ELC May 2016 Newsletter

May 12, 2016

Spring Topic
A small group of children went on the town service bus to Eskrigg Nature Reserve to release our frogs. The children named them – Strawberry and Cream.
Our butterflies also emerged from their cocoons. The children named them Axa, James, Jack, Sea Turtle and Peter before we released them.

Learning through play
Through recent discussions with parent/carers we found that some weren’t fully aware of what children are actually learning through play activities while at MAP. Anjay and Fiona have worked together to develop a ‘Learning through play’ leaflet. This leaflet will provide parents with a little more information on the learning opportunities children can experience when mark making or playing with sand water and role play. The leaflet is attached for your perusal. Staff will also be developing a book with photographs and information on all of the play activities we offer. Staff will keep you updated and inform you when it is available to look though.

Improvements
M.A.P has recently been inspected by the Care Inspectorate. We will let parent/carers know when our inspection report will be available online. It was felt during the inspection that a lot of time was spent writing up full accident / incident reports for minor injuries and as a result of this we will be introducing a new format for writing up minor accidents. We will still be using our accident/incident form for head injuries and or more serious accidents. Staff will be starting to use this new format in the next few weeks. We welcome your comments on this new format and any further suggestions.

Eco award
We are proud to have achieved our Bronze Eco Award in recognition of our efforts in being an environmentally friendly nursery. Congratulations to the staff, parent/carers and children who have participated.
The OSCA children have designed a poster with our Eco rules on. You can see this on the noticeboard in the front foyer. ELC children have also been out and about Litter Picking in the community.
“Ensuring these messages are well known from a young age will hopefully, in the long term, change the behaviour of people in Scotland for generations to come, ensuring that we Keep Scotland Beautiful.”

Staff Restructure
The board of directors and management have been working together over the past few months on our staff structure. It was identified in a previous inspection that our structure was too flat and management also felt there was a need for more leadership within the playrooms and to introduce promotional opportunities for practitioners. Our new structure introduces 4 new roles which includes two Room Leaders for our Daycare and ELC provision, a Room Supervisor to support the Room Leader in Daycare and also deputise for the ELC Room Leader in their absence. Our OSCA provision will be led by a Room Coordinator who will be responsible for the holiday programmes and breakfast club and after school activities.

Staffing
Rachel Cochrane will be finishing earlier than anticipated and her last day before maternity leave will be Friday 13th May. We wish her all the best on her maternity leave and look forward to meeting her new addition to the family.
Corrie recently travelled back to America for a short stay to help out a family she worked for but will be back to cover Rachel’s maternity at the end of May.
Congratulations to Anjay Johnstone. She has recently completed her SVQ level 4 in Social Services, Children and Young People qualification.

Dates for your diary

We are approaching the end of the year and we have lots planned for the end of term –

Graduation Photographs – Year 2 children only
Tuesday 31st May
A professional photographer will be attending M.A.P to take graduation photos of the children in Year 2. M.A.P will provide graduation robes and hats for the photographs. This will happen during your child’s session. If your child does not attend on this day, please speak to a member of staff to organise a time to visit.

Sports Day
Thursday 16th June
AM – 9.30am – 10.30am / PM – 1.30pm – 2.30pm
This year we have booked the MUGA for the children’s sports day (near King Edwards Park). Children are required to bring a change of shoes for sports day; plimsoles will not be suitable for the surface so trainers will need to be provided. Please speak to staff for more information. In the event of bad weather, the sports day will be held at the Dryfesdale Hall.
Children who do not attend on a Monday are invited to join our PM sports day and should be dropped off at the MUGA 5 minutes before start time.
A list of coloured teams will be displayed on the notice board for parent/carers.

Trip
Tuesday 21st June and Wednesday 22nd June, times TBC.
For this year’s end of year trip, the children will be visiting Walby Farm Park.
Your child’s trip day will be displayed on the notice board nearer the time. We will also be looking for parent/carer helpers for the trip and this will also be added to the noticeboard.

Transition Dates (Year 2 children attending Lockerbie Primary)
MAP staff will be taking small group of children to visit Lockerbie School.
Thursday 9th June – 10.20am-11.00am and 2.00pm-2.30pm
Tuesday 14th June – 10.20am-11.00am / 2.00pm-2.30pm
Thursday 23rd June – 10.20am-11.00am / 2.00pm-2.30pm

Graduation (Year 2 Children)
Wednesday 29th June, Evening (time to be confirmed)
More information on Graduation will follow in the next newsletter. Please keep checking our noticeboard as well.

Thank you for your continued support
ELC staff team

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