Milngavie Early Years Centre

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July 22, 2021
by Ms C McMenemy
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A warm welcome to Milngavie EYC

Dear Parent

Welcome to the Milngavie EYC community!

Please see below a letter for new children starting nursery in August 2021. Please share this letter with your child.

We are really looking forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you.

Caroline, Lynn, Kate and all the team at Milngavie EYC!

 

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Dear Children

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to our nursery and introducing you to new friends.

Our nursery is a fun place to be!

It is time for us all to have fun learning all sorts of new things together.

There are lots of things to see and do in the nursery. There is a playground, a garden and two playrooms!

Here are some photographs of  things to do in the playrooms.  We take good care of our fish Bubbles. Can you find him in the photograph?

Our fish Bubbles is happy swimming in his tank.

 

What will you do on your first day? Would you like to listen to a story? Would you like to draw a picture?

 

There are lots of things to explore in the garden. We have a pond, a sandpit, two slides, a boat, a castle, a stage, a playhouse and swings! Let’s go on an adventure!

Here are some photographs of our garden.

Our bark area makes sliding and climbing safer.

 

 

Our playground is an interesting place! Do you like our beautiful flower pots? Can you spot something you would like to play with?

Having lunch in nursery is fun and the food is delicious. You can choose a hot meal or a sandwich. All the children are offered soup and yoghurt/ fruit too. Here are some photographs of  lunch in the nursery. We can’t wait for you to have lunch here with your new friends!

We are looking forward to seeing you very soon.  Everyone is very friendly. We will look after you until your grown-up collects you. You will have a lovely time!

 

Love from Caroline, Lynn, Kate and all the staff at Milngavie EYC

 

 

July 21, 2021
by Ms C McMenemy
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EYC Calendar for session 21-22

We are excited to start the new 2021-22 session on w/c 2nd August! Here is the Early Years Calendar for session 2021-22.  We are looking forward to welcoming our new children and families to the Milngavie EYC community!

 

July 2, 2021
by Ms C McMenemy
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Reminder – temporary move to Oakburn EYC from 5th July

From Monday 5th July our service will be based at Oakburn EYC on a temporary basis while some refurbishment work is carried out in our own building.

An email has been issued with more information about the arrangements.

Key points to remember!

Milngavie EYC children will access Oakburn EYC via the garden gate on the left hand side of the building. A member of staff will be at the gate at session start/ finish times. If you arrive to drop-off / collect your child outwith these times please remain outside the garden gate and call .

The phone number for Oakburn is  0141 955 2210.

We are really looking forward to our time at Oakburn EYC !

We will return to our freshly decorated and improved Milngavie EYC building w/c 2nd August!

 

June 22, 2021
by K. Cameron
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Graduation Film links now on your Learning Journal for our Pre-school Children

Pre-school children should have 2 new stories in their learning journals which contain links to the graduation slideshows and films that we took on graduation day.  As you will see, our graduations went really well and the only thing that was missing was our families.  We were really sad that we could not have you in the audience this year.  Our little ante-pre-schoolers stood in though and did a marvellous job of clapping and cheering and also sang along with all the songs as well.

We really hope you enjoy the films.  As you will see, our filming techniques leave a lot to be desired and we apologise for the slightly wonky presentation.  We filmed it as it happened and in one take so  sometimes it is pretty rough.  We would like to thank our colleague Erin McGarrity, who kindly edited the films for us.  The films do give a flavour of our graduation celebrations though and we are so proud of all our children,  every single one of them performed beautifully.  A graduation is a great way to celebrate the achievements of the last two years.  We have really loved having your child at nursery and getting to know them.  We wish them the very best of luck for lots of happiness in Primary 1 and all the years beyond.  They will always be a part of our Milngavie Nursery family and have a warm place in the hearts of all our staff.

June 10, 2021
by K. Cameron
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Orchard gardening day – Sunday 13th June- volunteers very welcome!

Our last Family Gardening Day of this school year is on Sunday from 1-3pm.  The orchard is looking amazing and the flowers that have been planted look beautiful.  Many classes in the school have been studying butterflies this month and we have all released them into the flowerbeds.  Thanks to our volunteering families of gardeners, there are lots of flowers for them to feed on.

On Sunday we are putting up some fences to protect the Primary 5’s wild life garden and putting in lots of raspberry bushes at the back of the orchard.  As always there will be jobs for all abilities and ages and we would love to see you.

Please feel free to bring your own picnic if the weather is nice.  Fingers and toes crossed for a lovely day!

June 10, 2021
by K. Cameron
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Graduation Dates

We are having our graduations next week – The Rainbow Room graduation will be on Wednesday 16th June, in the morning and we are having a morning and an afternoon graduation on Thursday 17th June for our pre-school children currently in the Daisy Room.  If your wee one does not normally attend on that day, Nikki will be in touch, tomorrow, with a special invitation for them.

We will be filming all the wee presentations and having a bit of a party afterwards in nursery, to celebrate.  The links to the films will be put on the Learning Journals for parents to watch and download if they wish.  We are sorry that we are not able to invite our families to join in the party this year, but we have been practising our songs and have had our photos taken. and we are determined to make it special.

Children are welcome to wear their party clothes and we will hide the paints for the day!  If your wee one is dressing up, it might be a good idea to send their play clothes too, as the garden and playground are not party clothes friendly!

June 3, 2021
by K. Cameron
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We’re filming our graduation!

This year we are going to celebrate our pre-schoolers graduation in Nursery.  We are not able to invite parents but we will be sharing our big day with you in a wee film – the link to which will be posted in your child’s learning journal on 23rd June.

We would love you to send us a baby photo of your wee graduate – please send these to NCanavan@milngavie.e-dunbarton.sch.uk.

Covid restrictions will not stop us having fun and we are looking forward to having a bit of a party to celebrate our pre-schoolers time at nursery.

 

 

June 3, 2021
by K. Cameron
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Hazel, Theo and Sally’s Amazing Plant Sale

Last week Theo and Sally’s amazing mum – Hazel – ran a plant sale to raise money for our school orchard and outdoor areas.  Hazel is on our school’s Sustainability Committee.  Theo, Sally and Hazel grew a great many of the plants themselves from seed, and also asked friends to grow some for us too.   They also received donations from other school and nursery parents who handed plants in to the orchard.   On the day there was a fantastic selection of plants to choose from.  The plants were very well watered as the heavens opened for nearly the whole afternoon,

The rain did not put off the hardy customers.

 

 

 

 

 

The vegetable stall was very popular

The tomato plants were on sale in the polytunnel

The plants were very well watered

Hazel-our wonderful plant sale organiser! 🌟

 

Sally, putting the signs up for the big event!

Beautiful signs made by Theo and Sally were great advertising!

Sally and Theo had also been involved in making the signs and donation boxes for the Plant Sale and these were beautifully written and very creatively decorated and designed.  They had also sown their own seeds and labelled them.  The whole family were involved in planning and organising this wonderful fundraising event and hours of gardening, sign writing and organising, not to mention transporting all the plants, went into the venture.

 

Look at these wonderful donation boxes

Hazel, Theo and Sally raised an absolutely amazing £314 for the school and nursery.  We would like to say a very loud and public THANK YOU!  for all their hard work.  This money will be used to buy compost and plants for our outdoor areas, in both the school playgrounds and the orchard.  We are very keen to grow crops that the children can see grow, and then taste when ready to harvest.

May 12, 2021
by Ms C McMenemy
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NEW Family Learning online

Julie Bannerman is our Family Champion at Milngavie EYC.  She has recently been trained in delivering an exciting program of support and information for families.  Click on the purple “Go to this Sway” link for more information

Go to this Sway

 

May 12, 2021
by K. Cameron
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Date for the Diary-Big Orchard Bring and Buy Plant Sale 24th May and Gardening Day this Sunday!

One of our amazing nursery mums- Hazel Cropper – has very kindly organised a Plant Sale in the Orchard, on 24th May between 2.30pm and 4pm.  She has been growing plants for us and we are going to sell them to raise funds for  outdoor projects around the school and orchard.  If you have any plants you could divide in your garden to create some plants for the sale, we would be so grateful to have them.

Our outdoor areas are currently not maintained at all by the council.  Covid restrictions and lockdown have meant that we have not been able to fund raise at all.  If you come along and bring and buy some plants, you will be contributing tremendously to helping us, as we work towards creating amazing outdoor areas throughout our school grounds.

 

Family Gardening Day – 16th May 2021 – 1pm to 3pm in the orchard.  

Everyone is very welcome at our gardening day in the orchard on Sunday.  There will be jobs for all strengths and abilities and families are welcome, as long as children stay near to their own parents.  If you have any plant donations they will be very gratefully received!  Can volunteers bring their own tools, and if you can bring a wheel barrow too that would be fantastic!  You are welcome to bring a picnic and have it in the orchard.  Fingers and toes crossed for a lovely day1   Our orchard is beginning to look wonderful and it is great to see all the plants which our wonderful volunteers have donated and planted, starting to bloom and fill out the beds.  Thanks to everyone for making it such a special space for our children.

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