STEPS Events for your diary

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are approaching that time of the year when things start to go a little mad and diaries very quickly become full! We are therefore giving you some dates that you will want to be aware of and events that many of you will no doubt wish to attend.

Chill and Chat and the toy library

Please come along to our popular chill and chat sessions on Thursday afternoons from 1.00-3.00p.m with your child. It doesn’t matter that it isn’t your day for attending Steps, every child and parent is invited for this. Activities will be set up in the big hall for the children whilst parents can sit and socialise with a cup of tea! The cost of Chill and Chat is £1.00 per session. There is also a toy library for all families at the cost of 50p a week to borrow a toy to take home! Members of the community and their children are invited to come along to the toy library.

The Christmas Tree Festival

This is to be held at St Botolphs Church in Shepshed. Please go and take a look at the decorated Christmas trees, as our children will all make a decoration to go on our tree which will be on display at the church. The dates for this are as follows- Friday 26th November, 5.00-9.00p.m. Saturday 27th November, 11.00a.m-7.00p.m. Sunday 28th November, 2.00-6.00p.m.

Santa Fun Run

Please support Steps by running, walking ,pushing your child in a pushchair for this event. The date for this event is Sunday the 5th of December at Loughborough University running track, start time 11.00a.m. Steps needs to make up a team of people who will take part in this event . On the entry form which can be downloaded on www.santa-fun-run.co.uk you will need to tick the box on the form that says Charity of your choice and then indicate that you wish your money to go to Steps Leicestershire Conductive Education Centre. You will then need to get friends, work colleagues and family to sponsor you and the money will be sent to Steps. This really is a very big fundraiser for us and we desperately need your help! If you do not wish to take part then you can still support the staff who will be running for Steps by completing the sponsorship form outside the office. If you have any questions regarding this event then please ask in the office.

Bear Hunt

Just a reminder to all parents/carers who have purchased tickets for We Are Going On A Bear Hunt that this is now booked and will take place on Thursday 9th December. Your tickets will be given out to you shortly, please note that you can pre-book car parking for £3.50 in the adjacent NCP car park by tying car park voucher in the search box on the Curve website. There are no more tickets available from Steps for this event.

Staff Development Day

Steps will be closed on Monday 13th December for a staff development day. There will be no session for children who attend on Monday on that particular date.

Carol Service

Steps children are invited to the carol service at St. Botolphs Church in Shepshed on Wednesday 15th December. The service starts at 2.30p.m. Staff will walk to church with families from the Wednesday group after the session. All families are welcome to join us.

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

This year our production will be The Twelve Days of Christmas. The play will commence at 1.30p.m and all children will be in the play. A letter will go out nearer the time to let you know what part your child has been allocated. A visit from Father Christmas will end the afternoon. Tickets will be allocated to each family on a first come first served basis. Numbers will be limited as the number of children is increasing but the size of our hall sadly isn’t!

Christmas shut down

There will be no session on Friday morning 17th December due to preparing for the Christmas production. If any of the children who normally attend on a Friday, wish to join the Thursday group for that week then please let Indila know. The holidays will commence on Monday 20th December and we shall re-open on Monday 10th January.

The Crèche

Please, please support us in our new venture! The crèche will open on Monday 10th January 2011 and will operate every morning from 9.30a.m to 12.30a.m. We are interviewing staff next week to run the crèche. We shall send out details of the new appointments once they have been made.

We have decided to run this service in line with our families own demands and therefore really do need you to support it! Please invite your friends children and anyone that you may know who has a young child and would like occasional childcare in a safe, stimulating environment. All for the small cost of £8.00 per session. All of our staff will be qualified in Early Years and experienced. They will all hold an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Check. This service will operate under Steps umbrella service and therefore hold our name. It will be fully registered with Ofsted and come under the Centre Managers leadership. Please be assured that your child will be offered a full range of exciting activities to be planned and carried out daily. Bookings can be taken through Trish on a daily basis by phone.

Kind Regards

Trish Edwards