Gatehouse-Primary_1.jpgGatehouse Nursery Class Newsletter

Monday 5 February 2018

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


5 February Walkabout am

5 February Stay & Play 12:15-1:15pm

6 February Walkabout pm

7 February Library 10:50am

9 February Library 2pm

12-14 February NURSERY CLOSED

15 February Nursery reopens

16 February Library 2pm

16 February TLQ Session 2pm

19 February Walkabout am

20 February Walkabout pm

21 February Library

23 February Achievement Assembly

26 February Walkabout am

27 February Walkabout pm

28 February Library 10:50am

2 March Stay & Play 9-10am

2 March Library 2pm

5 March Book Week

5 March Stay & Play 12:15-1:15pm


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.

We now have a child with 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 or any family member develops chicken pox so that the parents and health care staff can take action.

Story Sacks

We will continue to lend Story sacks throughout this term. Thank you all for taking such good care of them and letting us know if anything gets broken or goes missing. We are glad they are being so well used and that you are all enjoying sharing them with your child at home. Please let us know if there are any other topics you would like to see included in them, or if you would be willing to help log them back in on a Wednesday. The checking of them does take us quite a lot of time and any help would be much appreciated.

Burns’ Ceilidh

We hope the children enjoyed the Ceilidh, they were enthusiatic dancers and the entertainment from the Primary Classes was super!

Stay & Play

Our stay and play sessions will be Monday 5 February 12:15- 1:15pm, Friday 2 March 9-10am and Monday 5 March 12:15- 1:15pm. This is a great chance for you to come and stay to play with your child at nursery and see some of the things we do with the children. We also extend the invite to younger brothers and sisters, and the local Childminders.


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.

Curriculum Evening

Thank you to everyone who attended the curriculum evening, we hope you found it interesting to hear how we teach health and wellbeing throughout the school.

Weekly Walkabout

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.

TLQ Session

We are offering a TLQ Session for parents and carers to attend on Friday 16 February at 2pm. This is an opportunity for parents to come and find out more about the TLQ Programme we use for pre-school children. There will be a chance to share the activities children will be participating in over the remainder of the school year, and to ask questions about TLQ- Talking, Listening and Questioning.

Ice Bowl Trip

Last year we were fortunate to be able to take all of the children to the Ice Bowl in Dumfries for a Snow Tots Session. The parents who joined us on the day thoroughly enjoyed the activities we took part in as did the children. We are planning another trip this year. More information will follow once we have a confirmed date for the bus.


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 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.




Please print your name if you would like a personal response



I will be able/not able to attend the TLQ Session on Friday 16 February at 2pm.

Name of child: _________________________________

Signature of parent: ____________________________