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You may recall that in December last year we had a meeting at nursery to explore the possibility of offering a trial of the 1140 hours in conjunction with an outdoor nursery at North Berwick Nursery School.  Representatives of the Early Years team from the Education Department of East Lothian Council were present, together with staff from the nursery and a group of interested parents. 
Subsequent to this meeting the East Lothian staff met with a representative of the Care Inspectorate to discuss a number of issues pertaining to the proposed trial.  The council has decided that given the complexities involved in using and registering public spaces, and that there would be no gain in the number of places available within the nursery, we will not be taking forward the idea of an outdoor nursery at North Berwick as a trial for 2017-18.
I know that this news will be disappointing for many families who had hoped to be involved and it is also disappointing for staff, all of whom had been willing to try a new model and had been really creative in their thinking.  We remain committed to outdoor learning and will continue to develop the opportunities available for our children, both within the nursery grounds and out in our local community.
under: 1140 hours, Features, Notices, Nursery Information

1140 hours

Posted by: | December 8, 2016 | No Comment |

Last night we had a meeting to discuss the new hours that the Scottish Government has committed to provide for 3 and 4 year olds, (as well as eligible 2 year olds) from 2020.

“Currently, free provision of early learning and child care is offered to all 3 and 4 year olds, as well as eligible 2 year olds. From August 2014, free provision increased to

600 hours per year, equivalent to around 16 hours per week if delivered during school term time. However, we are committed to increasing the early learning and childcare entitlement to 1140 hours per year by 2020. This will continue to cover all and 4 year old children, and eligible 2 year olds. High quality will be at the heart of

ELC provision, as will providing the flexibility parents need to work, train or study.

In preparation for the expansion to 1140 hours of ELC, we will establish a programme of trials testing a variety of delivery models. The aim of these trials will be to test how best to deliver ELC to all eligible children across a spectrum of differing requirements. The intention will be to develop case studies of what works, where and why, and to assist in the dissemination of best practice across local authorities and providers. In doing so, we will ensure that the expansion to 1140 hours of free provision delivers the benefits to children and families in Scotland that will be vital in achieving our ambitions.”

(Early Learning and Childcare 1140 hours Expansion- Programme of Trials – Scottish Government Discussion Paper: January 2016)

Our meeting was to engage our community in a discussion about what might work for them, and think of models that will meet the 1140 hour ambition.  Click below to look at the powerpoint we used to explore our idea.


under: 1140 hours, Features, Notices, Parents' News

Ideas to support learning at home (Autumn context)

under: Eco School, Features, Fine Motor Skills, Learning At Home, Literacy Corner, Numeracy Corner

To help develop fine motor download the this sheet >>>Pencil Control – Loop (Fine Motor Skills) which is also available as paper copies in the hallway, or click here to see our tips or look at OT Mom’s Learning Activities webpage

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Parent Survey Results

Posted by: | October 6, 2016 | No Comment |

Results of the parents survey are up on the main building hallway noticeboard.

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Maths & Book Lending Library

Posted by: | October 6, 2016 | No Comment |

Don’t forget to have a look at our Maths & Book Lending Library in the main hall. Lots of nice books to read and games to support maths skills.


under: Features, Literacy Corner, Numeracy Corner, Nursery Information

If you are interested in how the recent Supreme Court judgement about the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act would affect children and young people’s welfare in our nurseries, schools and colleges. This newsletter sets out the key points for you – click here

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Easy Peasy Peas

Posted by: | May 25, 2016 | No Comment |

The growing challenge is on. Rooms 2 and 3 decided to plant their pea seeds straight into the ground outside. Although they have started to grow, they are quite slow. However, Room 1 took the alternative route and started theirs off inside in pots and have now transferred them into the garden. You can already see a huge difference in growth. Hopefully now they have all started and the weather starts to get a little warmer and sunnier (?), things will start to take off.

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Watering Room 2’s peas grown directly into the soil outside.

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Room 1’s peas were started off in pots in the classroom. What a difference!


under: Eco School, Features, Healthy School, Nursery Information, Room 1 (afternoon group), Room 2 (afternoon group), Room 3 (afternoon group)

We hope you found the Curriculum Evening informative. We welcome your feedback and if you would like to share your comments or questions please comment on this post.

Remember you can check out some of the online games we use to help support your child’s number development on our “Online Game” page or click here to be redirected.

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