The nursery learners love to play outside, please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather forecast. Oh and remember to label any items of clothing ~ thanks!



Skilful nursery gymnasts.


Preparing today’s fruit for snack ~ using a pincer grip to pull grapes from their stalks.


Thank you to Lorraine, from Colinton Library, who read stories to the morning nursery learners today.



Creative use of linking elephants used by a clever nursery learner 👍🐘



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We are very pleased to announce that after a successful trial we have replaced our old system of personal learning plans with an online system created by Learning Journals.

This means that you will now be able to access your child’s profile any time you want, as long as you have an internet connection. If you don’t have an internet connection at home you are welcome to view your child’s profile from within the nursery as before by using our computer(s).

Learning Journals are going to enable your child’s keyworker to make observations of learning in a fraction of the time it would have taken previously.  This means they are going to have so much more time to play, teach and care for the children instead of filling out paperwork. It’s also extremely environmentally friendly too!

You are also going to have much easier access to the development and progress of your child, and it will be easier for you to contribute too!


The system is very secure. For the techy types among you the connection is made using a secure server holding a SSL certificate. (Meaning the address starts with httpand carries the padlock symbol.)  You will be the only one outside of the nursery that can view your child’s profile and you will access it with a unique username as well as a password and PIN that you create.

What to expect next…

Login Details

Your nursery or school will email you with details of your username and a link to their Learning Journals site. You are required to set up a password which should be a minimum of 8 characters, at least one of which must be upper case and it should also contain at least one number. You will then be asked to choose a 4 digit PIN.

If you forget your username, password or PIN please get in touch with your Nursery or School and they will send you a reset email.

Observation Notifications

You will receive an email notification to let you know an observation has been added to your child’s profile. You can however login at any time to view new and old observations.

Contributing and Commenting

You have the option to comment on observations and also add photos of activities you and your child have taken part in at home.

Adding Moments from Home

If your Nursery or School have enabled Parent Contributions then you will see a blue button on your child’s profile called Moments from Home, Star Moments or something similar.

From here you can add photos and descriptions of any significant moments in your child’s development. See below:

Parent Contribution Example

Convert your Childs Profile to PDF

You have the ability to convert your child’s profile to a pdf. To do this, click on the button that says ‘Convert Profile to PDF’ and follow the instructions. This will generate a document with all of the observations and photos from their profile.

Conver Profile To PDF

If you have any questions or concerns please see Mrs Moir, Mrs Thomson or Miss Mitchell (P1)


Thank you to all those who generously gave the nursery staff Christmas cards and presents. You made us feel very special…thank you!

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Your child’s electronic learning is being activated this week. Please look out for an email from Learning Journals. A letter will also be distributed by Groupcall. If you are having any problems accessing online, please speak to staff. Thanks..and enjoy!



The afternoon learners sat and listened to a festive storytelling session with our visiting librarian, Lorraine. 🤶🏻📚‬

After each story is read, Lorraine encourages the children to show whether they liked or disliked the story, using thumbs up/down 👍🏻👎🏻.





Our joint session Christmas party will be on Thursday 20th December. Normal hours apply from 8.20am to 11.30am.  Party clothes welcome but please ensure your child still has a coat and outdoor shoes appropriate for the weather as we will probably be outside during the morning.



Creating Nativity masterpieces.






Christmas playdough ~ with a little bit of cinnamon and sparkle.






Balance board with marble maze.

By standing on the board and placing their feet at either end, children can use their balance and core muscles to roll a marble through the trail paths. This helps children develop physical and motor skills, concentration and focus, and problem solving skills. Working in partnership encourages a ‘can-do’ mindset and the resilience to keep trying.




Morning nursery children always enjoy a visit from our local Colinton Librarian.




Why Read?


Redford Woods walk

We are hoping to go for a walk to Redford woods on Friday 30th November. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. We aim to leave at 9am / 1pm.


There are numerous health benefits to playing outside. With more room to play in, children are often more active when outside, which helps them to build strong bones and good fitness levels, while also enabling them to burn off extra energy and calories. As well as this, being in the sunshine, even in winter, means children naturally absorb vital vitamin D.


Thank you to our resident photographer for capturing precious moments of our afternoon learners. View the slideshow here




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Nursery Book Day


Redford Woods walk

Nursery parents/carers ~ the weather looks great for a mid-November (Thursday 15th) walk to Redford woods. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for an adventure! We aim to leave at 9am / 1pm.



Pumpkin soup.





New book in the nursery 😂 ~ The Wonky Donkey


A nursery scientist discovered, by chance, the magical force of magnetism..and he was very pleased with himself. Lots of hypothesising and experimenting lie ahead…





‪P1 enrolment for August 2019 ~ could eligible catchment parents/carers please enrol their child for P1 on Tuesday 6th or Wednesday 7th November between 1.30pm and 3pm. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and proof of address. ‬


Nursery parents/carers ~ parental consultations are proposed for 20th, 22nd and 23rd November. Staff will advise you of an appointment.



A little, friendly witch brought a pumpkin to nursery…





Owl Babies ~ I enjoy exploring events and characters in stories and other texts, sharing my thoughts in different ways.

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Remember tomorrow, 31st October, is Primary Schools Open Day.



Little fingers have been busy exercising today.



Nursery children – are you ready to put your little fingers to work? Look out for something new in the nursery ~ creating shapes, working hand muscles, developing spatial skills and practising fine motor skills.





Thank you to a little helper who collected some autumn leaves and twigs for our tuff tray.





We enjoyed our Friday walk to Redford Woods. The squirrels were leaping about and kept us company.







Please look out for the Question of the Month displayed on the Communications Board. Help the nursery team improve the cloakroom space. Thanks!
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We are hoping to go for a walk to Redford woods on Friday 26th October. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.
~by just being outdoors in the woodland our mental health and wellbeing is enhanced as we breathe in fresh air and watch the sun shine through the trees and just ‘be’ with nature” ( My World Outdoors)




Our story of the week is Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We are encouraging the children to try and retell the story using story stones and props. You can view the story video here ~ Engaging with stories and texts in different ways, for example, retelling/re-enacting stories and/or using puppets/props.

Weather forecast for Monday 22nd October is sunny but cool. Why not go for a refreshing autumnal walk and collect some leaves, acorns, conkers and twigs to bring into the nursery when it reopens on Tuesday 23rd October? autumn postcard
Autumn newsletter Autumn Catch Up 2018
Peeling and slicing bananas, freezing them, then baking banana muffins for snack ~ opportunities to enjoy exploring and working with foods in different contexts.




Slicing bananas – two keen helpers preparing snack. Fractions ~ splitting a whole object into smaller parts.




Exploring the great outdoors ❤️.
~ appreciating the wonder of nature within different environments.




Our Autumn walk to Redford Woods ~ being aware of how routines and events in my world link with times and seasons.

Pm walk
Making and baking bramble sponge for snack 👌🏾
~ choosing, preparing and tasting different foods, being aware of my own and others’ needs when taking turns and sharing resources.




Foraging for brambles in the big garden (Room to Grow).
~ exploring and discovering where foods come from.