home page nursery news wee rascals too news Term 2 Newsletter 2018

Term 2 Newsletter 2018




Wee Rascals Too


Term 2 - November 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 with Halloween and now we are preparing for Christmas. The children in the Busy Bee room have begun practicing hard for their upcoming Nativity.


Staff

We would like to welcome Chloe Taylor to the team. Chloe has returned from maternity leave from our Inverurie nursery, and has taken a position in our Cheeky Monkey room on a Monday and Wednesday.


Charity

We have just had our Coffee Morning and Christmas Fayre on Sunday 2nd December at the nursery. We worked hard to put this event together, which included local stallholders, a bake sale, tea and coffee, and a chance to meet Santa! There are still a few Christmas items that can still be purchased. All money raised 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


Training

Karis Morton continues to work 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 has been coming to the Busy Bee room on a Tuesday afternoon at 2.30pm this term.


The Cheeky Monkeys have recently enjoyed a trip to Playtown in Inverurie. They had a great time, which was made even more exciting by a trip back to nursery on the public bus! The Playtown is made up of lots of different role play areas, and the children enjoyed being hairdressers and chefs!

The Busy Bees went on a trip to Macduff Aquarium in October. They loved touching the creatures in the rock pool, and enjoyed listening to a story about a shark.

The Busy Bees also paid a visit to the Grove nursing home in Kemnay, where the children sang a variety of songs for the residents.

Permission forms have now been issued for the Busy Bee Christmas trips. The ante pre-school children will be heading to the Lemon Tree to see a show called Night Lights on Wednesday 5th December. The pre-school children who start school next year are off to His Majesty's Theatre to see the annual pantomime, and this year it is Snow White. They will be going there on Thursday 6th December.

The Busy Bee Nativity will be held on Thursday 13th December in the Kintore Church at 4pm.

The Little Bunnies and the Cheeky Monkeys parties will be on Wednesday 12th December details and letters will follow.

We will be having our Busy Bee Party on Wednesday 19th December. Details and a letter will follow.

Stay and Play

Many thanks to all who attended our Stay and Play week in September. We had a great turn out and feedback has been really positive. We look forward to welcoming you back next year.


Little Bunnies

The Little Bunnies started the term by learning about space. They used the stepping stones to walk to the moon, developing their balance and imaginative skills. The children got creative when using paper plates to make the planets, and baked some delicious star shaped shortbread.


The children then went on to learn about colours. They used flashcards and explored the textures of foam in the messy tray. All the boys and girls were able to develop their knowledge of colours by taking part in a matching game. They also tried new flavours during a colourful food tasting activity.


After our colours topic, the Little Bunnies learnt about clothes. During this topic they took part in washing clothes in soapy water, and practiced putting on their shoes and jackets. The children also took part in a 'wear yellow day', which was lots of fun!


The Little Bunnies thoroughly enjoyed Halloween, making pumpkin shortbread, as well as taking turns carving a pumpkin.


More recently, the Little Bunnies have been learning about their senses. They enjoyed learning about hearing, where they played with the musical instruments, made their own instruments, and listened to the story CDs.

The children then developed their knowledge of sight, where they played 'hide and seek' with the teddies. They also enjoyed water play using the jugs and water tray.

We have just finished learning about touch, where the children have used the loose parts materials to explore different items They have also had lots of fun digging in the garden.

The children are currently learning about smell.


Cheeky Monkeys

Since the last newsletter, the Cheeky Monkeys have covered a variety of topics, which have been decided by the children.


The children spent time learning about space. They made stars using paint, glue and glitter. Everyone enjoyed learning a song about the planets, and the boys and girls built their own rockets using different shapes.

The Cheeky Monkeys developed their counting skills by counting stars, and developed their skills in the kitchen when baking moon cookies! The children discussed the different food that an astronaut may eat in space, which then led us onto their next topic about food.


During this learning journey, the children took part in fruit painting, food themed messy play, a food tasting activity and a 'hide and seek' game of missing food. The children also developed their matching and sorting skills by sorting foods into different coloured groups.


As the weather changed, the children began speaking about Halloween and autumn. They discussed and carved their own pumpkin and took part in picture recognition, using flashcards. The children used craft toothbrushes to paint fireworks, and had great fun at a Halloween party, where they took part in lots of games and dancing.


The children have recently begun speaking about Christmas, so we have now moved on to learning about Christmas, and are preparing for our Christmas party!


Busy Bees

The Busy Bees started by learning about the farm. This topic was popular and lasted a long time! The children took part in many in depth discussions about the different farm animals, the noises they make and the parts they play in the running of the farm.

There were many art and craft farm activities, including mud printing, apple painting, and making cotton wool sheep. The children enjoyed drawing round a peer and turning their outline into the Busy Bee Scarecrow, which was displayed on the wall.


The Busy Bees then went on to learn about autumn, which also incorporated Halloween and Bonfire Night. The children took part in leaf printing, and went for a walk in the woods to collect autumnal materials. They enjoyed making spooky decorations for the Halloween party, which included bats and ghosts. Using straws, the children made decorative skeletons, too. Everyone enjoyed a spooky party, with games and a Halloween themed snack. The children then went on to discuss Guy Fawkes and share memories of fireworks they had seen. They made autumnal cinnamon and ginger playdough, as well as baked cakes.


The Busy Bees brainstormed together and decided they would like to learn about People Who Help Us. This was started with a discussion about the different people in our lives who help us. The children have enjoyed role play activities using first aid items, sorting broken bones and healing cuts and scrapes. They also took part in creating finger ID prints during an activity about the police. This is a fairly new topic, so keep an eye on the ILD to see what other activities the children get up to!







Questionnaires

We are delighted to receive such positive feedback from our annual questionnaires. Comments included:-


  • 'staff are always friendly and welcoming'
  • 'staff always to their best to help settle the children in the morning'
  • 'there is an excellent range of toys and activities, which are changed

frequently

It was highlighted that the daily activity on the Interactive learning Diary is overshadowing individual observations, therefore we are changing these observations to a weekly 'round up', which will give you an insight into your child's week at nursery.

Overall, 53% of you voted the nursery Excellent for overall quality of the service, 43% voted the service Very Good, with 2% voting Good


Improvement Plans

Our most recent Improvement Plan has recently been developed and is divided into 3 areas. We are focusing on improving and developing the use of observations and planning, developing the use of the ILD system, and developing zoning and loose parts.

The Improvement Plan is available for you to look at and add to in the corridor.


Invoices

Thank you for your patience with the transition period for our new invoice system. It proved to be more challenging than we had first thought, so hopefully we are now back on track, and parents will benefit from having their invoices e mailed.


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. This 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:-

14 Infection Control

21 Contingencies

33 Student Placement Policy


Dates for your diary

  • Wednesday 5th December Ante Pre-school Christmas Trip
  • Thursday 6th December Pre-school Christmas Trip
  • Wednesday 12th December Little Bunnies and Cheeky Monkeys Parties
  • Thursday 13th December Busy Bee Nativity
  • Wednesday 19th December Busy Bee Party

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

Wee Rascals Too News

Summer Newsletter
Date posted: 17 Aug 17
Abricabeats
Date posted: 11 Sep 19
2018 Charity of the Year
Date posted: 12 Feb 18
Christmas Fayre 2019
Date posted: 11 Sep 19
Walk for Friends of the Special Nursery
Date posted: 09 May 19
Annual Coffee Morning
Date posted: 11 Sep 19
Show & Tell
Date posted: 16 Sep 19
2019 Christmas Party Dates
Date posted: 11 Sep 19
Tempest
Date posted: 11 Sep 19
Term 4 Newsletter
Date posted: 13 May 19
Photo Gallery