Welcome to Bridge of Weir Early Learning and Childcare Class.
Our journey began in October 2006 and although we have witnessed many changes throughout the years our priority has always stayed the same; your children at the centre. We place great emphasis and value on the importance of play and strongly believe that it is the highest form of learning for our children in their earliest years.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” (Fred Rogers)
We have created an enabling environment that offers rich learning opportunities and experiences across Curriculum for Excellence. Literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing are at our core and we support all children in their individual learning journeys through holistic planning and tracking. Staff use skilled intervention to facilitate and scaffold children’s learning and challenge and support where appropriate.
Bridge of Weir Early Learning and Childcare Class is part of Bridge of Weir Primary School. Like the rest of the school we consider ourselves to be part of the community. We welcome visitors such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, dental health staff and staff from other nurseries into the Nursery and we take trips out to the local area, such as the local library. We also place enormous value on the importance of family learning and promote an ethos of parental engagement and involvement.
‘Family learning is a powerful method of engagement and learning which can foster positive attitudes towards life-long learning, promote socio-economic resilience and challenge educational disadvantage’. (Scottish Family Learning Network)
The nursery class provides 48 morning places and 48 afternoon places for 3 to 5 year olds. We also have limited provision for 2.5 day sessions. Children are eligible for entry to the nursery the month after their 3rd birthday. In addition to our 3-5 year old children we have 10, 2 year old vacancies for children who meet the government criteria. Application forms for nursery places are available at the nursery, main office and can be downloaded from the Council website. They should be returned to the school on completion with original birth certificate and proof of address. This can be in the form of a recent utility bill or council tax bill.
There are 4 zones within our environment, each with a different focus on play.
Wonder-Land is a place to imagine and pretend. There are opportunities for dress-up in a variety of different fabrics, costumes and clothes, allowing children to take on roles and characters of their choosing. We offer a variety of small world for children to access, to create their own characters and events from their favourite stories and imagination. This is also a cosy, chilled room where children can read stories together or on their own. Calming music is often played and the lights are turned down low to encourage a quiet and calm space.
Chatty Land is a place to be social. In this zone children have opportunities to play pretend in the home corner, taking on the roles of adults and acting out their own interpretation of family. This zone is where children can access snack freely, often helping to make the days snack and serve it too. We also offer the opportunity to bake and make fresh play dough daily, developing life skills as we experiment with ingredients. We also have a games station that offer experiences in literacy and numeracy, promoting co-operative learning and encouraging leadership skills.
The Creation Station is where the messy work happens. Children have free access to a range of media that allows them to develop their creative skills through art, design and construction. There are daily opportunities for painting, drawing, gluing, modelling, writing, collage and transient art and children can work alone, in a group or with a member of staff to produce their creations. We also offer a large, walk-in sandpit where children can play and climb in a variety of different ways. Water play is also on offer and children are free to bring sand and water together to explore science. Block play is a big focus of this zone with lots of opportunities to investigate, design, plan and create amazing structures and features.
The Rainbow Garden is our fabulous outdoor area that the staff and children have been working hard to develop. The garden offers all aspects of curricular learning with a huge emphasis on learning through nature. The playroom door is open all day for children to free flow between indoors and out. Children are encouraged to be independent in dressing themselves in puddle suits and wellies when going outside. We have a wooden physical trail, an outdoor kitchen, a water wall, a music wall, dens, a mud pit and much more.
What to Wear
Children are encouraged to be equipped for all weathers as children access both indoors and outdoors freely. We provide puddle suits for all children to access outdoors independently in wet weathers. We ask that children wear clothes which are appropriate for a wide range of activities each day, e.g. painting, sand, water, outdoor play. Although we encourage the use of aprons, sometimes there are times when accidents with paint or water may occur and so a spare set of clothes should be left at nursery to cover all eventualities. We also have a selection of nursery uniforms that can be purchased directly from us. All items of clothing which may be removed should be clearly marked with the child’s name.
Food and Snacks
We follow a 2 week snack menu which was created in conjunction with ‘Setting the Table’ and ‘Food Matters’. Each day we provide a healthy snack that includes fruit/veg and a carbohydrate, all of which children are encouraged to prepare and serve with staff support. We also use this is an opportunity to offer children the chance to taste foods from other countries and cultures. We offer milk and water every day which children can access freely.
Please do not give your child sweets or drinks to bring to nursery. It is vital that parents inform nursery staff if any child has food allergies or has any foods they do not wish their child to try. An allergen list can be found in the snack area or in the nursery foyer.
8.45am – 9.05am Welcome time- Informal chats with Key worker whilst children play in their welcome zone.
9.05am – 9.10am Tooth brushing.
9.10am – 11.25am Free Play – A balance of child led/child initiated experiences, adult led/adult initiated experiences and play partnering to ensure both interest and need are being met. This is also free flowing indoors and outdoors.
11.25am Tidy up time.
11.35am Our Time – Small key group together time for songs, stories and sharing.
11.45am Doors open for 11.55am pick up.
12.30pm – 12.45pm Welcome time- Informal chats with Key worker whilst children play in their welcome zone.
12.45pm – 12.50pm Tooth brushing.
12.50pm – 3.15pm Free Play – A balance of child led/child initiated experiences, adult led/adult initiated experiences and play partnering to ensure both interest and need are being met. This is also free flowing indoors and outdoors.
3.15pm Tidy up time.
3.25pm Our Time – Small group together time for songs, stories and sharing.
3.40pm Doors open for pick up.