13 Sep 2019
Open Morning Saturday 21st September 9am - 11amLooking for pre school nursery places? Come along to Duchal Nursery's Open Morning on Saturday 21st September from 9am - 11am. The only specialist nursery in the area dedicated to pre school education.
13 Sep 2019
Update on Nursery ActivitiesIt feels like we are really in the swing of the new term at Duchal now. All of our new children have settled so well and already feel like well established members of our Duchal family.
Our rainforest theme is proving to be very popular and children have been making tribal necklaces this week as well as completing their animal and insect art work started earlier in the term. It really is a jungle out there! ( More accurately 'in here').
Wet and dry have been our opposites, and while there are plenty of practical examples of this in nursery activities, we thought it would be fun to have some potion making going on and the children have had great fun mixing dry ingredients ( coffee, glitter, salt, lentils, flour etc) with wet ingredients ( water, shampoo, glue, paint, shaving foam ). We also made some cup cakes to illustrate the real life examples of mixing wet and dry and the blue teddies enjoyed picking numbers out of jelly as part of their number recognition work. Some elementary chemistry going on at Duchal here and we are sure we spotted a few budding scientists in our midst. Fine motor skills have been utilised to the full as children tried to thread pipe cleaners through colanders and sieves as well as threading their pasta tribal necklaces . We will be focusing on scissor work this term also, so if there is any opportunity at home to practice cutting ( with safety scissors of course) this should be encouraged, as children become quite frustrated when they can't cut things out for themselves. Old magazines and a pair of childs scissors can fill a happy half hour and help greatly to develop this important skill.
Next week our colour of the week will be green ( can see the jungle getting a bit overgrown with this one ) so we look forward to seeing what interesting items appear on the green news table. Blue teddy homework will go out as usual on Thursdays to be returned on Monda. Please note that homework is optional - if the children dont feel like doing it there is no pressure .
It looks like Summer may be paying a last visit to Kilmacolm this next few days, so whatever you are all doing, we hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.
The Duchal Teachers.
4 Sep 2019
Specialist AreasWith the luxury of 3 separate classrooms we are able to spend quiet, quality time with our pre school children to prepare them for the move to primary school.
This week we are starting to work on fine motor skills for our blue teddies who have just started their pre school year.
Fine motor skills are essential for performing every day tasks - cleaning teeth, opening lunch boxes, and academic skills - writing, colouring, cutting, and without the ability to complete these tasks a child's self esteem can suffer and compromise academic performance. https://www.edubloxtutor.com/fine-motor-skills-handwriting/
14 Aug 2019
AGM Monday 19th August 8pmAs a parents co-operative Duchal parents are involved in the running of the nursery. Make sure you come along to the AGM on Monday 119th August 8pm upstairs in the Community Centre to find out what is in store for this year, meet new parents and collect uniform for the new term.
2 Aug 2019
Head TeacherWe are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Victoria Gheur as Head Teacher for Duchal Nursery.
Mrs Gheur has been with Duchal for 3 years, during which time she has embraced the Duchal ethos, working with our dedicated team of staff to create a warm, caring learning environment. She has a wealth of experience in early years care and will be an asset to the nursery.
She has a wonderful rapport with the children, and a clear understanding of the aims of Duchal in providing for our young teddies.
The Staff and Directors are delighted that Mrs Gheur has been appointed to be our Head Teacher and are all looking forward to working with her as the new term starts in a few weeks.
We are confident that under her leadership, we will continue to deliver the very best start in life for all our nursery children, now and in preparation for school, in the future.
11 Jun 2019
Ambulance CrewWhat an amazing and inspiring day!
We were totally spoilt today with a visit from Doug, one of our Duchal dads, who is an air ambulance doctor and his paramedic colleague Dave. They work out of Glasgow airport on the air ambulance.
Having spent the term learning all about transport the children were fascinated by hearing about the pilot who also works with them. They mainly cover the west of Scotland but can be called out anywhere depending on the emergency.
They arrived in an ambulance and the kids were allowed to try the oxygen masks, turn on the blue lights and sirens. They also tested their oxygen levels and pulse with a machine and tried on the air ambulance helmets.
Obviously this was great fun however we also had a very important life lesson and learnt how to call for an ambulance and the importance of knowing where you live if you call 999.
Thank you so much to Doug and Dave for an inspiring and fun morning
4 Jun 2019
Preparing for the Next StepPreparing for the next step in life is an important part of Duchal life, whether it be learning to be independent, for the 1st time away from parental guidance or getting ready for the move to primary school, Duchal staff are there to make the transition as smooth as possible.
With our low pupil to teacher ratio and 3 separate rooms we are able to concentrate on the different requirements of our children.
With the summer term flying by, our older children are all set for the move to school, and have been practising their fine motor skills and pencil grip with some writing practice. While the younger children have been having fun with magnet design - it takes a lot of concentration but in a fun way they are learning without realising!!
Get in touch to find out more about what Duchal can offer your child in their pre-school years
3 Jun 2019
Science & Art in One!We love a bit of science at Duchal. STEM learning comes in all shapes and sizes and more often than not the children don't realise they are having a science lesson!!
The children have had great fun making their own playdough (it is always more satisfying to play with something that you have made youself!!!). Close attention was give to ensure they had the right quantities of ingredients and then that they were carefully mixed to create the perfect end product with the right texture!
The Science lesson was swiftly followed by an Art lesson, seeing lots of creativity and innovation with playdough art!!
22 May 2019
Summer Holiday Activity Camp 26th - 28th JuneJoin us for our Summer Holiday Activity Camp from 26th - 28th June at Duchal Nursery.
3 action packed days to start the holidays.
Knights and Princesses Day:
Royal tea party
Carriage to the ball/outfit competition
Journey with us under the sea for the day:
Sand castle art
Ice cream desserts
Bushcraft Explorers Day:
Mud kitchen cook off
22 May 2019
Summer Term Afternoon ClubsLife is action packed at Duchal during the summer term, make the most of the extra hours before the holiday season and join in the activities during afternoon club.
20 May 2019
Sports Day 2019What an amazing morning which encapsulated everything that makes Duchal such a special Nursery.
Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins,siblings and former pupils all enjoyed a sun soaked park watching the children enjoy every second of their sports day.
Whether they have been at Duchal for 2 years or just a few weeks every child gave their all in a tremendous display.
Thank you to all the teachers for the training and preparation, our wonderful committee for organisation and McHargs bakery for the delicious strawberry tarts!!
10 May 2019
Duchal Sports Day Wednesday 15th May 10.30amTraining and practice have been increased during the run up to the annual Duchal Sports Day. The children have honed their egg balancing, 3 legged technique, sack negotiations and bean bag skills in preparation for the big day!
We would love current Duchal parents, grandparents, siblings, future and former Duchal family members to join us from 10.30am at Birkmyre Park to support the children. Drinks and refreshments will be served after proceedings.