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August Newsletter 2015

Peterhead Nursery


Here we are at the end of the summer holidays, they have just flown by, I can’t believe we are now at the start of the new term. Even though the weather wasn’t that great the nursery children have had a busy time and managed to get out and about a bit.

The baby room have had lots of new children inducting which is good as the room was getting just far too quiet. They have been spending time playing on the slide and the bouncy castle out and have been dancing to music. We have had lots of singing time and have explored with jam, weetabix and shredded paper during messy play, finishing off with water play. There has been fun with hand prints and glitter pictures. There have also been walks to the play park and harbour to look at the boats.

The two’s room have been active outdoors – both in the garden and going for walks. Outdoors on their walks they have practised early road safety procedures. They have been explaining the importance of healthy living to their children and discussing what foods we should eat lots of and which we should only eat as treats. The children have been practising “cooking” healthy menus for their friends in the role play corner. In addition to this they have been looking at colours and shapes.

The 3-5 room have taken full good of what little fine weather we have had – by going to the beach and park and spending time in the Nursery garden where we have been caring for our flowers and vegetables. These have been a success despite the weather and we look forward to harvesting the “fruits of our labour”! Many of our activities have been completed outdoors – circle /group games, bug hunts for our new “Bug Motel” – ball games and making use of our natural materials for obstacle courses etc. In this room we also have a number of new faces as children from the two’s room have moved up. All are settling well and enjoying using a range of new resources.
Thank you to everyone who returned our questionnaires to us. It is always good to know what we are doing well and what we can improve upon to make our service to you even better. We have already started to act upon your comments, the first being that some of you felt the children weren’t outdoors as much as they could be. Patricia has taken this on board and monitored it over the period of July and August and will continue to monitor it to ensure that children are out daily. We are working on some other points at the moment and will feedback to you in due course. It’s not too late to return your questionnaire to us if you haven’t already done so. If you need a new form please see a member of staff, your opinions are important to us and we wish to make our service to you the best we can.

Hopefully by now you will all have received information regarding our progression towards E. portfolios. These online portfolios on all children will then be very easily accessed by you at any time but to allow us to go ahead it is imperative that you return your consent forms at your very earliest convenience.

There has been amazing amount of sponsorship money already returned on behalf of the Hamish’s Journey fund – £2924.05! Hamish’s parents are delighted and so grateful for all your support. We would ask if you still have any sponsorship money to hand in could we have it as soon as possible please.

You are probably aware that on August 29th we are holding a Family Fun Day at the Nursery from 2pm – 4pm. We have organised bouncy castles, some craft tables, a visit from special guest Elsa, carnival games, hand massages, teas, baking, tombola and raffles etc. We are hoping that this will prove a huge fund-raising effort on behalf of Hamish. To make this possible we are appealing for as many helpers on the day as is possible as such events depend on extra help. Please speak to Patricia if you can spare a couple of hours on the day. Let’s make a supreme effort for such a worthy cause! We also have a few tables spare if you know anyone who would like to book a table for their craft again please see Patricia. The cost is £10 per table and a raffle donation. Also if anyone can make us some toffee or baking to sell please see Patricia. We are still collecting tombola prizes and raffle prizes if anyone would like to donate or knows a business who would like to donate in return for some free advertising. If anyone would like to buy a raffle beforehand or a bonus ball square please see a member of staff.

Thank you to everyone who put in a donation for SANDS when we had our week of fairy and elf activities. We raised a tremendous amount of £218.71 which is great considering it followed the week of Sport’s Day sponsorship for Hamish. The whole of Bertram nursery group, all 37 nurseries and head office raised a huge total of almost £25, 000 which is outstanding.

An important initiative has been launched by N.H.S. Grampian to ensure all children in the area follow new guidelines in respect of their Health and Wellbeing. Most of our Staff have attended different training courses on “Grow Well” and this is now being implemented throughout the Nursery. Emphasis is being placed on increased daily activity both indoors and outside. Our menus (though already offering healthy snacks) have seen some small changes to make them even healthier.

Many of you parents have calpol/bonjela etc. stored in nursery at the moment in the event your child experiences pain with teething and are reviewing forms every 28 days. Unfortunately we have had to review our medication policy due to guidance received from the care inspectorate and the only medication we can keep in nursery on an “as and when required basis” is things like asthma inhalers and epi-pens. Staff will be speaking to individual parents in order for them to take home their medication currently stored in nursery. This is not to say that if your child is experiencing pain with teething on a particular day that we will not administer medication, we would just ask you this day to sign it in when you arrive, fill in a medication form before you leave your child and then sign out the medication again at the end of the day. If anyone wishes to discuss this further or to view the guidance please see Patricia.

Just to let you all know, starting from next month all invoices will be going out on the 1st of every month. The Finance Office has now taken over this role and our invoices will be going out at the same time as other Betram Nurseries. In future, any extra sessions will need to be signed for and this will be invoiced to you on a weekly basis.

As some of you may already know we are currently looking to recruit a nursery cook and relief staff. If anyone is interested in either of these posts or knows anyone who is please ask them to get in touch with Patricia. Hours for the position of nursery cook are negotiable.

As the first term of the new academic year starts I would like to extend a warm welcome to any new faces joining us and hope that all our children who have moved up to “the next room” will enjoy the new challenges on offer. We are extremely grateful for all the co-operation and help that you – our parents have given us over the past year. Our nursery would not be the success story that it is without you. Thank you.
Bertram are looking for parents to give them feedback on our websites. This can be done through a direct message on their website or by leaving a comment on the facebook post asking for feedback. When you leave feedback you will be put into a draw for a chance to win £50 Love2shop vouchers!

As always, we pride ourselves on having an open door policy at Buoys and Gulls Nursery. If there is ever anything you wish to discuss with a member of the team then please do not hesitate to approach us and we will do our best to find an appropriate time and space to do so.

Yours sincerely
Patricia & Nursery Staff