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Summers Nursery

St Swithin Street

February 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our parents a good New Year ahead, and  thank all those parents and children who brought in gifts for staff before Christmas. We were overwhelmed by your generosity!

Jelena – 2-3 Room

Congratulations to Jelena, Room Leader of the 2-3 room, who has recently had a baby boy. Both mother and baby are doing well!

Staff changes

Unfortunately, Debbie Buchanan will be leaving us, as she has decided to go and work within her family business, which offers her part time hours and flexibility during school holidays.  We identified several suitable candidates within the business for Debbie's successor, and having conducted interviews, we are delighted to announce that Erin Barnes, who until now has been working as Room leader of the 3-5 room at our sister nursery at Victoria Street, has been successful in achieving this well-deserved promotion. Erin will transfer over to St Swithin Street on Tuesday 14thFebruary and her hours will be Tuesday to Friday 7:30 to 6pm.

We have also promoted Kellie Milnes to Room Leader in the 2-3 room whilst Jelena is on maternity leave, and Chloe Rawlinson has also joined us as a qualified practitioner as maternity cover in the 2-3 room, joining Kellie and Zoe.

Staff Training

Staff have been on various training courses over the last term, including Child Protection, Introduction to Curriculum for Excellence, Infection Control and 'Weather all around us'.

Policies of the term

  • Aims and Objectives
  • Health and Safety

These are displayed on our parent's notice board outside the baby room.

Unexpected Absence

In the event of your child being absent unexpectedly from nursery i.e. due to illness, alternative arrangements etc. please ensure that you contact the nursery prior to each session, or at the latest 10am for morning/full day session or 2pm for an afternoon session. This saves staff having to call you each day to see if your child is attending.


The nursery follows the NHS Grampian Guidelines for infectious diseases, so your child will only be allowed to return to nursery after any required exclusion period given. Please also inform us of any illness your child has. Information is displayed on the front door regarding specific contagious illnesses.

Please be aware that if your child has been prescribed an antibiotic, then we require he/she to stay at home for a minimum of 24 hours after the first dosage. If your child has vomiting/diarrhea, then he/she can come back to nursery 48 hours after the last episode.

Information Evening

We will be holding a Curriculum for Excellence evening on Thursday 23rd February.We would be delighted to see you there. This will give you the opportunity to learn more about Curriculum for Excellence. Also, we will be giving information on Pre-School funding, and how we incorporate the Curriculum for Excellence into our daily routine in the 3-5 room. All pre-school parents are welcome and we would like to extend the invitation to any 2 year olds turning 3 up to February 2018. More information will follow.

2-3 cloakroom

Can I please remind the parents of the 2-3 room that we have a small cloakroom where you can change your child into their indoor shoes which should be done prior to entering the room - thank you.

Show and tell 3-5 room

Please check our Facebook page for weekly updates regarding the next 'show and tell'.

Change of clothes

Can parents please have a look through their children's bags and make sure you have appropriate change of clothes for your child. Some children have grown out of them and are now too small, so we would appreciate if you could check your child's bag. Please also remember to always provide indoor footwear for all children please.


Baby Room

Since coming back in the New Year, the babies have enjoyed various activities from making Scotland flags for Burns Day, to painting with shaving foam! We also had a group activity which involved all the babies getting messy with paint, making lovely hand and foot prints (which is now displayed on our wall)

For Burns Day, the babies had a small taste of vegetarian haggis, which they seemed to like, even if it was a bit spicy! 

In the Baby room at present, we are focusing on activities that involve the development of fine motor skills, for example inset puzzles, drawing with various utensils and building with blocks, observing them as they play.

2-3 Room

The 2-3 room has recently been making lots of lovely winter pictures with paint and sponges. The children are enjoying their new Dinosaur topic - they have made lots of salt dough dinosaurs and stamp painting pictures.  They have also made a new song box, which they are really enjoying, getting to pick something out of the box.

We are doing lots of various activities with the children to help with their colours, shapes and numbers and have also introduced scissors to the children to help develop their cutting skills, which is always supervised closely by the staff.

3-5 Room

The 3-5 room have been busy learning all about their families during their 'Families' topic. A new Floorbook has also been introduced for this topic and the children are really enjoying adding their ideas to it. Some very interesting questions have also come from the children, collecting knowledge about their families e.g. what they work as? How they talk?   - and finding out about "Mummies, Daddies and Grannies" etc. The children have also started to make a family tree on the display board with photos of their family, and a bar chart has been made with how many family members stay in their house. They have also been exploring what kind of houses they live in, and who lives in them, and have been cutting out different houses and flats from magazines and newspapers to make a collage, understanding that they come in all different shapes and sizes. The children have enjoyed learning to create and build houses using the building blocks to build their houses, and have also been exploring with the recycling materials to make their own house.


We are pleased to say that we raised £843.06 for our Charity of the Year 2016. This went to Sunrise Partnership, a charity that supports children up to 18 who have been affected by significant loss or bereavement in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

This year we will be supporting Barnado's. We will be sending out sponsor forms prior to Sports day, so any donations will be most welcome.

Kind Regards from

Deborah Laird

Nursery Manager



tel – 01224 209966

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