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Term 1 newsletter

 September 2017

Term 1 Newsletter


Dear Parents/Carers


I would like to start by welcoming all the new families who have recently joined us here at Summers Nursery.  We hope you and your child enjoy your time with us.


Staff News

A massive congratulations to Nicola McKinlay who gave birth to Mitchell Meldrum on Thursday 24th August, weighing 7lbs 9oz.  Both mum and baby are doing well.

Staff Training

Chloe Taylor is now at the very final stages of her Level 3.  Samantha Gilchrist and Chloe Grant are continuing to work towards their level 3.

Louise Glennie is at the early stages of her Level 3.

Some of the staff have attended an outdoor play course this term.

Trips & Visits

The pre-school room have been enjoying their weekly visits to the Green next to Strathburn School. Children have shown great levels 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 with measuring, problem solving when building, using their local community, respecting the environment and much more.  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.


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


Please ensure your children have appropriate clothing for this weather.


Topics

The 0-2 children have covered a variety of topics recently.  Mini beasts were a particular favourite, with the children keen to look for the minibeasts hidden in the shaving foam.  The children used a variety of minibeasts and paint to print with, and we had the minibeasts out in the small world for the children to play with. They then went on to learn about holidays, after one of our parents took in their holiday photos, and it was exciting for the children playing with pasta in the buckets and spades, as well as making their own sunglasses.  They also pretended they were at the beach, with sand, water and shells out for the children to play in.  Everyone made their own postcards and then had lots of fun posting them into the post box.


The 2-3 children took part in an Under the Sea topic, where they enjoyed small world play with a selection of sea animals, developing hand eye co-ordination when using the rods and fish.  The children were interested in fish so they took part in a marble ink activity and made cheerio octopuses.  As well as this, we had an Under the Sea snack where the children measured and mixed to make blue icing to spread on crispbread.  They have also had fun with messy play sea creatures in jelly.

The children then started talking about their holidays – responding to this interest we had a discussion about the beach and took out the buckets and spades.  The children made paper plate collage sun pictures and sun hats.  After discussing the beach, the children participated in shell paining and transient art activities with shells and beads.  As well as this, they discussed their favourite flavours of ice cream which led onto an ice cream food tasting activity.


After the 3-5’s finished their Disney topic, they moved on to the Jungle. We used the children’s ideas to create a really interesting jungle house corner. We had different materials, animals and a jungle kit. This included spy glasses, cameras and tick sheets. The children also enjoyed learning about people who live in the jungle, and they discussed tribes.  The children thought the masks were fascinating and we gave them a variety of materials to create their own. While learning about tribes, some of the children looked at some videos of tribal dancing. We used the smartboard to discover how to do our own. The boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed this!

We have recently moved on to Rivers, Oceans and Pools. Our mind maps for this topic are really full and the children are really excited to start. We have had a large number of books from the library bus and our “Something for the pool” show and tell has been really successful.


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, 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.


Christmas Closure

Just a reminder that the last day of term prior to the Christmas holidays is Friday 22nd December. The nursery will re—open again on Monday 8th January 2018.



Thank you


Melanie Adam

Inverurie Manager

inverurie@summersnurseries.com

www.summersnurseries.com



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