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The Willow Room have been learning about creatures who live under the sea and today Miss Davidson brought in a live lobster for us to see.

After we had investigated her and asked lots of questions to find out more, some of the children painted pictures of what they could see.

Rosalie’s mum came to nursery this afternoon and told us lots of interesting facts about lobsters. Did you know they can be right or left clawed just like we can be right or left handed?

Some of us were brave enough to touch the lobster
Some of us were brave enough to touch the lobster
We counted the lobsters legs
We counted the lobsters legs


We even looked underneath the lobster
We even looked underneath the lobster


A painting of the lobster
A painting of the lobster


A lobster's teeth are in its stomach
A lobster’s teeth are in its stomach
Our lobster had 12 brains
Our lobster had 12 brains




Den Day


We raised £61.37 for Save the Children when we took part in Den day. Parents joined us and we built dens, created models of shelters, designed logos and cooked bread on an open fire, all to raise awareness of the plight of many children living without the right to shelter.








Some feedback from parents.

“Den building day was a fantastic opportunity for parental involvement. It was very well organised and it was lovely to see the children enjoying the outdoors and actively participating.”

“A great afternoon spent outside with the children. I enjoyed spending time at the fire and helping to build dens.”

“Great opportunity to have parent participation. Good unstructured play where they really are getting an opportunity to use imagination and freedom of play.”

“Den day was a fantastic way to raise awareness of a very worthy charity and teach the children important skills in a fun way. So pleased to have been able to join in. Very well organised.”


ECO day

ECO day

Each year we welcome all families to our ECO day to help tidy up our gardens for the summer and hopefully our graduation day. Everyone in the family is urged to come along to help by weeding, planting, painting, spreading bark and other maintenance jobs on Saturday 11th June from 8.30am-11am. You are welcome to pop in even for just part of this and there will be refreshments available. Children and adults of all ages are required to help!

A special thank you to the members of the Gardening Club, especially Emily’s gran, who regularly devote time to improving our garden.

Den Day

We have been learning about children’s rights to shelter and we have been creating dens. We are taking part in Save the Children’s Den Day on Friday 17th June. Parents are invited to join us to help create dens. Parents should come along between 9.30-10.30am and 1.30- 2.30pm. There will be collection tins if you wish to make a donation to Save the Children.




For more information see http://denday.savethechildren.org.uk/about/



Glenwood Logo Design Competition

Have you completed your entry for our logo design competition?

Having updated our Vision, Values and Aims we would like to update the Glenwood logo to better reflect this. We encourage you and your child to take part by designing a logo which will be printed on uniforms, paperwork etc. This cannot be too complicated or overly intricate. We are keeping the Glenwood colours of red and navy blue. Please use a black pen for your design on A4 paper and return by Thursday 26th May. Feel free to involve the whole family!


Glenwood Vision, Values and Aims


Since our change to Family Centre, we have been reviewing our Vision, Values and Aims with families, children and staff. We gathered the views of everyone in a range of ways.  We hope our new Vision, Values and Aims truly reflect what Glenwood really stands for.

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Vision, values and aims

G.I.R.F.E.C approach.  We strive to ‘Get it Right for Every Child’ (G.I.R.F.E.C).  We work in partnership with Parents/Carers, professionals and other agencies to meet the individual needs of the child.

Listen to one another.  Ideas and thoughts of all stakeholders are listened to and valued.

Excellent opportunities for ‘Learning for a Better World’.  We are rights respecting, eco-friendly and appreciate the wonders of the outdoors.

Nurturing, safe and stimulating environment where children are supported and challenged in their learning.

Welcoming and friendly ethos which is inclusive to all.

Outstanding learning opportunities both indoors and outdoors.  Children have opportunities to learn, develop and be challenged in their learning, reaching their full potential.

Others’ beliefs, values and opinions.  We respect and value others.  We encourage stakeholders to share their diverse beliefs, values and opinions as we learn together about the people within our community.

Dedicated, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff.  Staff responding to the interests and needs of the children, the children will become Confident Individuals, Successful Learners, Effective Contributors and Responsible Citizens.

Cheese! It’s Local Smile Month!

Andrew’s mum came to talk to us all about her job as a dentist this afternoon. She was very impressed with how much we already know about looking after our teeth!


She brought Frank with her to teach us all about how to brush our teeth.

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In her shopping bag were lots of things to eat and drink and we helped Frank to sort them in to things that are good for your teeth and things that are not so good for them.





At the end we all got a sticker for listening well and giving good answers!

Remember to bring your Toothbrushing Diary back to nursery!

Vision, Values and Aims- Consultation

Following our change to Family Centre, we are reviewing our Vision, Values and Aims to ensure they accurately reflect Glenwood. We are consulting the stakeholders of Glenwood in various ways to gather their views. Parents who attended Coffee and Chat sessions in October provided initial input.

Children have been consulted on their views of the nursery at group times.


This week we are gathering more views from families at the start and end of our sessions.

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Thank you for all your input.

ECO day- Saturday 30th May

A HUGE thank you to all the staff, children, parents and grandparents who mucked in with the garden during our recent ECO day! The gardens look great and the sun shone!

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“I was planting with Miss Cunningham.” Harry.

“I was playing and working. I was working with my mummy. I helped her find weeds in the mud.” Cian.

“I got weeds too.” Cameron.

“My dad was doing the wheelbarrow with the sand. I was planting flowers with my mummy.” Sophie.

“I was planting strawberries with Sophie’s gran at the slide.” Olivia.

“I didn’t know what to do because I didn’t want to get my hands messy. My daddy did the slabs and the bench and I found worms. I put them on a log I found in the school playground.” Shreya.




Gardening Club

Thank you to those who came along to our gardening club recently.

The minutes from the last meeting are below and if you would like to come along to our next meeting, it is taking place on:

Wednesday 7th May at 11am and 2.30pm.

The gardening club is opent to all parents and carers who are keen to help maintain the grounds of the nursery. You don’t have to be an expert gardener!

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Are you a picture book fanatic?

Due to the success of our recent reading workshop and at the suggestion of one of our parents, Mrs Buchanan is establishing a picture book group.

All parents and carers are invited to the group where we will discuss aspects of an identified picture book including:

– your experience of the book (maybe its a favourite, maybe you haven’t heard of it before?)

– other titles by the same author

– features of the story including: illustrations, rhyme and conversation starters

– tips and ideas on how to explore the picture book with your child

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday 6th May at 9am and 12.30pm and will last no more than an hour.

On 6th May we will discuss the ‘Alfie’ books by Shirley Hughes, in particular ‘Alfie Gets in First’ (a particular favourite of Mrs Buchanan’s).

Elissa from East Renfrewshire Libraries will also come along on the day to talk about:

– Bookbug sessions

– The Library Challenge

– Her favourite picture books.

If you do not own any ‘Alfie’ books and would like to come along Elissa has ensured there are many copies of ‘Alfie Gets in First’ as well as other stories involving Alfie in Giffnock and Thornliebank libraries. We also have some copies of the books in the nursery that you are welcome to borrow.

If you are unable to borrow a copy before the picture book group meets do not worry – come along anyway!

If you would like to learn more about Shirley Hughes and her Alfie books follow this link: http://www.alfiebooks.co.uk/

Or watch this video: http://youtu.be/n3m6ibi6G0k

If you are able to come along just let Mrs Beveridge in the office know (so we can buy enough biscuits!)

We look forward to seeing you there!