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Broom Nursery October 2018 Newsletter   

Interests Children have expressed an interest in the natural environment and services within the community following our local walk to post pictures to our houses. We will further explore our community and learn about our surroundings.

Seasonal Interest - Autumn

Children are enjoying exploring the outdoors. They have observed changes in the natural environment. We will investigate Autumn further with some fun experiences which will be planned with the children.

Book of the Month Room on the Broom Author Julia Donaldson

Home Learning Lending Library will continue, please ensure books are returned and encourage your child to complete their book review. Story Sacks – We hope you and your child enjoyed the book and the props to create a story. This helps to promote and develop imaginative and early literacy skills.
Healthy Tip There are lots of lovely changes happening during this time of year. Wrap up warm and enjoy the outdoors. This is a great wat to keep healthy and get lots of fresh air.

Library Visit & Asda 23/10- The children had a great time during their day out. We learned about travelling safe on the bus, enjoyed a book bug session, learned new songs. During our time in Asda the children used their shopping lists to buy snack and party food for nursery. Well done!

Tidy Up Rota Please check your day for tidy up and if you can’t make it on the day please rearrange with another parent or through the Whats App group. Thank you.
Halloween Party Wednesday 31st October children are welcome to come to nursery in fancy dress. (nothing too scary!) Children will plan Halloween fun and games throughout the morning.

Nursery Fund Please ensure nursery /resource fund standing order has been set up and kept up to date. Please speak to a member of staff if you require nursery bank details.

Visual Screening All children that will be starting school in August 2018 will have an eye test in nursery on Friday 2nd November. This will be carried out by the NHS Orthoptists. Questionnaires will be sent home for completion. Please return them to nursery as soon as possible.

Mini Mudder – Please ensure all sponsor money has been returned. Thank you 

Parent Helpers Fatima, Ghulam’s mum and Farah, Mustafa’s mum are helping in the nursery on a weekly basis. They have expressed an interest in the life of the nursery and are interested in gaining skills and experience that will help them to eventually have a career in Early Years. They will be helping and supporting staff in their roles.



Dates for your diary October Break Friday 12th In- Service Monday 15th– Friday 19th

Tuesday 23rd – Mearns Library Visit

Wednesday 31st – Halloween Party

Fri 2nd November - Visual Screening

Wednesday 7th November – Enjoy-a-ball

Parental Consultations –TBA NOV

Christmas Fayre – Thursday 22nd Nov More details to follow.

Michelle, Lorna, Cat and Rita


Massive thanks to our Committee organising a successful Christmas Fayre we raised £865.05!! Thank you to all of our families who supported this fundraiser. Your support and commitment to the nursery is greatly appreciated. Fundraising is vital and helps to pay for essential running costs including insurance, rent, registrations, training, resources and quality experiences for the children.

Nursery Banner
Bryan Hurst (Myles’s dad) kindly designed and supplied our fantastic banner. It looks great and is doing a great job in promoting the nursery. The flyers are great too! Thank you.
St Andrew’s Day
The children will be celebrating St Andrew’s day on Friday 30th November. The children can come to nursery wearing tartan or bring something related to Scotland. We will taste a variety of Scottish as part of our celebration and learn Scottish words, sing familiar songs, create tartan and dance to Scottish music.

Children’s Interests – Where we live
Children have been discussing where they live and have been talking about places. They have been looking at the atlas and finding out where Scotland is. Staff will plan and observe children to take their ideas and learning forward in various aspects of the curriculum.

Parents Consultations
26th, 28th and 29th November
Dates and times have been selected to meet with your child’s keyperson. This is an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and discuss any issues or concerns you may have.

Care Home Cinema Visit Monday 10th December
Clarkston House Care Home has invited all the children along to watch a Christmas movie with the residents in their cinema. We will require 4 parent helpers to ensure we have appropriate ratios for this outing. Consent forms and further information to follow.

Nativity Fri 14th December
This will take place in the Church at 10.30am. We hope to see as many of you come along and support our children. We are inviting the residents from the care home. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to get together. Tea/Coffee, mince pies etc will be served as well as a chance to buy tickets for our fantastic raffle prizes.

Library Visit & Christmas Jumper Day – Tue 18/12/18
The children enjoyed our last visit so much that we have planned another visit. This will be a Christmas Bookbug session. We will be looking for 4 helpers.

Christmas Party & Santa Visit – 21/12/18
The children will plan their Christmas party for the last day of term. After the party all family and friends are invited to join us at 11.30am for songs and a visit from Santa.
Please see our notices in the waiting area and keep up to date through What’s App and Facebook.

Thank you!

Michelle, Lorna, Cat and Rita 


We have had a great response from
our Parental Involvement Survey.
This has enabled us to plan and
Celebrate how we can involve parents
And grand-parents in sharing their
skills and time. Effectively engaging
with the children and staff. Please
speak to a member of staff if you
have time, a skill or an interest you
would like to share or just spend
time in the nursery.

Thank you to everyone that has
made very kind contributions from
our Donation Tree. We appreciate
your generosity.

Lunch Club
We had an overwhelming response to our first lunch club. It was great to see so many of our families get together and enjoy a lovely lunch with the children. Thank you to the committee in organising a great event and to everyone that contributed to the success of it. Please spread the word as this event is open to friends, family and the wider community. We hope to see as many of you back for the next one, Thursday 7/3/19.

Mini Kickers
We will have football coach Alistair in the nursery on Monday’s until 18.3.19 delivering the Mini Kickers programme with the children where they will learn key skills including listening and following instructions, playing co-operatively and the importance of physical activity.
ERC Partnership Teacher – Janet Moffat
Janet will be with us for 6 visits. She will work closely with the children and staff to develop Numeracy throughout the nursery.
Sessions are delivered once per month by Silly Jilly. Children have the opportunity to develop physical skills through a variety of games and sports equipment.

Parental Involvement
We value the importance of family involvement and the key role this plays in children’s learning and development. Thank you to everyone that has spent time in nursery and shared their skills and knowledge with the children. So far we’ve had Ramsay’s mum, Pauline making love heart sun catchers and Cameron’s granny, Fiona make strawberry milk, raspberry yogurt and red pepper hummus and Cameron’s granddad, Ian play the guitar and deliver a music session for the children. Felicity’s mum, Lindsay and Fiona will be in the nursery in the coming weeks to do some craft activities. Thank you!

Parent Fundraiser – 5k March
We are planning a parent/carer 5k park run/walk in Pollok Park to continue to raise much needed funds for the nursery. We have a fundraising target every year to help cover essential costs including rent, insurance and registrations. The walk will be a great way for us all to get together and get active. There will be a fundraising page set up to help us reach our target for this event. The idea is that we hope as many of our families share it as far and wide to raise funds that the children will also directly benefit from. There are 3 Saturdays in March that have been selected. Can you please put your name under the preferred date and we will confirm the chosen date. Thank you!

Children’s Learning
We will be focusing on Health and Wellbeing and the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Children will help plan the learning with staff. We have been highlighting the importance of good oral health.
Home Learning
The children have been given information to share at home and tooth brushing challenge to be completed. The aim is for children to develop healthy habits and routines.
Staff will continue to be responsive to children’s needs and interests to take their learning forward.
Seasonal Interests and Celebrations
Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day, Mother’s Day, Easter and Spring.

Outdoor Play and Learning
Children will be exploring the outdoors, can you please ensure your child is appropriately dressed for the ever changing weather.

Clarkston House Care Home Visits – Intergenerational Partnerships
The pre-school children will be visiting on Thursday 28/2/19. We will require 3 helpers for each visit. Please speak to a member of staff if you can help. Thank you. Future visit dates 28/3/19, 25/4/19, 30/5/19, 20/6/19.

Session 2019/20
Our waiting list is open for places for next session. If you know of anyone that may be looking for a place or their child can you please let them know to get in touch with us and we will be happy to take them through the application process. Application are available on our website, We will be issuing letters to the ante pre-school children to register for August 2019.

Dates for your diary
18/2/19 Football
19/2/19 Teacher visit
25/2/19 Football,
26/2/19 Teacher visit
28/2/19 Care Home
March – 5k walk fundraiser
6/3/19 Enjoy-a-ball
7/3/19 Lunch Fundraiser
15/3/19 Red Nose Day
If you require any further help or information regarding any aspect of nursery please speak to your child’s key person and they will be happy to help.
Thank you Michelle, Lorna, Cat and Rita


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