Out of School Care Consultation 2019

The Scottish Government recognises that good quality, accessible out of school care is important for many families. It gives children opportunities to play, make friends, and build confidence and it can enable parents to take up work, training or study with the knowledge that their children are being cared for.

We have published a draft framework on Out of School Care which sets out what we know about the sector in Scotland and asks questions about what the Scottish Government can do ensure that out of school care better meets the needs of children and families.

You can find the draft framework and respond to each of the questions online here:
https://consult.gov.scot/children-and-families/out-of-school-care/

The consultation closes on Friday 6th of December. We will not be able to accept any responses after this date.

We want future policies on Out of School Care to be shaped by the people who would benefit from them. That is why it is crucial that we hear from parents and carers across the country about their views. It doesn’t matter if you currently use out of school care, if you have used it in the past, or if you have never used it at all – we want to hear from you about how out of school care can better meet your needs.

Out of School care poster

Parent Pack form

Parent Pack

HOME CARE RE-ABLEMENT WORKER Posts

If you’re looking for flexible employment that fits round family life,
then work as a Home Care re-ablement worker in East Renfrewshire could be for you.

Home care workers are the heart of our community, supporting residents to remain at home and to live as independently as possible.
If you are caring, empathetic, patient, dedicated and conscientious, then we want to hear from you.

As well as flexible working options to fit around family life, we also offer excellent training, admirable terms and conditions including pension benefits, enhanced hourly rates for unsociable hours and development opportunities.

Please call us on 0141 800 7182 and ask to speak to a Home Care manager,who will be happy to discuss the opportunities we have to offer.We look forward to your call.

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Book Week Scotland 2019

We are celebrating Book Week Scotland from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd November.  We will be exploring some brilliant Scottish books and well known books that  have been transformed into Scots and Glaswegian.

 

On Thursday 21st November we will take part in an Author’s live event which will celebrate 20 years of the Gruffalo with readings in Scots and Gaelic.

 

On Friday 22nd November we are holding a get together “A Blether Book Swap”.  There will chat, coffee, cakes and of course books that you may want to swap.  Please drop in from 9 to 11 and bring your friends and family – everyone is welcome!

Forest School Finale

We I It was our last week in the forest for most groups and we reflected on what we have enjoyed during our 10 weeks.  These are some of the experiences the children loved:

Getting muddy!

Swinging through the air!

Investigating nature!

Climbing trees!

Leaf art!

Toasting on the fire!

Today we celebrated our adventures in the forest with a sausage sandwich and a hot chocolate.

That’s Forest School over until February when we will have new groups of children to take on our adventures.

 

 

Big Fit Winter Family & Friends Walk 2019

We are busy getting our plans finalised for the Big Fit Winter Family & Friends Walk on Saturday 9th November.

We will meet in the car park from 8.45 and be ready to walk at 9am.  We will be walking to Busby Glen Park and then on into the the forest to the woodland walkway. This is the route we take to our Forest School site.

We will walk so far along the route and then return on a different path to the play park where there will be tea, coffee, water and something sweet waiting for us.  We aim to be back at Cart Mill by 11am.

Please come along and bring your family, friends and dogs too.  Everyone is welcome.

 

 

 

Pumpkin Feast

After all our Halloween celebrations last week we had lots of pumpkins left over! But what could we do with them?

The children had the wonderful idea that we could feed our feathered friends and other local wildlife with all the pumpkin mush inside.

First of all Helen cut the tops off our pumpkins then Fiona helped us set to work scraping out all the yummy pumpkin!

We had such great fun scraping the pumpkins out and we are so happy our wildlife friends are going to have very full tummys!

Fireworks Cookies!!

Today in the toddler room the children were being creative designing their own fireworks cookie! Firstly they added water to icing sugar and gave it a big stir. The children noticed the mixture getting thicker as they stirred. They added red food colouring to one cup of icing sugar and watched it change colour. We discussed what fireworks are and the different colours they create. The children then shouted some ‘crash’ and ‘bang’ noises that fireworks make. They topped their biscuits with coloured sprinkles to show the fireworks lighting up the sky. Everyone is excited to take their biscuit home to eat!! Yum Yum!

Let’s build a Spider!!!

Continuing our spooky Halloween theme in the studio, children decided to create their very own spiders with clay. Children chose the modelling clay to create their masterpieces. They were fascinated by its cold, firm texture and commented how hard it was to “squish it” compared to play dough. They touched it and squeezed it for little while till it became warmer and much more malleable.

Clay is one of the best media for young children to work with because of the easiness to achieve results and the open ended sculptural possibilities of things to create with it. Children chose pipe cleaners , pine cons, lollipop sticks and eyes to create their spiders. Clay is an excellent way to develop fine motor skills. This particular experience helped children to develop their knowledge of the world by talking about spiders and their body shape, number of legs,habitats  etc.