Winter Round Up
Time is marching on…………..
I thought I would do a wee round up of 2014.
Staff News In Summary
Miss Mackay got engaged, Mrs Jankowska had a gorgeous wee boy called Alex,
Miss Boyce completed the Moonwalk, Miss Gunnell completed her SVQ Level 3 qualification, Miss Grant started her teaching degree and Miss Mays went off to explore the world.
In terms of Professional Development, six staff attended the Nature Play Spring Conference at Cramond to experience a wide range of practical ideas to enhance children’s outdoor play.
Two staff spent the year enhancing their creative side by attending the Starcatchers course, while all staff benefitted from creative dance sessions by Skye Reynolds.
All staff completed mandatory first aid training and we followed this by running a very successful course for parents.
One of this year’s focuses has been looking at extending our expressive arts provision and following our incredibly successful ‘Artist Theme’, we held an open day for parents to come and see the fruits of the children’s labour.
We had some incredible experiences at Jupiter Art land and raised an amazing £135.60 for charity.
Tutti Footy and Yogi Toes continued to be a great success and thanks to Ellen Henretty who ran some dance classes for the children during the summer.
A great deal of the summer months was spent in the paddling pool and on forest walks, the latter of which can be seen on the nursery website.
In between times, we also managed to raise £233 for Sports Relief.
Following a suggestion from a parent, we held a Family Picnic Day at the top of Drum Brae Hill, the weather was kind to us and the ice cream van found us!!
Our new initiative of the Child Smile Toothbrushing programme has been well received and the children continue to look forward to this as part of their daily routine.
Tempest Photographs & My School Printing were a great hit again this year with more orders than ever before…..
Nursery continued to support the local environment and use the facilities at the Munro Centre, St Kentigerns , Drum Brae Leisure Centre and Library as well as visiting the doctors, hairdressers, ( thanks Keith Love ) vets, pharmacy, schools and even the Spice LoungeJ
Big thanks to Mr Jazz at Spice Lounge for treating the kids to some Indian delights as part of Wally’s trip round India.
The Juniors moved from children’s paper profiles ( PLP ‘s) to electronic learning journals at the start of the Autumn Academic Session and so far these have been very well received.
Then in September, Peekaboo Nursery School won the ‘Best Individual Nursery Award’ at the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards in Glasgow. This was an inaugural event organised by ‘Nursery Management Today’ to recognise and reward the very best people in nursery childcare in Scotland.
Needless to say there were lots of sore heads the next day………
In October and November we cleared the bit of woodland on the right of the entrance to nursery ready for the development of our mud Kitchen in the New Year!! Watch this space J
Thanks to Gus Crabbie for donating our fabulous Christmas Tree J
The children loved the experience of an elf delivering the tree and details of this service are provided on the window at Juniors.
During our Christmas closure period the Wobblie Room is due for a repaint and all carpets and hard surfaces are having an industrial clean, while ‘Bob ‘ is tackling the big list of repairs .
With the sad departure of Mr Hernandez and Miss Boyce, we welcome Miss Salpi and Miss KalaJ
The Christmas Nativity
The Nativity Play is at St Kentigerns’ Church Hall on Friday 19th December at 11am.
All parents and family are invited to attend.
Closure and Reopening
Nursery closes after the Nativity on Friday 19th and re- opens on Tuesday 6th January 2015.
Staff return to work on Monday 5th January 2015 with CPD Training.