Gatehouse-Primary_1.jpgGatehouse Nursery Class Newsletter

Monday 16 April 2018

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

17 April Meet the lambs 9am at Cream o' Galloway

18 April Library visit 11am

18 & 19 April Enrolment for session 2018-19

19 April CAPER 9:15am & 2pm

20 April Library 2pm 25 April Library

11am 26 April CAPER 9:15am & 2pm

27 April Library 2pm

30 April Curriculum Evening

1 May Stay & Play 9-10am

2 May Library 11am

3 May CAPER 9:15am & 2pm

4 May Stay & Play 12:15-1:15pm

4 May Library 2pm

7 May Holiday NO NURSERY

9 May Library 11am

10 May CAPER 9:15& 2pm

11 May Library 2pm

16 May Library 11am

17 May CAPER 9:15am & 2pm

18 May Library 2pm

21-25 STEM Week

23 May Library 11am

24 May CAPER 9:15am & 2pm

25 May Achievement Assembly

30 May Library 11am

31 May CAPER 9:15am & 2pm

1 June NO NURSERY (training for staff)

6 June Nursery Sports (weather permitting)

7 June CAPER 9:15am & 2pm

8 June Library 2pm

11 June Parents’ Meetings

13 June Reserve nursery sports

14 June CAPER 9:15am & 2pm

15 June Library 2pm

20 June Library 11am

21 June LAST CAPER 9:15am & 2pm

22 June Library 2pm

27 June Library 11am



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.
We now have a child with us who has childhood cancer and is immunosuppressed.  It is critical that you do not send your child to nursery when they are unwell as we would not like to put this child at risk.  Please notify us immediately if your child or any family member develops chicken pox so that the parents and health care staff can take action.

Story Sacks

This term we will be carrying out repairs and replacing any items missing from the Story Sacks.  CAPER will be on a Thursday at 9:15am and 2pm.  We would love to have parents join us for the story sessions and to help children choose their books.  If you would like to help please add your name to the helper sheet on the noticeboard in the cloakroom.
Stay & Play

Our stay and play sessions will be Tuesday 1 May 12:151:15pm, Friday 4 May 12:15-1:15pm, Tuesday 5 June 9-10am and Friday 8 June 12:15-1:15pm.  This is a great chance for you to come and stay to play with your child at nursery and see some of the things we do with the children.  We also extend the invite to younger brothers and sisters, and the local Childminders.

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.
Curriculum Evening

We are planning a Curriculum Evening for parents to attend on 30 April 6-7pm.  We will provide a small crèche facility for those families struggling with childcare on the evening.  More information about this will follow.
 Weekly Walkabout

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. With the changing weather it is important that your child has warm clothes and footwear.  Wellies at this time of year do not keep feet warm unless they are lined or your child wears an extra pair of socks.
Ice Bowl Trip

The children and staff all enjoyed their time at the Ice Bowl.  The photos have been uploaded to our Twitter feed.  Thanks to those parents who met us at the Ice Bowl and helped us with the children.  We are pleased that the trip went so well.

Meet the Lambs
Hopefully you have all received the email about the trip to Cream o’ Galloway.  We are going on Tuesday 17 April.  The plan is to meet at Cream o’ Galloway in the car park at 9am.  We will be going a short walk and having snack before we meet the lambs.  Once we have met the lambs children can be collected at 11:55am.  If you wish to stay and play you can.
Those children who are full days will be transported back to the nursery for lunch.  The afternoon session will run as normal, 12:15-3:25pm.
If anyone is struggling with transport please speak to staff as soon as possible, our phone number is 01557 814262.


At Gatehouse we are constantly looking for ways to improve your child’s experience of the Early Learning and Childcare we provide.  We receive very little written feedback from parents about how you feel the nursery supports your child, the activities we offer and suggestions on how we could improve.  Please complete and return the 2 stars and a wish slip below.  Use the stars to indicate 2 thing that you feel we do well, and the wish can be something we need to improve on or a suggestion for something your child would like to be able to do with us. If you do not have access to a printer we have some spare slips in our cloakroom. We greatly appreciate your comments/suggestions as they do help us to evaluate and improve our service. _________________________________________________________________________________

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