Nursery Newsletter

Dear Parent/Carer

Staffing

Unfortunately we have recently had several staff absences.  We have continued to ensure continuity for children as much as possible.  Thank you for you continued support.

During the long term absence of Mrs Matheis, Miss Montgomery (Principal Teacher) will be over seeing the management of the Nursery.  If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

Christmas Fayre

Our Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 23 November 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. in the Primary School. We will have a craft/games stall to raise money for the Nursery funds.  Thank you to all the parents who have offered to help with this.

Christmas Nativity – Wednesday 11 December 10.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.

The children are practicing hard for this year’s Nativity and we are looking forward to welcoming you to the nursery.  As we have very limited space in the Playroom we can only accommodate a maximum of 2 adults per child.  There will be no space for prams/buggies.

Additional In Service Day

Please note that the Nursery will be closed on 12 February and Thursday 30 April 2020.  All schools in Renfrewshire will be closed on this day, including Early Learning and Childcare Classes.

Amended In Service Days – In Service Days approved by Renfrewshire Council are as follows:

Friday 7 and Wednesday 12 February 2020

Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 May 2020

Nursery will be open on Thursday 30 April 2020.

 Christmas Hampers

Please remember to hand in your donations for the Christmas Hamper into the Nursery Office as soon as possible.  A reminder that our Christmas hamper tickets are on sale from Monday 25 November 2019 for 20p per ticket or £1 per strip of 5. The raffle will be drawn at our Nativity on 11 December 2019.  If you have any donations please hand these into the office.

Rag Bag:  January 2020

Every child is being encouraged to take part in our ‘Rag Bag’ collection day.  The idea behind this initiative is to develop the children’s awareness of recycling at the same time as raising money for the nursery and encouraging children to be ‘responsible citizens’.

Every child will be issued with a carrier bag in January, which can be filled with textiles such as wearable clothing, paired shoes, handbags, belts etc.  If your new year’s resolution is to have clear out in January – please bear us in mind.

Code Red Alert (absence from nursery)

Renfrewshire Council continues to operate ‘Code Red Alert’ – if your child is absent from nursery we would ask that you telephone the school.  In the event that no phone call has been received, an automated text will be sent to your mobile phone asking you to call the school giving reasons for absence.

 Safety

Please ensure that your child remains by your side upon collection at the end of each session to ensure their safety.

 Outdoor Play

Please provide jackets and a spare change of clothing in your child’s bag.  We are also looking for spare boys trousers for our spare clothes box – your support with this is much appreciated.

 Scottish Water

Good progress is being made with this project.  Thank you for your patience.

 Parentpay

We have now introduced a more convenient way to pay for school/nursery meals, trips, events and activities and much more online, using a secure service called ParentPay.

 ParentPay went live in our school and nursery on 19 September 2019 and from this date we will no longer be accepting cash and cheque payments, making the school and nursery a cash-free environment.  Parents who need to continue making payments by cash may do so using the PayPoint network at local convenience stores.

You can access ParentPay via https://www.mygov.scot/myaccount  or https://www.parentpay.com

Under the heading Payment Items, please select Nursery Snacks to make payment.  All new children will be issued with an activation letter to access Parentpay.

 Registration for School

Children who reach the age of 5 years between 1 March 2019 and 28 February 2020 should be registered for education in their catchment school.  Pupils whose surnames begin with A to L should register on Wednesday 15 January 2020.  Pupils whose surnames begin with M to Z should register on Thursday 16 January 2020.  Registration will take place between 1.15 and 3.00 p.m.

Parents must produce their child’s full birth certificate and 2 proofs of residence, which must include council tax notice for the property or proof that you have registered for council tax at that property on a letter from your solicitor confirming that missives have been concluded or a rent book for rented property, tenancy agreement or mortgage/bank statement.  Original documents must be produced.

 You must register your child in only one school, either the denominational or non-denominational school for your area.  If you need information on schools for your area please telephone 0300 300 0170 or visit the website www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.  If you want your child to go to a different school, you will also need to make a placing request.

Winter Weather

As we begin the winter period, please note the following in case of periods of severe weather;

Please do not phone the school office.

  • Should it be necessary to close the school we will post information on our website and use our school app to contact parents/carers.
  • Please ensure we have your up to date mobile phone numbers.

Subsequent school closure days will be notified on the Renfrewshire Council website, and via local media.  Updates will be given daily to keep you informed.

 School Grounds

Please be aware that during winter months, pavements around the school/nursery and the playground can be icy.  Everyone is asked to take care and use the safest routes and those which have been gritted.  The Health and Safety of our pupils is our highest priority.  Renfrewshire Council directs janitors to clear one safe path from the outside of the nursery to the main entrance.  Mr Fox our janitor has agreed to clear a path from the car park and also from the gate on School Road.

In severe conditions the only entry into the Nursery will be by the gate on School Road.  The janitor checks the site on arrival at 8.00 am.

Diary Dates

November 2019

Saturday 23 November 2019                     Christmas Fayre

December 2019

Monday 2 December 2019                         St Andrew’s Day Holiday

Tuesday 3 December 2019                        Nursery Reopens

Wednesday 11 December 2019                Nursery Nativity

Friday 13 December 2019                          Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children

Wednesday 18 December 2019                Christmas Party

Friday 20 December 2019                          Nursery Closes at 2.30 pm

January 2020

 Monday 6 January 2020                             Nursery Reopens

February 2020

 Friday 7 February 2020                              In Service Day

Monday 10 February 2020                         Mid Term Break

Tuesday 11 February 2020                        Mid Term Break

Wednesday 12 February 2020                  Additional In Service Day

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