Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Trip to Dundonald Castle

During our topic on Castles we went a trip to Dundonald Castle on the bus.

We found a letter from a Knight and a Princess asking us to look for some things they had lost

We found a high heel shoe

and a tiara

and a magic wand

and a sword

We had a fantastic time and learned all about King Robert who used to live in the castle.

December Newsletter

First Steps Nursery
December Newsletter

It's that time of year again! Seasons Greetings to everyone.

I would like to welcome to First Steps any new children and their parents/guardians. We hope that you will enjoy being with us and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Christmas Party
Our Christmas Party will be held on Friday 20th December at 10am and we would invite all children in our 2-3room and our 3-5room to attend this event even if they do not normally come to nursery on a Friday. There will be two special guests this year, one being "Silly Gilly" and the second being the man in the big red suit. He will arrive at approx 11.30 for the 2-3room and 12 noon for the 3-5room so if you would like to see your child receive their present from him please ensure that you return to nursery by this time. As all anti pre and pre school children will attend in the morning there will be no afternoon session on this day. Children who normally come to our 2-3room on a Friday afternoon will have had their session in the morning. If you require a place in the afternoon please speak to Lorraine, Cherry or Nicola.

Christmas Concert
The children in the 3-5room have rehearsed a concert for their parents and will perform for them on Thursday 19th December. This is for all children in our 3-5room. Please check the list in nursery for the time of the performance your child is in. The show will last for approx 30minutes.

Nursery closing times over festive season

Monday 23rd December               Nursery open as normal
Tuesday 24th December               Nursery closes at 5pm
Wednesday 25th December          Nursery closed
Thursday 26th December              Nursery closed
Friday 27th December                  Nursery open as normal
Monday 30th December               Nursery open as normal
Tuesday 31st December               Nursery closes at 5pm
Wednesday 1st January                Nursery closed
Thursday 2nd December              Nursery closed
Friday 3rd December                   Nursery open as normal

Christmas Dinner
Our Christmas dinner will be served on wednesday 18th December for all children staying for lunch on a Wednesday.

HMIe Inspection
As I am sure you are all aware we will be having a visit from Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate week commencing 9th December. We hope you will all express your feelings about your child's experience with us to these inspectors.

Thank you to all who supported this in the nursery. I hope you are all delighted with the final product.

Pyjama day for children in need
The nursery raised the sum of £100.00 which was sent to Children in Need. Many thanks to all who participated.

Lending Library
This is now fully operational in our 3-5room. Can I please ask parents to encourage their child to use this facility. It is currently running on a Friday but if your child does not attend on a Friday please speak to a member of staff.

First Steps Nursery is a Eco Nursery and encourages children to bring along to our recycling point paper, plastic or tin. Can I ask parents to please encourage their child to take part in this venture.

Pick up / Drop off
Staff are always available at these times to listen to any needs for the child for the day ahead or to report on their day however I must ask that if you have any queries or concerns or wish to speak to key workers at length, you contact the nursery and make an appointment to speak to either myself or the relevant person in private in our parents room. Due to the issue of confidentiality it is not always possible to offer this in the playrooms at these times.

Collection of Children
Can I please ask parents / guardians to ensure that their child is collected on time at the end of their session. if you are unable to collect your child yourself please ensure whoever is collecting them knows what time they are to be picked up. The nursery closes at 6pm and I would therefore ask that you arrive at nursery to collect your child by 5.50pm and vacate the premises by 6pm.

On behalf of management and staff I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.