15 Sep 2020
Updates from the teachers - our new termIt looks like we may be heading into another blustery weekend and Autumn is beginning to make its presence felt in no uncertain terms. This has not stopped us getting out and about at Duchal however, and we have had some lovely Autumn walks round the park this week, with the children being asked to look out for signs of Autumn like red leaves, acorns and the ever fascinating 'helicopters' from the big sycamore tree on the other side of the park. We have also made Autumn windows using laminating sheets and a collection of leaves, flowers and grasses from the great outdoors. The collection also housed quite a lot of spiders who had to be rescued and put outside, causing mixed reactions among children AND staff.
This week our colour was green and we made green smoothies containing spinach, avocado, kiwi, mint, banana and an assortment of other ingredients. These went down very well in spite of the unfamiliar mixture - maybe drinking our vegetables is the way to go for those reluctant to eat them. We also had a green treasure hunt in the garden and there have been a variety of gloopy green mixtures in our Tuff tray this week as the children are never happier than when up to the ears in messy play. This is what nursery is for - exploring to your hearts content and getting as messy as you like without having to worry about damaging the house!
Next Friday we are having a dressing up day for charity when the children are invited to come to nursery in their favourite dressing up clothes, COVID has meant we have had to put the dress up clothes away for now in nursery but we acknowledge that this is a big miss for the children and so we hope that this will make up for it a little bit. If your child does not want to participate that is absolutely fine but maybe bring an outfit anyway, just in case they change their minds when they see everyone else. Any money raised will be used to buy first aid supplies for a young doctor we know who is going out to volunteer in Greece in the Syrian refugee camps there. They are in desperate need of basics like paracetamol and toothpaste as well as some larger items. Duchal has already donated some rainjackets we have which were made in the wrong colour and Rebecca, who is the doctor involved will take these with her. She is limited for luggage space though (we dont want her to have to hire her own plane) so buying some of the smaller things is an ideal way to contribute.
Next week the colour of the week will be yellow and our shape will be a rectangle.
The Duchal Teachers.
19 Aug 2020
We're Back!It has been absolutely wonderful to see Duchal filled with the sounds of happy children this morning.
There was lots of excited chatter as friends were re-united, and new friends welcomed to the Duchal family. The teachers have so enjoyed hearing all the news and can't believe how much everyone has grown.
Our new children settled in brilliantly, we had lots of outdoor play and got creative with our red playdough!!
13 Jul 2020
Duchal Now Offering 1140 hours of Funded Places Plus New Opening Hours!Great News - Duchal Nursery announces that from August 2020 it will be offering free funded places and wrap around care for nursery children.
In addition to offering 1140 free hours of nursery care for 3-5 year olds, Duchal will also be extending its hours from 8.15am to 6pm daily during term time.
This is fantastic news for parents and their children giving them access to free nursery care and optional additional wraparound care for more flexibility.
With 3 separate rooms, an enclosed garden, surrounding park and our high teacher to pupil ratio, Duchal is ideally placed to offer its excellent teaching activities in small groups.
Find out more about Duchal on our website www.duchal.com and download an application form here.
Places will be offered on a first come first served basis and so please submit your form to us as soon as possible, don't be disappointed.
Duchal is also able to offer a limited number of places to children aged 2yrs 9mths, for information on these places please visit our website. It is advised that you apply as soon as possible.
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16 Jun 2020
Duchal Re-Opening Wednesday 19th AugustDepending on government guidelines we plan to re-open the nursery on Wednesday 19th August. As we receive more information we will ensure that all parents are kept well involved.
We will invite our new families to visit us and meet the teachers before term starts so they can familiarise themselves with the nursery.
29 Apr 2020
Nature Trail ActivityMaking the most of the outdoors is very important at this time, so let's enjoy the latest virtual nursery activity.
Some great challenges to find during your daily walk. Print out the nature trail and see what you can discover.
Have fun and keep safe.
Follow our activities on our Facebook page.
24 Apr 2020
Virtual Nursery ActivitiesIt's National Gardening Week!
If you can source some seeds during lockdown, now is a great time to plant them, keep them indoors in a sunny spot.
If you can get some cress seeds let's try to create our very own Duchal Cress Heads. Sow the seeds and watch them grow!
Keep ups to date with all our virtual activities posted on our facebook page
2 Apr 2020
Duchal's New Virtual NurseryPlans for Spring 2020 have taken an unexpected turn with the current situation, however that hasn’t stopped the fun at our new Virtual Duchal Nursery.
Our amazing team have excelled in providing our Duchal Teddies with creative activities they can take part in at home.
In our 1st week we have created our own caterpillars which were then raced across the table – so much fun!
We have made the most of the sunny weather and started up our Nature log books and showed off our creative streaks with chalking on our garden fences
Mrs Campbell ran a singing session while Mrs Gheur has been our latest mystery reader!!
26 Feb 2020
Coronavirus - Notice to Parents & Visitors to Duchal NurseryI know that some of you may have been abroad during the break, please could I ask you to check the most up-to-date government guidance regarding the spread of Coronavirus, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
The government has advised that people returning from any areas quarantined by the Italian government should self-isolate - whether they show symptoms or not. In addition, anyone returning from north of Pisa has been told to self-isolate if they show flu-like symptoms.
As usual our teachers will remind the teddies of the importance of basic hygiene, including using paper tissues and thorough hand washing, in order to prevent the spread of disease.
Should your child display flu-like symptoms please keep them at home and notify Nursery. If you have travelled abroad in the past two weeks, or if you are worried about the symptoms, you are asked to contact NHS 111.
23 Jan 2020
Registration for August 2020Duchal Nursery School in Kilmacolm is now offering places for August 2020.
The only specialist pre school nursery in the area with purpose built facilities in Birkmyre Park, Duchal has low pupil:teacher ratio ensuring your child will get the best start in life
If you are looking for nursery places please download your registration form here and get in touch to arrange a visit.
15 Jan 2020
Duchal Nursery is now on InstagramFollow us in Instagram to keep up to speed with news and events and to share a bit of Duchal Life with your friends
Find us at https://www.instagram.com/duchalnurseryschool/
28 Nov 2019
Come & Try Taster Sessions"Come & Try" Taster Sessions.
Pre School Nursery places are being offered at Duchal Nursery in mid January, before you decide why not come along for one of our free taster sessions, to experience Duchal first hand.
Get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and to book your child's session now.
22 Nov 2019
It's getting closer to the end of term!!!!Another week has flown past bringing us definitively into the run up to Christmas . For those of you who may still be in a wee bit of denial about this - at least one house in Kilmacolm has its lights up (not any of ours I hasten to add) and Mrs Campbell made Christmas tree biscuits with the children on Wednesday so that makes it official!
The highlight of the week for the children was unquestionably our visit from Jackie who runs Little Down Dogs yoga. On Tuesday she ran a yoga session for us based around the story of the Gruffalo. The children were real stars and listened brilliantly, contorting themselves into mice, snakes, foxes and of course Gruffaloes. All finished off with a lavender eye mask and a relaxing pose on the floor under a blanket.The teachers were very envious of this part! Many thanks are due to Jackie for her input and we hope one day to arrange another visit.
Mrs Gheur attended a Book Bug training day in Glasgow this week as part of our ongoing committment to staff development. We are all looking forward to some animated readings of familiar stories as a result of this training and also to learning ourselves as her learning helps by example to improve our own practice and so enrich the experience the children have at story time.