Gatehouse-Primary_1.jpgGatehouse Nursery Class Newsletter

Monday 9 October 2017

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

Welcome to Lena and her family who have just joined us at nursery.

Dates for your Diary

13 October Harvest Assembly 2:15pm

16-27 October Holiday

30 October Return to nursery

30 October Walkabout am session

31 October Halloween Party am session

31 October Walkabout pm session

1 November Library am

1 November Stay & Play 12:15-1:15pm

2 November CAPER am & pm

3 November Stay & Play 9-10am

3 November Library pm

6 November Walkabout am

7 November Fleet Valley Play Session am

7 November Walkabout pm

8 November Library am

9 November CAPER am & pm

10 November Library pm

13 November Walkabout am

13 November Curriculum Evening for all parents

14 November Fleet Valley Play Session am

14 November Walkabout pm

15 November Library am

16 November CAPER am & pm

17 November Library pm

20 November Walkabout am

21 November Fleet Valley Play Session am

21 November Walkabout pm

22 November Library am

23 November CAPER am & pm

24 November Achievement Assembly 2:15pm

27 November – 1 December Scottish Book Week and gifting of Book Bags

27 November Walkabout am

28 November Fleet Valley Play Session am

28 November Walkabout pm

29 November Library

30 November CAPER am & pm

1 December Book Bug Session 11:30am

1 December Library pm


Library Visits

We will be continuing our visits to the public library on a Wednesday morning and a Friday afternoon for Book Bug Sessions with Joan.  We could do with an extra adult to walk to and from the library with us in on the Wednesday morning.  If you are able to help, please add your name to the rota on the parents’ board in the cloakroom.

We would also like to invite all children to join the public library.  Once joined if you send your child with their library card we are able to help them choose a book to borrow and we can return it for you the following week.


 Weekly Walkabout

We have started our regular walks in the local area now the children have settled into the routines at Nursery.  Our walkabout sessions will continue to be a Monday morning and a Tuesday afternoon.  We are always delighted to have parents join us for these walks and need an extra adult to help during the Monday morning session due to the numbers of children attending.  If you are able to help, please add your name to the rota on the parents’ board in the cloakroom.


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.  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.


Snack Money

Parents are invited to make a contribution of £2.50 each week (50p per session) towards Nursery Funds.  This money pays for healthy snacks, cookery, Birthday cards, Christmas presents, parties and trips as well as other minor items used to support your child’s educational experience. The children put this money into the piggy bank at the signing in table in the playroom.  Snack money can be paid: daily/weekly/termly.  If paying by cheque please make it payable to Gatehouse Nursery Class.



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.


Stay & Play

Now the children have settled into the nursery routine we will be starting monthly Stay & Play Sessions.  We would like to invite parents/grandparents/childminders/etc. to come to nursery and stay for an hour to play with the children.  This is a great opportunity to see what we get up to during part of a session and how staff support early learning through play.  Younger brothers and sisters are of course welcome to join us. 

In November the dates and times for Stay & Play are:

                                                                        Wednesday 1 November 12:15-1:15pm

                                                                        Friday 3 November 9-10am


Curriculum Evening

The nursery and primary 1 staff will be running a curriculum evening on Monday 13 November 6-7pm.  This is an information evening about Talking, Listening and Questioning (TLQ).  TLQ is a resource being used widely across Dumfries and Galloway in many schools and nursery classes to help develop children’s narrative skills.  We would encourage all parents to attend and are able to provide a crèche facility for the duration of the evening for children in primary 1, nursery and younger children.  If you have an older child please let staff know and we may also be able to accommodate them.  We will provide tea, coffee and biscuits for parents attending.

Scottish Book Week

Scottish Book Week runs from 27 November to 1 December this year.  As part of this we run a Book Bug Session in the nursery.  Last year we ran it in the afternoon so this year we are running it in the morning on Friday 1 December at 11:30am.  This is a family event which parents and children attend together to listen to stories and sing some very simple songs.  We would love as many parents/carers to attend as possible.  It will finish at 12noon.  We also gift the Book Bug Bags to the children who are 3 years old at this session.


Fleet Valley Intergenerational Learning

On Tuesday 7 November we will be starting a 6 week block of visits to play and learn at Fleet Valley Care Home.  This will involve a group of children going to visit the care home to have snack, and take part in craft, music and games.  This is a project which will increase the nursery’s involvement in the community and create a link between different generations.  This will have benefits for all involved and at the end of 6 weeks the project will be evaluated. 

We are aware of other projects like this which have found the following benefits for children:

  • Social awareness for communicating with older people

  • Positive attitudes toward aging and the elderly

  • Mentoring and positive role models

  • Someone to ‘play’ with

  • An experience of community belonging

  • Learning social skills in a nurturing environment

  • Developing problem solving skills

This will be an interesting project for those involved and we will keep you informed as the project progresses.



At Gatehouse we are constantly looking for ways to improve your child’s experience of the Early Learning and Childcare we provide.  If you have any comments or suggestions please either speak to nursery staff or complete the slip below and return it to nursery – there is a comments/suggestions folder attached to the wall in the cloakroom.

We greatly appreciate your comments/suggestions as they do help us to evaluate and improve our service.


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