Newsletter Archive

Below you are able to select and download Newsletters from the past academic year.

Spring Term: January 2022

Interim Newsletter: November 2021

Autumn Term Newsletter 2021

Interim Newsletter: June 2021

Summer Term Newsletter 2021

Interim Newsletter: March 2021

Spring Term Newsletter 2021

Newsletter – Spring Term 2022


Welcome to the Spring Term at Rascals and a warm welcome to all our new little Rascals!  This is the second of three

newsletters that will be issued during this academic year.  The first newsletter and a copy of this one can be found on our website


A newsletter will be issued at the beginning of each term containing lots of useful information.   However, there will also be regular updates written on our notice board situated outside each morning.  We will be posting updates, together with copies of letters that are sent home and newsletters on our website.  Our website is also updated regularly with important dates and events.  We also post regular reminders and useful information on our facebook page so please feel free to LIKE us for regular updates and information in your newsfeed.  This should enable you to have access to all the information you need when you need it.

Events for the Spring Term:

Chinese New Year:  We will be celebrating Chinese New Year on Tuesday 1st February and will be offering the children rice and prawn crackers to try at snack time.  All foods will be discussed with parents/carers of children with specific dietary requirements before this date.  If the children have any Chinese artefacts or holiday snaps they would like to bring in that week you would be very welcome to bring them in for us to incorporate into the children’s learning. Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled, and photos are copies of the originals.


World Book Day: We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March and we would love the children to come dressed up as their favourite book character or bring in their favourite book to share with their friends. If your child does not attend on a Thursday but they wish to take part, then please feel free to allow them to dress up and bring a book any day during this week.


Red Nose Day: We will be joining in with Red Nose Day on Friday 18th March, more details will be given after

half term.


Easter: Is in the second half of the term.  We will be celebrating Easter with the children and more details will be given after the half term holiday.


Sponsored Bounce:   

We are very excited to tell you that we will be holding a Sponsored Bounce throughout the week of Monday 28th – Friday 1st April. The proceeds will be used to purchase new equipment for our Rascals Garden.  More details to follow and a sponsored form will be sent out after half term. 



We will continue to spend time in the garden this term.  It is exciting to look at frozen puddles and explore the snow when it’s falling. Please make sure that your child is dressed for this cold weather whether they go outside or not.  The hall can stay quite chilly in this weather so children do need vests or t-shirts underneath their clothes.  It is better to have several layers of clothes that can be removed should they get warm rather than children feeling cold.  


PLEASE make sure you write your child’s name clearly and visibly on all their belongings to avoid any confusion.  This includes all their clothes, hats, gloves, scarf, shoes and bags.


Procedures for severe weather closures:

If the decision is taken to close Rascals due to bad weather, we will issue an email and post a notice on our Facebook page advising you of this.  If you have seen any messages from us advising you that Rascals is closed by 8am, this means that Rascals is open.  If we do take the decision to close, as well as advising you, we will call the dedicated number at West Sussex County Council in order that our playgroup will be added to the list of school closures on their website.  We do not take the decision to close lightly and will remain open if we possibly can but we do need to take into account the safety of everyone arriving and departing.  


Rascals fees and snack donations:

It is extremely helpful if you could pay your fees/ snack donations via bank transfer, particularly at the present time as it reduces the need for us to handle any money in the setting. Thank you so much for your contributions and your support with this. Please ensure you quote your child’s name as the reference. 


Rascals facebook group

Please ensure that you have joined our Rascals private Facebook group by clicking on the link below:


This is a private page and can only be used by current parents/carers of children attending Rascals during this academic year.  It is a great way to communicate with other families and may help you all to become more familiar with each other as we realise this can be difficult when dropping off and collecting children.  You can follow our public facebook group for regular updates and reminders throughout the term.


Please bear in mind that this group is intended to be used for the purpose mentioned above and we would ask that any issues, concerns or worries you have about Rascals are not discussed within this group but be brought directly to us as usual so that we can address any such issues immediately.


You can also visit our general Rascals facebook page which is available for everyone to follow.  This can be found by following this link:

In addition to this newsletter, you will find attached a Termly Reminders sheet which we hope you will find useful.  We realise this is a lot of information to take in all at once but feel it is useful to provide you with as much detail as possible and hopefully this will answer some of the questions you may have.  However, if there is anything you are unsure of or if you just need a bit of advice about something, please do speak to a member of staff who will be more than happy to

help you.  


We look forward to enjoying the Spring Term with you all.




Rascals mobile: 07546584314

Rascals email:


[PLEASE NOTE: The Rascals mobile phone and email address are constantly monitored by Tracey.  During out of hours and particularly over weekends and holidays you may not receive an immediate response.  However, if you are contacting us with a matter of urgency an email is always the best form of communication].



Personal Details:

  • Please ensure you inform us immediately of any change of details such as mobile phone numbers or other contact details for parents and your emergency contacts.  It is essential that our records are kept up to date in case of emergencies.




Change Bags:

  • Please ensure that your child’s bag is NAMED CLEARLY on the outside as some children do have similar bags and it is difficult for them to tell us which is theirs. 

  • Please always check your child’s bag when you get home as used nappies or soiled clothes will be placed in there during the morning if necessary.  Unfortunately, we do not have facilities to dispose of soiled nappies on the premises and therefore these will be placed into a nappy sack and put into your child’s bag.  



  • Please make sure your child wears suitable clothing for the weather each day.  

  • It is important to send your child to playgroup with more than one set of spare clothes as they will most definitely get dirty at some point!

  • Please ensure that you don’t send them to playgroup in their best clothes or coat as the children need to feel free to explore and play. 

  • If the weather is warm and sunny please ensure you apply sun cream to your child before you bring them to playgroup as it does get very hot in the garden. 

  • PLEASE make sure you write your child’s name clearly and visibly on all their belongings to avoid any confusion.  This includes their hats, gloves, scarf, shoes, water bottles, lunchbox and bags.


Health and Safety:

  • For safety reasons we prefer jewellery is not worn at playgroup. We do understand that the jewellery may be of cultural or religious significance and we are happy to make an exception for this.  However, this will be at your own risk; as we are unable to take any responsibility for injury, damage or breakages.   We would also ask that if your child has their ears pierced please could you ensure they wear plain studs for playgroup.


Food Allergies/Safety:

  • We are a nut free zone, please could you all keep this in mine when you prepare your child’s lunch.

  • Some parents like to send sweets into playgroup when it is their child’s birthday, however, we are a nut free zone and have other dietary requirements so please speak to a member of staff so that we are able to help to ensure all children can be included. 

  • Please also ensure that no food is left in your child’s bag.  If you need to bring them a packed lunch to have after playgroup please pass it to a member of staff who will keep it safe. 

  • Please also ensure you chop any food such as grapes, large blueberries, olives etc length ways or ideally quarters before putting them in your child’s lunch.  Also items such as sausage, cheese, cucumber, carrots should be cut into long thin strips rather than chunks.


Medicines in Playgroup:

Please be advised that any medical products needed at playgroup, MUST be given to a member of staff for us to store in our medical box in the Main Hall and paperwork will need to be completed.


Please could all parents check NO medical products are left in their child’s rucksack on their peg during the course of the morning, as all the children do have free access to their pegs. 



Please, please DO NOT send your child to playgroup if they are unwell at all including small ‘sniffles’. You will be asked to take them home again. We also ask you NOT to bring your child to Rascals if they have taken any medication in the morning. If they have suffered from diarrhoea or sickness please keep them at home for at least 48 hours after the last episode of sickness or diarrhoea. This also applies to those children who have started a course of antibiotics.


Policies and Procedures:

Please ask a member of staff if there are any particular policies you would like to see so these can be forwarded to you electronically. 


Car Parking and Children’s safety:

Please remember not to use the Tesco or the front church car park, as the church staff and church members require access at all times.  Please use the car park on the far side of the church at all times. 


Please be aware of small and young children running around in both car parks. 


Please ensure your child is fully supervised when waiting to come into playgroup in the morning.  We have had

experiences in the past where broken glass or other unsavoury litter has been found discarded on the church grounds and would not like any of the children to injure themselves.


Rascals occupancy list:

If you have a younger child or you know of someone who would like to put their child on our occupancy list to attend Rascals, please speak to Tracey.  We have a list for the next few years so it is important to register children as soon as possible. 




  • Chinese New Year – Tuesday 1st February

  • Half term – Monday 21st – Friday 25th February

  • World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March

  • Red Nose Day – Friday 18th March

  • Sponsored Bounce – Monday 28th March – Friday 1St April

  • Last Day of Term – Friday 8th April

  • First Day of Summer Term – Monday 25th April