Term 2 – November 2019
Welcome to the busiest term here at Wee Rascals Too! We are fully embracing the change in weather and it's encouraging our early Christmas spirit! I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new families to Wee Rascals Too. We hope you have settled in well to the nursery routine.
Support for our 2019 Charity of the year continues, and we have been truly overwhelmed by your ongoing generosity throughout our fundraising efforts.
We are looking forward to our Christmas Fayre on Sunday 1st December, where we will have a variety of local stallholders, activies for the children (and grown ups), soup and sausage rolls, and of course, the opportunity to meet Santa. We hope to see many of you there. Our Christmas events are always really enjoyable!
Our 2019 Charity of the year is 'Friends of the Special Nursery', a charity of Aberdeen Maternity Hospital's Neo Natal Unit for sick and premature babies in the Grampian region, as well as the islands of Shetland and Orkney. For more information, you can look at their website, www.specialnursery.org
We were delighted to offer our relief member of staff, Gemma Lynch, a permanent position within our 0-2 room. Gemma has been with us for over a year and is very popular with the children. Gemma works Monday – Friday with a Thursday off.
We also welcome Lena Tyczynska to the team. Lena will be working in the 2-3 room on a Monday and a Friday, starting Friday 29th November.
Lana Brown continues to study for her SVQ 4 and Emma Wright continues to study for her SVQ 3.
Staff have also been on training regarding Health and Social care Standards, and also Outdoor Learning.
We have implemented a risk assessment which specifically focuses on choking, and have covered this at our staff meeting. This has been created using the National Day Nursery Association guidelines. (Risk assessments are discussed during our 3 monthly full staff meetings). All our staff undergo a full day training course in Paediatric First Aid, which is also repeated every three years.
Trips / Visits
Angela from Abricabeats has been coming to the Busy Bee room on a Monday at 12.30pm this term.
This year, the Busy Bees have formed a close working relationship with residents of the Overdon Care Home. Every month, a small group of children visit the care home to meet with the residents and take part in different activities. The children and the residents both benefit greatly from these sessions, and it is a brilliant learning opportunity for both.
The Busy Bees enjoyed a superb trip to Skyline Trampoline Park on Tuesday 29th October. The children described it as 'the best day of my life. Ever.' We can't ask for higher praise than that! The children had a great time experimenting with jumping and climbing, and some of the staff showed off their somersault skills!
We have started a new project with 'Wee Green Space' for the children in the Busy Bee room. This is an area in Gauchill Woods. There is a rota in place so every child will have a chance to experience this. The children and staff take a kit bag with them, including tarpolin, digging tools, rope and den building equipment. The feedback so far has been positive, with children using their imaginative skills to describe the animals who may live in the woods, and the adventures they could have. It is an excellent tool for building team work and practical skills, as well as promoting healthy living through outdoor play.
The Ante - Pre School Busy Bees, along with the Cheeky Monkeys will be heading to Ythanbank Reindeer Farm on Wednesday 4th December, with the Pre Schoolers are going to His Majestys Theatre on Friday 6thDecember to see Cinderella.
The Little Bunnies have had a busy term which began with the children exploring their gross motor skills. Staff encouraged the children to be active and meet their physical next steps. The children practiced their balancing skills using the beam, and enjoyed taking part in parachute games. Using the slide, the Little Bunnies were able to develop their climbing and positioning skills. There were also opportunities to practice throwing and catching.
Following on from a parental suggestion, the children went on to learning about Families. They were able to identify familiar people in photographs and point out their loved ones in the family photos. The children took part in role play with dolls, showing compassion, and continued to develop their imaginative skills. They enjoyed painting pictures of their families using a variety of materials.
The Little Bunnies then went on to explore Space. This stemmed from an interest in the space rocket toys within the rooms. To stimulate the children's senses and promote their curiosity, the children took part in outerspace messy play. They enjoyed a baking activity where they made star shortbread, and the children loved participating in making space themed crafts for their wall displays, as well as enjoying action space songs where they were able to express themselves..
The Little Bunnies then went on to learning about Autumn. The children were curious about the change in weather and the darkness outside after the clocks changed. They took part in Autumn themed loose parts play and explored the leaves in the garden. They made playdough and created hedgehogs, and they practiced their self dressing skills by putting on their outdoor clothing for the garden.
The Cheeky Monkeys have been busy this term covering a wide variety of topics. They began with a parental suggestion of 'Senses'. The children took part in food tasting, where they tried lemon, avocado, cottage cheese and honey! The responses were varied, with some children preferring the sweeter options! The staff put together mystery boxes, with different materials hidden for the children to explore the textures. The children got to put their smelling skills to test during a sensory playdough activity, where the playdough was scented with lemon and caramel! The Cheeky Monkeys also enjoyed a game of Sound Bingo, which practiced their sight and sound skills.
With the change in weather and the clocks going back, the Cheeky Monkeys moved on to learning about Autumn. They took part in an activity of themed playdough. It was coloured orange and had different pieces to be added such as leaves, sticks and lentils. The Cheeky Monkeys enjoyed creating hedgehogs by fork painting, and outside, there was an exciting leaf hunt organised, where the children then investigated the different colours and textures of the leaves.
With all the excitement of the party, the children in the Cheeky Monkey room began learning about Halloween. They took part in baking activities where they created white chocolate and strawberry ghosts! They also made marshmallow witch eyes which were 'super spooky'. They recreated a favourite game and played 'pin the spider on the web' which was lots of fun. There was also 'Witches Brew' gloop available in the messy tray for all to explore.
The children in the Cheeky Monkey room are currently learning about People Who Help Us. Following on from Remembrance Sunday, the children made poppy pictures. They also put together a doctors themed tuff tray, and took part in a tooth brushing theme after talking about Dentists.
The Busy Bees continue to use a responsive planning method, meaning that no two days are ever the same! It also ensures that a huge range of topics are covered.
The children began talking about earthquakes. They took part in an experiment where they used greaseproof paper and built a building on top. The children then shook it to demonstrate the impact of an earthquake! They had lots of interesting things to say about earthquakes, such as 'it has an inner layer and an outer layer'.
The Busy Bees also spoke about the solar system and planets. They recycled CDs to make planets which reflected in the sunlight. The children discussed black holes and where the sun goes at night!
When the weather began changing, the children had lots of conversations about where the animals go in the cold, and spoke about the geese flying together in the sky. This led to the children discussing hibernation. They created an Autumn themed wall display and 'role played' being hiding animals. Comments included 'hibernation means to pass the Winter' and 'It's when the temperature drops down'.
Responsive planning also means that the children are bringing in learning experiences from home, which are becoming the starting point for discussion. We had a child bring in clams and mollusks, which led to a discussion about what else you can find in the sea.
The Busy Bees are developing their self awareness and risk assessing skills, and they are becoming able to manage their own risk, and can determine what is safe play. This is also a big part of our recent 'Wee Green Space' project.
Staff are continuing to focus on holistic learning, developing strong and close relationships between staff and children.
Our 2019/2020 Improvement Plan is available to view in the hall. This year our main focusses are self evaluation, and zoning.
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:-
- 10. Child Protection
- 35. Open Door Policy
- 41. Health, Wellbeing and Safety
Dates for your diary
Our website - www.summersnurseries.com has information regarding dates, 'show and tell' etc, so please take a look at Wee Rascals Too news.
Sunday 1st December – Christmas Fayre
Wednesday 4th December – Ante- Pre School/Cheeky Monkey Trip to Ythanbank Reindeer Farm
Friday 6th December – Pre School Panto Trip to Cinderella
Wednesday 11th December – Busy Bees Christmas Party
Wednesday 18th December – Little Bunnies and Cheeky Monkey Christmas Parties
The nursery will close at 6.00pm on Friday the 20th of December 2019 and will re-open again at 7.30am on Monday the 6th of January 2020.
We have decided to send parents newsletters by e mail now, as the majority of parents asked for it to be sent this way. There will still however be some paper copies for parents who wish one, located in the front hallway.
Tel: 01467 633994