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Term 2 Newsletter 2017

Wee Rascals Too

Term 2 Newsletter 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

Christmas is fast approaching, and the cold nights are drawing in!

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


Stephanie Horne has accepted a part time position in the 3-5 room on a Wednesday and Thursday. Stephanie is a qualified Nursery Nurse, who is studying Drama at College.


We held our PJ Day on 24th November to raise money for Barnardo's, our charity which we are supporting for 2017. We will announce final totals for the year very shortly


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 was held in October. It was a great success and we received some lovely feedback.

Comments included;

"It was great fun, we both enjoyed it and my child wants me to come to nursery every day!"

"I wouldn't change anything, I think it's important that it is relaxed and natural to experience their typical day."

Going forward, we will try to adjust our Stay and Play times so they don't overlap with outside time, as mentioned in some feedback.

Trips and Visits

The Busy Bees paid a visit to the Zoology museum in October. It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip. The children were encouraged to touch and investigate the different animals, and enjoyed looking at the wonderful variety of butterflies.

Angela from Abricabeats has been coming to the Busy Bee room on a Wednesday morning during term time.

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 enjoyed learning about vehicles at the end of last term.

They then moved onto learning about food. They enjoyed creating rainbow toast using food colouring, and they explored new painting materials, which included using pears and apples to print with. The children participated in a food tasting activity, where they tried Indian food such as popadoms, mango chutney and naan bread.

The children then went on to learning about Space. They made Galaxy sensory bottles and glittery Galaxy playdough. Everyone enjoyed getting messy, making planets for the wall display.

Next, the children learnt about autumn, and they enjoyed exploring the soil, and doing leaf messy play. The children practiced their balancing skills using the snail rocker, and they enjoyed baking shortbread in the shape of pumpkins.

We then learnt about Halloween and enjoyed a Halloween party where all the children came dressed to impress!

Finally, we all enjoyed learning about Fireworks and Bonfire Night, with the boys and girls using dabbers to make fireworks, as well as participating in foam, paint and glitter messy play.

Cheeky Monkeys

The Cheeky Monkeys learnt about transport. They discussed boats and pirate ships. They enjoyed making traffic light treats, and making signs for traffic. Using fresh fruit, the children made their own cars and finished the topic by junk modelling different modes of transport.

The children then went on to learning about People who Help Us. They enjoyed learning about the police and making special police badges. They participated in drawing X Rays and put together their own first aid boxes.

The Cheeky Monkeys then moved on to learning about autumn. They used leaf puppets and made a large autumn tree. The children used their handprints to create their own special trees, and they enjoyed decorating pine cones and counting conkers.

The children then moved on to learning about Halloween, making cotton bud skeletons, and playing in green slime for messy play.

We then focused on learning about different characters with the children, and they sponge painted Teletubbies, and practiced cutting and colouring different characters. After learning about Winnie the Pooh, the children enjoyed a taste of a honey sandwich.

Busy Bees

The Busy Bees finished off a very successful topic on Food, where they learnt all about different types of food, looking at the Eatwell Plate, which gives a picture summary of the main food groups and portions for a healthy meal.

The children then moved on to learning about Superheroes and Princesses. They spent time learning about different superheroes, including the Hulk, Spiderman, Batman and Princesses, including Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Jasmine, also learning about which countries the different princesses come from. The children enjoyed practicing measuring and taking turns when baking Spiderman cookies, and the Busy Bees had a very successful 'show and tell', where they dressed up as their favourite superheroes and princesses.

After a lengthy discussion, the Busy Bees have decided to move onto learning about Disney, also looking at Christmas as a side topic. So far, the children have made Mickey Mouse faces, and had great fun discussing Lightning McQueen! The children have enjoyed making Santa Claus and they are looking forward to baking gingerbread, and learning how reindeers fly.

Parental Feedback

We try to focus parental feedback more on what your child has been learning for all the rooms, as well as details regarding activities offered. Parents are still given details regarding information about care needs and eating habits on the daily sheet for the 0-3 age group. Our menus are also displayed for you to view.


Thanks you to everyone who returned parental Questionnaire. We were very pleased with the comments, with 68% of you rating the overall quality of service as Excellent, 26% as Very Good and 6% as Good. Some of the comments included:-

- Wee Rascals Too have simply been wonderful, beyond our expectations

- Staff show endless enthusiasm form early morning to late in the evening

- My child is treated so amazingly well

- Seldom in life does one have the good fortune to meet such a fantastic, warm and caring people

- Staff are always willing to adapt the activities to meet my child's needs

We are in the process of updating out Improvement plans, and 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, focusing on 'Water' this term.

We hope to increase indoor physical play further with the use of the parachute, Fitstars etc. We also aim to develop literacy and numeracy. Details will be explained on our new Improvement plan which all parents are able to view.

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:-




Information will be displayed on the front door advising parents of actual confirmed/suspected infectious illness if present in the nursery. Please inform us of any illness your child has, and follow the required exclusion period.

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.


As winter is fast approaching, can I ask that you provide suitable outdoor clothing for your child, labelled, where possible.

We require 4 weeks written notice is required when dropping days.

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:-

8- Dealing with Challenging Behaviour

10 Child Protection

29 Admissions Policy

Dates for your diary

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

Monday 18th December Little Bunnies Christmas Party

Wednesday 20th December - Busy Bee Christmas Party

Friday 22nd December - Busy Bee Nativity

Friday 22nd December Cheeky Monkey Christmas Party

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

Trainee Nursery Manager


Tel 01467 633994