Category Archives: ELCC Blog 2020-2021

ELC – Crisp Packets

Our Lochardil ECO Team need your help with their Term 1 focus for Climate Action.

They are launching a new campaign for ‘Collect our Packets’ and they aim to collect all of the empty crisp packets so they can be recycled and made into something new. As crisp packets can take up to 40 years to break down, they will be put to much better use being made into something else than in the rubbish bin!

So please bring in your empty crisp packets from home and deposit them into the box we will have at the main door to nursery.

Thank you ?

ELC – News

Please find attached our ELC Week 1 News.  We like to keep you as up to date as possible so along with our weekly news we will post regular updates on our Google Classroom and School Blog.  You can sign up to alerts on our Blog so you don’t miss a thing.

We are still expecting some sun ?? so could we please ask parents to provide the ELC with sun cream to be kept at nursery and applied to your child when required. Thank you

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

ELC – Blog Permission

To be completed by children attending the ELC.

We would be grateful if you could view and fill out the attached google form regarding pictures on our school blog and other platforms.  Using the tick boxes, please specify which channels you are happy for your child’s pictures to be shared.  If you do not wish photos to be shared on any platform, please chose the ‘none of the above’ option.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cpDb7-gs_T_sHckshLbPKFivl3vXogC0hrIb5c9Wiv4/edit

Please let us know if you have any questions.

ELC – End of Term Celebrations

Well… what can we say! What an amazing last day of term. Celebrating what has been the most difficult of years but we all came together to make it awesome despite the tough times we have had. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did! The staff would like to say a huge thank you for your continued support throughout.

We are also saying goodbye to Miss Mackenzie & Mrs Gorman and would like to wish them all the very best of luck in their new roles.

And Miss Allardice, who thankfully is not leaving but will be returning in August as Mrs Scobie!

Thank you once again and we hope you have the best holiday!

ELC – Teddy Bears Picnic

Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic ?

we are so excited to welcome you all today to enjoy our teddy bears picnic. We have lots of games, songs and yummy snack planned.

10:30 – 11:30. Due to the weather we will each have our own zones within the school but it will not dampen the end of term celebration!

The whole school will close at 12pm today for the summer holidays.

See you all soon.

ELC – Goodbye Mrs Gorman

As some of you may know, tomorrow will be Mrs Gormans last day with us in nursery. Mrs Gorman has successfully completed her teacher training and will be moving on to further her career in a new school. We are extremely sad to see her go but we know that she will be absolutely amazing in her new class and her new school are very lucky to have her!

Good luck Mrs Gorman, we will miss you!

ELC – Staffing Changes

As you may be aware The Highland Council have made some changes to their Early Years structure. From the 16th August, all childcare managers will be centrally placed and become Peripatetic Childcare Managers. This means they will be line managed by the area education and learning manager within their area team.

Our Childcare Manager, Miss Clare Mackenzie’s, last official day working from Lochardil will be Friday 25th June. Once Miss Mackenzie moves to her peripatetic role she will continue to support our school along with many others.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank You.

ELC – Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic – Friday 25thJune

10:30am – 11:30am

With Friday 25th June being our last day of term we would like to invite all children and their favourite teddy bear along to our teddy bears picnic.

If your child does not normally attend on a Friday, they are invited to join our last day of fun. We will remain in our current groups/bubbles and the picnic will take place outdoors, on the school playing field.

All children who are invited in on the day must be collected at 11:30am.

All children who attend ELC on a Friday must be collected by 12pm as this is when the school will close.

Many thanks

ELC Team

ELC – Euro 2021 Dress Down Day

To celebrate the Scotland Men’s team playing in the Euro 2021 tournament this year, their first major tournament in almost 22 years, we plan to have a dress down day! Football tops are permitted if you wish, and if you do not have a football top then please feel free to wear anything you like on Monday 14th June, as Scotland take on the Czech Republic whom we also will be supporting!  Exciting times for our nation!

ELC – Sports Day

What a great afternoon we had for our sports day. All the children were amazing and we had so much fun!

Videos have been uploaded to our private Google Classroom. Please log in using your child’s google email address to view.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and we will see you on Tuesday!

ELC – Sports Day

A reminder that our sports day will be on Friday 4th June. Please could children wear suitable clothing and footwear as we will be on the field. We hope to have more of today’s weather so please ensure children have sun cream applied in the morning and their own in nursery so staff can reapply if required.

Children that do not usually attend on a Friday are welcome to join us and should arrive at 1:45pm.

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, we discourage crowds gathering along the school fence. Races will be recorded and uploaded to our private Google Classroom. Please let a member of staff know if you would prefer for your child not to be recorded.

Thank you.

ELC – Sports Day

Our sports day will be held on Friday 4th June on the school field. Due to ongoing covid restrictions, we will unfortunately be unable to invite parents/carers in to watch. We will however be filming the races and uploading them our private Google Classroom (please advise if you would prefer for your child not be filmed).

If your child does not usually attend on a Friday, a letter will be sent home today with the details as we would love for them to join us. Please check your child’s bag for this information.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

*REMINDER* Registration for School Age Childcare (SAC) (Out of School Club and Breakfast Club)

Just a reminder for all parents to require School Age Childcare (SAC) – formally known as Out of School Club and Breakfast Club to register their children for next term.

All children need to be re-registered for each school term, and each child needs a separate form.

The Google form can be found at https://forms.gle/vbZ7qndgCxFy2NqNA

Thank you

ELC – Wear Yellow Day

This years Wear Yellow Day in aid of the Highland Hospice will be on Friday 28th May.  We invite children to wear sunny and bright colours to help us celebrate this amazing charity.  Donations are welcome and can be given to staff at the door in an envelope.

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

Thank you.

ELC – Transition Classroom

All children who are ill be moving on to P1 in August should now have received their invite to the transition classroom. Please check that you have accepted the invitation as we will have important information being shared and activities starting from next week.

If you have not received an invitation or are struggling to log in, please drop your child’s key worker a message and we will be able to help.

Thank you.

ELC – The Future Vision of Early Years in Highland

Early Years Vision are holding sessions for parents to help build the vision for Early Years going forwards. These sessions are being help on Wednesday 12th May at 3:30pm and 7 pm.

Please register your interest prior to these sessions using the link supplied on the attached poster.

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

ELC – Sun Protection

Now that the sun has appeared and the weather is getting warmer, could we kindly ask that your child brings sun cream to nursery with them and ideally stay within the setting so that we could apply throughout the day. Sun creams will be named and only used for your child.

We also request that a layer of sun cream is applied before they arrive to nursery so we can straight out to play the mornings.

Thank you in advance.

ELC – P1 Transition Classroom

We have now set up our Primary 1 Transition Classroom.  Parents of children who will be moving on to P1 in August should have received an email from their key worker with details of how to access this.  Could we kindly ask that you follow the link to accept the invitation to the classroom.  On the classroom we will be sharing transition activities, transition information and other information relating to the school during this time.

If you have any problems logging in, please speak to a member of staff.

Thank you in advance.

ELC – Tempest Photography – Class Photos

Tempest Photography will be visiting on Wednesday 28th April and taking pictures of the children for their end of term class photos. Timings will be as followed;

Rainbow – 10am
Buttercup – 10:30am
Blossom – 11am

Children who do not normally attend on a Wednesday should have been contacted by your keyworker for arrangements to drop them off to have their pictures taken. Please contact your child’s keyworker if you are unsure.

Thank you in advance.

ELC – Online Survey

Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) online survey

Parents and carers of young children in Highland can provide feedback on the Council’s ELC childcare settings via an online survey.

The purpose of the survey is to collect views on services provided in Highland. The responses gathered from the survey will help to support delivery of 1140 hours in the most appropriate way to meet the needs of parents, to plan for the future delivery of the service and highlight any changes required.

The deadline for collecting responses is 18 April 2021.

https://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/13497/early_learning_and_childcare_elc_online_survey

Thank you.

ELC – Storage

We are on the look out for anyone that might be having a clear out and has some storage draws/boxes that are no longer required.  We are looking for storage boxes like the ones pictured below (although anything similar would also be apprecaited) for extra clothes/changing equipment.  If you can help at all, please speak to a member of staff.

Thank you in advance.

ELC – Red Nose Day

Join us is raising money for Comic Relief as we celebrate Red Nose Day om Friday 19th March 2021.

Duntelchaig House Captains have organised a Super Hero themed day with interactive quizes and competitions for us all to get involved in.

Dressing up is completely optional but if you would like to get involved, please wear your favourite Super Hero costumes or simply your favourite red outfit.

Donations are also welcome.

Thank you in advance.

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ELC – World Book Day – 4th March 2021

We would like to invite children attending on Thursday (4th) to celebrate world book day with us by dressing up as their favourite book character. If they have a favourite outfit at home they would like to wear we would love to see them. This is of course, completely optional.

Due to ongoing Covid restrictions, we politely ask that your favourite books are left at home this year.

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ELC – Return Information

Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, has issued a letter to parents and carers of children returning to ELC and P1-3. The letter explains the reasoning for the decision to enable younger children to return to ELC and schools next week. Please follow the link below for this information.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us ??

https://www.careinspectorate.com/images/JL_letter_-_18_February.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

ELC – Half Term

Good Afternoon

This is a reminder that next week is our half term holiday. School (both physical and virtual) will be closed for all pupils on Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th February inclusive. The school will reopen on Thursday morning for key worker children and we will be back online as normal.

Have a lovely long weekend 🙂

World Book Day 2021 – £1 Book Tokens!

World Book Day is back with their fabulous selection of £1 books!  To find out more information about the selection of books available this year, please visit: https://www.worldbookday.com/books/

Normally, we would be distributing £1 book tokens in school, which can be exchanged for one of these brilliant books, or £1 off any other book of your choice.

This year, World Book Day are making digital book vouchers available for all pupils. In order to get a digital voucher, you will need to download the attached PDF and print the voucher off. It can then be used in any participating retailer. The tokens are vaild from Thursday 18th February – Sunday 28th March.

There is also a fabulous selection of ideas and activities related to both story telling and the £1 books available on the World Book Day website. Have fun enjoying the magic of books!

ELC – Primary 1 Transition

Please find attached some information about our Primary 1 transition and how we will be helping your child through the process in these difficult times. This years transition will not be like others due to not mixing classes etc but we are still able to provide beneficial transition and support throughout.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

ELC – Enrolment

Enrolment for session 2021/2022 for 3 and 4 year olds.

All children born between 1st March 2017 and 28th February 2019 are eligible for a place in the term beginning after their third birthday.
Enrolment week commences Monday 8 February and concludes on Friday 12 February 2021. Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no face-to-face enrolment in schools this session.

The following link will allow you to upload the birth certificate and the council tax information. A preferred hours form will be emailed to you once your application has been received.

If you have an questions, please contact us.

Thank you,

The ELC Team.

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/878/schools/11/enrol_your_child_for_early_learning_and_childcare/2?fbclid=IwAR18B9Auo8ndm9kVueJ4c3ItrV8yGXRvaWfrbaVOvhDK5MEOP_WhcrqC1NM

ELC – Primary 1 Enrolment

Enrolment for Primary 1 takes place this week.  You can access information and forms to support enrolment on the Highland Council website by clicking on this link.

To support parents and families with enrolment and their child beginning school in August, the ‘Preparing for School in August’ document can be downloaded and personalised by settings to support dialogue around this transition process.

Other useful information to support families with enrolment can be found on the Bumps2Bairnssite. This Friday, the site will also share more detail on preparing for school, including some of the things you really don’t need to do!

Please also note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no face-to-face enrolment in schools this session. Parents with no access to the online process can request a paper copy of the enrolment form from their catchment school during enrolment week. 

ELC -P1 & ELC Enrolment

Primary 1 and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) enrolment

The new school session starts on 17 August 2021.

Primary 1

If your child will be five years of age on or before 28 February 2022, they are eligible to enrol for Primary 1. 

Enrolment week for Primary 1 pupils will take place from Monday 25 January to Friday 29 January. 

If you wish to enrol your child for Primary 1, please do so during enrolment week. The online enrolment form will be available from Monday 25 January. 

*Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no face-to-face enrolment in schools this session. Parents/carers with no access to the online process can request a paper copy of the enrolment form from their catchment school during enrolment week. 

Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)

Children born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2019 are entitled to a funded Early Learning and Childcare place.

For Early Learning and Childcare places, enrolment week commences Monday 8 February and concludes on Friday 12 February 2021.

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/878/schools/887/enrol_your_child_for_school

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.

Thank you.

ELC – Christmas Party

What a great time we had today at our Christmas Party. It was so lovely to have everyone together in their bubbles and having fun at this special time of year! We played musical bumps, musical statues and corners and had yummy party food.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and everyone one of you for your support through the last two terms. Our new routines have been ever changing but it is made so much easier with your understanding and cooperation.

We hope you have the best holiday with your families. Stay safe and we will see you all in 2021!

Thank you message for all the food donations from Lochardil Larder!

Please see the presentation below for our thank you message for all the food donations from Lochardil Larder!

ELC – Christmas Decorations

The children have been busy making and decorating tree decorations for our friends at The Mackenzie Centre and Ach an Eas.

The Mackenzie Centre have received a lovely delivery of brightly coloured gingerbread men and hearts which will go out in their Christmas care packages and Ach an Eas received personalised Christmas trees and stars.

ELC – Hamper & Donations

Usually in the ELC the staff would participate in Secret Santa. This year we thought we would use the money that we would normally spend on each other and give back to the wider community. The money was split equally between MFR Cash for Kids and Ach an Eas Care Home.

Two hampers of goodies were made up for the staff and residents at Ach an Eas, filled with sweets, biscuits, puzzles, crosswords, handmade decorations and personal care items and a donation of £82 was made to Cash for Kids.

ELC – Panto Time

While the Rainbows were having lots of fun at the woods, the Buttercups enjoyed a virtual panto named ‘Robin Hood and the socially distanced men’. They loved watching it on the big screen and got into the panto spirit. The Rainbows will have the opportunity to watch on Thursday.

ELC – Transition

Our nursery 4’s have now started their Primary 1 transition. Although we are unable to visit the P1 classrooms, we have been able to visit virtually and engage with classes and teachers. We have been listening to stories, sharing likes and dislikes and we have shared our BSL songs.

ELC – Our Week

What a busy week we’ve had. The children have been busy learning and recording our BSL song, which we can’t wait to show you all!

We have also been practising our number recognition, pattern matching, making beautiful decorations to send to our friends at the Mackenzie Centre and writing letters to Santa ??

ELC – Christmas Cards

Children should only give cards within their class (Rainbow/Buttercup). They should be brought in this week to be left in their trays to quarantine for a 72 hour period and they will be distributed to the recipients next week.

Please handle this as you would your regular mail and adhere to government guidance on handling items.

ELC – Forest Session – Week 5

We had our cheeky resident Elf, Larry appear at our base camp today. He had left us a fun ‘pants trail’ around the woods so we got to explore parts that we havent got to yet. We had wrap pizza’s and hot chocolate/hot juice for snack and discussed all the things that we had enjoyed about our sessions.

Layton – ‘Going on the rope swing’
Lyra – ‘my marshmallows’
Lewis – ‘I liked when we played hide and seek’
Jenny – ‘I liked when I was on the log’
Finlay – ‘I love going to the log’

This was our last session before the holidays. Deatils of a new block will be put out in due course.

ELC – Our Week

This week we have been talking about where animals live and what their houses are called. Next week we will be recapping on all we have learnt throughout this topic and we are excited to share this with you!

The children have also been busy with their learning pathways, completing learning steps, exploring shapes and colours, playing games, Christmassy crafts and enjoying social times together!

ELC – Christmas Party – Tuesday 22nd December

Our Christmas party will be held in the ELC on Tuesday 22nd December. Children who would normally attend an afternoon session on a Tuesday are invited to join us for their hours from 9:30 onwards (getting their normal amount of Tuesday hours at the beginning of the day). Children who do not normally have a session on a Tuesday are invited to join us from 9:30 until 11am.

Children who normally attend in the morning or all day will have their usual hours unaffected.

We are not asking parents to contribute party food this year due to the current COVID conditions, however children will have party food that has been provided by us.

If you have any queries regarding hours, pick up or drop off or any other questions, please speak to a member of staff.

Thank you in advance.

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ELC – Forest Session – Week 4

It was a cold one this morning, but we warmed up by playing ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’ and carried on our Scottish Dancing. For snack we had brioche rolls and hot chocolate or hot juice. We also toasted marshmallow on the small fires and were aware of safety precautions when doing so.

Our last session before the holidays will be next week, Thursday 10th December. Unfortunately we are unable to have parents join us like we usually do but we will take lots of pictures to show you all.

ELC – Slapped Cheek

We would like to inform all parents and carers that we have had a confirmed case of slapped cheek within the ELC. There is no exclusion period for this illness; however Slapped Cheek is rare in adults but can be very serious in adults especially if you are pregnant. Symptoms are red, rashy cheeks, possible high temperature, runny nose and/or headaches. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.

ELC – Forest Session – Week 3

This week we have been learning our BSL signs for our nocturnal animals. The children were able to demonstrate what animal were which when looking at pictures. We then went to explore the woods, looki for signs of animals and played on the tree swing.

Our next two sessions are scheduled for Thursday 3rd and Thursday 10th December. These will be the last sessions before Christmas.

ELC – Nocturnal Animals

As we have been learning about nocturnal animals, we thought we could try and capture what comes into the nursery garden at night. Mrs Young and Miss Paul put up a couple of cameras in the garden to see if any nocturnal animals visited. When the cameras were checked this morning, unfortunately we didn’t have any night owls, foxes or badgers but we did have a cat come and take a look around. Keep watching to see if you can spot it.

We will have to try again with the cameras!

ELC – Scottish Child Payment

Scottish Child Benefit is a new entitlement from Social Security Scotland which can provide eligable families with £40 every four weeks for each child under the age of 6 years. Payments are due to start on Monday 15th February 2021.

To see if you are eligable or to make an application, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov.scot

ELC – Positive Parenting Campaign

Parent Club is a digital parent information resource, support hub and online community from the Scottish Government. They offer support and advice for all families across Scotland.

To help families manage the challenges, especially during Covid, Parent Club have launched the Positve Parenting Campaign. If you need any help or advice please visit the following link; www.parentclub.scot/topics/coronavirus/coping-with-parenting to find out more.

ELC – Children In Need

What a great effort for our Children In Need day. We loved seeing everyones Pudsey and Blush outfits and yellow items of clothing and even some face painting. We watched a video of how our money can help children that don’t feel very well or dont have enough money to buy food and toys.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated, we are blown away with the amount that was raised just from the ELC. Our ELC total alone was £112.00 !!

Thank you !!

ELC – Forest Session – Week 1

It was great to be back !!

the children had a great morning, exploring our woods area, looking for animals, talking about the change in the trees, running, jumping and playing hide and seek. When we arrived at base camp we set up and went through the rules of the forest and what we need to be careful of. For snack we had crackers, biscuits and hot chocolate or juice. The children found lots of possible homes for the nocturnal animals we have been talking about at nursery. From the top of trees to dens on the ground. We cannot wait until next week !!

ELC – Mackenzie Centre

We were so lucky yesterday to have a video call with a very special lady. We got to speak with Anna from the Mackenzie Centre as she was in for her visit. The staff had asked if we had any children that had visited while Anna was there and there was a few familiar faces for her! They were delighted to see her, as were Mrs Young and Miss Paul. The children loved telling her what we have been learning about and all the fun things we have been doing. We hope to have another video call with Anna and maybe some other Mackenzie Centre regulars soon. We can’t wait until we can go back and visit them again!

ELC – Our Week

As it was bonfire night this week we have been discussing why we celebrate bon fire nught, fire safety and how we can keep ourselves and others safe if we are around a bonfire or watching fireworks. In an outside art activity the children had great fun making their own firework painting by flicking lots of different colours onto the paper.

Leading on from our Autumn talks, the children have been discussing what nocturnal means and what animals they might only come out at night.

The children have been busy learning numbers and matching the pictures to the written numbers and sequencing them into the correct order.

At gym we have been practising jumping with two feet togther and from hoop to hoop in different directions.

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

A huge thank you to all of you who have donated to the Blythswood Showbox Appeal.
Please can we have all donations in by tomorrow. We are very grateful for any donations, whether it is a filled shoebox or items that can be included in a shoebox.

Thank you!
From P5 and Miss MacArthur

ELC – Face Coverings

As you may have already read, the Highland Council have issued updated guidance on school safety to take into account the Scottish Government’s new approach to suppress Coronavirus (COVID-19).

It states “Face coverings should also be worn by parents and other visitors to any school site (whether entering the building or otherwise), including parents at drop-off and pick-up.”

With this in mind, may we politely ask that face coverings are worn for drop off and pick up to the ELC building and when walking through the school grounds, unless exempt from doing so.

We are so appreciative of your support to continue to keep our school and community safe during these times, and thank you all in advance for following the guidance.

ELC – Our Learning

The children have been discussing the changes they have noticed since Autumn arrived. The leaves on the trees, the colours, the weather and the daylight. They have also been discussing animals and which ones come out at night. We will following this further and talking about more ‘nocturnal’ animals next week.

ELC- Dress Up Day

Firstly, we would like to thank you all

for the amazing contribution we have received for the food bank. Your generosity has blown us away and we know that it is going to be massively appreciated!

And what a fun day we have had in our dress up outfits! Here are just a few to show you…

Blythswood shoebox appeal

Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

Primary 5 are organising this year’s Blythswood Shoebox Appeal!

The Blythswood Shoebox appeal helps make Christmas a special time to those in need.

You have been given a leaflet, which tells you all about the Blythswood Shoebox appeal, how to make your shoebox and a checklist of things to include.

There are extra leaflets available at the office for anyone who needs.

We would be very grateful for any donations of filled shoeboxes, or any items which could help to fill a shoebox.

Please hand in all items and shoeboxes by Friday the 6th of November.

Thank you very much!

Love from Primary 5!

ELC – Spooktacular Letter Trail

The Parent Council are inviting you to join them on the Spooktacular Letter Trail around Lochardil. Find the hidden letters in the windows of your chosen zone to reveal the word. Once you have unscrambled your the letters to reveal the word, return to the ELC by Tuesday 3rd November to be in with a chance of winning some goodies.

Entry is £2 per child and entry forms can be collected from the ELC on receipt of this.

ELC – FLU Vaccinations

This autumn/winter, the FLU vaccine will be offered to all children aged 2-5 years old. Children must be aged 2 on or above on 1st September 2020 to be eligible. You should receive a letter inviting your child for a vaccination, but please contact your local GP surgery if you do not. Vaccinations will take place at the surgery.

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

ELC – Our Last Week

We have have been having great fun in nursery this week. From dancing, to counting and sorting, drawing and getting creative with tape !! We have loved seeing the children completing their personal learning steps and recapping what we have learnt from our Book study.

Happy Holidays everyone. Have a lovely time together and we look forward to seeing back on Monday 26th October! ?

ELC – Nature Alphabet

Please check out the latest home link task on our google classroom. We need your help to create a visual loose parts alphabet.

You could use items you find on a walk such as pine cones, twigs, stones, leaves, conkers or shells. Alternatively use something from around your home such as dried pasta, buttons, lego, toys or as we have been chatting about recycling how about using something from the recycling bin.

Please take pictures of just the letters you create so we can make our own alpahbet line to display in nursery.

Thank you.

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ELC – Wet Weather

As we are coming into wet weather please could we ask that your child comes to nursery with a change of clothes (or two). If you also have wet wether gear such as puddle suits, sallopettes, waterproof jackets and wellies, please also provide these. Due to current guidelines we are unable to share the red suits, so are having to wash them more often between wears and we cannot do this and have them dry in time for the next session.

Thank you in advance.

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ELC – Recycling

We have been discussing all things recycling this week.  From sorting out our rubbish into the correct bins, junk modelling and litter picking.  We have been discussing where our recycling and rubbish goes and what happens to it after it gets taken away.

Finlay S – ‘It could get used to make into an iron bridge’
Zane – ‘It gets recycled.  Makes it into something else’
Finley C – ‘The bottle can change into new ones’
Katherine – ‘It goes to the recycling place’

Next week, we will be talking about why we recycle and how it helps us.

ELC – Ach an Eas

As we are still unable to visit our friends at Ach an Eas, we have been busy getting some bits together to send to them. We thought it would be a lovely idea to supply all the things they need to have a tea party. So with a little help from the children, Miss Kelman has done a fantastic job of creating bunting, making cards, getting their favourite biscuits and taking pictures so the residents can see what we have been up to !! She has also prepared a wee art activity to match the one that we have been doing in nursery alongside our Rainbow Fish book study.

We hope to be able to share photos with you all of their artwork and enjoying themselves at the tea party !!

ELC – Talking & Thinking Floorbooks

Absolutely fantastic learning this week in nursery. From talking about feelings and how sea-life might feel if their homes were full of rubbish. To where rubbish should go and why. We talked about the big word ‘Pollution’ and will be moving on to talk more about this and what happens when our rubbish gets taken away.

All of the things we have talked about and learnt about has come from our book study on The Rainbow Fish. The children have shared their own thoughts and feelings and the staff have loved seeing what ideas the children have and where we will go next !!