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World Book Week

We are looking forward to seeing the potatoes you have created this week so please bring them in and tell us all about their story.

We would like volunteers to come in and read a story to our children during this week – grandparents, aunties and uncles can come in too!

Please make sure that you take some slips home to record the stories that you are reading your children.  We have a target of 1000 stories and we need you to help.

Toddlers wish for snow

The toddlers have been excited watching the snow showers and discovering how cold the ice and snow is to touch. The toddlers have spent time making their own snowflake pictures using different materials to paint with. The children used paint brushes,sponge dappers and kitchen brushes to make different patterns in their snowflakes. They have also been practising their fine motor skills using scissors to cut out their snowflakes

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.


We began to water the plants…

It all started because our plants looked thirsty after all the lovely hot sun we have had. Jaweria brought out the hose so the the children could water the plants but the children had other ideas, they wanted to water each other! Luckily everyone was protected in their puddle suits so they could all run in and out of the cooling fountain of water while watching it sparkle in the sun.