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Term 4 Newsletter

Term 4 April 2017



Dear Parents/Carers


I would like to start by welcoming any new families who have recently joined us here at Summers Nursery. We hope you and your child enjoy your time with us.


Staff News

Congratulations to Ashleigh Thompson of the 2-3 room who is having her first baby in September. Ashleigh is looking for her maternity leave to commence at the end of August. We will keep you posted with exact dates.

Marie MacDonald has now sadly left us to move onto pastures new.

In the mean time we have employed a number of relief staff to cover holidays alongside Heather Currie. The staff will introduce you to the girls at drop off and pick up times.

Katie Barrett – Katie graduated from Grays School of Art in 2012 and since then has worked in Swaziland with children aged 2-5, is a crèche volunteer and in her spare time enjoys volunteering to run craft classes for people with learning disabilities.

Janice Black – Janice is a mother of two who has experience working relief in playgroups and a 2's group in Aberdeenshire.

Ashleigh Christie - Ashleigh gained experience working with younger children during her five years on the pupil council whilst at school. She went on to receive “Citizen of the year 2016” after her efforts were recognized. Ashleigh left school to study health at college and that is where she decided her interests were, in the health and growth of paediatrics, which led her into looking for work n the day care of children.


Staff Training

Ashleigh Duguid, Samantha Gilchrist and Chloe Taylor are continuing to work towards their level 3.

Louise Glennie and Chloe Grant are at the early stages of their Level 3.

Some of the staff attended a Literacy outdoors course, whilst others took part in Child Protection training this term.


Coffee Morning success

We had a fantastic turn out at our annual coffee morning to raise money for Barnardos. Overall we raised a total of £1037.57. We had an excellent level of response from our evaluations also, which contained some of the following comments:

  • Very well organised, great stalls and fab turn out.”

  • Very well organised, great to see the staff help out, my child loved her face paint and tattoo.”

  • Good range of stalls. Well done to staff for giving up their Saturday morning, another success for Summers Inverurie!”


We are grateful for your level of response from all evaluations. We will continue to take into account the thoughts and feelings of the parents and carers to ensure our nursery provides a high quality of care and education for all of our children.


Trips & Visits

The pre-school room have been enjoying their fortnightly visits to the Green next to Strathburn School. Children have shown great levels of responsibility by taking part in risk assessments, making them aware of safety, and there is a wealth of opportunity for the children in the grass area, including mathematical knowledge by measuring, problem solving when building, using their local community, respecting the environment and much more. There is a timetable displayed on the 3-5 room door which states what group your child is in and what dates they will be going over the next few months.


The 3-5 children enjoyed their Term 3 trip to Satrosphere on Thursday the 9th March where they got to take part in numerous science experiments and story telling sessions.


The 2-3 and 3-5 children's Term 4 Summer trip will be to the Fairywood's of Fedderate on Tuesday the 20th June. There will more details issued with permission slips nearer the time to the children who attend on that day.


Angela from Abricabeats will be visiting Thursday pm this term. Congratulations to Angela who has made it to the final three in the category “Best Baby and Toddler class” in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. You can vote for Angela at http://smartsurvey.co.uk/s/r2govote


Use of Calpol/Paracetemol

We would like to remind parents that Calpol (a paracetamol product) should only be administered for no more than 3 days to a child, after which advice must be sought from a medical professional. We would advise all parents that products containing paracetamol must be given sparingly and at the correct dosage and times as stated on the bottle, and should not be combined with other products which also contain paracetamol at the same time. Calpol should only be used for pain relief, for example stomach and teething pains, and fever. If your child does not have a fever after we have checked their temperature, or does not have any painful symptoms as outlined above, then in some cases we will not administer Calpol to your child after it has been signed into nursery and this will be explained at collection time.



Just a reminder that information will be displayed on your child's entry door advising parents of actual confirmed or suspected infectious illness if present in the nursery. Please be aware that your child will only be allowed to return to nursery after the required exclusion period. It is important that you inform us of any illness your child has. Thank you.



The 0-2 children have covered a variety of topics throughout Term 4, including Arctic animals and people – the children made a display using various art and craft materials to make polar bears, penguins and an igloo. The children explored shaving foam to find the hidden arctic animals. They then moved onto The Hungry Caterpillar and healthy eating following World book day, after the children showed interest in the book a peer had brought in. During this topic the children enjoyed food tasting and tasted peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and cranberries. The children chose a book all about “Our Mum” from the library bus and then went onto create Mothers day cards as a result of this.


The 2-3 children thoroughly enjoyed a Fairytales topic, and 'show and tell' was very popular throughout this time. The children used magic beans to develop their counting skills and coloured teddy bears to practice their sorting skills. The staff also developed mathematical language throughout this time by discussing the different sized bowls and chairs during the story of Goldilocks. An activity building Cinderellas carriage led the children onto showing an interest in Transport. During this topic the children used loose parts to build roads and tracks to run the cars down and enjoyed constructing with playdough.


The 3-5 room finished off their much enjoyed Space topic and moved onto Nature. This interest developed from the various trips to our Wee Green Space. The children withdrew books from the library bus to learn about nature and woodland creatures. Whilst learning about birds that nest in the trees, the children became interested in Flight which brings us onto their new topic. So far the children have focused on the construction of various modes of flying transport and also looked at feathers.

is may mean the children will get muddy and wet so we would appreciate if your child is appropriately dressed on their day to go. The nursery does have waterproof trousers we can provide. When at the space we will take a snack and some hot chocolate, we will also ensure the children have running water and soap and access to a toilet. Each parent/carer will receive notice when their child will be going to our space. Any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

The staff continue to take into account the children’s ideas and interests, and in response to this, plan topics around them!


Policies of the Term for Term 4

Our Policies of the Term which we discuss at our staff meetings are as follows:-

  • 8. Dealing with challenging behaviours

  • 9. Child exclusion for behavioural issues

  • 10. Child protection


You are welcome to read our policies. These are located in the Policy folder in the front hallway.

Tax Free Childcare

In April 2017, the UK Government launched its tax free Childcare Scheme, which will replace existing voucher schemes. These close to new entrants in April 2018, although existing membership can continue forwards from this cut off date. Information is available to parents at the following websites.





School Leavers

Just a reminder that the children leaving to go to school will need to give 4 weeks written notice.


Thank you


Nicola McKinlay

Inverurie Manager





Dates for the Diary

Tuesday the 30th May – Graduation Photos

Friday the 2nd June – Graduation

Saturday the 17th June – Sports day

Tuesday the 20th June – 2's and 3-5 Summer Trip

Wednesday the 21st June – Parents evening

Friday the 1st September – Tempest Photographs

Inverurie News

Graduation 2016
Date posted: 13 Jun 16
General Term 2 Newsletter
Date posted: 08 Dec 17
Dates for the Diary
Date posted: 12 Apr 17
Staff Changes
Date posted: 27 Jan 16
Easter Bonnet Competition
Date posted: 25 Mar 16
Term 1 policies
Date posted: 28 Nov 17
Term 4 News
Date posted: 04 May 16
Sports day 2017
Date posted: 18 Jul 17
3-5 Room Term 3 Trip
Date posted: 13 Feb 18
3-5 Room Term 1 Trip
Date posted: 06 Oct 17
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