News and Events

Parent Council

02nd May 2022

Marcia has been in touch to arrange a date for a meeting this term. It will be held on 27/04/2022 at 6:30pm Please get in touch if you have any items for our agenda. Many thanks.

Parent Engagement Events

02nd May 2022

We would like to invite our parents to join us for a variety of parent engagement events this term. More information to follow. Please put the following dates in your diaries: 23/5/22 – Stay and Play Day Wellie Jellies – 2-4pm 24/5/22 – Stay and Play Day Wellie Babies – 2-4pm 25/5/22 – Stay and Play Day Wellie Totts – 2-4pm 26/5/22 – Stay and Play Wellie Beans – 2-4pm 7/6/22 – Parent’s Evening for ALL children – 6-8pm

Extra – Curricular Activities

02nd May 2022

The children have LOVED having our specialist teachers back with us this term. Yoga, Flashdance, Moo Music, Kids Rock and French have ALL been a great success. Also we wish Linda (French teacher) to get well soon. Linda had a bad fall and ended up in hospital but is on the mend now! We miss you Linda. We will continue to add to these experiences for our children. Look out for lots of visits out and about this term too.

Staff Training Update

02nd May 2022

• Emotion coaching and positive behaviour management • Sleep Safe Scotland Training • Outcomes for children • Stepping in to leadership • Leadership at all levels • Practical management skills and expectations • First words – supporting children to say their first words • Outdoor learning • Meaningful community links • Unlocking schematic play • Attachment theory and mindfulness • There are no high heels or a home corner in P1 – active play • Core cognitive skills and self-regulation • Azillo Training • SVQ Training – Children and Young People • Children’s Panel Training – Ongoing (Kerry)

Children as Active Learners: Books for bereavement, loss, grief, stress, worry and separation

02nd May 2022

We have lots of different books available in nursery. Please just see a member of staff if you would like to borrow any of them. We also have child lending libraries, parent lending libraries, kindess bags, bucket filler bags, literacy bags, numeracy bags, health and wellbeing bags, Pudding the Guide Dog bags and Ziggy and Patsy bags which can all be borrowed and used at home to further develop your child’s learning and engagement. Please just ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.

Staffing Update

02nd May 2022

Welcome to Alicia, Megan, Eliza, Molly, and Pedro who have all recently joined us as practitioners within our rooms. Pedro is a qualified primary teacher who will primarily be working with the children on their Spanish and PE skills. Also to AJ who is our new part-time janitor. As part of his role, AJ will be working with the children on developing their Technology skills as part of the Early Level Curriculum. We even have a floorbook and wall display dedicated to AJ and his child-led projects. We are delighted to welcome such experienced practitioners to our team. Huge congratulations also to Amy Watson who has stepped up to an Acting Supervisor role within the Wellie Totts room. Well done Amy – this is a huge achievement and very well deserved! You have worked extremely hard to get to this point. Please support Amy as this will be a steep learning curve. Best wishes also to Sarah, Annabel, Maggie, and Hannah who have either recently left, or will be leaving us soon. Sarah has moved to work in England over the Summer (but will be returning to us), Hannah has moved to a school nursery and Annabel will be working in a travel agency. You have all been great assets to KingsWellies. We will miss you all so very much. Keep in touch. Congratulations also to Marcia, Eibhlish, Steph and Simone who have all recently announced their pregnancies. We are really thrilled for you all. All four will be starting maternity leave over the coming months. That makes eighteen staff over the past couple of years who are going to be (or have become) new mums. Good luck ladies. We can’t wait to meet the new members of the Wellies Gang! HUGE congratulations also to Cari who will be getting married in May. We cannot wait to see your stunning wedding photos Cari. Good luck for the big day. Welcome back also to Rachel, Lauren and Karla who will all be returning from maternity leave soon. All will be returning in the capacity of Supervisors.

Outdoor Education

02nd May 2022

Our Outdoor Committee will be working hard with Scott and AJ to improve our outdoor education area. Laura and Caroline also have lots of exciting ideas for our outdoor area so will be working hard to ensure that it is awash with lots of literacy and numeracy activities. Please complete our Outdoor Play Area Consultation which is attached to this Newsletter. Please give us your feedback on how we can continue to improve this very important area.

What else have the Wellies Gang been up to this term so far?

02nd May 2022

Chinese New Year, Robbie Burns Day, national kindness day, Makaton training, baking, pancake day, Valentine’s Day, random acts of kindness day, national anthem day, minibeast hunts, planting in our allotments, supporting our Guide Dog puppy called Pudding, collecting tadpoles, World Book Day, Mother’s Day and LOTS more………….

Easter Celebrations

02nd May 2022

We have been very busy celebrating all aspects of Easter. We have been making Easter bonnets, painting daffodils, planting in our allotments, making lots of chocolate treats, finding out about the lifecycle of a chick, researching the life cycle of frogs, butterflies, and bunny rabbits, lots of arts and crafts, baking and making Easter cards. We have also had great fun painting, decorating and rolling our eggs down the Prime Four “Mount Everest” hills beside the nursery. We will also be hearing about the Easter story from the Minister from Kingswells Church and will be learning all about this very important celebration.

Enhancing our Environments

14th February 2022

Since Covid restrictions have started to slowly lift (fingers crossed), we have been very busy enhancing our environments to get these back to pre-covid days. The children have loved designing their new areas too. What do you think? Any suggestions or junk for us?