Early Childhood Centre


Welcome Along Wednesday was a great success!  Have a look at the board opposite the doors for more information.

Welcome Along Wednesday

Wednesday 13th March Bedtime Stories……………..

Wednesday 13th March Bedtime Stories




Monday 11th March our Bedtime Stories were……………..




************** ECC EVENT *************

Bedtime Story Week on 11th March

Click on link below for details

Bedtime Story Poster

Woods Wednesday

The Tigers and Giraffes really enjoyed their first visit to the woods, the children were encouraged to manage their own risks.



Loose Parts

This term we are introducing loose parts play. Staff will be encouraging children to use their imagination, playing with resources including cardboard boxes, tyres, bread baskets, tarpaulins, wooden planks and plastic guttering. These are called ‘Loose parts’

Loose parts create richer environments for children to play, giving them the resources they need to do what they need to do.   Loose parts offer limitless possibilities.

In order to do this we need to build on the resources we already have within the playroom and we are asking for your help. We are looking for donations of any of the following items if you have these lying about at home:

  • Bangles
  • Buttons
  • Lids (Jam jars, milk/juice bottles)
  • Pegs
  • Tyres (Bicycle, car, motorbike)
  • Pebbles
  • Baskets (Plastic, wicker, metal)
  • Corks
  • Shells
  • Card board boxes
  • Guttering, tubes and funnels ( Plastic or bamboo)
  • Variety of lengths of wood
  • Leaves, pine cones, chestnuts
  • Milk and bread crates
  • Cable drums or reels
  • Computer keyboards
  • If you have anything that you think may be of use but not quite sure please speak to a member of staff.


Staffing update

Mrs Schendel will take over key worker responsibility for the Penguin group on Monday 22nd October.  We hope Mrs Schendel will be with us until Miss Sommerville’s return from maternity leave.

We  have an ECC Graduate starting with us at the beginning of November.  Mrs McIntyre will support the work of the ECC and in particular look at how we can support children even better to ensure they have the best possible start in their learning journey,


People Who Help Us

The children in the ECC have been learning about people who help us.

As part of this they have been involved in making “Firehead” the firefighter for Dean Park annual scarecrow competition on 30th September.  Our firefighter will be on display at the festival if you would like to take your child along to see him.

Special thanks to Mrs Kerr who kindly donated our firefighter uniform.

Lending Library

Our lending library situated in the cloakroom is open every day.

Please feel free to come and choose a book as often as you wish.  younger siblings are also welcome to choose a book to take home.

Children can return the book when they are finished.


Welcome Back

The children and staff have settled well back into the ECC after the holidays.  The children are enjoying exploring the Ladybird room, Butterfly room and the outdoor area and have been interested in exploring People Who Help us.

Children are becoming familiar with the new lunch routine and are given a choice from the menu which can be found on School information and on the parent’s notice board situated outside the playrooms.


Staffing Update

I would like to congratulate Mrs Barrie and Miss Cardle who have recently been appointed to permanent positions with Newmilns ECC.  Mrs Gunn will cover Miss Sommerville’s maternity leave until the post is filled.

Miss Dykes has also been appointed as Senior Early Learning and Childcare Practitioner, she will lead our staff team on a day to day basis.

Miss Whitaker, Miss Flynn and Mrs Wilson will also join our team on a part time basis to support the introduction of 1140 hours at Newmilns ECC.

Expansion Plans 

As you know Newmilns ECC is within the first phase of East Ayrshire’s 1140 hour expansion plan.  We are now registered with the Care Inspectorate for up to 40 children attending 9am-3pm on a term time basis.

To accommodate this we need a bigger playroom, more toilet facilities

and free flow access to our outdoor “garden room.”

To allow work to start on the playroom as soon as all warrants etc are

through, we are in the process of setting up two playrooms in what was the P1 and P2/3 room.

At least one room, if not two will be ready for the returning children starting on the 20th

of August and both definitely ready for the play and stay session for new three year old children on Tuesday 21st of August!  The children will also have daily access to the courtyard playground.

The Care Inspectorate visited at the beginning of August along with Janie Allen (Strategic Education Manager, Early Years) and both ladies were very happy with the progress so far and with the plans in place for the duration of the decant.

The work on the playroom is scheduled to be finished by Christmas with the outdoor work planned for the Spring if not before.

We will organise a play and stay for all parents around the September weekend once we are all settled into our new routine.

Please note that the ECC entrance is now the old P1 door – s

hould you need access to the ECC when this door is unmanned please report to th

e main entrance to the school where Miss McClelland or Mrs Jones will be happy to assist you.