Helpston Playhouse – Weekly Update 14th May 2021

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Dear Parents / Carers

NEW: Amendment to Procedures: As you will be aware the Government are relaxing COVID restrictions with effect from 17th May 2021. After the announcement of these reduced restrictions, we will update our COVID procedures to reflect the changes being made.
For up to date Government information on What Parents need to know , please use this link:
What parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 – GOV.UK (
Here is a link to the latest guidance from the Government, just in case you need it: National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (

Playhouse Activities This Week
This week we extended the children’s interest in bug hunting. They really enjoyed learning about the ladybird lifecycle, we made playdough ladybirds and painted pictures of ladybirds too! We also looked at the frog lifecycle and we used chia seeds as frogspawn. We have been observing our caterpillars, they are now getting quite big, and the children can’t wait for them to turn into butterflies.

Forest School – In Forest School we read What the ladybird heard on Holiday. We talked about the different bugs we’ve looked at and what they do. This week we have been counting the ladybird spots and then sorted and matched the numbers to them. We enjoyed some bubble blowing fun, comparing bubbles for the roundest, biggest and smallest. The children also watched our resident robin family. The mummy and daddy have four babies in our shed and we watched them bring in worms to feed them.

Playhouse Activities Next Week – Next week we are going to look at the lifecycle of plants and flowers. We are going to make some flowers for our spring display board.

Letter of the Week – Our letter of the Week will be ‘c/k’. We will use resources from the playhouse as we are not yet able to accept items from home.

Monthly Makaton Sign – May’s Makaton sign which we are going to learn is ‘share’. Please have a go at home, remember to sign and say the word together. Go slow and show.

Reminder: Colds, Coughs and Sneezes – Please can you help us to prevent the spread of germs in our setting. If you could please encourage your child to sneeze or cough into their arm; wipe their nose, pop the tissue in the bin and wash their hands; this is a great way to encourage independence too! If your child is not well, please keep them at home. Thank you.

Helpston Toddlers Picnic – Helpston Toddlers’ Saturday Picnic on Saturday 22nd May, 12 til 2 at the Playhouse? Link to book your place:

A great opportunity to meet fellow parents of 0–4-year-old Helpstonians! Please share with your friends and family!

Any help? – Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any support, ideas or just a chat we are always available.

The Beauty Room Helpston – Sarah Frisby, The Beauty Room Helpston has very kindly offered to help us raise some much-needed funds for the Playhouse & John Clare Primary School. Please see her flyer for more information .. she will donate 15% of the value of orders placed between Friday 7th and Friday 14th May 2021. Please take a look there are some fantastic plant-based, sustainable products! A BIG Thank you to Sarah!

Thank you – This week we have received donations from the Slater and Powers families. Thank you very much to both families for your kind gifts, they are greatly appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend! Stay safe and well!
Kind regards
The Playhouse Team