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Term 1 Newsletter – September 2017


Dear Parents/Carers


Summer feels like a distant memory, I hope you all managed to get a rest, and are recharged for the year ahead.

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our new families who have joined us this term.


Staff

Stephanie Wood (Cheeky Monkey room) was offered a well-deserved promotion in August, and has joined our sister nursery at Victoria Street in Aberdeen as an Assistant Room Leader on a maternity contract. We are delighted to welcome Jodhi Seagrave to the team who will take over from Stephanie in our Cheeky Monkey room. Jodhi is qualified to HNC level and is keen to get stuck into nursery life!

In August, Megan Pedalty (Little Bunnies room) accepted a full time place studying Social Work at Robert Gordons University. Megan is keen to stay on with us as a relief member of staff, so you may see her again soon. Claire MacDonald has accepted a position as a Nursery Nurse in our Little Bunnies room. Claire has an HNC in Childcare and has been working towards a degree in Child and Youth Studies.

Victoria Bryson has accepted a part time Nursery Assistant position in the Busy Bee room, and will be working a Monday and Thursday.

I’m sure you will join me in welcoming the new members of the team!


Charity – Coffee Morning

Our Coffee Morning in August was a huge success. We raised £845.60 for Barnardos. Thank you very much to everyone who attended and supported us in the run up to the event. †Also, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to provide us with feedback using the evaluation form. Positive comments included:-


“It was a very well run and organised event, your team do you great credit Claire, well done and thank you for all the hard work and baking!”

“Everyone does a great job – well done!”

“Thank you for putting the extra mile in girls. Well done.”


There was a suggestion that we could serve something other than butteries/croissants. This is something we will look at if we hold another coffee morning. †


Training

Lana Brown and Stephanie Wood recently completed their SVQ 3, well done!

Rachel and Allana continue to work towards their SVQ 3 and are doing really well.

I’m continuing to work towards a BA in Childhood Practice. †


Stay and Play

Stay and Play will take place on the week commencing 9th October. This is an opportunity for you to join your child during their nursery time and experience their daily routine. A timetable will be displayed on your child’s door.


Trips and Visits

The Busy Bees October trip is planned for Thursday 26th October. We will be going to Aberdeen University Zoology museum.

The Busy Bees will be joined by Zoolab on Tuesday 19th September.

Angela from Abricabeats is now coming to the Busy Bee room on a Monday at 12.15pm.

Our Development Worker, Margaret Bennett, has been visiting the Cheeky Monkeys and Little Bunnies. She has been singing songs, reading stories and introducing the children and staff to Loose Parts Play. We are still looking for some items for our Loose Parts Box, which can include; plastic bottle tops, pine cones, and yogurt pots.

Little Bunnies

The Little Bunnies spent July learning all about minibeasts! They practiced their fine motor skills by completing peg board beastie puzzles, which also encourages their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. They had a trip to the library bus, where the children chose new minibeast books.

The Little Bunnies practiced their talking skills by using flash cards about different bugs. The children then went on to learn about Dinosaurs. They created fossils using cotton buds and glue, and using oats and paintbrushes, the Little Bunnies discovered hidden dinosaur pictures.

The Little Bunnies then learnt about Disney. They danced to familiar music and had lots of fun painting Mickey Mouse!

Next, the children focused on numbers. They learnt new number rhymes and discovered numbers hidden in jelly during messy play!

Most recently, the Little Bunnies have been learning about vehicles. They have had lots of fun dancing to Sticky Kids, and rolling the cars through the sand in the messy tray. The Little Bunnies practiced their role play skills by dressing up as police and firemen, and driving in the cars!

Cheeky Monkeys

The Cheeky Monkeys kick started their summer by learning about Under the Sea! They used their feet to explore the texture of sand. They hand painted crabs, and made jellyfish using paper plates! The children practiced their gluing and sticking skills by making seahorses, and also created sponge painted dolphins. These activities encouraged and developed the children’s fine movement skills and developed their creativity.

Following on from learning about Under the Sea, the children were keen to learn about Pirates. During this topic, the children found treasure hidden in the messy tray, made their own telescopes and took part in a treasure hunt in the garden.

The children have most recently been learning about Transport. They have made traffic lights, painted cars, practiced their pedalling skills, and washed cars too.

Busy Bees

The Busy Bees have had a hands-on summer, learning all about Animals. They explored lots of different role play in the Tuff Spots during their play, discussing farm animals, as well as pet food. They completed lots of activities, including matching animal halves, acting out different animals, using a glove to pretend to milk a cow (this was a favourite), making foot print penguins and lots of different animal masks. The children covered a huge variety of animals and asked lots of questions throughout their learning journey. After learning about the different food that animals eat, the Busy Bees were keen to learn more about what we eat, which has led us on to our new topic, Food. The children have loved trying different foods from different countries, including India and Scotland!


All rooms have also been spending time discussing Stranger Danger. The Busy Bees and Cheeky Monkeys have been learning about how to keep safe when out and about.


Improvement Plans

We continue to work on developing our nursery as an Eco Schools environment. We are working towards our Green Flag award, and hope to achieve this soon. We are looking to focus on ‘Water’ this term.

We will continue to work on a literacy improvement plan. This term we will be focussing on letter knowledge and recognition.


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


Change of Details

Please ensure that you tell myself or your child’s Room Leader of any change of details, eg phone numbers, address’, so we can update these.


Policies of the Term

Every term, we select certain policies to focus on. Our policies are available for parents to read are 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:-

13 – Fire Prevention and Control Policy

23 – Child Lifting Policy

16 – Baby Feeding


Dates for your diary

Thursday 26th October - Busy Bee October Trip

Wednesday 8th November - Tempest Photographer to visit Wee Rascals Too

Wednesday 6th December - Pre School Panto Trip

Monday 11th December - Ante Pre School trip to BA Stores

Wednesday 20th December - Busy Bee Christmas Party

Friday 22nd December - Busy Bee Nativity

Christmas Closure – The nursery will close on Friday 22nd December at 6.00pm and re-open on Monday 8th January 2018 at 7.30am.


Our website - www.summersnurseries.comhas information regarding dates, show and tell etc.


Kind regards

Claire Rizza

Assistant Nursery Manager

weerascalstoo@summersnurseries.com†††

tel – 01467 633994†