Newsletter: 23rd August 2015

Hello, everyone

This last week has just flown past with the usual flurry of different activities, events and daily surprises!  We also have a few announcements and ideas to pass on to you, so here goes!

 

School starters

We had a little stream of special visitors this week, all glowing, shining and beautiful in their brand new school uniforms and very much looking like proper grown up school people all of a sudden. Good luck everyone, we miss you lots already!

 

New starts

We are delighted to announce that there will be two little baby Dazzlers starting their journey with us this week. A very, very warm welcome to Georgie and Calin. We look forward to getting to know you and your family, and to watching you ‘growing and glowing’ during your time with us. Mums and Dads, do not hesitate to speak to us if you are unsure or worried at all – we want you to always feel sure that your little one is settling well and happy in our care.

 

Staffing

Staff hours have now begun to change a little, with the majority of our practitioners working between 5.0 and 8.0 hours daily. This is simply a temporary adjustment to changes in our overall child numbers within the nursery and is due in the main to our older children moving on elsewhere at this time of year. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak directly to Mike or Angela who will be happy to discuss this with you.

 

Children’s pick up routine

Should you arrive in Nursery to find that your child is out in the garden, please check in your child’s area for coat /jacket and bag(s) before going to the garden to collect your child if possible. Unfortunately it is not possible for our staff to take all these items with them when they escort the children down to the garden. We hope this saves you a little journey time at the end of your tiring day. Thank you for your co-operation with this.

 

Floorbooks

This is a new initiative by Angela which you may notice happening over the next few weeks in your child’s area.  A floorbook looks a bit like a large scrapbook in size. This is because it is something that each child should be able to see easily and contribute too readily in their own individual way.

As it develops, the floor book becomes a shared focal point for children to talk and think together about their experiences when in nursery. Keep a look out for this interesting new way of helping our children get involved in planning their very own best learning!

 

The ‘wee room’ – thinking caps needed!

The suggestions box for this has now been placed in the porch area. Keep the suggestions rolling in and perhaps even win a little surprise prize for your good ideas!

 

Open Day

There will be an open day for the nursery at the end of September. This will take place at the weekend and will also include some fundraising activities in the garden / car parking area. These activities will be very much child / family focused such as face painting, bouncy castle, baking stall, book and craft sales etc. If you would like to contribute to our Open Day selection, please talk to Mike or Angela as soon as possible.  Everyone is of course very welcome to come along and enjoy the event. Look out for the flyers to be posted on the parent board in your child’s nursery area and in the main foyer.

 

Circle Time

Anne will this week begin a new block of circle time sessions with our older nursery children. These sessions will take place in the ‘wee’ room with small groups of children (4/5) for approximately 45 minutes daily. It is hoped that all of our Little Learner children will have the opportunity to experience at least one circle time session each week.

Circle Time is an approach which helps children to listen, talk and co-operate well together in different activities such as short games, group discussions, learning tasks and singing. If you have any questions or suggestions about Circle Time please let Anne know and she will be happy to respond.

Circle time updates will appear regularly in the nursery newsletter.

 

Partnership information

As many of you will know, Appin’s application for partnership was unfortunately not successful this year. As a result, some parents here have requested information from Fife Council about this selection process. Consequently, there will be a parent information session early in September for parents who would like to know about how ‘partnership’ for a nursery is determined by Fife Council.

The meeting will take place in the nursery and will be delivered by Fife Council Education / Early Years staff. If you would like to attend this information session please speak to Mike in the first instance.

 

Dazzlers

The week started with a trip to the Glen where the children enjoyed the pram ride and walk, as well as getting to feed the squirrels and play on the ‘big swings’. The afternoon saw the children head to the big park for a picnic and go down to see the trains coming in.

A trip along the cycle path to the big Asda went ahead on Wednesday and the children shopped for paper plates for their activity in the afternoon. The usual garden time and cycle-path visits went on during the week and the freedom the children experience in these safe environments allows them to ‘take risks’ in a supported manner.

The main themes of the week were ‘colours’ and singing new songs. They also played with real earth and diggers in messy play and really enjoyed the experience. Drama time involved lots of action activities using ‘sticky kids’ tunes.

 

Explorers

They really went exploring this week past. First stop on Monday was shopping trip to Aldi where all the children took a basket and collected lots of fresh vegetables and fruit. The children were so well behaved that Mike bought all nine of them a fruit ice-lolly. Shanshan and Tara shared the spare one!

The big park was an adventure for the children on Wednesday, with a picnic snack taken along with rugs for sitting on. On Thursday a group of intrepid explorers walked all the way to the Glen and back on their  hunt for Autumn objects. This theme continued into Friday with another long ‘nature walk’. The children came back with dirty faces and hands having really enjoyed the experience.

Emotions and feelings were talked about all week. Drama involving puppets, songs and sharing games, painting and soap play indoors and outdoors allowed the children to share ideas and experiences.

 

Little Learners

Monday’s trip to B&Q went very well. Cress seed was purchased and planted upon return. We eagerly anticipate these growing into plants in their little plant pots. The theme of recycling took over all the painting and modelling during the week. The Little Learners are all keen to go for the eco-badge and do their bit to put paper, etc away.

Construction, and building the tallest tower was an activity started by two of the children, Callum and Daaniya, with everybody else joining in later on.

Plants and their life-cycle were talked about during the week and the ‘harvest’ theme for September will see the floorbook and displays developing in order for you all to see what the children are learning about.

The other trips out to the park and along the cycle path to collect ‘nature-stuff’, as one of the children put it, went well and the garden time as usual is a highlight several times every day.

 

Mike

 

 

 

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