Daycare May 2016 Newsletter

May 12, 2016

We are continuing to celebrate children’s birthdays and we are involving the children in baking and decorating a cake. Parent/carers therefore do not need a supply a cake for the snack but can if they wish.
Staff and children have been learning a new song when handwashing. During a recent training event staff were advised that singing the following song is the length of time that children should be washing their hands before rinsing off the soap.

Wash your dirty hands,
Wash your dirty hands,
Rub and scrub and rub and scrub
And wash your dirty hands.
Wash the germs away,
Wash the germs away,
Rub and scrub and rub and scrub
And wash the germs away.

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.
We are also looking at various ways of involving parents in the life of the centre. During the inspection it was suggested that we invite parent/carers in to take part in baking/cooking sessions, song time etc. If you are interested in helping during a group activity please speak to a member of staff.

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.”

A reminder as the weather is beginning to improve that it is parent/carer’s responsibility to provide sun cream and apply it before the start of your child’s session. Staff will reapply this as and when required during their stay.

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.

Rachel Cochrane will be finishing earlier than anticipated and her last day before maternity leave will be Friday 13th May. We wish Rachel all the best on her maternity leave and look forward to meeting the new addition to her 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.

Thank you for your continued support
Daycare Team

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