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General Term 2 Newsletter

November 2017

Term 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to all the new families who have recently joined us here at Summers Nursery. We hope you and your child enjoy your time with us.

Staff News

Chloe Taylor is expecting her first baby, due in February 2018, so she will be going on maternity leave at the end of the year. We wish Chloe and her partner Nick all the best for their new arrival. We are advertising Chloe's position and will keep you informed about this.

Amanda McGarth and Rosie Wells have joined the team. Rosie has taken over Louise's position in the 3-5 room and Amanda is working in the 0-2 room.

Staff Training

Chloe Taylor has now completed her Level 3, so well done!, and Samantha Gilchrist and Chloe Grant are continuing to work towards their level 3's.

Some of the staff have benefited from attending an outdoor play course this term.

Stay and play

Thank you to all parents who came to 'stay and play'. It was lovely to see you all there, and we had a great response from our questionnaires, with you grading us 80% Excellent, 13% Very good and 7% Good

Here are some of your comments:

Lovely to see the range of free play and led activities, as always lovely to see how every child's individual needs are taken into consideration.

Seeing all the children playing happily together and clearly having a great time.

It was lovely getting a chance to see what my child gets up to at nursery. It's great, the variety of sections to stimulate and entertain him.

Seeing how well she interacts with other children and staff and the variety of things to do.

Yearly Questionnaires

Thank you to everyone who handed back their questionnaires. We had a fantastic response from them, with you grading us overall as 68% Excellent, 30% Very Good and 2% Good.

We continue to take all your comments on board and are always offering a variety of activities for the children to participate in and learn new skills, as well as having child led play. Our ILD system shows you all the new skills and activities your children are participating in and learning.

We will be updating our Improvement plan, and will be focusing on Room Transition, developing the children's experience when they move through to their new room in the nursery, focusing on support with independence skills, gaining new friendships, and settling into the routine of the room.

Here are some of your comments from the questionnaires:

Brilliant Nursery, great staff.

The nursery is a very welcoming environment with friendly staff. Lots of good learning opportunities provided to support development.

All the staff at Summers have welcomed my child into the nursery and encouraged him to be his best.

Very pleased with my son's progress since starting Summers, down to the hard work of the staff.

Staff in the nursery are very encouraging and supportive, being quite new to the nursery they are very helpful at drop off times with helping to settle my child.

Trips & Visits

The pre-school room have been enjoying their weekly visits to the Green next to Strathburn School. There is a timetable displayed on the 3-5 room door which states what group your child is in and what dates they will be going over during the next few months. Pre-school are also having weekly visits form Angela at Abricabeats on a Tuesday afternoon during term time.

The 0-2s continue to go out for their daily walks in the buggies and on the reins.

Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing for the cold weather.


The 0-2 children have covered a variety of topics recently. Under the Sea was a particular favourite, with the children keen to search for sea creatures hidden in the sand. The children also had lots of fun dancing to our Under the Sea music, and making decisions creating their collage fish, using a variety of materials. They used sea creatures to print with, as well as shells to do transient art.

The children moved onto learning about autumn, going for a walk to see and learn about the different autumn changes. They also enjoyed printing with various shapes and sizes of leaves which we had collected, as well as making fantastic leaf people, which looked great! All the boys and girls enjoyed making hedgehog pictures, and printing with acorns as well.

The children developed their fine motor skills when using the cutters to make leaf shortbread, and they were all excited to bring in their autumn 'show and tell' to show their friends. Thank you to all our parents who gave us ideas for our autumn topic.

The 2-3 children took part in a mini beast topic. They looked for ladybirds in the garden, and we discussed their colours, as well as doing finger painted ladybirds.

The children went on a bug hunt in the garden, using the magnifying glasses, as well as looking in the bug hotel. They used toy mini beasts to press into play dough, and counted out mini beasts, too. Colorful butterfly hand prints and collage spiders were made, with the children counting out each spider's leg.

We threaded cheerios onto pipe cleaners and did spaghetti printing to make worms and collage bumble bees.

The children then moved onto a topic about autumn, with the idea being kick started when one of the children came in wearing an autumn t-shirt. Everyone participated in making a 'hand print' autumn tree, squirrel pictures and pine cone printing. The children took an interest in hedgehogs, learning about where they sleep, and they made a hedgehog house using leaves, sticks and pine cones.

The boys and girls took in 'show and tell' for autumn, building their confidence when telling their friends what they had taken in.

Fox masks and autumn short bread were made, and we used the parachute in the garden, watching the leaves fly up into the air as we moved the parachute up and down.

The 3-5 room did a topic on Pools and Oceans. They really enjoyed this topic, making a fantastic wall display. The children discussed swimming pools and their own experiences, talking about what they use when swimming, for example goggles.

As part of this topic, the children went to Macduff aquarium, which everyone loved! The children experienced touching different sea creatures and looking around the aquarium, and as we were very lucky with the weather, the children were thrilled to have a picnic, a play at the beach and also the park!

At present, the children are working on their Christmas crafts and are practicing very hard for their nativity. The boys and girls I'm sure have told you all about it, and they are all doing very well!

Tax Free Childcare

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



This is now set up for parents to use, so when signing up, ensure you choose the Summers Victoria Street account.

Change of Details

Please remember to inform us of any changes regarding personal details, eg phone numbers/address', so that we always have up to date information.


Information will be displayed on your child's room entry door advising parents of actual confirmed/suspected infectious illness if present in the nursery. Please inform us of any illness your child has, and follow the required exclusion period.

Policies of the Term

Our policies of the term are 10. Child Protection, 15 food and Nutrition, 31. Starting nursery and room transition procedure. Policies are in the front hallway available for parents to read.

Dates for your diary

Thursday 7th December Ante pre-school children and 2-3 room children (in on a Thursday) will be visiting BA stores in the morning

Friday 8th December The pre-school children are going to His Majesty's theatre to watch the pantomime Aladdin this year

Saturday 9th December 2-5 rooms Christmas party

Tuesday 12th December - 0-2 Room Christmas party

Friday 15th December- 3-5 Room Christmas Nativity

Tuesday 19th December Christmas Lunch

You will all have received a letter regarding the above trips/parties, so if you have not taken it back yet, then please do this as soon as possible.

Christmas Closure

Just a reminder that the last day of term prior to the Christmas holidays is Friday 22nd December. The nursery will re-open again on Monday 8th January 2018.

Thank you

Melanie Adam

Inverurie Manager



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