Category Archives: Nursery

Nursery enrolment: Enrol your child by 6 March 2020


Families with a child born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018 are being encouraged to enrol their child in nursery before 6 March 2020 for 2020/21.


Older children, or those who have not yet registered for an early learning and childcare place, should also register by this date.


To register for a place:

·         Visit and find out about the different options available in council nursery settings from August 2020.

·         Download a nursery registration form from the website.

·         Complete the form and take it to your preferred (first) choice nursery. You should also take your child’s birth certificate.

·         If you are choosing a blend of more than one provider, apply to your council nursery first and then speak to your funded provider – private nursery, childminder or community group – about what hours you would like from them.

·         Make sure your application is in before 6 March 2020. Applications will still be accepted after this date, but they will not be considered in the first allocation process. Please get in touch with the Early Years and Childcare team if you have any questions or you can’t register by 6 March 2020.

01620 827872/01620 828786/ 01620 820186


Nursery to P1 Transition Event 9th May

2019 Nursery to P1 Transition

Thank you to all the parents who came along this morning or who are coming in this evening to learn more about P1 and the transition from nursery. We hope that you found it an interesting and informative session. As promised please find attached the link to the powerpoint from the session.

If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Murray or Mrs Legge.


Nursery Transition and Getting Ready for School information


2018 Nursery to P1 Transition

Click on the links for detailed information from Monday’s Event

Getting Ready for School

Dunbar Primary School

Transition Policy

Our Core Values

* We will not give up on our pupils – unconditional positive regard

* We believe that every pupil belongs to our school – belonging

* We believe that intelligence is not fixed – learning

* We see our school is part of the community – outward facing

* We need to help our pupils overcome adversity – resilience

* We have a shared obligation to make a difference – service

* We can’t do it by ourselves – partnerships

* We accept change and challenge ourselves to keep improving – innovate

Our main goal is to make every child the best that they can be.


In this policy, ‘transition’ describes the movement that takes place from one familiar setting to another. It is defined as the process where policy and practice has been adapted to support children settle in to their new learning environment in preparation for future learning and development.

Aims and Objectives

At Dunbar Primary School we endeavour to ensure a smooth transition for pupils every year as they move on to their next class teacher in August. We also have specific transition programmes in place for key points including:

  • Nursery – Primary 1
  • Primary 3 – Primary 4 (split campus school)
  • Primary 7 – S1

The curriculum makes it very clear that these points of transition must be planned for with care, considering the needs of each individual child and meeting their particular transition needs.   Children and parents/carers need to feel secure and confident to face the changes as they progress through their school life. We want our children to experience a successful transition throughout their learning so that the pace and quality of learning are maintained to ensure every child continues to make the very best progress.

We also recognise that children can be vulnerable at each stage of transition and subsequently implement a range of strategies and activities to ensure a smooth and happy transition.


Year Group Transfer


Formal liaison between class teachers is organised towards the end of the school session when reports have been written and assessments are up-to-date. The meetings are held at a mutually convenient time in the summer term when the teachers know the class they will have in August.

At the meeting, details of individual pupils’ progress and needs are discussed and a written handover file is shared with the next teacher. This includes data, e.g. INCAS, Accelerated Reader reports and Single Word Spelling Test results, achievement of levels and next steps in learning.

Other written information to be transferred may include comments from support staff and relevant medical information. Writing and maths jotters also move on with the children at the end of each session.

Copies of all year stage overviews and medium term plans (including assessment comments and evaluations) are available electronically on the school server. It is not necessary to define the actual work covered by the children in a year-group class but teachers will know which areas of work may need particular attention the following year.

Nursery to Primary 1

Transition in the Early Years begins before the children start in Ante Pre-school nursery. All parents/carers, with a two year old child, on the NAMS waiting list, are invited into the school for our ‘First Steps to Success’ event. They are given a nursery rhyme book to take away and read with their child. This is then used regularly in Nursery during ‘Rhyme Time Monday’.   During this event, the parents/carers also take part in three workshops – reading, numeracy/maths and developing independence/preparing for Nursery.

From starting in their APS year, the nursery staff take detailed notes that inform the tracking for each individual child. This continues throughout their PS year and onto P1. Formative assessments also take place throughout the year and these are shared with parents/carers and passed onto staff at handover time.

Transition from Nursery to P1 involves children from a range of private nursery settings, other ELC nurseries, schools outwith the catchment/cluster and Dunbar Nursery Class. We invite the children and their parent/carers, if they do not attend the school nursery, to as many transition events as possible.

The Nursery PT and PT for Inclusion and Support organise enhanced transition experiences and opportunities for children with additional support needs or emotional and behavioural needs. This takes place throughout the year but more focused time takes place in the summer term.

Nursery Curricular and Social Evening

On Wednesday 20th September we are having  curricular and social evening for all our Nursery Parents.

Parents are welcome to go to their child’s room for 6.30pm for a look around

A presentation will follow on Learning through Play and Numeracy in the main hall.


There will also be a Stay and Play session in the Woodlands and Harbour rooms on Friday 22nd September from 8.30 till 9.30 . All parents with children in these rooms are welcome to attend.

Haven and Seashore parents will have a Stay and Play session on Friday 6th of October from 8.30 till 9.30.

These events are ion the school Calendar.

National survey on the expansion of free early learning and childcare in Scotland

National survey on the expansion of free early learning and childcare in Scotland

As you’ll be aware the Scottish Government is planning to nearly double the hours of free early learning and childcare by 2020. Because the views of parents and carers are crucial for the success of this expansion, the Government has commissioned independent researchers to undertake a survey of parents. The survey link is here. We encourage as many parents to contribute to this Survey Dunbar Primary School has one of the biggest Nursery Provisions in Scotland and it is vital that your views are gathered  for the Dunbar Community the implementation in 2020.


 All parents taking part will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw and have the chance to win one of 10 x GBP100 cash prizes.

 The survey is carried out for the Scottish Government by Craigforth, an independent research company. If you have any questions about this survey please send a message to:

You can download the Scottish Government Blueprint for 2020 here .Blueprint for 2020


John Muir Campus Harvest Assembly

Nursery pupils joined P1 – P3 for the Harvest Assembly today.

Take a look at Daisy the scarecrow below!  It was made by Woodlands & Haven nursery rooms.  Two girls from the Eco Group are shown putting her in place for the assembly.

Nursery Assembly 2 Nursery Assembly

Thank you for your kind food donations so far.  Another Harvest Assembly will take place on Friday 31st October at Lochend Campus.  If you would like to donate an item of food to the Dunbar Basic Bank, please send it in with your child to either campus this week.

We have listed below some of the foods that are in high demand, although any donation of dried or tinned food will be greatly received:

Tinned vegetables, tinned potatoes, biscuits, breakfast cereals and tinned meats.

Thank you!