Parent and Family Support Groups within East Lothian

This leaflet contains details of support groups currently running in East Lothian, including Baby PEEP, Toddler PEEP, Bookbug, Raising Children with Confidence, Baby Massage etc.

Parent & Family Support Pamphlet – January/February 2017

Our own PEEP group is now full for the current block.  Please speak to Mrs Gaunt if you might be interested in a group beginning after Easter.  All PEEP groups are free of charge.


Bookbug Picture Book Award – Voting Results!

And the winner was……..

Shark in the Park with a total of 17 votes (7 morning, and 10 afternoon)

The Hare and the Tortoise got a total of 11 votes (7 morning, and 4 afternoon)

The Bear on the Chair got a total of 8 votes (6 morning, and 2 afternoon)

We will submit our results online and when the votes across Scotland have all been added up, we will share which book was the overall winner of the Bookbug Picture Book Prize.



PEEP at Loretto

We are coming to the end of the current block of PEEP.  We have had good fun!  Some of the subjects we have covered this block are: A Sense of Order; Helping to Understand and Manage Behaviour, Imaginative Play with Puppets; Becoming a Good Listener; The Importance of Support and Encouragement and Becoming Me.

A new block of PEEP will run for 8 sessions starting on Friday 20th January.  Spaces are limited to 6 families.  If you want to sign up to attend for the block, or want further information, please speak to Mrs Gaunt or check out the PEEP page on the website.


Bookbug Explorer Packs – Family Story Time

We shall be having a special family story time for the Afternoon Group children, on Wednesday 23rd November 15:15-15:45.  Dads, Mums, Grandparents, big and little brothers and sisters (and anyone else!) are welcome to join us for this event.  The Bookbug Explorer Packs will be gifted to children at the story time.

Children who received the Bookbug Pirate Pack earlier in the year will not be eligible to receive a pack, unfortunately.  We hope you will still come and join us for the stories and home baking!

Bookbug News

Book Week Scotland 2016 is taking place from Monday 21 – Sunday 27 November 2016.  We shall be casting our votes for our favourite book shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize during this week.

We have already started reading the stories.  Ask your child which their favourite is! There are links below to hear the authors reading their stories.

There's a Bear on My Chair cover Hare and Tortoise cover Shark in the Park cover
There’s a Bear on my Chair

by Ross Collins

Watch the video

Hare and Tortoise

by Alison Murray

Watch the video

Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!

by Nick Sharratt

Watch the video

Our younger children will be gifted their Bookbug Explorer Packs during this week too.  All Afternoon Group families are welcome to join us for a special story time (with home baking!) at 15:15 – 15:45 on Wednesday 23rd November to see the children receive their packs.   Bookbug have provided some translated information for families where English is not the first language.


On Monday at nursery we shall be having a little gentle Halloween fun, including dooking for apples!  If they want to, children can come dressed up on Monday 31st October.  We also have a limited number of costumes in nursery.  No masks please, as some children find these frightening.

Summer Family Fun Day – Saturday 28th May at 10am – 12pm

Roll up! Roll up! Tickets on sale NOW ?
Family Fun Day on Saturday 28th May at 10am-12pm at Loretto RC Primary School

Please send money into the school office in a sealed envelope marked ‘Fun Day’ with your child/children’s name and how many child & adult tickets required. Cheques can be made payable to ‘Loretto Parent Partnership’

Tickets on sale now – £3 for 1 child, £5 for 2 children, £6 for 3 children and £1 per adult and each additional child within the same family.

Ticket price includes unlimited Inflatable Assault Course, Small Bouncy Castle (for nursery/toddlers), Sumo Suits, Animal Man Petting Zoo, Hook-a-Duck, Outdoor Games, Face Painting, Summer Selfie Booth, Live Music, Fire Engine display, Special Ops Ambulance Vehicle display, Riding of the Marches rep and much much more…

We’ll also have the ever popular Home Baking Stall, Teas/Coffees and Hot Rolls, Craft Stalls, ‘Reading is Braw’ Book Stall and there’s some great raffle prizes to be won on the day!

As always, we’ll need as many helpers as possible so please let us know if you’re willing and able (even a short 20min shift is a really great help).

If you have any great quality kids books that you’d like to donate for our ‘Reading is Braw’ stall then please drop them off at school next week ? Huge thanks for all your support ??

Also, if you have your own small business or even a generous employer who would consider donating a voucher/prize for our Summer Raffle then please hand any raffle prize donations into the school office next week. The raffle will be drawn at the Summer Family Fun Day on Saturday 28th May at 12pm ??

Home baking can be handed into school on Friday 27th May or preferably on the Saturday morning ???

Many thanks ?


Pirate Bookbug Pack Gifting Party – Thursday 14:30-15:00

It is Bookbug week from 16th-22nd May!  Find out more about Bookbug and the Scottish Booktrust here.

Our Ante-Preschool children will be presented with their Bookbug Pirate Packs on Thursday.  They will walk the plank to receive them!

Parents and carers are welcome to join us for a special story-time and some buns. Your child can come dressed up as a pirate on Thursday if they want to.  We also have lots of pirate outfits at nursery.

Loretto Parent Partnership AGM – Tuesday 24th May

Please, please, please come along to the Loretto Parent Partnership AGM on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 6:30pm in the school dining hall. This will be the last meeting of the school year 🙂

This is your chance to put your name down for class representatives from Nursery to P7.  If you haven’t done it before why not give it a try?  Or maybe you would be interested in becoming Chair, Vice chair, Treasurer or even Clerk?  This would be the time to come along. Don’t be shy come and give it a try ??. We would be very grateful for the support as always.

Sandra (Current Chair).


Lots of Dates for your Diary!

We have a very busy term ahead.  Hopefully these dates will give you plenty of advance warning!

Monday 2nd May – Public Holiday

Tuesday 10th May – Nursery Fundraising Sponsored Event (11:30-12:00/14:30-15:00)  Parents/carers welcome

Thursday 19th May – Bookbug Gifting-Pirate Party (Afternoon Group only 14:30-15:00)  Parents/carers invited to join in with a special story time

Monday 23rd May – In Service Day – No nursery

Tuesday 24th May – ‘Into the Unknown’ – a drama workshop for children moving on to Primary One (within normal nursery session)

Tuesday 24th May – Balance Bike training commences for the Afternoon Group

Friday 17th June – Nursery-Primary 3 Disco (organised by LPP) 17:00-18:30

Thursday 23rd June (provisional date) – Nursery Family Fun Day.  9:30-15:00  Venue to be decided after consultation with parents/carers.  Children will need to be accompanied by parent/carer

Thursday 30th June – Nursery Sports Day (11:30-12:00/14:30-15:00) Parents/carers welcome

There will also be transition activities for those children moving on to Primary One.  These will be detailed in a separate letter.