Every year we have a curriculum evening for parents to come along and learn more about the nursery and the learning experiences that we offer to the children.
We offer parents the opportunity to walk round our market place showing details about home link learning with credit union, curriculum linked travelling teds, toy lending library, music machine, forest schools and our floor books are out on display.
Following this there was an introduction into Primary 1 by the Depute Head teacher as well as an information session about how we plan children’s experiences though the pre-birth to 3 curriculum looking at schemas and heuristic play.
Our nursery teachers took the parents through the nursery planning process before hearing about how we use Makaton to help communicate and extend children literacy skills. We also discussed GIRFEC and how the child is at the centre of everything we do.
The parents were given a brief breakdown of the nursery improvement plan areas for development and introduced to e-journals which record children’s experiences and tracks their learning and development. Within the workshop it also included information about circle time and stranger danger.
Forest schools is a new development within the nursery and parents were able to hear about the experiences and benefits of providing the children with the chance to get back to nature and enjoy outdoor play.
The children have been very interested in construction and over the last year have been participating in various wood work activities in the nursery. We visited a McCarthy and Stone site in Milngavie to look at some of the tools, machinery and safety on the site.
McCarthy and Stone have donated £200 to the nursery to purchase a work bench for the garden. Thank you so much!
At Clober Nursery, the children participate in lots of enterprise activities throughout the year. Below are some of the activities the children have participated in.
The children had some of their mummies and daddies in to talk to the children about their jobs during World of Work Week.
We raise fund for children in Need and Comic Relief every year. This year we had a Toy and Bake sale.
The children were learning about people less fortunate and we had a Food Bank collection. The children donated food, sorted it into categories and some of the mummies and children came along to the Food bank depot to deliver the food.
The children followed up this activity by making Christmas wishes for people less fortunate at Christmas time.
These types of activities provide opportunities to develop skills for life and an awareness of the world around them.
In December the children were continuing their thinking about caring for others. We arranged a foodbank collection. Anne from the foodbank depot came in to speak with the children to discuss the types of food that was needed at the foodbank and who they gave the food to.
All our families in the nursery then donated food which the children sorted into categories. Some children and parents went to the food bank depot to deliver the food where it was weighed and categorised for distribution. Thank you to everyone who helped.
The children then made Christmas wishes thinking about what they had learned about people less fortunate.
Throughout the month of March we have been exploring the concept of 'Stranger Danger'. The children have had visits from a variety of 'safe adults', including Police Officers, a Paramedic and a sales assistant from Asda.
The children were read the Oh Lila story about a rabbit who leaves the forest without a grown up.
The Police Officers taught the children to "Yell, Run and Tell" if approached by a stranger. The children also learned the importance of calling '999' only in an emergency.
Eleanor, who is a sales assistant, shared what to do if the children get lost within the supermarket. She also showed them her uniform and explained the different roles she has in her job.
The children were very keen to see the medals that Jim (paramedic) had received for his bravery in helping others.
Our interactive ‘stay and play’ sessions are an excellent opportunity for you and your child to come and spend sometime together and play!
Our Stay and Play sessions offer parents and carers a good opportunity to come and see what the children get up to during their busy day at nursery. The children love showing and sharing what they are doing and we find both staff and parents enjoy the time to get to know each other a little better. As mums and dads can't always come along weare pleased to welcome other family members to join in with all the fun.
At Clober Nursery we have a wide range of events for family and extended family to get involved in our Early Learning and Childcare Centre. In March we had our second Daddy or male figure stay and Play, based around indoor sports and outdoor learning. The feedback was fantastic with many of our visitors requesting further sessions.
Statistics show that men are less likely get involved in their child’s learning.
“Involving fathers in children's outcomes extends to their engagement in their children's learning. However, there continues to be a relative scarcity of father-specific evaluations, reviews, and services, as most of the programmes and literature specifies ‘parents’.”
Education Scotland Engaging Parents and Families
We would like to break this barrier down and invite any of our dad’s/granddads or significant male figures to come into nursery for play and stay sessions.
Please see some of the photographs and feedback.
"Itwas a good mix of activities with X showing me around the nursery and then Crazy Callum was excellent. All the kids were having a ball"
"Great day. Good to see what happens in the nursery and all the kids having a good time"
"Everything was brilliant. Had a fun day. Callum was excellent"
"Really enjoyed visiting, would like to be invited more. Loved seeing the outdoor area"
"I enjoyed seeing what all the kids get up to and lots of fun with Crazy Callum"
"It was really great to see X and all her friends in nursery - all the teachers are brilliant with the kids! I don't think you need to do more with this - it's great, thanks for doing it"
"It was good fun especially Crazy Callum time. Nice to see a mixture of activities - French, sign language"