, Wendy Ridgeway retired in July after 18 loyal years at Bamford Pre-school. Wendy has seen many changes throughout the years, however her warmth, good humour and professional has remained the same for almost two-decades. Her love of singing and stories will be remembered by all as well as her fear of spiders and dislike of snow!
Pre-school Leader Caroline Hunter commented: “This year we have seen huge support from parents and the local community, which has helped us to make the last 11 months one of the best yet! It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Wendy, she’s part of our history and will be sadly missed by all.”
Bamford Pre-school is for children aged 2-4 years old, helping them to prepare for school by learning through play. Spaces are still available for September 2018.