Gatehouse Nursery Class Newsletter

7 February 2020

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

7 February Library pm

10 February Walkabout pm

11 February Walkabout am

12 February Library am

13 February CAPER or Story Sacks

14 February Library pm

17-21 February Holiday – no nursery

24 February Walkabout pm

25 February Walkabout am

26 February Library am

27 February CAPER or Story Sacks am & pm

28 February Achievement Assembly


We would remind all parents of the nursery session times above and ask that you drop off and collect children promptly. It can be very distressing to your child to arrive late when all the other children are already settled and having fun. They can find it hard to leave you and join in with play. If they are upset this then affects the other children and disrupts the smooth running of the nursery.

At the end of the morning session it is important that children are collected on time as staff only have a short period of time to reset the playroom for the afternoon session starting. We do understand that on occasion there may be circumstances out with your control which mean you are late to drop off or collect your child. Please phone ahead to let us know if this is the case.


Parental Engagement/Interviewing New Staff

Thank you to everyone who shared the job advert for the posts in the nursery. In the next few months we hope to be able to carry out interviews and appoint a manager, two additional nursery nurses and an additional support worker to the nursery team. As part of this process we would like to involve you as parents of children currently attending nursery. We are looking to create interview questions and to raise your thoughts and ideas with the applicants. To this end we would greatly appreciate it if you could complete a short questionnaire online, this is the link to follow:


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. With our increased numbers if we do not get help, we may need to cancel some of these visits. These are valuable learning experiences for all our children.


The Hive

Our Hub room has been renamed by the pupils following a competition held in school. It will now be known as The Hive. Please remember it is up and running and open for parents every Friday 2:30-3pm. Feel free to drop in for a cuppa and a chat with staff and/or other parents. Please note The Hive will not be available during Achievement Assemblies.



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.


Stay & Play or Play & Pick Up

Thank you to those who came to our recent Stay and Play session. It was great to see the children interacting with you and the younger children clearly enjoyed their visit with us. We have had nobody come yet to the Play and Pick Up at the end of the school day and would encourage you to try and join us for this. Stay & Play for a morning session runs 9-10am and Play & Pick up for an afternoon session runs 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!


Enrolment for ELC

All 3- and 4-year olds are entitled to a maximum of 1140 hours of early learning and childcare which is funded through the council. The number of funded hours and start dates depend on your child's date of birth. Registration for the 2020/21 academic year will take place on 26 and 27 February 2020 in the nursery. Details of when your child will be eligible to start is detailed below.


Date of child's birthday Start date Funded hours
1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017 Year 2: 20 August 2020 1140 hours
1 March 2017 to 31 August 2017 Year 1: 20 August 2020
1140 hours
1 September 2017 to 31 December 2017 Year 1: 5 January 2021 678 hours
1 January 2018 to 28 February 2018 Year 1: 12 April 2021 342 hours

Most parents/carers register with one provider, but you can register with more than one provider as long as the total number of hours doesn't exceed your child's entitlement detailed above.


You will need to bring the following information along with you when you register your child/ren.

  • ·date of birth (birth certificate)
  • home address (a recent council tax or utility bill)

If you wish to use a different provider, please check the council website for an updated list


Personal Plan Meetings

Thank you for attending your child’s personal plan meeting and helping us to develop individual learning plans for each child. Your child’s key worker will remind you when their next review is due.


Early Years Ceilidh

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the ceilidh. There is a lovely newspaper article about it up on our parent board in the cloakroom.


Weekly Walkabout

Our walkabout sessions will be during the sessions on Monday afternoon and a Tuesday morning. Please note that this is a change to allow us to accommodate a visiting specialist working with nursery children. Please add your name to the rota in the cloakroom if you would like to help with these.


Curriculum Evening

Thank you to everyone who made time to come to the recent Curriculum Evening about Wellbeing, we have created an information display on out Top Tips board in the cloakroom for anyone who missed this opportunity to find out how we support each child to develop using the wellbeing indicators.


Peep Sessions

Miss Denholm has completed her Peeple: Learning Together Training and is planning to run some parent and child learning together sessions soon.

Research tells us that the biggest influences on children’s outcomes are the quality of the relationship with their parents and carers, and what they do with their family, from birth – known as the home learning environment.

Peep Learning Together is a parenting programme that helps:

  • parents and carers to improve their children’s life chances, by making the most of everyday learning opportunities – listening, talking, playing, singing and sharing books and stories together
  • babies and children to become confident communicators and learners through play
  • practitioners to develop their work with parents/carers and young children
  • parents and carers to recognise and build on on their own learning potential and achievements
  • communities to narrow the attainment gap, which appears even before children reach school.

If you want further information, it can be found at