Early Childhood Centre

Hello and welcome from all the team: Ashleigh (Senior Practitioner), our Early Years Practitioners, Karen, Evelyn, Margaret, Lynsey, Julie, Donna and our Early Years Teacher Carol.  We hope that you are all enjoying the activities we have been posting. The team have continued to work on lots of curriculum learning activities for you to explore, to help with learning at home and offer a helping hand. We continue to update the page weekly with learning experiences to promote development and encourage fun with all our children and families who we all miss so much.


We would like to let you know that the staff are here to talk to at any time. Here are the staff glow email addresses where you can ask any question you may have, send us pictures of what your children have been getting up to or simply just have a chat with us.
Ashleigh – eaashleigh.focas@glow.sch.uk
Lynsey – ealynsey.rock@glow.sch.uk
Margaret – eamargaret.torbet@glow.sch.uk
Evelyn – eaevelyn.murdoch@glow.sch.uk
Karen – eakaren.cairns@glow.sch.uk
Julie – eajulian.kennedy@glow.sch.uk
Donna – eadonna.shirkie@glow.sch.uk
Carol – eacarol.munro@glowmail.org.uk


ECC Home Learning

Learning Activities Updated 25/05/2020

Art by Ashleigh

Shaving Foam Paint

What you will need

Shaving Foam

Different coloured paints


Mix each colour of paint that you wish to use with a small amount of shaving foam only a drop of paint is needed.

Mix together and we have paint, use a paint brush to paint a beautiful picture onto paper.

Making A Marble Effect Picture

Spray the shaving foam onto a tray, place drops of paint at different part within the shaving foam. Use the end of a paint brush or a straw to make patterns pulling the paint through the shaving foam.


Moon Sand


Karen has also been taking part in some mindfulness activities with her daughter Violet.  Here are some of the activities they have been sharing. It can help children and adults to feel calmer, more relaxed and more in the moment.

Gratitude Jar

Here is another mindfulness technique for children and can maybe even help adults.

This week Violet was talking about her gratitude jar. You get a jar and can decorate it but don’t worry if don’t have a jar you could use a box/tub or anything you have to store your notes in. Violet thinks of something that she has been grateful for to put in it and together we talk about it or sometimes I help her write them,  we do this at bedtime but can do it at any time. Just think of something that you are thankful for or something that has made you happy put it on a note, you could try write your note or even draw a picture or ask someone to help you write it down then put in your jar. Don’t worry if you can’t do it every day. This is something you can keep forever and look back on.
This is a nice task to do with your child together you could even do one with them. If you make a gratitude jar or tub we would love to see them. Thank you.

BOOKBUG  by Karen

Karen has been doing some more great BookBug sessions online. Here are  some links  which can help you take part at home.

Karen starts with Hello Song.

Here is the link for the Hello song

BookBug and Karen would just like to say thank you to everyone who has sent any pictures/cards in or any messages for BookBug’s birthday was very much appreciated and made him smile, it isn’t too late to send some in.  We would love to see them or any photos, just email them to any of the staff or Karen on
Thank you everyone
love from Karen and BookBug x

BookBug was on his adventures and went to stay at Margaret’s house because she was helping him to celebrate his birthday by making him a birthday cake. He took his new birthday teddy to help him sleep and he slept all night – well done BookBug.  He tried to sneak some of the birthday cake before the party but he decided not to. He met a new friend called Alfie, Margaret’s wee dog. Margaret made him a lovely birthday cake and they shared it with a birthday picnic it was delicious. Thank you Margaret for helping to look after BookBug he had lovely time and so much fun, the cake looked lovely.

This a fantastic link the helping children to start writing.
More Than Just Marks on a Page

Great Fun with BookBug by Evelyn

Evelyn has been busy this week having Bookbug for a visit

Well boys and girls as you all know it was BookBug’s 10th Birthday so he came for a wee holiday to Evelyn’s house. He had a lovely time and here are some pictures and videos of his holiday.
BookBug had a lovely night playing with all the toys before getting tucked up in bed with his own little teddy, its his favourite one. Sleep tight BookBug.

BookBug woke the next morning and had his porridge, he ate it all up think he was very hungry and porridge is his favourite breakfast.

Oh no BookBug has been naughty and been eating all of Evelyn’s biscuits and cakes.

While he was there he made a new friend Nellie the Elephant and gave her a big cuddle.

Its a lovely day so BookBug went out into the garden and was climbing a tree – watch you don’t fall BookBug.

BookBug it was great having you to stay thank you so much for coming . Maybe you could come back another time .
Evelyn xx


BookBug has had such a brilliant week with all his adventuring. In this video he wants to say a big thank you to all of you for making his 10th birthday so good. 


Outdoor Fun by Lynsey

Spray Paint Fun


1. Ask your parent/carer to help you write down the letters of your name on the paper.
2. Go over the first letter of your name with glue.
3. Then add your things you collected on your walk to the glue.
4. Do this for all the letters until you have a decorated name out of natural resources.
5. Remember to email us some photos of you decorating yours.

Colour Challenge

1. See if you can collect lots of different colourful things from your garden or on your daily walk.
2. When you have lots see if you can sort them all into the colour groups.
3. See if you can name all the colours you have found with you parent/ carer.

Science by Donna 

Growing a seed

Set up this simple DIY seed jar for spring science this year! Watch as a seed grows into a plant and witness what happens underground as seeds sprout. Earth science and plant science for young kids. Easy seed jar to set up at home

How to grow a bean in a jar

What you need
A broad bean seed
Kitchen roll or a napkin

Swirl a small amount of water around the jar.
Fold your napkin or kitchen roll and place in the jar. (we made the kitchen roll very slightly damp)
Place the bean seed in the jar resting on the napkin.
Spray some water on the bean every few days.
The bean should start to grow roots after a few days, this is called germination.

We kept one bean in the dark and one in the light, both germinated and grew into small bean plants. This shows that light is not necessary for germination. You can see here that the plant grown in the dark is a slightly less green than the one grown in the light. We have seen this before with the cress.

After a few days in the light the bean plant kept in the dark was as luscious a green colour as its counterpart

Have fun!


Home cooking

by Margaret

So a wee healthy option this week & a change from all the cakes and biscuits!! This light summery soup is good for lunch with some croutons or crackers to dip 🌞
The vegetables are easy for you boys and girls to help chop and it’s fun squeezing the lemon juice out, (no pips though!)
Hope you try it and like it, if you do remember to let us know and take pictures, we would love to see them!

Lemon chickpea soup

2 onions
2 carrots
2 potatoes
1 clove garlic
1tblsp oil
1 400g tin chickpeas
Chicken or veg stock
Rind & juice of 1 lemon
Parsley or spring onion to garnish


Soften onion in oil then add garlic and fry for a few minutes, next add grated carrots & potatoes and the chickpeas & stock.   Simmer for 20 minutes then remove from heat.

Add juice & rind of lemon & blitz!
I added spring onion greens, you could also use parsley!
Tangy & yummy.

Have fun.

Eating a balanced diet

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.

Below is a helpful guide from the NHS which gives good advice on the types and amounts of foods we should be eating!

The Eatwell Guide 

Numeracy by Julie  


Laundry Days


Encourage your child to help sort the dirty laundry into, light and dark colours before helping to load the washing machine.
Once the clothes are dry, he/she can help sort through the clothes, pairing up the socks etc and/or helping to fold the clothes, putting them into different size piles.
You could discuss with your child who wears the biggest clothes and the smallest etc, any patterns on the clothes ie striped socks and/or spotted socks, to encourage them to discover and name some simple patterns.

Dinner Time

Encourage your child to help set up the table for dinner, discuss how many family members are to eat, so how many knives, forks, spoons, plates, bowls and cups will be needed.
How many big plates are needed for adults, how many smaller plates for the children, they could add the plates together.
Later, your child could help with the washing up and if by hand, encourage them to place all of the same sizes of plates/bowls together, encouraging some mathematical language, ie what are the biggest to the smallest sizes etc.
If you have a dishwasher you could ask your child to help you to empty it, after the adult has removed the sharp knives and forks of course.
Please encourage your child to sort the dishes in the same way as washing them by hand.

The main thing as always, is for you all to have fun and enjoy!


Community Practitioner


Our community practitioner is Shona Spark and she visits the Early Childhood Centre every month .  She is also available to speak to regarding any issues or concerns by phone on 01290 425946 or 07920845407.   We will be working together to set up an information session where you will all be welcome to come along and meet Shone where she will inform everyone for her role within the community and how she maybe able to provide support for your family.

Our most recent Care Inspectorate Report  – Please click the link below to view the document.

Greenmill Care Inspectorate Report Feb 2018



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