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30 Hours

As you may of heard, the government are introducing the 30 hours free education to eligible families in September.

The eligibility criteria states that it is available for families the term after your child has turned three. So, for those children born before September 2014, they will be eligible in Spetember this year. If your child turns three in the Autumn term, it will be from January 2014. All parents in the household must work a minimum of 16 hours at the National Minimum wage or earn at least £107 per week and no parent within the household earns more than £100,000.

To check you are eligible, please visit If you accepted, you will be given a code which you are to bring into Cornerstones Pre-School. It will be your responsibility to revisit the eligibility checker each term to see if you are still eligible.

  • Autumn Term Newsletter 2018

    Cornerstones Pre-School

    Walton Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0LH



    Telephone: 01992 462818

    Mobile: 07840 651362

    Dear Parents,

    Welcome back to a busy and fun term. We hope you had a good summer break enjoying the lovely weather. We look forward to hearing the children’s stories and experiences they shared with you and your families. We also look forward to getting to know all the new children and their families joining us this term.


    For those who are paying fees, the due dates are:

    24th September 2018

    22nd October 2018

    26th November 2018

    You can pay your fees direct into our account;

    Sort Code: 20 20 37

    Account: 83332659


    Research has continued to show that children who suck on a dummy are more likely to develop speech problems, dental problems and prone to ear, nose and throat infections. We appreciate during the settling in process children may require a dummy, however, we ask that once your child has settled, you leave them at home. Your child should not need a dummy pass the age of two.

    Packed Lunch Agreement

    At Cornerstones Pre-School we encourage children to adopt good eating habits that will hopefully last a lifetime. A healthy, balanced diet and regular activity are essential for children’s health and well-being and will influence their growth and development. We have introduced a Packed Lunch Agreement for children who attend for lunch time to help support this ethos. It is essential that no nut products, including peanut butter are sent in. We have children with nut allergies. I hope you will continue to support us with this.

    Please visit for following website for further guidance on healthy eating:

    We continue to adopt good eating habits during snack times, therefore, we ask that all families pay a contribution of £5 per half term so we can give your children a healthy snack during the course of the morning session. However, if you should have any concerns please speak to Sue Gray. Please check the parent’s information board to see what food would be available for your child each day as well as inform staff immediately should your child have any allergies.

    We also encourage the children to drink plenty of water during their day especially when they are playing outside. Could you please supply a plastic water bottle for your child which can be left on the table in the entrance hall as you come in. Please ensure that this bottle is clearly marked with your child’s name.

    Names on Children’s items

    We cannot be held responsible for any unnamed items which go missing or are accidently taken home by another child, so please ensure you put your child’s name on their belongings, especially their coats, jumpers and bags so staff are able to easily identify which child they belong to. We are also encouraging children to be independent with putting on and taking of their coats, please can you continue to encourage this when at home. We also advise you to send your child to school in appropriate clothing. They will get dirty and messy whilst at school and we will not be accountable for expensive clothes being ruined, therefore, please put clothes on your child that you don’t mind them getting dirty. Please ensure your child has suitable footwear. If they come to school in wellies, please bring shoes in which they can change into which are more suitable. Please do not allow your children to wear open toe sandals.

    Nappies and Toileting

    Please put a fresh nappy on your child before you bring them to school in the morning. Staff will change their nappy, should it need changing during the course of the morning. Could you also supply additional nappies, wipes and nappy sacks in a named bag.

    Dropping Off/Picking Up

    We are not covered by our insurance for children being dropped off before 9.15. If it is an emergency that you need to drop off early, please speak to Sue or Anna.

    We will be charging an emergency rate of £10 for every 15mins you are late or early (if arranged with Sue or Anna). If you are more than 10 minutes late and we have not heard from you as to why you are running late, we will also charge £10. We have to pay not only staff wages outside their contracts, but also, for the hire of the hall.

    Please note, on collecting your child, once a member of staff has given them to you they are your responsibility, even if they are still on the premises.

    Please inform us in advance if someone other then the usual person will be collecting your child.


    Please be aware of our website as well as our Facebook page which can be found when type in Cornerstones Pre-School. Please be our friend and receive reminders of upcoming events for your diary.

    School Birthday Parties

    We celebrate children’s birthdays by doing a ‘school birthday celebration’ in which parents are invited to return at 12.00, or 2.00 if your child is staying for lunch. Please inform a member of staff on the morning of his/her birthday or a morning near to his/her birthday and a birthday celebration will be held on that day. Staff will inform you of how many children are in that day should you wish to bring appropriate treats (not expensive ones) when you return.


    Research has shown that almost 40% of 3 -4 year olds go online. The best way to keep your family safe online is to use the internet together. Be positive and embrace the technologies that young children enjoy and look for family activities and games Take time to explore the games and services that your children are using or want to use and look for any safety features that may be available.

    If you require any further information regarding E-Safety or any other safeguarding concern, please speak to our designated safeguarding staff – Sue Gray or Anna Di Maggio.

    All our policies, including safeguarding, can be seen in the folder on the table in the entrance hall.

    Parent/Carer Helper

    We are always trying to encourage helpers to come along during our sessions and support the staff and the children in many of the activities provided as well as have the opportunity to see your child experiencing pre-school. Please see Sue or Anna if you could spare a morning.


    Please can you be considerate when parking in the mornings and again in the afternoons. Parking on corners is very dangerous, not only to other vehicles but also to children and their families crossing the road to come to school. Parking dangerously can mean you are endangering children’s lives.

    Please also be aware, that entrance into our new building is via the car park so please be sensible and considerate when parking in the car park.

    The safety of the children is EVERYONES responsibility!!

    A Day in the Life of the Under Fives (Anon)

    Oh what a busy morning.

    I’ve been playing with the dough

    And with a little help upon a card, I’ve even learned to sew.

    I’ve helped my friend ‘nurse’ Sarah perform an operation,

    Then fixed the track together for my train and built a station.

    I popped inside the playgroup’s cottage to make a cup of tea,

    And stood beside the cooker making lunch for 23!

    I completed three whole jigsaws and played a new board game,

    And had a turn on all the bikes, the slide and climbing frame.

    I handed round the biscuits at milk and biscuit time,

    Then I listened to a story and sang a nursery rhyme.

    But now the morning’s over and the mummies are all waiting.

    Hope my mummy doesn’t say

    ‘Oh darling, where’s your painting?’



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