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Term 1 Newsletter - September 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

We’re now into yet another new academic year. We would like to welcome all our new families.

We wish all our school kids the best of luck. I am very confident that as a team we have prepared them all well with a high level of education, and excellent social skills, equipping them for their school lives.


It was with regret that Natalie Steele left our pre-school room. Natalie has been with us for many years, having a short break when she went travelling in Australia. Natalie will be studying Anthropology at Aberdeen University. We are pleased to say that Natalie will remain an employee of Summers Nursery as part of our relief team.

We are all eagerly awaiting the return of Lucie to the baby room. She will be back in November and I know I am able to talk for us all when I say we can’t wait to get more time with little Ava.

We are looking forward to welcoming Hannah to our team in a few weeks. Hannah originally studied Photography at university, achieving a BA with Honours, and she has also spent lots of time working for a child care agency, so has plenty of nursery experience.

Staff Training

We look forward to receiving our new training book from Aberdeen City Council and other city training providers to select training for the next academic year. 

Both Erin and Emma have passed their most recent university submissions and will continue to work on their BA in Childhood Practices throughout this academic year.

Both Judith and Alana will continue with their Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level 3 Social Services (Children and Young People).

We congratulate the girls in their success so far, as it takes a great deal of dedication and determination to succeed in further education whilst being in full time employment as well.

The SSSC provide us opportunities to train in our own time and obtain badges. I have received two badges this term in: Collecting Evidence and Child Development.

Unexpected Absence

In the event of your child being absent unexpectedly from nursery, please ensure that you contact the nursery prior to the session, or at the latest by 10.00am for morning sessions or 2.00pm for an afternoon session. This saves staff having to call you each day to see if your child is attending, and allows for the preparation of food, staffing and outings.


Wow, what a couple of months it has been for raising money for Befriend a Child, our chosen charity of the year. The charity supports disadvantaged and troubles children aged 4-16 in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. www.befriendachild.org.uk/

Firstly, we enjoyed our Sports day which at last had zero rain, only sunshine. We raised a massive £374 through sponsors and a further £199 through our little selection of stalls on the day.

We have since held a Fun evening, which included pizza and pasta dishes, stalls, and of course the magical Dean Spruce. It was a fabulous evening with lots of people attending, and we managed to raise a whopping £471. Many thanks for your continued support.

Remember Marie’s cook books are still available at a very reasonable £3, with £2 of that money going to the charity.

Staff have continued with ‘dress down’ Friday during the last Friday of each month, where they can donate £2 for this privilege, which is all then added to our charity total.

We have a few more events organised before the money is totalled.

Policies of the term

Our policies of the term this term are;

  • Policy  5 - Equal Opportunities 
  • Policy 6 -  Staff Recruitment, Selection and Retention 
  • Policy 7 – Staff Induction, Training and Development 

These policies are displayed at the front door for parents to view.


Please remember your child is expected to be provided with weather appropriate clothing at all times to allow for outdoor play. Children should enjoy fresh air and natural experiences all year round to promote their play and learning.


Keep an eye on our Facebook page for all up to date information, including menus, daily activities, ‘show and tell’ dates and much more.  You can find us at Summers St Swithin.

Pre-Birth to Three

We will be holding a Pre-birth to Three evening on Wednesday the 10th of October. This will include a short presentation and also a variety of activities to be enjoyed by parents, as well as an opportunity to view floor books. Please note this is an adult only event. 

Parents Evening

Parents really enjoyed Parents evening, with several parents stating that it was nice to have time to discuss their own child’s development and hear about next steps. Any suggestions for improvements will be taken into consideration going forwards.

Sports Day

We had a fantastic turnout for Sports day! Thank you all for coming. Children and parents were just as competitive as one another, with everyone deserving of a medal. 31 parents agreed that the day was “Excellent” and 5 said “Very Good”. Again, any improvements recommended will be taken into consideration, so there is a good possibility that the Dad’s race may be split into age categories as suggested for next year.

Development Plans

Plan 1

We have been successful with our Interactive Learning Diary (ILD) plan. We have continued to put on additional information regarding health and wellbeing and have specified daily activities.

Most parents have now registered with their child’s unique code. If you have a problem with the code or password please see a member of the management team for assistance.

Plan two

We have been working on the garden. This has developed over the year and will continue to be developed over the coming months, as will the wee green space.


Summers Nurseries are now signed up to receive Tax Free Childcare Vouchers, so when looking, please select Summers Nursery at Victoria Street as the provider.

www.childcarechoices.gov.uk  www.childcarevouchers.co.uk/Documents/CCV_whatshappening_2017.pdf

Please remember that all payments made direct to Summers Nurseries bank account should be referenced with the use of your child’s name to ensure successful, easy allocation.

Funding forms should have now been returned to the nursey with your child’s ID to ensure it is applied for, to begin in September. All children who are three years old by February 29th are entitled to funding on the term following their third birthday.

Trips/ Visits

Angela from Abricabeats has returned on a Thursday at 3pm. We alternate Angela’s days each term to ensure all the children in the 3-5 room get a chance to attend.

The pre-school visited Haddo House last term. We had a great time exploring the forest and enjoying an outdoor picnic lunch. A big highlight to the trip was also the bus journey where we were able to see lots of farm animals in the fields.

Learning Experiences

As always, our themes can be dominated by our annual calendar, this term including Father’s day, summer and transition to schools, Throughout those times, children will take part in a variety of learning experiences including messy play, story and song times, painting, sticking, cutting and much more.

0-2 room

The babies managed lots of walks over the summer months around the local community, enjoying the very fortunate warm summer months we have had.

The children and staff enjoyed posing for pictures which were put on the beach display, and Alana put us all in a rubber rings on the wall. Children have created a variety of arts and crafts this term using glues, various materials and paints, and they have benefitted from playing with the play dough and cutters, as well as rolling it all out flat with the wooden rollers.

We have baked lots of birthday cakes and the children helped do lots of baking for the fun day, helping the ladies measure the ingredients, and taking turns to mix the cake mix to be baked.

The role play kitchen as always has been very popular, and the children have enjoyed playing with the real life materials in the kitchen area. Recently, they have enjoyed the addition of new dolls and a high chair. Children really enjoy role play, which allows them to recreate what they see and learn, as well as allowing them to improve their imaginative play skills. The children have also been playing with the small world play. Small world helps develop the children’s imagination and role play skills, whilst also offering lots of opportunities to develop their sharing skills. Children love playing with the cars, trains, little people play sets, and most of all the castles.

We have been enjoying learning all about traditional nursery rhymes and will continue to do so as we move in to the autumn. Traditional nursery rhymes encourage literacy and language, and most of all they are really enjoyable and comforting to young children.

2-3 room

We have really enjoyed having caterpillars in the two’s room this term. They certainly grew a great deal since arriving. The children have loved watching them getting bigger and bigger, and then turning into chrysalis…. and finally beautiful butterflies which have recently been set free.

We have received a new kitchen for the role play area and also a new dolls house. We have enjoyed playing with the real life kitchen materials, as well as lots of imaginative play with the small world people and equipment.

We have been working very hard to introduce new routines to the new children who have joined us from the Baby room. We have done this by putting lots of signage over the room with visual aids.

Children enjoy stories and songs every day and this term has been no different. We have been  reading some of the Elmer books, where Elmer is a bit different from the other elephants, but is much loved anyway. We are creating our own book called “Mr Dragon Goes to Cook School”. The children are enjoying being part of the design of it and sticking it all together, encouraging an improved pincer grip, increased concentration and a feeling of satisfaction.

3-5 room

The 3-5 room really embraced the World cup. Children were all allocated a team, meaning they were able to study maps of the world and globes to find their allocated countries. Children drew the countries flags, which encouraged recognition of colours, as well as pincer development. We made a graph to collect goals, which encourage counting skills, including simple addition.

Due to the number of families in the nursery having babies, we decided to have a whole project about babies. Children were taught about the needs of a baby and how to cater for those. The children enjoyed bathing the dolls, and worked hard to ensure they remained safe.

We had lots of dolls in the house corner, with high levels of role play shown throughout. It was great to listen to children evaluating what they had learnt throughout their project. Comments included “Babies stay in the tummy for 9 months”, “Babies like milk” and Babies get injections to help them stay well”. Children even learned how to change a nappy!!

We talked a lot about heading off to school, talking about the structure of the day and what kinds of activities children will be participating in.

We have recently been learning about traditional Fairy Tales, with Jack and the Beanstalk being a firm favourite. Children have enjoyed identifying what Jack borrows from the giant.

Dates for your Diary

December 12th – Christmas Lunch

December 14th – 3-5 Nativity

December 17th – B A Stores (TBC)

December 18th – Pantomime to see Snow White

December 19th – Christmas Parties

If your child is involved of any of these events you will receive a letter.

The nursery will close at 6pm on Friday 21st December 2018 for the festive holidays and will  re-open on Monday 7th January 2019 at 7.30am.

Kind Regards

Claire Drennan

Nursery Manager

01224 209966


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