Category Archives: ELCC Blog 2019-2020


What a super fun week we have. First we baked our favourite things, and most of us said that licking the spoon was the best part! Then we made our own mosaic pictures, from dinosaurs to flowers and rainbows, beautiful mosaics everyone! Next both children and parents had a shot of throwing socks into a basket which was super fun, some getting five to some getting 28! Then we made some sock puppets, some with different coloured eyes and some with long hair. Lastly we had super good fun with our families trying out different sports day activities, showing great balancing, running and jumping skills. Well done everyone! Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x


Great work this week again everyone. First we had great fun finding different places to hide and showed our family how good we are at counting. Then we explored how to make different things our of paper, creating super fast aeroplanes. We then made a short video of ourselves for our new nursery friends, sharing our name and our favourite thing to do in nursery. By thursday we were busy going on adventurous walks, finding cool dens in the woods and even finding a princess castle. We also thought and had discussions on what we are greatful for, from being greatful for friends and family to ice cream and snails. Lastly we explored the life cycle of a Butterfly by watching a video and then creating our own butterfly pictures.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x


Another week over, great work everyone, we are all super proud of you. First we went on a number hunt finding lots of items in and around our house with numbers on it. Then we recycled some items in our house to make our own ten pin bowling, managing to knock them all down! Next we learned the word opposite from finding a big egg and small egg to being older and younger. Lastly we showed our love to the people who are close to our hearts by ether phoning them or making something for them to make them smile.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

ELC – 01/05/20 The Best Start School Age Payment

The Best Start School Age Payment is a lump sum of £250 which is intended to help with the cost of a child starting school in August 2020. It is in addition to the school clothing grant and does not need to be paid back.

From 1 June 2020 until 28 February 2021 applications are invited by Social Security Scotland for children born between 1 March 2015 and 29February 2016 who are starting school in August 2020. Parents who have deferred their child’s school entry to August 2021 should still apply during this period. If they don’t it will be too late, and they will miss out on their payment.

Best Start Grant School Age Paymentcan be claimed if parents and carers are receiving any one of the following (If you’re under 18, you do not need to be on any payments or benefits to apply:

?         Universal Credit?         Housing Benefit
?         Child Tax Credit?         Income Support
?         Working Tax Credit?         Pension Credit
?         Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
?         Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Parents or carers can apply via Social Security Scotland freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, by post or online at

ELC – 01/05/20 school clothing

Assistance with school clothing can be claimed if parents and carers are receiving any one of the following:

?         Income Support

?         Universal Credit (where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610).

?         Income-based Job Seekers Allowance

?         Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance

?         Child Tax Credit, but not in receipt of Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105 (as assessed by the HMRC)

?         Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and an income below £6,420 (as assessed by the HMRC)

?         If a young person is 16 to 18 years old and receive any of these benefits in their own right, then they can claim for themselves.

?         An asylum seeker receiving support

?         Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

To streamline the application process, the Council has a single application form for school clothing grants and free school meals.  Applications can be made online at

Lochardil LockDown Bee Happy Stone Display!

One of our extremely talented Lochardil Primary Parents has been very busy creating this beautiful “Lochardil Lockdown – Don’t Worry Bee Happy” outdoor display right outside the school gates!

Some children have already been very busy painting stones at home, and what a fantastic job they have made. It is lovely to see such bright and colourful creations making us all smile during lockdown.

We think the stones are looking a bit lonely and thats where you guys come in – our fabulous Lochardil Primary Pupils and Families! We want you to add to our lovely display by getting your hands on some stones and taking the time to paint or colour them in whatever way you choose – and when you are out on your daily walk make sure to add your stone to our collection.

Let’s see how many amazing colourful stones we can get displayed in front of our school gate to make sure that we keep each other smiling during Lockdown.

Have a lovely long weekend!


Another fun filled week done, and lots of sun. First we went on a mini beast hunt, having great looking eyes, finding lots of different types of bugs and learning where they live. Then we were being creative by making our own ramps from junk, some cars going very fast. We then had fun making silly faces, which made all the teachers laugh. Next we role played being a teacher, some doing story time with teddies others wearing their uniform being a Primary 1. Lastly we explored Bubble making which was super fun. Throughout our activities we have also been exploring Malawi, learning the difference between our homes and theirs and also the differences in their school and ours. Eva did lots of learning on Malawi and drew the Malawi flag.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

ELC – 27/05/20

Miss Kelman has worked hard to create a Lockdown recipe book by gathering all of your lovely recipes. It looks great, we would love to get some more recipes, so please keep posting your ideas on the classroom or email your key worker :).

ELC – 25/05/20

Good afternoon everyone, finally some sun after a windy few days. We would like to let you know that Mr Young is busy making us some new cool outdoor things but he hasn’t got any outdoor paint, if anyone has any that they wish to give (any colour) please email your key worker to let them know.

Have a lovely week, see you on the classroom!

ELC – 22/05/20

21 May 2020

For immediate release

Highland Council prepares for phased return to new normal

Highland Council’s Recovery Board Chair, Cllr Alasdair Christie has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s road map phasing the way out of lockdown, which was published earlier today.

The First Minister revealed that Phase 1 of the Government’s new four phase plan, could come into effect on 28 May, however the advice remains stay home, protect the NHS and save lives for now.

Cllr Alasdair Christie, Chair of the Highland Council’s Recovery Board, said: “Highland Council is assessing and planning for all the implications of the First Minister’s announcements made today about the first stage relaxation of lockdown, including her statement on teachers and other staff returning during June to prepare for the return to school in August.

“The Recovery Board has already begun developing our own Highland Council route map which is focusing on how we prepare for a safe return to work, return to school and restarting key services, such as reopening recycling centres at the start of June.

“Today’s announcement will I am sure be welcomed by communities here in Highland, who have been adhering to the lockdown measures and ensuring they help protect the NHS and save lives.

“However, we are also acutely aware of the impact the lockdown has had on our economy and on every aspect of people’s lives and mental health.

“We are working hard to map out the best way forward for Highland, so that we can start to get people back to work and school, but to ensure this is done safely and in line with science and the Scottish Government’s guidance.”

He added: “Since the outbreak we have learned a lot of lessons and we’ve seen a tremendous demonstration of agility, innovation and hard work from staff across the organisation. I am delighted to say that as a result of everyone’s hard work and commitment we are now in a position to pave the way forward and start getting back to what will be a new normal for all of us.”

Schools will return on 11 August, one week earlier than planned for most pupils, while Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings will open over the summer.

An agreement reached between councils, professional associations and parent representatives means:

  • schools will implement physical distancing measures, such as providing seating that is two metres apart and staggering arrival, departure and break times
  • increased hand-washing or use of hand sanitisers, enhanced cleaning, robust protocols and ongoing risk assessments
  • class sizes will be significantly reduced as a result of the new way of working, with most pupils spending around half their time in class and half learning at home. Time in school will increase further as soon as it is safe to do so
  • teachers and other education staff will return in June – subject to appropriate safety assessments being completed – to prepare and plan for the new way of working and welcoming pupils back
  • existing ‘hubs’ will continue to run to provide vulnerable children and those of key workers with childcare over the summer
  • the school estate will be expanded where necessary and possible to increase the time children can spend with their teachers
  • innovative use will be made of existing teachers and staff

The Scottish Government road map can be found here

Kind Regards

Clare Mackenzie

ELC – 22/05/20

This has been a super busy week and well done for all your hard work, thank you! We started off by discussing and showing how to be kind, from dropping off flowers to friends to making special video calls to Grannies and Grandads. Next we created our own obstacle courses showing fantastic balancing skills! We then explored tea bag painting, making our own pirate maps and finding treasure. Then we enjoyed going on a scavenger hunt outside, finding feathers, sticks and acorns. Lastly you have been making lovely healthy snacks and exploring mental health songs and quotes from Miss Allardice.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

ELC 15.05.20

Well done for completing another busy week. We have been creating our own libraries and role playing a librarian, stamping books and giving out cards. You all created fantastic coloured patterns with different objects at home, confidently knowing what colour came next to complete your patterns. We have also been sharing what makes us feel proud, from being able to ride our bikes independently to wearing big pants, well done you should all feel proud for your achievements during this time. It looked like you all had fun exploring different recipes for making playdough, some raspberry smelling ones, green ones and even gliterry ones. Lastly you all showed fantastic drawings and paintings skills when making family pictures!

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe x

ELC – 7/5/20

That was a quick week, well done to everyone who engaged with the fun activities this week! We have been very creative, making wiggly worms, pop up gardens, musical instruments and using our imagination to make things out of loose parts. Great work everyone!

Have a lovely long weekend, stay safe 🙂

ELC – 01/05/20

Another busy week done! Great engagement everyone! This week we have created our own shadow pictures, sharing what we would like to be when we grow up, sending special messages to The Mackenzie Center, showing us drawings and pictures of how tall you have grown, and explored differed emations through Bsl and different facial expressions. It has also been great to see how caring and kind you have been at home being super choar champions! Have a lovely weekend 🙂


We are working on adapting our Eco-Schools and wider programmes so that pupils can continue working on environmental topics from home, and wanted to let you know about two activities that are online on our Eco-Schools At Home page

The Pop-up Pocket Garden is a gardening project that can be done at home in a small space outdoors, or indoors on a windowsill.  It provides a great opportunity for children and young people aged 3 – 18 years to design and grow a small garden. There are themes to inspire you and a design brief to guide practical building and growing. We are looking for exciting and unusual designs that use edible plants, plants that attract wildlife and will reuse something which would otherwise have been thrown away.  The best Pop-up Pocket Gardens will be featured on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website to celebrate your ideas and skills and inspire others.

For children aged 8-25 years old, Young Reporters Scotland is a perfect opportunity to investigate and report on an environmental or sustainability issue which matters to them. The competition is designed to give young people a platform to express their opinions and solutions for environmental issues in addition to providing an opportunity to develop their own journalistic skills.

Please send pictures to key worker email, or post on our stream.

ELC – 17/04/20

Friday already! A great first week back after the Easter break. It has been lovely hearing and seeing what you have been up to during the Easter break, fun outside and birthdays. Well done for super engagement on the Google classroom, from learning about floating and sinking to, creating you own small world and using your imagination to make something out of junk. Great work everyone! Have a lovely weekend!


That’s our first week of online learning done! You have all done amazing in completing our activities and engaging with the posts.

We have loved looking at the pictures and videos that you have posted, making all the teachers super proud. You all look like you have been super busy, creating your rainbow pictures, doing your daily exercise, completing jigsaws and being great choar champions.

Keep up the good work and we will be back in 2 weeks to do some more fun activities. Thank you and keep safe!

ELC – Classroom

Google Classrooms

You should by now have received communication from your child’s key worker with login details for Google Classroom. If you have not received an email, please let us know and email as it may have been noted down incorrectly or it could be in your junk mail.

A big thanks to those of you that have engaged with our online learning so far, the teachers have loved seeing your posts.

ELC – 16.3.20

Coronavirus Update! Please note that the following will NOT go ahead for the foreseeable future: Ach an Eas visits Mackenzie Centre visits Easter Eggstravaganza – Numeracy session (Thursday 26th March) Easter Singalong (Friday 27th March) Tooth brushing (daily) Forest Sessions will be continuing as normal. Drop off and Pick up: We appreciate your co-operation so far with handwashing, however due to new guidance we will be asking parents to remain outside at drop off and pick up. Staff will sign in and out on your behalf. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. ?

ELC- Ach an Eas, 11th March 2020

This week at Ach an Eas the children and residents participated in making their own play dough. They helped to add the ingredients, mixing them together. The children and residents explored the play dough using cutters, stamps and their imagination to create different objects. The children kindly made some of their creations for the residents. We finished off the session by singing some of our Easter songs in the lounge.

ELC – 13.03.20

we have our Easter Number Extravaganza coming up on Thursday 26th of March. A letter with all the information you need has been put in each child’s tray, children who don’t attend on a Thursday are invited in and a time is highlighted on their letter. If you have any questions please ask the ELC team.

ELC – 13.03.20

We have had a busy week looking at where do we buy food. Most children discussed that we get food from Tesco and other shops and some were able to share that “you get meat from a butchers” Teddy. Therefor next week we are going to continue to look at shops and we would appreciate if you are out shopping at any shop, bakery or butcher to please send us a picture. We have also been busy at developing our ball control skills at gym this week and looking at money. Also we would be grateful if you could please donate some tissues to us as we are running low.

ELC – Family Science Engagement

Thank you to everyone who came along and support our science evening. It was great to see everyone so engaged mums, dads, and siblings. We discovered lots of fun things and seen how fun and simple science can be. A huge thank you to Donnie for coming along and supporting us in learning even more and sharing his enthusiasm of science. We look forward to seeing how your cress grow and your homework.

ELC – 06.03.20

This week we have been exploring where does food come from, discussing that we get food from shops but also learning that food comes from plants and animals. Next week we are going to explore where can we buy food, eg Tesco, Butchers and Bakers. We have also been exploring money this week, identifying different numbers. Have a lovely weekend ?

ELC – 05/03/20

Today we have been looking and discussing our favourite books for World Book Day, some of us also dressed as our favourite characters. Also a reminder, if you could please hand back our Science event letter which takes place next Thursday 12th March so we know how many are attending please.

ELC – Forest Session 2

we had our second visit to the forest! It was a great action packed afternoon and all children loved it. We got a little bit muddy but a muddy child is a happy child and we could defiantly see that yesterday some of the children enjoyed making mud angels others showed more confidence as they explored in the mud jumping and splashing.

We then measured trees using ourselves we all found a tree and joint hand to see how many kids it took to measure the tree. Ryan “this one needs 4 children” We noticed some trees we could just put our two hands round because they were so small! Why not try this and get them to teach you on your next forest visit we’d loved to see your photos. They can be sent to Miss Paul. Maybe you even have a tree in your garden or way to school?

On our way back to our meeting point we found a tree we could swing in some children even managed to write letter using sticks and mud and acorns. What a great day!

ELC – 28.2.20

Marks and Spencer’s have a competition on, where children are invited to draw their dream garden for the chance to win 80 seedling kits to plant at your local school. Also every £20 you spend you get a box of seedling. As we are looking at where our food comes from and how things grow it would be greatly appreciated if you wish to enter the competition or donate a box of seedlings. We are also looking for donations of milk bottles to help build our green house.

Congratulations to Louis for receiving pupil of the month certificate for being super caring and kind at Wee Mac’s, well done louis! We hope you have a lovely weekend

ELC – 27.02.19

Parents booking forms are now available on the MOL ELCC blog and Milton of Leys Primary blog. Parents will be required to complete a booking form, All About Me forms and Childcare Registration forms to enable their child to attend the Easter holiday provision at MoL. The deadline for parents returning forms is Friday 6th March 2020. with places confirmed by Friday 13th March 2020.

ELC- Ach an Eas, 20th February 2020

Last week the children split into two groups again for the second Spokes for Folks trip. Miss MacLeod spent time at Ach an Eas making music shakers with Eliza, Ella, Liam and some of the residents. Koen, Louis, Amelia and Sophie headed out on the bikes with Miss Kelman and Alec, Etta and Helen from the care home. We cycled along the river and up to the High Street. Alec enjoyed pointing out familiar shops to the children. When we pulled into the Care Home Louis said “that was a fun ride”.

ELC Forest Session 1

The children had lots of fun exploring the forest in the snow yesterday. We had hot chocolate and pancakes in the forest then enjoyed rolling down the hill in the snow. We found a new swing while exploring and enjoyed some muddy puddles.

Seth “this is lots of fun”

Eliza “I love it”

Alfie “be careful”

Selfies became a fun game!
Nobody wanted left out!
Jenny “and me”

ELC – 25.02.20

This week we have started to explore where food comes from. We had a visit from a lady from The Royal Highland Education Trust Highland Countryside Initiative , showing us pictures of what happens on a farm. She also discussed how butter was made and showed us how to grind seeds to make flour. All children showed good listening and learned a lot about what happens on a farm. Today we made our own pancakes and we got to try them at story time being able to describe how they taste, “Mine is so yummy in my tummy” Eliza. We are also continuing discussions on spring and have been making our own daffodil pictures at the art table.

ELC- Ach an Eas, 13th February 2020

Unfortunately due to the weather our trip with Spokes for Folks was cancelled so all the children stayed at the care home to participate in a Valentine’s Day craft activity. The residents and children spent time decorating love hearts with tissue paper and a selection of buttons. The children kindly gifted some of their love hearts to the residents. We then had story time and songs in the lounge which was lovely as more residents could join us. Some of children demonstrated increasing confidence as they sang independently in the lounge.

ELC- Ach an Eas, 6th February 2020

This week Miss MacLeod headed out on the Spokes for Folks bikes with three residents, Bethan, Eliza, Ella and Liam on an exciting trip to Whin Park. The children were delighted to share what they had been up to when they returned. Miss Kelman spent time playing ‘Winter Picture Bingo’ and ‘Ice Cream Pairs’ with Amelia, Sophie, Koen, Louis Py and some of the residents. We then played a game that Koen introduced us to- ‘Guess the Food’ where the children were developing their descriptive skills. We ended the session back together reading ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’. Next week Miss Kelman will head out on the bikes with her group.

ELC- Ach an Eas, 30th January 2020

Last week to follow on from our Scottish theme we made tartan pictures with the residents. We decorated strips of paper and threaded them through to create a tartan effect. We then spent some time playing with some table top games. One group played ‘ice cream pairs’ and the others played the ‘shopping list game’. The children were great at helping and reminding the residents when it was their turn in the game.

ELC – 06/02/20

Apologies, we haven’t managed to update you on what we have been busy with the past two weeks as the Blog system has been down. We have been super busy continuing discussions on hibernation and matched each animal to their correct habitat when playing our sorting and matching maths game. This week we are looking at why animals come out of hibernation, inviting children to discuss the changes in weather and season. Last week we explored Robert Burns and we were given the opportunity to try haggis neeps and tatties. We also tried on a kilt, discussing tartan and then we practiced some Scottish dancing.

ELC Date to remember 31st January

A letter has been put in each child’s tray with details on our Books and Buns Session.

We will be hosting a family learning session for you and your child from 1:15pm – 2:15pm in room 12 next to the ELC Building. we will be providing parents and carers with an insight on how we conduct Book reading and story time with our children here at lochardil ELC. We will share with you how Books and Storytelling has many wonderful benefits such as building their confidence in speech, language and social skills. During the session you will have the opportunity to read with you child and enjoy some refreshments in an informal setting.

ELC – 21/01/20

This week we have begun to discuss hibernation in more detail looking at different animals that hibernate and how they hibernate. We have created our own nests at the art area and have covered our climbing frame to make our own hibernation area. We have been role playing animals that hibernate by using puppets and dressing up costumes, knowing that “they sleep for a long time” Arran.

ELC – 17.01.20

This week the children have had a lot of discussions around animals that hibernate. We would be grateful if anyone has any resources relating to any animals that hibernate, for example, puppets, any material, books, toy, dvd etc.

We have also been very busy outside making bird feeders and hanging them in the nursery garden as we are aware “it’s cold for the worms to come out so birds will be hungry and we need to make them bird feeders” (Megan).

ELC – 14.01.20

This week we have started to talk about animals that hibernate and at the art area we have made our own hedgehogs  by using paint and forks to make spikes. We have also started having more jobs to do in nursery, we get to be a snack champion who gets to chop up fruit and prepare the snack table. We have an oudoor champion  who has to check that our outside area is safe to play. Also the special helper now assesses the tidying in their base room.

ELC – 20.12.19

We have had a very busy last few days. Well done to all children who showed great confidence, good singing and great action at our sing a long on Thursday. Thank you all for coming along and supporting us. We also had great fun at our Christmas party today, filling our tummies with party food and dancing to Christmas songs. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year love form us all at ELC.

ELC – Thank you for joining us…

We would like to say a big thank for such a fantastic attendance for our singalong this morning. We are delighted that so many of you could join us to see all the children’s hard work come together as they sang their Christmas songs.

We would also like to thank the residents of Ach an Eas and the Mackenzie Centre and to Spoke for Folks for once again helping in getting them there !!

ELC- Ach an Eas Christmas Party 2019

Miss Kelman and some of the children were kindly invited to Ach an Eas for the residents Christmas party with their families. We had so much fun dancing with the residents, even Miss Kelman and the parents got involved! It was so lovely to hear the manager speaking so highly about the children and saying that we are part of the Ach an Eas family. We wish them all a very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to seeing some of the residents at our singalong this morning! (Check out the photos and videos below)

ELC – Christmas Singalong

To confirm times for tomorrow Christmas singalong;

Doors open – 10am

Singalong Starts – 10:15am until 11am

If your child is usually attends an afternoon session or has been invited in, please drop them to the school hall via the side door. You will be asked to join everyone else at the main doors until children are seated on the stage.

If your children usually attends a morning or all day session, they will go to nursery as usual.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

ELC – Christmas Singalong

A polite reminder for our Christmas singalong on Thursday morning. Children have either selected to be an angel or a shepherd and requested outfits were a follows;

Angel – white clothing and a length of tinsel

Shepherd – shirt, tea towel and tie

If you have any queries, please speak to a member of staff. Thank you.

ELC – Wee Mac’s – Week 4

We had a such a lovely day at Wee Mac’s this week. We were so lucky to have a visit from Spokes for Folks who came and took us and a couple of the Mackenzie Centre clients to it and about and thank goodness the rain stopped long enough for us to stay dry !! They wool us to the Drummond duck pond where we were able to feed the ducks who came right over as soon as they saw the bikes. When we arrived back it was time for story and lunch. The children have been fabulous with engaging with the clients and enjoying their time together.

ELC- Ach an Eas, 11th December 2019

We braved the weather this morning to head to Ach an Eas for our last session of this block. The children and residents were busy making Christmas cards for each other and their families. Summer helped to deliver a little Christmas gift to the staff and residents. Miss Kelman had a chat with Rosetta who said “Will you tell the parents that the children are a credit to them, and to you. They are so lovely. I love bairns, it lifts me” when they visit and “the residents adore them.” It was lovely to hear such an amazing feedback from one of the residents about our visits to their home.

ELC – 11.12.19

Well done to all the children who did fantastic singing and actions at the CCC today for the older people, all the teachers are very proud of you!

Also a reminder that their is one more Stay and Play session left if you fancy coming to play and see your childs learning – Wednesday 18th December.

ELC – 11.12.19

Dates to Remember ? Monday 6th January – Schools back ?

Tuesday 21st January – “Coffee and Chat” – Parent Focus Group time TBC ?

W/B Monday 27th January – Primary 1 enrolment week ?

Friday 31st January – Literacy family event “Books and Buns” 1:15pm – 2:15pm ?

W/B Monday 10th February Early Learning and Childcare enrolment week ?

Monday 17th February – School Holiday, School Closed ?

Tuesday 18th February – School Holiday, School Closed ?

Wednesday 19th February – In-service day – School Closed ?

Thursday 19th March – Parent Council AGM 7pm ?

Thursday 26th March – Family learning event (Numeracy) Time TBC ?

Friday 27th March – Last day of school for the Easter Holidays ?

Monday 13th April – Easter Monday – School Closed ?

Tuesday 14th April – Schools first day back ?

Friday 8th May – May Day Holiday – School Closed ?

Monday 1st June – School In-service day – School Closed ?

Thursday 4th June – Family HWB event time TBC ?

Thursday 11th June – School Sports Day – P4 – P7 9.30am – P1 – P3 1.30pm ?

Friday 12th June – ELC Sports (AM and PM) Times TBC ?

Thursday 2nd July – Last day of school closed at 12pm

ELC – 10/12/19

Reminder to wear christmas clothing tomorrow Wednesday 11th December for christmas lunch. Also we are closed Thursday 12th december.

If anyone has had their child go home in nursery clothes could you please make sure you return them asap as we are running low, thank you. Also in relation to clothes, please could you put your child’s name on every item of clothing, shoes, gloves, bags etc, as a few things have gone home with the wrong child/things have gone missing. Thank you!

ELC – Wee Mac’s

We had such an exciting day at Wee Mac’s today. Not only did we have a new group of children who were able to explore the resources and surroundings, the weekly fire pit with marshmallows, but we were able to join the clients of the Mackenzie Centre for their annual Panto visit, ‘Handsome & Gretel’. The children were so engaged and really loved the performance. 

ELC- Ach an Eas, 4th December 2019

This morning the children headed down to Ach an Eas to perform our Christmas songs. They were super sensible when walking with their partners to and from the care home. The staff are so proud of the children as their singing was amazing! The residents loved joining in with the familiar songs, especially our last song ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’. The staff provided us with a delicious snack of sandwiches and biscuits before walking back to nursery.


Forest session – Monday 9th December. This is the last forest session for the Monday AM Rainbows in the woods and we would like to invite parents to come and join us on our last session. If you wish to come and join us please meet at Lochardil woods for 9am Monday 9th December. Hopefully see you there.

ELC – 03/12/19

ELC Christmas Party Friday 20th December 9:30am – 11am OR 1pm – 2:30pm. If your child attends on a Friday their regular slot will remain the same. However, if you child does not attend on a Friday they will be invited in, please see note in your child’s tray 🙂

A Christmas party food list has been pinned up on the wall to the left of the lunches; we would appreciate if you would sign up to taking in an item please.

Also a big thank you for coming along to our MacMillan Coffee Morning we are delighted to tell you we raised £90.44. Thanks again!

ELC – Santa’s Grotto

Two of our cheeky little elves (Miss Paul & Miss Allardice) have been busy today getting ready for a special arrival. They have transformed our quiet room into Santa’s Grotto, compete with roaring fire, Santa’s chair and fairy lights galore. Fingers crossed he can fit us into his busy schedule before he does his Christmas deliveries !!

ELC – Mackenzie Centre – Week Two

Another great couple of days at the Mackenzie Centre this week. The children enjoyed toasting marshmallows over the fire pit, making mud pies, using the exploration table, playing games in the hut, dancing, singing with the clients in the Mackenzie Centre and even a bit of meditation !!

We are looking forward to taking a new group of children next week and showing them what we do at the Mackenzie Centre.

ELC – 29.11.19

A reminder that next Wednesday 4th December all Wednesday AM children will be going to Ach an Eas for Christmas sing along. Children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper.                Also Wednesday the 11th December the children are performing their Christmas songs at the Culduthel Christian Centre at 11:40am. Children are invited to wear Christmas jumpers.                                                                                                                                                                          At the end of this week children have been getting into the festive spirit by helping put the Christmas trees up. Please remember to have a look through our lost property box.              Have a lovely weekend 🙂 ?

ELC – Story Bags

Could we kindly ask that all story bags are returned by the date stated in the book.  Due to the Christmas stories included we are hoping that we can give all children the opportunity to enjoy them at home with their families.  If they are not returned in time, this could mean that another child will miss out.

If you have any queries, please speak to Miss Paul.  Thank you for your understanding.

ELC – 26/11/19

Last week and this week, the children have been looking at form of transport in relation to the Police. The children have marked/written on the Police floor book to show different types of transport that police use. We have also been discussing how to travel safe, beside the road, in a car etc., and the children created their own zebra crossing and traffic light to role play how to travel safely.

ELC – ‘Wee Mac’s’ Session 1

What a fantastic first morning we had at Wee Mac’s. The children had a great time exploring the great outdoor space and new resources that we have there. From tent building to the mud kitchen, sandpit to fire pit, learning rules and interacting with clients that attend the Mackenzie Centre and singing Christmas songs. The end of the day bought us to story time around the fire then inside for lunch. We can’t wait for next week !!

ELC- Ach an Eas, 20th November 2019

This week the group enjoyed another fab session with Spokes for Folks. We headed out with the same residents as last week. We started off going along the river and across the bridge to Whin Park, where unfortunately there were no ducks! After a quick spin around the pond we went along the new bypass and headed back to Ach an Eas. Our amazing pilots managed to tackle Stratherrick hill and dropped us off at the school entrance!

ELC 15.11.19

Today we showed good listening when discussing Pudsey day, showing awareness that Pudsey “helps children who are sick and put a bandage on them like Pudsey’s eye patch” (Maybel). We also made our own Pudsey Patches putting lots of different coloured spots on them.

 We wish you all a nice weekend 🙂  ?

ELC- Ach an Eas, 13th November 2019

The chidren were very excited to go on their first trip with Spokes for Folks yesterday. We braved the frosty morning and headed out with the residents. Yesterday’s route included heading along to Tesco Ness-side, following the new bypass to the canal and lastly stopping off at Whin Park to feed the ducks. Finlay C said “We went to the park” to feed the ducks “with Alec”.

ELC – 13.11.19

World Nursery Rhyme Week, beginning Monday 18th November – Due to the 2 in-service days (Closed Thursday 21st November and Friday 22nd November) we are going to postpone nursery rhyme week. Therefore we will be celebrating this from 25th November.

The ‘Rhyme a Day’ challenge will focus on each rhyme in the following order: ? Monday 25th November: ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ ? Tuesday 26th November: ‘Down in the Jungle’ ? Wednesday 27th November: ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ ? Thursday 28th November: ‘Row Row Row Your Boat’ ? Friday 29th November: ‘Two Little Dickie Birds’ If your child does not attend on a certain day then please feel free to take part in the “Rhyme a Day” challenge at home.

Kind Regards Clare Mackenzie Childcare Manager

ELC – 13.11.19

Apologies for the link not working, hopefully it works now. Thank you

Dear parents/carers of our ELC Children We value our partnership with parents/carers to help us improve our service. Please follow the link below to complete a questionnaire by selecting the appropriate answers and feel free to add any comments in the box provided. We would really appreciate your participation with the questionnaires to enable us to develop our service. All responses to be in by Thursday 3rd October 2019.  

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UNCRC Birthday Celebrations!

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the United Nations Rights of the Child, please enjoy a special day at school on Wednesday 20 November.

Come to school in your party clothes if you want to dress up!

Play some fun party games

Enjoy a special Celebration assembly with UNIKIDS.

Let’s have some fun as we remember all the UNCRC articles that we enjoy.

ELC – 12.11.19

This week we have been discussing Remembrance Day, thinking of the brave men and women who look after our country. The children showed respect by participating in a 2 minute silence in the ELC setting and also in the Forest. . We also explored different material to make our own Poppies to remember all the soldiers who fought for our country.

Also this week we have continued with discussions on police which has lead us to explore what technology police use…”they have walkie talkies to speak to other people” Koen, “ They have a torch to see in the dark for bad guys” Finlay. S.

In the woods this week the children have been busy learning the rules around a fire to prepare them for cooking on the fire next week.