Pre-School News 2010

Pre-School sessions for children age 3+ are held at the infant site of John of Rolleston Primary School. Morning session 9.00-11.30, lunchtime session 11.30-12.30, afternoon session 12.45-3.15. If you would like to register your child for pre-school or have any queries regarding sessions, please contact Pre-School Manager Lolene Poxon on 239209. Check out their website for more details.

Rolleston Toddler Group runs several sessions for younger children held in the Methodist Chapel. “In-Betweenies” (bridging the gap between Toddlers and Pre-School), caters for children from the age of 2½, costs £2.50 per session (Thursday 10am until 11.30am). Toddlers have a session on Tuesday and Friday 10am until 11.30am in the Chapel Room. There is a charge, which includes refreshments, of £1.50 per child and 50p for each extra child.

For further information or to register your child for Toddlers/In-Betweenies contact Julia Shephard on 07813 102726.

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Winter 2010 News


What a busy and thrilling year we have had! We are eternally grateful to St Mary's Church and Reverend Ian Whitehead for being so accommodating at the Old Grammar School Room whilst the new build takes place. The children have settled in extremely well along with our new starters, friendships are being made and great comments have been received. A big thankyou to all.

Our new Pre-School building is now taking shape on School Lane. Thanks to all staff, committee and community members involved in this wonderful achievement. We could not have done this without your help and are so excited about moving into our new premises early next year.

We were thrilled to earn high praise in the Ofsted inspection and were rated as ‘Good’ with many ‘Outstanding’ areas. A happy, stimulating and secure environment is our aim which was reflected in these results. Congratulations to all involved - especially at such a busy time!

Our annual Halloween disco has just been and gone. A fun and spooky time was enjoyed by all.

Playgroup & Inbetweenies

Fun is also to be had at Rolleston Playgroup & Inbetweenies - which was set up over 35 years ago. Organised by Pre-School and led by our voluntary co-ordinators and members of the Pre-School committee, sessions are held at Rolleston Methodist Chapel Room.

Playgroup (Age Guide birth - three years): Tuesdays & Fridays 10.00am-11.30am. Inbetweenies (Age Guide two - five years): Thursdays 10.00am-11.30am

New toys and themes are available for your child to enjoy and it’s a great way to meet other mums!

Forthcoming Events

We support the charity Samaritans Purse and are filling shoe boxes with Christmas gifts from the 8th-12th November. The shoe boxes will be sent to children less fortunate than ourselves. Any small gift donations would be really appreciated.

The Lonely Giant

A story suitable for anyone who as ever been small...The Lonely Giant is coming to Rolleston! A superb afternoon of entertainment in aid of Pre-School. Saturday 20th November, 2.00pm, John of Rolleston School (Alderbrook Site). Tickets £7.50/£5.50 (Child) available from Pre-School, Starbucks or telephone 01283 810321.

Christmas Tree Festival

Pre-School, Playgroup & Inbetweenies will be taking part in the Christmas Tree Festival, St Mary's Church, Rolleston from Thursday 25th November. Fun with glue and glitter! Come along to see the works of art…

Christmas Parties

The Playgroup & Inbetweenies Christmas party will be held on Friday 10th December, the Pre-School Christmas party on Monday 13th December...complete with visits from Santa!


This will be held on Thursday 16th December at 2pm in St Mary’s Church. A truly festive occasion - join us for a wonderful afternoon with your little ones.


A registered charity, Rolleston Pre-School relies on fundraising to continue its valued service to the community. Any unwanted clothes and shoes? Please continue to donate, our recycling banks are in the Spread Eagle Car Park.

Our mobile phone recycling boxes remain at Pre-School and in Starbucks, remember us if you upgrade your phone!

On behalf of Rolleston Pre-School, staff and committee members, thankyou for your continuing support.

For Pre-School registration or queries, contact Lolene Poxon, Pre-School Manager on 07984 182959.

Autumn 2010 News

An exciting start to the new school year

As you will know by now, our Pre School building is being replaced with a new, purpose-built building which offers improved facilities and disabled access for our children, parents and staff. By the time you read this, our existing building should have been demolished and the new one will be taking shape. This is a very exciting time for our Pre School, and the staff have worked tirelessly to organise and move all our resources into storage. We are very pleased that we have a new, albeit temporary, home for September – as of Tuesday 7th we will be using the Old Grammar School Room at St Mary’s Church to house the Pre School while the building works – which should last around 14 weeks - take place. This should offer a workable, local solution to our homelessness, and we are grateful to all involved in making this a possibility.

Ofsted inspection

Rolleston Pre School was inspected by Ofsted earlier in the summer term and was judged to be “good” with “outstanding” features. This very positive report is a real credit to everyone at Pre School, and shows that working together really does have a positive, beneficial impact on the learning environment we can provide for the children in our care. Rolleston Pre School continues to go from strength to strength!

Other news

We have had a very busy term fundraising and getting involved in fun days and local events. At our Sponsored Obstacle Race and Fun Day in June we enjoyed a variety of activities, including painting personalised tiles to use in our new building, and raised money for resources while we all had lots of fun. The day was a great opportunity to say farewell to some of our children, and welcome to others, who will start with us in September. In July, to round off the term, the children leaving Pre School to start ‘big school’ in September enjoyed a trip to Twycross Zoo. The weather was fine – despite the forecasts – and a great day was had by all.

Contacting Pre School and Playgroup/Inbetweenies

Whilst our building is taking shape and we are operating from other premises, we have a new telephone number. If you wish to register your child for Pre School or have any queries, please contact Lolene Poxon, Pre School Manager on 07984 182959. For Playgroup and Inbetweenies, our new liaison officer is Julia Shephard, who can be contacted on 07813 102726.

Forthcoming Events

Friday 1st October – Ginny Davies’ ‘Family Matters’ (the sequel to ‘Ten Days That Shook The Kitchen’) 7.30pm, bar and raffle. JOR Alderbrook site. Tickets £7, Concessions £5. Over 18s only. Contact Rolleston Pre School for more details.

Saturday 20th November – ‘The Lonely Giant’ puppet show, 2pm at JOR Sherbourne Site. Tickets £7.50 adults, £5.50 children and concessions. Contact Rolleston Pre School for more details.

Summer 2010 News

Great News From Pre School!

Rolleston Pre School has finally received the exciting news that Staffordshire County Council intends to provide funding for a new Pre School building, to be built this summer. This funding is subject to contracts being finalised. However, we’re sure you’ll agree that this is wonderful news for our village.

The funding comes with the condition that Pre School contributes £15,000 towards the building, new furniture and play equipment. Thanks to the efforts of our committee, parents, and the village as a whole, we have done really well. We'd still like to raise £1000-£2000 by September, though, to improve our outdoor play area - so please continue to support our fundraising efforts Rolleston Pre School’s new building will be on the same site as the existing Pre School, and will offer improved facilities and disabled access. We want to improve visibility and movement between the indoor and outdoor play areas to encourage children to choose from activities inside or outside during the session. We are expecting the current building to be demolished at the start of the summer holidays and the build will take around 14 weeks. We hope to run our sessions from other premises within the village while our new home takes shape. Exciting times ahead!

Forthcoming Events

Meanwhile, life at Pre School continues as normal. The children are enjoying the lovely weather and are taking part in The Big Bean Challenge, sponsored by Morrison’s Let’s Grow scheme. The biggest beanstalk on judging day, June 1st, will win a prize, so the children are busy planting and tending.

We are delighted to be welcoming back Kelly’s Heroes to get us dancing on Saturday 19th June – this event was a huge success last year. Why not dig out your dancing shoes and join in the fun this year? Kelly’s Heroes will be playing at John of Rolleston Primary School, Alderbrook site, from 8pm. There is a licensed bar, tickets are £7 and are on sale at Pre School.

Pre School will be supporting both the Rolleston Carnival and Community Transport Day in May – we hope to see you at these events.


Whilst we are thrilled that our discussions with Staffordshire County Council look to have been successful in securing us funding for a new building, we are still a registered charity that receives no government funding, and we rely on our fundraising to keep us ‘afloat’. Please continue to support our fundraising efforts, including the Clothing Bank at the Spread Eagle and the used mobile phone collection point we have in Starbucks. We are also selling donated items on eBay to raise funds. If you have any items that you would like to donate, please drop off small items at Pre School, or contact us if you have larger items to donate.

Many thanks for your continuing support.

If you wish to register your child for Pre School or have any queries, please contact Lolene Poxon, Pre School Manager on 01283 239209.

Ruth Hollick, Pre School Committee Member

Spring 2010 News

2010 already?!

Though spring is just around the corner, we’d love to update you on the busy Christmas celebrations Pre-School enjoyed last term.

The children of Pre-School, Toddlers and In-betweenies loved decorating Christmas puddings for display in St Mary’s Church for the 2009 celebration. Hopefully you will have been able to attend this wonderful event to see the beautiful Christmas carol-themed displays the children and other village organisations created.

We also held pre-Christmas events including our Nativity - told entirely through song - which was a great success and very well supported. The children picked up the songs and actions very quickly and sang beautifully. For our ‘Operation Christmas Child’ charity appeal the children helped pack 37 boxes of gifts for less fortunate children which was an amazing achievement.

Sainsburys bag packing raised £267.17 – thank you to all that helped.

By now Pancake Day will have been and gone – we hope you all enjoyed our pancakes, and thank you for your support.

Forthcoming Events

For all those shopaholics amongst you, please join us for a great night on 19th March, 7.30pm at our “SOS Fashion Show”. The show will feature 10 high street labels including Next, Gap, M&S, and Evans, which you can then buy for less than half price! With a licensed bar and fantastic cheap fashion featured by our very own models, it’s going to be a great night.

Our ever-popular Chocolate Bingo will be held on Saturday 27th March, 2-4pm. Chocolate Bingo is great fun for all the family with a variety of children’s bingo games and a few adult games thrown in too. There are always lots of yummy prizes. Please come along and join us. Any donations of chocolate for the bingo prizes would be gratefully received. Tickets for the above events are available from Pre-School.


In addition to all of the fantastic events throughout the year, Rolleston Pre-School are also running a number of fundraising schemes. Rolleston Pre-School is a registered charity and receives no government funding.

We are waiting for confirmation of funding towards a new Pre-school building from Staffordshire County Council and are expecting a response any day. We have recently been awarded a grant to replace our old furniture – great news for our children.

Derby County Tickets

We are thrilled to have Derby County Football Club as an official sponsor of Rolleston Pre-School. DCFC will donate £5 to our Pre-School for every ticket sale made through us. If you want to take advantage of this superb offer, check our website  for available matches or call 01332 821072 and quote “Rolleston”. Alternatively email

Clothing Bank

Don’t forget we have our very own clothing bank in the Spread Eagle car park. Since September your donations have helped raise over £350 for Pre-school – thank you, and please keep on donating!

If you wish to register your child for Pre-School or have any queries, please contact Lolene Poxon, Pre-School Manager on 01283 239209.

Ruth Hollick
Rolleston Pre-School Committee

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