Nursery Newsletter

11th June  2019

Dear Parents/Carer

It’s hard to believe we are well into June and the end of term is almost upon us – where does the time go? It’s a shame the weather hasn’t caught up with the calendar!

Obstacle challenge

This has already been a very busy term – we had a very successful Obstacle Challenge event. This will go towards our nursery fund, subsidising our leavers’ trip and special activities such as our chicks and caterpillars. A really big thank you to all who have contributed so generously – we depend heavily on this money to keep our nursery fund in surplus! Could any outstanding sponsor money be handed to staff this week please?

School visits

Those of you with children moving on to school have been busy with visits to primary one classes, and a number of P1 teachers have joined us in nursery.

It’s great that the children experience a positive transition and that they can approach the start of school feeling confident, secure and keen to tackle this new challenge.

Nursery Website

Have you looked at our nursery website recently? It can be viewed at Claire, teacher in Room 1, updates the website regularly and there are many lovely photos of what the children have been learning. Take a look and see what’s been going on.


It’s really important that both parent/carers and children have the opportunity to give us their views about the service we offer. So, over the next week or so we will be asking you to help us by completing two responses.

First of all, our children’s views. Staff will be sending you a couple of questions on your child’s learning journal. Could you please talk to your child about the questions and send us their responses? The questions are very simple:

  • What’s been the best thing about nursery?
  • If you could make one thing better in nursery, what would it be?

Secondly, to collect the views of parent/carers, next week we will be asking you to complete a short questionnaire.

Many thanks for your help.


Unfortunately, there have been a few recent cases of headlice in nursery. Please check your child’s head regularly, and treat if necessary. Any pharmacist will give you advice on the products which are currently recommended.

Bedtime Stories

We are really pleased that our Bedtime Stories library has been so well used this year. In order for us to check book numbers and have the library up and running quickly next term, can you please ensure that all books are returned to us by Friday 21st June? Thank you. The library will be closed on the last week of term.

End of term events

Our “Leavers’ Ceremonies” will take place on Monday 24th June for Room 1, and Tuesday 25th June for Room 2, both at 1.45 pm in Room 3. All parents/carers of children moving on to school are cordially invited along. The children will sing some songs for your entertainment, then will be presented with a book, some photos of their time at nursery, and a certificate to mark their graduation.

Another event for the preschool children, the leavers’ trip to East Links Park, will take place on Thursday 27th June. Children going on the trip should already have been given a note with details of the outing. Pre-schoolers only should attend nursery from 9am till 3pm on the outing day. Please note there will be no nursery for our younger children (those not going to school) on Thursday 27th June.

The last day of term for those returning to nursery after the summer holidays will be: Friday 28th June, morning only. The nursery will close for the summer at 11.40am on that day.


The ejournals of preschool children will be complete by Monday 17th June. After this, parents/carers can download the ejournal on to their phone, tablet or PC and keep it as a record of their child’s time in nursery. To download the journal, click on the “convert profile to PDF” button, which is located just under your child’s profile picture. Alternatively, if you just want to download some of the photographs, touch and hold the photo, and you should be offered the option to save it to your camera roll. Let us know if you experience any difficulty with this and we will try to help you.

Request for Clothes and Wellies

For those of you moving on to school, if you have any clothes or welly boots that your children have grown out of, we would be glad to add them to our collection of spare clothes. Old Stanwell jumpers, t-shirts, joggers and leggings are particularly welcome.

Transport Wanted

As you may have noticed, we have new sofas in both classrooms. However, we need some help to get rid of our old sofa, which needs to go to the dump. Does anyone have access to a van to transport it for us?

If you can help, please speak to a member of staff.

Some final dates for your diary

Monday 24th June, 1.45pm Room 1 Leavers’ Ceremony
Tuesday, 25th June 1.45pm Room 2 Leavers’ Ceremony
Thursday, 27th June Leavers’ Outing
Friday 28th June, morning only Nursery closes at 11.40am
Wednesday 14th August Children return to nursery

Looking ahead to next session, there are to be two extra Inservice days across Scotland, when schools and nurseries will be closed. These will be on Tuesday 22nd October and Wednesday 8th January. I have attached the term dates for next session to this newsletter for your information.

Huge thanks as ever to all the staff who work so hard to make the nursery run smoothly, and make my job as head such a pleasure.

Finally, can I say to those moving on, how much we’ve enjoyed having you here at Stanwell. We hope you have enjoyed being part of our community, and wish you every happiness in the years to come.

With best wishes


Alison Smith

Head Teacher


Term starts Wednesday 14 August 2019

Mid-term holidays 

  • Monday 16 September 2019, autumn holiday
  • Monday 14 to Monday 21 October 2019, mid term break
  • Tuesday 22 October 2019, staff only day

Term ends Friday 20 December 2019.

Christmas holidays

  • Monday 23 December 2019 to Tuesday 7 January 2020
  • Wednesday 8 January 2020 Staff only day

Mid term holidays

  • Monday 10 to Friday 14 February 2020,  mid term break

Term ends Friday 3 April 2020

Easter holidays

  • Monday 6 to Monday 20 April 2020

Mid term holidays

  • Monday 4 May 2020, Staff only day
  • Friday 8 May 2020, VE Day
  • Monday 18 May 2020, Victoria Day

Term ends Friday 26 June 2020.