Gatehouse Nursery Class Newsletter
22 April 2020
Welcome to Harley and Dylan who have joined our nursery team this term – we are so sorry we cannot meet up to play together! We are all missing our contact with the children and families and hope you are all staying safe and well.
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, 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). Please check in with us once a week to let us know you are safe and well – and if you feel you need support we can help facilitate that too!
Following advice from the Local Authority and concerns about pop up adverts on YouTube we have relocated all our stories and activities to Glow, the link is above. We will continue to upload videos to YouTube but please note that you use it at your own risk as we cannot control the content on pop up adverts.
Enrolment for ELC
Those who have applied for nursery session 2020-21 your applications have been processed and the Local Authority will not allocate places and notify you directly. 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!
Moving on to Primary 1
The Primary 6 pupils are currently completing online applications to become a buddy – the standard of the applications received so far is impressive! We hope within the next 2 weeks to allocate your child a buddy who will then contact your child via Glow email. Understandably the Buddy system and activities will be very different this year. We will keep you informed via Twitter, Glow and Newsletters.
Sharing What Children Have Been Doing
We are keen to still interact with you and your child, thanks to those who have been sharing with us via Glow, Twitter, and YouTube – your comments and photos have been appreciated by us all. If you wish to share photos of what you have been doing during lockdown, please post to either Twitter or (the safest most secure place) our Glow Team. All children were given a username and password for Glow – there are emails sitting within Glow for each child inviting them to our team – you simply follow the link within the email. If anyone is having issues, please let Mrs Irving know as she can remotely rest passwords and can help you access the resources online. The original Helping Your Child at Home information can be accessed here: http://gatehouse.dumgal.sch.uk/index.php/nursery/nursery-newsletter-2
Please let us know if you are enjoying these activities and post photos to share your child’s learning – remember children learn through everyday activities as well as planned and organised activities.
Miss Carson our student is continuing with her Graded Units and Assignments and needs your help! As part of a Unit she needs to consult with the children about outdoor play, please take the time to complete her online survey so she can complete her course: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LMPLLWH
Despite the nursery being closed we still plan to offer activities which your child can join in with:
9am daily there is a new story uploaded during the week (Mrs Irving continued this throughout the school holidays to maintain contact).
Weekly a new rhyme of the week uploaded to Teams and Twitter, a game to play/make uploaded to Teams and YouTube, the picture of the week to make and display in your windows at home (please share photos of these on Teams or Twitter) and additional activities in response to parental comments and requests.
Termly: A range of help at home and support leaflets for learning have been uploaded to the school website and can be accessed here http://gatehouse.dumgal.sch.uk/index.php/nursery/help-leaflets