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April Newsletter 2016  

Dear Parents/Carers

I can't believe that's another term past. Time does fly when you're having fun.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and no-one over did it on the chocolate.


Claudia recently joined our team in the 3-5 room. Claudia joined us from another private nursery and has plenty of Child Care experience, as well as an HNC in Child Care and Education.

We were so sad to wave off Karolina. She has been a credit to the 3-5 room for many years. She has armed the girls well with lots of knowledge and experience to allow them to continue the hard work that takes place in that room. Erin has taken over Karolina's role and is now 3-5 Room Leader, with Faye taking up her new position as 3-5 Assistant Room Leader.

Vicki has also left us this term, and taking her place is Natasha Cuthbert. Natasha has recently left the army but has had a keen interest in Child Care for a while now.

Rachel Paterson joined our 0-2 room on Tuesday 29th March from the retail sector and Karina Stebnovska is joining the 3- 5 room. Karina has many years experience in the Child Care industry in Poland.

We wish all the staff past and present the best of luck in their new positions.

Please note Emma Yorke is still absent from a long term illness - we wish her a speedy recovery.


Danielle, our student from Aberdeen College is beginning to plan and organise many activities for the children in the 2-3 room and 3-5 room to help complete her National Certificate in Child Care.

Trips and Visits

We were so happy to have a visit form Amy's dad (Stuart) in the 3-5 room. He is a police officer and kindly visited the children on Thursday 23rd March to tell them all about his job.

We had a visit from a fire fighter named Mark (Chloe's dad) on Monday 28th March and a visit from the whole crew and truck on Tuesday 29th March. These visits were all down to Chloe's dad.

Innes' dad (Mark) is also going to visit us on behalf of Aberdeen Drilling School to show us what he does on a daily basis.  A date has not been finalised but this should happen at the beginning of May, as soon as he can fit us into his busy schedule.

I would like to express how much we appreciate these visits from our parents. It helps the children grow and understand other people's jobs and also develops an understanding of the community. Please feel free to contact me if you have a job or hobby that may interest the children that you would be happy to share with them.

Zoolab visited the nursery for all the children in the upper floor on Tuesday 5th April. We had great fun learning about the snake, rats, giant snail, cockroach and toad. Some of us were even brave enough to hold each of the animals.

We would like to welcome back Miss K who has returned from her maternity leave with Melody Bear during term time.

The 2-3 room will be going to the science museum on Friday 6th May. Parents had been asked to vote about the trip and this was the winning destination.  We have spoken to the museum and they assure us that the two year old children will love the current dinosaur dig.

The 3-5 room will be visiting Wynford Farm on Wednesday 4th May. We can't wait to explore the farm.

Trips are arranged on different days throughout the year, and we make sure that all children in the pre-school room attend at least one trip in the academic year.

Curriculum for Excellence/ Pre-Birth to Three Evening

Thanks to all who attended our Curriculum for Excellence evening. We hope this gives you a greater understanding of the activities we carry out with your children and the educational benefits that are offered through them.

We have also recently had a Pre-birth to Three evening which gave parents the opportunity to experience some of the activities that the children in our care take part in daily.

Development Plans 2015-2016

Our development plans are well underway. We have created a learning wall as part of our development plan in the middle of the stair. We would ask parents to contribute to these with their own comments and those of their children.

Plan 1

Everyone is making the most of the zoned areas. The children in the 3-5 room are taking these very seriously and are proud of their own areas.

The zones so far have proven to be of particular interest in the 0-2 room, and staff are taking charge of each area, showing real signs of passion in their own areas, which is continually being cascaded to other team members.

Plan 2

Literacy and numeracy are flourishing throughout the nursery with the 3-5 room now having real money in their room which is proving to be very popular. The children have enjoyed sorting and counting the coins. We have created outdoor learning bags that include lots of numeracy materials, including a lot of natural materials, which allows for counting, sorting and pattern making.

Nursery Painting

Over the next few weekends, the 0-2 room, the 3-5 room, the hallways and toilets will be receiving a fresh coat of paint. This should cause minimum distraction, as it will be a staggered process. The 3-5 room and the stairwell will also be getting new flooring.

Easter Egg Competition

Well done to everyone who took part in the Easter egg design competition.

Our worthy winners and runner ups are:

0-2 Room 2nd Place– Alice , Winner – Dylan

2-3 Room 2nd Place– Oscar, Winner –Clara

3-5 Room 2nd Place-Brodie, Winner – Svara

Well done everyone, what fabulous creations!!

International Dress Wild Day

Well, we did see lots of different and explosive outfits on International Dress Wild day. Well done to everyone who made an effort to mis-match their clothing!

Policies of the Term

Our policies of the term this term are 'Nursery Aims and Objectives , Health and Safety     ( c), Child Protection, Food and Nutriton, and Infection Control.  These policies are displayed in the front vestibule for parents to read and comment on if required.


Dare I say it, but it would appear spring has sprung in Aberdeen. Please continue to provide suitable outdoor clothing. We will provide your child with sun cream but sun hats should always be provided by parents.

Change of Details

Please can you ensure the nursery is made aware of any change of details so that you are always contactable. Forms are available at the office if you require to change any information on your child's enrolment form. Please note all parents should have signed there contact details forms this month as part of our bi-annual check.

Staff Training

Tegan is continuing with her SVQ Level 3, she is currently studying next steps, how to plan relevant next steps for children and implement it into the plans.  

Emma Yorke has now successfully completed her SVQ Level 3. Congratulations to Emma. Charmaine has received her results on her first study skills assignment at Aberdeen University where she is currently studying her BA in Childhood Practices.  Well done Charmaine on a very good result!

Staff have also attended a selection of day courses including: Visual Art and Movement, Autism training, Creativity training, "All about me", Parachute Play, Play Games think fit, and Outdoor Play.

Electronic Profiles

We now feel confident regarding the start of the Interactive Learning Diary (ILD), which will now replace the old paper profile folder. This term, no profile folders will be sent home and ILD's can be viewed by parents online. We have almost completed these, and you will receive a letter regarding access codes week beginning 9th May. We are really excited about this and would welcome any comments and feedback. It has taken a lot of hard work to set this up, and we are sure this is the best way to take things forward. You will receive your child profile folders home in due course.


Please remember to inform the nursery if you plan to take holidays, this allows for planning staff holidays and prevents us from calling you early morning when you are trying to relax.

School Leavers

If your child is heading off to school this year, please remember that 4 weeks written notice should be given to the nursery to guarantee return of your deposit.

You will be asked for full details concerning schools in the near future to ensure a smooth transition between Summers and allocated schools.


Our charity of the year for 2016 is Sunrise Partnership. The Sunrise Partnership helps offer support to children all over Aberdeen City and Shire who are dealing with bereavement and loss. More information can be found at www.sunrisepartnership.org


I can now confirm that graduation photographs are booked for Monday 6th June and the ceremony will be held on Friday 10th June. Full details will follow.

Kind Regards

Claire Drennan

Nursery Manager

01224 628862