We have had a fabulous season so far, exploring the grounds around the pre-school and gathering autumnal treasures for our displays. Wrapped up in our waterproofs and wellies, we have splished and splashed outside to our hearts' content, just enjoying the pleasure of whatever the weather offers.

Recently we have focussed on our farming and harvest theme. The children dug up vegetables from our garden, washed them and prepared them to make soup. It not only was really most delicious, but also helped teach them to use various tools safely and effectively. Indoors, we have a wonderful display of old farming photos, featuring historic methods used to harvest crops. Most of the photos are of precious family members of our staff, so each have a story to tell. Back in the garden, our staff member, Phil, created a 'plough' from items in the garden, and the children have enjoyed working together to manoeuvre it around the garden.

One of our children has a couple of pygmy goats, which 'mom' kindly brought into our garden for a visit. All the children were able to get close to and watch the 'giddy' antics of the goats, and even got a chance to feed them a titbit. I have to say that they stole our hearts!

We are amazingly lucky that our garden sits next to fields, and so we can get a close view of actual farmers working their fields. We were all very excited when the harvester, tractors and trailers arrived to cut the maize. The children watched, fascinated, as all the vehicles worked in harmony to cut, chip and transport the crop. Then, back in the playroom we opened up some of the cobs, and stripped the kernels, ready to send home for our beautiful goat friends to snack on.

As another special treat to explore our autumn topics, we organised a trip to Heligan for the children. Despite the inclement weather, we all had such a good day. Having previously read 'The Giant' book in the setting, we then explored and found the various featured settings from the book, in the garden itself. We all ventured down into 'the jungle' and traversed the rope bridge… a massive challenge for little legs. Then onto the fabulous new playground to burn off some energy before a lovely shared picnic lunch. We also popped into 'the hide' to watch the birds before chatting with the pigs, horses and sheep. Then, onto the kitchen gardens to visit the amazing annual display of the colourful gourds. Finally, we went to say 'hello' to the scarecrow before heading back to the coach and the return trip to pre-school HQ. What a day! Everyone must have slept deeply and well that night!

After half term, our topics start with 'our favourite books', before moving on to 'remembrance' in November and 'Christmas' in December. I'm sure we are all looking forward to the activities our wonderful staff organise, to make our topics vibrant and interesting.

Our AGM is due to take place on Monday 4th November @ 7.30pm. We are always keen to welcome new committee members. The committee meets once or twice each term and works closely with staff to organise the smooth running of pre-school. Anyone interested in being on the committee can sign the list outside our playroom or contact a staff member to register their interest. (Committee members are required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and automatically become trustees of Fowey Pre-school charity.)

We are interested to know the childcare requirements of people living in Fowey and the surrounding areas. To this end, we enclosed a survey in the last edition of the Fowey News. However, our survey can also be completed online

Children attending pre-school are entitled to 15 hours free education and care from the term after their 3rd birthday. Also, many parents of 3 and 4 year old children may be eligible for 30 hours. In order to find out if you are eligible for the 30 hours, or indeed other childcare offers, visit

Some 2 year olds are also entitled to the same 15 hours free attendance. To check eligibility visit

Elsewhere on the website, you will find useful downloads:

  • 'Parents Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage'
  • 'Talking Tips for 2-3 year olds'
  • 'Talking Tips for 3-4 year olds'
  • 'Parents Guide to Letters and Sounds'
  • 'Healthy Lunchbox Suggestions'

Just select the 'Information' tab on the drop down bar, and then select 'About Us'. We're sure you will find them most useful.

We have a 'Testimonials' section (under the 'news' tab), where we respond to comments taken from the most recent evaluation feedbacks from parents. However, we always welcome comments or suggestions at any time - just speak to a staff member or e-mail us.





Reg Charity 1029712