Dear Parents,

If your child has vomiting and/or diarrhoea he/she MUST NOT return to playgroup until 48 hours have passed since the last time they are sick/ had diarrhoea. This policy is the guidance from the Health Protection Agency and Norfolk County Council and is in place so that we minimise the risk of infections being spread. This can so easily happen in a playgroup so please support us with this.

Furthermore, if your child is unwell enough to be having regular Calpol ect then they are not well enough to be in group. Please keep them at home.

Thank you for your continued support.

Please encourage your child to be involved with circle time. Encourage them to find and bring something that relates to the colour of the week, or something special that they wish to share with their friends. If your child brings things to show, please could we ask that they are clearly labelled and small enough to fit in out basket.

WEEK BEGINNING

COLOUR

FOCUS THEME

SPECIAL DAYS and EVENTS

 

11th Sept 2017

RED

New friends, Old friends.

Welcome back to Puddleducks

18th Sept 2017

YELLOW

Settling back and Detecting Autumn

 

25th Sept 2017

BLUE

Autumn

 

2nd Oct 2017

PINK

Autumn

7th and 8th Oct, Swardeston Flower Festival. Puddleducks will have a display made by the children.

9th Oct 2017

GREEN

Autumn, woodland animals

 

16 Oct 2017

ORANGE

Autumn colours

Diwali

HALF TERM

Term finishes at 3.30 on Thursday 19th October

Term begins at 9am on Monday 30th October

 

30th Oct 2017

SPARKLES

Halloween and Bonfire night

Halloween 30th October

Bonfire night 5th November

Committee vacancies to start in October 2017

As you may be aware, Puddleducks is a volunteer-run charitable organisation. A committee of volunteers is responsible for making all the decisions in relation to the running of the group, as well as fundraising and managing its finances. To put it bluntly, without the committee, the group legally cannot exist.

The next committee will come into being in October 2017. A number of current committee members are stepping down before then as their children move on to school from Puddleducks. Are you interested in being involved in the running of this fantastic group? Please give it careful thought and get in touch with me to discuss further if you need any more information. We urgently need parents to become involved. The committee meets once a month during term time, usually on a Monday evening at the Jubilee rooms although this can be amended to suit the availability of members.

The roles that will need filling in October are:-

Treasurer - this involves (in brief) monitoring the financial position of the group, producing monthly financial reports, liaising with the bookkeeper, and presenting the annual accounts at the AGM. The present treasurer is Amy Snowling. If you want any further information about this role, please do not hesitate to contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice chair - this involves supporting the chair of the group and helping with the general running of the group, and getting involved in recruitment and staffing issues. Currently the vice chair is Sarah Haddon. Please feel free to contact her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss further.

Secretary - this role involves setting up the monthly meetings, booking venues, taking minutes and circulating them and the agenda ahead of the meetings. Sarah Headland is the current secretary. Please contact her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

General members - this involves attending the monthly meetings and giving your views on all aspects of the running of the group.

Fundraising - as a charity we are hugely reliant on raising funds for our group to pay for new equipment, trips out for the children, parties and other special events. We currently organise a diverse range of events - a Spring and Christmas fayre, pop-up cafes, quizzes, stalls at other village events, etc, etc. Jo Doughty currently coordinates all our fundraising. If you are interested in helping in any way with this then please do get in touch.

Please please please give this careful thought and if you can help in any way at all, then do get in touch. Volunteering is a great way to have a say in the running of your child's group, to meet new people (we are a very friendly bunch), contribute something to your community, and develop new skills. It also looks great on a CV. Some employers even give time off for volunteering. There is also some training provided by the County Council (usually evening sessions) for committee members and there would be a full hand over given by existing committee members where needed.

Please don't hesitate to contact me or any of the other committee members if you are interested.

Again, without volunteers this fabulous playgroup cannot operate. Please support it if you can.

Many thanks

Rachel Cushing

Chair of Puddleducks

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