Category Archives: ELCC Blog 2018-2019

Forest Sessions Week 6

Thank you to all the parents who came along to our last forest session in this block. We hope you enjoyed seeing what we get up to every week and the benefits of Outdoor Education.

The children made bird feeders back at nursery to take to the forest. We went on a walk around the forest and hung them up high for the birds to feed. Keep your eyes peeled for them if you are out for a walk in the forest. 🙂

ELC – Safe Strong and Free Workshops

For parents with children in their pre-school year, the Strong and Free workshops will be starting on Tuesday 26th February.

Letters are going out to advise of your child’s allocated days/times to attend.

Please note if you do not wish your child to participate in these sessions, please let us know beforehand.

If you require any further information please visit or speak to a member of ELC staff.

Thank you.




ELC- Ach an Eas 5th February 2019

During yesterday’s visit to Ach an Eas the children spent time decorating digestive biscuits with the residents, demonstrating good turn taking when helping to make the icing. They used icing tubes and sprinkles to create a pattern on their biscuits. The children and residents then enjoyed their tasty biscuits whilst having their morning tea break. Just before heading back to Lochardil we popped in to visit Mary and sang her a few of our favourite songs.

Due to the sessions starting later than planned  we will be extending them until Tuesday 5th March. A polite reminder to parents/ carers of children attending Ach an Eas, please ensure your child is wearing appropriate clothing and footwear as we will be walking in all weather conditions, thank you.

ELC – Parent Focus Meeting

Parent/Carer Focus Group

Friday 1st March 9:15am – 9:45am – Room 12 (Next to ELC)

As part of our ongoing parental engagement we are organising another parent/carer focus group session. This will be an opportunity to informally meet to discuss the ongoing work of the ELC. Our current focus is Ongoing Profiling and the Lochardil Learning Pathways. We are currently evaluating the effectiveness of the Pathways to support children’s learning and the range of experiences we provide in the Lochardil ELC.

We look forward to welcoming you and sharing your thoughts and suggestions. Please note we are unable to accommodate younger siblings on this occasion.

Thank you ELC Team  


ELC- Midwife Visit 31/01/19

Yesterday the children had a very special visit from a midwife. Eilidh explained her job role to the children, discussing how she helps the babies once they are born. “She puts name tags on them so they don’t get mixed up.” (Angus J).  “She feels their heart with a stethoscope.” (Rebecca).  Scott recalled that she “bathed them with her hands and just clean water. He said she used a towel and rubbed it very carefully.”

ELC – Parent Interview Feedback

Wether you have already had, or are still to have a parent interview regarding your child, could we kindly ask that you visit our short tick sheet in order for us to gain feedback.

The sheet is located in the ELC hallway on our policy board.

If you have any questions, please speak to a member of ELC staff.

Thank you.

ELC- Ach an Eas 29th January 2019

Today at Ach an Eas we made bird feeders with the residents to use in the Ach an Eas grounds. “We had coconut oil. We had seeds. We put our hands to the bowl and put all the coconut oil together.” Ruby

Lotte described how the mixing technique felt- “It feeled slimy.”

ELC – Tissues

It’s the time of year for coughs and colds and we are quickly running out of soft tissues to blow little noses with.

We are kindly asking for donations of boxes/packs of tissues to help us get through this wintry period. 

Thank you in advance from the ELC Team.

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ELC – Measuring

This week in nursery we have been learning how babies are measured and weighed when they are born and why.  The children have done so well in recognising numbers, learning new ways of weighing and measuring and recording their findings.


TESCO Tokens – Lochardil comes first!

We are delighted to share that Lochardil has received the most number of tokens in the recent round of  the TESCO Community Awards Bags for Life Scheme. Our Wise About Waste application should now be more achievable and we look forward to using the money (£4,000) effectively.

A big thank you to everyone who supported us.


ELC Ach an Eas – Session 2


The children and residents had great fun at Ach an Eas Care Home for our first visit of session 2 on Tuesday. We were all wrapped up for the brisk walk where the children were very road aware and well behaved.

Both the children and some residents took part in an art activity using coloured paper to make a tartan pattern. We also sang some lovely songs in the lounge. Their oldest resident Cathy who is 104,  was delighted with the children’s lovely singing.

Forest Sessions Week 3

Week 3 at the Forest.

This week we had snow in the forest. Some of the children used sticks to mark make.

Together we made a camp fire to stay warm.  Innes said “We need to stay safe around the fire.  We don’t want to get hurt.”

Everyone had lots of fun playing in the snow this week.  Making snowballs and playing with our friends.

ELC – Babies

The children’s current interest is about babies and how we can help to look after them.

‘You put them in the car seat so they don’t get hurt.  I was in a little car seat’ – Angus M

‘We look after them in the house and huggle them’ – Harrison

‘They can’t eat hard food because their teeth haven’t grown yet’ – Felix

‘Rocking the baby helps them go to sleep’ – Scott

‘My baby eats mashed up bananas’ – Jessica