For details of what is happening in the Family Centre,  please see our Newsletters section under the Information tab.

We share photos and the latest news about the Family Centre via Twitter. Our Twitter page is regularly updated with useful information and ideas to support your child’s learning and development, at home and in the community.

If you’ve not used Twitter before, this is a great place to keep up to date with the life and work of the Family Centre. You do not need to post anything and you can create an account with no photos or personal information, which allows you to read the Twitter pages.

You can follow us by searching for @HazeldeneFamC on



October 2021

Head Teacher, Hazeldene Family Centre

I am delighted to be able to share with you that following interviews on 7th October, Mr. Justin Beck has been appointed as the new head teacher for Hazeldene Family Centre. Justin has a wealth of experience in Early Learning and Childcare and previously has been a Teaching Fellow on the  BA in Childhood Practice and Early Years Pedagogue Masters programmes at University of Strathclyde. We look forward to welcoming him and wish him every success as he takes up his new post.

I wish to thank all children, families, staff and local authority colleagues for the good wishes and the beautiful gifts you have kindly given to me. I shall treasure them and my memories of happy years at Hazeldene. I am confident that the family centre will continue to flourish and go from strength to strength under the leadership of the new head teacher. I will miss you all but am looking forward to many happy years with my family and friends in my retirement. Wishing you all the very best for the future.

Karen Shepherd

September 2021

The progress report for the East Renfrewshire Child Poverty Action Plan  is available here:

The following leaflet from East Renfrewshire Money Advice and Rights Team outlines some benefits families may be entitled to:

MART Educational Benefits PRIMARY


East Renfrewshire Council have published a report on the steps taken to promote, support and uphold Children’s Rights in East Renfrewshire. A copy can be downloaded from the link below:

Children’s Rights in East Renfrewshire


June 2021

Are you a working parent on a low income? Support is available  from Work East Ren.

Working Parents PES leaflet


March 2021

We are very grateful to have received a grant of £5050.56 from the Community Climate Asset Fund to purchase raised beds, mini green houses, a variety of planters, tool store and gardening equipment to grow fruit and vegetables in the family centre garden.  Details of the grant and what we have purchased are included below:

Community Climate Asset Fund


February 2021

We are looking forward to the children returning from Monday 22nd February.  The staff have greatly missed the children and families.

We are aware that COVID-19 has impacted on families and local businesses.  East Renfrewshire Money Advice and Rights Team have prepared the following with helpful information and support.

Welfare and Employment Support for Parents

You can find more information  here.


January 2021

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the family centre is currently open only for key worker families or vulnerable children. We are sharing lots of ideas for home learning on the home learning page and through our Twitter feed. Staff are contacting families via regular phone calls to keep in touch and find out if any support is required.

December 2020

Hazeldene Family Centre  have been awarded a grant of £5050.56  from the Scottish Government’s Community Climate Asset Fund, for garden equipment, mini greenhouses, planters, soil and seeds to help the to reduce local carbon emissions through growing our own fruit and vegetables.

The CCAF is a Scottish Government fund, administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, and 279 community-based organisations from across Scotland have been awarded more than £3.2 million of funding to tackle climate change. Further details from


1st September, 2020

East Renfrewshire Council have worked with NHS to prepare some information in relation to Frequently Asked Questions about the Corornavirus.  A copy can be accessed here:

Education FAQs NHS 1Sep20

Please check NHS Inform for the most up to date information.

26th August, 2020

Parent Club, the national organisation behind the Baby Box, have produced helpful leaflets to answer some questions about how  nurseries across Scotland are working to keep everyone safe during the Coronavirus. These are available in various  languages and information is also available in British Sign Language.

Leaflets in English and some of our other home languages can be found here:

Nurseries & Childcare Re-Opening – Health and Safety Q&A

Nurseries Childcare Re-Opening – Health and Safety QA Chinese (Simplified)

Nurseries Childcare Re-Opening – Health and Safety QA Punjabi (Indian)

Nurseries Childcare Re-Opening – Health and Safety QA Urdu



4th August, 2020

Play Scotland  and Save the Children have produced a helpful Play Well pack, which is packed full of suggestions, ideas and tips to support your child’s play and learning at home.  There are games and activities designed for children aged three to six. These can easily be changed to suit younger or older children too.

You can access a copy of the pack here:


We are ordering a small number of hard copies for the family centre.  To request a hard copy, please contact our office staff at

August 2020

We are very much looking forward to welcoming back our returning children on 12th August. This session we will also be welcoming some of the children and staff from Crookfur Nursery for a few months, while they are waiting for their new building to be completed.

We are also looking forward to meeting our new children and families. Each family should have received an individual email with details of their child’s start date/time and attendance pattern.  If you have any enquiries, please contact

We wish all of the children who are starting school all the very best. We will miss you all and hope to see you at some point in the future.

A leaflet of helpful information in relation to starting school can be found here:

Starting P1 leaflet for parents

June 2020

We have returned to the Family Centre in small groups to help support the children’s transition to Primary 1. We have been busy preparing Recovery Plans for the children returning in August and new children starting.

Our Nursery Teacher prepared this presentation to help the children return safely to the family centre:

Staying Healthy at Hazeldene Family Centre Social story


22nd March, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing , we are following instructions from the government to relocate temporarily to a central hub from Monday, 23rd March. We will be based in Calderwood Lodge nursery.   We have contacted  the families of children we are able to accommodate.  Please help to keep everyone safe by not coming to the hub if your child is not attending. We can be contacted through email:

Staff will be working to share lots of ideas for families to help their children learn at home.  We have already started to share some ideas on our Twitter page (see above).

To help the children who are moving to the temporary hub, Mrs. McIlroy has prepared a booklet of photos. You can access this  from the link below:

Welcome to Calderwood pictures.

19th March, 2020

Schools close at 5 p.m. on Friday 20th March.  Please make arrangements to collect your child by 5 p.m. if they normally attend till 6 p.m. on a Friday.

Following today’s announcement by the Scottish Government about support that will be in place for some families, we are currently working on our plans and will be in touch directly with those families.


18th March, 2020

The Scottish Government has announced schools and nurseries across Scotland will close at the end of the school day this Friday (20 March) – we are working on plans to put in place to support families and will announce these as soon as we can.

29th May 2019

Due to the poor weather, we have decided to postpone Sports Day which was planned for tomorrow.  The alternative date is 20th June, so hopefully the weather will be better then.



15th May 2019

Digital Learning Workshop

Thank you to the parents who attended the workshops this morning and this evening. Thank you to Miss Bolton and Karen-Ann    McSwiggan (Digital Schools Officer for East Renfrewshire) for    making the presentation and for demonstrating the toys.

There was lots of helpful information shared about keeping children safe online and helping them to learn with an through digital   technologies.

It has been agreed that we can share the presentation with all families so that you can explore the links on your own device.


The presentation  can be accessed from: 


3rd February, 2019

East Renfrewshire Council Education Department have recently published their Standards and Quality Report for 2017-18.

This can be accessed from the link below:

ERC Standards Quality Report 2017-18


22nd November 2018

The latest newsletter is available from the Information tab > Newsletters.

9th October 2018

Reminder: The Family Centre is closed for In Service training on Friday, 12th October.  The centre is open for Holiday Provision for 50 week children during week beginning 15th October. Term starts on 22nd October.

12 September 2018

There is a new disabled parking space in the bay outside the Family Centre.

Please consider the needs of families and respect the right of blue badge holders to park in this space. Thank you for your  co-operation.

August 2018

Childhood Flu Vaccination Programme 2018 – 19

The NHS offer vaccination to all primary school children. Vaccine uptake rates confirm that the fourth year of the programme has been extremely successful with around 73% of primary school     children vaccinated last year (maintaining the high level of uptake seen in 2017 – 18). These high uptake rates confirm that the  programme is now a well-established part of the routine childhood vaccination programme.

This year’s programme will be the same as previously, i.e. children aged 2-5 years and not yet in school will be vaccinated at their GP, and primary school children will be vaccinated at school.

An information pack is available to view online at :


July 2018

Staff Changes

Judith Dougal, one of our Depute Heads of Centre, will be leaving us on 23rd July, to take up a post as Early Years Graduate with Highland Council. I’m sure you will join with me in congratulating Judith and wishing her every success in her new post. Thank you to Judith for her hard work during her time at Hazeldene. We will miss her excellent organisation skills and her expertise in outdoor learning, but she has left a strong legacy in the staff team.

We are in the process of recruiting three Early Years Support Workers to work alongside our Child Development Officers in the playrooms. We will also be recruiting another full-time staff member and are keen to hear your views on the qualities you look for in someone who will be supporting your child’s learning and development.

I wish you all an enjoyable summer, whether your child is attending our highly successful Holiday Provision or you are out and about     enjoying the Scottish countryside – or more exotic places. We look   forward to welcoming everyone back on 15th August.

Karen Shepherd

Head Teacher


June 2018

Moving towards 1140 hours of free early learning and childcare

The first phase of the Council’s approach to increasing free early learning and childcare provision across the area will be introduced at four nurseries in August. Local authorities currently provide 600 free hours a year for all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds. As part of changes being introduced by the Scottish Government, this will increase to 1,140 hours by 2020.

Find out more about how the Council is rolling this out and the eligibility criteria here:


4th May 2018


Reminder – the Family Centre is closed for the May Bank Holiday on Monday 7th May. We hope you enjoy the weekend.

29th March 2018

The children have been having lots of fun at their Easter Parade  today.   Happy Holidays to those who are stopping for the break and enjoy the Holiday Provision for those who will be coming along.


7th March

World Book Day

Children are invited to bring their favourite book on Friday 9th March  to celebrate Please remember to put your child’s name on their book.


The children will also be enjoying a fun Strictly Come Dancing day  on Friday, in aid of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.  We will be collecting at the door if you wish to make a donation.


7th March

Wraparound Early Learning and Childcare

If you wish to amend your Wraparound Contract for Block 4 from April, please advise the office by Friday 9th March at the latest. Please note wrap is 8-9am, lunch & 4-6pm


6th  March

Weather update

All East Renfrewshire  schools and nurseries remain open today.

The children are enjoying a fun learning day here in Hazeldene.

Road conditions remain difficult, but the Roads team are working hard to get everything clear and safe, particularly around schools and nurseries.

6th March

Well done to our amazing staff team. Most have managed in now and the rest are on their way.

Thank you for your patience.  We are open, but please take care on the roads and allow yourself plenty of time to travel.

We will update here and on our Twitter feed  if the situation changes.

6th March

Deep snow this morning at Hazeldene. Four staff have made it in so far and one parent is Staying to Play. Other staff are walking in and will be here a.s.a.p.. We need to prioritise working families this morning, so will be very grateful for your patience and understanding.

Information from the Local Authority:

This morning’s unexpected and sudden change in weather has caused a number of issues.  Schools and early learning establishments remain open, albeit with reduced staffing which is being managed locally to ensure adequate supervision of children and young people until staffing levels return to normal.

 The weather issues have been aggravated by a number of accidents (M77, Eaglesham and Newton Mearns).  We expect roads to clear soon and are monitoring the situation closely, notably with a view to ensuring staff and pupils get home safely. However at present all establishments will remain open.

5th March

Visits to the woods today are cancelled, due to the recent severe weather. We will risk assess and let you know if the rest of the planned visits will go ahead this week.

4th March

All East Renfrewshire schools and nurseries will re-open tomorrow.

Janitors and road teams have worked hard to clear access routes and paths as much as possible, but with further cold weather             expected tonight, families are advised to take care.

2nd March 2018

It is expected that all East Renfrewshire Council schools and nurseries will open on Monday as normal.

The Council will provide updates on their Twitter feed and website if the weather deteriorates over the weekend.

We will update here and on our Twitter feed as further information becomes available .

1st March 2018

All East Renfrewshire Council schools and nurseries will remain closed tomorrow (Friday 2nd March).  This is due to the Amber weather warning being extended and dangerous conditions persisting on local roads.

The weather is expected to improve over the weekend and  it is hoped that we will be able to open again on Monday, but please check the  council website  which will be updated over the weekend.

We will continue to update as more information becomes available.

Thank you for your patience and please stay safe.

28th February 2018

Hazeldene Family Centre will remain CLOSED tomorrow. All schools and nurseries within East Renfrewshire are closed due to   severe weather.

We will update to let you know when we expect to re-open, as soon as further information becomes available.

You can find out more information via East Renfrewshire’s Twitter feed @EastRenCouncil  and on the Council Website:

27th February 2018

Scottish Government advice for tomorrow is now confirmed as ‘do not travel’.

All East Renfrewshire schools and nurseries will be closed tomorrow.   We will update the website with further information as it becomes available.

The Council website will       provide updates on the impact of adverse weather on Council       services as will the Council’s Facebook page & Twitter feed.

Twitter Account

We share photos and the latest news about the Family Centre via Twitter. Our Twitter page is regularly updated with useful                    information and ideas to support your child’s learning and development, at home and in the community.

If you’ve not used Twitter before, this is a great place to keep up to date with the life and work of the Family Centre. You do not need to post anything and you can create an account with no photos or personal information, which allows you to read the Twitter pages.

You can follow us by searching for @HazeldeneFamC on



19th January 2018

12.30 p.m.

Heavy snow has started to fall and the roads are quickly being covered. Parents are reporting that road conditions are                          extremely  difficult at the top of Mearns Road.

19th January 2018

Weather report :

Clusters of heavy, slow moving snow showers expected, giving 1-2 hours of continuous snow, with drier periods in between. Snow accumulations of up to 5cm likely at lower levels, with the potential for 10cm above 150m. Up to 20-30cm of snow over highest routes.

16th January, 2018.  Please be aware that several parents have         reported that the road conditions around the Family Centre are very difficult this afternoon.  Snow is expected to continue this evening and tomorrow. Please allow extra time for travelling and take care on/ near the roads.

Information about adverse weather conditions and the impact on  local services is regularly updated on East Renfrewshire Council’s website:




Our January Newsletter is available from the following link:

 Hazeldene Family Centre News Jan 2018
Volume 2 Issue 4
Go to this Sway

Previous newsletters are available from the Information section of our website.

Primary 1 School Registration

Please click on the link below to access information regarding the Primary 1 application week and placing requests for session 2018-19.  This has also been published in the local press.

 Primary School Registration 2018

Christmas Letter 2017

Please click on the link below to access a special information letter from Head Teacher, Karen Shepherd.

Thank You.

Parent Letter Christmas 17


Please click on the links below to access our Christmas curriculum information.  This has also been emailed out.

Thank You

Christmas CfE 2017

Parent Prompt Christmas 2017


20th Anniversary Celebrations


We will be hosting an Open Day on Wednesday, 6th December, to celebrate 20 years since our official opening.

Former children,  current and former parents and colleagues are invited to drop in between 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. , 1.30 – 3.30 p.m. or 4.15 – 4.45 p.m.


Pre-School Parent Information Days were held in November:

Mon 6th – Purple Groups (Mrs Maureen Fagan & Miss Angela Ross)

Tues 7th – Blue Groups (Mrs Margaret Brown & Mrs Joanne McKeown)

Wed 8th – Green Groups (Ms Brenda Guarino & Mrs Janette McGinney)

Thurs 9th – Yellow Groups (Mrs Charlotte Tennant & Ms Gillian Cooke)

Fri 10th – Red Groups (Mrs Leeanne Dunnet & Miss Shannon Barbour)

If you did not manage to attend and would like a meeting to discuss your child’s progress, please speak with their key worker. Meetings for ante-pre-school children will be held in March, or you can  request a meeting earlier if you prefer.

Thank You

Please find attached below links to our Curriculum information on our Autumn backdrop theme, along with ideas for supporting your child’s learning at home.

CfE Autumn 2017

Parent prompt Autumn

Twitter Account

We share photos and the latest news about the Family Centre via Twitter. Our Twitter page is regularly updated with useful information and ideas to support your child’s learning and development, at home and in the community.

If you’ve not used Twitter before, this is a great place to keep up to date with the life and work of the Family Centre. You do not need to post anything and you can create an account with no photos or personal information, which allows you to read the Twitter pages.

You can follow us by searching for @HazeldeneFamC on



Our November  2017 Newsletter can be accessed from


Hazeldene Family Centre News
November 2017
Go to this Sway

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