This morning we were delighted to host elected members and members of East Renfrewshire Council’s Directorate here at our centre to celebrate our official opening.
Provost Alastair Carmichael seemed particularly impressed with our centre , calling it a “first class facility”, and made a vote of thanks to all staff involved in the designing and building of Cart Mill Family Centre.
Councillor Elaine Green handed over our commemorative plaque, as she spoke of the “real happy and friendly buzz, that was started in its temporary facilities and continues into their new home”.
Councillor Green mentioned that outdoor play is a particular strength at Cart Mill. This led very nicely into the children performing their Forest School song “We love the Forest”, and telling some of their forest tales.
The children’s performance stole the show (as always), and special thanks go to Abby and Holly Constable for performing their ceremonial duty so beautifully.
Many thanks to Elizabeth, Joseph’s mum for this picture of our brand new sign! She knew how excited we would be when we saw it. We can’t wait to get into our new centre and share it with you all.
Welcome back to all our families and children who were not with us during the October school holiday week. You may have noticed how busy we have been while you were away! We have packed lots of boxes and some of the children who returned today were a bit confused at the changes we have made to the playrooms as we prepare to move. It was interesting to see how quickly they adapted and became engaged in the experiences on offer which speaks volumes about how settled they are with us. The children are very excited about their “new nursery”. Scott wanted to know if Anita and Siobhan are coming with us. Connor said ” we have to make sure we take all our toys!”
Of course we made time for some pumpkin carving. These are a work in progress. Pictures to follow tomorrow.
Yesterday Jillian, Lorraine, Rhonda and Sharon began moving some of our furniture over to the new centre.
We moved around 50 boxes that were packed last week and we had a couple of janitors to help and a big van.
It was exciting to think that we will soon be welcoming our children and their families to this amazing new centre.
The children have been exploring print and used the story of the prints involved in the building of our new centre as the link to explore real tracks and prints.
Print from a builder’s hand.
Tracks that brought the resources to Newford Grove.
The brick print which makes up the foundation of our new family centre.
I was lucky to get a second chance to visit our new centre this afternoon and so much has changed since my last visit only two weeks ago. I needed to do some last minute measuring before I place the orders for new furniture. We are hopeful that we will be in the new centre by the end of October and I am making the plans for the move as I write this blog piece. The details of the move will be with you soon. Here are a few of the photos I took today!
The glass entrance doors and the window for the welcome area to the left – a lovely bright space.
The secure doors from the entrance area into the corridor and then the doors to the playrooms.
The sinks are all in offering adult and child height washing facilities in all playrooms.
The walls, ceilings and skirting are almost complete – the simple white walls with the grey windows is very effective.
I love this kitchen. It has so much space in the centre that we will be able to move a table into the centre when we want to bake with the children. There are still appliances to be fitted but this kitchen is looking great so far. The kitchen is in the family room and will be used by children, parents and staff.
The outdoor area at the rear of the building with a very handy canopy. The area will have a tarmac path around the edge of the building, grass and a safety play surface.
The canopy coming out from the side of the building at the toddler room.
The exterior wood cladding is complete and work has commenced on levelling the ground. Our new centre is almost complete on the inside and just needs a few more weeks of work on the exterior – everyone at Cart Mill is on a high as we look forward to moving into this amazing new centre in the not too distant future.
The children went on a visit this morning to see our new centre at Newford Grove. They noticed when they arrived that the front of the building looked different and they recongnised it was a different colour from the rest of the building. The children had a look at the builders working and had conversations about what they might be doing. They then did their own sketches of how the building is looking now using their observation skills. Everyone is very excited about the new build and the children were very excited to share this experience with their friends when they got back.
Back in the Family Centre the children have been constructing the new build using the wooden blocks. The children have been working together and problem solving to come up with different constructions. They have been talking about what the new build will look like inside and the different rooms that there will be.
The children then went on a hunt in the woodland area next to the new build to look for some sticks for the numeracy area in the garden and this is what they found…..
Today I visited the building site of our new centre and had the opportunity to go inside. It is big and has lots of space for children, families and staff. It’s so exciting to see the building now really taking shape and it won’t be long until we are moving in. We will let you know when we have a firm date for moving to the new centre. Here is a peak at some of the photos I took today.
The outside wooden render is in progress and looks really good.
The entrance and welcome area.
The main office housing Shona, Senior Clerical Assistant. It will also be a base for our Depute Heads of Centre, Lorraine and Rhonda.
One of 3 cloakroom areas. There will be pegs on both walls.
The toddler room – large window and door to the outside play areas.
The toddler room stable door. I am so pleased that my request for this type of door has been granted. It will allow the toddlers to explore the larger playrooms when the door at the bottom is open or just to hear the older children at play when the top door is open. I want our youngest children and the older children to feel connected in one large space.
One of the 3 large playrooms with large window and door to the outside.
Looking across 2 of the large playrooms that interconnect with a third.
Our Family Room.
A lovely, long, central corridor.
My office which will have a small meeting space.
Following our visits to our new centre, the children are enjoying recreating buildings in our construction area. Scott thought it would be a good idea to measure length and height so that is what we did!
In this way we are exploring the experiences and outcomes of early level numeracy. Please follow the link to find out more about how we learn at the early level of Curriculum for Excellence.
Early Level Numeracy