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Term 3 News

February 2017

Term 3 Newsletter


Dear Parents/Carers


We hope all the new families who have recently joined us this term are settling in well, and that your child enjoys his/her time with us.


Staff News

Amy Callard has taken over from Chloe Taylor while she is on maternity leave, and Lauren Donald has just returned to work in the 3-5 room from her maternity leave, and will be working full days on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Staff Training

Ashleigh Christie and Chloe Grant are continuing to work towards their SVQ level 3s.

Some of the staff have benefited from attending an observation course.


Charity of the Year

We are delighted to announce that we have raised the largest amount ever for one charity. We managed to raise a whopping amount of £8064.74 for last year's charity, Barnardo's, from all the Summers Nurseries, and here at Inverurie, we achieved the highest amount raised of all the nurseries, gathering a huge total of £2115.23. Thank you so much for all your very generous support!

This year for 2018, we will be fund raising throughout the year for a local charity, 'Befriend', which supports disadvantaged and troubled school age children (aged 4-16) in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Information can be found at www.befriendachild.org.uk


Curriculum for Excellence Evening

Thank you to all parents who came to our Curriculum evening. It was lovely to see you all there, and we had a great response from our questionnaires, letting us know that the evening was informative and that you received a lot of information on the curriculum and the funding.


Improvement Plans

We are continuing to work on our improvement plans, working on transitions and helping the children to learn the new skills in the different rooms.  We are also working on our schema wall, helping the children and staff understand what schemas are.  We have also added a lot of loose parts to our garden which the children are having a great time using.


Trips & Visits

The pre-school room have been enjoying their weekly visits to the Green next to Strathburn School.   There is a timetable displayed on the 3-5 room door which states what group your child is in and what dates they will be going over during the next few months. Pre-school are also having weekly visits form Angela at Abricabeats on a Thursday afternoon during term time.


The 0-2s continue to go out for their daily walks in the buggies and on the reins.


Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing for the cold weather.


Topics

The 0-2 children have covered a variety of topics recently. All the children enjoyed picking stories from the library bus to take back to nursery.  They made a variety of Christmas crafts such as bells, stockings, Christmas trees, as well as cards, calendars and gifts.  The boys and girls loved meeting Santa at our Christmas party, playing party games and having a party snack also.  The children then moved onto a topic about winter. They had great fun playing in the snow, and made robins, as well as painting hat and glove pictures.  The children liked feeling the texture of shaving foam and pretending it was snow.  They also used the snowflake cutters and play dough, as well as glue and tin foil to make icicle pictures.  Everyone enjoyed making snow ball truffles, helping to stir the mixture.  We have now moved onto a topic about dinosaurs.


The 2-3 children took part in a Christmas topic. They used glitter and paint to make stars and sequins for their Christmas pictures.  The children asked about Rudolph, so we sang Christmas songs and made hand printed reindeers, and sponge painted Christmas shapes.  The boys and girls also made their own presents, practising shape recognition with different shaped paper, as well as enhancing their cutting skills, snipping pieces of ribbon to put onto the present.  The children also used forks and red paint to decorate candy canes. 

The boys and girls had lots of fun playing in the snow, making snowmen and having snowball fights.  They loved their visit to BA stores, where they got to feed the reindeers and meet Santa.  The children also had great fun at their Christmas party, playing party games, having a party snack and meeting Santa who gave them a present. The children used Christmas cutters to cut shapes out of pancakes.

We have just moved onto a topic about the farm, with the children making cotton wool sheep, animal prints and hand print cows.  The children practised their sorting and matching skills, and role play involved playing with the animals in the mud, then washing them.  The children made muddy pigs, measuring and mixing angel delight and adding Percy pigs.  They also got to take in a 'show and tell item', to show and speak about to their friends.


The 3-5 room had a very successful Nativity! A lot of parents commented on how good the children's singing was. We are extremely proud of them and thought they all did a fantastic job!  The children really enjoyed participating in all our Christmas activities, and particularly liked singing Christmas carols at the care homes.

Since returning after the Christmas holidays, the children have developed their knowledge from our  "People who help us" topic. I would like to say a massive thank you to the parents who so far have encouraged their children to bring in something to do with the topic. We have had some excellent learning experiences because of this, from learning about how to keep your teeth clean, but also how to keep safe when there is a fire.


Tax Free Childcare

In April 2017, the UK Government launched its tax free Childcare Scheme, which will replace existing voucher schemes. These close to new entrants in April 2018, although existing membership can continue forwards from this cut-off date.  Information is available to parents at the following websites.

www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

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


This is now set up for parents to use, so when signing up, ensure you choose the Summers Victoria Street account.


Change of Details

Please remember to inform us of any changes regarding personal details, eg phone numbers/address', so that we always have up to date information.


Illness

Information will be displayed on your child's room entry door advising parents of actual confirmed/suspected infectious illness if present in the nursery. Please inform us of any illness your child has and follow the required exclusion period.


Policies of the Term

Our policies of the term are 4. Confidentiality, 12 Health and Safety, 21. Contingencies. Policies are in the front hallway available for parents to read.


Dates for your diary


Monday 5th March– 3-5 Trip to Hoodles – This is for children in on a Monday, letters will given to parents for this.


Saturday 24th March – Coffee morning, 10.00am-12.00pm –We hope you can all make it along and feel free to bring family and friends. Money raised from the coffee morning will be going to the charity, 'Befriend A child', which is our 2018 Charity of the Year.



Thank you


Melanie Adam


Inverurie Manager

inverurie@summersnurseries.com

www.summersnurseries.com



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