Milngavie Early Learning Centre

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September 21, 2018
by K. Cameron
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Notre verger est magnifique- merci beaucoup Eric!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Eric Avenier, one of our new nursery dads, for the tremendous amount of work he has done in our school orchard. Last weekend, Eric cleared a horrible patch of brambles and weeds beside the nursery and found us two holly trees and a horse chestnut! He also discovered our hedgehog house which was so overgrown that it was uninhabitable.  Eric has now covered it with branches and it is the perfect “des res” for hibernating hedgehogs again. Fingers crossed that we might attract some spikey wee residents soon. Eric also cut ALL the grass- a mammoth task -and sorted out weeds round the football pitch.  Since Eric’s son, Emile, came to nursery, Eric has worked tirelessly to improve the orchard experience for our children.  He has brought us plants, planted carrots and peas in our polytunnel and brought delicious peas, courgettes and pumpkins from his own allotment which we have eaten in nursery.  All this and Eric still finds time to be a world class chef and do his most important job- being Emile’s daddy -too! What a man! 

September 21, 2018
by K. Cameron
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Storm Ali brings us a surprise!

After being cooped up on Thursday because of the very high winds, it was lovely to get out into the Orchard on Friday morning.  We found that the storm had blown down one of the trees at the back of the nursery.  It was the perfect chance to explore the tree top and see parts of the tree that only the birds usually see.  We found lots of big bunches of helicopter seeds and had a great time climbing in and out of the branches! An experience like this not only deepens our understanding of trees, but is a lesson in how strong natural forces can be.

September 19, 2018
by K. Cameron
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Meet our lovely students!

Seonaid Campbell NC Student, West College, Anniesland Thur/Fri

Sarah Thomson, HNC Student, West College, Anniesland, Mon/Tues

Erin Feng, HNC Student, West College, Anniesland, Mon/Tues

Siobhan Bonar, NC Student, West College, Anniesland, Thur/Fri

 

September 17, 2018
by K. Cameron
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Friday’s PAThS sessions

On Friday we had our first PAThS session.   PAThS is short for Promoting Alternative Thinking Skills and is a specially designed program which increases children’s awareness of emotions and managing our feelings.   The program involves scripted lessons, puppets, social story books involving the main characters, and lots of resources for follow up art and craft activities.  The materials for the program will be on show at Parents Evening but if you would like to have a look at them this week, just ask.

We began by looking at the rules for PAThS circle time.  We read a sad story about a nursery with no rules- it sounded pretty ghastly and we all agreed that Milngavie ELCC is much better, because we all know how to behave and are kind to each other.   We then talked about the rules we need to remember when sitting in our PAThS circle- legs in a basket, hands to ourselves, good listening, gentle touches, hands up when you want to say something and being quiet until it is your turn to talk. Then we met Twiggle the turtle, our main PAThS  puppet character, who had brought some of his friends along to meet us. His friends were hiding in a bag and we had to guess the kind of animal they were from clues . Twiggle is going to help us learn to identify our emotions and find ways to build resilience and good self esteem.  Next week we are going to be learning about the importance of compliments and will be thinking of lots of nice things to say to our friends.

Here are our PAThS characters:

September 17, 2018
by K. Cameron
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Monday Morning News

Happy Monday!!  Welcome to a shorter week at nursery – this Friday and next Monday are our Half Term Holiday and nursery will be closed.

This week in nursery we are starting our Word Aware program – aimed at increasing children’s vocabulary, with rhyme awareness at group time. We will be reading rhyming poems and stories and looking for the rhyming words.  We will also be singing the nursery Silly Song which rhymes our names and is great fun.

Our Parents’ Night is on Thursday 11th October – the sheet for appointments is now on the back of the door in the nursery hall.  If you would like to come along to see your child’s keyworker – please sign up for an appointment.  If the 11th is not suitable, it is possible to make an appointment to see your keyworker at the beginning or end of a nursery session- please speak to Valerie to arrange this.  If you ever have any concerns or have information you want to share about your child, please do not hesitate to speak to your keyworker – we can always make time to have a chat.

Yellow and Green groups will be visiting the infant gym on Wednesday for fun and games!

Great news!  The exit button for the inner door of the nursery has been moved to the right of the door, instead of above it.  This makes it more accessible.  It is still quite high up, but has to be so the children can’t reach it.

 

September 13, 2018
by K. Cameron
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Dolls and Prams

We have had a lot of interest in babies recently in the nursery and some of our wee dollies and prams have seen better days.  Some of them are positively vintage and ready for retiral (a bit like some of our staff – ha ha!)

If you have any prams or dolls that your child has grown out of, or know someone who might have some we would be delighted to rehome them.  We can promise them a life of lots of walks and bottles, regular changing and lots of lovely, enthusiastic, wee parents.

September 13, 2018
by K. Cameron
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Visit Nursery – Stay and Play!

We would like to extend an invitation to parents and carers to come along and contribute their skills to our nursery.  If you like to read stories, do crafty things, science things, dramatic things, building things,or perhaps like gardening, sing or play music, or even like tidying cupboards – we would love you to visit us.

We also would like to have visitors who could tell the children about the jobs they do.  It is really good for our children to meet new, interesting people and learn about their lives.

Visits from parents and carers enrich the children’s learning and staff love them too!  We have a very special nursery community at Milngavie ELC and, if you have time we would love to see you in our playrooms or garden.

Visiting nursery is also a great way of seeing what your child gets up to during their nursery session and gives them a chance to show them round their nursery and show you what they like doing here.

If you would like to come in, please just let us know.  We make a nice cup of tea too- and might even be able to provide a biscuit or two!!!

 

September 13, 2018
by K. Cameron
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Invitations to play from Maureen and Pam

Yesterday in nursery Maureen and Pam had set up visually attractive activities that really were an invitation to the children to play. 

 

Pam had put paints and a still life of a fruit bowl on the painting table and some of the paintings created were absolutely wonderful.

 

Maureen’s Playdough table was full of wee loose parts to add to the dough and she had provided cake cases and interesting utensils.  It looked amazing.  

 

September 10, 2018
by K. Cameron
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It’s Monday- what’s new?

This week we are going to take the children’s ideas for rules and put them on display in the nursery hall- we had some great ideas- some like -“Sweets for snack” – we had to discuss,  and think about very carefully.  We have now come up with a shortlist and will put them up this week.  Having fun is rule number one!!!

We have been welcoming our new students from local colleges to nursery.  So far, we have HNC students, Sarah Thomson and Erin Feng on Mondays and Tuesdays, Seonaid Campbell and Siobhan Bonar, NC students on Thursday and Friday.  Ashley Hearne, another HNC student will be joining us soon on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  We hope they will enjoy their placements at Milngavie ELC and welcome them all to the staff team.  I’ll try to get their photos on the blog and in the  nursery foyer this week, so parents can put faces to names.

This morning I am visiting Meadowburn ELC to look at the work they have done to become a “Language and Communication Friendly Nursery”.  This is an accreditation that we are working towards this year, with support from our Speech and Language colleagues and our school’s Educational Psychologist.  To achieve this we will be changing our practice – it challenges us to think more carefully about the way we speak to children, and encourage language within our centre and we will be altering the environment to make sure that it provides the right level of stimulation and is supportive of children.  As we progress with it, we would really welcome your comments on the changes we make.  We have already made quite a few changes, with neutral colours and less visual clutter.  We are labelling our resources more clearly, with pictures and words and are going to display a visual list of daily activities for the children to read each morning, to let them know what’s going on each day.  Our rules will be visual too.  We are all interested to see the impact the changes will make on the children’s perception of our nursery and will be consulting them too, to see what they think of the changes.

We are going to have a Parents’ Evening on Thursday 11th October.  We will be putting an appointments sheet for each group up in the hall next Monday.

On Friday we are starting our PAThS sessions – (Promoting Alternative Thinking Skills).  These are lessons designed to encourage children to identify their emotions and those of other people, and to build emotional resilience.  Our sessions are good fun – they involve a wee turtle puppet called Twiggle and his friends!

 

September 7, 2018
by K. Cameron
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PTA Halloween Disco- Date for the Diary!

The PTA Halloween Discos this year are on 26th October, in the Town Hall.  The wee ones’ disco – Nursery to P3 – is 6pm til 7.15pm.  There will be games and dancing and a tuck shop and lots and lots of halloween fun.  Fancy dress is optional and tickets cost £4.    Tickets will be available soon.
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