Milngavie Early Learning Centre

news for parents

January 13, 2020
by K. Cameron

Pre-schoolers’ Trips to GoMA-please sign up in the nursery hall

We now have dates for our 3 trips to the Gallery of Modern Art.  Unfortunately they were only able to offer us Wednesday mornings, so the dates for the second and third trips are on 12th and 26th February leaving nursery at 9.05am and returning by 12 noon.  The cost for the workshop is £1.50 per child.  There is no cost for the train as under 5’s travel free. We have drawn up lists for both these dates.  If you would like your child to come along, please sign the permission box on the list in the nursery hall on the laundry door.  The trip is open to all our pre-school children, even if they do not normally attend on a Wednesday morning, as long as they come along with a parent/carer.

We would be very grateful if you would consider coming along as a parent helper on the trip.  Because our children are little, we prefer to have as high a ratio of adults to children as possible.  There is no restriction on the number of helpers we can take as we are travelling in by train.  It is going to be a fun morning out and we are so looking forward to going.

Please can you check the lists and if your child cannot make the trip, score out their name.  Many thanks for your help with this.


January 13, 2020
by K. Cameron

Monday Morning News

It’s Monday again and we are having another Scottishy week in Milngavie ELCC.  Last week we had great fun making our own tartans in the art area and we looked at maps and thistles on the new interactive whiteboard.  We also watched a wee presentation on Robert Burns, and this week we are doing a bit of timetravelling – going back in time to 1763 to see what a 4 year old Robert Burns would have been doing on a January morning.  We are going to be learning some lovely Scottish songs this week – 3 Craws, Ye Canny Shove Yer Granny Aff a Bus, Donald Where’s yer Troosers, Ally Bally and other Scottish gems.

On Wednesday we are taking a group of 15 of our pre-school children to George Square on the train.  We are going to visit the statue of Robert Burns and then we are going for a special workshop in the Gallery of Modern Art.  This is the first group of pre-schoolers who will be making this trip over the next few weeks.

In the workshop, our children will go on an exciting journey of discovery in the gallery. They will explore and recognise different materials, colours and shapes in GoMA’s artworks. They will then be encouraged to express their findings and develop their communication skills.    You will get an email and letter to let you know when your child is going. We would love it if you would like to come along too as a parent helper.  Just let us know if you would be able to do this.

Our wee ante-pre schoolers will be going on a trip too – a walk to see the Corby Ha’ – Milngavie’s oldest house – which just happens to have the same look and layout as Burn’s Cottage.

On Thursday our pre-school football sessions start.  If you have paid your £10 to a member of staff for your child’s sessions, please could you let us know who you are, as we have managed to mislay the post it note which told us who has paid.  Many thanks!!!

We’re all ready for another action packed, happy nursery week!!!

January 9, 2020
by K. Cameron

Coming back to nursery again next year? Time to re-register!

If your wee one is returning to Nursery next year, you need to re-register them with East Dunbartonshire Council. Application is on-line –

Even if your child has started in the last couple of months, you need to re-register for 2020/21.

Applications for the academic year 2020/21 run throughout January 2020 and close on
the 28th of February 2020. Applications are completed online on the Council website.
Parents and carers can speak directly to Caroline for advice and information.
Any late applications received after the closing date will be processed after the main
allocations process.  If you make a late application you have less chance of getting the hours you apply for.

Please note: at the point of online application, applicants will be required to upload proof of
residency, Council Tax bill, recent utility bill and child’s birth certificate.  If you have no access to a scanner to do this, you can bring  your proof documents in to our school office and our admin staff will upload them for you.




January 8, 2020
by K. Cameron

Fresh Fish!

This morning our fish, Goldie and Bubbles, were looking very sad indeed.  The tank was all green and slimy and it was more than time for a clean out.  Our volunteers this morning were excellent – they scubbed all the slimy pebbles and looked after our fishy friends until the tank was sparkling clean and it was time for them to go home again. The girls were wonderful helpers! They even fed the fish afterwards- we have never seen the fish looking so happy!  

January 8, 2020
by K. Cameron

A very fond farewell!

Maureen being mobbed for a farewell cuddle

The children had made Maureen a book with lots of reasons why they will miss her and what they liked about her. One wee person said, “I like her legs!”

A special memory tree from staff !

Maureen was made to sit on our special chair – usually reserved for birthdays – and we all sang “Happy Retirement to You!”

Mr Graham presented Maureen with a lovely bouquet from the school and wished her a very happy retirement.









Today we said a very special goodbye to a wonderful colleague and friend.  After 22 years at Milngavie Nursery, Maureen Kennedy is retiring.

Maureen is an amazing Early Years Practitioner.  She has fabulous energy and has always worked incredibly hard to create highly stimulating and interesting learning environments for our children. Maureen has the ability to involve a WOW factor in everything she does – from organising her play resources in imaginative and inviting ways, to her inspired PE gym lessons.

Maureen has really excelled as our champion of outdoor play.  She has amazing knowledge of the natural world and is one of the very few of us that can pick up frogs, newts and earthworms with her bare hands!  When it comes to spiders – she has absolutely no fear.  She encourages this positive attitude in our children too, teaching respect for our natural world by shining example.  Maureen is a Forest Kindergarten expert and has made our Barloch Moor forest adventures a very enjoyable and memorable experience for all the children whom she has accompanied there.  She has the amazing talent of making every day a special one, and every child feel just how much she cares.

Maureen’s extensive professional experience and her personality – including a great sense of humour have made her a valuable and much loved colleague.  She will be very sadly missed.  We wish all wish her, and her lovely husband Gerry a very happy and well deserved retirement.



January 8, 2020
by K. Cameron

Excellent News!

Our Care Inspectorate Report has been published and is ready for reading.  We are delighted with the results and would like to thank everyone who took time to return Inspection Questionnaires.  We were inspected on 2 quality indicators – Quality of Care and Support and Quality of Environment and have achieved EXCELLENT in both!

You can read the full report by clicking this link and selecting and downloading the Milngavie Nursery report at

If you would prefer to read a paper copy- there are copies available in the nursery hall.




January 6, 2020
by K. Cameron

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

We are all delighted to be back at Nursery, sharing our stories about our Christmas holidays and seeing all our friends again.

We are starting our year with a new initiative called Outside In, which allows children who love the outdoors to come straight in to our Playground area and play outside from the minute they arrive.  Our playground is the fenced area between the container and the nursery.  A member of staff will mark them onto the register and take a note of who is collecting them.  They will also note down their  choice of lunch, if they stay for Nursery lunch.  This is going to be available from 8am onwards for our early birds. and is designed to encourage active, outdoor physical play, immediately they arrive at nursery.  It should also make our cloakroom a little less congested at the beginning of sessions.  This will of course, be optional and you can always bring your child in through the front door to start their day indoors as usual,  if they wish.

We ask that only members of staff open our playground gate.  Only our children should come into nursery via the playground.  Parents should always access the nursery through the nursery door.  Children will always be collected from inside the nursery-  to ensure security.

We are hoping that these new arrangements will make nursery drop off much easier for those who choose to use them.  We are also excited to see how the children react to this as most of our children really love outdoor play and it will be really interesting to see how many choose to play out on arrival.

Please speak to staff if you have any questions about this, and let us know how you feel it works for your child.

Our lending library is open again for business – we would be very happy if you could return the books you have borrowed before borrowing more.  There are some great books to take home and enjoy together!

Our wonderful colleague – Mrs Maureen Kennedy – retired at the end of December.  Maureen has been a keyworker in our nursery since it opened in 1997 and has always been a firm favourite with our children.  She has been the Purple Group’s keyworker since August.  From today, Juliana Conti will take over as the Purple Group’s keyworker.  Juliana knows our children really well- she was responsible for supporting them at snack time all of last term.  If any parent has not yet met her, please just let us know and we can arrange a time for you to have a chat with her.

Maureen will be visiting the nursery on Wednesday morning for a fun-filled farewell from the children and staff.  Boxes of tissues are on the shopping list!

We are starting another 10 week block of SFA Coaching sessions for our pre-school children, from Thursday 16th January.  The sessions will be every Thursday between 9.50am and 10.30am and  cost £1 per session.  If your pre-school child does not usually attend on a Thursday morning you are welcome to bring them along to the infant gym to take part in the sessions, if you stay to watch.

We are looking forward to making 2020 a really great year in Milngavie Early Learning Centre, and would like to wish all our nursery community a very happy new year.




December 20, 2019
by Ms C McMenemy

Merry Christmas!

Wow! Christmas is here!

We have had a lovely December in nursery with all sorts of fun activities to celebrate the festive season!

A big THANK YOU VERY MUCH from all staff to families for our lovely Christmas gifts. Your kindness is really appreciated!

The nursery closes today and will re-open on Monday the 6th January (usual hours). Our amazing Early Years Practitioner Maureen is retiring at the end of December. We will have a special celebration day for Maureen in January.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our wonderful Milngavie ELCC families from all the nursery staff. We hope you have a fantastic time! 🙂 x

December 17, 2019
by Ms C McMenemy

Bonjour les amis!

We are very excited to begin a new friendship with a nursery in Brittany, France – L’ecole Maternelle, Saint Therese! Here are some photos of our children launching this new initiative. We have designed some lovely Christmas cards to post to our new friends. In our photographs our posters say ‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’ and ‘Hello friends!’. We are learning about the Scottish and French flags and some basic French phrases! We will post regular updates on our blog. Thank you to the Aveniers for helping us to make this exciting connection.


December 16, 2019
by Ms C McMenemy

Milngavie Primary School – Registration for children starting school in August 2020

Parents wishing to register their child for Primary 1 at Milngavie Primary are asked to make an appointment between Monday 13th January and Friday 17th January. There is a list of available appointment times (between 9:15 am and 12 noon) in the nursery – please select an appointment time by speaking with a member of nursery staff and write your name on the appointment sheet next to the chosen appointment time.

Appointments will take place in the main school building. Parents are asked to bring their child’s passport or birth certificate and 3 documents as proof of home address which must include: Council Tax Letter; Utility Bill; and one of the following – Child Benefit Letter, Bank Statement, Tax Credit Award Notice or Personal Child Health Record (Red Book).



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