Best Start Grant School Age Payment re-opens on Monday 1 June. This payment is part of Best Start Grant and is a £250 payment made around the time a child normally starts Primary 1 ie. Those transitioning from Early Years support, to help with the costs of a child starting school. This money can be used for anything that families may need at this key stage in a child’s life.
You do not need to take up a place in school to get this. When to apply for School Age Payment depends on when your child was born. Applications will open on 1 June 2020 until 28 February 2021 for children who were born between 1 March 2015 and 29 February 2016
Please click on Fact Sheet links below for more information on how to apply.
As the date of Bathgate Procession approaches we are of course saddened that we won’t be celebrating as we would normally.
We have decided that of course we can still support and join in with this wonderful community event.
Our theme for 2020 was BEYC Superheroes. How fitting was our choice as our children, Families, NHS staff and all key workers have truly shown as real life superhero’s while faced with this challenging time.
On Saturday the 6th of June the staff will be sharing photos and videos dressed up and celebrating as BEYC Stay at Home Superheroes we would LOVE for you all to join us. Please share your photos of you and your children in their chosen superhero costumes we will pop them all together in a video so your children can see their friends dressed up too, feel free to get creative. Can you use any recycled materials when making your costume? Mrs Mckay will be delighted to see you all in costumes.
During this uncertain time it is important that you take steps to ensure you and your families mental health is a top priority. Staff at BEYC have collected together some resources, activities and videos to create a point of reference if you are looking for help.
Harry loves to listen to the story of ” The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” One of his favorite passage is when caterpillar eats delicious fruit, delicious apples, pears, plums , strawberries and oranges ……
Yum Yum thought Harry, he loves fruit so much that he decided that he would also be like a caterpillar and will make delicious fruit smoothies. Harry prepared his own ” The Very Hungry Caterpillar” fruit smoothie recipe. He used ingredients such like : 1 yellow banana, 2 juicy big red apples , 3 small ice cubes , 4 red yummy strawberries and 1 glass of orange juice. Carefully chopped all the fruits, put them in a blender, then added orange juice and ……… blend everything together.
Harry and Miss Collins enjoyed the smoothie with 3 small ice cubes . Yummy Yummy in my tummy ; said Miss Collins and Harry.
Try at home challenge for all of you 🙂
So you too can be like a Hungry Caterpillar and like Harry make your own smoothie or snack, using your own recipe. You can tell us what ingredients you used, how much you used, whether they were big or small, where hard or soft, what shape they were etc.
Please share your smoothies or snack with your nursery friends by sending us photos, videos.
Good luck everyone 🙂
And here is a special song for you all 🙂
After Harry and Miss Collins spotted some tiny caterpillars in their garden they were inspired to share some learning opportunities with you all. Please use the arrows below to view Miss collins reading the very hungry caterpillar and see how you can get involved.
We would love to see some photos and videos of your child taking part, please upload to twitter @WLBEYC or your child’s online LJ.
During this time technology has been at the forefront of keeping us all connected. Your young children may now be accessing and interacting with their devices now more than ever. Although we are so grateful that these devices, websites and apps exists the key important message of using them safely and responsibly must be emphasised to our young learners.
Harry the Hedgehog and Miss Collins took part in a try at home activity lesson from ThinkUKnow.co.uk.
They then discussed how Jessie felt scared and had a worried feeling in her tummy when the crocodile appeared unexpectedly on screen. They sang the ‘Funny in my Tummy’ song and had a chat about what the lyrics meant. Who could be a trusted adult in Harry’s life? Harry then drew Miss Collins as his trusted adult, knowing that while using his device online if he saw anything that upset him he knew Miss Collins could help.
After watching the video can you also have a chat with your child about their feelings and draw a picture of their trusted adult/s. We would love to see their drawings or hear any important online safety messages they took from this activity, please share via twitter @WLBEYC or their learning from home tab on their Learning Journal.
During this time we will continue to share useful online safety activities and try at home activities in the meantime please have a look at these websites for helpful online information and tips covering a range of ages…
Try at home activity:
Now we have more time to spend at home, it is a great opportunity to take part in growing, planting and observing the changes happening. We would love if you could join us in this journey, we would like to document the progress on the Sway below so please take lots of photos and video clips. You can Share them via our twitter page BEYC Twitter or your online Learners Journal under the learning from home tab.
What could you grow in your garden or from your home?
How could you document and share the results?
Keep Scotland Beautiful’s #GrowASeed initiative is also encouraging people in Scotland to take part and get growing. Visit their website for more useful information.
Harry the Hedgehog had lots of fun taking part in yesterday’s try at home activity...
Inspiring and motivating your child to lift a pen/pencil to begin drawing can be difficult if the interest just isn’t there. During nursery sessions we have a variety of ways we can get our children excited about mark making. You could Provide a tray with different mediums in for example: Flour, lentils, dry sand, wet sand, soil, shaving foam, salt and lentils then ask your child to use their pointer finger and begin to play. Quickly you may notice a variety of mark making taking place. Before moving on to writing letters or numbers we suggest trying some pre-writing shapes first (The grown up could draw these on paper for the child to copy) these are:
Horizontal line, Verticle line, Circle, Intersecting cross, Diagonal line, Diagonal cross, Square and Triangle.
Following this you could then move on to letters in your child’s name and other familiar names/words.
Please let us know if you try this activity by uploading a photo or video into their learning from home tab or on twitter @WLBEYC. Harry’s favourite was mark making in the soft flour… what might yours be?