Nursery News May 2016
The nicer weather has continued so we are still spending lots of time outside and have had a few picnic lunches in the garden! Can we please remind everyone to arrange for their children to have their own labelled sunhat and also suncream if you do not wish nursery suncream to be used.
We are very pleased to let you know that Kathleen has taken over the role of manager at the nursery. Kathleen has been doing a fantastic job these last few months carrying out all aspects of the role in a very calming and organised fashion! Kathleen will continue to be supported by Louise and Rebecca as floor leaders and Jen and the rest of the team. We wish her all the best in this new role.
Out & About
We will be starting a new block of our weekly visits to our local care home Glencairn and we are looking forward to getting to know the residents and taking part in activities such as drawing and making instruments with them.
We have concluded our block of Forest Schools trips to Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden. The children had lots of fun exploring the wildlife garden and we are looking forward to starting our Forest Schools trips again after the summer holidays!
Throughout the summer we plan to have more trips to the Meadows with the Hedgehogs, Foxes and Rabbits. We often take resources such as balls and hoops with us and stay out at the Meadows for a picnic lunch.
Our weekly fruit shop trips are going very well, the children are really good at choosing fruit for snack and the older Rabbits are getting really good at identifying coins when it’s time to pay for our fruit!
Children & Activities
We really enjoyed watching our ‘living eggs’ hatch into chicks this month! The children all did really well at handling the chicks gently and washing their hands afterwards!
On the ground floor we will be turning our home corner into a school to help with the Rabbits transition to primary 1. We will also be taking part in the primary school transition projects by carrying out activities relating to ‘We’re going on a Bear hunt’ and ‘The Rainbow Fish’. We also have some primary 1 children who left Meadows Nursery last year coming in to talk to our Rabbits.
Our Hedgehogs have been spending lots of time exploring the sand this month! We added dinosaurs and natural resources for the children to explore. The Hedgehogs have also spent lots of time mark-making in the garden using Chunky chalks and crayons!
Amy M attended a course on Floorbook planning, organised by Mindstretchers, which she found very interesting & informative. We are now looking forward to implementing her good ideas which will further improve our Floorbook planning with the children.
We also have a full day Child Protection course for all staff coming up on Saturday 2 July and various First Aid updates for individual staff over the next few months.
Our summer show and graduation will be taking place on Friday 24 June!