Pancake Tuesday!

Today the toddlers were celebrating Pancake Tuesday! They were all very involved in helping to make our egg free pancakes! After hand washing the children helped to weigh and mix the ingredients in a bowl. They all had a turn at stirring the mixture. We then all went to the family room to see the mixture turn into pancakes. The children beautifully sang ‘Pop a Little Pancake’ whilst waiting. The pancakes smelled yummy!! Once back in the playroom the children crushed strawberries to make jam and spread it on their own pancake. We had banana on top too! What a tasty snack! The toddlers gave a big thumbs up to eating fresh pancakes!

Healthier Minds

The  aim of this Healthier Minds Resource is to help parents find the information you need to develop children and young people’s talents and abilities in a way that will support them to meet life’s common challenges, develop their resilience, and have healthier minds as a result.  The links below will take you a video explaining why this resource has been developed and to the healthier minds resources.

The resource has been developed by East Renfrewshire’s Educational Psychologists. There is more information on the resources and supports available in the booklet for parents below.

Healthier Minds parents’ document final

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.




Stay and Play Week

It’s Stay and Play Week from Monday 4th to Friday 8th November.  We have a selection of experiences that staff will lead across the week that we hope you will be able to come along to.  Please click on the link below to view the timetable.

We welcome parents  and other family members at any time next week so that you can experience play alongside your child.

We look forward to seeing you next week!

Stay and Play Week November 2019

Wonderful Care Inspectorate Report

We are pleased to share with you our most recent Care Inspection Report which has now gone live on the Care Inspectorate’s website.

The entire team here in the centre are delighted that the inspection went so well and that the inspectors got a real sense of our family centre.  Thank you to all of our parents and carers who completed questionnaires and spoke to the inspectors when they were here.

The grades we were awarded are:

The Excellent grade for the quality of our environment is extra special to us as we place such a high value on children learning outdoors and in the forest.  This is what the inspectors said

“The service were committed to providing children with valuable outdoor experiences both within the nursery garden and in the wider community. All of the children had continual access to the nursery garden and we observed them moving freely between the two areas. Outdoor clothing was available for all the children which meant they were not restricted by poor weather. We were impressed by how the children aged two to three moved confidently between the two areas.

They were supported by enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff who planned for and extended their interest, curiosity and supported them in taking appropriate risks. Children had grown vegetables to make soup and during our visit they were making crumble from rhubarb grown in the garden. Towards the end of the day several children toasted croissants on the fire pit.

The head teacher was a qualified Forest School leader and led a programme of woodland visits to local woods. She was supported by staff who shared her enthusiasm. All children were part of a programme of visits to a local woods, some had the opportunity to spend a day in the woodland. We saw that the staff team were skilled in leading learning outdoors and the benefit to all children of engaging in natural settings was clearly evident.”

Please click on the link below to access the full inspection report.

CI Inspection Report 2019


Welcome back to our returning children and a great big Cart Mill welcome to our new children and families who will be joining us this session.  I hope you have a had a great Summer.

There have been a few staff changes which I would like to update you on now so that you can become familiar with all of our staff team.

Lisa is our new Depute Head of Centre and she started in this post at the beginning of August.

Sarah is a Child Development Officer and is the new Keyworker for Stephanie’s group.  Sarah has been here throughout the summer and is permanent to our centre.

Fiona was a student with us last session and is now a qualified Child Development Officer and the new Keyworker to Lynn’s group.  Fiona is permanent to our centre.

Lauren joined us last week and is a Child Development Officer and Keyworker.

Carly joined us last week and is a Child Development Officer and Keyworker.


Mud Sports Day

MUD DAY !!!!!!!

Today we had a vision and it came to life. Our children explored their senses through jelly, mud, water, bubbles, gloop, flour and grass. The children were allowed to get as muddy as possible and to share this experience with the full Cart Mill family.

Children within this developmental stage it is crucial to engage in outdoor experience, thus experience allowed children to explore the world around them in a fun and unfamiliar way. The children also develop their social skills, risk taking, gross motor skill and physical ability through this experience. This is an great example of “learning through play “.

This was not only for the children but also for the staff. This type of experience is known to provide joy and happiness if we let it and today at Cart Mill we did just that. Laughter filled the air and fun was had by all.

Please keep an an eye on the board in the hall way for more mud day pictures. Thank you to everybody who helped to make this work, especially you the parents, this was a huge success.

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