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General Nursery Newsletter

February 2016


Dear Parents/Carers


Firstly, I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that you all had an enjoyable festive break.It is lovely to see everyone again, looking rested and ready for lots of fun and work!

As usual, our nursery newsletters will be packed full of news and dates for your diary. I hope you enjoy reading about all the exciting things that have been happening since our last newsletter and will enjoy what is coming up.

Paint work inside the nursery

It was great to come back after our festive break to a newly painted nursery, and thanks for your comments on how different and lovely the nursery now looks.

The joiner has been very busy putting up our new pin boards in and around the nursery. This has made a huge difference, helping to highlight the children’s work.Please bear with us until our boards are back to normal.

Admissions for September 2016

Children born between 1st March 2012 and 28th February 2014 are eligible for a funded place from August 2016.

The date for applying for your child's ante pre-school/pre-school funding was between the 18th January and the 29th January 2016, however we will accept any late forms, but obviously funding may then be delayed.

For children eligible for funding after the Easter holidays and during the academic year 2016-2017, werecently held a Curriculum for Excellence/Government funding evening for parents on Wednesday, 13th January to explain more about this.

At Summers, we are able to provide your child with the education required for these important years, whilst also providing wrap around care.

You can receive funding for a maximum of 15 hours and 50 minutes per week throughout the school term time which is 38 weeks.

Due to working in partnership with the council, the nursery is entitled to educational benefits which include:-

- Working closely with a development officer to create an annual action plan for continuous improvement.

- A fully qualified teacher who attends on a regular basis throughout the term providing a wide variety of activities for the children, also providing staff with help and advice on planning, and any new relevant and up to date training that may be required

- Staff are offered a wide and varied range of training to apply for on a regular basis, ensuring excellent personal progress for all educating practitioners in the team.

Progress on our Improvement Plan

Over the last few weeks we have been continuing to work hard on our Nursery Improvement Plans which were taken forward by suggestions from our annual questionnaires. These are:

·         Develop our learning experiences for the children outdoors

·         Develop our  planning for children's learning

First, we consulted with our staff team what outdoor learning opportunities we provide for the children outdoors.  From this mind map of learning opportunities, we could then see what we currently provide and what areas we could further develop. We decided that we would provide a wider range of daily opportunities for the children in all weathers, as well as provide more of a choice for the children to choose from.

Next we consulted with the children, parents and staff as to what learning opportunities you would like to seeoutdoors. We then held a staff meeting to review all of this feedback and decided on the areas we are to develop.

We will therefore be developing our physical play resources, as well as provide a more in depth learning experience for the children through the use of games etc.

Amanda from our Cheeky Monkey visited one of our sister nurseries in Inverurie to review their planning, and as a result of this we have introduced the use of floor books which will be shared with the parents, and displayed for them to view.

We will also be developing the use of the learning wall in the Busy Bee room, encouraging children to be actively involved with their ideas.

Save the Children

We are pleased to announce that we managed to raise £1033.63 for our yearly charity of the year 2015, Save the Children. Overall, all the Summers nurseries managed to raise £5919.70, so we are really pleased with this.



Outdoors

We would like to remind parents that we use the outdoor resources in all weathers, so please help us by providing your child with appropriate clothing: hats, gloves, scarf, warm coat/all in one suit and wellies. It would also be much appreciated if these items could be labelled with your child’s name on these.


Staff badges

Taking into account some parental feedback from our annual questionnaires, we have now purchased new staff badges. We hope this will help you to be able to identify our staff much easier.

We are currently working on our new staff photo board for our hallway. Once this is completed, we shall share with you a little photo book of our staff team detailing some of information about each member of staff. 

Policies of the Term for Term 3

The policies and procedures for this term are as follows:-

o        8. Dealing with Challenging Behaviour

o        2.  Aims and Objectives

 

The policies of the term are displayed in the main hallway at the front door. Please come and have a look as your feedback into these policies is much appreciated.


Staffing

Nicola Dunbar, who currently works in our Cheeky Monkeys room on a Tuesday and a Wednesday has left to start her maternity leave. We would like to wish Nicola a restful time before her second baby arrives in March. Stephanie Wood from the Little Bunnies room will now be covering Nicola’s maternity leave in the room. Stephanie will also now be doing Rachel Andrew’s Thursday and Friday in the room, as Rachel will now be based in the Busy Bee room.


As we are getting busier in the Busy Bees, Claire Rizza will now have a Friday off, and Kirsty McCarthy will now be off on the Thursday. Lucy Gordon will now work a                                Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday am. We also have Nicola helping out on a Monday morning at present, as well as in other rooms in the nursery.


Lana Brown had a little girl called Ava Leigh earlier on last year and she has now returned from maternity leave, which Stephanie Wood had been covering.


Absence

We would ask that you please phone the nursery phone on 01467 633994 by 10am if your child will not be attending or coming in later, and by 2pm for afternoon children.  This helps the team plan ahead their day and organise their children’s meals for the day.


Child Safety

Please can we ask that for the safety of your children, it is the parent’s responsibility to keep your child with you at all times at pick up times and not to have your child wondering around the nursery. The hallway can be very busy, so it is important that they are with you, as there are several parents coming and going at peak times. Many thanks for your cooperation with this.   


Change of Details

Children's personal details forms and their medical care plan are checked every six months, however, I would like to remind all parents that if anything changes in the mean time, please let us know.


Progress Folders

All of the children’s progress folders were sent home just before the Christmas break for parents to have a look at.

We would love some parental involvement, so please feel free to add any relevant information or comments in your child’s folder. This helps us have a connection between home and nursery. If you still have your child’s progress folder at home, please return this as soon as possible to allow our team to continue to observe and work alongside your child.


Uniforms

We have Summers Nursery sweatshirts at £9.00 and tee shirts at £8.00 that you can order for children in the 3-5 room.  These are entirely optional.  If you are interested in purchasing then please speak to myself, or a member of staff in the room.


Website

Our newsletters will be displayed on the website, so that anyone else in your family can read them. There are also dates for 'Show and Tell' for the 3-5 room and other pieces of information including our 'Policies of the Month' which our staff read, and parents are welcome to read. These are located in the main hallway.


Our website is www.summersnurseries.com  - please go on and have a look.  If you need to email the nursery any information, please can you use the following e mail, (and not the admin one) as this will come straight to the nursery - the email address is weerascalstoo@summersnurseries.com

Play Talk Read Bus is coming to our area

If any parents/relatives are interested, there will be a Play Talk Read bus coming to Kintore Primary School on Thursday, 11th February between 2pm-4pm. This is for all children aged 0-5years. There will be an afternoon of free songs, stories and a play session.


Dates for the Diary and upcoming events

Monday, 8th February – Chinese New Year starts

Tuesday, 9th February – Shrove Tuesday

Thursday 11th February – Play Talk Read Bus to Kintore Primary School car park for 0-5 children

Sunday, 14th February – Valentine’s Day

Thursday, 3rd March – World Book Day

Sunday, 6th March – Mother’s Day

Friday, 18th March – Sports Relief

Sunday 27th March – Easter Sunday

Tuesday, 24th May – Parents Evening 6.15pm onwards

Friday, 24th June at 4pm – 2016 School Leavers Graduation in Kintore Public Hall      

Saturday, 25th June Morning – Sports Day


Best Wishes


Jennifer Neil

Nursery Manager

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