Milngavie Early Learning Centre

news for parents

March 18, 2019
by K. Cameron

Name the Boat Competition

Today Mr Graham drew the lucky ticket for our Name the Boat Competition- the winner was Georgia Brown with her name – Finn.  Well done Georgia -we will be having a launch after the Easter Holidays and asking you to be our very special guest.

On opening the box we found lots and lots of brilliant suggestions.  We loved “Crab-Sea-Ness-Bit”, “Give us a Wave!”, “Knot for Sale”, “Fish and Ships”, “Flounder” , “Vitamin Sea”,  “Codswallop” and  “Happy Cruiser”.  We had some lovely, thoughtful entries – “Imagination” and “Friend-ship”.  We also had lots of names the children had come up with themselves “John”, “Steven”, “Annabel”, “The MCC Bobbin Winder”, “The Black, Black Bloomer”, “Bertie the Boat”, “Zak Attack”, “Taffy” “Lelli Kelli Rose Cherry”, “Sand”, “Lady Valerie” and “Captain Captain” Many thanks for all the entries – we raised a brilliant £86!!!

We look forward to a fun launch for the Good Ship Finn next term.  Thank you for your support!!

March 18, 2019
by K. Cameron

Thank you to Eric for all your hard work

We now have a completed wall of railway sleepers in the garden, thanks to Eric Avenier, one of our lovely dads.  Eric worked really hard to complete the retaining wall of sleepers and the end result is amazing.  He also replaced the wood on one of our steps which had rotted and broken, making it safe for us to keep playing in our lovely outdoor space.  Eric has spent hours and hours of his own precious time working on our outdoor area for us this year.  He has felled trees, cleared a wilderness of brambles, built the wall and fixed our steps.

We really appreciate all his hard work.  So will our gardening group, as all this reduces the amount of landscaping we still need to change and allows us to make more progress, more quickly.

A massive Merci Beaucoup to Eric!!!!!!

March 18, 2019
by K. Cameron

Forest Kindergarten – Revised dates

We are postponing the Forest Kindergarten sessions on Friday 29th April.  We have our pop up cafe in Nursery that day and school is closing at 2.30pm.  (We are still open till 6pm)

We apologise for the interruptions to our sessions  this term  We know how much the children enjoy them, so we are adding on 2 more sessions at the beginning of next term on Friday 26th April and Friday 3rd May.  Fingers crossed for some lovely spring weather without the gale force winds.

March 18, 2019
by K. Cameron

Monday Morning again and Mo is a granny!

An exciting start to our week – Maureen is now a granny!  Ruairidh Robert Kennedy arrived in the early hours of Saturday.  His mum, Louise and wee Ruairidh are doing well, and will be home with daddy – Andrew – in a couple of days!  Congratulations to all their families – he’s a gorgeous wee baby!

Monday brings the SFA coaches to the gym for the pre-schoolers coaching session.

On Tuesday we will be taking groups of children down to Tesco’s car park to visit the Story Bus, for some special storytime fun.

On Wednesday the Yellow and Green groups are going to the gym in the morning, and all our wee sessional afternoon children will be going in the afternoon.

On Friday we are doing some more anger management with Twiggle and his pals- exploring our feelings and how to cope with them.  Our Forest Kindergarten groups will be visiting the woods – wind speed permitting.

Next Friday is our Nursery Tea Party – there are still plenty of spaces for people to sign up and come for a cup of tea and lovely cake, served by some very special wee waiters and waitresses.  If you would like to be a parent helper on the day or contribute some lovely cakes, they would be very gratefully received – please contact Clare at

Many thanks for your Red Nose Day donations – we raised £25.17 and had great fun!

Photos are still refusing to upload to the blog and I’m sad because we’ve got some lovely ones of our wee red nosed superstars.  I’ve contacted our IT department so I’m hoping this will be resolved soon.




March 11, 2019
by K. Cameron

It’s Monday! Brrrrr its cold and very, very slippy! Please take care!

The snow has thawed but suddenly it’s really icy – please take great care!  The pavements and car park round the school are treacherous!

Monday is football day in Nursery for our pre-school children, with the visiting SFA coach.  Wednesday is our gym day for the Red and Orange groups.

On Wednesday we are having our  BA teaching students who start a three week placement with us in April, in for the day.

Friday is Red Nose Day and it is “Wear something red to nursery day!”  There were interesting comments in the news at the weekend about the plastic red noses which are on sale for the day.  They cost £1.25 – only 65p of this goes to Comic Relief.  They also contribute to the mountain of plastic rubbish we have to get rid of.  Maybe this is the year to paint your nose red with lipstick and give the money to the charity instead!!!  One school in England has decided to do this and gained David Attenborough’s seal of approval.  The company which sell them have also been particularly cynical this year, encouraging children to “collect them all”.   We are looking forward to having lots of fun this Friday, with or without noses, making Red Nose Day cakes and enjoying some crazy activities.  Don’t worry if your child doesn’t own anything red – dressing up is never compulsory!

We also have Mr Snappy and Friends coming to nursery with Susan on Friday for a fun filled music session, and our wee Forest Kindergarteners will be taking their red noses to Barloch moor for forest fun!

There is a sheet in the hall which you can sign up for a booking for our Pop Up Cafe on Friday 25th March – it is just beside the Nursery Uniform display.  Please sign up – it’s going to be fab!!

It’s the last week of the Name the Boat Competition – there are entry forms in the hall on the radiator and a wee box for the suggestions and the money!  All proceeds go to funding the refurbishment of our magnificent green boat!  Many thanks!

March 8, 2019
by K. Cameron

New cosy book corner

Many thanks to Laura – Charlie’s mum – for the lovely sofa!  It is a huge hit with the children and reading stories has become a firm favourite since we got it.

March 7, 2019
by K. Cameron

Friday 15th March- Wear something red for red nose day!

We are getting into the spirit of Comic Relief by having a day where we wear red and do some crazy and funny things.  This is fairly standard for Milngavie Early Learning Centre, but we will be upping the craziness just for the day.  We will be reading crazy stories, singing funny songs, trying some very silly activities, making crazy Red Nose Cakes and laughing lots!

We will put a collection box in the hall for anyone wishing to make a donation to Comic Relief.  Forest kindergarten will still be happening, weather permitting, for the pre-school children who went last week.  They can try out making each other laugh in the woods instead!!

March 7, 2019
by K. Cameron

29th March- Pop Up Cafe in the Nursery-All Welcome!

On Friday 29th March we are holding a very special tea party – an opportunity for our wee ones to invite their mums, dads, grannies, aunties etc to come along to our pop up cafe, where they can serve them with lovely home baking.  

We have done this previously and the children really enjoyed being the waiters and waitresses for their families and friends.  We have also raised money for nursery projects and resources with the donations we received.

Clare Forbes has very kindly offered to be Cafe Manager and organiser this year- a job not for the faint hearted! 

We will be doing some heavily supervised baking with the children in nursery, and will also be asking for donations of home baking for our cafe.  If you could bake for us, we would be very grateful, and ask if you could email Clare at, to let her know what you are bringing, so we can plan what we need to make.  We also ask if you could put your baking on a plate with your name on the bottom, so we can return it to you after the party. 

We will be involving the children in planning and organising the event and they will be working in the cafe and on the door, on the day.  The tea party will be a fund raising event with the children deciding what the money raised should be spent on in the nursery. 

Please come along and bring friends – it is lovely to see all our wee ones being the important helpers and serving their families with lovely cakes!  Sign up in the Nursery Hall for a time to come along!!  We are hoping to be really busy!

March 4, 2019
by K. Cameron

Springy Monday Morning News

Good morning- we have another busy, fun packed, week of  learning ahead in nursery.  We are looking at signs of Sping, which are suddenly all around us.  There was great excitement  this morning when we spotted a deer in the orchard!  Frogs are regularly seen in the garden – who knows what else we will see today!?

Our SFA coaching session is on today for our pre-school children.

On Wednesday – green and yellow am groups are going to the gym, and all our pm sessional children.

On Friday our Forest Kindergarten sessions are taking place on Barloch Moor for the children who went last Friday.  We were lucky – the weather stayed dry and we had great fun setting out our boundaries and exploring the woods.  Fingers crossed for another lovely day on Friday.  Please could we dress warmly with extra socks, gloves and hats as the weather is still chilly and hours of being outside require layers of warm clothing!

Our learning focus this week is on number recognition – numbers 1-5.  We will be displaying numbers in all areas of the nursery, matching the numbers first, and learning their names, then going on to number washing lines where we can practise sequencing them.  Although some of our children can do this, it is always good to consolidate our knowledge and really embed good number knowledge and we are going to have fun doing it!

Word of the week, this week is “Environment”



February 25, 2019
by K. Cameron

Wheech! Another weekend over and it’s Monday Again!

It is forecast to be a nice day and we are playing out in the garden.   Last week we had a really great time outside – we found a frog, did lots of climbing and built amazing things with tyres and sticks.  We have been aboard our currently unnamed boat, and it is really great for climbing, jumping and imaginative play.  We would be very grateful if you would enter our NAME THE BOAT Competition, to give our boat a name.  There is a box for suggestions in the hall and entries cost £2 each – all proceeds go to the renovation of our playboat!!  The winner will get to officially launch our boat and unveil their chosen name!!

We also have a wonderful new sofa in the book corner – thanks to Laura, Charlie’s mum, who very kindly gave us a really solid, immaculate leather sofa.  Thanks to, to Eric and his friend, who Emile calls Coco Bee, for bring it from Charlie’s house to our nursery.  It was a tough job as it is very big, and heavy, and comfortable!!  We are looking forward to lots of snuggly stories in the book corner!

Eric and Richard also worked incredibly hard last weekend, chopping down the trees which were blocking all the light from our nursery playrooms.  It has made an amazing difference and we now have lots of big logs to use as stepping stones and building materials.  Many, many thanks for all your hard work Eric – you are an absolute star!!

This week we are starting on Monday with SFA football coaching for our pre-school children. Wednesday is gym day for our morning Orange and Red Groups and our afternoon sessional children.

On Friday we are meeting Twiggle and his friends again,  for more fun chat about how to manage our emotions, in another PAThS session.


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