Should my baby wear a mask

Current advice (September 14th 2020) is that children under 3 should not wear a face mask or covering, as it could cause breathing difficulties and suffocation

Check if you or your child has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms

Government guidelines as set on the 11th September 2020 at if you or your child has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you’re worried about your symptoms
  • you’re not sure what to do

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

Babies and children

Call 111 if you’re worried about a baby or child under 5.

If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999.

Do not delay getting help if you’re worried. Trust your instincts.

Get more advice about coronavirus in children.


COVID-19 September 14th 2020

Below you will find some useful information regarding COVID-19. You can also find further guidance on returning to education settings at Parents and Carers need to know about Early Years providers, schools and colleges in the Autumn term

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Term dates 2020/2021

Term Dates 2020 – 2021
Autumn Term 2020
Monday 7th September to Friday 18th December
Half Term
Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October
(Non-Pupil Days – Thursday 3rd September, Friday 4th September & Friday 23rd October)
Spring Term 2021
Tuesday 5th January to Thursday 1st April
(Non-Pupil Day – Monday 4th January)
Half Term
Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February
Summer Term 2021
Monday 19th April to Thursday 22nd July
(Non-Pupil Day – Friday 23rd July)
(Occasional Days – Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th July)
May Day Bank Holiday
Monday 3rd May
Half Term
Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June

Bags to school

If you are having a spring clean of your wardrobes and would like to help us raise some money. We are having a Bags to school collection on 25th March 2020. We are gratefully accepting donations from Monday 23rd March.

Items that are acceptable include:

  • Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s clothing
  • Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)
  • Handbags
  • Hats
  • Bags
  • Scarves and ties
  • Jewellery
  • Lingerie
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • Soft toys
  • Household linen
  • Household curtains
  • Household towels
  • Household bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers)

Items that are not acceptable are:

  • Duvets and blankets
  • Pillows and cushions
  • Carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats)
  • Soiled, painted, ripped or wet clothing
  • School uniforms with and without logo
  • Corporate clothing and workwear
  • Textile off cuts, yarns or threaded material

Many thanks in advance for your help.


Pre-loved sale of clothes, toys and equipment for children aged 0-5 years

Stokenham Pre-school are pleased to be holding a Pre-loved 0-5year clothing and toy sale, on Saturday 14th March 2020, at 11.30am-3.00pm, selling clothes, toys and equipment for children aged 5 years and under.
If you would like to make yourself some money after Christmas and need a clear out of those previously loved or out grown toys and clothes, why not book yourself a table for just £5.00. To make your booking please ring Stokenham Pre-school on 01548 580202, or leave a message below.
There will be some delicious cakes and sandwiches as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks to enjoy, between browsing the stalls, and we won’t be forgetting your ‘little ones’ either, as there will be a bouncy castle, craft activities and face painting on offer too.

Pancake Day

Today we all made pancakes, all the children helped in some way, whether it was mixing together the pancake ingredients, or chopping up the fruit to add to the pancakes at the end, and they all definitely enjoyed eating them too. Our favourite toppings were bananas and chocolate sauce, what’s yours?

Term dates 2019/20

Term Dates 2019 – 2020
Autumn Term 2019

Tuesday 3rd September to Friday 20th December

Half Term

Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October

(Non-Pupil Days –Friday 18th October)

Spring Term 2020

Tuesday 7th January to Friday 27th March

Half Term

Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February

Summer Term 2020

Tuesday 14th April to Friday 17th July

May Day Bank Holiday

Friday 8th May

Half Term

Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May

Welcome to the new term

We have been making the most of the last of the Autumn sunshine, we had a nature walk to Stokeley, spotting insects, birds and the changing face of the hedgerow, the children were really keen share their knowledge of what they knew about the insect world, as well as having fun with road signs that we saw along the way, especially the directional ones, giving clues to the way we needed to go. When we reached Stokeley, the children enjoyed a drink and some hot buttery jam and toast, before buying some fruit to take back to Pre-school for our snacks that week. We have also taken advantage of the blackberry bushes around us, foraging and taking them back to school where we cooked them up in a delicious apple and blackberry crumble, we have also made and baked our own bread, and chopped up lots of vegetables for winter vegetable soup.


This week the children have had an introduction, to the start of the Autumn term, based around the story of “Stickman”, they have collected sticks and leaves to use in their learning, which have been put to good use. Amongst other things, they created their own Stickman/woman, and have used them to create a narrative, using lots of great imaginative language, they have used sticks to help develop their fine motor skills, by using them as a painting tool, creating lovely swirly patterns. We have used them for measuring and sorting, and held our own “Highland games”, by long jumping, hurdles, relay and Javelin. We also used leaves and flowers to create beautiful window hangings, investigating the colour, smell and texture of the changing season.The children are also in the process of painting their self portraits, studying their features to transfer to paper, this is then being displayed on our Pre-school family tree, its a great way to celebrate the similarities and differences we all share