A very hearty thanks to all of you who were able to attend last weeks parents night. It took a different format with displays of all the events and current work being undertaken.
We set out our lending library for both rooms with an explanation on how to choose and rate the material chosen. Please feel free to try. There is a named bag for each child placed outside each room.
We displayed our typical snacks with further suggestions and thoughts for you to add – again we have taken additions on board.
Our oral health lady Kirsty analysed our lunch boxes and placed sugar cubes beside our most tasty things. Its official we can eat nothing!
The Big Books displayed the past plan with input from all sources. Having the time to read and view the activities enabled valuable comments to be added from parents and this will strengthen our home to centre links.
We were also able to ask parents to sign up for observations and activities to support cultural and skill sharing. Each room has a diary so please spare a little time to impart your knowledge.
We talked about the idea of a committee and the way we can develop more parent input. As you all know, Jenny will leave us in December along with Leanne as they go on maternity leave. Right now we are actively recruiting staff and we hope to bring on board a new member by November. Sobiya has been working closely with Jenny and is practising the materials. We feel it is the right time to promote her to the key worker role as she is a hard working role model. This we hope you will fully support.
We would welcome a parent to observe a potential new staff member when we feel nearer the decision.
If you look outside the classroom you can see the children’s group. If your child belongs to either Jenny or Leanne they would like to see you at your convenience this month for a formal chat.
This brings us nicely onto the preparation for Primary School.
Looking in the Herald, the private schools are advertising their Open Days and we have received a note from the council that children starting in August 2014 will now register at their local school from the 11th to the 15thNovember 2013.
Leanne, Debbie and I have visited Hillhead, Hyndland and will return to Glasgow Academy. We would also like to visit Notre Dame, Scotstoun and any others you are considering.
Inside the Raindrops.
These last weeks have been very inspirational, Melinda, Marie-Helene and Laura have had a much calmer start to their year and to help children settle they have altered settling patterns and the Raindrops are doing well. We felt that we could move a few older children through to the Rainbows and this is too is working well.
Both Melinda and Marie-Helene have commenced studying with Experiental Play SVQ 4 and 3.
In the Rainbows.
The group has begun to settle and friendships and routine are becoming established.
We are working closely in both rooms to share the planning and next steps for all the children so everyone knows every child well.
Our new topic will focus on Time and Autumn. There is an abundance of materials to support the children and we will keep you informed and take your inspiration via emails.
We have just been visited by 16 ladies from Northern Ireland to watch our ‘Best Practice’ as a Montessori nursery. They all work and run playgroups and came to visit a range of nurseries here.
4 students from Glasgow School of Art will visit to see how children play and learn.
Smile too – Kirsty will observe the staff at tooth brushing routines.
Hugo’s Dad Alan is a big hit with our music and we are very grateful for his time and style.
Fiona continues to help us all become bendy and fit with Yoga.
We are working closely with our early year’s team at Glasgow City Council and they will be here on Thursday to advise us on ‘moderation’ and planning.
Elizabeth continues to be a committee member on our local forum which keeps us up to date with courses and early year’s information.
So what we decided and discussed on the night goes as follows:
- A Halloween Party for children attending on Friday 31st of October both in the morning and afternoon. Fancy dress is welcome but no masks or weapons – s’il vous plait!
- We will support the Shoebox Appeal – Elizabeth has an example for you to see. The deadline for your box 1st November.
- To bring us towards December we have booked Platypuss in Boots at the Royal Conservatoire on Wednesday 27th November at 10.00am. Many parents signed up on the night. If your child attends on the day and you want to come let me know. We are going to ask you for a donation of £2.00 for the taxis.
- In March we will meet again for a themed ‘Around the World Night’ a chance to focus on a cookery book creation perhaps, so let’s get out the family favourites, the special secrets to a successful baked Alaska hmmm!
- The proceeds we would like to donate to Michael Jackson, Ilyas’s father and his charity Micro-Tyco.
- Finally voted by yourselves we looked at a woodland charity and in our last term – May time, we will support the North Kelvin meadows used and played in by many families.
Finally diseases and pests!
Please don’t be alarmed but as young children mingle they get things. Over this past week we have reported cases of Hand Foot and Mouth – which is basically a virus, blisters inside the mouth, hands, feet and bottom. This is contagious so please stay away. We have also had hair visitors we know this is stressful so perhaps each week check heads. The chemist will advise. Finally, the thread worms. It is reported that 40% of children have them! Again the chemist will give you all a tasty banana flavoured potion and hey presto!
We will continue to update you weekly via email. We love you all xx us
A very warm welcome to this month of August! We are nearly at the starting point for the new term. We are delighted to meet many new families as they settle at the moment. We are wishing those transitioning to school the very best and we look forward to seeing you in your school uniforms.
We have been hard at work these last few weeks preparing new documentation which is called ‘Moderation’. All the staff have participated in redesigning our ways of assessment and you will be too! Next week we are beginning some of the work for practice and we are going to back to the Montessori shelves also.
Our weekly diary will relate to Care of the Environment and establishing our routine. We are not going to send one this week. Don’t panic!!
Over the next few weekends we have the decorators in so each Monday we will be greeted by the smell of fresh paint. We are hoping that for the Rainbows you won’t mind taking home your red bags as much as possible so we don’t become cluttered.
Jenny has informed us that she is expecting again and both she and Leanne will take their maternity around January. Please be assured recruitment is underway and I will be working in the Rainbows from August.
We have certainly enjoyed being out and about and it has made Summer School great success.
Debbie, Leanne, Jenny, Sobiya, Marie-Helene, Laura, Melinda, Emma, Elizabeth and Denise
At last a bit of information for you all.
Firstly, we would like to thank all the children who are moving on. We have received beautiful gifts and cards, this is very reassuring. We would like to welcome our new starts too. The settling in is going well and, as mentioned, we are all working together to support and adjust to the changes.
We just wanted to make you aware that staff are taking holidays throughout July and August but there is plenty of cover. We will see a bit more of Emma along with a new staff member Melinda who is a Raindrop lady.
Leanne, as you are most probably all aware, is pregnant and she will leave us in January for her leave.
Over these weeks we will continue with weekly activities. We will visit the Butterfly Garden. Hugh is going to harvest the potatoes with the children – very excited!
We will make the most of the weather and if the notion of a little trip arises we will do it with your knowledge of course.
Now the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation Charity that we started back in April is complete and the grand total is £900.00 THAT’S AMAZING!!!
We shall prepare for the ladies to come and collect it.
As we are in the process of updating all the email information please let Elizabeth know of any changes to your address as we will continue to send you the weekly Diary including relevant information for your child. We thank you for all your support.
Debbie, Leanne, Jenny, Sobiya, Marie-Helene, Laura, Melinda, Emma, Elizabeth and Denise.