Milngavie Early Learning Centre

news for parents

October 10, 2019
by K. Cameron

Inspirational Athletes in our Nursery Community- we are planning to join them.

We are looking at being fit and healthy, as part of our Health and Wellbeing for this year.  The new pitch is almost ready to use and we are looking forward to being able to use it for a Morning and Afternoon Run,  to start our sessions with exercise (for those who want to).

We do not need to look far for inspirational runners in our nursery – we have loads!

Kate Pearson – Eilidh’s mum – recently won the STARMAN Night Triathlon in the Cairngorms- an absolutely amazing achievement!! Catch up with her full story in the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald!

Lynn Wilson ran in the Loch Ness Festival of Running last week to celebrate her birthday.  No sitting on the couch with wine and chocolates for our Lynn- what a wumman!!!!

Lynne Badger – Samuel’s mum- ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon and Yvonne Cochrane – Amy’s mummy- ran the Glasgow Half Marathon.  Absolutely fantastic achievements!!  Yvonne was running for a very special reason – she was raising money for a friend who needs special cancer treatment.  Our staff are all keen to contribute, and in case anyone else would like to donate, we are putting a special donation box on the hall wall.

We are sure that these amazing women will inspire our children to get on their running shoes and find the inner joy and health benefits that running can bring.

October 9, 2019
by K. Cameron

Parents’ Evenings- New Date for Parents’ Consultation Evening.

Our Nursery Information Evening for Parents is on from 6 pm to 7.15 pm on Thursday evening.  We are looking forward to showing parents the way our curriculum is structured in Milngavie ELC,  and how we encourage children’s learning within our centre.   There will be short presentations on the curriculum and the council’s arrangements for the new 1140 extended nursery hours, which starts in August 2020.

Our Parent’s Consultation Evening which we had planned for Friday 25th October, coincides with the PTA Halloween Disco night and we felt it was a good idea to reschedule this.  This will now take place on the evening of 7th November. There will be appointment time sheets available to sign up for a time, after the October week.

If you have any worries or concerns about your wee one, and you want to speak to their keyworker before this, please just speak to Caroline, who will arrange a time- before or after your child’s session- for a meeting.  We are always happy to discuss our children’s progress and will always make time for this, at a time which suits our parents.


October 7, 2019
by K. Cameron

Woo Hoo! We are now, officially, a Language and Communication Friendly Establishment

On Friday we had an accreditation visit from a team including Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists and a Depute Head of Centre from another EDC Nursery.

They were here to see how we had progressed with our journey towards becoming an Language and Communication Friendly Establishment.

To do this, staff received excellent training on language development in Early Years. We were given strategies to try using in our interactions with the children, in order to maximise the development of their language.  It was really interesting – we had to give children time to think and time to answer, use less questioning and lots more “wondering” i.e. I wonder what would happen if……”.  We also had to commentate on what children were doing, to model the language to them.  We are all experienced staff, but we found these strategies tricky at first.  Allowing silences in conversation did not come naturally to us!  We observed each other and commented on our colleagues’ use of the Talk Strategies.

We were asked to look at our nursery environment and declutter the walls and label all our resources with pictures and labels, so the children can find things easily.  We now use far more visual prompts in our communication, and also more gesture and facial expression. We introduced Chatterboxes, Story Bags and other resources to promote chat about nursery at home, and chat at home about nursery.  We worked very closely with our LCFE mentors – Gail Hendry our Educational Psychologist and Jade Brooker, our link Speech and Language Therapist.  They carried out our training and mentored us every step of the way.  Gail and Jade were so supportive and encouraging – we would not have made it without them!

It has been a very worthwhile experience and we really feel that our communication skills have improved tremendously as a result of LCFE participation.  All our staff worked very hard and everyone contributed to gaining our Accreditation- a fantastic team effort.

Our evidence folder is available in the office if anyone would like to see the story of our LCFE journey.  There will be a brief presentation on it, at our Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday night.

We will be receiving a written accreditation report from our assessors and will put it on the blog immediately.  Many thanks to all our parents who trialed story bags, chatterboxes and travelling pets.  Your feedback has been amazing.

Caroline found us a really funny picture which was our motto during the whole experience- we are not sure which member of staff it reminded her of, but it could have been any of us!





October 7, 2019
by K. Cameron

Dates for our Diaries!

Dates for Your Diary 2019-2020

Noted below are some important dates for your diary which we hope will be useful

(Please note – these may be subject to change)

Monday 7th October Enjoyaball ELCC to Cairns Church
Thursday 10th October Parents’ Nursery Information Evening 6.00-7.15

(No crèche available)


14th – 18th October October Week Holiday Nursery provision available at Clober ELCC
Monday 21st October Aiken Drum

Bear Hunt Show

Nursery and Primary 1
Friday 25th October PTA Halloween Disco 6.00-7.15 pm
30th October/ 1st November Individual and Family photos (In school gym – time TBC)
Thursday 31st October Magic Show Nursery and Primary 1


Tuesday 3rd December School and ELCC Open Day For prospective pupils and families
Friday 6th December PTA Christmas Fayre 6-8pm
Friday 13th December ELCC Christmas Parties Am and Pm
Monday 16th December ELCC Christmas Concert Am – time TBC

Our Parents’ Information Evening  this Thursday Evening is a chance for our parents to have a look around nursery and find out what we get up to.  There will be a short Curriculum Presentation with information on our Learning Journals, and also a talk about the forthcoming 1140 hours and how they will be implemented and provided in our nursery.

Our Aiken Drum show has been fully funded by the wonderful fundraising tea party we had in the last term of last year.  Claire Forbes very kindly organised this for us and raised money for a special treat for the children.  Our last year’s pre-school children will also be there and we can enjoy the Bear Hunt together.

Our Magic Show on 31st October is also a joint Nursery/P1 event.  The cost to attend this is £3 per child.  If your child does not normally attend on a Thursday Morning, you are still welcome to bring them along for the show – though you will need to stay and enjoy it with them!! There is no cost for adults who bring their children along.  Gary Dunn is a very funny magician and his show is always full of great fun and laughter.  As it is taking place on Halloween, our children are welcome to have a dress up day, if they like.




October 7, 2019
by K. Cameron

We value our Parents input – please tell us what you think!

At Milngavie ELC, we are very keen to make our parents feel as welcome in our nursery, as our children.  You are partners in your children’s learning and we want this to be reflected in the opportunities you have to take part in the life of our nursery.

We have scheduled Stay and Play sessions and also a new intiative – Families Connect , where Lynn will be providing some really fun learning activities for parents and children to share.  We have Tea and Talk sessions, where parents can access advice on aspects of child development and positive parenting.  Julie, our family champion, has years of experience and is mum to two sons – so she is the perfect person to chat to, if you need a wee bit of support or advice.

We also have a Parents Focus group where we invite parents to come in and have a cuppa with us, and give their advice and opinions on aspects of the service we provide.  In the past we have had invaluable advice from parents on a wide range of issues,  and have had help reviewing our policies and our Vision, Values and Aims for our centre.  We hope to continue this over this coming year and would be very grateful if you would get involved, to help us make sure our nursery is what our parents and children want, and get.  We realise that not everyone will be able to come in to nursery – our parents have many commitments and not everyone wants to participate.  We will therefore be putting out a nursery questionnaire to canvas your opinions and ideas about our service and the experience your child has at our nursery.

We are always interested in hearing parents opinions – if there is something we could improve on, or if there is something we have done well, it is always possible to leave a comment on the blog or Facebook page.  Or if you prefer, you can tell us when you are in dropping off or picking up your wee one.  You can phone us on 0141-955-2253 or email our Depute Head of Centre, Caroline at


September 25, 2019
by K. Cameron

Thursday – last day of the week, this week! Yippee!

Thursday is SFA Football Coaching Day for our pre-school children.  This week, it is also the last nursery day this week.  Friday and Monday are our half term holiday, and we are also closed on Tuesday for a Staff Inservice Training Day.

Our Nursery Lunch this Thursday is Fish and Chips – a change to the menu.

We would like to wish all our nursery families a very happy and relaxed September Weekend!  See you on Wednesday!

September 25, 2019
by K. Cameron

Book of the Month and Word Aware

Our Book of the Month for October is Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.  Fiona and Kate – our nursery’s literacy champions – will be exploring the story throughout the month with the help of books, puppets and animation.  We also be listening to the wonderful musical score for the stage show of Room on the Broom, by René Aubry.

We will be looking at the characters in the book, their emotions throughout the story, the plot of the book and the amazing pictures and enjoying the rhyming words which make the story so special.  Room on the Broom is a great story for exploring good and evil and provides the opportunity for us to talk about how we should treat other people.

We even have a Scots version of Room on the Broom so we will be learning the names for all the different animals in the “Guid Scots Tongue” too.

Our Word Aware Word of the Week is displayed in the hall.  Throughout October the words will come from Room on the Broom.  This week’s word is “Search”.  We will be talking about things that we search for and going on number and character searches in the garden to explore what it really means to search.

Our Makaton sign of the month is Good Morning- we have been trying it out before we sing our Days of the Week signing song at group time.

Room on the Broom – our Book of the Month

Our Word of the Week and Sign of the Month signs in the Nursery Hall

September 18, 2019
by K. Cameron

Dates for Family Learning experience – Families Connect!

We are starting our new Family Learning sessions on  Tuesday 29th October at 10.30am in the Nursery and they will take place on consecutive Tuesdays thereafter.  Lynn Wilson, our Senior Early Years Practitioner will be running the sessions which will involve both parents and children. Lynn has been on training from Save the Children, who are sponsoring Families Connect across Scotland.  These sessions will give parents the opportunity to discuss and experience the type of fun activities we use in nursery, which are designed to develop our children’s numeracy and literacy skills.

We are keen to provide activities in nursery for parents to come in and work together with their child, and we hope that you find these experiences informative and great fun too.

If you would like to take part in this, please let Lynn or Caroline know. Everyone is very welcome.




September 18, 2019
by K. Cameron

We’re having a Playhouse Opening!!!

Tomorrow morning, at 10.30am we are having a bit of a do, to celebrate the opening of our fabulous new playhouse.  Our very special guest is Mr Eric Avenier – the architect, project manager, procurer of materials and builder of our lovely wee house.  We are celebrating the special occasion with a special cake and some fizz (mineral water of course!)

If you are not busy and would like to see Eric cutting the ribbon to officially open our playhouse, we would be delighted to invite you in to the celebrations, in our playground.  It is a chance for us all to thank Eric for the many hours of thought, planning and hard work he has put into creating something really special for us.

Here are some photos of the build – you will be amazed at the transformation!


The roof is on!

Look what Emile’s dad, Eric. is building for us in our playground!

Building the frame

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