Daycare September 2016 Newsletter

September 08, 2016


img_1146Dear Parent/Carer,

We would like to welcome back the children returning to the setting after the summer break and also to the new children starting with us this term. We hope you all had a relaxing and fun time over the summer.


We have recently completed a staff restructure which introduced more leadership roles within our existing structure. Our staff structure and staff profiles are displayed in the front foyer.
Congratulations to Susan Hogg who was successful in her application for Room Leader. The practitioners working alongside Susan in the Daycare team are Amy Henderson, Jackie Moffat, Ali Wyllie, Fiona Mason, Toni Farrell and Amber Wildwood who is completing her apprenticeship.

Each child is allocated a keyworker for the academic year where possible. The keyworker list is displayed on the noticeboard in the hallway and also in the playroom above the sink for parents to view. Please check this noticeboard as keyworkers may have changed.

Throughout the year we have a range of topics, which are all taken from the children’s interests and linked to our planning. You will see information about our Topic and what we are learning on our noticeboard and around the room.

We have found lots of lost property including coats and shoes over the summer holidays. Can all parents please ensure all belongings are named and collected at the end of each session.

We would like to remind all parent/carers we make outdoor play available whatever the weather—sunshine rain or snow! Please ensure your child brings appropriate footwear e.g. welly boots. Parents may bring indoor shoes for their child if they wish. This will help keep the playroom clean and ensure your child is comfortable when playing indoors.

Toys from home
We would like to remind all parents that children should be discouraged from bringing toys to MAP. All of our toys and resources are risk assessed and purchased from educational catalogues. The only img_1164exception is comforters.

Song and story sacks
In the coming weeks we will be starting to hand out story and song sacks. These stories or songs are ones that your child will have heard at MAP and comes along with props. Please let us know if your child enjoyed the bag by completing the parent comment book in each bag, this way we can see if there is anything we could do to improve them.

Mid Annandale Playcare are registered with the Care Inspectorate who inspect unannounced throughout the year. We received an inspection in April and this was carried out by Allison Tyson. She visited all playrooms, talking to children, staff and parents, and also looked through documentation and spoke to management about aspects of the facility. This inspection report is now available to view online. You can view this here 

MAP is run by a voluntary board of Directors (parents of service users). We are currently looking for more directors to join the board. Parent/carers will have the chance to find out more about the running of the facility, help with decision making and overseeing the running of MAP. Being a registered charity we cannot legally run without a Committee and a full Committee with a “skill mix” would benefit our organisation. Current posts available include minute secretary and treasurer. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please speak to Cilla or Shona.

img_1160Dates for your diary

Open Evening
We hold regular open evenings so that you can come along and experience some of the activities we provide for your child and what they learn from particular types of activity. You will also be able to have a chat with the staff and discuss your queries, suggestions or concerns. Our first open evening will be Thursday 22nd September from 6pm – 7pm prior to our Annual General Meeting.

Annual General Meeting, AGM
Our A.G.M is to take place at M.A.P on 22nd September 2016 at 7pm.
15% of members must attend in order to make any decisions and take a vote. Your support is vital and appreciated. Childcare will be provided for the duration of the AGM.
We are all looking forward to an exciting Term 1 


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