Nippers Nursery Newsletter Winter 2017/18

The last few months have been very busy, we seen 32 children leave the nursery to go to school our leavers party was lovely and there were a few tears amongst us!

The last few months have been very busy, we seen 32 children leave the nursery to go to school our leavers party was lovely and there were a few tears amongst us! We are now well into the new term with lots of new babies and families joining the nursery we hope your children are starting to settle in well. This term will be a busy one for the children who will be learning all out Autumn, enjoying Halloween parties and of course dare I say it Christmas…..I have given you as many dates as possible in this newsletter for the up and coming events however if there are any ad hoc days out your room seniors will let you know.

Development – Dalmeny

Our planning permission has been passed for a new extension onto the side of the building next to the toddler room that will provide us with an additional 12 spaces. We are currently developing a plan of works to allow the minimum disruption to our
service during the building work and will share this with you in due course. We hope to have it started as soon as possible and should be complete within 4 weeks.

Parent Committee Fun Day

Many thanks to everyone who came along to our parent committee organised fun day, your attendance was much appreciated and was an enjoyable fun day for everyone involved.

Reminder Web Site – Parent Area

We have introduced a new parent area on the page. Here you will find newsletters, news on general events or celebrations as well as our planning for the rooms so you can see what the children are doing at nursery on a weekly basis. We will continue to
add to this page anything that we think will be of interest to you. Please log in and take a look your feed back would be very useful;

Parent Area Password is: n1ppers


Can I ask parents who book their children on holiday to let us know if they change their plans. We arrange our staff rota according to how many children we have in on each day and if you have booked holidays with us and then bring in your children we may not have the correct number of staff so it’s very useful to us if we are aware of your plans.


Can I ask you to take a few minutes to help us improve our service to you by completing the survey

Staff Training

Staff have been busy attending training over the last few months we would like to congratulate the following on completion of:

Leading the Strategy for Childcare – Fiona Venelle
Scottish Learning Festival – Fiona Venelle
The Importance of Fine Motor Skills – Nicole Oliver
Numeracy in Preschool – Nicole Oliver & Andrea Heigh
Managing Child Protection – Asheligh Fleming
Child Protection Level 4 – Asheligh Fleming
Autism Training – Fiona Venelle, Lauren Houston
Inclusive Play – Charlie McQueen, Jessica Williams
Developing Exploratory Play – Natalie Main, Frankie McAllister, Natasha Cowin
First Aid – Josh Rimmer, Kimberley Miller, Charlie McQueen, Shannon Kane

We would like to congratulate Chloe Irvine and Kimberley Miller who gained her qualification in SVQ 3 Early Years and Childcare this month. They have shown great commitment to their training and we are delighted that they will both be staying on with us as a fully qualified practitioners.

Staff Update

I would like to welcome the following members of staff:

Judy Forsyth – Practitioner joins us in our preschool room in Dalmeny
Rebecca Stewart – Practitioner joins us in our baby room in Dalmeny
Alison Scotland – Joins us as a Modern Apprentice in Dalmeny
Lauren Jackson – Senior Practitioner joins us in Kirkliston
Leah Adams – Joins us as a Modern Apprentice in Kirkliston
Kelsey King – Joins us as a Modern Apprentice in Kirkliston

Please note Chantelle Clark is now on maternity leave.

Over the summer we also said goodbye to Andrea Munro, Robyn King and Chelsea McQueen who have moved on to pastures new.

Below is an up to date list of our staffing:

Babies – Dalmeny

Lauren Houston (Senior Practitioner)
Rose Wright (Practitioner)
Lauren Clarkson (Practitioner)
Rebecca Stewart (Practitioner)
Siobhan Graham (Apprentice)

Tweenies – Dalmeny

Ashleigh Fleming (Senior Practitioner)
Ashley Allan (Practitioner)
Megan Beveridge (Practitioner)
Ally Pearson (Apprentice)
*Alison Scotland – Modern Apprentice will work across all rooms where needed

Toddlers – Dalmeny

Lauren Houston (Senior Practitioner)
Julie Laidlaw (Practitioner)
Gemma Cherry (Practitioner)
Chloe Irvine (Practitioner)

Juniors – Dalmeny

Fiona Venelle (Nursery Teacher)
Andrea Heigh (Practitioner)
Nicole Oliver (Practitioner)
Judy Forsyth (Practitioner)
Charlotte Gilchrist (Apprentice)

Babies – Kirkliston

Lauren Jackson (Senior Practitioner)
Natalie Main (Practitioner)
Frankie McAllistair (Practitioner)
Josh Rimmer (Apprentice)

Juniors – Kirkliston

Hannah Sneddon (Senior Practitioner)
Jessica Williams (Practitioner)
Leah Adams (Apprentice)

Tweenies – Kirkliston

Caitlyn Gordon (Senior Practitioner)
Shannon Kane (Practitioner)
Natasha Cowin (Practitioner)
Charlotte McQueen (Practitioner)
Kimberly Miller (Practitioner)

*Kelsey King – Modern Apprentice will work across all rooms where needed

Future Dates for your Diary – More Details will follow:

Parent Committee Meeting – 5th October @ 8.00 pm Inchcolm Inn

Hanna Beaton Photography – 24th October, Dalmeny
Hanna Beaton Photography – 26th October, Kirkliston

Halloween Parties in both nurseries – 31st October

Parents Evening in both nurseries – 9th November

Children In Need in both nurseries– 17th November

Beatury and the Beast Panto (preschool) – 19th December, Kirkliston
Jack and the Beanstalk Panto (preschool) – 14th December, Dalmeny

Christmas Party – 21st December, Kirkliston
Christmas Party – 22nd December, Dalmeny

The nursery will be closed from Monday 25th December – 2nd January (inclusive).