Below is a link to some of the experiences that the children will have the opportunity of being part of during the month of December.
December 2021 Dates for your Diary
Unfortunately, due to COVID19 restrictions, we are unable to invite parents into the ECC for any Christmas activities. As much as we are sad that this is the case, we hope that you continue to understand that by following East Ayrshire Council guidelines, we are trying our best to lessen the risk of transmission to children and staff allowing us to provide a service to our families here at Catrine.
Please also note that while children CAN wear Christmas jumpers, pyjamas, head boppers etc, we ask that you remember this is NOT compulsory and do not feel you HAVE to go out and purchase items that you either do not already have or wouldn’t have planned on buying anyway. We appreciate that Christmas is an expensive time of the year and we are here to try and help, not to be part of the problem.
Please also remember that EAC has a financial inclusion team who can give support and advice to families at any time of the year. Further information can be found at
As always the children and staff here in the ECC have been super busy learning lots of new things whilst having the best time. We planned to celebrate book week by focusing on a few of our most favourite traditional stories and the children led the learning, sharing their thoughts and ideas. Have a look at the sway below to see all the wonderful things we have been learning over the past fortnight.
Catrine Primary School is part of the “School Streets” initiative. This means the roads around the school will be closed between 8.45am and 9.30am and again between 2.30pm – 3.20pm. on a daily basis (Monday – Friday). This is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all pupils in the Primary School and ECC, and also helps reduce pollution.
Here is the link to our school street project video – take a look!!
To link in with our national book week as the Literacy Champion, I am going to be introducing ‘the big bedtime read’. This is to support and emphasise the importance of reading books with your child daily, as this benefits their learning and development significantly. Today, your child will come home with their Reader Sheet. We ask that you note down the story you read together each night and return your completed reader on Monday 29th November to receive a certificate of participation.
If you would like to borrow a book from ourselves to enjoy reading a variety of books during this initiative, there will be ones available each day at pick up. If you are borrowing a book, please be mindful and bring it back once finished.
If you would like to read further information regarding the big bedtime read, please follow the link below:
The children have enjoyed listening to and discussing our NHS resource, Toby the Nosey Cat. Toby is a nosey cat who wanders into someone’s home who is smoking cigarettes. The story highlights the dangers of passive smoking and how smoke may make you feel. The children spoke about, “nippy eyes”, “smelly”, “coughing” and “getting burnt”. We also spoke about vape pens, lighters and matches and what we should do if we find these and their possible dangers.
Healthy Superhero has really appreciated your ideas on our healthy board this week, we especially enjoyed the comment that expressed the importance of “giggles” in relation to health.
This Saturday the 20th November there will a community event taking place in King Street Kilmarnock to raise awareness for Alcohol Awareness Week 2021. The event will take place in 85-89, King Street Kilmarnock from 12 noon – 3pm. It will be an afternoon of mocktails and mindfulness. There will be activities to keep the children entertained while you may want to try a spot of yoga. There will be plenty of alcohol free activities to enjoy that will help you better understand and be more mindful of your alcohol intake.
The past fortnight has been super busy here at Catrine ECC learning all about COP26. Please click on the link below to see just some of the experiences we have been involved in to help us become responsible citizens and look after our planet.
BBC Children in Need – 19th November 2021
We have decided this year not to collect for this Charity. If you wish to donate to BBC Children in Need, go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey.
Children have the option of wearing spots if they wish.
Our Christmas Dinner will be served on Friday 10th December.
Below is a copy of the menu that will be served on the day. We would require numbers for the choices . Please ask your child what they would like and inform your door person. Thank you
The children have settled into both the routine of the centre and building new relationships, with the guidance of Nurture Nerd. We are now moving our focus onto healthy, with the support of our new SHANARRI superhero………Healthy Superhero! A massive well done to Meah for designing and naming “Healthy Superhero”, who has been chosen to help us on our journey.
We have explored dentists recently to highlight the importance of dental health and have reintroduced brushing our teeth in the centre again. Due to COP 26 the children have been exploring how we are going to make the planet healthy too. I would love to hear your ideas on what “healthy” means to you and your family…..is it mental health, physical, social, spiritual or intellectual? I will have a board in the playground where you can share you ideas. Clean pens and sanitising wipes will be available.
We would love to share our healthy journey with everyone at home. We look forward to hearing your ideas ♥
Please see attached letter in relation to a confirmed positive case of coronavirus in Catrine ECC.
Warn & Inform letter
If you have any further questions to ask on Monday please do not hesitate to contact the office on 01290 551233.
All the children and staff have been busy this past fortnight exploring a range of resources and materials to investigate schematic play. Please have a look at the sway below to see what we have been up to. Happy Halloween to everyone, hope you all have a great weekend!
Our parent appointments will be taking place in the first week of November.
Due to COVID-19 we are required to carry these out over the phone. Each keyworker has been allocated a day to contact each of their keyworker parent/carers. Each phone call will be no longer than 10mins to ensure everyone can be contacted in the time given. If you feel that you require a longer time slot please let the office know and we will arrange this for another day.
PLEASE SEE KEYWORKER DAYS BELOW
Tuesday 2nd Nov 2021
AM Carrie’s Caterpillars PM Rena’s Butterflies
Wednesday 3rd Nov 2021
AM Michelle’s Bumblebee’s PM Julie’s Ladybirds
Thursday 4th Nov 2021
AM Sherrie’s Sharks PM Lesleyanne & Tammie’s Jellyfish
Friday 5th Nov 2021
AM Leoni’s Starfish
Please phone the ECC office on 01290 551233 to book a 10minute time slot with your child’s keyworker ASAP below they fill up.
Our snack menu week 1 &2
We have updated our Snack Menu, for the week beginning 25th October 21.
Our “Go Purple” dress down day was a huge success!! Catrine Primary school raised £143.50 and Catrine ECC raised £87.71. A total of £231.21 was given to Ayrshire Hospice.
Thank you for your generous donations.
Click the link below to see all the fantastic work the children have done this week.
Put your Autumn coats and boots on, and go visit the great outdoors, and take part in our Autumn Challenge.
Our Wow Wall has become a popular focal point within the centre. The children have enjoyed sharing their achievements from home and it is a great conversation starter. We are sending home more wow moment sheets this week, please enjoy discussing an achievement at home with your child and sharing it with us in the ECC. There may be a target at home you have been encouraging or a new skill. The October holiday may be a perfect opportunity to work hard on something. We look forward to hearing all about your achievements.
Last week the children participated in Maths Week Scotland.
Please click on the link below to see some of our photos.