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Dates for your Diary

We can’t believe how quickly this term has gone. The children have all worked really hard and are looking forward to their summer holidays.

Please find below some important dates for events that are coming up in nursery.


Thursday 10th June 2021  (3:30 p.m. start)

Primary 1 induction Meeting – Google Meet Details sent

Friday 11th June 2021

Shorts and Shades Fundraising Day for Cash for Kids

Tuesday 22nd June 2021  (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)

Virtual Nursery Tea for children going to Primary 1 only – invites will be sent to relevant families

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Dress as you Please and Cinema Day (Nursery Only)

Thursday 24th June 2021

Nursery Fun Day 

Friday 25th June 2021

Last day of Term

Next Academic Year starts on August 17th 2021 for returning children .

Best Start Grant

Is your child aged between 2 years old and 3 years 6 months old. If so you may be able to apply for the Early Learning Payment of the Best Start Grant.

Please be aware that applications for the School Age Payment of the Best Start Grant open on 1st June 2021. 

When you need to apply for the School Age Payment depends on when your child was born:

Your child’s date of birth When you can apply
Between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015 Last date for applications was 29 February 2020
Between 1 March 2015 and 29 February 2016 Between 1 June 2020 and 28 February 2021
Between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017 Between 1 June 2021 and 28 February 2022

You cannot apply outwith these dates.

You cannot apply for the School Age Payment for a child born before 1 March 2014.

If you get the School Age Payment, you’ll get £252.50 for each child you can get the payment for.

More details for either grant and how to apply are available by clicking here.

Transition Week 3

The children are busy exploring the school and have met some new people. Here at Abbotswell, the staff work together as a team to ensure that all the children feel safe, welcomed and valued.

Although your child will have their very own class teacher, they may see many of our staff team during their school week. We would like these people to be familiar to your child so please take a look at our lovely staff team and see how many of them your child is able to recognise!

Our Teachers

Our Office Team

Our PSA Team


Transition Week 2

The children have been starting to explore the school playground and discover where they will enter the school when they go to Primary 1.

Please click the link below to have an inside look of our school!

2021 Primary 1 slide show

As you look through ask your children if they recognise any of the places?

Here are some links we think you might find useful.

School website   

This is where you will find the School Parents Handbook and can keep up to date with the latest school news and events.

Aberdeen City council website – education page

This is where you will find a variety of information from applying for school places, grants for school clothing and the school term and holiday dates.

Please keep checking back for more information.

Primary 1 Transition

It is hard to think that some of our children will soon be starting Primary 1. This is a very exciting and important time for them as they transition from nursery to Primary 1.

As always we are here to support the children and families through this process. During this term the pre-school children will be participating in many activities that will help prepare them for moving on to school. Please keep checking the blog as we will be posting information and activities that you can use to support your child during this exciting milestone of their life.

This week we have suggestions of activities that you can do at home that will help to prepare your child to be independent and confident in their Primary 1 class. Please click the link below.


The nursery team are available if you have any questions.



Letter fun

The children were doing lots of fabulous learning by exploring letters in the outdoor sand area.

They spent time identifying the letter sounds and some children created their names. The children gave each other  lots of encouragement and praise.


Welcome back to nursery

The morning and afternoon boys and girls were happy to see their friends and the nursery staff today.  It was so nice to see all the children and see their smiley faces.   Its been a while since we have been at nursery and the nursery staff  were amazed on how much the children have grown.

The children had fun in the nursery garden playing with their friends making lots of friendship circles.  They had so much fun playing exploring the garden and using the outdoor equipment.

They also had fun cleaning the hopscotch with the hose making lots of splashes of water.


The Nursery Team