Category Archives: ELCC Blog 2019-2020

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.  

Many thanks ELC Team  

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.

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal 2019

A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Blythswood Shoebox Appeal! We have collected a fantastic 52 boxes this year. These gifts are really treasured by those who receive them.

From Primary 5a

ELC – 08/11/19

We have had a busy week with discussions on how to keep safe around a bonfire which then led us onto looking at how police keep us safe. The children then investigated what police officers wear and drew around each other to create their own Rainbow and Buttercup police officers. We wish you all a lovely weekend 🙂

ELC- 8th November 2019

We would like to congratulate Spokes for Folks on their amazing achievements last night at the Highland Heroes award night. Not only did they win ‘Charitable Organisation of the Year’, they also came away with the ‘Overall Hero of the Year’ award. We are so proud to work with Spokes for Folks during our intergenerational sessions and cannot wait to continue the partnership!

Help wanted

ELC are requiring the help of some willing parents to come and move a new delivery of gravel to our construction area. If you could come along tomorrow at 3pm with a wheelbarrow and spade or just yourself to help us move the stones we would be grateful. Many hands make light work. If you can help us out please speak to a member of the ELC.

Blythswood Shoeboxes

A massive thank you to everyone who has donated to the Blythswood Shoebox appeal so far. Please can we have all donations into school by Friday. Thank you very much!

From P5a and Miss MacArthur

ELC – 29/10/19

A chilly welcome back after the October holidays. We have loved seeing the home link sheets and listening to your holiday news. This week we have been discussing Halloween , finding out how people celebrate the festival.We have also created our own ghosts and skeleton pictures at the art area, and tonight we worked hard as a team to create our own spooky pumpkins.

Just a reminder, school dress up party is tomorrow from 5pm-5:45pm.

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal 2019

This is an advance notice that we will be supporting this year’s Blythswood Shoebox Appeal.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us in the past. Last year we collected 55 shoeboxes and we would love to make this an extra special Christmas for those in need again this year.

This year Blysthswood will be collecting our filled Shoeboxes on Friday November the 8th. We would be very grateful if all donations could be handed into school by then. A checklist of suitable Christmas gifts to include in your shoebox will be going home on the first week of term.

Please help us to spread love and hope this Christmas.

Thank you!

ELC – 09/10/19

This week the children have been discussing ‘How do the Police help us to stay safe? And most children confidently shared that,

“Police stop the traffic” Seth

“They can find your bike” Teddy

“They take you back to your Mummy” Lewis

“They can help us cross the road” Cori

The children have also been busy exploring the art area creating their own police hats.

ELC – 09/10/19

As you are aware, we are now exploring the Police role in the community and we were very lucky to have a visit from PC Grant and his Police van. All children showed good listening when finding out information on how police help us. The children also did great turn taking when getting the opportunity to go inside the van.

“The police keep us safe and find us if we get lost” Eliza
“Its a cage for all the bad guys”

ELC- Ach an Eas, 8th October 2019

Yesterday for the group’s last session at Ach an Eas the children and residents made musical instruments using yogurt pots, cups, “pasta and stones” (Maeve). They drew and wrote on label stickers to decorate their shakers. Finlay S said “I did a little bull and cows.” Maeve said she made a new friend yesterday called “Nan”. Before we left the care home we said “bye-bye and gave them a hug” (Harrison).

Achievement Board – Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. You tried your hardest now here you are!

Here at Lochardil ELC we want to recognise and celebrate all of the children’s achievements big or small. Therefore, a new look achievements board has been created in our hallway and we ask for your help to make this shine!

Has your child recently learnt to ride their bike, taken part in a event/competition or achieved anything that has made them and you really proud?  If so, please let us know by either emailing us with a photo or your child can take along a medal/photo/trophy to show to their friends.

ELC – 03/10/19

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 10th October 2019.

Many thanks ELC Team

ELC – 01/10/19

We would like to thank everyone who has had the story bag. The children and their parents have worked hard in creating their own characters from the stories. This is their hard work displayed on our Story Bag wall.

Lost Property

A little reminder to please check our lost property…here is what is in it so far :)?

ELC- Ach an Eas, 1st October 2019

This morning the children and residents had an exciting trip on the bikes with ‘Spokes for Folks’. We wrapped up in blankets and set off to Whin Park to feed the ducks! We were very lucky that the sun came out for us during our trip! Erin said “I liked going to Inverness and going on the bike.” Check out ‘Spokes for Folks’ Facebook page to see some more of our adventure!

ELC – MacMillan Coffee Morning

Our annual coffee morning in aid of Macmillan will take place tomorrow in the Buttercup Room from 9:30 – 10:30am.  Parents and carers are more than welcome to attend with children to look through their Learning Pathways with them. 

We are also still accepting donations of baking which can be brought into the Buttercup room either today or tomorrow morning.  Please remember the ‘No Nuts’ rule.  Thank you to all of those who have already donated.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

ELC – 25/09/19

Dear Parents/carers of pupils in school, ELC & OOSC

Nuts & nut products. Please be reminded of the school policy of absolutely no nuts or nut products to be eaten or brought in to school. This includes items such as cereal bars, peanut butter, chocolate nut spread etc. Please also be aware that some products state on the packaging that they are made in factory where nuts may be present.

We have children in school with severe nut allergies where they only need to be in the vicinity of nuts and they can have a severe reaction. We all have a duty of care to ensure that they are not put in any danger.

Yours sincerely Mrs A Kellacher

Thank you for your co-operation in ensuring a safe environment where all our children are kept safe and healthy.

ELC- Ach an Eas, 24th Sep 2019

Today at Ach as Eas the children were excited to make pizzas with the residents. Harrison said “we made it with cheese, tomato sauce, some ham and dough.” It went in the “oven” to cook and “then it was so hot no one could touch it.” He then said “it tasted good.” Whilst our pizzas were cooking the children demonstrated good turn taking skills as they played some table top games; pairs and shopping list. We finished off the session by singing some songs in the lounge.

ELC – 24/09/19

Flu Vaccine.

This autumn/winter, the flu vaccine will be offered to all children in Scotland aged 2-5 years (and not yet in school) at their GP practice (children must be aged 2 years or above on 1 September 2019 to be eligible). It is also offered to all primary school children at school. For more information visit

This week chilcdren are continuing to vote for what they would like to learn about by mark making on the mindmap, some children showing good writing skills.

Forrest Session.

This week in the Forrest, children were introduced to fire pit. The children showed good listening when finding out how to keep safe around the fire. When exploring the woods the children confidently identified signs of Autumn and used their creativity skills to make their own stick men.

ELC – 19/09/19

School Photographs.

There will be school photographs (individual and sibling photos) Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September. ELC children will receive a letter on Monday the 23rd September with a time slot. If your child does not attend on a Monday, please await a phone call with this information. Consequently, if your child does not attend on a Wednesday or Thursday, their allocated time slot will be Wednesday 25th at 9:05am.

ELC – 18/09/19

Last Friday we were lucky to have a visit from Amy from Fit Kids who taught us different yoga positions and all children showed good body control and even the teachers enjoyed themselves 🙂


This week the children are given the opportunity to vote what they would like to learn about next from the What The Ladybird Heart story, choosing from Farmer or police. Children are showing good mark making skills when voting on the mind map.

African Drumming

Today we had the opportunity to listen to African drumming and showed good listening when learning different rhythms.

ELC – 12/09/19

Good afternoon, Please find attached the booking, registration and all about me forms to book into the October holiday club at Milton of Leys Primary School. Closing date for the forms to be returned to the MOL ELCC email by Friday 20th September. All forms must be completed and returned before this date or bookings cannot be accepted. Kind Regards Clare Mackenzie Childcare Manager Lochardil Primary School Lochardil Road Inverness IV2 4LB Tel: 01463 230250

ELC- 11/09/19

This week all children have investigating different objects in the nursery discussing what shape they are. We have also introduced talking tubs to encourage the children to discuss what they would like to learn about from What the Ladybird heard story.

ELC – Picture of the week

Molly “My bunny”
Alfie exploring different colours.
Struan “My ladybird has four spots”

ELC – 10/09/19

All Buttercup children enjoyed exploring and investigating the woods on Monday. They demonstrated good listening skills when dicussing the rules for the woods.

“Jumping in the muddy puddles”

The children were excited to visit Ach an Eas for the first time this session. The residents helped us to make our own playdough and participated in singing some songs.

“Thumbs up cause it was good”

ELC – 06/09/19

Another fun week over, learning more about ‘What the ladybird heard’. We have introduced two new makaton signs cat and horse.

A reminder that our Forest Sessions are starting on Monday the 9th September. The group going will be all monday morning Buttercups, please remember to dress warm. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

ELC – 29/08/19

We have been exploring the ‘What the Ladybird Heard?’ story by Julia Donaldson as the children have been interested in bugs and insects. This week we have found a ladybird in our garden which we were able to look closer at by using the magnifying glass…”They are red and has black spots”.

Home Link – Story Bag

Lochardil ELC is excited to introduce to you our new story bags. Each child will be given the opportunity to take home the bag where they will be able to share a story and some activities with their families. Please return these by the date given and in the condition that they were provided. Thank you, Lochardil ELC

Welcome Back :)

A warm welcome to our new children joining Lochardil ELC and welcome back to our returners. We hope you all had a fun break. We were enjoying hearing all your lovely stories today and cannot wait to hear more this week. Just some reminders to please make sure all items (clothes, shoes, toys etc) are labelled and that there is a new toy tub, where we would like children to place their own personal toy/teddy in to be kept safe. The staff and children loved being visited during break and lunch by our Primary 1 friends. Today we have been confident at exploring and investigating all areas and resources in the ELC.