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.
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 !!
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 !!
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.
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.
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.
The whole nursery enjoyed seeing the spitfire in the sky today. Although it didn’t fly right over the school like we had hoped, we loved watching it circle in the distance and fly off to its next destination!
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.
All the children have been so busy this week adding to our class charter. We are beginning to talk about our rights and what the class charter means. We are looking forward to showing you the finished product next week!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
As our current interest is The Rainbow fish, all of our activities are linked to this and all things under the sea. We have been playing numeracy games, making fish art, adding to our floor books, talking about the story, role play and splashing like fish in the garden.
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.
All children should have now received updates forms for emergency contacts etc. We would be grateful if these forms could be returned as soon as possible so we can have the most up to date information on file.
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.
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).
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.
We would like to extend and very warm welcome back to all of our returning children and new starts this week. We have had a great first week back getting to know each other and exploring our new surroundings. Here are just a few pictures of what we have been up to!