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Term 3 News

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

Maddy’s maternity leave has come to an end and she has resumed her position in the 3-5 room as Room Leader.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hazel for all her hard work covering Maddy over the past 7 months. I am sure you will all agree she has done a fantastic job.

I am expecting my first baby late August. 

Alison Henderson is sadly leaving us on Thursday the 2nd March 2017.  Alison is retiring and will have a lot more time to herself to enjoy her many hobbies and to spend time with her family and grand-children.  Alison will be dearly missed.

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.

Mel, Nikki, Hazel and myself attended “How good is our Early Learning and Childcare Part 2” training this term.  Nikki also attended “I am two and leading the way” training, whilst Chloe Taylor and Chloe Grant attended a Food Hygiene Refresher.

Improvement Plans

We continue to work towards out Improvement plan - Developing pedagogy and practice.  This isdisplayed within the hallway for all parents/carers to see on our new Improvement Plan display board.  Alongside this is our new “You said, We are” display.  We use the information from the results of evaluations to continuously ensure the nursery develops and will use this board to feedback any suggestions and ideas you make during the completion of the evaluations.

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.

Curriculum for Excellence Evening

Thank you to parents who attended our Curriculum for Excellence evening on Thursday the 19th January.  We are pleased that everyone who came and filled out an evaluation found it very beneficial.  One of the comments made was “Lovely to hear what you offer and to hear that we can continue to keep our child here with the added benefit of funding.  It was nice to meet with and talk with staff.”

Trips & Visits

The pre-school room have been enjoying their fortnightly visits to the Green next to Strathburn School. Children have shown great amounts 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.  Hazel has also been in correspondence with the local Council Ranger who is looking for ideas and activities to be taken to the Wee Green Space.


We are pleased to announce that the grand total raised for Sunrise Partnership (which was our 2016 Charity of the Year) by Summers Nurseries was £5205.16, and we managed to raise £1015.16 here at Inverurie. The charity provides a free and confidential service for children up to 18 who have suffered loss or bereavement. We are all really pleased with this,  so many thanks for your support!

Our charity of the year 2017 will be Barnado’s, a UK leading children’s charity which aims to transfer the lives of the most vulnerable children. Various events throughout the year will take place and you will also be given sponsor forms, so we will be very grateful for all donations made.


The 0-2 children really enjoyed their Christmas party and meeting Santa in December.  They made a lovely 12 days of Christmas wall display using a variety of different art and craft resources. 

Since returning from the break they have moved onto a Winter topic, learning about the weather in winter and different winter animals.  The children had a ‘show and tell’ session and loved sledging in the garden on the 1 day we had snow! They have been practising their independence skills when putting on their own hats and gloves to go outside.  The children also enjoyed dressing in tartan and enjoyed traditional haggis, neeps and tatties for lunch on Robert Burns day.

Prior to Christmas, some of the 2-3 children enjoyed a trip to BA Stores, and they all enjoyed a visit from the magician and Santa at the Christmas party.

After a discussion about Frozen and castles, the children and staff brainstormed a Fairytales topic, which has proven to be very popular, with many parental suggestions also.  The children are developing their fine motor skills throughout the topic with many art and craft activities, sponge painting castles and making sparkly wands.  There have been discussions on what houses are built from, following the story of the 3 Little Pigs, as well as messy play using sticks and straw.  Fairytale ‘show and tell’ was a success, with many dressing up clothes and books being taken in. The children also baked homemade sponge cakes which they decorated with Frozen cake toppers. 

The 3-5 room had a very exciting and fun filled December.  They went singing at the old folks homes in Inverurie, performed brilliantly at the Nativity play held at St Andrews Church, decorated a ginger bread house to use as a center piece for the Christmas lunch and enjoy trips to the pantomime and BA stores. 

Since returning from the Christmas break, the children have shown a great deal of interest in the night sky and Space.  As a result of this, staff turned the house corner into a space station with the help of the children. They tasted actual Space ice cream and strawberries eaten by astronauts and created a tick chart as to whether they enjoyed it or not. We also created a paper mache planet solar system and rocket, and the children have been developing their literacy skills using alien puppets they made at the mark making table and re-telling Space stories.

 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 3

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

-      13. Fire prevention

-      24. Whistle Blowing

-      38. Complaints

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

Thank you

Nicola McKinlay

Inverurie Manager



Dates for the Diary

World Book Day (dress up as a character and take along your favourite book) – Thursday the 2ndMarch

Annual Coffee Morning – Saturday the 1stApril

Inverurie News

2-3 and Ante-preschool Christmas Trip
Date posted: 30 Oct 17
Stay and Play 2016 Feedback
Date posted: 12 Oct 16
Save the Children
Date posted: 27 Jan 16
Easter Bonnet Competition
Date posted: 25 Mar 16
Staff Changes
Date posted: 27 Jan 16
Staff Development
Date posted: 27 Jan 16
Wee Green Space
Date posted: 01 Dec 16
2-3 Room Summer Trip
Date posted: 13 Jun 16
Date posted: 13 Jun 16
3-5 Room Term 1 Trip
Date posted: 06 Oct 17
Photo Gallery