Milngavie Early Years Centre

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February 25, 2021
by Ms C McMenemy
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Online Coffee and Chat for Parents – Monday 1st March at 10am

Due to social distancing measures parents no longer have the opportunity to chat with other parents at drop-off / pick-up time. We are also unable to invite parents into the centre for our previously very successful and well attended Tea and Talk parent sessions. Our survey results show that parents are missing having a blether with staff and other parents and therefore are keen to take part in our online parent coffee break. We have arranged for the first online parent coffee break to take place on Monday 1st March at 10am.  All parents and carers welcome! So pop the kettle on, pour yourself a cuppa and join Julie (our Family Champion), some staff and other parents for an informal catch-up online. To take part please email cmcmenemy@milngavie.e-dunbarton.sch.uk

February 25, 2021
by Ms C McMenemy
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Key messages to keep safe!

The Scottish Government and the Parent Club have developed a campaign to help parents understand the current restrictions. The key messages of the campaign are: adults wear face coverings at drop off / pick-up,  1 adult only at drop off/ pick-up, adults remain 2 metres apart, avoid car-sharing and self-isolate if anyone in your household has symptoms.

 

February 22, 2021
by K. Cameron
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Welly Waddle Sponsorship Money

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the fund for our new wall of sleepers.  Eric has been working extremely hard in all weathers.  He dug out all the rotten wood and made new, level concrete foundations.  He has built a very strong,  retaining wall from sleepers.  This is a massive improvement on what was there before- both in terms of strength and aesthetics!  Eric is also putting in a set of steps so we can access the upper level of the garden more quickly and we are planning on moving some tables up there to use for arts and crafts and picnics in the summer.

This is a huge project – the materials are all expensive because they need to last.  We could not even think about tackling this project without Eric, who is working for us for free.

We are very grateful for all contributions – thank you so much for your very kind donations.  If you have not yet donated and would like to, there is still time.  You can send Welly Waddle Donations in to nursery in an envelope. Many, many thanks for helping us complete this urgent project.  We are really looking forward to a time when we can invite mums and dads into the nursery garden for a garden party, to see all the amazing improvements Eric has carried out this year.

February 22, 2021
by K. Cameron
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Welcome back!!

 

We are so happy to be able to welcome our children back into nursery today, and are looking forward to a fun week with our friends.  We are also welcoming some new children and families to our wee nursery community, and hope that we can make them feel happy and settled very quickly.  The weather is meant to be dry today so we’ll be exploring our outdoor spaces and getting to know them again.

A plea from our staff – please could all clothing for nursery be clearly labelled with your child’s name.  Particularly shoes and wellies!  As we encourage independence, things inevitably end up in strange places and, without a name, can be hard to return to their owner.  Because of our covid restrictions, please don’t let your wee one bring toys or bags into nursery.  Spare clothes can be put in the nursery bag on their peg.  Please just hand them to staff at the gate.  Many thanks with this.

The children come in to nursery via the Daisy Room Playground and the Nursery Ramp (for the Rainbow Room).  This morning if you head for the ramp, a member of our staff will welcome you and direct your child to their room for this week.

It feels really good to be returning to a little bit of normal.  Hopefully it won’t be long till all our children are back at school again.  No home learning tasks from Nursery this week – yippee!  Lots of learning through play with friends instead!!

See you soon!

February 19, 2021
by K. Cameron
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Rainy Day Art with Elaine Jeffrey

Elaine has sent us some lovely rainy day activities.  I hope you enjoy trying these!

 

Hi everyone,

As it has been raining for the last couple of days, I thought that we would look at some creative activities to do in the rain.

 Rain Art

For this activity all you need is kitchen roll and felt tip pens.

 

Take a piece of kitchen roll and decorate it using the pens, use as many colours as you can for the best results. I drew a flower and some patterns.

Now put your picture on a tray or lid (I had to put little plant pots in the corners to hold the paper down as it was really windy) and set it out in the rain and watch the changes that the rain makes to it! These are my pictures after they had been hit by the rain drops! Look how they changed.

You can now bring your pictures indoors to dry.

Wet Chalk Drawing/Writing

It’s a different experience to draw with chalk on a wet surface. The colours are more vibrant and the chalk is easier to draw with too! Here are drawings that I made on the slabs in my garden.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and I look forward to seeing you all next week.

Elaine J. x

February 17, 2021
by K. Cameron
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In Memory of Our Ellen – 21/2/99 – 27/5/19

On Saturday, we are holding a special, little. private ceremony in our orchard.  We are planting three trees in memory of a very special pupil – Ellen Burnip.  Ellen was a pupil at both our nursery and Primary School and tragically died, aged just 20, in 2019.

Ellen’s mum, Ann- got in touch with Mr Graham and asked if she could plant some fruit trees in the orchard in Ellen’s memory.

Trees are a beautiful way to celebrate a life, particularly Ellen’s.  At nursery, Ellen loved the outdoors – muddy puddles, hide and seek, and climbing trees.  As she grew up she had a great love for animals – particularly dogs and horses.   Planting fruit trees that flower beautifully in the spring, and fruit in the autumn seems particularly fitting for such an outdoor spirit.

Ellen’s family  friends will be planting 3 trees in the orchard, around our blueberry bed that we sow wild flowers in, each spring – a beautiful place to remember a beloved daughter, sister, pupil and friend.

Our tree planting is taking place at 11am on Saturday 20th February .

 

February 16, 2021
by K. Cameron
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How are you feeling right now?

If you have not had a look at the Learning Journal Task this week – here is something you might like to do instead.  It’s a wee check-in to see how your child is feeling just now.  Some of our little ones might be feeling a bit worried about coming back to nursery after such a long break, and it would be really helpful for us to know who might need a wee bit of extra support.  It also gives us a sense of what current interests might be and what we can work on together, to make learning fun and relevant.  You can print this or just make your own sheet. Remember to bring it in on your first day back to share with your keyworker.  Alternatively you could upload it to your child’s learning journal.   Many thanks!

February 15, 2021
by K. Cameron
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Monday Morning News- exciting update on our wall rebuild and another Sing Along Story Time

Good morning!! A week today we will be back in  nursery!  We are so looking forward to being back and seeing all our little ones again.  We will be welcoming some new boys and girls to nursery too, that were due to start back in January.  We are hoping for some nice spring weather so we can enjoy looking for signs of Spring in the Nursery garden, playground and orchard.

Eric has made a great start on rebuilding the rotted wooden wall.  He has completely demolished the old wall and is set to cement in the foundations for the new one.  We have had an email from our wonderful PTA who have donated £400 to help us buy the materials for the new wall.  This is extremely generous of the PTA – they have not been able to fund raise at all this year and we are so grateful for such a large donation.

If you have been out welly waddling and have raised any money for our wall fund, we would be very grateful for any donations.  You can hand them in to nursery this week in a sealed envelope, or bring them in next week.  It will be amazing to see the wall and new steps to the upper level of the garden take shape.

On Wednesday, following on from the great success of our on-line Teams Sing Along and Story Time on Friday, we are having another live event with Julie and Claire.  So many of you came along on Friday and made it a great experience.  If you would like to join in the fun again on Wednesday at 10.30  a.m. , please email: caroline.mcmenemy@eastdunbarton.gov.uk  and Caroline will send you a link to let you in to the session.  Julie and Claire were wonderful on Friday – it is a difficult thing to do well and they were brilliant!

This week’s Learning Journal task – if you have time to do it – is to ask your child about what they would like to do when they get back to nursery.  If you could write this down for them and they would like to draw a picture – it would be really great if you then uploaded a photo of this to your child’s learning journal.  This will help us plan around our children’s current interests and provide activities that they will love, for that first week back.  Many thanks for all the wonderful uploads you have made to Learning Journals throughout lockdown.  They have really helped staff keep up with their group’s interests and are a record of the amazing learning they have been doing at home.

 

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