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Term 4 Newsletter

Summers Nursery - April 2019

Term 4 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

As always, we have had lots of new families to get to know this term. It has been a real pleasure getting to know you all so far. We are looking forward to continued happy relationships throughout your time at Summers.

Staff News

Jennifer Young has joined the team as a relief member of staff and will be working various hours throughout the nursery to cover a busy period of staff holidays, we will ensure staff introduce Jennifer to you all. Welcome to the team Jennifer!

Lisa Duffus will return to help over the Summer holidays for her 3rd year running during her break from University in mid-May.

Staff Training

Ashleigh has now completed and received her certificate for her SVQ Level 3 and is a fully qualified Nursery Practitioner, well done Ashleigh!

Joy, Amanda and Rosie continue to work towards their SVQ Level 3, whilst Caroline has now started hers. Good luck Caroline. Gemma and Sarah will begin their induction unit in the next month or so.

Mel, Lauren and Joanne have all chosen to develop their knowledge further by applying to begin their SVQ Level 4 in Children and Young People.

I continue to work towards my BA in Childhood Practices at Aberdeen University, and am working on Creating the Childs Environment, due to be submitted next month. Thank you all for your support during this unit and completing the permission slips for the changes I am including your child in within the 3-5 room.

Over the next term, staff are booked onto various courses, including Part 2 of Effective Planning, Health & Social care Standards, Pre-birth to three and Child protection. All staff are committed to furthering their knowledge and skills and attend these courses out with their working hours to develop their Continual Professional Development.

Charity of the Year 2019

For 2019, we will be supporting the 'Friends of the Special Nursery', a charity of Aberdeen maternity Hospital's Neo-Natal unit for sick and premature babies in the Grampian region, as well as the islands of Shetland and Orkney.

Thank you for your continued generosity during the Charity events so far this year. The children enjoyed taking part in a colouring competition for World Book Day and raised 30.50. We also enjoyed coming to nursery in our PJs and sold bacon rolls, making 106.00. A massive thank you to everyone who attended our annual coffee morning where a massive 1072.55 was raised!

On Sunday the 2nd June myself, Mel, Lauren, Joanne, Krista and Sarah will all take part in the Kiltwalk which is a gruelling 26 miles from Potarch to the Duthie Park to raise money! There is a sponsor form on the front door if you wish to sponsor us or you can donate through the link shared on Facebook, all donations are very much appreciated it would be great to see some of you cheering us on at the side-lines also if you aren't busy that day!

Keep an eye out for further fundraising!

Trips & Visits

The pre-school room will enjoy weekly visits from Eve, of Abricabeats on a Monday afternoon during Term 4. The children have also been enjoying their weekly visits to the Green next to Strathburn School and their monthly visits to Pleyfauld House.

The 3-5 children thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Codonas in March to play Bowling and crazy golf and behaved impeccably, representing the nursery very well, as always.

The 3-5 children will be visiting the library on Friday the 26th April to enjoy a storytelling session of "Going on a bear hunt." It has been requested that we all remember our teddies!

Their Summer trip will be on Monday the 1st July, when the children will enjoy a day trip to Stonehaven. We plan to have a play in the park, a picnic lunch, walk along to the Tolbooth museum and on our way back stop in by the famous Aunt Betty's ice cream shop! Permission slips will come to you in due course.

The 2-3 children will be heading to Crathes Castle for the morning on Monday the 17th June where they will enjoy a play in the newly refurbished park, a walk around the gardens and a picnic lunch before heading back to nursery. Permission slips will come to you in due course.

The 0-2 children continue to enjoy their daily walks, exploring the local community and with the nicer weather coming in will enjoy picnic snacks in the local park.

Improvement Plans

We have been working on three development plans for 2018/2019. These are displayed in the front hallway and are coming to a close.

Plan 1- increase the children's involvement in the ILD process, involving them in their observations and recording comments from the children about their learning. We have also been auditing our loose parts, offering more open- ended play with various items on offer.

Plan 2- continuing our work with schemas, involving the parents, as well as encouraging them to use the ILD, and put in their own observations.

Plan 3 develop observation writing skills.

The staff have worked extremely hard over the past year to improve in these areas and we look forward to creating our new plans at the end of Summer with our Principal teacher for the session 2019/20, taking into account your feedback through various sources such as the parental questionnaires.


Could I remind all parents that it is essential that they put their child's full name as a reference on any voucher that is paid to the nursery. This is the only key piece of information we require on the voucher. We do not require you to put Summers Nursery, invoice number, parents name or any other piece of information on the reference. Due to the ever-increasing number of vouchers coming in from parents in 5 nurseries, we are still finding it difficult to match vouchers to certain families due to not being able to identify the voucher, so it is important that you change any existing vouchers to contain this information, thank you. Please also cancel any siblings that have left off your voucher.

We do however realise that the government vouchers seem to be a bit problematic regarding the reference system, and we will have to try and work around this.

Tax Free Chidcare/Payments

In April 2017, the UK Government launched its tax free Childcare Scheme, which replaced existing voucher schemes. This closed 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 that you choose the Summers Victoria Street account.

Late Collection

Unfortunately, we are having some children not being collected in the evening until past our closing time which is 6.00pm. Whilst we understand that this may happen from time to time with a good reason, all of our staff finish work at 6.00pm.

Policies of the term

Our policies of the term this term are; 6, 7 and 12

Staff recruitment, selection and retention

Staff induction, training and development

Health and safety

Policies are displayed in the hallway for parents to view.


Could you please provide your child with a sunhat and sun cream if you do not wish for your child to use the nursery sun cream which is Nivea factor 50. The UV rays are beginning to reach 3+ which means sunhats and sun cream should be worn when outdoors.


Just a gentle reminder that we require 4 week's notice for any dropping of sessions or when leaving the nursery for those of you that are sadly leaving us to go to school. This can be in writing or via e-mail.

Learning Experiences

There have been lots of calendar dominated activities this term, including learning about Valentine's day, Mother's day and Easter, using various materials to explore during art activities.

0-2 room

The 0-2 children enjoyed learning about different modes of transport. The children spotted some helicopters in the sky whilst in the garden and were excited so staff gave them helicopter pictures to decorate with various materials. The cars and road mat were extremely popular when out and children enjoyed using the sledges to be pulled around the garden when we had a spot of snow! The children explored the glue and participated in gluing and sticking collage. During messy play the children used the trucks and diggers to dig up shredded paper and transfer to various containers. This topic led onto People who help us and the children visited the lollypop man to cross at the zebra crossing and learn about keeping safe. After visiting him the children decorated their own lollypop sticks with the dabbers and sponge painted people who help us vehicles, such as an ambulance and police car. The children took part in role play and dressed up as fire fighters, using the loose parts as hoses to re-enact their role. We have recently moved onto a Space topic and have so far enjoyed exploring the moon sand and tasting actual space food!

2-3 Room

After thoroughly enjoying the dinosaur's topic, the 2-3 children moved onto an Under the Sea topic. This came from one of the children's love of Baby Shark. During the topic they used the internet to research all the different kinds of animals that live under the sea and some fun facts about each of the species. He children took part in various arts and craft activities including splatter painting, developing their cutting skills and collaging, painting and stamping. The children participated in imaginative play and pretended to be pirates on a ship and under the sea in a submarine. The staff helped develop the children's cognitive skills whilst counting, colouring recognition, matching games and developing their pencil control. The children have now moved onto a Space topic after a child suggested building a rocket.

3-5 Room

During the children's People who help us topic they enjoyed visits from various people on our local community including some parents, thank you for coming in! We had the lollypop man, a dentist, a banker and the fire engine! This covered various aspects of Social Studies in the Curriculum for Excellence. The children also went out and about and explored the various safe ways of crossing the road, at traffic lights, using the zebra crossing and the lollypop man. The children then moved onto Pets after talking about Guide dogs. The children helped staff turn the house corner into a Pet shop, took part in a survey of their favourite pets and turned the results into a bar graph, whilst analysing the results. This swiftly moved onto a Minibeast's topic which encouraged lots of outdoor play on the hunt for beasties!

Thank you

Nicola McKinlay

Inverurie Manager



Dates for your Diary

Wednesday 8th May Crazy hair day & pizza making

Sunday 2nd June Kiltwalk

Wednesday 12th June Preschool Graduation

Monday 17th June 2-3 room trip to Crathes Castle

Tuesday 25th June Parents Evening

Saturday 29th June Sports Day

Monday 1st July 3-5 trip to Stonehaven

Inverurie News

3-5 Room Summer Trip
Date posted: 13 Jun 16
World Book day 2019
Date posted: 02 Apr 19
Pre-school trip
Date posted: 04 Dec 18
3-5 Term 1 Trip
Date posted: 22 Aug 19
Graduation 2019
Date posted: 02 Apr 19
Parents Evening 2019
Date posted: 24 Jul 19
Wee Green Space
Date posted: 21 Aug 19
Sports Day 2019
Date posted: 24 Jul 19
General Term 2 Newsletter
Date posted: 26 Nov 19
Interactive Learning Diaries
Date posted: 16 Jun 16
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