Newsletter Term 2 – November 2019
With just five weeks to go, Christmas preparation is well underway here at Wee Rascals! I am counting down the days to play the Christmas music and put the tree up; it is safe to say this is my favourite time of year.
As you are all aware, Suzanne Stephen (Assistant Manager) will be leaving us on Friday 29th November to take up the well-deserved post as Manager at our Inverurie nursery. We will really miss Suzanne here, as she is part of the furniture after all! I would like to say a huge thank you to Suzanne for her hard work, dedication and most of all for the fantastic support as my Assistant Manager over the years.
We will be welcoming Amber Piekarski from the Busy Bee room to the Little Bunnies room as Room Leader on Monday 2nd December. Amber will be working Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 7.30am-6pm
Lorraine Rennie joined the Little Bunnies team this month as a part time Practitioner. Lorraine worked for the company at Wee Rascals Too and then Victoria Street from 2009 – 2012 before becoming a mummy, so we are delighted to welcome Lorraine back. Lorraine will be working Wednesday - Friday 8:00am-5:30pm.
The Little Bunnies will also be giving a big welcome Nicola Wilkins in the near future. Nicola is a qualified Practitioner with over 4 years experience and will be working Monday-Thursday 8.00am-,5:30pm and Friday 1.00pm -5.30pm.
We gave a big welcome to Laima Cairns at the beginning of the month. Laima has stepped into Megan’s position while Megan is on Maternity leave and will be working everyday except a Tuesday 7.30-6pm.
Jade Webster will be stepping into the Assistant Manager position as of the 2nd December. Jade will also continue her role as Room Leader in the Busy Bee room.
Alice Berry has been given a well-deserved promotion to Assistant Room Leader in order to support Jade during her managerial duties. Alice will now be working every day with the exception of a Thursday from 7:30-6pm.
We want to give a big welcome to Jade Michie who has joined the Busy Bee team this week as a part time support worker. Jade will be working Monday, Thursday and Friday 7:30am-6pm.
I would like to wish all the girls a huge well done in their recent promotions. I’ m sure you will all agree they are very well deserved
Megan Flann – Megan has 95% completed her SVQ 3 and continues to work hard on this whilst waiting for baby to arrive.
Shannon Innes - continues to make good progress with her SQV 3.
Rachael Farman – Has now moved onto unit 2 of her BA – Childhood Practice degree and is currently working on ‘Creating the Childs Environment’.
Staff have also gone on Health and Social Care training, and myself and Suzanne have attended a GIRFEC course on Assessments and Chronologies.
During our last staff meeting we went over a risk assessment which has been implemented with specific focus on choking, and we also used our paediatric doll, Anne. This risk assessment has been created using the National Day Nursery Association Guidelines. (Risk Assessments are discussed during our 3 monthly staff meetings). All our staff undergo a full day course in Paediatric First Aid, which is also repeated every 3 years.
We continue to raise our total fundraising money as best we can. Back in August you will remember that we created some pizzas to sell for tea which took in a fantastic £164. At the end of September, we put on one of our ever-popular breakfast mornings, selling bacon softies or croissants, and once again you didn’t disappoint, and we managed to raise £97.60 from this morning. In October we had a bake sale week raising £65.50. All of this money will go to our final pot to hand over to the Friends of the Special Nursery in January. www.specialnursery.org
We have one more big event as a final push for the charity. Our Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday 30th November between 12pm-3pm. Tickets are currently on sale at the nursery. They can also be bought on the day. Santa will be coming along to meet the children in our very own Santa’s grotto; tickets must be pre bought for Santa’s grotto and there are only a few slots left for this. We will have a selection of stalls on the day for you to brows at your leisure, as well as face painting, bake sale and a bottle stall, all hosted by the nursery. There will be soup and a sausage roll for everyone as part of the entrance fee. We are looking forward to seeing you all there.
Dates for your Diary
Busy Bee Term two trip will be split into two days. The Pre school children will be attending His Majesty’s theatre in Aberdeen to see this years Panto – Cinderella. This will take place on Friday 6th December and permission slips have now been handed out. The ante Pre-school children will also be attending BA stores on Friday 13th of December, for those who attend that day.
The Cheeky Monkey trip will be taking place on Tuesday 3rd December. The children that attend on a Tuesday afternoon will be going to BA Stores to see Santa and to have a ride on the train to see his Reindeer. We will be leaving nursery at 1:45pm and returning for 3.30pm. Permission slips are going out this week for the trip.
Our Christmas Parties this year will be held on Wednesday 11th December. All children will be invited to our party so keep a look out for your invite nearer the time also.
The Busy Bee Nativity will take place on Thursday 19th December at the Kintore Church. The show will begin at 2.30pm and last for approximately 10 minutes. Letters for this have now been handed out. Can I please ask for forms to be returned as soon as possible, but no later than the 6th of December.
The nursery will close on Friday 20th December 2019 at 6pm for the Christmas break and re open on Monday 6th January 2020.
We have moved onto ‘Colours’ as our new topic. The children expressed enjoyment throughout this topic as they explored the various colours. We did colour matching and identifying with coloured blobs. Everyone participated in rainbow hand painting, mixing the paints together, learning to make new colours. We had colour changing water in the messy tray, peg painting with cotton wool, as well as painting with the cars – making coloured car tracks. In the messy tray there were various items such as coloured rice, coloured spaghetti, painting with ice cubes, and paint and shaving foam.
The children worked on their next steps developing their tower building and puzzles.
As Autumn approached, we moved onto this as our next topic, where we did some threading using pasta tubes and string – this helps develop fine motor skills as well as hand eye co-ordination. We made leaf sun catchers which are displayed on our windows for all to see. The children managed to get out for lots of walks in the buggies and collected leaves which we cleaned and used to make spiky hedgehogs when back at nursery. The children also used forks to create their own designs on their hedgehogs.
In the messy tray we had play dough and straws, jelly, gloop, shaving foam and much more.
The children enjoyed baking cinnamon and apple cupcakes, using their turn taking and sharing skills very well.
During our topic on pirates, the Cheeky Monkeys enjoyed role playing and dressing up. This helps to expand their imagination and can also help to build relationships between the children. The children got very creative during this topic making pirate hats, ships, telescopes and paper plate parrots. They used a lot of loose parts such as kitchen roll, cardboard boxes and sticks when creating these. They got lots of active play in as well, doing activities such as ‘walk the plank’ which helped them practice their balance, and pirate yoga which helps muscle growth and development.
We then moved onto our current topic which is autumn, with activities such as leaf hunting and leaf painting to keep the children engaged in the ever-changing weather. We discussed what happens during the month of autumn, with things such as the leaves changing colour and falling from the trees being discussed. The children did a scavenger hunt around the garden to find different things that relate to the season, such as acorns, hedgehogs and spider’s webs. They made boats using apples then raced them in the water, as well as autumn sun catchers which can be seen hanging on our window.
The Busy Bees took a big interest in Dinosaurs, which led us to our next topic.
They researched some facts about their favourite dinosaurs and created their own fact book about them. This included where they live, what they eat, and how long/heavy they are. The children got creative and printed off a picture of a dinosaur and used this to trace their own drawing before colouring it in.
The Busy Bees had a discussion about whether they thought a T-Rex or a Triceratops had the biggest foot. They then researched their sizes, finding out that the T-Rex foot was bigger, with 46cm footprints, but its feet were longer, measuring 1 metre long. We drew the life size T-Rex footprint on the floor using chalk, and the children realised that when lying down, they could fit themselves inside the footprint. They also put some of their own shoes inside the footprint, it took 50 shoes to fill it!!
The boys and girls learnt what each dinosaur ate, learning if they were herbivore, carnivores or omnivores. They then used their knowledge to sort the dinosaurs into their correct groups.
At the end of the topic, the children were challenged to match the dinosaur facts to the correct dinosaur, using the knowledge they had gained throughout this topic. All of the children participating got them all right!!
The Busy Bees have been spending a lot of time in the house corner, role playing ‘Mums’, ‘Dads’, ‘Brothers’, ‘Sisters’ and even ‘Dogs, so we have decided to take this interest further and make our next topic ‘All about me’. This will cover families, babies, and also looking deeper into their own lives, speaking about hobbies, interests and emotions.
Policies of the Term
Each term, the nursery focuses on certain policies. Policies this term are:-
- 2. Aims and Objectives
- 4. Confidentiality
- 40. Quality Assurance
You will find a copy of these policies on the parent’s notice board by the main hall. Parents are welcome to read our policy folder at any time.
We will be continuing to e mail the newsletters, but will also print off a few if parents wish a hard copy.