All posts by Sharon McKenna

Royal Scottish National Orchestra – Free Digital Summer Camp for Families

Join musicians and friends of Scotland’s National Orchestra as we present 6 weeks of digital activity for families and children of all ages over the summer break.  Utilising the resources developed over the past 18 months with world class musicians, an expert digital team and in partnership with Scotland’s teaching profession, the RSNO Summer Camp is packed full of musical activities, challenges and concert experiences and all content is completely FREE of charge.

The RSNO Summer Camp will run for six weeks and each week will focus on a different target audience:

• WEEK 1: Family Friendly Musical Challenges – #RSNO Challenge
Week commencing 5 July
• WEEK 2: Babies, Parents and Infants – Nursery Sounds
Week commencing 12 July
• WEEK 3: Nursery Age – Tara the Tugboat
Week commencing 19 July
• WEEK 4: Primary Age – Gaspard’s Foxtrot
Week commencing 26 July
• WEEK 5: Late primary/Secondary Age – Digital Concerts, Instrument Guides & Practice Resources for Young Musicians
Week commencing 2 August
• WEEK 6: Music and Wellbeing Focus – Interviews with special guests & family singing sessions
Week commencing 9 August

A member of the RSNO’s Learning and Engagement team will be online every Monday to answer any questions, offer advice and engage with participating families.

For more information visit

Sarah Jane’s Maternity Leave

Today we celebrated Sarah Jane’s last day before her Maternity Leave starts.  The children all gathered together to sing Twinkle Twinkle and to wish Sarah Jane the very best for the safe arrival of her baby 👶🏻

It was an emotional time for Sarah Jane and for us all.

We wish Sarah Jane the best for her maternity leave and we hope she gets some rest before  the baby arrives.

Safe in the Sun

At our centre we value learning in the outdoors and children have free access to the garden all day. There is a risk during periods of hot weather that children’s skin could be damaged by the harmful rays of the sun which could lead to skin cancer in later life.

When we experience a period of extended hot weather we would advise that you follow our sun protection protocol stated below.

• We would ask that you apply the first coat of sun cream to your child before you bring them to our centre in the morning or afternoon. Sun cream should have a factor of at least SPF 30 and have 4/5 star protection against UVA and UVB rays.
• Please leave a sun cream with us for your child which has their name on it.
• Staff will then apply further coats if and when required depending on the heat of the sun and the length of time spent outdoors or if they stay for an extended day.
• We would ask that your child always has a sun hat (one with a wide brim and neck protection is ideal) and at least a short sleeved T-shirt to protect their shoulders from the sun.

Following this protocol will ensure will ensure that children can continue to enjoy their outdoor experiences.

For more information on sun safety click this link to the NHS website

The Solihull Approach

Since 2012, the Scottish Government has supported the work of the Psychology of Parenting Project (PoPP), run within NHS Education for Scotland (NES), to ensure that parents and families have the support they require to help promote their child’s social, emotional and behavioural development.

The Solihull Approach was developed by Health Visitors, Child Psychologists and Child Psychotherapists in 1996. It is embedded in child development and psychological theory.

The Solihull Approach Online courses available are for all parents and carers across Scotland and are FREE. In addition, the ‘Understanding your brain’ course is specifically written for teenagers to access directly. The courses are available in several languages and with an audio narration.

Solihull Approach Online Implementation Guide March 2021


World Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week 15th – 19th March

Lots of socks is a fun initiative to raise the profile of Downs Syndrome throughout the world.  The Awareness Day for us was today the19th March and this was chance to raise awareness with our children and their families.

Why socks? Well, because chromosomes look like socks and people with Downs Syndrome have an extra chromosome! “Lots of Socks” is acknowledged around the world as being associated with Down’s Syndrome.

We thank you for your kind donations for Down’s Syndrome Scotland.  Here is a quote from them about why today is so special

“This year, we want Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week to reach out to everyone in Scotland as we invite you to #TakeAStepForward and join us in celebrating the value and contribution of people with Down’s syndrome to Scottish life.  We still have a lot to do in tackling discrimination and creating truly equal opportunities for everyone living with an extra chromosome.”

A Sunny Forest School

Today we had the most amazing weather which lit up our forest and wakened up some of the plants and flowers.

The children began exploring and the spotted horseshoe shapes in the mud.

The children loved climbing the tree and they felt so comfortable up there as you can see.

But the real fun was the mud and don’t be surprised if there is still some mud on your child tonight!

Supporting Children and Young People in Challenging Times


East Renfrewshire Educational Psychology Service is delivering three online one-hour parents’ sessions in March. The aim of these will be to explore how Covid has affected how children and young people think, feel and behave, and to discuss ways that you can support your child through the current challenges.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the brief online form with information about your child’s age and needs, and select which session you would like to attend. Please respond by the 2nd of March if you are hoping to attend Session 1, and respond by the 9th of March if you are hoping to attend Session 2 or 3. Please also include any questions that you would like to be answered in the session:

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