Gatehouse Nursery Class Newsletter

Tuesday 23 April 2019

Dates for your diary

23 April summer term begins

24 April Transition meeting for all parents of children moving to Primary 1, 11:30am.

24 April Library am

25 April CAPER am & pm

26 April Library pm

29 April Sid & SHANARRI Transition

30 April Sid & SHANARRI Transition

1 May Library am

3 May Stay & Play 9-10am

3 May Library pm

6 May Holiday

7 may Sid & SHANARRI transition

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

8 May Library am

10 May Achievement Assembly 2:15pm

13 May Sid & SHANARRI Transition

13 May Parents’ Evening

14 May Buddies in nursery

14 May Sid & SHANARRI Transition

15 May Library am

16 May Buddies in nursery

17 May Library pm

20 May Sid & SHANARRI transition

21 May Buddies in big playground

21 May Sid & SHANARRI transition

22 May Library am

23 may Buddies in big playground

23 May Parent Council Bingo Night

24 May Library pm

27 May Sid & SHANARRI transition

28 Sid & SHANARRI transition

29 May Library am

29 May visit to Primary 1, 2-3pm

30 May Buddies sharing stories during CAPER

31 May Library pm


Nursery Sports Monday 17 June 1:30pm

Reserve date: Tuesday 25 June 1:30pm

Family trip: 27 June

Session Times

The morning session has a flexible drop off between 8:45 and 9am. Please can you ensure that your child is dropped off on time, as late arrivals in the morning are impacting on the safe supervision of Daily Mile. All children need to be in nursery before the bell rings at 9am.

The morning session finishes at 11:55am. This only gives 20 minutes in which staff are expected to check the facilities, clean the room and toilets, and reset all of the learning activities for the afternoon session which starts at 12:15pm. It is therefore important to collect your child by 11:55am.

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


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.


End of Year Family Outing

At Gatehouse Nursery we normally finish the school year with a family outing. Over the last three years the children have with their families enjoyed a trip to the beach, the woods and a local castle. Thank you to everyone who gave us ideas for the trip for this year. Over the next few weeks we will be asking the children what they would prefer to do. Once we have the top 3 choices we will share these with you along with costs associated. After your feedback we will let you know what has been the most popular choice and organise the family outing day.

School Meals

If your child has ordered school meals can you please ensure all money is paid for these on Monday each week. Alternatively you can pay by cheque for the term. Please make cheques payable to DG First.

Transition to Primary 1

For those children moving to primary 1 at Gatehouse, Borgue, Kirkcudbright and Twynholm we have a special meeting on 24 April in the new nursery room at Gatehouse at 11:30am. This short (30minute meeting) is to explain all the transition events organised by the schools, and to introduce a new resource known as Sid and SHANARRI (a monkey and spider) which we have been chosen to pilot to for the Local Authority. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the move to primary 1 or the resource we will be sharing with you.

Each school the children are going to will give you dates for visits as part of the transition process. If your child is moving to P1 at Gatehouse we will give you a letter with information about Buddies, dates for additional visits to P1 and the important parent meeting with Mr Riley, this week.


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.

Personal Plan Meetings

Staff will be approaching some parents to organise the Personal Plan Meetings for this term. If you are not approached and you would like a meeting please speak to staff. We will be holding a parents’ Evening on 13 May 6-7pm, this is an opportunity to look through your child’s PLP and discuss their next steps in learning with your child’s key worker. There is no crèche on this evening as your child can share their PLP with you and tell you about their learning.


At Gatehouse we are constantly looking for ways to improve your child’s experience of the Early Learning and Childcare we provide. We rarely get feedback and really appreciate it if you can take the time to give feedback to us; positive or negative it all helps us to continually improve what we do. If you have any comments or suggestions please either speak to nursery staff or complete the slip below and return it to nursery – 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.


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