Thank you for all bearing with us in this very unusual time for nursery.  It seems strange that we might not see each other for a long time.  Everything as you know has been put on hold for the time being but behind the scenes we are still working hard. 

Please remember we are still here for you and can be contacted through our work email between 9am and 3pm each school day (Mrs Tighe is available between 9am and 12 noon).

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We have also set up a YouTube channel called: Gatehouse Nursery Class (the link is at the top of the page) where we are sharing stories, games and activities you can use at home with your children.  The links to these are tweeted each day and can also be viewed from the nursery tab on the school website.  The school website will also be updated regularly with information for parents, please check it whenever you can.


Parental Engagement/Interviewing New Staff

Our new manager was appointed and has been into visit the nursery prior to lockdown.  Mrs Smith was involved in interviewing the nursery nurses – we hope to appoint 2 following the interviews.  Again, this is something we are awaiting instruction from the Local Authority on.

The interviews for the support worker have still to take place – we will keep you informed as events progress.


Enrolment for ELC

Those who have applied for nursery session 2020-21 your applications have been processed and we are awaiting further instruction from the Local Authority regarding timings of letters and when we allocate places.  With the lockdown we are unable to have the planned visits for you and your child – we are looking at ways we could do this virtually!


Play Area and Garden Development

Before the lockdown the children had sown sunflower seeds and planted them out into the bee and butterfly garden.  The children have also planted out lavender and thyme in the same bed.  We hope that the wildlife can make use of these even if we can’t get in now.

The outdoor maths area had a variety of resources added to it and Mrs Irving had been working with the children using 10 arrays to help with counting and recognising patterns of numbers.  We plan to show you how to use these with your children at home on our YouTube channel and via Twitter.


Moving on to Primary 1

If your child is due to start Primary 1 in August, we are currently liaising with the Primary 6 teachers to set up buddies for those moving on to Gatehouse School.  We are looking at ways to do this online. 


Comments & Suggestions

Before lockdown the children had created the mud kitchen recipes with staff and were beginning to use these in the mud kitchen following the suggestion left in our suggestion folder.  The children had been very creative thinking up the recipes and figuring out the quantities.

At home if you are looking for an easy recipe, we would suggest making your own playdough, this is the basic recipe we use in nursery.  The children are used to measuring the quantities, please note an adult must deal with the boiling water and stir the mix until the water is absorbed.  Once this has happened the children are able to stir the mix.  When kneading the mixture we normally wouldn’t let the children do this until we had done it a few times to allow the mix to cool.


Stay Fresh Play Dough

You will need a baking bowl and big spoon to add the following ingredients to:

2x cups of plain flour

1x cup of salt

1x teaspoon of cream of tartar

2x tablespoons of cooking oil

2x cups boiling water

A few drops of food colouring

Mix all the above together with the big spoon, being careful not to burn yourself on the boiling water. 

Once it is mixed through tip the mixture out onto a hard surface and knead to a soft paste making sure it is an even colour. 

You have now made play dough.