Gatehouse Nursery Class Newsletter

11 October 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

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


Halloween Party

All children are invited to join us for a Halloween party on Thursday 31 October at 9:30am. If your child is normally in on a morning session they come at the usual time and finish at the usual time. If they are not normally in that day, they are welcome to come and join us at 9:30am. Parents are invited to stay and join in the fun! Fancy dress is optional, please nothing too scary! If your child does not have dressing up clothes but wishes to dress up let us know as we do have a selection of outfits in the nursery which we are happy to lend out.


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. With the weather now turning colder it is a good idea to send in a pair of thick warm socks for your child to wear with their wellies. It is helpful if you can bring a bag with spare clothes to nursery daily. 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.


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.


Snack Money

CHANGE OF DATE: parents will be asked to continue to contribute towards snack until August 2020. After August 2020 there will be no snack money required. 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 will not be 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 next Achievement Assembly of the year is at 2:15pm on Friday 29 November. 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.


Curriclum Evening

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/school. Our focus will be on Developing Literacy Skills – specifically listening and talking, and how these impact upon learning across the curriculum.



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!


Scottish Book Week

We celebrate Scottish Book Week in nursery with the gifting of the Bookbug Explorer Bags and rua Bookbug Sessions in nursery for parents to come to with their children. This year the Bookbug Sessions will be Monday 18 November at 10am, and then Wednesday 20 November at 1pm. At these sessions we will have a visit from Joan Frame the local librarian, and we will also sing songs and play some instruments. We hope you can join us in these activities.

We will also be running a Book Swap on Friday – please bring in any books that your child is finished with and on Friday at 11:45am and 12:15pm you can with your child swap your old books with those others have brought in.




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.


Responses to the last survey:

Q1 What is your comment on nursery provision at Gatehouse School?

  • A really lovely nursery, staff are exceptional and nursery room and the space they have is absolutely brilliant.
  • Fantastic staff are amazing

Q2 What is your suggestion for Gatehouse Nursery?

  • Nothing to ask of more as I am happy with the way gatehouse nursery runs and way the staff. Couldn't ask for more at this present time. Thank you
  • More stay and play sessions.

Our Actions:

  • Added in Bookbug parent sessions for November
  • 1 stay and play and 1 play and pick up session planned each month
  • Parent helper rota on cloakroom wall