Summers Nursery - September 2018
Term 1 Newsletter
As always, we have 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.
I, Nicola, returned from maternity leave on the 26th June and will be working 7:30am to 6:00pm Tuesday to Thursday. I am thoroughly enjoying being back and seeing everyone again and meeting all the new children and families. I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to Mel and the team for all their hard work over the past 11months whilst I was away.
Unfortunately Katie Barret left the 2-3 room in July to move onto pastures new. Ashleigh Christie who has been with us since May 2017 and worked in the 3-5 room has replaced Katie in the 2-3 room to work alongside Nikki.
We were really sorry to see Margaret Melvin of the 0-2 room leave us also in June after nearly 14 years with Summers. Margaret was expecting another grandchild and has left us to spend more time with her family. Margaret's hours have been covered by the girls who already work in the 0-2 room, picking up more contracted hours.
Krista Wilkin and Joy Murray have joined the 3-5 room team. Krista is a fully qualified nursery practitioner who has 3 years previous experience within 3-5 rooms. Krista has taken over Ashleigh's hours in the pre-school room. Joy has had a keen interest in working with children since leaving school and has joined the team to gain her qualification. She is working 7.30am-6.00pm Tuesday to Thursday.
Lauren Donald left us in August and was very missed for the short time she was away. Lauren moved onto a more senior role in another nursery but is now subsequently back with us working 7.30am – 6.00pm Monday to Wednesday.
Bobbie Innes started with us on the 3rd September, after finishing her maternity leave in Summers Nursery at Victoria Street, where she worked for 5 years. Bobbie is a fully qualified practitioner and works Monday - Wednesday from 7.30am-6.00pm in the 0-2 room.
Amy and Joy are just starting their six week induction to allow them to proceed with their SVQ level 3 Social Services (Children and Young People). Ashleigh and Rosie continue to work towards theirs.
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 First Aid, Infection Control, Child Protection, Observations and Schemas, and Floor book training.
Thank you to everyone who attended Parents Evening and completed the evaluation form. We have now collated and studied the evaluations and are delighted with the results in which 100% of you rated the evening as excellent. All parents and carers have been highly complementary about the evening.
Some comments include:
- "Very good, great feedback"
- "Well organised and great to speak about transitions to school"
- "It went really well, loved hearing the feedback and progress"
- "Really well, staff came across as loving their job and are really caring"
- "Very well. Delighted with the assessment and feedback received. Presented in an informal, but professional manner. Good, open discussion with key worker. Great waiting area - good to informally chat with other staff while waiting. Taken in promptly for timeslot"
Graduation was a fantastic day for the children who have now left us to go to school. We wish them all well in their next stage of life. It was a fantastic ceremony at St Andrews church, and it was lovely to see so many nice comments on the evaluations that have come back.
81% of your rated the Graduation as excellent whilst 19% rated it as very good. Comments/ highlights made were as follows:
- "Lauren's poem!"
- "The kids singing was great and the poems"
- "Really enjoyed the graduation, the songs were brilliant, and great that they had gowns and hats. The personal poems were such a lovey idea."
Thank you to everyone who came to our annual Sports Day this year in aid of 'Befriend a Child'. We had a great turn out, and a fantastic £731.40 was raised in total through selling snacks on the day and sponsors. Thanks also to everyone who completed and returned evaluations also. Out of the 11 returned, 10 of you rated the morning as Excellent whilst the remaining 1 said Very Good, which we are very pleased about. Some comments were as follows:
"It was a very enjoyable day - brilliant races and kids were entertained."
- "A very enjoyable morning, appreciate all your efforts in organizing it."
- "A great morning encouraging involvement from all. The selection of races for each room was great with suitable and enjoyable opportunities for each age group. Thank you for giving the children the opportunity to participate."
- "The day ran smoothly and very organized."
- "Another great event that the kids and adults enjoyed.
We very much appreciate your generosity from the sponsors and donations, and are grateful for your level of response from the evaluations. We will continue to take into account the thoughts and feelings of the parents and carers to ensure our nursery continues to provide a high quality of care and education for all of our children.
Charity of the Year – PJ day & Pizza making
We are delighted to announce that we have raised a further £52.00 from wearing our PJ's to nursery, and £304.00 by making pizzas for you to buy to take home. 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/
Trips & Visits
The pre-school room are having weekly visits from Abricabeats on a Tuesday afternoon during term 1.
The children have also been enjoying their weekly visits to the Green next to Strathburn School.
The 2-3 room children enjoyed a summer trip to Haddo House for a picnic whilst the 3-5 children visited Alford transport museum.
We will be organising the pre-school term 1 trip in due course – a permission slip will follow.
The 0-2s continue to go out for their daily walks in the buggies and on the reins.
There have been lots of calendar dominated activities this term, including Father's day and Easter, where children have shown real creativity with a huge variety of arts and craft taking place to develop lots of skills. Children particularly enjoyed making Easter Bonnets. Out with that, the following has been enjoyed by the different age groups:
The 0-2 room have been very busy with a variety of topics. We did a nursery rhymes topic and used the song apron on a number of occasions. The children were able to choose the nursery rhymes they wanted to sing and use the props to match up to the appropriate rhyme. The children also enjoyed painting Incy Wincy spiders, and staff hid animals in the sand tray for the children to search for when we were covering Old MacDonald's farm. The children made sheep queen cakes, helping to stir the mixture and being given the opportunity to choose their own topping.
We then moved onto a topic about spring. The children made their own collage flowers and sponge painted their gardening tools. We used various spring cutters with the playdough and went for a spring walk to look and learn about the different flowers. The children also made spring sticker pictures, and helped plant bulbs in the garden also. They loved showing all their items to their friends during our 'show and tell' week, demonstrating good confidence throughout.
We then moved on to a construction/vehicles topic. The children played with their own construction toys on our car mat and watched the diggers at the window, and all the boys and girls enjoyed taking part in a role play activity, wearing high Vis jackets and hard hats, using cement mixers and wheel barrows in the garden.
During the jungle topic, the children made paper plate collage tigers, and they developed their fine motor skills using threading to make snakes, as well as measuring and mixing ingredients to make jungle biscuits. There was lots of enthusiasm and imaginative play during the role play of animals also!
The children then moved onto an Under the Sea topic. During this, the children played with coloured ice cubes, developed their cutting skills using crepe paper to make sea weed, as well as their counting skills, counting sharks teeth!
During the weather topic, children took their umbrellas out on a rainy day, used welly boots to paint and discussed different types of weather, including thunder and lightning! The children have now moved onto a transport topic, after showing a keen interest when one of the boys was talking about his collection of cars at home!
In the 3-5 room, the children were sad to say goodbye to their friends who left to go to school, but we wished them all the best of luck in their new adventure! The children were very excited about their holidays so we chose to look at this as a topic. They discussed different holiday destinations, as well as various types of holidays and different types of travel. We had Joseph's Mum, Gemma, who is an air hostess come in to talk to the children about her job. Gemma also took along lots of fantastic goody bags for the children with items they would receive when flying to their holiday destination on Virgin Airlines.
The children recently moved onto a Zoo topic, which was prompted by the children's interest in Safari holidays. They have been particularly interested in learning about lions!
Policies of the term
Our policies of the term this term are;
- Policy 2 – Aims & Objectives
- Policy 14 – Infection 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.
Unfortunately, we are having some children not being collected in the evening until past our closing time which is 6.00pm. Whilst we understand that this may happen from time to time with a good reason, all of our staff finish work at 6.00pm, so we ask that you please avoid any repetitive lateness. Our handbook states that late collections will incur the following charges:- if you are 5 minutes late, then there will be a late payment charge of £20, and thereafter £10 for every 5 minutes after that.
Dates for your diary
Week Commencing 10th September – Stay & Play week
Saturday 8th December – 2-5 Christmas Party
Tuesday 11th December – 0-2 Christmas Party
Festive Hols – Closed Frid,21 Dec 2018 at 6.00pm & re-open Mon,7 Jan 2019 at 7.30am