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Summer Newsletter 2016


Dear parents/carers


I hope you are all having a fantastic summer, and you are all feeling refreshed if you have already been away on holiday.

We have had a lot of new families joining us over the past few months and would like to welcome you all. We hope you are all settling in and look forward to getting to know you and your family over the coming years.


Good luck to all of the children who are heading off to school after the summer. We have watched you all grow throughout your time at Summers and will miss you all, lots. Also a big thank you for all of the lovely leaving gifts you gave us. Everyone was very generous and they were greatly appreciated.


Staff


We are happy to introduce Caitlin Hogan to the 0-2 room. Caitlin has recently completed her HNC in Early Education and Childcare and is keen to start her career in childcare.


We will also be welcoming Amy Pickavance to our 0-2 team in the near future. Amy has experience in childcare and previously worked for out St Swithin Street nursery where she gained a level 3 qualification.


We have also had a number of relief staff working with us over the summer;

Agnes, Kayla and Nicole have been working with us for some time and all 3 intend to continue relief work after they start college in the Autumn. Kim has also been a fantastic addition to our relief team during her summer break from her BA in Childhood Studies.


Trips and visits


The 2-3 room had a trip to the Dundee Science centre on the 6th May. The centre had lots on offer for the children and it proved to be a fantastic day out. The children dug for dinosaur bones, learnt all about robots and Space, before moving to the soft play area. A favourite of the day was the large piano, which the children had to step on to make music.


The 3-5 room had an exciting time at Wynford farm on the 4th May. As it was spring time, there was lots of baby animals to see, and they even got to feed some of the lambs and goats. Before they left, they visited the play area, which allowed the children to run off all of the excitement from the day.


On the 5th August the 3-5 room will be visiting Satrosphere, where they have booked a Bubble show and will be participating in some live science experiments.


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.


Funding


All funding applications should be returned to the nursery ASAP. If your child is in his/ her pre-school year or is 3 years old before 28th February 2017 then you have an entitlement to funding. Please see me if you have not been given a form.


Graduation


Graduation was a great success this year. Thank you to Erin and the pre-school team for organising a fantastic Goodbye to those leaving for school. Graduation is always a very emotional time for both parents and staff, †as many of the children have been with us since starting in the Baby room. Good luck to all the families leaving us to go to school!

100% of parents rated the Graduation as “excellent” or “very good”. The only change suggested was that the slides could not be easily read due to the lights being too bright. We will try to rectify this for coming years.


Parents evening


Thank you to all who attended our annual Parents evening on the June 28th.† The staff worked hard doing the children’s reports and it is great to have such a brilliant turnout in all 3 rooms.

The feedback from the Evaluation forms was fantastic, with 100% of parents rating “very good” or “excellent” in the written evaluations. When asked for suggested changes, one parent commented that a longer time could be offered. However, due to the number of parents we have to see on the evening, it would be difficult to plan for a longer session, but we would welcome any meeting with myself and/or your child’s keyworker to take place out with parents evening during the year, as we realise that sometimes you will wish to have a chat or discussion about your child’s progress, so all parents are most welcome to see myself and arrange this should they wish to.


It was also suggested that an area for behavioural comments could be added to the report. The format for the 3-5 room is provided by Aberdeen City Council and as we receive funding from them, so we are required to use their format. It is important to state however that any behavioural points should however be reflected in your child’s report.


It is wonderful to see our hard work appreciated with such kind responses.


Charity


We held our annual Sports day on the 2nd of July and this year we were joined by our St Swithin nursery also. A big thank you to all who attended and especially to those who took part in the races. The staff volunteer their time to hold this event so attendance from parents is hugely appreciated. As usual the dad’s race was definitely the most competitive.


We raised £305 on Sports day for Sunrise Partnership, a charity that offers a free and confidential service for children up to 18 years who have been affected by loss and bereavement. We are still waiting for the return of sponsorship forms to get a final total. WE WOULD ASK THAT ALL SPONSOR FORMS AND DONATIONS BE RETURNED ASAP.


A handful of evaluations were returned with the majority of parents rating the morning as “excellent”, which is a fabulous result for us. We will aim to have a clearer finishing line for next year!


We were pleased to have had Donny the sheep who came along, so thanks to Malin and her family.


Fun Day


After the success of last year’s Fun day, we are looking to do the same again this year. The bouncy castle was great fun for all and the indoor games were very popular. This day will take place on 1st October, and full details will be provided nearer the time.


Policies of the term


Our policies of the term this term are;

  • Nappy changing, toileting and potty cleaning procedures.
  • Transition to Primary 1.
  • Manual handling
  • Open door policy

These policies are displayed in the front vestibule for parents to read and comment on if required.


Stay and Play


We will be arranging a ‘stay and play’ week in the near future. It will take place in September which will allow parents to come and see their children in the nursery environment.


Weather


We have been particularly lucky with the weather lately and have had a great summer. Please continue to provide weather appropriate clothing. If you are providing your own sun cream for your child, please ensure this is 50 SPF.

All children must be provided with a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes. Could parents also ensure their children’s clothes are clearly labelled.


Change of details


Please can you make sure that the nursery is made aware of any changes to details so that you are always contactable. Forms are available from the office if you require to change any information. Please note all parents should have signed their contact details form as part of our bi annual check.


Staff training


Congratulations to Tegan who has successfully completed her SVQ level 3!

Rachel Patterson, Rachel MacDonald and Natasha Cuthbert have started their SVQ level 3 and are meeting with their mentor once a fortnight for learning and development tasks.


Staff have also been taking part in day courses including, Introduction to GIRFEC, Leadership and management, Food Hygiene, Infection control, First aid and Pre-birth to three.


Interactive learning diary


We hope now that the online profiles are up and running that parents are enjoying seeing their child’s progress on a regular basis. We greatly encourage feedback from parents and have loved seeing the photo’s that you have been adding. Please continue to add any observations/pictures from home.


Holidays


Please could parents inform us of any upcoming holiday dates, as this allows us to plan for staff holidays and also saves us calling you in the morning whilst you are away.


Children’s play and development


Each of the rooms has been undertaking a variety of planned activities - to meet the children’s needs and spontaneous activities relating to the children’s interests;


0-2 room


The children in the 0-2 room love song time, and as a result we have started to create wall displays relating to their favourite songs. We are currently creating a large ‘Walking through the jungle’ display. Song time is also vital in aiding the children’s speech and language development and the group activity encourages social development.

The good weather has allowed for lots of walks round the local area and trips to the park for picnics. It’s great to be able to get the children out and about around the local area.

We planted sunflowers back in May and hope all who took them home are having better luck growing theirs than we are here! The children enjoyed this activity so much that we have set up a small digging area in the garden for them to explore.

Future topics include ‘Under the sea’, ‘Family’ and we are continuing on with our summer topic.


2-3 room


The children in the 2-3 room have been exploring a range of topics including ‘Butterflies’, ‘Mini beasts’, ‘Summer’, ‘Pets and family’. The pets and family are always a favourite, as they allow the children a connection with home and nursery, allowing them to talk about their favourite people.

The ‘Summer’ topic has allowed the staff to organise spontaneous activities according to the weather. On the warmer days the children have made ice lollies, paddled in water and created their own beach with sand and water.


3-5 room


The 3-5 room have been focusing on two main topics as well as daily play and learning. They did a large topic on exploring different countries, where the children made their own passports, turned the role play corner into a travel agent and tasted foods from different countries. This allows the children to experience a range of cultures and also the countries their peers are from.

The children had great fun with their ‘Dinosaur’ topic, creating their own dinosaur bones from salt dough and putting on a fantastic show for their parents. It gives the children a great sense of pride and achievement to be able to display to their parents something new they have learnt and practiced. Well done to all the children who took part.

The next topic for the 3-5’s will be ‘The Olympics’.


Nursery Re-vamp


Since our last newsletter, several areas of the nursery have been painted and a new floor has been laid in the 3-5 room - a new carpet will be going into the main stairwell area also. This has made a huge improvement, brightening up the whole nursery. We are now just waiting for more pin boards to be put up to show off more of the children’s work.

The children have really enjoyed having the new climbing frame in the garden, and are excited to use it, especially when we have been out for longer periods of time in the nice weather. We have also benefited from a new Buggy Garage installed by our very much appreciated handy man, Scott.


Kind regards


Claire Drennan

Nursery manager

01224 628862


victoriastreet@summersnurseries.com/claire@summersnurseries.com

www.summersnurseries.com

*See last page for Date for your diary


Dates for your diary


∑†††††††† Trip to Satrosphere – Friday 5th August

∑†††††††† ‘Stay and Play’ week- Date to be confirmed†

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∑†††††††† Summers Fun day – Saturday 1st October

∑†††††††† Halloween party – Friday 28th November

∑†††††††† Nativity – Tuesday 20th December

∑†††††††† Christmas party – Tuesday 22nd December

∑†††††††† Break up for Christmas holidays – Friday 23rd December for 2 weeks

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