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General Term 1 Newsletter

September Newsletter 2015


Dear Parents/Carers


It’s time to start a new academic year at Summers, Victoria Street, as we welcome lots of new children to the nursery. Many children have moved rooms over the summer, and we are meeting several new babies and their families. We look forward to getting to know everyone, and have another fun filled school year to look forward to.


Staffing

Over the summer, we had many students working with us to maintain ratios, which allowed us to give our regular staff holidays over this period - many of them are studying to become primary teachers. They are now all away back to university - we have enjoyed having them and wish them luck in the future. We will see many of them back next summer, I’m sure!

Lauren, Nicole and Sue-Anne will continue to work with us as relief staff.


Rachel and Amber have both left our Baby Room to join another private nursery in promoted positions. Emma from the 2’s room has also left us to work at a nursery closer to her home.

These changes allow for exciting new opportunities for the staff who have been seeking promotions.

Kristina has been an employee at Summers since 2010, where she started as a Nursery Assistant in Kintore covering a maternity position. She has now filled Emma’s position as the 2’s room Assistant Room Leader.

Charmaine started as a Nursery Assistant three years ago, and has now taken over from Rachel as Assistant Room Leader in the 0-2 room.  

Congratulations to both the girls! I do not doubt they will do very well in their promoted positions.


We are also looking forward to welcoming Fiona and Nicole who will be joining the Baby Room team in September.


Maria our cook is leaving us at the beginning of October to join a smaller nursery.

Mary, our new cook starts on the 5th October. She is joining us from a bakery in Cults, so it doesn’t look like any of us will be successful with our diets in the near future.


Staff Training

Tegan is continuing with her level 3 training. She is doing very well and Cairn training say she is providing a high standard of written and practical work.

Emma is also continuing with her level 3 studies. She is in the early stages, but is doing very well so far.

Staff have started applying for their annual training out of the Early Learning and Childcare Training Programme provided by Aberdeen City Council for the period of September 2015 – June 2016.


Some of the training that has been applied for includes:


An introduction to the Curriculum for Excellence

Visual Art and Movement

Speech and Language development

Leadership at all level

Creativity counts and much more.


Each staff member maintains a Continued Professional Development (CPD) file which they update regularly with courses they have attended. 


Family Fun Day

I’m so excited to announce our first family fun day will be held at Victoria Street on Saturday 26th September from 11.00am- 2.00pm. Tickets cost £5 for the whole family to come along and have some fun.

There will be a BBQ, a bouncy castle with the Frozen characters on it, face painting, a bottle stall and much more. Bring lots of pennies to spend as all cash raised is for the worthy cause of ‘Save the Children’.

We will be selling raffles soon throughout the nursery. All donations from parents and/or companies would be gratefully received.


Questionnaires

Thank you to everyone who completed our annual questionnaires in which 89% of you rated the service as Excellent or Very Good. Several parents were extremely complimentary about the service we provide, and particularly about the quality of staffing.  All parents recently received a detailed letter with results.

The staff have also completed questionnaires which are currently being collated. Our Development Officer from the Early Years Team at Aberdeen City Council will do an audit when she visits on 7th October. With the collective information, we will create our annual Improvement/Development plans.


Trips, Outings and Visitors

The 3-5 room had a great trip to Hoodles play barn in Oldmeldrum on 14th August. This was after our Crathes Castle trip was cancelled due to a severe weather warning from the met office, only days after Aberdeen suffered flash floods. This is the first time we have ever had to cancel a trip, but I did not deem the weather safe for the distance we would be travelling, so after checking the Met office information and discussing it with the bus driver, I concluded that it would have been inappropriate to travel that day. On the upside, Hoodles was lots of fun for the staff and children. The large physical equipment was put to great use before eating our prepared picnic.


Both the 2’s room and the 3-5 room enjoyed a puppet show on Thursday 6th August. Lots of fun was had and lots of stories told, including ‘Goldilocks’, ‘The Fox and the Red Hen’, ‘Incy Wincy’, and a few other short stories. Most of the children and staff were engrossed throughout.


The NHS Toothonology lady came to visit the 3-5 room on Wednesday 9th September. She discussed with the children how to care for their teeth properly. She brought in model teeth and some of the children dressed up in a dentist coat and brushed the teeth, proving they had a good understanding of caring for their own teeth. She also had puppets with her to help reinforce the information in an age appropriate manner.


Miss K and melody bear are still currently on maternity leave. I have tried for many months to find a replacement and I am now happy to announce that Abricabeats, a local dance school, will be joining us on a Friday afternoon, providing a dance class for the children in the 3-5 room who attend that day. As always, we will look at altering the days in the coming terms.


The 2’s room went to Alford Transport Museum on Tuesday 15th September for the afternoon. They were shown around the museum and then visited the nearby park for a play and a picnic.


Stay and Play

We had ‘Stay and Play’ week on the 14th of September. I hope everyone who came along enjoyed the experience of seeing their child in the nursery environment, and seeing how they interact with their peers and the staff.


Weather

Please provide weather appropriate clothing at all times.


If your child has been put home in nursery clothing, please remember to take it back.


IT IS COMPULSARY TO PROVIDE INDOOR SHOES FOR YOUR CHILD.



Show and Tell

‘Show and tell’ dates are now regularly updated on the website. To ensure you have the right day and activity please visit: www.summersnurseries.com , go to Nursery News, Victoria Street News then Show and Tell.


Halloween Party

All children can come to nursery dressed up in their Halloween gear week commencing the 26th October. We will be having a party on Friday the 30th October for those children who attend on that day.


Christmas

As usual, we have many dates coming up for Christmas. Venues etc have been provisionally booked for the Christmas party on Friday 18th December and the 3-5 Nativity on Thursday 17th December.


These dates will be confirmed closer to the time.


Please be reminded the nursery is closed from 6pm on Tuesday 22nd December and will re-open on Wednesday 6th January at 7:30am.


Kind Regards


Claire Drennan

Nursery Manager

01224 628862

victoriastreet@summersnurseries.com/claire@summersnurseries.com


www.summersnurseries.com

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