Summers Nursery - November 2018
Term 2 Newsletter
As always, we have had lots of new families to get to know this term. It has been a real pleasure getting to know you all so far. We are looking forward to continued happy relationships throughout your time at Summers.
We were really sorry to see Madeline Evans of the 3-5 room leave us earlier this month. Maddy accepted a job offer in another nursery, which meant she would have more time to spend with her family. With Maddy leaving us, there have been some staff changes in the 3-5 room.
Lauren Donald very deservedly has taken over the role of Room Leader. Lauren has worked very hard and first started with the company around five and a half years ago. Lauren's hours are Monday to Wednesday, and a Friday, with her day off being a
Thursday.Good luck in your new role Lauren!
Krista remains working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Bobbie who returned from maternity leave to the 0-2 room in September after working for the past five years in our Victoria street nursery, has moved to the 3-5 room and will be working all day on a Wednesday and Thursday.
Joy who was contracted to work Tuesday to Thursday in the 3-5 room has now picked up a Monday, and will be working Monday to Thursday all day.
We also have Sarah Thompson joining our 3-5 room team on a Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. Sarah has been a relief member of staff at our Kintore nursery – Wee Rascals Too, and often covers holidays with us. We very much look forward to having Sarah with us on a more regular basis.
Caroline Cruickshank joined the 0-2 room team on Monday the 26th November to replace Bobbie, who has moved to the 3-5 room, and will be working Monday to Wednesday all day and a Friday morning. Caroline has two children of her own and has been looking to change her career to a job in childcare for a few years now, and has now taken the plunge. We look forward to Caroline joining the team.
Relief staff and Student placements
Ellen Smith has joined the team as a relief member of staff and helps out on a Tuesday and a Friday whilst she is not at college studying Health and Social Care. Ellen hopes to become a midwife in the future.
Amy Robb will be with us every Tuesday morning until June 2019. Amy is studying childcare and development at college and is on student placement. Amy's last placement was at a primary school, so she is looking forward to seeing the various skills and stages of development within a wide range of ages in the early years. She hopes to go onto become a primary school teacher.
Claire Gilbert is also on student placement and is studying Childcare and Development at level 5. She will be with us every Wednesday morning until June 2019 also. Claire is hoping to go onto become a support worker and work alongside families and their children.
Amanda is completing her six week induction to allow her to proceed with her SVQ level 3 Social Services (Children and Young People). Ashleigh, Joy, Amy and Rosie continue to
work towards their SVQ qualification.
Staff are required to attend a minimum of 60 hours training over a 5 year period to remain registered with The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), and they record this through their detailed Continuous Professional Development (CPD) files. Over the next term some staff are booked onto various courses including Infection Control, Engaging with Families, and Children and Care Standards training.
Charity of the Year – Bacon rolls and Halloween Bake sale
We are delighted to announce that we have raised a further £61.75 from our Halloween bake sale, and £256.00 by selling 'take away' bacon rolls, as well as teas and coffees. This will go towards our yearly charity, 'Befriend a Child', which supports disadvantaged and troubled school age children (aged 4-16) in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Information can be found at www.befriendachild.org.uk/ We hope to have a grand total shortly, and will let you know how much we have raised for 2018.
Trips & Visits
The pre-school room have had weekly visits from Abricabeats on a Tuesday afternoon during Term 2, and the children have also been enjoying their weekly visits to the Green next to Strathburn School. On the 9th of October, the 3-5 children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Satrosphere at the science centre in Aberdeen.
The 2-3 room children are looking forward to a trip to Playtown for those who attend nursery on Friday the 14th December.
The ante pre-school children look forward to a trip to visit Santa in his Grotto at BA Stores on the afternoon of Tuesday the 4th December, and the pre-school children who are starting school August 2019 will be going to Aberdeen to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at HMT on Wednesday the 5th December. Permission slips for all of the above have now been handed out.
Some of the pre-school children will also visit some local care homes to sing Christmas Carols to the elderly in December. This has proved extremely popular over the past few years.
The 0-2s continue to go out for their daily walks in the buggies and on the reins.
Parental Questionnaires 2018
Thank you all for the high level of response from the annual parental questionnaires. I am in the process of collating the information and will feedback to you all in due course. As always thank you for the kind comments and feedback.
As you are all now aware, we have changed our invoicing system, hence the reason the October invoices were late. As stated in our parent handbook, fees for regular agreed sessions are invoiced on a monthly basis, in advance. Although the system has been a challenge in the setup, we are confident as a business that it will be worthwhile for future invoicing and we will get back on track with the invoices being issued at the beginning of the month, to be paid in advance. The system is linked to our current ILD system and will allow us to email parents invoices, along with other various letters and reminders. I thank you for your patience during this time.
Improvement Plans 2018/19
We have been working hard creating this year's Improvement plans and they are now underway. We will be creating a learning wall as part of our plan in the front hallway. We would ask parents to contribute to these with their own comments and those of their children. It would be greatly appreciated.
There have been lots of calendar dominated activities this term, including Halloween, Guy Fawkes and Remembrance Day, where children have shown real creativity, with a huge variety of arts and craft taking place to develop lots of skills. Children particularly enjoyed dressing up for Halloween and watching a clip on the Smartboard about Remembrance Day, which resulted in them going on to make their own poppies. Out with that, the following has been enjoyed by the different age groups:
The children rounded up their Mini Beasts topic developing their fine motor skills, decorating rich tea biscuits using icing and raisins. They looked lovely and the children enjoyed eating them!
We then moved onto a weather topic, and with all this rain we have had lately, the children really enjoyed playing outside with their umbrellas. They then decorated umbrella pictures and participated in various other weather craft activities using different materials.
The children were keen to explore different textures during messy play. Using the shaving foam to act as snow was a particular favourite. Such activities allow children to develop not just their fine motor and sensory skills, but also their imaginations.
Using the parachute is highly popular, so the children and staff took it outside to use in the wind for a different experience. Children were able to feel the strength of the wind and the resulting movement of the parachute.
We rounded up our topic by making new sensory bottles with leaves, tissue paper, water and glitter. These are now available for the children to explore in the sensory corner.
We have just recently moved onto our Christmas topic! – A great source of enjoyment for the children.
The 2-3 children have been busy learning about shapes and numbers. They were very good at matching and sorting coloured pompoms of various sizes, and they participated in various craft activities, including painting and mixing different colours, shape collaging, and making a number line using different coloured handprints.
The children used playdough to cut out different shapes with the coloured shape cutters, which helped develop the children's knowledge of colours and shapes, as well as using a variety of coloured magnetic numbers, which definitely encouraged number recognition.
We all participated in an ice cube making activity, making ice with a variety of food colouring, and the children also enjoyed baking for Halloween, discussing mixing and measurements.
We have very recently moved onto our Winter/Christmas topic, which the children are very much excited about!
The children had a great interest in the zoo topic and enjoyed learning different facts about the various animals each day. They used a variety of art materials to create a wall display to showcase all the animals. Lots of teamwork at play! We even incorporated the topic into our wee green space visit, with the children using their imaginations to look for various imaginary animals whilst there.
Moving on from the zoo, the children wanted to learn about Halloween! They participated in lots of art and craft activities, exploring different textures in the messy trays using our role play bugs, as well as making a 'jelly brain'. We chose Halloween type stories on the library bus, with the favourite being "Room on a Broom". We then enjoyed a fun filled Halloween Party and loved seeing all the costumes the children were wearing.
With the extremely cold, winter weather coming in, we have moved onto a winter topic, researching various winter animals and discussing hibernation. Lots of general knowledge has been acquired!
Winter has also made the children think about Christmas, with discussions about Christmas time, and getting the opportunity to practise our Nativity play! All these opportunities help develop children's interaction and team building skills, and boosts their overall confidence.
Policies of the term
Our policies of the term this term are; 3, 4 and 13
- Open access to information
- Fire prevention & control
Policies are displayed in the hallway for parents to view.
Tax Free Childcare/Payments
In April 2017, the UK Government launched its tax free Childcare Scheme, which will replace existing voucher schemes. This closed in April 2018, although existing membership can continue forwards from this cut-off date. Information is available to parents at the following websites.
This is now set up for parents to use, so when signing up, ensure you choose the Summers Victoria Street account.
Please remember that all payments made direct to Summers Nursery bank account should be referenced with the use of your child's name to ensure successful, easy allocation.
Just a reminder, that we have an exclusion period if your child has had vomiting and/or diarrhoea. They must be off for at least 48 hours after the last episode.
Also, your child cannot attend nursery until 24 hours after being given their first dosage of antibiotics.
We follow the guidelines issued by NHS Grampian Health Protection Team – 'Exclusion Policies for Infectious Diseases'.
Please see Dates for your Diary on the next page
Dates for your Diary
- Tuesday 4th December – Ante pre-school trip to BA Stores
- Wednesday 5th December – Pre-school trip to HMT to the pantomime to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Saturday 8th December – 2-5 Christmas Party
- Monday 10th December – Christmas Carol singing at Pleyfauld House
- Tuesday 11th December – 0-2 Christmas Party
- Friday 14th December– 2-3 Room trip to Playtown
- Friday 14th December– 3-5 room Nativity at St Andrews Church
- Tuesday 18th December– Christmas lunch
- Friday 21st December - Christmas Carol singing at Bennachie View
Festive Holidays – Closed Friday 21st December 2018 at 6.00pm for 2 weeks & re-open Monday 7thJanuary 2019 at 7.30am