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Author Week in Zickety Dickety Dock

Last week in Zickety Dickety Dock, we have been exploring author Julia Donaldson as the children enjoy listening and reading her books. The staff have been reading a different book each day, and allowing the children to listen to the stories in other ways.

The children are familiar with some of Julia Donaldson’s stories such as ‘The Gruffalo’ and have enjoyed re-telling this and acting it out.

We discussed that the role of an author is to write the story. The children have been engaged in various mark-making experiences, which helps to develop their shape/letter formation and their fine motor skills.

Sensory Week

The children in Zickety Dickety Dock enjoyed some fun sensory experiences outside.

As part of our ‘Arthurlie Summer Fun’, the first week was Sensory Week. We had water, sand, playdough and mud.

In the water the children used different resources to observe the flow of water and how it moves slowly or quickly. The children built various shaped sand castles using buckets and containers. In the playdough, the children enjoyed exploring different scents such as orange, lemon, peppermint and fruit tea.

We added some water to the sand to see how that changed the texture and also to the playdough.

Ally Bally Bee and Zickety Dickety Dock Summer Fun

The staff have created Summer Fun themes for the next 7 weeks. Link is below for more information.

We will be ensuring the children have the opportunity to participate in lots of fun-filled experiences.

Please ensure you provide your child with appropriate clothing for the weather including sun cream and sun hats as we will be spending the majority of the time outside.

We kindly ask our parents/carers to continue to provide extra clothing for children (tops, trousers, pants and socks) for when they become wet or messy during play and for accidents.

Any questions please speak to staff who will be happy to help.

Arthurlie Summer Fun 2021

Important Information for Pre-School Children

The council’s website has now been updated with information about free school meals and clothing grants for session 2021-22, and a link to information about the School Age Payment has been added to the page. The online application forms for free school meals and clothing grants will go live on 12 July on the same page. You may wish to share the link with your school community:


Details about how to apply for the School Age Payment, and support available from MART with applying for all grants, have also been shared via the council’s social media pages and can be retweeted here:


Science Technology Engineering Maths We want to build effective contributors for the future by ensuring equality and equity. We wish to challenge stereotypes and develop resilience in our young people. Inspired by the Questioneers Books the children are learning life skills and we are developing the young workforce by exploring jobs .e.g. architects, plumbers, engineers and scientists. We are creating opportunities for teamwork and problem solving.  Please click below for further information.


Important Information.

Dear Parent/Carer

As you have previously contacted this department requesting a swap of your current Early Learning and  Childcare arrangements you are being sent the following information.  For session 2021-22, all requests to swap must now be made through the new early learning and childcare application form as detailed below.  Please note that if you do not submit your requested change through a new application, we will not be able to consider your request.

East Renfrewshire Council must ensure that all Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) places are allocated equitably.  On 21 January 2021 the Education Committee of East Renfrewshire Council agreed a new admissions policy with some slight changes to the priorities.  These are noted below for your information:

Order of Priorities for Allocation of Eligible 3 and 4 Year Old Places within East Renfrewshire Council Early Learning and Childcare Establishments

Effective for Session Commencing August 2021 and Beyond

For use when applications exceed available places

In the event that the number of applications received for a particular establishment and operating model combination is greater than the number of places available, the criteria below are used to allocate places and are listed in order of priority:

  1. East Renfrewshire resident where one of the following conditions been met: child protection, prevention, or additional support needs. Automatic entry will be given to any child considered by the Social Work Department to be in need of protection, who is looked after by the authority, or whose admission will prevent reception in to care.
  2. East Renfrewshire resident where a funded ELC place has been granted to support deferred entry to primary school.*
  3. East Renfrewshire resident in pre-school year with no existing Early Learning and Childcare provision in place (Note – this does not include families who have intentionally left an existing allocation).
  4. East Renfrewshire resident residing within the Early Learning and Childcare Community of the establishment.
  5. East Renfrewshire resident where a sibling attends the establishment and will continue to do so in the next session.
  6. East Renfrewshire resident where the child is part of a single parent/carer family and where it would be advantageous to the care and welfare of the child and/or family to attend the requested establishment.
  7. East Renfrewshire resident with no other listed priority.
  8. Non East Renfrewshire resident.

Please note:

The criteria will be applied in the order shown above. If for any category the number of requests exceeds the number of places available, the next succeeding criteria will be used to prioritise these requests and so on until all priority criteria have been exhausted. If, after this process, two or more requests cannot be distinguished as having priority, then a ballot will be held to allocate the places available. This ballot will be organised by the Community Admissions Panel which is comprised of officers of the Education Department and the Head Teacher of each ELC setting within the community.

You will see that pre-school children with an existing allocation do not have priority over ante-preschool children, who largely come under Priority 4.  Although places are allocated for two years, for pre-school children, requesting a change of setting or model, a new application can be made which will be considered alongside other Priority 4 applications.  This is a change to the previous policy where applications to swap would be considered after all new applications had been considered.  The application form is available on the council website

It should be noted that by re-applying there is no guarantee that you will receive both your first choice of setting and or model. It should also be noted that eg where your request is to swap to a core placement, these places are limited and as such we will not be able to accommodate all requests.  Where we are unable to offer you a change to setting and or model, your child will remain in their current placement for session 2021-22. The cut-off date for submission of applications for Session 2021-22 is 28th February 2021.  Applications received after this date will be treated as late and will not be looked at until after all allocations are made.

Children Mental Health.

As it is Children’s Mental Health awareness week, we have a link to a virtual assembly hosted by a local author who has visited the nursery to read the story to our children. This book Lucy’s Blue Day talks openly about emotions and that it’s OK to be NOT OK. We hope you enjoy it.
Good Morning, I am writing to let you know about a virtual assembly that I am holding this Friday for everyone and anyone who wishes to join us.
On Friday 5th February at 2 pm, we will be launching our very own Virtual Assembly, for free, for Children all over the UK. This past year has been tough on us all, and our assemblies have proven very effective in helping our children understand their own emotions and mental health.
This assembly is open to everyone—children learning at home, children learning in classrooms, teachers, parents and carers. This is the link to register:
Click here to register for free