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Glenwood Family Centre- Time Capsule

We chose to mark the end of our first session in the new building with a Time Capsule, positioned at the front entrance and within the heart of the community in Eastwood Park, signifying our place in the heart of the community. We marked the spot with a toadstool, which came from the garden of the old building from a wooded area known as Toadstool Tales.

This letter was placed inside the Time Capsule- 

Glenwood Nursery School opened officially on 4th October, 1976 in a purpose built building on Woodfarm Road, with a capacity of 80 children in the morning and 80 in the afternoon. The first entry in the log book dated 10th November 1976 states, “ the waiting list opened on 13th September, and mothers have been enquiring daily ever since. Even at that numbers are slow to rise. At this moment we have 50 morning and 26 afternoon children. At this date we have one Head Teacher, one Assistant Teacher and five Nursery Nurses.”

The first head teacher was Mrs Elizabeth Anderson (became McDowell). She was succeeded briefly by Mrs Robertson, acting head teacher, in January 1990 before Mrs Karin Gilhooly took on the role on 3rd September, 1990. Mrs Gilhooly retired in June 2013 and I, Lorraine Brown, was appointed permanently in October 2013.

In 2015 Glenwood Nursery School became Glenwood Family Centre and we began operating throughout the year. Soon after, Scottish Government plans were announced for every child to receive 1140 hours of early learning and childcare by 2020 and so, to meet the increased demand, a new centre was planned due to open in August 2020. The new building was to be sited close to the old building. This was a much more prominent site, in the heart of Eastwood Park.

Unfortunately the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in 2020 resulted in the country going into lockdown and the opening of the building was delayed. The new building finally opened during a second lockdown at the start of 2021. We welcomed the first of our children on 1st February 2021, opening only to children whose parents were key workers or vulnerable children who were attending the Hub provision. The first children to step through our doors were Lewis and Cameron Wilkinson. On 22nd February 2021 we fully opened for all children. Our role at February 2021 was 141 children, with a head teacher, a principal teacher, a teacher, a depute head of centre, a senior child development officer, 16 child development officers (including 4 part time), 5 part time early years play workers, 2 business support assistants and 2 janitor/ cleaners.

The new centre has a capacity of 180 children at any one time, with children attending various patterns across the week to meet the needs of the families. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm every week day except public holidays and in-service days.

We hope that upon opening this Time Capsule, you will experience some of the thrill of learning about the past and the history of Glenwood. We have had an eventful journey recently due to coronavirus however the spirit of Glenwood is strong and we hope this continues long into the future. 

Love and Best Wishes

Mrs Lorraine Brown

Head Teacher

25th June, 2021





Chocolate Playdough for Fairtrade Fortnight

We made some chocolate playdough in nursery today. It smelt delicious – but we knew we couldn’t eat it! Here is how we made it…

Our ingredients

First we measured our ingredients and put them in the bowl: 2 cups plain flour, 1 cup salt, half a cup of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons oil, 4 teaspoons cream of tartar and 2 cups water.

Then we stirred it until it was smooth – “It looks like chocolate icing!”

We cooked ours in the microwave – stir every minute until it is cooked.

Fairtrade Fortnight began on 22nd February and our cocoa powder had a Fairtrade logo on it. Fairtrade means the farmers get paid a ‘fair price’ for the crop. Can you find any logos on anything in your house?

A bunch of bananas is called a hand.

Find out more about Fairtrade bananas with Pablo Super Banana in this video: https://vimeo.com/153120034


Why not try this quiz with your family on the Fairtrade website? How much do you know about Chocolate?

World Porridge Day

On Wednesday 10th October, we took part in World Porridge Day and learned about others who may not have as much food as we do. Many children go hungry around the world and the only food they eat is a bowl of porridge at school. We made porridge  and we took part in the  Porridge Smiles campaign which aims to make a hungry child smile with porridge!

“It’s absolutely nice. It’s the best I’ve had.” Samuel H.

“I have porridge for breakfast.” Cillian.

Children’s Committee

Our Children’s Committee met this week to discuss The Global Goals and how to make the world a better place. They had fantastic ideas which they shared with the rest of the children after their meeting. Look out for our plans to reduce waste, think of others through Global Citizenship and  supporting charities and reduce litter. We even plan to develop our role play area into a recycling plant!

You can read our minutes here https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/er/Glenwood/eco-schools/minutes/



Mrs Husbands is off to Malawi

If you are interested to know more about what I am doing while I am in Malawi then take a look at our group’s blogs…


You can also catch up on Facebook –  Malawi Leaders of Learning and on Twitter – @MalawiLOL

I have promised the children I will bring back lots of photographs to show them and some souvenirs – perhaps even a Malawian plastic bag football!

Thank you again for all your support and best wishes,

Jane Husbands

Malawi Mayhem


Thank you to those who were able to come along and join us for our day of Malawi Mayhem on Friday. Thank you also for your donations which will help me on the way to raising my £3000 target for my trip in September.

For those who were not able to make it, the display boards are in the cloakroom to tell you a bit more about my upcoming adventure – along with the collection box!

Here are a few photographs to show what we got up to…

Carrier bag ball in action!
Children in Malawi make their own balls.
Which exotic fruit was the favourite?


This game is called “bawo”
Making African tribal masks.
Designing our own flags

Fishing in Lake Malawi
Water carrying challenge
Water carrying challenge
“phala” is the porridge that the children get for lunch
We are not sure that we would like “phala” for lunch every day!

Malawi Mayhem


We are learning this week about life in Malawi. Some of the things we have done so far are:

  • tasting exotic fruit to find out which is our favourite
  • making our own footballs from plastic bags
  • playing the board game bawo
  • printing colourful patterns on to fabric

To find out more about Malawi click on the link below


Click on any of the photos to make them bigger and look at the pictures underneath. You can also watch the videos!

Don’t forget you can find out more and about Mrs Husbands trip to teach in Malawi in September by coming along on Friday 16th any time between 9.30 & 11.30am or 1.30 & 3.30pm.


Fairtrade Fortnight

We have been learning about Fairtrade goods. We have been thinking about where our food comes from and the importance of food producers and workers around the world being paid a fair wage. We held a Fairtrade shop in the nursery and raised £277.65 to support Rainbow Turtle Fairtrade shop. http://www.rainbowturtle.co.uk/

We visited our local Sainbury’s store and identified many Fairtrade goods including flowers, sugar, chocolate and bananas.

We made chocolate and banana muffins using our Fairtrade purchases. They smelled lovely and tasted yummy!

Christmas Giving Tree

pc151367 pc151366Thank you to all our families who have already donated a gift through our Giving Tree. This year we are once again supporting the local charity Govan Starter Packs . If you wish to take part, you and your child can select a gift tag from the giving tree (in the cloakroom) and buy the gift suggested. The tags will indicate who you are buying the present for. We hope that by involving the children in the buying the gift, the children will experience the fun of giving to others.


Please help your child secure the tag onto the unwrapped gift and return to the nursery by Friday 16th December.


Children in Need

The children of Glenwood worked hard to raise funds for Children in Need. They made spotty Pudsey bandages for teddies and sold these for a donation. A lot of money was collected and the children had to sort all the notes and coins and count the money.

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Thank you to everyone who donated to this worthwhile charity. Glenwood Family Centre raised £243.11. Well done!