Milngavie Early Years Centre

news for parents

October 5, 2020
by K. Cameron

Monday morning news

Happy Monday- the beginning of another exciting week in nursery.  Many thanks for all the suggestions about scaring the messy pigeons away.  We will try hanging up CD’s and see if this makes any difference.

This week is a short week – our staff are on an in-service training day on Friday and our centre will be closed.  The following week (12th – 16th October), is a school holiday, but our nursery will be open as normal.  Please could you let us know if your child is going to be having a holiday week next week, or will be attending for their normal hours.

If you have not yet returned your child’s EV3 form which gives permission for trips in the local area, please can we remind you to return it.  We are hoping to start our Autumn walks and cannot take children out of the nursery without a signed form from their parent

On Friday 30th October we are going to have a Halloween Dress up Day in Nursery.  Children are welcome to come in dressed up, but please feel no pressure – every year we have a few wee people who just want to dress up as themselves.  No gory or scary costumes please – our staff scare really easily!!




September 29, 2020
by K. Cameron

Pigeon Poo! We’re looking for ideas!

We have a bit of a wood pigeon poo problem in our garden.  Our big feathered friends have earmarked the birch trees over the garden boardwalk as the ideal spot to relieve themselves, and they are obviously very well fed!!  This is making our staff members early morning garden set ups a nasty chore.

We are looking for practical ideas to deter them and move them elsewhere.  If anyone has tried plastic owls or birds of prey in their gardens and this has had an impact, please let us know.  We are very keen to encourage the pigeons to go elsewhere!!!!

September 29, 2020
by K. Cameron

This Week’s News- it’s National Maths Week!

We are back at nursery with our batteries recharged this morning, ready for a week of fun learning!  This week is National Maths Week,  so we are focusing on counting to 10 in our rhyme of the week which is 10 Green Bottles.  It is a useful way of learning the order of the numbers, backwards as well as forwards- important for developing a solid concept of number.  We will be celebrating maths all around us, in the garden and playground as well as in our playrooms with lots of fun activities.  Pictures to follow – watch this space!!!

Our lovely colleague, Fiona Drysdale is having her last day at nursery today for a while.  This is due to a very happy forthcoming event.  She and her partner are expecting a Christmas baby!    Her group – Fiona’s Foals- are going to join Debbie’s Ducklings group.  We will be keeping in touch with Fiona via Teams on the Playroom computer, so she will still be with us – just from home.

We have welcomed lots of new members of staff over the last few weeks.  We have some of the staff from the New Oakburn Early Years Centre, who will be with us until their building is ready.  We are really enjoying having such a large staff team- our new colleagues have brought lots of new and different skills into our nursery, and both staff and children are really enjoying getting to know them all.


Angela McInulty – our new Housekeeping Assistant, who helps run our kitchen and serve lunches.

Joshua Tennant-Milngavie EYCs new afternoon early years worker- works till 6 every evening!

Rong Biegus – [pronounced Rooni] Early Years Worker at Oakburn EYC                     

Elaine Campbell – Early Years Worker at Oakburn EYC                                   


We also recently welcomed Jennifer Fox, a new Early Years Worker for Milngavie EYC, who will be working mornings, and Elaine Jeffrey, Early Years Worker for Oakburn EYC, who will be working Thursdays and Fridays.  Glamorous photos This year our centre is closed for an In-service day on Friday 9th October, but will be open as usual, during the school’s October Week holiday.  If your child is taking this week off, please let us know.   We are keeping our fingers and toes crossed for some lovely autumn sunshine.



September 20, 2020
by Ms C McMenemy

August 2020 – Survey Results!

Towards the end of lockdown we issued a survey. The aim of the survey was to obtain feedback from children and families on how effective we were at achieving our lockdown priorities:  maintaining relationships, continuity of learning; and supporting key experiences such as graduation and transition. We would like to thank everyone who completed the survey. We are very pleased with the results.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Milngavie EYC staff team. Lockdown was a challenging period for everyone and the team continued to deliver a high quality service to our families. Their dedication, hardwork and innovative response to such an unprecedented situation is very much appreciated. We would also like to thank our children and families and the wider Milngavie community for their ongoing support.

Here are some of the key findings from our survey and some quotes from parents about our service.


September 15, 2020
by Ms C McMenemy

Parenting information workshops now online!

Last session our Tea and Talk Parenting Workshops were a big success! It was great to see small groups of parents getting together with Julie to discuss positive parenting approaches and share ideas. Things are a bit different this session. However, we are still very keen to continue to develop strong relationships with our parents, support families to get to know one another and promote positive parenting!

With this in mind we have decided to launch Tea and Talk Online. These 30 minute informal online chats are a great opportunity for parents (or grandparents/ carers) to find out more about positive parenting approaches. Based on the Triple P programme our first workshop will focus on six of the Top Ten Tips to Positive Parenting (see below). This session will be led by our Early Years Practitioner Angela Philip (pictured). During the session Angela will consult with parents to plan the focus of our future online workshops.

Angela Philip, Early Years Practitioner

We are delighted to work in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council’s new Supporting Families Worker Sharon Mitchell (pictured). Sharon will attend this first online session to describe her role and highlight how families can get in touch with her to access 1:1 parenting support.

Sharon Mitchell, Supporting Families Worker


So pour yourself a cuppa and join us online at 10.00 – 10.30 on Wednesday 23 September.

Email Caroline at to be sent the link to join the online workshop or ask a member of staff for details.

September 14, 2020
by K. Cameron

5 Little Ducks – our Rhyme of the Week




One of our lovely, new children has been telling us about the ducks that he and his sister have at home.  The duck in the above pictures is “Daddles” – she is a girl and lays eggs.  His other duck is called Zachary Quack. He was very excited about having a duck rhyme as our rhyme of the week!  We are very excited to have a duck owner in nursery!!!

Five little ducks went swimming one day

FIVE little ducks went swimming one day,
Over the hill and far away.
Mamma duck said: ‘Quack, quack, quack, quack!’
And only FOUR little ducks came back.

FOUR little ducks went swimming one day,
Over the hill and far away.
Mamma duck said: ‘Quack, quack, quack, quack!’
And only THREE little ducks came back.

THREE little ducks went swimming one day,
Over the hill and far away.
Mamma duck said: ‘Quack, quack, quack, quack!’
And only TWO little ducks came back.

TWO little ducks went swimming one day,
Over the hill and far away.
Mamma duck said: ‘Quack, quack, quack, quack!’
And only ONE little duck came back.

ONE little duck went swimming one day,
Over the hill and far away.
Mamma duck said: ‘Quack, quack, quack, quack!’
And all her five little ducks came back.

This is a great rhyme as the rhyming words are very easy for children to spot.  It also gives us a chance to count down, instead of up, reinforcing our understanding of how numbers correspond to items and demonstrating what numbers actually mean.

September 8, 2020
by K. Cameron

Our Rhyme of the Week

Our rhyme this week is Hickory Dickory Dock!  Lots of chances to explore different types of clocks, talk about the concept of time and learn a bit about mice!

In nursery we have 3 verses:



Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck one, the mouse ran down,

Hickory Dickory Dock

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock.


Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck two, the mouse went.” BOO!”

Hickory Dickory Dock,

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock


Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck three, the mouse went “WHEE!”

Hickory Dickory Dock,

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock



September 8, 2020
by K. Cameron

Parents as Partners in Learning

Due to Covid, we have been unable to invite parents into nursery for information sessions or family learning workshops this year.  We would still like to be able to keep you informed about the way we deliver the Early Level Curriculum, and the ways you might support your wee one at home with their learning.  One of our Early Years Practitioners, Fiona Drysdale, has written an excellent article on emergent literacy and we would like to share it with you.  We hope this will be of interest, and welcome your comments or any questions you might have.


Text is Everywhere! Letters are all around us!

Text found in our everyday environment can help develop your child’s emerging pre-reading and writing skills.

Within Curriculum for Excellence; a text is the medium through which ideas, experiences, opinions and information can be communicated.

Text includes traditional written and print form but also orally, electronically or on film.

Our Curriculum for Excellence framework takes into consideration the increased use of technology such as digital communication, social networking as well as other forms that are encountered by children and their families in their daily lives.


Examples include:

Books, short stories, poems, reference texts

The spoken word

Charts, maps, graphs and timetables, advertisements, promotional leaflets

Comics, newspapers and magazines

Letters and emails

Films, games and TV programmes

Labels, signs and posters

Recipes, manuals and instructions reports and reviews

Text messages, blogs and social networking sites web pages.


In an Early Learning and Centre environment, children are exposed to lots of different materials geared at reading and writing. When preparing activities and our environment, both inside and outside, staff at Milngavie incorporate print that is meaningful to the children.

Not only are the materials readily available to access as the children wish, but their utilisation comes naturally, through play and natural curiosity.

One way to make this meaningful is with the use of environmental print.


Environmental Print in Early Literacy Development environmental print is the print we see every day in the world around us. It marks the beginning of recognising words and letters as children learn to read and write. Children can have fun learning to read even when books are not available.

Environmental print can include the print from digital technology, posters, controls on household appliances, logos and designs on clothing, road signs, food labels and shop signs.

Children typically read print from their environment before reading print in books (Clay, 1993; Goodman & Altwerger, 1981).

Children recognise famous logos at home, at nursery, at their friend’s house and while travelling.

It is an important step in learning to read print.

At home children can identify their favourite box of cereal, tv show or game. While in the car (or walking) they can see and learn to identify restaurants and shops by their signs and logos.

Environmental print can stimulate talk about literacy as children ask questions.

It can prompt children to identify letters in signs that also occur in other words that are important to them such as their own name.

Continue this learning by asking your child what sound the letters make in the word.

Can they think of another word that begins with the same letter?

Can they find that same letter somewhere else in their local environment or at home?

Children developing an understanding that print is meaningful also promotes early writing skills. Children often imitate the writing they see for example making their own cards, notices, shopping lists and signs.

Environmental print provides lots of opportunities for children to interact with letters, sounds, and words which will help them become more aware of the language that surrounds us every day.


Fiona Drysdale

September 2020



August 24, 2020
by K. Cameron

Monday morning news

It’s a dry day and we are happy to be out in the garden and playground.  We are lucky to have a nursery which has 2 outdoor spaces beside the playrooms and our children have settled really well into their bubbles.  We are spending another week in our current areas and then we will change over to allow all our children to enjoy both areas.  We ill be changing over on 31st August, 14th September and 28th September. Our staff will also change areas to be with their groups and our areas will be very thoroughly cleaned.

This week’s nursery rhyme is Humpty Dumpty – we are looking forward to practising our rhyme, identifying the rhyming words and sequencing the story.  We will also have great fun exploring effective wall building,  discussing the dangers of perching on high walls and looking at the effects of gravity on eggs!  Next week we are seeking out spiders and investigating Incy Wincy!

Can we remind you to let us know if your wee one is not coming in to nursery.  There are some sniffly coughs and colds around just now, and your child should stay home if they are not well.   We have to be very cautious in the current climate. If you have taken your child for a Covid test please could you let us know and provide a written copy of the result.  Thanks for your co-operation with this.

If you are going to take your child for a test, one of our mum’s who is a doctor, has offered to let you know what to expect at the Test Centre.  Please contact the nursery for more info.

Because we aren’t able to have our families in our nursery building just now, Juliana came up with the lovely idea of making a family tree for the hall.  We would be really grateful if you could send a photo of your family in to nursery for your wee one to put on the family tree.  It is reassuring for our wee children to always have access to your photo, and hopefully it won’t be too long before you can come in and see the tree too!  If you can hand your photo in to the staff member at the gate, we will make sure your child can put it onto the tree themselves.

Some parents have asked about Nursery uniform.  Our wee uniforms are very practical and cosy, and they can take the stress of getting dressed for nursery!   Polo shirts cost £6.50 and Sweatshirts cost £7.50.  This can be purchased from Baru, 5 Cowgate Kirkintilloch or online from:


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