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Term 3 Newsletter 2017

WEE RASCALS Too Newsletter February term 3

Dear Parents/Carers

Christmas now feels like a distant memory, so hopefully we are in for some warmer weather as we approach spring. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new families to Wee Rascals Too - we hope you are now settled into the routine.


We are pleased to announce that we raised 1141.15 here at Wee Rascals Too for the Sunrise Partnership, a local charity which supports children up to 18 who have had a significant loss or bereavement throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The grand total for our Charity of the Year 2016 for all the Summers Nurseries was 5205.16, so many thanks for all your donations and support throughout the year – it is very much appreciated!

Our chosen charity for 2017 is Barnardo’s. Barnardo’s works to support and protect vulnerable children and young people in the UK. You can find out more about the work they do at www.barnardos.org.uk

We will keep you posted and look forward to seeing you at our charity events later in the year! Sponsor forms will be going out near Sports Day, so we appreciate any donations given.


Stephanie, Rachel, Lana and Allana all continue to work towards their SVQ 3 and are doing really well.

Claire Rizza has recently started her BA in Childhood Practice through Aberdeen University.

Claire and Amanda have recently attended ‘How Good is our Early Learning and Childcare’ training, and are looking forward to putting their knowledge into practice.

Trips and Visits

The Busy Bees are looking for suggestions for their spring trip! Please see one of the girls if you have any ideas.

Angela from Abricabeats is now visiting the Busy Bee room on a Friday at 12.30pm.

Improvement Plans

Following on from our inspection last year, we are going to focus on developing literacy within the nursery. This is a huge topic, so we will be breaking it into smaller chunks, starting with Story Telling. We will also continue to develop Eco Schools within the nursery.


Little Bunnies

The Little Bunnies have had a very busy start to the year! They learnt all about toys when they made new sensory bottles using glitter, buttons and water. They also used their fine motor skills when using the mega blocks. They then went on to learn about the colour Green. The children experimented with different textures when playing with green paint and pasta in the messy tray. They also had a food tasting with green jelly! The Little Bunnies spent a week painting green leaves and a brown trunk to create a new Family Tree, which is now on display. They also took part in an experiment to see the growth of flowers when planted in sand and mud. The Little Bunnies then went on to learn about the colours of the rainbow. They made a rainbow and clouds for a wall display, and they practiced their balancing skills using the rainbow stepping stones, and some children practiced saying new words after looking at a picture book with colours in them.

Most recently, the Little Bunnies have been learning about the weather. The children have been learning new songs all about different types of weather. The Little Bunnies have been taking advantage of the dry weather and have been for lots of walks this term, exploring the local surroundings.

Cheeky Monkeys

The Cheeky Monkeys have been learning all about winter, and have been participating in a wide range of activities. They have made snowflakes from paper plates, using cotton wool and sequins. They have participated in lots of group songs about seasons and animals. The children put their clothing knowledge to the test when creating a winter body; they stuck a jacket, hat, scarf and gloves onto a life size drawing of a body. There was lots of excitement when the Cheeky Monkeys made coloured ice cubes! The children experienced the texture and temperature of the ice, before watching it melt into colourful water.

The children chose to design two snowmen - a mummy and a daddy, and they used buttons and jewels to decorate the bodies, and cotton wool for the face. When making the eyes, the children practiced their cutting skills.

There was lots of giggling from the Cheeky Monkey room when they made penguins, using their painted feet!

The Cheeky Monkeys are helping Wee Rascals Too achieve our Green Flag in Eco Schools. They took turns in digging compost in the greenhouse, and watered the soil before planting some seeds in the hope they grow into pretty flowers.

Busy Bees

After a lengthy discussion, the Busy Bees decided to focus their learning on Under the Sea. The children have enjoyed learning about different types of sea creatures, such as octopus’ and jellyfish!

The Busy Bees participated in an experiment about floating and sinking, and the children predicted on a graph which everyday objects would float, and which would sink, before discovering if they were correct. The activity had surprising results and the children were very engaged. Claire brought in shells from the beach, and we have set up our investigation table as a beach theme. This has instigated lots of role play from the children.

Some of the Busy Bees tested their taste buds for Burns Day and tried Haggis - it had mixed responses! The children wanted to create their own tartan, so they did this using coloured paper.

The Busy Bees have been very busy creating a ‘Who Am I?’ wall, and they completed self-portraits and are proud to show these off. They have also been responsible for designing the backgrounds to some of our new wall displays in the hallway. We will be carrying on learning about Under the Sea, as we still have lots of Ocean learning to discover!

Eco Schools

This term the Eco Committee have begun working towards our Green Flag award. We carefully selected litter, waste management and health and wellbeing as the areas we can work on to improve our nursery. We have started by developing the children’s knowledge of these areas and planned activities accordingly. We have been recording our waste at lunch time and using our ‘junk’ to create and build a variety of models, and the children have been checking the garden with staff for litter. We have also been reviewing the children’s health and wellbeing opportunities.

Each room has the responsibility of planting a variety of different flowers and vegetables in the compost in the greenhouse. We look forward to seeing these grow! We are always looking for new members and ideas for our Eco School Committee. For further information, please see Kirsti in the Busy Bee room, and keep an eye out for updates on our new eco board and in our eco floor book.

Interactive Learning Diary

Please ask if you are having any trouble accessing your child’s ILD. Parents are able to make observations of your child, and also a new feature has been added which allows you to make comments on staff observations of your child.


Please ask if you wish to have a copy of the new menus which have recently been updated – thanks!


The nursery follows the NHS Grampian Guidelines for infectious diseases, so your child will only be allowed to return to nursery after any required exclusion period. Please also inform us of any illness your child has. You can read information displayed on the front door regarding specific contagious illnesses.

Please be aware that if your child has been prescribed an antibiotic, then we require he/she to stay at home for a minimum of 24 hours after the first dosage. If your child has vomiting/diarrhea, then he/she can come back to nursery 48 hours after the last episode.

Policies of the Term

Policy 3 – Open access to information

Policy 4 – Confidentiality

Policy 12 – Health and Safety


Our website gives lots of information to keep you up to date, please visit www.summersnurseries.com

Kind Regards

Claire Drennan

Nursery Manager


tel 01467 633994

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