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Cathkin Community Nursery Langlea Road Cambuslang G72 8ES
Tel: 0141 643 3484 Email: gw14cathkinnuroffice@glow.sch.uk
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We value our parental involvement and engagement within the nursery.  This is very important in meeting the learning and care needs of children.  We have monthly newsletters, parents meetings and a nursery facebook page (for existing parents) in which we share information on up and coming events and what’s happening in the nursery.  A new post is added every day detailing what the children will be learning about that day and parents have given very positive feedback as they are able to discuss and extend learning on a daily basis. We encourage our parents to become involved and help support the nursery and their children’s learning.  We see every day as a ‘Learning Day'. A full range of activities throughout the year support this.  Education Scotland have produced 2 booklets for parents and carers of children aged between birth and 3 years, and 3 to 6 years. They aim to help parents support their child’s development in the crucial areas of health and wellbeing, literacy and numeracy.

This resource highlights the many excellent learning opportunities that exist within daily experiences such as washing the dishes, preparing a meal or doing the shopping.

The books can be read online or downloaded to print or save.

For parents of children aged birth to 3 years

http://issuu.com/ltscotland/docs/birthto3everydaylearning/29?e=0  

For parents of children aged 3 to 6 years

http://issuu.com/ltscotland/docs/3to6everydaylearning/3?e=0

 


 

Lending Library

Cathkin Community Nursery believe it’s never too early or too late to start reading with your child. Sharing stories, songs and rhymes with your child has many wonderful benefits. Its lots of fun and just a few minutes a day will develop your child’s language skills, give you time to cuddle and help you bond with your child.  It also helps relax your child and you and boost their confidence.We have a lending library that supports all ages of children’s literacy and language development.                                       

Children choose a book with the support of the staff and take this home and enjoy sharing it with their family. The children and their parents/carers will respond by completing a small evaluation on how the book was used and how much the children (and parent/carer) enjoyed using this resource. 

It is proved that by increasing children’s enjoyment of books, stories and rhymes at an early age they will be more successful in their literacy development when they start school.

For more ways to promote your child’s language and literacy skills, use the link below

http://scottishbooktrust.com/bookbug/about


 


Literacy Dolls   

This home link project allows for children to take home one of our literacy dolls, Norman, Peter, Annabel or Lucy.  The literacy dolls come with their own suitcase, resources and a diary and spend a weekend at home with children.  The resources that accompany the dolls will give the children opportunities to have fun and develop their literacy skills.  The dolls become very much part of the child’s life while they are with them, if they go to the park, they take the doll, if they visit family relatives, the doll goes too.  The parents complete a diary to share information and take photographs to show what the children and the doll has been doing. In filling out the diary with their child, children will have a fantastic experience of the link between their activities and the written word. Children then share the diary stories with other children when back at nursery on a Monday.
 

                                           Lucy                              Norman                            Peter
 

 

Monthly Challenge

Within the Caterpillar and Butterfly room we provide our parents with a ‘Monthly Challenge’.  Parents are given a leaflet with some fun activities to do with their child at home.  This includes learning a nursery rhyme, a Makaton sign and carrying out an activity that they will bring back into nursery and share with their friends.  This is an excellent project that further develops children’s learning within the home as well as promoting their skills in literacy, numeracy and wellbeing. 

 


 

Homework tasks

Within the Ladybird room we promote parental engagement and home learning by asking parents to talk to their children about what they are learning at nursery.  Parents are given tasks to do with their children which covers learning across the 8 curricular areas.  This includes learning nursery rhymes and poems, carrying out suggested activities with their children and ideas on how they can further develop their children’s learning by visiting places of interest that may be linked to their task.  This promotes inclusiveness and a sense of ownership across the nursery.

 


 

Myself and Others

We participate in an Education Resources programme, ‘Myself and Others’ which focuses on Emotional Literacy and features heavily in our Ladybird room for children aged three to five. 

Emotional Literacy is the term used to describe the ability to understand and express feelings.

Emotional Literacy involves having self-awareness and recognition of one’s own feelings and knowing how to manage them, such as the ability to stay calm when angered. Showing empathy by having sensitivity to the feelings of other people.  Being able to adapt to the feelings of other people and learning how to manage and express one’s own emotions effectively. We have developed this alongside the 24 Character Strengths created by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman, well-known researchers in the field of positive psychology. We discuss these strengths in children's every day lives e.g. kindness, fairness, forgeness, trust,humour etc.

Each month parents are given a leaflet highlighting a different feeling or emotion. We ask them to discuss how their children are feeling in order to understand and be able to cope with their emotions.  For example Empathy, Happiness, Respectful, Caring.  Once discussed the leaflets are returned with examples of how that child showed an understanding of the emotion or feeling.  A child expressed empathy when they said

‘ I gave my granny a hug to make her feel better as she had a sore leg’.

This shows they have an understanding of what it is like to be empathetic.

It is especially important that young children develop Emotional Literacy because they need to have a recognition of their emotions in order to know how to behave, mature and ultimately be happy.


 


 

Useful links

Toilet Training    http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/potty-training-tips.aspx

Biting          http://www.nhs.uk/video/Pages/how-do-I-stop-my-child-hitting-biting-and-fighting.aspx

Dealing with Tantrums  

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/temper-tantrums.aspx 

Songs and Nursery Rhymes http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/earlylearning/nurserysongs

Parentzone        https://education.gov.scot/parentzone

Mumsnet           https://www.netmums.com/

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