Term 4 - May 2019
I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new families to Wee Rascals Too. I hope you have settled in well.
We have loved the recent spell of gorgeous weather, suncream season has started early, so hopefully there will be more of this super weather to come!
We have started fundraising for our 2019 Charity of the Year, '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
The team at Wee Rascals Too took part in an 8 mile walk on Saturday the 4th of May this year, dressed in animal fancy dress to raise money for 'Friends of the Special Nursery'. We battled the rain, hail, had a little bit of sunshine, and received lots of funny looks ! We are delighted to let you know that we raised £720, so thank you very much to all who donated, it is hugely appreciated!
We have also raised over £200 form other various events so far in nursery, such as World Book Day, and our ever popular breakfast mornings.
Recently, a lot of the team attended training sessions for Food Hygiene, Infection Control and First Aid.
I have recently completed a 2 day Makaton course, and at a recent staff meeting, I showed the team some basic signs. We aim to use these within all the rooms, and we have been amazed at how quickly the children have picked it up!
Karis Morton continues to work towards an SVQ 3 and Emma Rowell continues to study for an SVQ 4.
Trips / Visits
Angela from Abricabeats has been coming to the Busy Bee room on a Tuesday afternoon 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 visit from Beatz Community Drumming, where the children took it in turns to have a shot of full drum kits, and also electrical drums. The children and the staff had a super afternoon.
This term, the Busy Bees went into Aberdeen to go bowling and partake in some crazy golf. A fantastic trip was had by all, and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
Everyone took part in World Book Day, and a fun day was had by all, reading a variety of different stories and discussing their favourite costumes and books.
The Little Bunnies began the term learning about Animals. The children sang along to Baby Shark and learnt the actions. They developed their ability to follow instructions by listening to animal story CDs. The children developed their small motor skills by using the animal connectors.
The Little Bunnies then moved on to learning about Spring. They took part in a variety of art and craft activities, including making cotton wool sheep and painting flowers. The children planted their own flowers and developed their investigation skills in a spring themed tuff tray.
After staff observing the children spending time in the construction area, this became the new topic. The children used the big blocks to paint with and enjoyed building with wet sand.
The Little Bunnies then moved onto Sensory. They investigated the sensation of ice cubes and used them to create paintings. The children developed their sense of smell with scented play dough and jelly messy play. There were a variety of musical instruments on offer, and a selection of touch and feel books for the children to investigate. The children also took part in a number of baby yoga sessions which they enjoyed.
After recent rain, the children began learning about the weather. They made rain catchers for the garden, and made some ice lollies. The staff put together a messy play experience using shaving foam to represent clouds.
Throughout the term, the Little Bunnies have also been developing next steps, such as stories, action songs, encouraging the new walkers, as wel as having lots of time on the trampoline.
The children finished up their Transport topic by creating a car wash in the garden with the coupe cars, and taking part in music and movement with different vehicle songs.
They then went on to learn about Food. This involved painting with pasta, and making placemats for their lunch and snack plates. The children also took part in a food tasting activity where they tasted different fruits and vegetables. They then went on to make delicious fruit smoothies using raspberries, strawberries and bananas.
After discussions about holidays, the Cheeky Monkeys then went on to learn about Countries. They sponge painted Scotland flags before creating a variety of different flags. Everyone enjoyed a music and movement session dancing to Spanish music, and used the play dough to create different foods such as pizza and noodles.
Most recently, the Cheeky Monkeys have been learning about Spring. They have used the dabbers to make rainbows, and using real flowers, created their own beautiful flower pictures. They planted seeds and investigated the different flowers in our very own garden. The children also enjoyed taking part in an Easter egg hunt, and painted their own Easter eggs too.
Our Busy Bees are experiencing more free flow play between their room and the garden during the nicer months. This has been a great success and promotes lots of outdoor learning experiences for the children.
The children have a new tinker table which is supervised, and includes things such as screws and screwdrivers. The children risk assessed this area and have shown maturity, and know to be very sensible during this play.
Another new addition to the room is the Art Academy, formally known as the drawing table. The children came up with the name themselves, and requested different resources to be brought to the area. For example we have staplers, various drawing materials, PVA glue, sponges and even some old soap dispensers!
The story corner has also been developed further, with the addition of story spoons, blank books to encourage the children to create their own stories, and a story dice.
The Busy Bees took forward a parental suggestion and learnt about Kings and Queens. They held a royal banquet and made crowns to wear. The children investigated castles and designed their own palaces. They also put together a fantastic wall display, to show off all their creations.
As a responsive planning activity, the children learnt about Superheroes. They designed masks and created risk assessed superhero incident forms. Role play skills were developed during a super powers activity.
The Busy Bees asked to learn about where food comes from. This involved discussions about healthy and unhealthy foods. The children looked at food sources and the different food groups, and also where herbs come from. They created a graph of where they get their food from, and made shopping lists.
Finally, the children showed interest whilst learning about Easter, and they were able to participate in a variety of activities related to this.
Our most recent Improvement Plan has recently been developed and is divided into 3 areas. We are focusing on improving and developing the use of observations and planning, developing the use of the ILD system, and developing zoning and loose parts.
The Improvement Plan is available for you to look at and add to in the corridor.
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:-
Could I remind all parents that it is essential that they put their child's full name as a reference on any voucher that is paid to the nursery. This is the only piece of key information that we require on the voucher. We do not require you to put Summers Nursery, invoice number, parents name or any other piece of information on the reference. Due to the ever increasing vouchers coming in from parents in 5 nurseries, we are still finding it difficult to match vouchers to certain families due to not being able to identify the voucher, so it is important that you change any existing vouchers to contain this information, thank you. Please also cancel any siblings that have left the nursery off your voucher.
We do however realise that the Government vouchers seem to be a bit problematic regarding the reference system, and we will try to work around this.
As the weather continues to be unpredictable, can I ask that you provide suitable outdoor clothing for your child, labelled, where possible.
We require 4 weeks written notice when dropping days, or leaving nursery. This includes children leaving to go to school in August.
A reminder to all parents that we meet in the Little Bunnies room for breakfast. This runs until 8.15am. Can we ask that your child has their slippers on before coming in, so they can get started with their day!
Uniform for children is available to buy from the office for the Busy Bees. We have polo shirts and jumpers available. These are optional.
Please make sure that when entering and leaving the building, you don't allow other people into the nursery. The children's safety is paramount, and we operate a strict, no ID – no entry rule for visitors and people picking up children who do not normally collect your child.
Can I also remind parents to let us know if somebody else, other than the named person on the sign in/out board will be picking your child up. You can let us know throughout the day via phone, email or facebook messenger.
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 Behaviours
- 10 – Child Protection
- 25 – Additional Support Needs
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.
Thursday 30th May 2019 – Tempest Photography Graduation Photo
Friday 14th June 2019 – Busy Bee Summer Trip (TBC)
Friday 28th June 2019 – Graduation
Saturday 29th June 2019 – Sports Day
Tel: 01467 633994