Gatehouse Nursery Class Newsletter

September 2019

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

Dates for your diary

18 September Library am

20 September Library pm


25 September Library am

27 September Achievement Assembly 2pm

30 September Play & Pick Up 2-3pm

1 October Stay & Play 9-10am

2 October Library

4 October Library pm


9 October Library am

11 October harvest Assembly pm

12-27 October – Holidays

28 October New term starts

30 October Library am

31 October Halloween Party 9:30-10:30am

1 November Library pm

4 November Play & Pick Up 2-3pm

5 November Stay & Play 9-10am

6 November Library am

8 November Library pm

13 November Library am

15 November Library pm

18 November Curriculum Evening 6-7pm

20 November Library am

22 November Library pm

27 November Library am

29 November Achievement Assembly 2:15pm

Library Visits

The rota for parent helpers is now up in the cloakroom for anyone who would like to help with walks to the local Library.

Weekly Walkabout

Our walkabout sessions will be during the sessions on Monday morning and a Tuesday afternoon. Please add your name to the rota in the cloakroom if you would like to help with these.


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.

Personal Plan Meetings

Thank you to everyone who has met with their child’s key worker to develop their personal support plan.


All about me/More about me

We still have a few More about me booklets to come back, please return these as soon as possible to allow us to update the permission details.


Activities Money

From the start of term 2 we will no longer be asking parents to contribute towards snack. However some of the activities we do, such as making playdough, Birthday cards/presents, Christmas presents and dinner, feeding the birds, buying seeds for the garden are not funded through the Council and we would appreciate it if parents would give a small donation each term to help us pay for these items. We appreciate any help towards these no matter how small.



If your child is ill or will be absent for another reason, please phone the school office to let us know they will be absent and why. 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.

Please note it is vital to share with us why your child is off, especially the type of illness as we have children within school and nursery who have issues with their immunity and medical conditions which can be affected by the usual childhood illnesses.

Achievement Assembly

The first Achievement Assembly of the year is at 2:15pm on Friday 27 September. The whole school meet for this to celebrate children’s wider achievements from home. This may be trying something for the first time, gaining a certificate (such as swimming), fundraising for a charity, smaller achievements are also included like sleeping in own bed, giving up a dummy etc. You simply let the nursery staff know of your child’s achievement and they create a leaf for your child to share at Assembly and display on the tree at the front of the school. If your child is not in the afternoon session you are invited to come along with them to the assembly.


Open Evening

Thank you to all parents who attended the Open Evening in September about the nursery sessions and how we run them. The feedback was very positive and we appreciate you making the effort to attend. Our apologies to the parents who were unable to access the building on the Open Evening – the issue with the school secure door system has been reported but as of yet appears to be an intermittent problem and not fully resolved. If you have any issues gaining access to the main school can you please report this to Mrs Brown in the school office.

Our next evening is a Curriculum Evening on Monday 18 November – it runs from 6-7pm and we will be providing a crèche facility for the hour to allow you time to listen to a presentation, try some activities and ask questions about nursery. Our focus will be on Developing Literacy Skills.



Stay & Play or Play & Pick Up

We are introducing Stay & Play for a morning session 9-10am and Play & Pick up for an afternoon session 2-3pm once a month. This is an opportunity for parents/carers or extended family members to come to nursery play and interact with the children once a month. We welcome you to come and join in the fun with us, please feel free to bring younger siblings too!



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 survey online at:

If you have no internet access you can complete a slip from the 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. Please note we do share responses and actions via our monthly newsletter.