Gatehouse Nursery Class Newsletter

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Dates for your diary

7 June Stay & Play 9-10am

7June Library pm

12 June New Children Visiting 1:30-3pm

13 June CAPER am & pm

14 June Achievement Assembly 2:15pm

17 June 1:30pm Nursery Sports

(Reserve date: Tuesday 25 June 1:30pm)

19 June Transition Visit to P1 10:30-11:30am

19 June Library am

21 June Transition Visit to P1 11am-2pm

21 June New Children Visiting 12:30-2pm

21 June Transition meeting at 1:45pm for children moving to P1

21 June Library pm

26 June Library am

27 June Family trip and end of year celebration

28 June Last day of Term – Happy Holidays!

Session Times:  Morning 8:45-9am flexible drop off             11.55am pick up

                           Afternoon 12:15pm drop off                        3:10-3:25pm flexible pick up

Please remember staff only have 20 minutes to clean and tidy the playroom between sessions, it is important children are collected on time and do not arrive too early for the next session.


Clothing and Sunscreen

Please ensure that your child is suitably dressed for the weather conditions and that any shoes, wellies, bags and clothes are labelled clearly with your child’s name. It is helpful if you can bring a bag with spare clothes to nursery on a daily basis. Please ensure if it is a hot day that your child has sunscreen on before they come to nursery. We have a limited supply of sunscreen and will top up the children’s protection if they are in a full day. If your child is still in nappies or pull ups please speak to staff and arrange to leave a supply here in the changing area. Thank you.


End of Year Family Outing and Celebration

The family outing is planned for the last Thursday of term. We are still awaiting confirmation from Historic Scotland about this. A letter with all of the details will be sent home as soon as we get the trip confirmation! Provisionally we plan to meet at Threave Castle car park at 10am, and return to school for 1pm when we will have our celebration of the year and end of term ceremony.


School Meals

If your child has ordered school meals can you please ensure all money is paid for these on Monday each week. Alternatively you can pay by cheque for the term. Please make cheques payable to DG First. If your child is moving to primary 1 in August please make sure you have returned the school meals form to Mrs Agnew in the school kitchen by Friday 7 June.


Transition to Primary 1

A reminder, that there is a meeting for parents on Friday 21 June at 1:45pm to share the information about moving into the big school. The meeting is held in the dining room in the main school.



If your child is ill or will be absent for another reason, please phone the school office to let us know. This phone call is only necessary on the first day of absence. It is important that you inform us when your child will not be attending Nursery. The school follow the Children Missing in Education Procedures for Nursery aged children which states “…not attending school or ELCC means all of these children have wellbeing needs around inclusion and achievement.” This means that if your child is absent and the school have not heard from you over a three day period child protection procedures will be triggered. This may result in social work involvement.

Parents’ Evening

Thank you to everyone who took the time to come in or to arrange taking their child’s PLP (Personal learning Portfolio) home to look at. Thank you for completing the parents’ pages and letting us know what you have thought of your child’s records and their time with us in Gatehouse Nursery. As a staff we feel very much appreciated by you and your families, thank you!



Our last CAPER day will be on Thursday 13 June, can all wallets and books please be returned to school for Wednesday 19 June.


Library Visits

Our last trip to the library will be on Wednesday 26 June, if your child has a library book at home after this date it will be up to you to make sure it is returned on time.


Shoe Boxes and Coat Pegs

If your child is moving to Primary 1 in August they are allowed to take their shoe box and coat peg labels home on their last day with us.

Please make sure all of your child’s belongings are removed from the shoe boxes and coat pegs to allow us to clean thoroughly before the start of the new term. If you could also look through the lost property box and claim any belongings this would be much appreciated. Any lost property still with us at the end of June will be cleaned and donated to a local charity shop.


Annual Survey

Throughout the year we ask for feedback within each newsletter we send out, but at the end of the school year we are keen to find out from you what has worked well for you and your child and what you feel needs improved upon. Please note: although this survey is online and anonymous we do share the comments from you with the parents and staff from the nursery. Your comments on the nursery help us to develop our next steps in developing the provision here at Gatehouse and impact upon the action plan for the following year. We really appreciate feedback from you as it helps us to be a better nursery!

This year the survey can be found here: