Due to ongoing staff shortages, the ELC will close at 3:30pm for the rest of the week. All children will need to be collected by this time. This includes Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th October.
Its nearly that time of year again! It’s time to ‘design your own Christmas card’. The form for the designs will be sent home this week for your child to complete at home. Please then order online using the unique code on the form and return completed designs to us by Friday 29th October.
Unfortunately due to staff illness/shortages the ELC will be operating with reduced hours today (Monday 4th October) and tomorrow (Tuesday 5th October) and will close at 3:30pm. All ELC children will need to be collected by this time.
Also a polite reminder to please keep your child at home if they are feeling unwell at all.
As this week is bike to school week we are inviting children to bike, scoot, walk or even jog to school. We will be talking about how it’s helps our bodies and the environment and what are our favourite ways to travel.
Wellie weather has arrived and we love outdoor play at Lochardil. We are running out of spare wellies at nursery so please if you have borrowed any, please could you return them to us. Also if you have any at home your child has out grown we would make good use out of them.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
Please see below a copy of the information letter regarding moving up day next Tuesday. All children moving to a Primary 1 will have received one of these today. Please could you fill out and return to the ELC as soon as possible. Please also not the times for information meetings to be held on our Google Classroom Meeting link. Thank you.
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.
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!
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.
We turned the ELC yellow in aid of the Highland Hospice today. Thank you to everyone for your kind donations. Our contribution will be put together with the school and a total announced on the main school blog.
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.
Please could we ask if your child has come home with nursery clothing that it is washed and return to us. We are running out of clothes for changes if required. Also, if you have any clothes you wish to donate to us, they would be gratefully received.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tomorrow (Thursday 1st) will be Mr Edwards last day with us at Lochardil ELC. He is moving on to pastures new and the big city of Glasgow. We wish him all the best and know that all children and staff will miss him greatly.
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.
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.
The Parent Council are providing us with some great Easter activities. If you would like to get involved with either the Easter Scavenger Hunt, Egg decorating or maybe both then please speak to a member of ELC staff who will be able to provide you with the details and entry forms. Activities are £1 each.
Thank you everyone who took part in ‘Superhero/Wear Red’ in aid of Red Nose day. You all alooked amazing. A big thank you also for the wonderful doantions, we had raised in excess of £300 for Comic Relief.
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.
We will updating parents/carers weekly with current interests and activities. If there has been a special acheivement at home, please pass this on to your keyworker so we can celebrate your childs success with everyone.
We have a few items of lost property which we have been unable to return to the rightful owners. Please could we ask that items of clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, shoes etc have names written on so we can return belongings to you.
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 ??
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Primary 1 and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) enrolment
The new school session starts on 17 August 2021.
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.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.
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!
The children loved being able to participate in a whole school end of term assembly today. We got to see all of our friends in the school, listen to the class BSL songs and cheer for our friends who got star pupils this month. Well done to Lewis and Lucia for receiving theirs today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tomorrow is our Christmas lunch. All children that are having lunch will enjoy their Christmas dinner with friends. We are also inviting the children to wear their festive jumpers, t-shirts, hair bands or anything else you might have.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week we explored the forest using magnifying glasses, identified some animals in the trees and where they might live. For snack we had warm juice and hot chocolate, crackers and biscuits. We warmed up our bodies by doing some jumps and we practiced our balancing and climbing skills as we went into the forest further.
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
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.
Please see the letter below regarding drop off and pick up times. Dropping off early or picking up late affects staff/children ratios so it is important that children arrive and leave nursery at their allocated times.
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 !!
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 !!
The children took part in remembrance day yesterday. We talked about why we do it and how we pay our respects to soldiers that go to war to keep us safe. Hector shared that his mummy had painted a big poppy on his window at home and the children have been painting poppies in nursery.
We invite children to dress in yellow or spots for Friday’s Children in Need day. Donations are welcome and can be handed to a member of staff at the door in sealed envelope if possible. Thank you in advance ?
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!
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.
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.
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.
Please take time as a family to discuss the following questionnaire based on your experience of Lochardil ELC. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff. Thank you.
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.
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.
Eden Court are now proudly showing all of the Wee Flags for Change designs that were sent in. If you made one and would like to see it and take a look at all the other amazing designs from many different schools, head down to Eden Court. They will be on display until Monday 19th October.
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! ?
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.
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.
What fun we had at gym this afternoon. We used the ball pit balls as fish in the sea and they were happy ‘swimming’ about when the sea was calm but as soon as the sea got choppy the fish jumped out everywhere!
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.