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WEE RASCALS


SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER 2016 – Term 1


Dear Parents/Carers,


As most of you are all aware, we now have our very own Facebook page up and running.  If you haven't already done so, then please give us an add on - 'Wee Rascals Summers Nursery'.  We are only accepting parents who attend the setting to ensure confidentiality is upheld. 


Staff News

Little Bunnies

Emily (Room Leader) has settled into the Little Bunnies very well with the children, staff and parents.  This is great to see! We would also like to welcome all the new children who have started with us in the last term.


Staff Training

Sarah Lawson & Tyler Webster (Both Little Bunnies) are now working towards their level 3.

Amber Piekarski and Alice Berry (Both Busy Bees) are nearing the end of their level 3's.

Chloe Muirhead (Cheeky Monkeys) has now started on her level 2 training, as has Louise Brown (Little Bunnies). We are doing all we can to support all the girls through their training process.


Coffee Morning

Thank you to all who came along and supported us at our Coffee Morning on Saturday 10th September.  We raised £181.72 which will go towards the Sunrise Partnership SCIO. They are a free, confidential service for children and young people up to 18 years who have been affected by bereavement or loss. They provide a tailored package for each child in a supportive way. More information can be found at www.sunrisepartnership.yolasite.com 

We have had some great feedback which includes comments such as:

"Fab Morning for children and parents, my two had great fun and lots to do, what a great lay out"

"A good informal morning which enabled parents to look around the nursery with a bit of fun for the children and adults"

"Really well organised. Plenty to keep the kids happy and a nice way to get parents socialising. Thank you"


Eco School

We are looking to achieve our Green flag award.  The girls have been really busy making up action plans for everyone who is on the eco schools committee.  There is a new wall display in the front hall that shows the various activities the children have been involved in.  All evidence is now put into floor books which can be found out in the hall under the wall display.  We are always looking for new members, so if this is something that interests you then please contact one of the girls within you're room.  We are currently transforming our garden so that there are various areas such as numeracy and mathematics, literacy and language, so any ideas will be more than welcome.


We are also looking for small cable reels or barrels if anyone has any at their work, or if you know of where we could get them, this would be greatly appreciated.


Outdoor Play

As usual, the weather can still be very unpredictable! Can you please ensure your child has the appropriate clothing and footwear each day for outdoor play. The nursery will provide sun cream for the children - we use Nivea for children (50+ very high).  If your child can not use this sun cream, then please can you provide the nursery with an appropriate alternative sun cream that can be kept at nursery – thanks! The girls do their upmost to ensure all children get outside each day so having suitable clothing suitable is essential and very much appreciated.


ILD

Since March 2016, the girls have been busy learning about the new Interactive Learning Diary which is an electronic profile.  Letters have now started to go out informing you about this as we are now ready to go live. This system will replace the paper profile folders. Each parent will get their own log in details and password to access their child's online profile.  This will include observations and photos for you to view, and will also enable you to add to these also. These profiles will be confidential and only accessible via your own log in details. 


Alice

We are thrilled to say Alice is making a full recovery, as many of you may have seen. She has been in lots to visit.  We hope it won't be too long before she is fazing herself back in gently.


Busy Bee Topics

The Busy Bees have covered 'Sports and hobbies', 'Disney', 'Around the world' and now onto 'Foods'.  All information can be found within the room in the floor books, so please come in and take a look.


Cheeky Monkeys Topics

The Cheeky Monkeys have covered 'Circus', 'Transport', 'Science', 'Going on a bear hunt' and now on to 'Nursery Rhymes'.  Again, all information can be found within the rooms on what the children have done to achieve each learning outcome.


Little Bunnies Topics

The Little Bunnies have covered 'At the beach', 'Football', 'In the garden', 'The jungle' and 'Under the sea' since July's newsletter. Please feel free to look at the floor books to see what the children have learnt.


Trips

The Busy Bees will be going for a visit to 'Deans of Huntly' as part of their topic on Tuesday 18th October where they will be shown around the factory and learn about how they make the shortbread, as well as getting a taste.  A letter will be issued in due course detailing this more.





Dates for your Diary


Friday 23rd Sept 2016 - Jeans for Genes day– Come in wearing your Jeans and pay £1 for charity.

Stay & Play –Week Commencing 3rd Oct– Slots have been allocated for those who have returned their forms.  Please see your child's door for times.

Tuesday 1st November 2016 – Family Photographs- Tempest photography will visit us to take annual family photographs.  A sheet will be displayed to allow you to select time slots in advance of the chosen date.

Tuesday 29th November 2016 – Scholastic BookFair– Scholastic will be coming in with a book case to display for 1 week.  This will give all parents an opportunity to have a good look at all the books on offer before the big 'C' word which will be not so long in coming!.  If there is a book/books that you would like then it is a case of paying for it and taking it away.  There will be the opportunity to order more if need be.

Wednesday 7th December - Pre-school Trip to Panto – The panto this year is Dick McWhittington.  All pre-school children will be invited to this along with Wee Rascals Too on Wednesday 7th December.  The show will start at 1:45pm.  Permission slips will be issued along with more details regarding the bus times.

Friday 23rd of December 2016 at 6.00pm nursery closes, re-opening Monday 9th January 2017 at 7.30am– Christmas holiday closure dates.


Policies for the next term are:

This term's policies are:

12: Health & Safety

15: Food & Nutrition

2: Aims and objectives for Pre-School children


You will find a copy of these policies on the parent's notice board by the main hall.


Uniform

Please contact myself or speak to one of the girls in the Busy Bee room if you wish to purchase a nursery tee shirt or sweat shirt. These are £8 and £9 respectively, and are for the Busy Bee children only. The wearing of this uniform is entirely optional.


Kind Regards


Suzanne Stephen

Acting Nursery Manager