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Term 4 Newsletter - September 2018


Dear Parents/Carers


Well, here we go again, the start of a new academic year. They keep flying in so fast!

We have waved all our wee ones off to school now. We will miss each of them dearly, but know they are all well prepared to face the big school world.


We welcome all our new families who have joined the nursery. We are looking forward to getting to know everyone.


Staffing

Both Caitlin and Faye are now working relief hours for the nursery, as they are now going back to alternative educational studies. Faye is studying Beauty Therapy, and Caitlin, Social Work. We wish the girls all the best in the future and look forward to hearing all about their new experiences.


Steph Wood has been promoted to 2-3 Room Leader. We would like to congratulate Steph in her promotion and wish her luck for the future. Steph joined Summers as a Nursery Assistant in our Kintore nursery over 3 years ago, so it has been a pleasure watching her grow and develop.


Shannon, Niamh and Kara will be joining the nursery throughout September. Shannon and Kara are both qualified staff and Niamh is joining us from Spain. Shannon and Kara will be based in the 0-2 room and Niamh will be in the 2-3 room.


We are currently advertising for a 3-5 Assistant Room Leader.


Staff Training

Hazel will continue her BA in Childhood Studies this term, with Karina and Megan continuing to work through their Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level 3 Social Services (Children and Young People).


We will be selecting our annual training from September 2018, when the information is provided by Aberdeen City Council and their training partners.


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. It allows for the preparation of food, staffing and outings.


Charity

As you know, throughout 2018 we have been working hard to raise funds for Befriend a Child. Befriend a Child offer everyday childhood experiences to children who have been let down by a significant adult in their lives. Check out all their information on http://www.befriendachild.org.uk


So far we have raised a massive:-


  • £1006 through completing the kiltwalk (already donated through kiltwalk)
  • £199.01 raised on the day at Sports day
  • £472 from sponsor forms
  • £111.80 from Summer Solstice
  • £138.10 for PJ day
  • £135 so far from our on-going monthly 'Dress Down' Fridays

 

We still have plenty more planned throughout the rest of the year, including a Christmas fayre, bake sale and coffee morning.


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.


Weather

Please remember that 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.


Facebook

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 Victoria Street.


Pre-Birth to Three

We had another successful Pre-Birth to Three evening where parents both in the nursery and those with children about to start nursery attended a small presentation about how we deliver the curriculum to children under three years of age. Parents had the opportunity to take part in activities and also view floor books that are used to plan and evaluate activities. We received a good attendance, allowing parents to interact with staff. Parents thought that the evening was very good and stated how beneficial it was to see how the curriculum links to play.  


Parents Evening

Thanks to all the parents who attended our annual parents evening. Parents had the opportunity to meet with their child's key worker and discuss their child's development and next steps.


Sports Day

We held our annual sports day this term. It was a fantastic turnout! Thank you all for coming. Children and parents were just as competitive as one another. 31 parents agreed that the day was "Excellent" and 5 said "very good".





Development Plans


Plan 1

Our ILD plan is now at an end. We have worked hard to develop the use of our ILD as well as encouraging parents to contribute fully. Parents who have not signed up should do so using their child's unique code provided in the letter given. These can be redistributed and passwords can be re-sent if required.


Plan two

The rooms have done well introducing new heuristic play materials, however we do feel this could be further developed in the garden. We are currently in talks with the AWPR to obtain materials to help develop natural play in our garden and at the wee green space.  


Payments

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

We are happy to have Angela from Abricabeats return to the 3-5 this term on a Thursday at 3:50pm. We alternate the session Angela attends each term to ensure all our children in the 3-5 room get a chance to experience the dance and drama she has on offer.


The pre-school children had an excellent trip to Balmedie beach in the summer. We all rolled around in the sand dunes, paddled a little in the water and enjoyed an alfresco lunch. We took lots of resources with us, including bats, balls, Frisbees, and tents to create a real adventure.


We are continuing to enjoy regular visits to our wee green space, as well as visits to the city library. The children love visiting the library, and they really enjoy selecting books.


Check out the Dates for your Diary section to see the plans for the next trips.


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, 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 0-2 room children have been enjoying lots of 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 and trains, little people play sets and most of all, the castles.


We have taken part in a variety of arts and crafts. This term we laminated splodges of paint for the children to explore. It helped to encourage the children who are less enthusiastic about getting messy become involved with the paint. It also helped the children to learn about the mixing of colours and textures. This term, we have also enjoyed using the chalks, pens, pencils and dabbers.


During quieter times, children have been developing their skills of completing peg puzzles and some have started doing two piece jigsaws!  We have lots of animal puzzles that have also been used for the children to show off their animal impressions.


Stories and songs are on offer daily, and we are now experts in the "Baby Shark" craze. Stories are used to help comfort and sooth on a one to one basis whilst encouraging language, and in a group situation, children learn to sit collectively and listen whilst showing an understanding of turn taking.


Throughout the summer we have had lots of trips to the local park. Children have enjoyed lots of outdoor play, giving great opportunities to develop their gross motor skills.  The babies have been playing on the small slide and have been using the small bikes and cars.


We are currently learning about Transport due to a keen interest in diggers and cars.


2-3 room

This term we have enjoyed learning about the emergency services, with the children having fun painting big boxes to create a fire engine and a police car. Not only did everyone get the satisfaction and skills from creating them, but the children also enjoyed playing with them. Children took it in turns to 'drive' the vehicles around, helping out their peers. Children learn so much through interaction and observation, and gain a high level of understanding through role play.


The two's room received some new story books with the sound effect buttons on the side. These proved very popular, The children loved the stories, and concentration was being developed as they took turns anticipating when they would get to push the button.


The children have been developing their gross motor skills from some new roller skates. They have shown great balance and control whilst using the skates. Children have also proven to have patience as they have persevered from having to be held up, to now being successful at skating around the garden.


As always, we have had monthly Show and Tell, which has included 'a picture of you with your daddy', 'a picture of you on holiday' and 'something related to summer'. Children get a great deal of satisfaction from telling us lots of information, and we love hearing all about their lives out with nursery. The children continue to develop their vocabulary and confidence through Show and Tell.


We are currently still learning about summer, and will be progressing to learning about "My Body"


3-5 room

We have enjoyed learning about "People who help us". We have learnt lots about hospitals, and in particular, nurses. Megan is a qualified nurse and has taught us about some of her experiences throughout her time, including helping with bandaging techniques and all about broken bones. We also had a visit from a local dentist, who took along some of her tools, giving us good advice about how to look after our teeth through both care and diet.


We have loved being part of the World cup. The children have collected balls as the goals have been scored, and then created a bar chart of the results. This is learning through play at its best! We have taken the childrens'  interest in the world around them, and then developed this into an art activity where they have created the footballs, and then introduced simple maths by continually adding up the goals,


Due to several families in the nursery having babies, we decided to have a whole project on babies. Children were taught about the needs of a baby and how to cater for those. There were high levels of role play throughout with the baby dolls, with bath times for the babies being really enjoyable, and children worked hard to ensure the babies remained safe. We also had babies in the house corner.


The children enjoyed learning about schools to help prepare those who were leaving us to go off to primary school. All children were certainly well equipped for the next stage in their lives.


We are currently learning about mini beasts, so take a look at our mini beast centre we have created. It incorporates lots of the curriculum, including literacy, numeracy, technologies and social sciences.




Kind regards


Claire Drennan


Nursery Manager

01224 628862


victoriastreet@summersnurseries.com


  • see dates for diary on back page





Dates for your Diary


December 12th – Pantomime visit to Snow White


December 14th – Nativity


December 17th – B A Stores (TBC)


December 18th – Carol Singing (TBC)


December 21st – Christmas Parties


If your child is involved of any of these events you will receive a letter prior to the event.


The nursery will close at 6pm on Friday 21st December and will re-open on Monday 7th January at 7.30am after the Christmas break.


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