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Welcome back!

Welcome back to all of our children and their families.  It’s going to be an exciting term as we try to fit in as much learning and fun as we can into the next eight weeks.

We have recently interviewed for additional staff and we hope that the new permanent staff will join our team in the next few weeks.  In the meantime we have temporary staff who have joined us and we also have students that are on placement with us.  There are lots of new faces and I would like to introduce them to you now.

Temporary Staff




Dorothy (here till Friday 27th)






The Big Fit Walk at Cart Mill Family Centre is fast approaching!

Big Fit Walk Poster 2017

We’re going for a walk and everyone is invited!

Please put Saturday 18th November in your diary to come along and walk with your child and the rest of our children, families and staff as we head to Busby Glen Park.

The route will be an easy one, up to an hour long, providing a gentle walk with lots of opportunity for fresh air, exercise and most importantly chat! Oh and tea/coffee/water and healthy snacks will be provided at our mid way point.

Please get in touch with Lorraine Glendinning,  Depute Head of Centre to let her know if you are interested in taking part.



Have your say on East Renfrewshire Council’s 2018-2021 budget consultation

Dear Parents and Guardians,

East Renfrewshire Council is consulting on its budget for 2018-2021.   Your responses to this consultation will help shape councillors’ decision making about how our budget will be spent over the next three years.

The Council’s budget covers a huge range of services, including education, schools, early learning and childcare, social care, roads, cleansing and housing.

While the Council does not yet know its exact budget, with the Scottish Government not due to confirm the annual grant settlement until December, ERC is expecting to have to make savings in the region of £26million between 2018 and 2021.  This is in addition to £37million of savings the Council has already made since 2012.

A range of proposed savings to meet the £26million shortfall has been published for consultation and is available at   Parent Council Chairs have been invited to a series of meetings as part of the Budget Conversation, but we are keen to hear from as many parents as possible on the savings proposals set out in the Budget Booklet, a small number of hard copies of which are available in schools or at this link.

The consultation will be open until 28 November, with the final budget being decided by elected members at a meeting of the full council on 8 February 2018.

Many thanks,

East Renfrewshire Council

Family Cooking

Ellie, Tommy’s mum decided to cook Garlic Chicken Curry.

We managed to put together a shopping list to make sure we had all the ingredients. Jenny helped Sophie and Lucy chop grapes and peppers. The girls did really well and managed to complete the task by themselves. Jenny brought some quorn so that everyone could enjoy the meal.

The children and their parents chopped the peppers. Mamoona Adam’s mum and Rhonda were busy chopping the onions. Someone must! Athar, Adam’s dad helped Adam to chop some pineapple. Elizabeth, Joseph, Mark and Thomas really enjoyed helping to prepare the meal.

Ellie marinated the chicken and quorn ready to cook Then Amanda, Declan and Leon’s looked on as the ingredients were put into the large pans. It smelled delicious. Once it was cooked we all sat down and tasted the dish.  We ate rice, curry and nan bread, it was yummy.

Welcome to the World Baby Erin!

I am so excited to tell you that Jillian had her baby this morning and it’s a girl!

Erin Isabella Reynolds arrived at 4.48am and weighed 8lbs 15oz.  Mummy and Baby Erin are both doing well.

Erin is the first baby to be born by a member of staff since Cart Mill opened in August 2015 and we just can’t wait to meet her.

Congratulations Jillian and Chris!  Welcome to the world Erin!

Come and experience Autumn with our Family and Friends Walking Group

logoPaths for All is a charity which champions everyday walking in Scotland.

“A physically active lifestyle improves our all round health. Health is more than the absence of illness – it is a balance of physical, social and mental factors. Walking is  a great way to improve our health –  in all ways”

Paths for All (2015)

As I have completed my Walk Leader training with the above organisation, it is my pleasure to be able to lead community walks from our centre.

We would like to encourage as many people as possible to come along and join us next Thursday 5th October at 9.15am on our very first group walk. We plan to walk from the centre to Greenbank Gardens, where we will have a break, then walk back to the centre. The route has been risk assessed and is safe and accessible for buggies too.

As a family centre, at drop off and collection times, we often see parents, aunties, uncles, carers and grandparents, who are the important people that support your child and family. We want to encourage them to join us on our walks too, so please make them aware that if they have a spare hour on a Thursday morning, they will be made most welcome.

So what do you need to bring?

As we experience all 4 seasons in one day (sometimes in 1 hour), here in bonny Scotland, I would ask that you dress appropriately and bring a bottle of water. Plan to be outdoors for the duration of the walk, which will last approximately one hour. We will provide tea, coffee and biscuits as essential fuel at our halfway point!

You will be asked to complete a very short registration form on your first walk and if you would like any more information or have any questions please get in touch .

I hope to see you next Thursday 5th October  at 9.15am.

Please contact the centre to let me know if you are coming along.

Lorraine Glendinning

Depute Head of Centre