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30 Hours

As you may of heard, the government are introducing the 30 hours free education to eligible families in September.

The eligibility criteria states that it is available for families the term after your child has turned three. So, for those children born before September 2014, they will be eligible in Spetember this year. If your child turns three in the Autumn term, it will be from January 2014. All parents in the household must work a minimum of 16 hours at the National Minimum wage or earn at least £107 per week and no parent within the household earns more than £100,000.

To check you are eligible, please visit If you accepted, you will be given a code which you are to bring into Cornerstones Pre-School. It will be your responsibility to revisit the eligibility checker each term to see if you are still eligible.

  • Autumn Newsletter 2019

    Autumn Term Newsletter 2019

    Cornerstones Pre-School

    Pound Close Youth & Community Centre,

    Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0PE



    Telephone: 01992 462818

    Mobile: 07840 651362

    Dear Parents,

    Welcome back to a busy and fun term. We hope you had a good summer break enjoying the lovely weather. We look forward to hearing the children’s stories and experiences they shared with you and your families. We also look forward to getting to know all the new children and their families joining us this term.

    Staff Change

    We have had a staff reorganization this term. Mrs Anna Di Maggio is

    now Manager of Cornerstones Pre-School and Mrs Rosanna Nigro is

    the deputy manager. Mrs Sue Gray is the company director and

    responsible for admin, funding, fees and registration.

    Sadly, we had to say good-bye to Mrs Marilena Mattaliano after many

    Years but wish her all the best in her new job at St Cross Primary

    School. Miss Emily Potter is now the two year lead.

    Packed Lunch Agreement

    At Cornerstones Pre-School we encourage children to adopt good eating habits that will hopefully last a lifetime. A healthy, balanced diet and regular activity are essential for children’s health and well-being and will influence their growth and development. We have a packed lunch agreement for children who attend for lunch time to help support this ethos. It is essential that no nut products, including peanut butter are sent in. We have children with nut allergies. I hope you will continue to support us with this.

    Please visit the following website for further guidance on healthy eating:

    We continue to adopt good eating habits during snack time. We ask that all families pay a contribution of £5 per half term so we can give your children a healthy snack during the course of the morning session. Please check the children’s registration board to see what

    snack will be on offer that day.

    Please inform staff immediately should your child have any allergies.

    We no longer need you to bring in water bottles for your child this term. There is always water available for them to drink.

    Change of Contact Details

    Please ensure you inform us should any of your details change, such as

    address and contact numbers. It is vital that we are able to contact you

    in case of an emergency.

    All about Me Books

    Your child will have a page in our ‘All About Me’ books where they will have pictures of themselves. Please can you bring in some photographs of your child, family members, pets, friends, outings etc. This will allow the child to discuss special people/events/experiences which will help to develop their personal, social and emotional development.

    School Birthday Parties

    We celebrate children’s birthdays by doing a ‘school birthday party’ in which parents are invited to return at 12.00, or 2.00 if your child is staying for lunch. Please inform a member of staff on the morning of his/her birthday or a morning near to his/her birthday and a party will be done on that day. Staff will inform you of how many children are in that day should you wish to bring appropriate treats (not expensive ones) when you return.


    Could we draw to your attention the guidelines given by the county council, that if your child has been sick or had diarrhea, they are not to attend pre-school for 48 hours after the last bout.

    Names on Children’s Belongings

    We cannot be held responsible for any unnamed items which go missing or are accidently taken home by another child, so please ensure you put your child’s name on their belongings, especially their coats, jumpers, lunch boxes and bags so staff are able to easily identify which child they belong to.

    We are also encouraging children to be independent with putting on and taking off their coats. Please can you continue to encourage this when at home.

    We would also like to request that you send your child to school in appropriate clothing. They will get dirty and messy whilst at school and expensive clothing can get ruined. Please ensure your child has suitable footwear. If they come to school in wellies, please bring shoes which they can change into. Please do not allow your child to wear open toe sandals or shoes with no backs.

    For health and safety reasons we ask that if your child has long hair, can it be tied back. When children’s hair is loose, it becomes distracting during play and can be caught in the equipment.

    Nappies and Toileting

    Please put a fresh nappy on your child before you bring them to school. Staff will change their nappy should it need changing during the course of the morning. Could you also supply additional nappies, wipes and nappy sacks in a named bag.

    Lending Library

    A box with a selection of books is left in the hallway for you and your child to borrow. There is a folder in which there is a page for your child (alphabetical order with your child’s first name) where you can write the name of the book borrowed and when you returned it.


    Research has continued to show that children who suck on a dummy are more likely to develop a speech problem and become difficult to understand, especially if the child has a dummy in his/her mouth when talking. We appreciate during the settling in process children may require a dummy, which helps them to feel safe when they are not with their parents or familiar adults. However, we kindly ask that once your child has settled, you leave dummies at home, or in their bag when they are at Cornerstones Pre-School.


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