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A roundabout lot of fun !

Today our toddlers took full advantage of the lovely weather and visited our local park.

The children had the opportunity to crawl, walk, jump, balance and climb developing their physical skills, stamina and strength.

We were learning to share as we took turns on the swings and  were playing cooperatively as we all waited until our friends were on the roundabout before moving it.

The children enjoyed climbing on the frames, balancing on the wooden bridges, climbing up the grass mounds and the stairs of the big slide.

All the children had  an amazing morning of fun outdoors at the local park.


“Look at me, hands up”

”i am climbing up really high “

“I’ve crossed the bridge”

Can you find me ?

“See saw Marjorie doll”






Football Development Taster Programme 2019

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Football Development are offering children aged from 3 – 12 years a free taster session at one of their football sessions.

The free taster sessions are taking place between Monday 16th September and Sunday 22nd September and are in various locations across East Renfrewshire.

We have leaflets at reception which detail the sessions and the e-mail address to book a taster class so please pick one up!

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

Ad Hoc Nursery Sessions

Dear Parent/Carer

Additional nursery sessions can now be purchased by parents on an ad hoc basis, according to availability.

The available sessions will be uploaded to the ParentPay portal four weeks in advance and will provide additional support for parents on particular days when some extra childcare is needed on a one-off basis, such as for attending a medical appointment or going for an interview.

All sessions must be booked and paid for at least 48 hours in advance and are non-refundable. Sessions are charged at the rate of £2.25 per hour.

Please find below a guide to buying ad hoc nursery sessions on ParentPay and please speak to Janet in the office if you require further information.

ParentPay Ad hoc wrap Explained



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.


Holiday Provision – Forest School

Some of our Cart Mill children took a stroll to our Busy Glen Forest, we were amazed at how different it looked. The children commented on how the forest was darker, and greener. Our fire area has disappeared under some shrubs, we could no longer see the river from our forest however the children used their problem solving skills and climbed up the tree to see if they could see the water. As the water is one of our favourite areas for curiosity and exploration we ventured down through the long grass and shrubs and enjoyed exploring our senses.

We also problem solved and worked as a team using the rope, we tied one to a tree to assist us on going up the hill, and we made a tree swing. It was good to be back in our favourite calming and nurturing environment.

As you will see, our children are very confident within this environment and the activities were child-led throughout the day.