Nursery News !

                                                                                          Warm welcome to session 2019/2020.

All children have had a positive start and are settling into the nursery routine. We have 2 groups this session, Red and Green. Key Person for the Red Group is Lorna Cation (Depute) and Green Group Key Person is Cat Graham (Practitioner).

Staff Working Patterns
Due the reduction in our numbers this session we have had to review staff working patterns. Lorna and Cat will be working a pattern of 3 days on and 2 days off. Please see a copy of the rota in the waiting area.
Pink days = Lorna
Yellow = Cat

What Your Child Needs at Nursery
Soft shoes that are easy for your child to put on and off, Wellie boots and a spare change of clothes; including underwear and socks and all clothing must be labelled with your child’s name.

Please notify the nursery as soon as possible of your child’s absence from nursery. You can call or text 07984 554544. If we have not received confirmation of absence a member of staff will be in touch.

Group Baskets – Waiting Area
If your child wishes to bring a toy or personal belonging to nursery to show/talk with their friends or staff the item will be placed in the colour coded group basket and it can be collected at the end of the day. This reduces the possibility of items getting lost in the nursery.
Art /drawings work will also be placed in separate group baskets for collection at the end of the day.

Learning and Interests
All about me – we will be getting to know everyone and learning about our families. Can you please bring in a family photo and we will use these as a talking point in getting to know each other and develop positive relationships.
Colours, Shapes, Numbers – We will be exploring these through various opportunities including games, songs, rhymes and stories.

Outdoor Learning – We will be in the garden in all weathers investigating the outdoor space and developing new skills.
Termly planning is displayed in the waiting area to give an overview of learning. Staff also plan responsively to incorporate current interests and meet individual needs.

Care Home – Clarkston House
Intergenerational Learning
We will be continuing our visits to Clarkston House Care Home on a regular basis. All children will have the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of intergenerational relationships. This will be our 3rd year continuing these visits. Our irst visit will be Wednesday 18th September. More details to follow.

Snack/Resource Fund
Please ensure standing order is set up for payments to be made August 2019-June 2020. If you require the information again, please see Michelle. This fund helps the nursery to provide snack, resources, activities, parties and outings for the children throughout the year.

Meetings AGM and SGM
AGM 2/9/19 12.00pm We will be looking to appoint a new committee for this session and require parents to attend this brief meeting before collection time.
SGM 23/9/19 12.00pm – Meeting to approve accounts. Can parents attend this brief meeting before collecting the children at 12.10pm

Keeping up to date
You can keep up to date with nursery life through various methods, Facebook, Website and What’s App. If you don’t wish to be added to the What’s app group please speak to a member of staff.
Information and notices are also displayed in the waiting area. Newsletters are issued regularly with keys dates.
Dates for the diary
2nd Sept AGM
18th Sept Care Home Visit (information to follow)
23rd Sept SGM
26th Sept Woodland Walk in Greenbank Gardens (information to follow)
September Weekend
Friday 27th – Monday 30th

Thank you
Michelle, Lorna and Cat

                                                                                   OCTOBER/NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER 2019


The children are really enjoying being
out and about exploring the local
community. We are planning more
opportunities for the children to
participate in various outdoor learning
experiences. These will include; Mearns
Library, Clarkston House Care Home,
Local walks and park visits.
Seasonal Interests – Autumn
We have been discussing and observing
the changes in our natural environment.
We will continue to further investigate
seasonal changes.

Mearns Library Visit – Wed 30th Oct
We have arranged a Halloween book bug
session for the children. This session
will be delivered by June the bookbug
co-ordinator from the library. The
children will listen to Halloween themed
stories and sing songs. We will travel on
the number 4 bus. Normal session times
apply. Please arrive no later than
9.10am. Children are can wear Halloween
accessories for this outing, i.e. masks
(no all in one costumes due toileting
issues). We will also take the
opportunity to have a look around the
Avenue Shopping Centre before making
our way back to nursery.
Halloween Activities/Party
There will be a fun morning in store as
we plan lots of fun activities and party
games. We look forward to seeing the
children in their fancy dress costumes!

Care Home-Intergenerational Visits
5th and 26th November
The children will discuss and plan
activities that they can engage in with
the residents.
Children In Need – Fri 15th Nov
Come to nursery wearing something
yellow or spotty to help raise funds for
Children in Need. Suggested donation
Lunch Fundraiser – Fri 15th Nov
We are also kick starting our first lunch
event. We ran this event last year and
it proved to be successful in getting
families together and helped raise
nursery funds. It’s a lovely get
together for children, families,
staff and the wider community. Lunch
will consist of homemade soup,
sandwich/bread, tea, coffee and sweet
Adults £3.50 Children £2.00
Everyone is welcome! We hope as many
of you; including friends and family can
come along.

Mini Mudder – 20th Nov 11.30am
This will be the children’s first
sponsored event. They will plan an
obstacle course in the garden using the
tyres, wooden planks, crates, barrel etc.
A great opportunity to get physical and
have fun! Everyone is welcome to come
along and support the children.
Book of the Month
We will be exploring another book by Julia Donaldson called Stick Man
This will provide various learning opportunities to explore rhyme, numeracy, science and health and wellbeing in and out of the nursery.
We really value your feedback and views on our service. This helps us to identify strengths within the establishment and areas for development. Please fill in the speech bubble attached answering the following question.
How has the transition experience been for you and your child starting nursery?

Home Link – Family Learning
The staff are looking at ways we can
incorporate fun and meaningful learning
at home. If you have any ideas or
suggestions of activities you would like
to engage in with your child please let us
know. You can put your comments in the
suggestion box in the waiting area. Thank you!

Morning and Lunch Wrap
Just a reminder that we offer morning
wrap. This is available from 8.45am at a
cost of £1.50 Monday – Friday. No need
to book. Afternoon wrap is available
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
Friday 12.10 –12.45pm. No need to book
just provide your child with a packed
lunch and pay (£3.00) on the day.

Getting Involved
We really value parents and families
getting involved in the life of the
nursery as we believe it makes a positive
impact on children’s experiences and
their learning. If you would like to
share a particular skill with the
children, read, bake, get creative or
just spend time in the nursery with your
child please speak to a member of staff
and we will happily make arrangements.
Spread the word
The nursery currently has self funded
places available for the remainder of
this session. If you know of anyone
requiring a place for their child please
let them know to get in touch and we
arrange a visit or provide further
information. The waiting list is also
open for session 2020/2021.

Keeping up to date
A nursery Whats App group is a great way to keep up to date with nursery life and provide reminders for upcoming events. Can you please confirm with a member of staff that you are happy to be added to the group.
Dates for your diary
30/10 Mearns Library
31/10 Halloween Activities/Party
4/11 Committee Meeting
5/11 Care Home Visit
15/11 Children in Need & Nursery Lunch
20/11 Mini Mudder
26/11 Care Home Visit
29/11 St Andrews Celebration

Please look out for the notices in the waiting area, Facebook and website for up to date information.
Thank you! Michelle, Lorna & Cat

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