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Nursery News April 2019 Millerfield Place

Nursery News April 2019

Nursery Security

We have had a few incidences recently where unfamiliar people (ie delivery drivers or people enquiring about the nursery) have been allowed into the building by parents. Can we please remind parents to not let anyone in the building that they do not recognise and please ask them to wait at the door until a member of staff is alerted. Thank you.

Parent Breakfast

Thank you to all the parents who attended the parent breakfast. It was lovely to see everyone have a chance to socialise with each other, as well as being able to have a bite to eat and a small play with their children and their friends. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Buggy Storage

Unfortunately we have limited spaces for buggies to be stored. We have a buggy rail in the front foyer for “umbrella” style buggies that can be folded and hung up using their handles; this then leaves the buggy hut free for buggies that can’t be hung up. We would also like to ask that any parents using children’s seats on the back of their bike please do not leave them in the buggy shed as they take up space that is needed otherwise.

Self-Evaluation

We have recently sent out parent and child questionnaires for the purposes of our Standards and Quality Improvement Plan. All of your comments will be taken on board and are an essential part of us evaluating our practice and Nursery as a whole. We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Weather

Now that the weather is looking up, we please ask that parents bring their children to nursery with a sun hat that is labelled with their name. We will be asking parents to sign/re-sign nursery sun cream forms, or alternatively asking for your child’s own sun cream to be kept at nursery. It would also be helpful to have some extra clothes at nursery for your child as we are planning some fantastic water play experiences for the children!

Staffing

We are very sorry to be saying goodbye to Colette at the end of the month. Colette has been a key member on the Ground Floor and we would like to thank her for all of the hard work she has put into the nursery.

 

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: Nursery News||0 Comments

Nursery News March 2019 Millerfield Place

Nursery News March 2019

What we have been up to

In March the Foxes and Rabbits have been focusing on their Loose Parts and Block Play. We have been slowly introducing the children to being creative and imaginative with open ended resources in all rooms on the Ground Floor and it has been so interesting to see what they come up with. They have especially enjoyed using the pipes, crates, tires, stands and other bits and pieces in the garden to make mega ball/water runs. This type of play has really seemed to encourage and facilitate team work amongst the children as they were all discussing with each other how they could improve or fix their runs! We are very lucky to have gotten some brand new blocks for our Flower Room – this was all very exciting for the children at first and most of them were pretending to be Bob the Builder with their little hammers. Once the children became more familiar with the resources they started to become more creative with them. Some of the Rabbits made a taxi and had a whole role play session around collecting people to take them out for dinner etc; others built a fire station and saved the nursery from burning down; and others pretended that the floor was lava and helped save each other from touching it!

This month the Foxes and Rabbits have also been focusing on practicing their letter and number of the week. They have also been focusing on how to keep themselves healthy and safe, whether it be through eating, washing our hands, out on trips or any other ways we can think of. They created some wonderful posters for our Health and Wellbeing display and have been able to reiterate why it is important to be clean, safe, active and healthy! We are now looking forward to starting our topic of “Spring”, and after discussion with the children we will also be learning about the life cycle of both plants and animals – how exciting!

The Middle Floor children have been exploring all of the messy and arts resources to make some wonderful pieces of spring art work. Not only have they been using craft materials, they have also been using toys from around the rooms to make different patterns and marks on their paper! Some of the Hedgehogs have also been really enjoying touching and feeling different types of fabric, so to aid this the children were provided with materials that have different textures. Some of the older children on the floor were using toilet rolls as trumpets, so they then created their own trumpets, and other musical instruments, using different pieces of junk modelling. For the coming weeks in April we will be focusing on continuing our responsive planning and developing the children’s creativity skills, as well as helping our new littles ones to settle into the routines of the nursery.

Extra Curricular Experiences

The Rabbits have continued to enjoy their Enjoy-A-Ball sessions at the Meadows. This class is great fun and helps the children to develop their gross motor skills as well as their hand-eye-coordination.

The Rabbits and Foxes have all been enjoying their weekly yoga adventures with Tatty Bumpkin! They have been going all around the world with Tatty and I think we are all looking forward to these sessions continuing.

We are still continuing with our Tatty Bumpkin sessions which the Foxes and Rabbits just seem to be loving every week. They have been stretching and bending through all sorts of different adventures with Tatty B at Wobble Farm. We look forward to continuing these through April.

The oldest Rabbits have started their Forest Schools sessions on a Thursday. We hopped on the number 41 bus and off we went to Blackford Pond for some exploration, building and a good bit of fresh air! There have been lots of frogs and other animals that the children have been watching and learning about. We only have 2 weeks of this block left before we will switch it around and let some other children have a turn at Forest Schools!

Staffing

We said a huge welcome to Catriona whom has joined the team on the middle floor. Catriona is all settled into her role and is doing very well.

Parents

A big thank you goes to all the parents who attended Parents Evening. It was great to have good discussions with all of you and we hope you feel the same.

Developmental Milestones

Thank you to all parents who have returned these already. We please ask that any parents who have not yet returned their child’s Developmental Milestones to do so as soon as possible. Thank you!

Our next date for the diary is April 17th for a Continental Breakfast from 8-930am. We hope you can make it!

 

By |March 30th, 2019|Categories: Nursery News||0 Comments

Nursery News February 201 Millerfield Place

Nursery News February 2019

What we have been up to

The children have been busy learning about Scotland this month including some Scottish Highland dances out in the garden for our exercise time. It was fantastic to see the children’s reactions to hearing the bagpipes and see them choosing a partner and all dancing together! We have also been looking at the symmetry of the Scottish flag, as well as looking for symmetry using mirrors and creating our own symmetrical pictures by folding over paper or using 3D shapes. The children have also been enjoying listening to Scottish stories and learning some new Scottish words which they had a go at writing.

The Middle Floor children have been looking at colours and numbers and sensory painting and have been so enjoying their time in the garden with the lovely weather, using the balls to practice their hand-eye coordination, as well as the small balancing beams to aid their balance. The Hedgehogs have also enjoyed exploring the different sponges and paint rollers that have been provided for messy play.

Extra curricular experiences

The Rabbits have continued to enjoy their Enjoy-A-Ball sessions at the Meadows. This class is great fun and helps the children to develop their gross motor skills as well as their hand-eye-coordination.

The Rabbits and Foxes have all been enjoying their weekly yoga adventures with Tatty Bumpkin, going all around the world with Tatty!

The older Rabbits have started their Forest Schools sessions on a Thursday. We hopped on the number 41 bus and off we went to Blackford Pond for some exploration, building and a good bit of fresh air! We are so excited to keep developing our outdoor skills over the next 5 weeks.

Staffing

We are very sorry to have to say goodbye to Katy D. Katy contributed a lot to the nursery over the last 2 years and it is sad to see her go but we wish her the best of luck on her new adventure in America!

We will be welcoming Catriona & Edyta, our new staff members, in the next month so please keep an eye out for their bios on the vestibule door.

Parents

On 21 March we will be having our first Parents Evening of the year. This is a great time to be able to have a catch up with a staff member to discuss your child’s development or any other topics you would like to discuss. We will also have drinks and nibbles so parents will have the chance to get together with other parents for a chat.

 

 

By |March 4th, 2019|Categories: Nursery News||0 Comments

Nursery News December 2018 Millerfield Place

Nursery News December 2018

What we have been up to

In December the Rabbits &Foxes have been continuing their topic of Multiculturalism. So far the children have been enjoying practicing their 2D and 3D shapes – through looking at buildings from around the world. This learning has been further facilitated by using different materials (such as building blocks, shape mats, etc) to allow the children to construct their own buildings! As well as this, we have been learning how to say “hello” in different languages for our Letter of the Week. The children really enjoyed learning “Jingle Bells” in Spanish, as well as the first verse of “Silent Night” in French; which they then sang as Christmas Carols for their Christmas Party!

The Hedgehogs have been really focusing on their Christmas Crafts! They were busy exploring different materials to decorate cars, calendars and baubles to give as a gift to their parents. When the weather hasn’t been too cold or wet the children have also enjoyed their time in the garden playing with the cars, bikes and even making a big ball run using half pipes and stands!

Our Christmas parties were a huge success. The Hedgehogs enjoyed having a sitdown party snack and a Sing-A-Long in the Tree Room! They then had their presents handed out and the party finished off with some balloon fun. It was a busy party and it was lovely to see the children and parents enjoying themselves.

The Rabbits &Foxes had a Christmas Fair and Carols party. For this we had a rolling snack and then some craft stations set up for the children and parents to participate in. We had some cupcake decorating; paper chains; Santa stars; and finally building mini Ginger Bread Houses. We then sang our Carols in the back garden, before Tricky Ricky came to do his magic show! We then finished off with a visit from Santa who handed out the children’s presents.

Extra Curricular Experiences

The Rabbits have continued to enjoy their Enjoy-A-Ball sessions at the Meadows. This class is great fun and helps the children to develop their gross motor skills as well as their hand-eye-coordination.

The oldest Hedgehogs, Rabbits and Foxes have also been enjoying their weekly yoga adventures with Tatty Bumpkin! They have been going all around the world with Tatty and they also has a special Christmas Adventure.

We have been continuing some mini Forest Schools sessions over at Sciennes with our youngest Rabbits. They have all really enjoyed having some more time out in the nature and enjoyed building dens!

Staffing

We are sorry to be saying goodbye to Urska at the end of the year. We would like to thank Urska for her hard work over the last few months and wish her the best of luck in the future.

In the New Year we will be welcoming a couple of new Staff members to Meadows Nursery – keep an eye out for their bio’s on the Foyer door!

Parents

We would like to please ask parents if you are planning to have your child absent from Nursery for holidays it would be very helpful if you could please pop an email to the Nursery instead of telling a staff member in the room. The staff sometimes forget because they are busy with the children and it just allows us to better plan our days. Thank you in advance.

 

By |December 20th, 2018|Categories: Nursery News||0 Comments

Nursery News October 2018 Millerfield Place

Nursery News October 2018

What we have been up to

The children have enjoyed looking at both fiction and non-fiction books that helped to teach them about different modes of transportation for our topic “Transport. The children also enjoyed making graphs to show the different ways that they travel to and from Nursery, as well as talking a lot about road safety.

We have also been talking about the changes we can see in Autumn; the Rabbits and Foxes have had such a great time using the natural resources to make beautiful pictures for our display.

Our next topic is Multicultralism and we will update everyone on this in due course.

Extra Curricular Experiences

The local care home has recently been finding it difficult to accommodate our visits and we have therefore decided to take a break from these.  We hope to resume our relationship in the new year and will keep you posted.

We are very pleased to say that we have now restarted our Enjoy-A-Ball sessions for our over 3s. The children really enjoy having some energetic time outside to practice their ball skills.

We are also still enjoying Tatty Bumpkin sessions, as well as all the wonderful places that we have the opportunity to take the children to around Edinburgh.

The Foxes and Rabbits also recently had Zoo Lab come along for a Halloween themed session. The children listened very intently as they followed a magical story and met a snake, toad, millipede, snail and tarantula!

Staffing

We are pleased to welcome Desi Brown who has recently joined us as break cover.

Unfortunately, we are sadly saying goodbye to Caitlin in November. Caitlin has been with Meadows since 2016 and has decided to move on to pastures new and we wish her the best of luck in her new adventures.

Parents

A huge thank you to all the parents whom attended our Halloween Parties. This was such great fun and I’m sure you’ll agree that all the children had such a wonderful time and looked amazing in their costumes!

 

 

By |November 5th, 2018|Categories: Nursery News||0 Comments

Nursery News September 2018 Millerfield Place

Nursery News September 2018

What we have been up to

The ground floor has just finished their topic of “People who help us”. For this topic, the children have enjoyed learning all about the people who help them in the community, including police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and shop keepers. They have done this through a wide range of different experiences including having shops set up all over the nursery, reading stories as well as watching videos on how to keep yourself safe or who to call in an emergency.

We are looking forward to starting our new topic which stems from the children’s interests as well as our calendar plan. This month we will be focusing on “Transport” and “Autumn”.

The Hedgehogs have continued their interest in mark making! Throughout their day they have been exploring different tools to make marks. We have had different types of sponges, paint brushes, natural resources and tools for them to use in paint, glue and sand. As well as this, the Hedgehogs have also been interested in cars and garages. They have started upcycling boxes and other materials to create their own garages!

Extra Curricular Experiences

We are now at the end of our Forest Schools block. The children have enjoyed their time at Blackford Pond and at the Sciennes Woods. The staff provided lots of different materials to be used which involved weaving, den building and being creative using the natural materials.

The children enjoyed visiting the residents at our Care Home sessions every 2 weeks. We usually take along some puzzles and games that can be shared and played with the residents.

The older children are now at the end of their Tatty Bumpkin block – we all love our energetic yoga sessions and we are really really looking forward to when these start up again!

Cold weather

Now that we are approaching autumn, and the weather has definitely taken a turn for the colder and wetter, we would like to please ask parents to provide their children with suitable clothing for the weather (ie waterproofs, wellies and a warm jacket) as we are very keen on allowing the children to have time outside whatever the weather.

Dates for the Diary

25 October – Parents Evening. Please keep an eye out on the Foyer Door for the parents evening sign-up sheet!

31 October – Halloween party.

 

By |October 8th, 2018|Categories: Nursery News||0 Comments

Nursery News August 2018 Millerfield Place

Nursery News August 2018

Parent Breakfast

Thank you to all the parents who came along to enjoy our parent breakfast earlier this month. It was a great morning and we all enjoyed having a snack with our parents. These breakfasts are a great chance for parents to be involved with the nursery and to see what their child likes to do whilst here, they also give parents a chance to get to know each other and the nursery staff a little better.

What we have been up to

The ground floor have concluded their ‘All about us’ topic. We have been really engaged in learning about our bodies through experiences such as measuring our height and comparing sizes, exploring what our stomach does with the food we eat and using our skeleton, Maggie, along with reference books, to learn the names and uses for parts of our body.

We are looking forward to starting our new topic ‘People who help us’ in the coming week.

The Hedgehogs have continued their interest in messy play by exploring and making new textures by mixing ingredients together. We have been using the pots and spoons to mix sand, water, ice, foam and playdough together! We have continued this out in the garden by using the mud kitchen to make cups of foamy ‘tea’!

Extra Curricular Experiences

Now that the schools have resumed after their summer holidays we have resumed our extra-curricular activities. Our current blocks are:

Mondays – Care Home visits

Tuesdays – Library/Park trips

Wednesdays – Forest Schools

Thursdays – Tatty Bumpkins

Friday – Rhyme Time/Park trips

Self-Evaluation

We would like to thank all parents and children who provided us with valuable feedback through our self evaluation forms earlier this year. Our priorities for 2018/2019 are:

Leadership & Management – Self Evaluation using HGIOELC & BTA; Distributed Leadership; Further embed Vision, Values & Aims

Learning Provision – Curriculum & Pedagogy; Implement new trackers

Success and Achievements – Loose parts play; Child’s voice & Active participation

 

By |September 6th, 2018|Categories: Nursery News||0 Comments

Nursery News July 2018 Millerfield Place

Nursery News July 2018

What We’ve Been Up To!

We’ve been enjoying spending more time at the Meadows Park and out in the garden in the lovely weather, followed up some yummy (& healthy) fruit ice lollies afterwards.

We try to do as much outdoors as possible and our “Relax, Rest & Read” time after lunch is especially enhanced as we can look up to the lovely blue sky and think lovely thoughts……..!

Both floors have also been doing lots of Messy Play in the garden and in the rooms. We are providing different textures and smells for the children to explore. All the children seem to be enjoying this and we look forward to doing more in-depth sensory play with some of the children.

Our water station has been really interesting and exciting and good to see how creative the children can get with the water runs and to see that they are SO enjoying having an opportunity to cool down with water.

The older children love when the younger ones visit the garden as everyone gets a chance to say “hello” & siblings can spend some time together!

The children have also been enjoying some brand new toys! They have been especially enjoying all the cars and garage items, as well as all the babies and dollies.

We have a new addition to the playrooms in the form of “Maggie” who is our resident skeleton and is helping us learn all about what’s inside our body.  This is part of our general theme just now, “All About Us”.

Lots of us have been away on holiday and are very excited to tell their friends about it all.

Staffing

We are pleased to welcome Urska, who has now started on the middle floor with the younger children and Magda who is on the ground floor with the older children. Their “Bios” are on the notice board – please say hello if you haven’t met them as yet.

Parent Breakfast

We look forward to having parents join us for breakfast on the morning of 21 August. The children love to sit down with their parents over breakfast & show off their nursery! We hope to see you all there.

 

By |August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Nursery News||0 Comments

Nursery News June 2018 Millerfield Place

Nursery News June 2018

Activities

We would like to say a big thank you to Adam, Morag, Elliot, Mia and Loueϊ for coming along to our P1 party and spending time talking to the Rabbits about going to school. It was great to hear their first hand experiences of starting school as well as to listen to their stories in their reading books.

We also had our summer show and graduation this month. The Care Home residents came to nursery to watch our dress rehearsal and were really impressed at how well the children performed their Harry Potter show. The children and staff worked really hard and the children gave us a great performance. We are really going to miss all of our Rabbits leaving for school and we hope they can come back for our P1 party next year!

This month on the ground floor we have continued learning about Summer and School. We also used our transition project book ‘Tiddler’ to explore sea creatures and made puppets of our favourite sea creature to use with our puppet theatre.

The Hedgehogs have been exploring lots of sensory play this month. We have been experimenting with different textured paint such as sand, cotton wool, flour and gluck. We had lots of fun using our hands and paint brushes to mix ingredients together! The Hedgehogs have also been developing their gross motor skills on our balancing beams and crates as well as activities at the Meadows Park.

Staffing

We are sadly saying goodbye to Stela and Garazi. Stela is moving on to do work with homeless adults in Edinburgh and Garazi is considering a return home to Spain. We would like to thank both for all their hard work while at the nursery and wish them both well.

We have new staff starting over the next few weeks so please look out for their “Bios” on our Parent Notice board. We endeavour to personally introduce all new staff to parents, however, this sometimes proves difficult so please introduce yourself if you can.

Our seasonal staff, covering staff annual leave across both nurseries, are Emily and Tessa who are both university students on their summer vacation.

Diary Dates

We hope to see as many of you as possible at our next Parent Breakfast on 21 August. More details to follow on this nearer the time!

 

By |June 25th, 2018|Categories: Nursery News||0 Comments

Nursery News May 2018 Millerfield Place

Nursery News May 2018

Activities

This month on the ground floor we have continued our learning about the Life Cycle. The Foxes have been exploring plants, in particular cress and sunflowers! We all had a great time planting our cress and sunflower seeds, watching them grow and then prepared the cress for our afternoon snack! The Rabbits have continued to learn about the life cycle of different animals as well as the life cycle of humans and plants. Our five caterpillars turned into five beautiful butterflies which we released into the back garden and we documented their change from caterpillars to butterflies in our floorbook.

Our next topic on the ground floor will be Summer & School. We will be learning about different transport methods, taking surveys and using maps to plot our route to school/ see where we are going on holiday. We will also be exploring the book ‘Tiddler’ as part of our transition project.

The Hedgehogs have been learning all about dinosaurs this month. We have been learning about the different sizes and colours of dinosaurs and using paint and various materials (including dinosaurs!) to make prints for our displays. We have also been reading the book ‘Ten Little Dinosaurs’ and are all great at making dinosaur noises!

Out & About

The Foxes and Rabbits have been taking part in our Forest School sessions at Sciennes woodland. We have been having a great time bug hunting, building dens and developing our gross motor skills by using the balancing logs. We have also been collecting lots of sticks which we have been using to paint, glue and make models with.

The Hedgehogs have been spending time over at the Meadows park and Sciennes and have been having lots of fun exploring the new climbing frame at the park! In the garden the Hedgehogs have been having lots of tea parties at the mud kitchen, we have all been doing lots of sharing and handing out cups of ‘tea’ to our friends.

Our Care Home visits are still going really well, this month we have managed to have a few outdoor picnics with the residents. We have also done some of our planting with the residents and observed how our plants grew at the Care Home. We have invited the residents to come to the nursery to listen to the Rabbits sing their summer show songs later this month.

The Rabbits went on their spring trip to the Botanic Gardens this month where they took part in a work shop called ‘Grandpa’s Garden’. We learned how to care of plants so they can grow to be healthy and strong. We also listened well to a story and explored the garden, looking out for creatures such as butterflies and worms as we explored.

Staffing

We would like to welcome Katie Treadgold to Meadows. Katie has experience working with all age groups and will be based on the middle floor with the Hedgehogs.

We will sadly be saying Goodbye to Denisa at the end of June. Denisa will be going back to Greece to spend some time with her family. We would like to thank Denisa for all her hard work during her time at Meadows.

We have also said a sad goodbye to Katie Gibson who has just recently married and is moving with her husband to a new home in England. Katie has been with Meadows for 3 years and we are very sorry to see her go. We wish Katie all the best for her future.

Karen and Carrie have been jointly covering the deputy manager position for the last few months whilst Katie took a back seat. Karen and Carrie will now continue in their role as joint deputy managers.

Diary Dates

8th June- Sports Day

22rd June- Summer Show & Graduation (Rabbits)

By |June 5th, 2018|Categories: Nursery News||0 Comments