Nursery News October 2018

Door Security

We would like to ask parents to please be mindful of letting people into the building. On a few occasions delivery men and agency staff have gained access to the nursery by parents holding the door open for them. If you do notice somebody behind you trying to gain access to the building we would be grateful if you could let a staff member know so we can greet them at the door.

This safety measure is to ensure that our children and staff are kept safe at all times.

Zoolab

Our zoolab visit went very well! The Squirrels and Rabbits sat really well as we listened to the Halloween story and learned about the animals. We got to touch (if we wanted to) and look at a snake, tortoise, snails, tarantula, cockroach & a millipede. All of the children were very good at remembering to wash their hands afterwards!

Parents Evening

Thank you to all the parents who came along on Thursday 25 October. It was a great evening and gave parents the time to socialise with each other and also speak to staff and Caroline about matters regarding their child and the nursery.  Lots of lovely feedback was received from parents about the nursery and the care we provide which was fed back to all staff and very much appreciated.

Halloween Party

Thank you to all the parents who came along to our Halloween Party. The children enjoyed having their parents join them for our Halloween snack along with some dooking, Halloween crafts and our mini disco!

Self Evaluation

As part of our ongoing self evaluation we have been looking at Loose Parts Play both indoors and out. Loose parts can be described as materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials.

Loose parts play can support children’s development in a variety of areas, especially curiosity, imagination and creativity.

When children interact with loose parts, they enter a world of ‘what if’ that promotes the type of thinking that leads to problem solving and theoretical reasoning. Loose parts enhance children’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions, and they bring a sense of adventure and excitement to children’s play (Daly and Beloglovsky, 2015).

The staff team along with the children (in their newly formed children’s committee) will be using the Loose Parts Toolkit developed by Inspiring Scotland in collaboration with Play Strategy Group and Scottish Government to evaluate our environment and implement changes to improve our loose parts areas. If you would like to get involved in our loose part evaluations please let us know.

For more information on Loose parts play please visit- http://www.playscotland.org/parents-families/loose-parts-play/ and https://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk/hub/loose-parts-play/.

Staff

We are sadly saying Goodbye to Gemma who is moving down to London this month. We would like to thank Gemma for her hard work while with us and wish her all the best. Roanna, our music teacher, has also moved on and we would like to thank her for all the good work she has done with us over the last couple of years. The nursery has gained a lot of knowledge in this area and we are confident to continue with music and singing in the nursery.

Diary Dates

Monday 19 November- World Nursery Rhyme and Book Week