Did you know that children with greater resilience are better able to deal with stress and are more likely to have positive mental health?
See our activities to help with this at https://www.playscotland.org/resources/play-well-activity-card-9/
Dean Castle & Country Park
From Wed 20th Jan, the Dean Bridge will be closed as part of essential maintenance to our water system at Dean Castle Country Park. This is the bridge over the river which leads to the Rural Life Centre. A diversion will be in place and we will post a map showing the diversion with some more details next week before work commences. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
Did you know that counting can be a calming activity?
See our activities to help with this at https://www.playscotland.org/resources/play-well-activity-card-8/
Did you know learning to recognise and name emotions is an important step in managing them?
See our activities to help with this at https://www.playscotland.org/resources/play-well-activity-card-7/
Road Safety Scotland
We know that many parents and carers will be looking for ways to keep children entertained while the schools are off.
Take a look at our online learning resources for lots of fun and easy road safety activities, videos, stories and interactive games to play at home 🚦
It's a miserable day out there, here are some indoor scavenger hunts for you to try out with your wee people! 😁
Remember to register your child for primary school by tomorrow, you can do this online via the link to EAC website in this post.
Please follow the link below regarding this years school registration process.
National Marine Aquarium
💙 CALLING ALL TEACHERS & HOME EDUCATING PARENTS 💙
Every Friday for the next 7 weeks we'll be delivering FREE live lessons from our Aquarium via YouTube!
Each week there will be two sessions;
🦈🔬 The first 'Deep Science' (1:00pm to 1:20pm) will see our schools team using aquarium exhibits and our AquaLab to explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration tv series ‘The Deep’ (CBBC on weekdays during lockdown). Expect fascinating facts and real time experiments, as well as ideas to follow up with at home!
🧜♀️📖 The second will be ‘Mermaid Tales’, which will air from 1:30 – 1:45pm and will involve a short story narrated by our resident mermaid, Marina - perfect timing before an afternoon nap, or as a gentle, relaxing start to the afternoon.
For more information head here: http://bit.ly/AquariumLessons
Did you know that playing with dice can help children visualise what each number stands for?
See our activities to help with this at https://www.playscotland.org/resources/play-well-activity-card-6/
Five Sisters Zoo
Free Zoo Education for Home Learners!
Throughout this new period of lockdown Adam, our Head of Education, will be presenting new short online classes (roughly 20mins) for school learners that will be made available each Tuesday and Thursday at 11am! These classes will be accompanied by activity sheets so those at home can get involved.
The first of these videos will be available on YouTube on Tuesday the 12th of January. We will post a link to the video and corresponding activity sheet on our social media pages at 11am. This will then continue for the coming weeks each Tuesday and Thursday. The first week will be all about Habitats and Adaptations. These sessions are aimed at primary school pupils; however, we hope learners of all ages will take part and enjoy!
If any teachers want to timetable these sessions in as a part of their home learning schedule, please contact [email protected]. This way we can get links to videos/activities sent directly to you via email each Tuesday/Thursday.
YouTube: Five Sisters Zoo https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1BwpFE5nKPbiPfmbGS695g
Did you know that throwing games can also be used to develop turn-taking skills, and help children develop good muscle control and physical co-ordination?
See our activities to help with this at https://www.playscotland.org/resources/play-well-activity-card-5/
Did you know that doing a repetitive activity can be soothing and help calm down the nervous system?
See our activities to help with this at https://www.playscotland.org/resources/play-well-activity-card-4/
More playful ideas for developing listening skills here…
To listen effectively we need to look at the person who is talking, stay still and listen to all the words. For more activities see https://www.playscotland.org/resources/play-well-activity-card-3/
We have developed Play Well Activity Cards to support playful family learning.
Did you know that listening skills are important for understanding language and talking, playing and interacting with others and for children to successfully develop literacy skills? See our activities to help with this at https://www.playscotland.org/resources/play-well-activity-card-2/
We have developed Play Well Activity Cards to support playful family learning.
Did you know that learning to breathe more slowly can help calm our nervous system and help us relax? See our activities to help with this at https://www.playscotland.org/resources/play-well-activity-card-1/
Early Years Scotland
Starting tomorrow, we'll be hosting FREE daily online Baby Massage sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Book your free place at http://bit.ly/eysonlinesessions
RSPB Love Nature
Request your FREE Big Schools’ Birdwatch pack to enrich your curriculum.
Pre-schoolers present? These shows will support the class of 2021! 🙌 Streaming on iPlayer now along with BBC Bitesize ❤️👩🏫👨🏼🏫
🎉🥳 🎉 Happy New Year 🎉🥳🎉
Wishing all our families a happy new year and brighter times ahead in 2021.
2020 our 25th anniversary year is over, the year where we should have been celebrating all year long with different fun things to take part in. Covid certainly put a stop to that, however, we gained a lot from the year too.
We realised the resilience our children have in this topsy-turvy world.
We have been able to interact with our children whether at home or nursery, zoom has been our friend!
Our children are more interested in playing with bubbles than being in them, the coming together with friends has been most important to them.
We have been indebted by the support of our families throughout the year.
Our team have gone the extra mile in all areas this year, while continuing to provide the children with a safe, fun and reassuring environment.
Huge thanks to everyone, parents, staff and children, we are looking forward to returning to a more "normal" service as soon as possible the new year.
We wish you all a very happy and healthy 2021!! 🎉🥳🎉
🎅🏻🎄 Merry Christmas Everyone 🎄🎅🏻
Seasons greeting to all our families, hopefully Santa made it to your homes and left lots of surprises!! 🎅🏻
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support throughout this challenging year.
I'd also like to thank the team who have worked their socks off to ensure the nursery is covid safe for the children each day and giving the children the best opportunities to thrive in this current situation.
Have a wonderful day celebrating and we hope that you all have a relaxing time with your families during the holidays, we look forward to welcoming you back in January!
Very best wishes,
Suzy and all the DPN team xx
💗🎀💗 IT'S A GIRL!! 💗🎀💗
Katie and Barry are delighted to welcome Miss Layla Campbell to the world on Tuesday 8th December weighing 8lb 2oz. 💗💗💗
Mum and baby both home and doing well. 💗🎀💗
Big sister Emily is very excited that she has a wee sister, they are besties already. 🥰🥰🥰
Even our Christmas tree is COVID compliant 😷😂😷😂😷
Meet Respira-tree!!! 🎄😂🎄😂🎄
Santa Mail is here! 🎅
With just over seven weeks to go until , we’re once again lending a helping hand to one of our most special customers, Father Christmas. And Santa’s special team of elves at Royal Mail are gearing up to deliver the letters sent to him.
So it’s time for the children to their Christmas wish-list together. The last day to send your letters to Reindeerland is 11 December.
To ensure Santa receives your letter on time, please make sure you write to him, using the correct address, on a stamped envelope.
𝗗𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗹𝘆.
More info here - bit.ly/santa-mail-2020
Take A Bow Kilmarnock
Sparkle Jolly Twinkly Christmas Fun!🎄
Following our move into Tier 4, we have had to change the dates of our Christmas Event.
The First Minister has confirmed that Tier 4 restrictions will be lifted on 11th December, therefore we can go ahead on 12/13th December and have added 19/20th December.🎉
Spaces are filling up fast so don't delay.
💜*Our Staff are working on reduced hours throughout the Tier 4 restrictions so if you can't get an answer on 01563 535333, please either leave a message, email [email protected] or send us a PM with your name and phone number and a member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible.*💜
Thank you to all who have returned their Christmas forms already, can those who are still to do so please return ASAP. If you have misplaced yours just let us know and we can give you another.
Kilmarnock Standard P1 class photos: All the pictures from the 2020 intake
Nice to see all our smiley DPN boys and girls with all their new friends at school!! 😁
We have class shots from the primary schools in Kilmarnock and beyond.
In this time of uncertainty there’s one thing we do know...this winter is going to be long and dark. So let’s make it a bit brighter...after Halloween bring out your fairy lights, lanterns and torches and make your gardens, your windows and doors sparkle like the Scandinavians do ✨✨✨
Children will look back on this winter with happy memories and it will remind the grownups of brighter times to come 🌈
Post your creations on social media using
Please share far and wide and encourage everyone to make Scotland shine this winter ⭐️
A wee reminder for all parents to wear their masks when in the nursery grounds during drop off and collection times.
Thank you for your co-operation! 😷