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Term 1 Newsletter 2018

Wee Rascals Too


Term 1 - September 2018


Dear Parents/Carers


I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new families to Wee Rascals Too. I hope you have settled in well. We have had a busy couple of months preparing our biggest children for their next adventure, Primary 1! Graduation was a lovely day, with lots of cherished photos to look back on.

Everyone enjoyed Sport’s day, with lots of races and it also gave parents the chance to socialise with each other. Next year we will provide more space for the Parents races!

We also had Parents evening at the end of term which gave parents opportunities to discuss their child’s progress, along with their key worker.


Staff

We would like to welcome Charlotte Burnett who has replaced Kirstin Stewart this term. Charlotte is a fully qualified Nursery Nurse who has recently completed an HNC in Childcare at College, and has settled well into the Busy Bee room. She will be working Monday-Friday, with a Wednesday off.

Alana Watt has been offered a permanent position in the school nursery, which she has accepted. This gives her shorter hours during the day to fit in with her family. She has been splitting her time there for some time, so we wish her all the best. Chloe Taylor, who has been on maternity leave from our nursery in Inverurie will be taking Alana’s job.


Charity

Many thanks for your support during our recent Bacon Roll and Pastries mornings. We raised a fantastic 238! This money will be donated to our chosen 2018 charity, Befriend a Child. They are a local charity who support disadvantaged and troubled children aged 4-16 in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. You can find out more information about them at www.befriendachild.org.uk

We will be holding a Christmas Fayre & Coffee Morning on Sunday 2nd December.There will be stalls, Santa and much more! Details will follow shortly, so keep an eye out! Money raised at these events will be going towards the Befriend a Child charity.


Training

Karis Morton has recently begun working towards an SVQ 3.

Emma Rowell continues to study for an SVQ 4.

I continue to work towards a BA in Childhood practice.


Trips and Visits

Angela from Abricabeats is coming to the Busy Bee room on a Tuesday afternoon at 2.30pm this term.


The Cheeky Monkeys enjoyed a summer trip in July to the Fairy Woods at Fedderate. They had a lovely time searching for fairies, before listening to a story around the campfire, and having a snack of toasted marshmallows.

The Busy Bees also benefited from a trip in July to Hazelhead Park, enjoying the warm weather and various activities before having a picnic. The children also loved seeing the different animals, especially the meerkats! The sun shone brightly for us and a superb trip was had.

Keep an eye out for permission forms and information about the Busy Bees Autumn trip, which will take place on Monday 1st October.


Stay and Play

Stay and Play this year will take place from Monday 8th October – Friday 12th October. This is an opportunity for you to come into the nursery setting and spend an hour in your child’s room. It is a fantastic way to see your child interact within the nursery. Forms have been issued to all parents.


Little Bunnies

The Little Bunnies had a very busy summer. They began by learning about Under the Sea. This topic involved using the whale soft play, building sandcastles and reading stories about pirates. They then went on to learn about holidays. During this topic, the children made their own ice lollies, took part in group painting, and watched videos about airports and planes.

In July, the Little Bunnies focussed on some of the next steps within the room. They practiced using cutlery, completing small jigsaw puzzles and building tall towers with the blocks. They then went on to explore Music and Movement. The children developed their sensory skills by making musical instruments using a variety of materials. They enjoyed listening to story CDs and became familiar with the tunes and songs. The children then went on to learning about Fairytales. Art and craft skills were developed during a crown making activity, and the children had lots of fun when role playing with the castle. Finally, the children learnt about Dinosaurs. They buried the dinosaur figures in messy play, and listened to a story about why you must never touch a dinosaur!

August has seen the Little Bunnies cover The Jungle, where they completed jungle puzzles and sang ‘Walking Through the Jungle’, before moving onto the Alphabet. This topic included baking letter shaped shortbread, sponge painting using letter sponges, and creating letters to display on the walls.

Most recently, the children have been learning about Day and Night, which gave us the inspiration for a Charity PJ day on Friday 31st August!


Cheeky Monkeys

The Cheeky Monkeys began by learning about People Who Help Us. The children made paper plate lollipops and enjoyed role playing, telling others to stop and wait for cars to pass. The children used the dressing up clothes to practice dressing skills. They took a turn of being doctors and used first aid equipment to wrap bandages.

The Cheeky Monkeys then went on to learn about the farm. They played with pigs in mud in the messy tray, and practiced matching and sorting when using a lotto game. They also used corn on the cob to experiment with when painting. This then brought the children onto learning about wildlife. The children learnt about ladybirds, before searching for some in the garden. They used playdoh to make snails and bugs, and painted their hands for hand print flowers.

Children were coming into nursery and talking about the sky, including the moon and stars, so are now moving on to learning about space.


Busy Bees

The Busy Bees completed a topic about School. During this time they discussed various emotions they may be experiencing about school, particularly from the children who moved onto Primary 1 in August this year. They also spoke about what they want to be when they grow up. The children wanted to spend some time finding out about the different subjects at school, so time was spent looking at maths, letter writing, P.E and science. The pre-school children tested out having a ‘play piece’ in the garden which was exciting! The children also went on a trip to the park, to meet children from other surrounding settings.

We then went on to learn about the circus. During this topic, the children made popcorn, practiced gymnastics and pretended they were walking the ‘tight rope’ on the balancing beam. The children developed their physical skills when practicing juggling, and made a candy floss tuff spot to explore. The children made circus tents within the Busy Bee room, and designed their own tickets for the circus.

Most recently, the children have been learning about summer. The children were able to watch butterflies grow from tiny caterpillars. They researched what to feed the butterflies, and were excited to set them free when it was time. The children designed individual bug jars, looking for bugs in the garden. They participated well when making smoothies and ice lollies. Lots of excitement was had when the children used water guns to paint in the garden. The children also froze blocks of paint before using them to paint summer pictures.

After a discussion about summer colours, the Busy Bees took part in an experiment with skittles, watching the colours run.

Recently, the children have decided to learn about the Farm, and have begun filling in mind maps, to decide what to investigate first.


Improvement Plans/Eco Schools

We are continuing to work towards developing our nursery as an Eco Schools environment. We are working towards our Green Flag award, and hope to achieve this soon.


Our current Improvement Plan is divided into 3 areas. We are focusing on staff gaining more knowledge about a frequently used document; How Good is Our Early Learning and Childcare, developing the ILD system and Loose Parts within the nursery. The Improvement Plans are displayed on the General News wall in the hallway.


Tax Free Childcare

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

www.childcarechoices.go.uk

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


Reminders

As the weather continues to be unpredictable, can I ask that you provide suitable outdoor clothing for your child, labelled, where possible.


We require 4 weeks written notice when dropping days.

A reminder to all parents that we meet in the Little Bunnies room for breakfast, which runs until 8.15am. Can we ask that your child has their slippers on before coming in, so they can get started with their day!

When making invoice payments to the nursery, please use your child’s name as a reference.

Uniform for children is available to buy from the office for the Busy Bees. We have polo shirts and jumpers available. These are optional.


Policies of the Term

Every term, we select certain policies to focus on. Our policies are available for parents to read in the front hallway. Please ask myself or the Room Leader of your child’s room if you have any trouble locating them.


The policies of the term are as follows:-

11 – Unexpected Absence

12 – Health and Safety

36 – Sleep Room Procedure


Dates for your diary

Monday 1st October – Busy Bee trip

Monday 8th – Friday 12th October – Stay & Play

Tuesday 6th November – Tempest photographer

Sunday 2nd December – Christmas Fayre and Cofee Morning


Our website - www.summersnurseries.comhas information regarding dates, ‘show and tell’ etc, so please take a look at Wee Rascals Too news.


Kind regards

Claire Rizza

Nursery Manager

weerascalstoo@summersnurseries.com

Tel – 01467 633994

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