FirstFriends Preschool

Pre-School , Early Education and Childcare in Northumberland. First Friends Nursery/Playgroup aims to:
• Provide a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment where all children are valued and equality is promoted.
• Provide a high quality level of care and education for children up to school age.
• Work in partnership with parents to help children learn and develop.
• Offer meaningful and exciting opportunities for children to live, play, work and learn together.
• Help all children to forward their learning and development by being helped to build on what they already know and can do.
• Hold regular meetings to discuss your child’s progress.
• Provide you with written information about the service you and your child will be receiving.
• Make good links with Ringway Primary School so that a smooth transition into reception is made.

Operating as usual

04/05/2021

Are you looking for a Nursery Space for September 2021?
Are you looking for a Two Year Old Playgroup Place for September 2021?
At First Friends we offer High Quality Early Years Education to all 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
If you require a Nursery/ Playgroup place please give us a call on 01670 618007 for further information.

Are you looking for a Nursery Space for September 2021?
Are you looking for a Two Year Old Playgroup Place for September 2021?
At First Friends we offer High Quality Early Years Education to all 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
If you require a Nursery/ Playgroup place please give us a call on 01670 618007 for further information.

23/04/2021

😎 our nursery garden is beginning to heat up with the change in weather. Can you ALL please check the weather daily and apply sun cream to your child/ren before nursery. Also a named sunhat would be great 👍...

😎 our nursery garden is beginning to heat up with the change in weather. Can you ALL please check the weather daily and apply sun cream to your child/ren before nursery. Also a named sunhat would be great 👍...

11/04/2021

We hope you have all had a lovely Easter and enjoyed some special family time - We are back to Nursery tomorrow to begin Summer Term! (lets hope the sun remembers to shine soon!)

We hope you have all had a lovely Easter and enjoyed some special family time - We are back to Nursery tomorrow to begin Summer Term! (lets hope the sun remembers to shine soon!)

25/03/2021

Just a reminder - We break up for Easter Holidays after tomorrows Nursery and Playgroup Sessions. All Children will return to Nursery and Pre-School on Monday the 12th April. We hope you all have a lovely Easter time. Many Thanks the First Friends Team x

Just a reminder - We break up for Easter Holidays after tomorrows Nursery and Playgroup Sessions. All Children will return to Nursery and Pre-School on Monday the 12th April. We hope you all have a lovely Easter time. Many Thanks the First Friends Team x

Photos from FirstFriends Preschool's post 23/03/2021

Nowroz Mobarak- Happy New Year
On Friday, Mrs Fariba prepared lots of special treats for us to celebrate Iranian New Year. She talked to the children about special Iranian traditions, played Iranian music and made the most delicious food. Mrs Fariba’s Iranian vegetable rice was a huge hit with the children, with most children having three or four helpings.

Thank you Mrs Fariba for all the effort you put in, to share this special day with us.

03/03/2021

We are Looking forward to seeing the children tomorrow for some World Book Day fun!. I wonder what story book Characters we see in Nursery ?

We are Looking forward to seeing the children tomorrow for some World Book Day fun!. I wonder what story book Characters we see in Nursery ?

Schools testing: Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kits 01/03/2021

Schools testing: Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kits

RAPID TESTING 🦠

If you have school aged children or you are a childcare/support bubble for a school aged child, you can now order lateral flow tests to test you household twice a week. You can order 7 tests per week, per household to be delivered or collect more from local testing centres. This is to help identify people with no symptoms who may be unknowingly spreading the virus. It is definitely worth ordering them if you qualify, or sharing with family members who care for school aged children.

You can order your tests here 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 It’s super easy and only takes 2 minutes. https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Schools testing: Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kits How parents with children returning to schools and school staff can order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kits.

22/02/2021

We hope you have all had a lovely Half Term Break! We look forward to seeing you all very soon !

We hope you have all had a lovely Half Term Break! We look forward to seeing you all very soon !

Photos from FirstFriends Preschool's post 16/02/2021

We have had lots of fun last week celebrating Chinese New Year. We have looked at the different zodiac animals and spoke about the year of the Ox!

The children enjoyed making an Ox, dragon blowers and shakers to make our own Chinese music. We also gave our friends money in red envelopes to wish them good luck for the new year ahead.

At snack time we bowed our heads and said ‘Gung hay fat choy’ to wish our friends great happiness and prosperity. We then tucked into some Chinese food which consisted of noodles, curry sauce, rice, pasta and prawn crackers! We of course had a go at using chopsticks, we were amazed at the children as they were able to use them better than us adults!

Well done everyone!

12/02/2021

Just a reminder that next week is the Half Term break!
We have have reached the end of spring term 1 safe and hope all of our lovely families have a well deserved break ❤
We will return to PreSchool on Monday 22nd February Bright and early 😀

Just a reminder that next week is the Half Term break!
We have have reached the end of spring term 1 safe and hope all of our lovely families have a well deserved break ❤
We will return to PreSchool on Monday 22nd February Bright and early 😀

Photos from FirstFriends Preschool's post 03/02/2021

This week is CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2021

There are lots of lovely ideas and top tips to support our fantastic children's mental health.

In Preschool we actively encourage uniqueness, following the children's interests, being creative and most importantly having tremendous amounts of fun and laughter in everything we do!

When we are sad we are also learning its ok to feel this way and to talk about it x

[12/14/20]   Good Morning First Friends Families - Covid-19 has certainly been a rollercoaster - Please can I remind you that It is IMPERATIVE that we all follow the government guidelines when it comes to track and trace/ isolating and self isolating. This not only protects your children it also helps us to protect everybody else's children, staff members and their families! WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!!!

11/12/2020

We are excited to be supporting "Save the Children" Christmas Jumper Day 2020! - Jumpers on Folks!!!!! See you soon !

savethechildren.org.uk 07/12/2020

Christmas Jumper Day 2020 | Save the Children UK

First Friends is supporting "Save the Children" Christmas Jumper Day - This Friday 11th December 2020!
www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day?fbclid=IwAR1EAXKfo8LzqIhfEFEaPA94gAHGg5WFKWTAaU03M4UPXOk0KpHQ2AOHWi4

savethechildren.org.uk Get involved, wherever you are, in Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day 2020 on Friday 11th December. Tell your friends, family or anyone you like!

corporate.asda.com 07/12/2020

Kids can eat free in Asda cafes throughout December

Children eat free at Asda - Even in Tier 3 a takeaway option is available!
https://corporate.asda.com/newsroom/2020/11/30/kids-can-eat-free-in-asda-cafes-throughout-december?fbclid=IwAR28hfASY1_k0g_rd7d5t-Ju6JQaPfuZb_k8uatAZg_04m8XQhQikmA52cA

corporate.asda.com Asda has today stepped up its support for families across the UK by offering children the chance to eat for free in its cafes throughout December. All 216 of the supermarket’s cafes are taking part and will provide children under the age of 16 with a meal completely free of any charge when…

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Every penny we raise goes towards purchasing new resources for our children

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11/11/2020

schadm.northumberland.gov.uk

NURSERY PARENTS ONLY - Reception admission Applications are now open. Primary and First School applications for a reception place in September 2021 in Northumberland are now open. The schools admissions portal can be accessed following this link until Friday January 2021.

https://schadm.northumberland.gov.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE/en?ReturnUrl=%2FCitizenPortal_LIVE%2FAdmissions%2FHome

schadm.northumberland.gov.uk

10/11/2020

First Friends are supporting Children in Need this Friday 13th November 2020- Pudsey Fun for both Nursery and Playgroup children!

06/11/2020

HAPPY HALLOWEEN (all be it delayed) let the celebration day Commence!!

[11/01/20]   Halloween 🎃 and bonfire 🔥 celebrations will now take place on Friday 6th of November ...so keep your costumes out!

[11/01/20]   We hope you have all had a lovely Half Term Holiday and are all safe and well...We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

[10/19/20]   Positive Covid-19 Case

Unfortunately there has been a confirmed Positive Covid-19 case within our nursery Setting. A staff member has tested positive.
The local health protection team has advised that Nursery and playgroup children should now isolate until Saturday 31st of October.

Your household does not need to isolate with your child, unless your child develops symptoms. If they, or anyone in your household, begins to develop any of the COVID-19 symptoms, even if accompanied by a cold/flu, get a test as soon as possible.

We will be sending more information out soon but I would be grateful if you could help notify as many Nursery parents this morning to prevent children being taking onsite.

Thank you for your continued support
Mrs Reid

07/09/2020

**Snack Time**- Nursery will provide the children with a healthy snack (Snack letter will be sent via email this week). If you do wish your child to bring in their own snack from home please may we ask that it is a simple piece of fruit or healthy snack choice only. Children should bring in their own named water bottle which will be available for them throughout the session (key staff support this). Thank you for your support

padlet.com 20/07/2020

Northumberland Early Years Home Learning

northumberland Learning Together at Home - Summer Activity Pack 🌟
To support parents to get their child ready for Nursery or Reception in September we have put together this Summer Learning Together at Home Pack.
WE hope you all have a lovely Summer Break!
https://padlet.com/clairealisonjohnson/ufqivcbbe0ck?fbclid=IwAR1O6j_S1_zOYyTJkjJ61Z2_FFdAxVIEl9dcLf9AsE3MnleV6NtuUIQrN20

padlet.com Ideas and activities to support under 5s at home

[07/13/20]   Good Afternoon to you all - I hope you are all keeping well!
This week’s home learning activities are all about going on a Teddy Bears Picnic. You can access on the Learning Together at Home Padlet, NCC website or at northumberlandeducation.co.uk.

06/07/2020

Your child may be entitled to 15 free hours from September 2020.
All 3-4 year olds receive free 15 hours & you may be eligible for 30 hours.
We also provide half day sessions at £11.00 per session.
Contact us at [email protected] or on 01670618007 for further information and to arrange a visit 😃

Your child may be entitled to 15 free hours from September 2020.

All 3-4 year olds recieve free 15 hours & you may be eligible for 30 hours.

We also provide half day sessions at £14.00 per session and full day sessions at £30.00 per session.

Contact us at [email protected] or on 07826586065 for further information and to arrange a visit 😃

northumberlandeducation.co.uk 06/07/2020

Northumberland Education | Working alongside Northumberland Schools

Northumberland Learning Together at Home - Week 16 🌟
This week’s home learning resources are all about getting creative with art activities.
Parents can also access the resources directly on the Learning Together at Home Padlet, NCC website or at northumberlandeducation.co.uk.

northumberlandeducation.co.uk

26/06/2020

🌟 You can now enrol your child for September 2020 and January 2021 🌟

We provide quality early years education for all children aged from 2 to 4 years, both funded and non funded (including 30 hour full day places) and tax free childcare.

For further information please contact us via our email address [email protected] or on 01670 618007 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please share this post if you would recommend us to your friends ⭐️

Please be advised that we must receive your child’s ‘Application to Join’ form to secure your child’s place on our waiting list! 😀

We look forward to welcoming you all at First Friends

padlet.com 22/06/2020

Northumberland Early Years Home Learning

Good Morning First Friends Families - I hope you are all well- Attached is Northumberlands Learning Together at Home - Week 14 🌟

This week’s home learning resources are about getting active with National School Sports Week and Home.

Parents can also access the resources directly on the Learning Together at Home Padlet, NCC website or at northumberlandeducation.co.uk

https://padlet.com/clairealisonjohnson/ufqivcbbe0ck?fbclid=IwAR2rpJ9TLbow8WEb3yeKGWpq2Y-8J_8jNFYPhwNO18utihgeRRDjJ5E7who

padlet.com Ideas and activities to support under 5s at home

[06/19/20]   Good Morning Everyone!! - Families of Nursery Leavers please can you remember to email your child's most recent photograph and any comments/ messages you wish to appear in our "Graduation" video. These should be emailed to Mrs Reid ([email protected]) Many Thanks!

goodhousekeeping.com 12/06/2020

These Are the Most Fun Indoor Activities for Kids to Enjoy at Home

What a wet and miserable day outside, but let's be happy we have each other. Here is some fun activities to do on wet days or get your coats and wellies on and have fun outside

goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/g31445865/indoor-activities-for-kids/?fbclid=IwAR1vbX72fQkbuizMbTMudfoiEgS9k8u4G860atG5N3Xvy10fubPjc2mfK1E

goodhousekeeping.com From homemade games to DIY crafts, we have you covered.

[06/12/20]   Week 13 Learning at home - This coming week’s home learning resources are all about celebrating diversity. With 5 different activities for children to do at home.

You can also access the resources directly on the Learning Together at Home Padlet, NCC website or at northumberlandeducation.co.uk

Please feel free to share any of the great things you have been doing at home onto your child's tapestry account.

[06/12/20]   🌟Nursery Leavers 2020 - An email was sent to all of the families who are due to leave First Friends in July regarding our graduation packs. Please may i ask all families to check their emails and respond as soon as possible. Many Thanks 🌟

[06/07/20]   🌟 We are so proud of how quickly the children settled back into nursery last week , they took to our new safety measures brilliantly and are expert at washing their hands!

Thank you to our parents/carers for following our new measures when dropping off and collecting your children and helping us to keep everyone safe.

We look forward to seeing the children back at Nursery tomorrow 🌟

If your child is currently not attending Nursery, please continue to send us updates on your child’s Tapestry account, it is lovely for us to see what activities your child is getting up to at home.

Stay safe - Love from all at First Friends

northumberlandeducation.co.uk 02/06/2020

Northumberland Education | Working alongside Northumberland Schools

🌟 Northumberland Learning Together at Home - Week 🌟

This week’s home learning resources focus on National Gardening Week, with activities for children to do to support wildlife at home.

Parents can also access the resources directly on the Learning Together at Home Padlet, NCC website or at northumberlandeducation.co.uk.

http://northumberlandeducation.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR3ch4ZMWT1PC5JfmtxP1Zriwc04xOZa1KiN-l05-N2VGCcZouFhus7dVFg

northumberlandeducation.co.uk

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2, 3 and 4 year olds funded and private early education places

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Ringway, Choppington
Ashington
NE62 5YP

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 3:15pm
Tuesday 8am - 3:15pm
Wednesday 8am - 3:15pm
Thursday 8am - 3:15pm
Friday 8am - 3:15pm
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