Category Archives: Special Event

Pumpkin Soup

Today Megan and the children made Pumpkin Soup.. It smelled so lovely and soon everyone wanted to try some! The children were involved in every aspect of the cooking process. Halloween is just around the corner.. lots of children are heading off to parties this weekend. Remember that next week is “Dressing Up ” week, there will be seasonal activities and experiences going on all week so we expect to see some spooky costumes..

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.



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

Play Scotland

I have organised an event to celebrate National Play Day which is traditionally held on the first Wednesday of August each year . This year it is on Wednesday 2nd August. It is the annual celebration of the Child’s Right to Play and a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of Play. On Playday and throughout the summer, thousands of children and young people in communities will get out and play at hundreds of locally organised Playday events across the UK.

The event is open to all familes, please come and join us if you can.

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Lets play again

Another great day with lots of young children and their family’s joining us for “Let’s Play.”

Today the children led their family outdoors to explore the family centre garden. Some children chose to build obstacle courses using the loose parts and others decided to explore some role play with the strange and wonderful creatures in the soil.

Mums, dads and carers joined in play following their child’s particular interest. Cameron’s mum and dad had fun telling stories with the make believe sock puppets.

Tommy wondered what it would sound like if he were to shout into a cone, it was very loud!!

What a year that was!!

Here’s a wee look back over the last 12 months……

We said goodbye and Good Luck to some of our friends.


We learned the new skill of Baby Massage… which some seemed to find very relaxing

We achieved our Silver Award for Family Centred Approaches!

We shared our learning environment with new friends in the community.

We spent time in the Forest learning together in the natural environment.

We said Goodbye to our Shona

And our Anita…


and hosted some very important guests.. receiving our commemoration plaque.


We showed off our Easter Bonnets at Williamwood High to all our friends there.

We made pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.

And tasted haggis on Robert Burns Day..

Santa found us in our new centre! Hurrah!

We moved house!

We learned about Bookbug and now enjoy regular sessions.

We watched our building being built with great patience..

We said Goodbye to the Portakabin..

We decided to create a Charter which we all agreed on.

Our sign arrived, we were very excited!

Our plan for the year…

InspectionReport Final

We had our first inspection by the Care Inspectorate..

We had fun out and about during the summer.

And also at our Fun Day..



Work began in earnest on our new building.

Lets not forget last years entry into Greenbank Gardens Competition.

And that brings us back to this time (roughly) a year ago. I have missed lots out as you can imagine as we are very busy all the time, but its nice to look back at some of the highlights.

Now its time to look forward to the summer ahead as we continue to play and learn together at Cart Mill. Keep in touch everyone.