Gatehouse-Primary_1.jpgGatehouse Nursery Class Newsletter

Tuesday 28 November 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


Dates for your Diary

1 December Book Bug Session 11:30am

1 December Library pm

4 December Walkabout am

5 December Pantomime 9:45-10:45am

5 December Walkabout pm

6 December New Starts visiting 9:30-10:30am

6 December Library am

7 December CAPER am & pm

8 December Stay & Play 9-10am

8 December Library pm

11 December Walkabout

11 December Stay & Play 12:15-1:15pm

12 December New Starts Visiting 9-11am

12 December Walkabout pm

13 December Library am

14 December CAPER am & pm

15 December Library pm

18 December Walkabout am

19 December Walkabout pm

19 December School Show

20 December Library am

21 December Christmas Party 9-11:55am

21 December Church pm

Nursery is closed 22 December until Thursday 4 December 2018.

We reopen on Thursday 4 January at 8:45am


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.

As from January we also have a child joining 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 develops chicken pox so that the parents and health care staff can take action.

Pantomime Reminder

Please send in your £5 for the pantomime if you wish your child to attend.  If your child normally attends in the afternoon on the day of the pantomime please bring them to the foyer of the school for 9:45am and collect them from the same place at 10:45am.

 Curriculum Evening

Thank you to all who attended our curriculum evening, your feedback was much appreciated.  We are glad that you found it interesting and informative.  To those who were unable to attend we hope you have found the handout useful?

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 December the dates and times for Stay & Play are:


                                                                        Friday 8 December 9-10am


                                                                        Monday 11 December 12:15-1:15pm



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.

Christmas Party

Our Christmas Party will be on Thursday 21 December.  All children are invited to attend the morning session! We use the school hall for games and activities and Santa will arrive at 11:30am for those of you who would like to see your child meet Santa.  Please arrive by 11:25am. If you wish to photograph Santa with your child staff will make sure you manage to do so.  Once Santa leave children are free to go.  If your child normally attends the afternoon session they are welcome to return to nursery for 12:15pm as usual.

 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.

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.


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

Our Tuesday visits to play and learn at Fleet Valley Care Home will continue until Christmas.  This involves 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 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.