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June 2016

Wow - we did it! Another successful float in the gala parade.
Thank you to all parents and children who took part and also a massive thanks to our amazing volunteers. So glad the rain stayed off for the parade.


May 9th

Tiny Clogs had great fun on their afternoon walk to the local community centre where they enjoyed developing their gross motor skills at soft play

4th May

Clever Clogs have just celebrated their first ever wedding! Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Moon . Big Clogs had great fun expressing their drama and creative skills sharing their personal experiences with each other .

See our Facebook page for wedding images  https://www.facebook.com/CleverClogsChildcare

March 2016

7th March

What a beautiful day! Big Clogs have taken advantage of the sun and headed to the stream for a spot of fishing.

Little Clogs have been outside for most of the day using their different senses. They have looked for squirrels, rabbits and mice after they 'heard' the squirrel run up the tree.

Tiny Clogs have enjoyed using sponges to paint ladybird pictures and using their fingers to make the spots.


World Book Day - Thursday 3rd March

Please feel free to dress your child up in a costume of their choice from a book they enjoy reading. Your child can also bring along their favourite book to share with their friends in nursery.

'What Happens in Clever Clogs'

Would you like to find out what happens in Clever Clogs? We are holding another Curricular Evening on Tuesday 15th March at 7pm to which all parents/guardians are welcome to attend. It will give you the opportunity to find out more about our daily activities in relation to Curriculum for Excellence and Birth to Three.
If you would like to come along can you please let a member of staff know so we can get a rough idea for numbers for seating and tea/coffee and cakes!!


February 2016

Big and Little clogs had a very special visit today from the local Fire Brigade. Boys and girls all got a shot at aiming and spraying the hose and some even chose to explore the inside of the fire engine ! We loved talking to the fire men learning all about the hard work they do every day to keep us safe.

Big clogs have been busy learning all about holidays. We took a special trip to visit our local travel agents to find out all the busy work they do! We have even set up our own travel agents in the big clogs room .

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January 2016

Some pictures of the boys and girls on their special day out over the railway bridge .

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December 2015

Please note new email address =  enquiries@cleverclogschildcarecentre.com

Care Inspectorate Report

Finally our report is available for all to see!! We have waited a long time for it to be published, this was due to the absence of our inspecting officer.

I am extremely pleased with the report and how our staff team have been recognised for the hard work and commitment they provide to our children and parents on a daily basis.

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Please feel free to access it online or we have a copy available in the nursery foyer for you to have a look at too. There is also a copy of the Fife Council Partnership Inspection Report available in the foyer. This inspection took place last week and I am pleased to say reiterated all of the Care Inspectorate grades.

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We gave the service these grades

Quality of care and support 5 Very Good

Quality of environment 5 Very Good

Quality of staffing 5 Very Good

Quality of management and leadership 5 Very Good



October 2015

Christmas Shopping Night
The Parents Group have organised a Christmas shopping event on Thursday 12th November at 7 p.m., in nursery, to which all parents/carers are invited.
There will be various stalls including The Bodyshop, Beady Beady, Handbag Heaven, Deb Young Gifts and Partylite.

Macmillan Cancer Research

Staff and children within the nursery enjoyed baking and selling cakes and traybakes to take part in the “Biggest Coffee Morning” on Friday 25th September. £82 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Research a very worthwhile cause. Many thanks for all your donations of baking and support.

Race Night

Many thanks to or Parents Group for organising such a brilliant Race Night in Kelty Hearts Football Club on Friday 25th September where £1450 was raised.  A special thank you to all parents who came along on the night and who donated raffle prizes.

August 2015

*********FUNDED PLACES********* - Please feel free to share this post so other parents are aware that we can offer flexible funded childcare for over 3's.

We have finally received the much awaited news on our funded places with Fife Council.

Children are entitled to 15 hours 50 minutes funded education each week starting the term after reaching their third birthday. This can now take place within Clever Clogs, a Fife Council nursery or on a split placement between the two ...nurseries. We are extremely flexible with these hours and therefore children can attend Clever Clogs on varied days/hours each week (if availability allows). Instead of working in days/half day prices for our funded children we will now work in hours - £4 per hour.

E.g. * Children can attend Clever Clogs for the hours they would usually attend a Fife Council nursery and parents will not get charged.

* Children can attend us for full or half day sessions and we can use their allocated entitled hours against their fees - some children may attend 2 full days or others for whatever hours their parents/guardians require. Fife Council will fund their places and parents will only be responsible for anything over 16 hours payable at £4 per hour.

* Or Children can do a split placement between 2 different nurseries (as long as they attend each one for a minimum of 6 hours. This is to ensure children receive a quality experience where their learning can be tracked and fully supported) Some parents may have their child attend a Fife Council nursery for 2 sessions and then have them attend Clever Clogs for their further 3 sessions e.g. a day and a half or whatever may suit them.

We are very flexible and will happily discuss each child's requirements. Please note that as we are now in partnership we have introduced a pick up/drop off charge for children attending another nursery and require transport.

If you are interested and would like further information, please call the nursery on 01383 832883.

26/06/15

Clever Clogs Childcare Centre

can officially let all parents/carers know that our application for Fife Council Partnership Funding has been accepted.

This now means that from August 2015, children can attend Clever Clogs for their government funded entitlement of pre school education and parents/carers will not be charged for the allocated times that their child would usually attend a Fife Council nursery.

Pick up/drop offs to local nurseries will now be charged as extra from August as we will then be in partnership.

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If you would like to discuss any of this further please speak to a member of staff.

Many Thanks
Lynne

01/0515

After some successful fundraising by Clever Clogs Parents Group, we are pleased to be able to offer a Summer Trip to Almond Valley Heritage Centre for Nursery children. Almond Valley Heritage Centre is situated just outside Livingston and there are lots to see and do for children of all ages, from animals to outdoor fun.

The trip will take place on Saturday 18th July Leaving Clever Clogs at 10am and returning from Almond Valley Heritage Centre at 4pm. The cost of the trip is £7-50 per adult, admission for children will be covered by the Parents Group. Transport is included in the cost but lunch is not provided and will need to be brought with you on the day. There is a café on site if you wish to purchase lunch.

If you wish to attend please speak to a member of Clever Clogs by Friday 22nd May.

Sports Day Date and time to be arranged, please check the Noticeboard next Newsletter, Facebook and Website. 

Kelty Gala Clever Clogs will once again be taking part. Details to follow.

20/03/15

Curriculum Evening –“What happens in Clever Clogs?”

Would you like to find out about your child’s nursery curriculum? Audrey will hold a Curriculum Evening on Tuesday 31st March at 7 p.m. to which all parents/carers are welcome to attend.  This will give you the opportunity to find out more about our daily activities in relation to Curriculum for Excellence and Birth to Three e.g. “What does my child learn by playing in the water tray?”


17/02/15

Are you Ready For Easter Fun!!!

Our Easter Fun Day will take place on Saturday 28th March within the nursery.

10am till 12pm Messy Play and Easter Crafts ...
12pm till 1pm Easter Bunny Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt (Bring your own Lunch)

Entry is £1 per child and is open to everyone.

We might even have a visit from the Easter Bunny

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******Community Police Visit & Bike Marking Scheme*******

Gary and Gav our Community Policemen are coming along to speak to the children on Thursday 26th February at 10.30am and 2pm.
They are going to talk to the children about being safe and let them try out some of their police equipment.
They are also going to bring along resources to mark the children's bikes so please feel free to bring your child(s) bike along to make sure it's secure.


 10/12/14

Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 12th December. Please remember and wear your Christmas jumper and pay £1. All donations go to Save the Children, a very worthwhile cause.

Christmas Parties - Our Christmas parties will be taking place in each room next Friday (19th December) 2pm-3.30pm. All children are asked to arrive for 2pm to participate in games/activities in their individual rooms. Santa will be arriving at 2.30pm in the Tiny Clogs, 3pm in the Little... Clogs and 3.30pm for the Big Clogs. Parents/Guardians are welcome to come along and watch their child receive their gift from Santa. If your child is unable to come along to the Christmas party then please note they will still receive their gift when they return to nursery.

Raffle/Hamper - Thank you so much for all of your kind donations towards our Christmas raffle/hamper. Tickets are still available to buy/sell. If you would like to purchase tickets or take some away to sell then please speak to a member of staff.

Christmas Holidays - We will be closing at 4pm on Christmas Eve and reopen on Monday 29th December. We will then close again at 4pm on New Years Eve and reopen on Monday 5th January. Staff are currently handing out leaflets with the closure dates on them along with a return slip to advise us when your child/ren will be in over the festive period. I would really appreciate if you could complete the slip and return it to the nursery as soon as possible.

Newsletter - Our newsletter is available to read via our website or please ask a member of staff for a paper copy.

 We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our parents, children and staff a very Merry Christmas and thank you for the continued support you give us at Clever Clogs.

Job Vacancy - Qualified Early Years Officer - Full Time (permanent)

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic team player to join us at Clever Clogs.
If you are interested in this position or know of anyone who would like to be part of our team, then please speak to Lynne, Nursery Manager on 01383 832883 to request a recruitment pack.

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Closing date for applications is Friday 14th November.
Interviews will take place the week beginning Monday 17th November.

06/11/14

Tempest Photographer

The photographer will be in nursery on Thursday 13th November between 9 a.m. and

 3 p.m.  This is a Fife Council In-Service Day (schools closed to children) so brothers/sisters and other family members are welcome.

Christmas Parties

As we have younger children in nursery this year, we have decided to do smaller parties in nursery on Friday 19th December.

There will be party games/food and a visit from Santa. If your child does not attend nursery on that day, parents are welcome to drop children off at 2 p.m. and return at 3 p.m. to wait for Santa’s arrival.

Christmas Raffle and Hamper

We are organising our Christmas raffle and hamper again. Please can each child bring something to put into our hamper box and/or raffle prizes.  Raffle tickets will be sold in nursery and we would be grateful if you could take some to sell to work colleagues, friends and family.

Dates for your Diary

Friday 7th November – Christmas Shopping Night

Thursday 13th November – Tempest Photographer

Monday 1st December – Parents Group Meeting – new parents welcome

Friday 19th December – Christmas Parties

Thursday 25th December – Nursery closed

Friday 26th December – Nursery closed

Thursday 1st January 2015 – Nursery closed

Friday 2nd January 2015 – Nursery closed

29/10/14

P.L.P. Meetings

Can parents please arrange a suitable time with your child’s keyworker to discuss his/her progress in nursery and work together to plan next steps in development and learning.

Outdoor Play

Now the weather is changing please can you make sure your child has a hat, scarf, gloves and a thick jacket with him/her for every session in nursery. Nursery will provide waterproof suits.

School Improvement Plan (SIP) 2014/2015

After collating recent questionnaires from children, parents and staff, we now have our new priorities for the next S.I.P. 2014/2015.

There will be a copy of the full S.I.P. on the Parents Noticeboard at the front door along with a summary of achievements from last year and priorities for the coming year.

30/09/14

Staff and children within the nursery enjoyed baking and selling cakes and traybakes to take part in the “Biggest Coffee Morning”onFriday 26th September. £120 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Research a very worthwhile cause. Many thanks for all your support.                                          

Many thanks also to our Parents Group for organising such a brilliant Race Night in Kelty Hearts Football Club on Friday 19th September where £700 was raised.  This money is going towards a trip to Crafty Tinkers in Cowdenbeath where children can make a Christmas Bauble. Further trips will be arranged next year. 

The next event is a Christmas Shopping Evening on Friday 7th November at 7 p.m. with a selection of stalls to buy from – Bodyshop, Partylite, Handbag Heaven, Lulu loves Sparkles, Chloe’s Crafts, Osborne Books, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Sew Adorable, Sweet Treats by Ally, Disco Beads and many more.   Please come along, do some Christmas shopping and raise funds for Clever Clogs.  £1 entry includes a glass of mulled wine, mincemeat pie and raffle entry.

18/09/14


What a great night we had at the Race Night - full of fun and laughter the whole night, We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended. We raised a huge £700.


Clever Clogs T Shirts and Shoebags

We now have a selection of embroidered t-shirts and shoebags for sale (see display in entrance area). If you wish to order any for your child, please speak to a member of staff.


Dates for your Diary

Monday 6th October – Parents Group Meeting

Monday 3rd November – Parents Group Meeting

Friday 7th November – Christmas Shopping Night (variety of stalls in nursery)


Macmillan Coffee Morning

We will be supporting this very worthwhile fundraiser by baking and selling cakes/tray bakes/tasty bites in nursery on Friday 26th September.  All donations of homebaking would be most welcome.                                                                  


Garden Update

Children recently enjoyed harvesting the potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries and raspberries we planted in the nursery garden. As part of the Health & Wellbeing curriculum, children helped staff prepare the fruit and vegetables for cooking and eating. Next we are going to try planting onions, spinach, peas, herbs and spring bulbs.

 

Izzy O’Hare our Senior Early Years Officer in Tiny Clogs, has recently had a spell in hospital. We are pleased to say she is now recovering at home and will hopefully be fit and well and soon return to Clever Clogs! Staff and children have missed Izzy and we all look forward to having her back with us again.

We will also say goodbye to Norah Ferriday, Early Years Officer, at the beginning of October. Norah has decided to look for a post nearer home with fewer hours to fit in with her family commitments but has agreed to stay on our supply list.  We wish Norah all the best for the future and thank her for her continued support in Clever Clogs.


19/07//14


Congratulations to Danielle who has successfully completed her childcare course and is now a fully qualified Early Years Officer. Well done Danielle! Congratulations also to Izzy who has now been successful in becoming a Senior Early Years Officer in the Tiny Clogs. Well done Izzy!

Recently we said goodbye to Evee and Kelly-Anne.  Jodie is due to begin a college course and Jamie-Anne is leaving to go on maternity leave we wish them all the best for the future and look forward to meeting another new baby into Clever Clogs.  We are pleased to have Stacey Smith and Megan Butler as our new childcare students.

From 4th August Jade will be moving into Big Clogs and Michelle will be moving to Little

Clog



Each of the children will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of dance sessions each day with Jade who is a qualified dance teacher. The children will be taking turns to learn ballet, cheerleading, tap, jazz, highland etc.




Sparkle Arts

We are delighted to inform you that Sparkle Arts will be hosting a new term of classes in nursery in the coming weeks.

Sparkle Arts specialises in performing arts classes for pre-school aged children.  Our classes are carefully designed to meet the ‘Curriculum for Excellence@, specifically the main aim of expressive arts, and are delivered by professionally qualified teachers.  We currently deliver classes to over 500 children in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

By following 40 different educational themes over 4 terms of 10 weeks, our classes use dance, music, drama and role-play to nurture each child’s knowledge, creative expression and movement skills.  Every class features props such as puppets, toys, photographs and instruments to aid learning and further stimulate imagination.  The end result is an experience that builds confidence, co-ordination, social skills, communication and concentration.

For more information simply find and choose Clever Clogs on the map, then follow the steps to book and pay for classes.  Booking and payment for classes must take place on or before Sunday 3rd August to ensure your child can take part in the first class of term.

Class costs per 9 week term: £35.55 per child.



Forthcoming Events are:-


On 14th August, Clever Clogs will be 2 years old!  To celebrate we hope to have a mini sports day for the children with some tasty bites and birthday cake.  Please come along and join us in the celebrations.


Reminders:- please remember to check your child’s pocket each session for information leaflets or any items which are ready to be taken home.

Comments/Suggestions:- If you have any comments/suggestions please talk to a member of staff or complete a slip and post it in the box near the front door.

Goodbye and Good Luck

We wish all our children well who are moving on to begin school in August. We hope they have lots of happy memories to take away with them.


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