ELCC 2018 (Jan-June)

Thank you to everyone who attending our singalong.  The children did us all proud. Here s practising our songsAA1F519F-7BDD-4030-9765-3DB00FDFEDF8








We can’t believe its the last week of the year! What amazing, busy year we have had!

It’s the School discos tonight, have lots of fun if you go. School disco starts at 5pm. A reminder that its our sing song on Friday, and the school closes completely for the summer at 12 noon. If your child is invited in (pm children to meet at 9am) to the sing song we will meet you at the CCC at 10am. We walk with the others from Nursery and see you there.

All the Nursery team at Lochardil ELC wish to say a fond farewell to those leaving us for Primary 1, or new pastures. We look forward to welcoming back our returning children and all the new children in August.

Have a wonderful fun summer everyone!!

Developing Young workforce

Photos of the children on DYW day where we had arranged for our community police officer Sarah to chat about the police and show the children her police car.



We were so lucky to get a fabulously sunny day for our fun day. The children had a great time and got involved in all the fun activities!

Our nursery team are developing the small world play area in the nursery garden and we would like to ask parents for any donations of small world items such as dinosaurs, farm animals, fairies, toadstools, happy land etc and would also like to ask if anyone has left over brightly coloured external paint that would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you. 







9.30am and 2.00pm on the school field

We will make a decision tomorrow morning and then again in the afternoon if we have cancel/postpone due to the weather.

Pre School Fun Run

Highland Highlife have organised a FREE Fun Run for Preschoolers which will be held at Inverness Leisure on Monday 24th June between 4pm and 5pm.  Booking is required beforehand so please contact the Highlife on 01463 667500 to book your space.

Last Stay and play dates for the term are:

Tuesday 29th May

Thursday 31st May

Wednesday 6th June

Friday 8th June



24th May 2018

We have been making the most of the lovely sunny weather this week doing lots of outside activities. The children have had the opportunity to take their activities outside, such as  painting, bubbles, drawing, and reading, It’s been wonderful to see them enjoying the sunshine. We have also been continuing to nurture our outside plants and have started to sample some of the vegetables we have grown.


Jack and the Beanstalk

Our focus in Nursery has been Jack and the Beanstalk. We have been growing our own beanstalks, some have grown so well that they have been replanted and put in our polytunnel to hopefully grow our own beans.

During the wonderful sunny weather we were also able to have story time outside and the  children have been extending the story telling us new endings in their own words.


Sun cream!

It has been  lovely to see the sun recently, we hope you all had a great long weekend!

It would really help us if you could apply sun cream to your child before they attend Nursery, and we will apply as a top up if needed during the session.

Thank you for supplying sun cream for your child, if  you haven’t  already please can you send in named bottle.

Donations of any spare sun hats would be gratefully received!


A gentle reminder if you haven’t already returned your yellow permission letters for the summer sing-a-long can you do so this week if possible. Thank you!

1st May 2018

Our planting is going well and some of the cress is ready to go home!


A reminder that the school and ELCC will be closed this Monday for the May Day holiday, we hope you all have a great weekend!


Save The Date

· Monday 7th May – School Holiday (School Closed)

· Monday 14th May – 1st Safe, Strong and Free workshops for children going to primary 1 (more information will follow once we receive the parent information letters) · Monday 21st May – 2nd Safe, Strong and Free workshop for children going into primary 1
· Monday 28th May – 3rd and final Safe, Strong and Free workshop for children going into primary 1

· Tuesday 29th May – ELC parent information evening for new and returning children at 6pm in the school hall
· Monday 4th June – In-service day (School closed)

· Tuesday 5th June – Playground transition will begin for new primary 1’s (more information will follow)

· Thursday 14th June – Provisional ELC Sports Day

· Tuesday 19th June – Whole school transition day, new primary 1 pupils will attend primary 1 for the morning and parent/carers will join them for lunch (More information will follow from the school)

· Tuesday 19th June – Primary 1 parent information meeting held in the school hall at 11am – 11:40am

· Friday 29th June – End of term singalong at the Culduthel Christian Centre 10:30am – 11:30am · Friday

29th June – Last day of school, School closes at 12pm. There will be no Early Learning and Childcare after 12pm



Our theme in Nursery at the moment is planting and growing, both inside and outside the Nursery. If you have any resources that you are happy to donate we would be more than grateful! eg, old plant pots, seeds, artifical flowers.

Thank you!


 If you have not provided suncream for your child please can you send in a named bottle as soon as possible. Thank you!


We have been very busy this week planting both outside and inside of our Nursery. Carrots, Turnips,beetroot,radish and lettuce have been planted outside which we will look forward to eating later on in the year!  We have also been busy planting cress with the children inside, which they will need to look after to ensure it grows!




We have a photographer visiting on this date to take group photos.

If your child does not attend on a Friday you will have a slip in your child’s tray to confirm a time you can bring them to the Nursery. We would appreciate if you could arrive 5 minutes before your allocated time and stay with them until after their photo has been taken. Please can you let a member of staff know if you decide not to bring them in for the photos. If you don’t receive a slip please can you speak to a member of staff.

If your child usually attends on a Friday they will get their photo taken at some point in the session.



We hope you all had a lovely Easter, it’s great to be back!

We have some new children settling in this week, and its lovely to see the  older children  making them feel very welcome. 

We are looking for our parent focus group to work together to create a parent/carers guide for parent/carers of children entering into primary 1.

If this is something you would be interested in being involved in then please note your interest on the parent/carer list in the ELC hallway/cloakroom.

Alternatively if you have any questions that you would like answered or you have any queries about primary 1 then please write them on a post it note so we can collate them together.

The parent focus group will work with current primary 1 parents to put together the guide as they will be the experts and have the answers to all our questions.

Thank you!



Today, Wednesday 28th March is the last day before the Easter holidays, we have had an exciting, and fun term, and look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 16th April.

  We hope the Easter Bunny is good to you all!

Den Building Challenge – group challenge 26th March 2018

Build a den for Earth Hour as a class activity.

We took part in a challenge recently which involved den-building as a group activity and utilising all three R’s, by reducing impact on the natural environment, reusing existing materials in the creation of the den and potentially recycling items that would otherwise be considered waste.

The Den Commandments (borrowed from http://www.edenproject.com)

  • Respect the environment!
  • Please don’t damage the den site.
  • Always tidy up after yourself.
  • Look after living trees and plants: they take years to grow and seconds to destroy.
  • Check you are allowed to build your den on your chosen site.
  • Don’t steal from other peoples’ dens!

Competition entry

We had to send a picture story which had between 5-10 photos of the den building process, showing the building process and the final den, we also included a group photo of all of those who contributed to the den building.

We had to share what the den means to the group who built it, including any feelings they have about climate change.

Three dens were to be selected to win £100 for their class to spend on item(s) of which will promote carbon friendly behaviour and Lochardil ELC were selected as one of these 3 dens. If you have any suggestions on how we should spend our £100 then suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


We had some wonderful runners on sports relief day. The children ran laps in the muga and ran as many as they wanted. We had some really competitive children, the highest being 17 laps!



Fun At Nursery

22nd March 18

We had a lot of fun yesterday afternoon taking some of the children on the trim trail which has now re-opened. They were great with their climbing and balancing skills.

We then went to the muga and played a fun easter egg hunting game, searching for the different coloured egg in our teams. The blue team won!


ELCC Cafe Visit   21st & 22nd March

We had a lovely visit to the CCC cafe yesterday and today, the children did so well walking and remembered all the safety rules.

At the cafe the children had the opportunity to queue for a snack, handing over their ticket for a juice and biscuit. We sat in the cafe just like cafe customers and then they all had a turn at using a real till!  It made some of us jump when the till tray opened!

Thank you very much to all our parent helpers over the two days.

22nd March 2018 Lochardil Cafe

Have you seen our lovely Lochardil Cafe in the Rainbow room? It has been changed from our snack area into our cafe. Every day we have special helpers who are our waiters and waitresses, they serve the food and hand out the plates and cups. They have been doing a super job!


 We have been exploring shapes this week, naming them and seeing how many different shapes we can find in the Nursery and outside.



All week Sports Relief Wristbands will be on sale at breaktimes Monday – Thursday (outside the main door) fro a £1 donation.

Friday 23rd March will be a Fitness Day and children may wear sports clothes if they wish for a donation to Sports Relief.

Thank you for your support.



It is science week this week and throughout the week we are using our senses to try different tastes, smells and using our sense of touch. There are some activities set up in the Buttercup room for the children to try.

We have also been doing an experiment with some flowers and coloured water to see what colour the water may turn. 

Mother’s Day

We hope you liked your mother’s day present, the children were very excited to give them to you last week.

Hope you all got spoilt on Sunday!

New Summer Holiday Club

Parents/carers are encouraged to enrol their children in the new Summer Holiday Club before 19 March 2018.

This will be provided over 4 weeks, between 16 July – 10 August 2018, at the following Local Authority Schools in the Highlands

  1. Ben Wyvis Primary School
  2. Miller Academy Primary School
  3. Milton of Leys Primary School


A registration form, available from your school office and on the school blog, must be fully completed for each child before you can access the new Summer Holiday Childcare Services. Please note completion of this form does not guarantee your child a place. Bookings are limited and will be taken on a first come first served basis and will only be processed once your child’ s place has been allocated and payment made in advance. Please note you will not be able to change your requirements once payment for Childcare Services has been made.


Tomorrow we have the author Marjory Muir coming along for World Book Day to the ELC to read one of her stories.

Her books will be available to buy on the day.


For any children going to forest school tomorrow please can we ask that they have lots of layers on and are wrapped up very warm, eg, 2 pairs of socks, snow boots, thermals if they have, hats and gloves, as it is extremely cold!



Drum fun are visiting us today, we are very excited and hope to take lots of photos for you all to see.



The children had the opportunity to practice their balancing skills during gym today and they also made a lovely people dragon as part of celebrating chinese New Year.



Stay and play dates!

Wednesday 28th Feb

Friday 2nd March

Thursday 8th March

Tuesday 20th March

Thursday 22nd March




We have been celebrating Chinese New Year and the children have had the opportunity to participate in mark-making  mandarin writing, using chopsticks in sand and paint. They have enjoyed being creative with the different patterns. Lots of photos to follow.



National Pre-School Vision Screening Programme

The Scottish Government has recommended that all children should have their eyesight checked before they start school. This allows any eyesight problems to be treated as soon as possible. This will be carried out by an Orthoptist who is specially trained to assess children’s vision and to detect a squint. The rest includes naming pictures and matching letters and will be an enjoyable experience for your child.

Please make sure you have completed the consent form from the staff in the ELC.

The Orthoptist has been in touch and have a space available and will be in on Thursday 22nd February, if your child does not attend on this day then you can speak to a member of staff so we can arrange a time for you to bring your child in for the appointment and you can wait with them throughout the appointment. The 3rd block of forest sessions will be taking place this day, so again if you would like to bring your child in at a suitable time in the afternoon then please speak to a member of staff.

Thank you from the ELC Team


The school and ELC will be closed Monday 19th February, Tuesday 20th February and Wednesday 21st February. See you all back on Thursday 22nd February

Have a lovely long weekend everyone!


We are very lucky to have Drum fun visiting us on 27th February. They provide individually tailored hands on interactive drumming programmes, and  their workshops are designed to engage and motivate. We are very excited for their visit!



We are celebrating world book day on Thursday 1st March and invite our children to dress up for the day in their favourite book character. This is just for fun, I wonder what the teachers will be?


The children are excited to be playing in our new puppet theatre, we have been seeing some great show performances!


Forest School

We are now well into our 2nd block of Forest School and the children have been having great fun during our wintry weather. Learning how to keep warm whilst we are on our adventures. We have been cooking hot chocolate and learning how to safely build our fire. We have been creating journey sticks, searching for special pieces of nature that we can talk about.

During our 3rd week the children really enjoyed exploring the mud and created a mud party!!  We also found “mouse house” in the woods, “the Gruffalo mouses’ house”.

All the children have been so well behaved and really aware of safety rules also showing lots of kindness to their friends. The children are growing in confidence and relishing the opportunity to explore nature.

 Childcare Statements

You should all now have received your childcare statements. They will have been sent to your email address that you have provided, therefore if it is not in your inbox please make sure to check your junk mail. If you have still not received a statement by the end of the week then please let us know.

Thank you all very much for your co-operation and patience with us while we have been working on getting these statements out to you.

Gym Time

We have been having a lot of fun during gym time, making use of our now vacant gym hall as well as the canteen space. The children have been learning ball control and we are going to continue to develop this.

Robert Burns

This week in Nursery we have been learning about Robert Burns and have been celebrating his birthday.

The cooks very kindly made  Haggis, neeps, and tatties for the children to enjoy at snack. Some had never tried this before and some children had seconds and even thirds! 

We did some Scottish dancing and made some Scottish flags and tartan patterns during art. We have lots of lovely photos to share which will be added here very soon. 



New Term

Our new children to nursery this term are settling really well into the fun and routine of our day. It is great to see them having fun and making friends.

Our older children have been great at helping this transition as easy as possible. They have been extremely kind and helpful by showing the new children their trays, assisting them with jackets and coats and making sure they have someone to play with. They have also demonstrated to the new ones our Nursery rules, eg kind hands, walking feet & listening ears. We are very proud of them all. 

Welcome Back

It’s great to be back up and running again, we are so sorry for the lack of updates due to technical difficulties! 


Primary 1 / School Enrolment week

Monday 29th January – Friday 2nd February 

Your child should have been issued with an information sheet within their tray. This should be checked, updated and returned to the school office at the time of enrolment.

Parents should enrol their child at the school office, between 9am and 10am or between 2.30pm and 3.30pm

Welcome to our new blog page, unfortunately we have had to create a new page as we were having some technical problems so please find our future posts here.

Thank you for your patience.