Whinhill Primary Nursery Class offers pre-school education through both English and Gaelic medium.
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Whinhill is the only provider of Gaelic Medium education in Inverclyde. Therefore, your child may attend the nursery and then go into P1 Gaelic regardless of which catchment area you live in. It is not necessary for parents to be Gaelic speakers for their child to go into a Gaelic medium nursery. If you wish to discuss Gaelic medium please telephone the school and make an appointment with the Head Teacher.
Curriculum in the Nursery
The nursery class follows the early level of Curriculum for Excellence in English or Gaelic. The eight key aspects of the curriculum are literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing, technologies, social subjects, expressive arts, religious and moral education and sciences.
Assessment and Reporting in the Nursery
Every child has a pupil profile which is a comprehensive record of their progress during their time in nursery. These are discussed with parents regularly and information recorded is as a result of observations made by staff. Parents and children have access to these records which are sent home at the end of the child’s pre-school experience. A record of achievement is compiled when the child completes his/her pre-school education. The information is then passed on to the school which the child will be transferring to.
Our nursery has an open door policy and parents are encouraged to speak with staff to discuss any concerns. Newsletters are regularly sent home from both English and Gaelic medium detailing nursery events and activities.
The key to effective transition is effective communication between the early years establishment, school and parents. The transition process is on-going with strong links between our own nursery and P1 and with other nurseries in our community. Please see our transition page in the school information menu.
Transfer to Primary One
Children are normally transferred between the ages of 4½ and 5½ years, although this may be negotiated in exceptional circumstances.
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How to apply
To apply for an Early Learning and Childcare place, you should complete an application form around the time that your child turns 2 years old and be submitted by 31st January each year. Further information can be obtained by clicking on this link:
Nursery application forms are available to collect from our school office.
Information on 1140 Hours
Inverclyde Council has agreed to continue to deliver 1140 hours during the course of session 20 / 21. ELC settings will work towards this during session 2020 / 21 with all children receiving their full entitlement as soon as COVID -19 restrictions are removed. If you have applied for a blended placement (nursery and childminder) you will be contacted by a member of the Education HQ team to discuss options.
Information on placements was due to be issued to parents on 19 June 2020; however the decision was taken on 17 June to delay this process to allow Heads of Early Learning and Childcare Settings and Primary Schools to match patterns of attendance for siblings. The following information will be issued to all parents WB 23 June 2020:
· Parents of returning children will receive information on their 1140 allocation and their temporary COVID 19 allocation.
· New applicants will receive information on their 1140 allocation; their COVID 19 allocations and enrolment details will be shared in August 2020.