All posts by Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

Early Learning and Childcare Careers and Jobs Event

Early Learning and Childcare Careers and Jobs Event

  • Date: 23rd March 2019
  • Location: Queen Margaret University, Queen Margaret University Drive
    EH21 6UU
  • Time: 10:00 – 15:30
  • Cost: Free

We’re holding a career and jobs event focusing on the range of opportunities available in Early Learning and Childcare.

East Lothian Career and Jobs Event (Early Learning and Childcare

We’re holding a career and jobs event focusing on the range of opportunities available in Early Learning and Childcare.

It’s a growing sector – by 2020 the sector in Scotland will need up to 11,000 new recruits. Not all of these will work directly with children as practitioners, managers or childminders but also support services such as catering.

Who is the event for?

Everyone! Early Years and Childcare is a diverse industry and needs a wide range of people. Our event is for men and women of any age including:

  • Young people aged 17-25 who are in, or about to leave, school or college or who are looking for their first employment opportunity
  • Adults returning to the job market after a break in employment
  • Adults who used to work in the sector
  • Anyone with an interest in retraining to become involved in Early Years and Childcare
  • People wishing to explore self-employment opportunities, such as childminding.

It’s never too early or too late to play a role in shaping young children’s lives.

At the event you can

  • Meet local early years and childcare providers,
  • Speak to us and our partners about the industry and roles available
  • Learn more about training opportunities and career paths
  • View job opportunities available now in East Lothian
  • Find out how moving into employment could affect any benefits entitlement that you currently receive.

Exhibitors include: East Lothian Council, local providers, Early Years Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, training providers, Dad’s Work, Scottish Government.

Other informationFor information on travelling to Queen Margaret University.

Please get in touch with us on


Weekly Update 4th March

Monday 4th March

Red Noses being sold all week by P7s at the end of day for £1.25 each

AM: P7s in Dance Studio for Road Safety Performances (P7 Dance Studio Slots) 
Performance 1: 9.15 – 10.30am
Performance 2: 11 – 12.15pm
1-3pm P2 Dance – Giraffes can’t dance – music room

Tuesday 5th March

All Day: P6 Relax Kids in Dance Studio (using P6 Slots)
All Day: P7 Dental Checks in Quiet Room (upstairs next door to Butterfly Room)

Wednesday 6th March

8.55-11.30: Horse-riding
9.00 – 10.45 Piano Lessons in Music Room
ALL DAY: P7 Rugby sessions on field
9.30 – P1 Dental check

Thursday 7th March

World Book Day – Bring a Potato!

6.15 – 8.15: P7 Cluster Spring Fling in Lochend Gym Hall

Friday 8th March

No Friday morning meeting

9.00-9.45: P5 BOATS ALL P5 CLASSES 





National Standard Update Early Years Expansion 2020

National Standard Update

In order to ensure that the Funding Follows the Child approach will be introduced in August 2020 alongside the statutory roll-out of the expanded entitlement to 1140 hours the Scottish Government have produced the following:

national standardFunding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers: principles and practice –

This document sets out the approach and National Standard which all providers wishing to deliver the funded entitlement will have to meet.

The criteria are set in order to ensure that the funded ELC entitlement is delivered in high quality settings and focus on what children and their families should expect from the ELC experience, regardless of where they access their funded entitlement.

In addition to this document you can access a ‘Frequently asked questions for local authorities and providers’ document here Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers: guidance for local authorities –

Key Dates for week beginning 25th February

Monday  25th February

Fairtrade Fortnight Begins

P6 Internet Safety Workshops in classrooms

Tuesday 26th February

P6 Relax Kids

7pm: Parent Council @ JMC

Thursday 27th February


Wednesday 28th February

P7 Rugby Sessions on field

3pm – 5pm Safer Routes to School – community consultation at Bleachingfield

Friday 1st March

9-.945am: P7 Boats Day – Classrooms


FW: Parental Engagement Strategy 2017 and Evaluation Survey

Please find attached a link to the Parental Engagement Strategy 2017 evaluation survey.  We are seeking responses to help us to evaluate the impact of the six strands of the strategy for schools, parent council members and the wider parent forum.  The full Strategy document is available at
Parental Engagement Survey
This survey will be open for completion until Friday 22nd February, 2019.  Parents only need to complete one survey if they have multiple children at your school, but will need to complete more than one survey for children at different schools.  The survey results will be collated on a school basis which will be shared with the HT and Chair of the Parent Council to support any actions arising shortly after the closure of the surveys.




Dear Parents, Carers and Staff,


An increasing number of children in Dunbar Primary are currently off ill with vomiting and/or diarrhoea.  The symptoms are suggestive of viral gastroenteritis (also known as norovirus or winter vomiting disease) which is known to be currently circulating in the community.  It is usually a short lived self-limiting illness from which children and adults recover quickly.

Dunbar Primary School and NHS Lothian Health Protection Team, are working together to monitor and manage the situation. The Care Inspectorate have also been informed regarding the Nursery, as laid out in legislation.

We are writing to you with the following advice:

  • If your child is affected with vomiting and/or diarrhoea we would like to remind you that they should remain off school until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours. This advice applies at all times. So for instance if your child becomes unwell over the weekend they should not attend school on Monday even if by then they feel well.
  • Ensure that all members of your family wash their hands frequently using warm water and liquid soap, especially after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.
  • Should your child require medical attention for these symptoms, please inform the general practice by telephone in advance; as they may recommend a telephone consultation or that you pick up a sample pot so that a specimen of diarrhoea or vomit may be obtained. We have posted further information on the school website. Thank you for your cooperation,

Yours sincerely,

Angus J MacRury

Depute Head Teacher


NHS Lothian Advice for Schools (staff and parents) on Norovirus

(Winter Vomiting Disease)


Symptoms often start with the sudden onset of nausea followed by vomiting and watery diarrhoea.

Some people may have a raised temperature, headaches and aching limbs.

The illness is self-limiting and the symptoms will last for 12 to 60 hours. Most people make a full recovery within 1-2 days. However some people (usually the very young or elderly) may become very dehydrated and require hospital treatment.

Exclusion periods

Those who have been infected should be excluded for up to 48 hours after their symptoms have ceased.


There is no specific treatment for norovirus apart from letting the illness run its

course. It is important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Norovirus does not respond to treatment with antibiotics.

Incubation period

Usually 24 to 48 hours.


The infective dose is extremely low, a person can become infected as a result of contact with a very small number of virus particles e.g. from touching a contaminated toilet or touching the area surrounding a vomiting incident.

A person remains infectious for 48 hours after symptoms have ceased.


Noroviruses are found in the vomit and faeces of infected people.

People can become infected

Prevention of cases of norovirus

Good hygiene is especially important in preventing yourself and others from becoming infected.

Norovirus is easily spread from one person to another and the virus is able to survive in the environment for many days.

Norovirus is prevented from spreading by excluding those with symptoms, regular hand washing and robust environmental cleaning.

Hand washing

After every visit to the toilet and before handling or eating food pupils and staff should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and hot water, and should dry them on single use paper towels.

Young children may need supervision to ensure that adequate hand washing takes place.

An adequate supply of toilet paper, soap and paper towels should be available in school toilets at all times.


Regular cleaning is important.

Vomiting and diarrhoea can cause widespread contamination of the surrounding area (clothing, furniture, flooring, doors and handles). Any surfaces potentially contaminated should be thoroughly cleaned with hot soapy water and a diluted bleach solution at the correct dilution-see manufacturers’ guidance on bottle.

Toilet bowls, seats and flush handles along with any other surfaces that may

have been touched by contaminated hands (i.e. door handles, tap handles etc.) should be washed and disinfected daily with and a diluted bleach solution at the correct dilution-see manufacturers guidance on bottle.


Pupils and staff who have been infected should be advised to remain off school for 48 hours after their symptoms have ceased.

They should not visit friends or relatives in hospitals, nursing or residential care homes for 48 hours after their symptoms have ceased.

Care of affected cases

If possible anyone with symptoms should use a designated toilet not in general use by others.

Disposable gloves and aprons should be worn by staff cleaning up after an episode of illness.

Soiled clothes and bed linen should be washed on a hot wash.with the virus in several ways including by:

Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus

Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus (e.g. toilets, handles and taps and then placing their hand in their mouth).

Having direct contact with another person who is infected and showing symptoms (for example, when caring for someone with illness, or sharing foods or eating utensils with someone who is ill).

NHS Lothian Norovirus advice



NYCOS Sessions

Dear parent/guardian,

The National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) and East Lothian Council are delighted to be able to offer a full term of FREE singing sessions for all children in P3 to P7 local authority schools.

There are six venues to choose from and we have choices on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. There will be a joint concert at The Brunton in April to mark the end of the project.

All details are in the attached NYCoS Leaflet 2019. Your child should also receive a paper copy in their school bag at some point between October and the end of this term.

In addition, all P3 children will receive a taster session during school time.

For more information and with any questions contact Charlotte McMillan (Email: Tel: 0131 653 5252).

Booking is online, via this link and must be done BEFORE Tuesday 18th December otherwise a place will not be guaranteed.



Many thanks!




Charlotte McMillan


YMI Community Arts Worker (Part time : Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

East Lothian Council Arts Service