Early Childhood Centre



(SCOTLAND) ACT 2004 and 2009.


The Educational (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 has replaced the law relating to special educational needs. This has now been updated by the 2009 Act which came into force on 17 November 2010.   The majority of children and young people are able to access their curricular programme at nursery without the need of additional help.  However, there will be a percentage of children/young people, who may, at some point in their education, have difficulties that will act as a barrier to their effective learning.   In such circumstances the child or young person may require additional support beyond the norm in order to help them overcome these barriers.   Such children/young people will be considered to have “additional support needs”.


All nursery establishments have a variety of procedures to assist in the early identification of children  with additional support needs. Identification and support planning will take place at the earliest possible stage.


Children and young people who have been identified  as having additional support needs will be supported through an Individual Action Plan, Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or in some cases a Coordinated Support Plan.  In line with legislation, parents/carers/children and young people will be fully consulted at all stages.


This Act places additional responsibilities on local authorities for children who are looked after by the local authority.  It will also give more rights to parents in respect of requesting assessments in relation to their child/young person.


Further information can be obtained from various leaflets, that can be accessed through council website or individual copies are available in school.


Mediation and advocacy services are also available and information about these can be obtained from the contact details below.


Enquire – the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning.


Operated by Children in Scotland, Enquire offer independent , confidential advice and information on additional support for learning through:


  • a telephone helpline – 0845 123 2303
  • an email enquiry service – info@enquire.org.uk
  • an online enquiry service
  • two websites – www.enquire.org.uk (for parents/carers and
  • practitioners) and www.enquire.org.uk/yp (for children and young
  • people)Enquire also provide a range of clear and easy-to-read guides and factsheets explaining everything from “additional support in the early years’ to “what planning should take place for moving on from school”.Annual registration for infant beginners takes place each January. Details may be found in local press, associated Nursery Schools, Church Bulletins or by contacting the school. Parents/carers can register their child for St Andrew’s Primary towards the end of January of each year. Specific details will appear in local press near the event. Children who reach the age of five years before the 1st of March of the following year are eligible for enrolment for the primary one class beginning in the August of that year. Under current legislation in Scotland, parents and carers of children aged between four and four and a half and five at the start of the school session (those with September to February birthdays) have a choice about enrolling their child for primary school. Children can start school before they are five or can defer their start until the following August.Discuss the possibility of a deferred entry with staff in an early year’s establishment (if attending).All applications wishing an August entry must be submitted by the 28th February of the enrolling year.
  • If the child does not attend an early years establishment, advice and application forms can be obtained by contacting the school directly.
  • Register the child at the catchment area school, where there will be an opportunity to indicate interest in deferring entry, during the period notified in the local press.
  • Deferred Entry
  • Children who live in the catchment area of a particular school require registering at that school when they will be informed of the conditions pertaining to this. Later in the session there is an induction programme to welcome the new children and their parents to our school.  It gives the children the opportunity to get to know their teacher, their classroom and the general layout of the school.
  • Parents are requested to inform the school about any condition, medical or otherwise, which might result in some special arrangements having to be made within the school.
  • Birth and Baptismal certificates should be brought to school on the day of enrolment along with proof of address.
  • Enrolment Procedures
Early Childhood Centre Morning Session 8:20am – 11:30am
Afternoon Session 12:15pm – 3:25pm
 Full Day Session  8.45am-2.45pm


Some children have just over a 3  hour session at an early year’s establishment, therefore meals are not generally provided.  Some children may attend on a full day basis and in those circumstances a meal may be provided.


Snacks are provided each day and are planned to contribute to a healthy diet for the children.  Parents are asked to contribute  towards the snack.  (This can be paid weekly, monthly or yearly).


Water is always available as an alternative to milk.   Other drinks will only be given if the child has a medical condition.


Details of snacks provided to children are in the cloakroom area.  Plus there is a copy of ‘Setting the Table’ which is the guidance that we use.  If you wish to discuss any concerns/allergies with staff please let us know.



Medical and Dental Inspections – At the present time children have their eyes tested by a member of staff from the Ayr Hospital Orthoptics Dept. in nursery but no arrangements are in place for medical or dental inspections in nursery.  Parents should inform the establishment of any particular medical requirements that their child may have.   This will include written parental consent for the administration of medicines.

Parents must inform the Head of Establishment of arrangements to be made should the child require to be taken home.


Smoking is not permitted in any work areas, learning and teaching areas, rooms used solely by the children.


Snacks provided promote healthy eating.


The First Aiders are Mrs K. Kirkwood and Mrs C. Murtagh.  Staff  have also been trained to deal with anaphylaxis shock.  (There are also other trained First Aiders in the Campus)


If your child suffers from any physical disability, which may require his/her activity to be reduced in the nursery class, or that staff require to have knowledge of, please let us know.


Brushing of teeth is now part of the daily routine for each class.

Transition Profiles will be completed by staff .  Parents will be given the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress and the information contained in the Transition Profile at Parents’ Evening.  This is a document that must be completed by all East Ayrshire  Nursery Establishments and will be passed on to your child’s Primary School.


We also hold  Sharing the Learning sessions during the course of the year for your child.  This enables you to come in and work with your child in the E.C.C. environment.  You will also be able to look at your child’s folder.


We endeavour to make the Nursery as secure as possible.   Therefore the main door will be locked when the children are inside.  If you wish access please ring the bell.


It is expected that a responsible adult will bring your child to and from establishment.


In the interest of your child’s safety, it is essential that you make a point of telling your child’s keyworker if the child is to be collected by someone not known to the staff members.


If your child is not able to attend nursery, in the interests of safety could you please notify the nursery as soon as possible.


Visitors and parent helpers will be required to sign in at the Primary School.



Children have the best fun when they are doing creative and activity-based work.  We shall always try to make sure they wear aprons but accidents happen so please dress your child in suitable clothing.


Please also make sure that your child has suitable outdoor clothing in case outdoor play or a trip is planned.


East Ayrshire Council is concerned at the level of claims being received regarding the loss of children’s clothing and/or personal belongings.  Parents/carers are asked to assist in this area by ensuring that valuable items and unnecessarily expensive items of clothing are not brought,   Parents/carers should note that the authority does not carry insurance to cover the loss of such items and any claims submitted are likely to be met only where the authority can be shown to have been negligent.

East Ayrshire Council Site

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