Category Archives: ELCC Blog 2020-2021

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 !!

ELC – Cauliflower Cards

Sorry but someone has to mention it… Christmas !! ???

The children will be bringing home their Cauliflower Cards design sheets. Please complete these at home and order through the website before returning the completed form to nursery. The deadline for these in order to receive in time for Christmas Card delivery is Friday 23rd October.

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

ELC – Emails and Google Classroom

Just a reminder that key workers will be sending out weekly/fortnightly emails to parents documenting learning pathway observations and personal learning steps. Other important information may be shared this way also so please do check inbox’s and spam folders.

Please also check the google classroom for home link tasks that we would love for you all to get involved with.

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

ELC – Reduce Reuse Recycle

We have been talking about things in the sea that shouldn’t be there and how we can help to keep rubbish and other things out of the water. We are aware that some things cannot be reused but yesterday we did our bit of recycling after afternoon snack. Taking our yoghurt pots we took them up to the blue bin to be taken away and made into something else. We could also see the what other things could be recycled.

ELC – Class Charters

Our Class Charters are finished !!

The children have been working so hard on designing their own indvidual scales, colouring, writing and taking beautiful pictures! We are so proud of what they have done to make our class charter a wonderful bright wall display.

Our class charters talk about our rights. We have featured the following articles;

Article 19 – The right to be safe
Article 27 – The right to a home
Article 28 – The right to go to school
Article 31 – The right to rest and play

The children are enjoying seeing their work and their pictures on the wall and discussing the meanings of these rights and more.

ELC – Google Classroom

We have now got our new session google classroom up and running. All children will have received an invite to join via email. Please log in using the deatails supplied to you. We have lots of home link activites (as we cannot send things home just now) and family engagement information.

If you are having issues logging in, please let us now and we will be able to assist.

We will be using the google classroom along side the blog. We have the first home link activity and family engagement task up today.

We cant wait to see the classroom filling up with your fantastic pictures.

Have fun!

ELC – Bike to School Week

Bike To School Week is a week-long programme of activities that celebrates all the fantastic things schools are doing to promote cycling to school. It takes place between 28 September and 2 October 2020.

As pupils return to school and nursery following lockdown, active travel is more important than ever to help pupils get to school safely and healthily.

We will do a tally daily, to see how many children took part in the challenge.

Bike to School Week 2019 23-27 Sept

ELC – Family Engagement

Please see the link to our Family Engagement calendar which runs from August to December. Please note events may be added or cancelled dependent on the Covid – 19 guidance at the time.

Your child’s key worker will be in touch to arrnage a time for ‘Hopes and Dreams’ google meet if you would like this.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

ELC – Learning Wall

The children have loved talking about the characters in our story ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and how they feel. They have their own ideas about why they might feel the way they do and have made amazing contributions to our mind map.

Next we will be talking about our feelings and what makes us happy or sad.

ELC – Week 4

We have had lots of fun exploring and discussing different things in the ocean. The children have been learning numbers with our octopus numeracy game, playing games togther and taking tunrs with out sea creature matching game, making our own rainbow fish with coloured stones and fishing in our ‘fish pond’ outside. We have also been working hard on our class charter, we can’t wait to show you!

We have also been talking about our book ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and discussing the feelings of the different characters and adding our thoughts to our mindmap.

ELC – Field Gym

Today we enjoyed gym outside on the field. We played the traffic light game and the aeroplane game. The children were so good at listening to instructions, changing their body shapes to take off, fly and land. We also played duck, duck, goose where all the children were super at taking turns and cheering for one another. Alfie treated us to some meditation at the end of our session to cool our bodies down!

ELC – Our Learning Wall

The children have been talking about the characters from our book The Rainbow Fish and how they fit into the story. We will now be talking about the emotions of the characters and how they may feel throughout the story. Our floor books will be on display on the window just along from the nursery front door. Be sure to check it out through the week to see the children’s thoughts.

ELC – Paperwork Update

We have now been advised that it is OK to send paperwork home for updates, further information etc, as well as children’s work. If you are not happy to accept anything home at the moment due to the current conditions, please speak to your child’s key worker who will be able to arrange alternative contact measures.

Thank you.

ELC – The Rainbow Fish

This week the children have been interested in the story The Rainbow Fish.

Following on from this, we will be talking about the characters in the story, about other animals under the sea, emotions of the characters and taking part in lots of different fishy activities.

We will also be completing our class charter in The Rainbow Fish style, so we are very excited to show once this has been completed!

ELC – WOW Wall

Our WOW wall is looking a little bit bare. We would love to share all the fantastic accomplishments on the board in our hallway.

Our motto from our WOW wall is :

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

Perhaps you have learnt to ride your bike, slept in a big bed, got dressed by yourself, remembered to hold your grown up’s hand when walking on the pavement, counted up to 10, tried a new food or taken part in a virtual activity. Anything that has made you feel PROUD, we would love to hear about it !

It could be a a picture of you doing the activity or maybe something you have won like a certificate or a medal (we can take a picture and return the original to you).

We can’t wait to see/hear all about your achievement(s).

ELC – Sun Cream

As we are experiencing some rather hot and delightful weather at the moment, which we hope will continue for little bit longer, could we please ask you to hand in sun cream to one of our team at drop off or pick up or pop into your child’s bag. We would be grateful if sun cream could be applied before arriving to nursery and staff will be able to re-apply if necessary/requested. We will label each sun cream and it will only be used for your child.

Also, please could children have changes of clothing and clothing appropriate for wet weather in their bags as it can change very quickly and they may need a jacket for outside play or a change in case of any accidents.

Thank you in advance.

The ELC Team

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