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Term 4 Newsletter 2018

Wee Rascals Too

Term 4 - May 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new families to Wee Rascals Too. I hope you have settled in well.


Diana Livermore has now moved onto her new job which is much closer to where she lives. Diana's last day with us was on Friday 11th May. I'm sure you will agree that Diana will be missed, and will join me in wishing her all the best.

Karen Genther has taken over from Diana and is a fully qualified Nursery Nurse. She started with us on Monday the 14th May this week, and will work a full day Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Thank you for all your kind words following my recent promotion as Nursery Manager.


Many thanks for your support during our recent Breakfast morning. We raised a fantastic £147.10. We will aim to hold another breakfast morning later in the year to support our Charity of the Year 2018 which is 'Befriend a Child'. They are a local charity who support disadvantaged and troubled children aged 4-16 in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. You can find out more information about them at www.befriendachild.org.uk

Please keep an eye out for future fundraising events!


Rachel Andrews and Allana Morrison have recently qualified with an SVQ 3. Congratulation to the girls, who both worked really hard.

Emma Rowell has recently begun studying for an SVQ 4.

I continue to work towards a BA in Childhood practice.

Trips and Visits

We are delighted to announce that Angela from Abricabeats has just won the Raring to Go award for Best Baby and Toddler class in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. A huge congratulations to Angela! She will be coming to the Busy Bee room on a Thursday afternoon at 3.00pm this term.

The Busy Bees recently took a trip to Aberdeen Science Centre on Friday 30th of March. It was a lot of fun, and the children learnt a lot about the planets, participating in an interactive show. They watched an experiment about water and its different forms, and they tried out activities with magnets, and were challenged with building models.

Keep an eye out for permission forms and information about the Busy Bees Summer trip.

Little Bunnies

The Little Bunnies have had a very busy term. They began by learning about transport, where the children explored oats in a car themed messy play, and we all enjoyed movement and dance with our 'sticky kids' vehicle songs.

The children learnt about different vehicles and their colours when out for walks around Kintore.

Following on from transport, the Little Bunnies learnt about Road Safety. The children used paint to decorate road signs and listened to stories about being safe on the road.

When the weather turned and the Beast from the East visited us, the Little Bunnies began to learn about different weather. This started with the children helping to make sparkly playdough. They had cotton snowballs to throw, and practiced dressing themselves in hats, scarves and gloves. The children explored rainbow crazy soap, and made a weather wall display.

We then went on to learn about Easter, with the Bunnies taking part in chocolate tasting, and enjoying a chick hunt. They also participated in an Old MacDonald singing puppet show from the staff.

Most recently, the Little Bunnies have been learning about the Farm, as suggested by a parent. The children planted cress and flowers, before participating in animal role play. We were lucky enough to be visited by a real farmer with his tractor, and they even had a turn of sitting on it!

Cheeky Monkeys

The Cheeky Monkeys kick started the term by learning about Weather. The children learnt about rainbows, and developed their knowledge of colours, as well as using the musical instruments to create the noises of thunder and rain.

The Cheeky Monkeys made lolly pop umbrellas, practicing their cutting and gluing skills.

During the term, the children enjoyed getting creative with the animals in the messy trays, and they also practiced matching and sorting with the animal flash cards.

The boys and girls developed their sensory skills, by using ice to paint with and we encouraged them to describe how the ice felt.

The Cheeky Monkeys then went on to learn about Under the Sea. They practiced catching fish and took part in a sea creature hunt. They also developed their concentration skills when using the animal stencils, as well as their fine motor skills.

To celebrate Easter, all the boys and girls made cards for their loved ones, as well as   Easter cakes. They then went on to learn about pirates, and participated in a treasure chest hunt. We had a special Pirate Party, dancing to pirate songs, playing games and dressing up.

Most recently, the children have been learning about Transport.

Busy Bees

The children continued to learn about space throughout this term. Near the end of this topic, they developed an interest in asteroids and meteors, and this was followed up with discussions and videos.

The children enjoyed dressing up as spacemen and having a space adventure in the garden. The Busy Bees ended the Space topic with a fantastic trip to Aberdeen Science Centre.

Following on from Space, the children requested to learn about Under the Sea. So far, the children have learnt about different fish, sharks and dolphins.

They practiced baking when making fish shaped biscuits, measuring and weighing the ingredients required.

The children have taken part in lots of arts and crafts activities, such as hand printing jellyfish, painting Nemo, making bubble wrap fish and creating aquariums.

We have learnt about pirates and their ships, and have become Under the Sea divers with homemade masks.

Recently, the children have been learning about Rivers and Ponds, so far focussing on crocodiles and frogs.

Care Inspectorate

We had an inspection from the Care Inspectorate in March, and got on really well. Verbal feedback was very positive. We are awaiting our written report and will keep you updated when we receive the report.

Improvement Plans/Eco Schools

We are continuing to work towards developing our nursery as an Eco Schools environment. We are working towards our Green Flag award, and hope to achieve this soon, focusing on 'Water' this term.

Our new Improvement Plan will be divided into 3 areas. We will focus on staff gaining more knowledge about a frequently used document; How Good is Our Early Learning and Childcare, developing the ILD system and Loose Parts within the nursery. The Improvement Plans are displayed on the General News wall in the hallway.

Tax Free Childcare

In April 2017, the UK Government launched its tax free Childcare Scheme which will replace existing voucher schemes which close to new entrants April 2018, although existing membership can continue forwards from this cut-off date. Information is available for you to read from the following sites:-




As the weather continues to be unpredictable, can I ask that you provide suitable outdoor clothing for your child, labelled, where possible.

We require 4 weeks written notice when dropping days.

A reminder to all parents that we meet in the Little Bunnies room for breakfast, which runs until 8.15am. Can we ask that your child has their slippers on before coming in, so they can get started with their day!

Policies of the Term

Every term, we select certain policies to focus on. Our policies are available for parents to read in the front hallway. Please ask myself or the Room Leader of your child's room if you have any trouble locating them.

The policies of the term are as follows:-

10 - Child Protection

16 – Baby Feeding

34 – Staff Holiday Policy

Dates for your diary

Monday 28th May– Graduation photos (group and individual). Children who are not in that day have been issues with letters regarding times.

Wednesday 13th Junefrom 6.10pm onwards – Parents Evening

Thursday 14th Juneat 5.15pm – Pre School Graduation at the nursery

Saturday 30th Juneat 10.00am – Sports Day at Kintore playing field behind Kintore school

Our website - www.summersnurseries.comhas information regarding dates, 'show and tell' etc, so please take a look at Wee Rascals Too news.

Kind regards

Claire Rizza

Nursery Manager


Tel – 01467 633994