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Term 2 Newsletter

Summers Nursery

St Swithin Street

Term 2 2016

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to our latest edition of our newsletter, and an extra warm welcome to new parents and children who have recently joined us.

Notice boards

We have recently revamped the front area and have a parent's consultation up on the door regarding our menus. Please feel free to write down some ideas that we could include on our revamped menus in the New Year. We have also moved the parent's notice board to outside the Baby room. Please take a moment to have a read of any relevant information that may be of interest to you. We also have a suggestion envelope and would love some new ideas for our next parent consultation.

Questionnaires 2016

A big thank you to everyone who completed and returned the annual questionnaires. The staff and I are absolutely delighted with the results. Out of the 24 questionnaires returned, 52% of you rated the nursery as Excellent overall, 39% rated Very Good, and the rest of the questionnaires were rated Good. We have taken the time to read all the lovely comments and they are very much appreciated. Some of the comments were as follows:

"Summers is an excellent nursery and my little one loves it there. I feel valued as a parent"

"My Child loves all the staff and talks about them at home; she always has something to say when we ask her about her day. Thank you for all the support and care you are giving her"

"We are very pleased with every single staff member our son has interacted with. All staff are very positive and friendly and show genuine interest in our son's development"

"I'm really pleased with the care my son receives at nursery. I rate the nursery and staff very highly and appreciate all the hard work that goes in to making nursery such a positive experience. I would definitely recommend Summers Nursery to other parents"

A round up of the results will be available on our new notice board outside the baby room please take one I can also email out to parents if required.

Development plan

As part of our ongoing focus of self-evaluation and improvement of the service, we prepare an annual Improvement Plan which gives a whole nursery vision and approach. To plan what our priorities are for the coming year we draw on feedback from parents, staff and children as well as the feedback we receive from inspection results and council audit. Therefore, to inform the plan for 2016-2017, from this feedback we have decided that the following priorities will be evaluated over the coming year:

Plan 1

Develop a thorough toileting system to ensure that children who require support are supported accordingly. Develop the children's ability to use the toilet independently and confidently and encourage children to ask for help when required.

Support children in first steps of getting dressed and accessing resources.

Plan 2

We will be continuing to work on Numeracy throughout the nursery, ensuring that children are well aware of the needs and uses for Numeracy in everyday situations, to problem solve through exploration of numbers, measuring and weighing.

Nursery plan

We will be looking to work on our outside area to revamp the garden and include a digging area and overhaul our planting area. We will be consulting with you in the New Year regarding ideas.

Reviewing our menus in line with the 'Setting the table' and nutritional guidance. There is a board in the front vestibule for any parents who wish to share some ideas of recipes for lunch or ideas for snacks.

Policies of the term

Child protection

Starting nursery and room transition procedure

These are displayed on our parent's notice board outside the baby room.

Staff Recruitment/ Training

We have a new member of staff who has joined our St Swithin Family. Zoe Robertson is a qualified nursery practitioner with an SVQ 3 in Childcare learning and development. Zoe will be working in our 2-3 and I'm sure you will all give her a warm welcome. Staff have been on various training courses including GIRFEC, Floor books, and Food hygiene refresher.


We would very much appreciate that your child has appropriate clothing available for the cold weather i.e. hat, gloves and warm coat. This means we can get the children out in all weathers. It would be preferable that a spare set of hats, gloves and scarf can be brought in to stay at the nursery please label with child's name.

Spare Clothes

Please check your child's bag regularly to ensure they have a constant supply of spare clothes. We only have a limited supply of nursery spare clothes which are used as a last resort. Please can you also ensure that your child's clothes are clearly labelled with their name, and remember to return any nursery clothes that your child has used - thank you.

Show and tell 3-5 room

Please can we ask that no toys or books are taken in on days that are not Show and Tell days, this is due to thingsgetting lost or broken.

Please check our facebook page for weekly updates regarding the next show and tell.

Indoor shoes

Can parents please provide all children with a change of footwear i.e. slippers, crocs, soft shoes for indoor play. It is important that all children have the appropriate footwear for outside and softer shoes for inside. Providing your children with indoor shoes improves the health and safety within the nursery. Indoor shoes help keep our nursery cleaner whilst ensuring your child's individual comfort and safety. Could parents please make sure your child is changed into their indoor shoes when arriving in nursery thank you.


The babies have been busy over the last few months. They have enjoyed various mini topics including "The Hungry Caterpillar" where they made a lovely wall display, with a huge caterpillar in the middle and mini ones around it! For Halloween, they dressed up for nursery, and we had a spider, a bear, a skeleton and Harry Potter. During Bonfire night, the children enjoyed using lots of glitter and glue, and last but not least, Autumn where we had fun kicking all the fallen leaves at the park. We are now in the middle of Winter/Christmas and loving all the activities that are on offer!

The 2-3 room recently went on a trip to Story Book Glen; they loved seeing all the characters, especially Postman Pat and the red fire engine. The bus ride was also very exciting for the children. There is a new Birthday wall display that the children helped to make, and also lots of Autumn pictures were made with all the leaves and twigs that the children collected on their walks.

The 3-5 room have been busy learning all about themselves and their friends during their 'All About Me' topic. They made some fabulous paper plate portraits and had a great time on their trip to the Etko Sports Academy in Oldmeldrum, where they learned all about how to keep fit whilst having fun. There have also been a few changes in the 3-5 room over the past few weeks. There has been the introduction of the 'Upcycle Station', where we have seen some spectacular models being made. New floor books and talking tubs have also been introduced to help stimulate a more child centred learning approach and to allow the children to take control of their learning - a voting system for 'story of the day' has started with the children putting a counter of their choice in front of their chosen story.

Please see important dates for your diary below, and just a reminder to say that the nursery will close at 6pm on Friday the 23rd of December 2016 for 2 weeks over the festive period. Business will resume as usual on Monday the 9th of January 2016.

Kind Regards from

Deborah Laird

Nursery Manager

01224 209966


Date for your dairy

Tuesday 6th December All Pre-school children who start school in August 2017 will attend the Pantomime at His Majesties Theatre to see Dick McWhittington - letters to follow

Friday 9th December All ante pre-school children will attend a Christmas trip to the Lemon Tree to see White, a new visual show

Wednesday 14th December- - Room Christmas parties - all children invited with letters to follow

Thursday 22nd December All children in the Pre-school room will take part in our Christmas Nativity play at Rubislaw Parish Hall letters have been handed out

Friday 23rd December The nursery will close at 6pm for 2 weeks holiday

Monday 9th January The nursery will re-open at 7.30am

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