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Early Years Pupil Premium

The aim of the Early Years Pupil Premium is to close the gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and other children, by providing additional funding to settings such as ours. This provides us the opportunity to raise the quality of the provision we offer.

All children aged 3 & 4 who meet the eligibility criteria will benefit from the funding. The funding is paid directly to butterflies. In order to be able to claim this funding we require both parents to sign the funding agreement.

A child will be eligible for EYPP if they…

  1. Are in a low income family and their parents are in receipt of certain benefits.
  2. have been adopted from care.
  3. have left through special guardianship.
  4. have been looked after by the local authority.
  5. are subject to a child arrangement order.

As an early years setting we have the freedom to choose how we spend the money to best support disadvantaged children in our care. We have chosen to use the additional funding in the following ways.

  1. continue our commitment to furthering our knowledge within our continuing professional development by attending relevant training.
  2. Purchasing story sacks so that we can have a loan library and provide parents with a learning resource that they can share with their child at home.
  3. Providing additional staff to allow more opportunities for 1:1 learning and small group work.

measuring the impact…

we are continually reviewing the data we collect on children’s attainment and refreshing our strategies to support children who could fall behind. The practical ideas that are implemented on a daily basis are only a few of the strategies used and their success can be measured through the data. However, there are other ways that we can measure and monitor the impact we have on families . These are,

  1. Parent questionnaires
  2. informal conversations
  3. parent comment forms in child profiles
  4. formal meetings
  5. conversations with professionals we work alongside to support families
  6. feedback from feeder primary schools.

at butterflies we strive to constantly improve our setting for all children.

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Summer term newsletter…

It has been an incredibly busy few months for the Butterflies team, we held a hugely successful open morning and art exhibition and have had so many lovely children visit us that I can now confirm that we will be running our over flow session on a Wednesday from September. To start with this will run from 9-1 with the possibility of extending until 3 as soon as we need to.

Even with the additional session, we are still incredibly close to being full so please do let us know if you wish to increase your child’s hours during the autumn term asap.

Our annual trip has been arranged for Tuesday 24th may, please check the whiteboard at butterflies or the Facebook page for more details. We need all payments to be made by Friday 13th May.

Whilst we are on the subject, please do ensure that you keep an eye on the butterflies Facebook page, unfortunately it will not always come up on your news feed. I have just bought butterflies an iPhone so that the team can take more photos and update Facebook more regularly ….(I do, however, have to write another policy for this!)

Thank you to all those that have filled in our questionnaires already. They are so helpful in giving us an insight into how we can best provide for your children. Dylan’s mummy Mona has kindly offered to write a report on the findings, we’ll let you know the outcome soon.

Kirsty, Emma and Matthew’s mummy is now part of our parent committee. She’s been so supportive in helping us to make decisions on equipment to buy and lots of other things. Please do let us know if you wish to join the committee.

I’ve had a few people enquiring about when the government will be rolling the 30 hours out, unfortunately it now looks as though it will be sometime in 2017… Butterflies will definitely be a 30 hour provider though so I will inform you as and when I am given more information.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be finalising the plans for summer school dates. Forms will be available for those who want to sign up.

Finally, please check out the link below to see if we can claim eypp funding for your child…..

http://documents.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/20150312HQPressArticleEarlyYearsPupilPremiumEYPPProviderWebsiteInfoSection2.docx

Hopefully the summer will actually arrive soon 🙂

Sarah

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Autumn Term Newsletter

We are back after a 7 week summer holiday…for me the first part went fairly quickly, then the rain came- so it dragged a little!

I am now back doing my “keeping in touch” days, am looking forward to being back working with the children again 🙂

All of our new children are due to start in October this term and with calls coming in for January, we thought we would let you know what we’ll be getting up to whilst our sessions are quieter…

Getting Ready for school– Our rising 4’s will be getting dedicated one to one time to progress through the latter stages of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Activities focussing on letter/number recognition and letter and name formation will be at the top of the agenda, followed by shape and size awareness.

Rising 3’s– Our younger children will benefit from talking part in small group activities aimed at widening their vocabulary and general language skills. We’ve also set up some exciting science experiments for them to have a go at.

You’ll get a chance to be a “fly on the wall” by viewing photographs taken throughout the session, on the Butterflies laptop. Children who have undertaken work in their Butterflies book, will be able to bring their work out to show you what they have done.

Our topic for this term is “Me and my family” and will lead onto “Jobs and people who help us”– please keep an eye on the new red display board outside the classroom for dates that we have arranged for people to come and talk to the children, also, please “like” our Facebook page and keep an eye on this website as we are trying to become a paper free setting.

We are also using this quieter time to do some Forest School training and have decided to run our first session on Tues 15th September. You wont need to do much differently, just turn up at Butterflies at your normal time, prepared for wet weather/outdoor play. Waterproof trousers would be ideal but otherwise just a spare pair to change into when we get back will be fine. We will spend the morning den building, bug hunting and exploring nature. The toilet wont be particularly close to us, so we will set up a discreet area where the children can go and will also take a potty for those that are unsure.

Lastly- Please let us know if you object to your child’s photo being included on the laptop, Facebook page or website.

Thank you

Sarah 🙂

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New Testimonial from Zena

I would just like to share how fantastic Butterflies pre-school is.
I am both a parent and carer and when I first spoke to the wonderful ladies there I knew that it was a caring and safe environment for children to flourish and the place for us.
Settling in was done perfectly, making the transition so easy.
I have always felt well informed and supported by them and their caring individual approach is so warming.
With the care and support received,the progress and achievements are amazing.
I look forward to many more years working together with butterflies amazing team and seeing the children grow.

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Easter Egg Hunt

We will be visiting Four Marks School to take part in their Easter Egg hunt on Wednesday 1st April at 10.30am, if your child does not normally attend the Wednesday morning session then you are Welcome to meet us at the school to join in 🙂