Chester Green Traffic Survey

It has been found by our Pre-School children that there are no motorbikes in Chester Green! This has been a considerable worry to many of our youngsters who really wanted to spot a motorbike during our traffic survey this morning. On a positive note there were a few tractors, a lot of buses and many cars. We even spotted two brave cyclists. We enjoyed learning about counting, making tally charts and then coming back to Pre-School to create our own bar charts- more great maths next week!!



Christmas Song Sheet

Christmas Songs to Practice at home…

Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle twinkle little star,

How I wonder what you are.

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle twinkle little star,

How I wonder what you are.


Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger no crib for a bed,

The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.

The stars in the bright sky look down where he lay,

The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.


Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow, on a one horse open sleigh

Over the fields we go laughing all the way (Ha, ha ha)

Bells on bob tails ring, making spirits bright,

What fun it is to laugh and sing a sleighing song tonight


Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells Jingle all the way

Oh what fun it is to ride on a one horse open sleigh, Hey! (repeat)


Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner, Christmas dinner

Steaming hot, steaming hot

Pour on the gravy, pour on the gravy

Eat the lot! Eat the lot!


Christmas pudding, Christmas pudding,

Steaming hot! Steaming hot!

Sprinkle on the sugar, sprinkle on the sugar.

Eat the lot! Eat the lot!


We suggest for our younger Sunshine children that they just learn the top two songs – this is what they will practice in Sunshine group. Our Christmas Singalong will be a musical event with the nativity story. It will be on Tuesday 19th December at 10am. Followed by our party we are having a bring and share Christmas party lunch – look out for the list. We will also be filming the children singing a Christmas song and playing the video on the big screen at the Christingle Service on Sunday 17th December 4pm.

Well Dressing

Please come to our Well Dressing on Friday 19th May which starts @ 2pm.

From 10am-11am we will be decorating boards in the hall with the children and then we’ll all leave playgroup 1.30pm to walk to the Well in Marcus Street for a short celebration.

There will be a short story read by our local vicar and cakes and snacks for the children, followed by a play on the park. It’s usually a lovely afternoon and we would love if you could come along to join us, for either the full day or any part of it. We will need enough adults to take all our children to the park.

Hope to see you there!

Many thanks,

Jo, Judy and Team
St. Paul’s Pre-School

Christmas Celebrations ….

St Paul’s Pre-School Playgroup

Christmas Celebrations

Dear Parents,

I know it seems a while away but I just wanted to inform you of our plans for this Christmas.

We will be planning our usual Christmas Nativity trip to Polesworth Abbey on Tuesday 29th November 2016 (please note change from advertised date).

The cost per child is £10.50 if any families are struggling with meeting this cost please speak to Jo we want all our families to be able to come and do not want price to be a barrier to a lovely, lovely day.

Thursday 15th December – 10.00 Christmas Sing-along – Children will be given a nativity character to come dressed as and we will perform a variety of Christmas songs based around Christmas. Letters with song sheets and costumes to follow next week.

Friday 16th December – 9.00-12.00 Party Morning we will be having a bring and share lunch, a party morning and then if you wish your child to stay for the afternoon we will be watching Frozen and eating popcorn (parents welcome to all!)

Thursday 5th January – Return after the Christmas holidays

I hope you will be able to make as many of these lovely events as possible. We do have some costumes for the nativity in Pre-School; alternatively you may provide your own.

Lastly if you do want to change your days in January then please could you speak to Jo or Judy so we can sort registers.

Thanks again for all your support: Jo, Judy and the team xxxChristmas


St Pauls Pre-School @ Saint Paul’s Church Hall, Seale Street, Chester Green, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3RT


INSPECTION DATE:  17 June 2016

The quality and standards of the early years provision on this inspection: Good

Effectiveness of the leadership and management: Good 2

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment: Good 2

Personal development, behaviour and welfare: Good 2

Outcomes for children: Good 2



Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is good

  •  Children form secure emotional attachments with staff and benefit greatly from a nurturing and welcoming environment. Enthusiastic staff celebrate children’s achievements effectively. Children demonstrate they are confident, happy and settled.
  •  Overall, teaching is good. Children are making good progress in their learning. Staff know the children well. They assess children’s stage of development accurately and use the information they gather to identify the children’s next steps in learning effectively.
  •  Partnership working with parents is excellent. Staff strive to involve parents and the local school in children’s learning and development, in order to help promote continuity successfully. Staff keep parents well informed about their children’s development. Parents speak very highly of the pre-school and value the ideas they receive to help support children’s ongoing care and learning at home.
  •  Staff use a range of strategies to help promote children’s communication and language well. They adapt activities effectively for children who speak English as an additional language. Older children are articulate and develop the confidence to initiate and participate in conversation.
  •  Staff provide clear messages that help to promote children’s understanding about how to stay healthy.


Areas to work on to gain outstanding status:

  1. Adapt teaching practice during story time to promote older children’s involvement and concentration.

2. To develop outside, to improve storage, create zones for different activities and have space for physical development.

The above areas which were highlighted will form the basis for our focused improvement plan for the year.

1. We feel that all children should be given a chance to engage in story times and that this means they are not always formally set up. We will be looking into research and sound opinions to support our opinion of this to provide evidence at our next inspection.

2. We will continue to look for funding to improve and extend our garden areas – we would like to resurface the car park and create a larger play area for our children that can be used as a car park or as a safe and secure large ball or bike area.