Nursery Information

For complete information, please click on the link to our handbook below:

Gylemuir Nursery Handbook 2016-17

The school has 60 morning places and 60 afternoon places for children in the pre-school year and 3 years old.

The school, opened in 1968, has been extended to provide excellent accommodation and facilities.

Gylemuir Nursery Classes
The Nursery is staffed by 1 Teacher, 1 Early Years Officer, 5 Early Years Practitioners  and 2 Pupil Support Assistant.

In Nursery we aim to:

  • Provide a safe and stimulating environment, in which children can feel happy and secure.
  • Encourage their emotional, social, physical, creative and intellectual development.
  • Encourage positive attitudes to self and others and develop confidence and self-esteem.
  • Create opportunities for children to apply their learning through play.
  • Encourage children to explore, appreciate and respect their environment.
  • Provide opportunities to stimulate interest and imagination.
  • Extend the children’s abilities to communicate ideas and feelings in a variety of ways.
  • We strive to promote equality and fairness, valuing diversity.

How to Apply
As soon as your child is 2 years old you can complete an application form.  Your child’s name is then added to the waiting list. Application forms are available from the school office.

When your child is 3 years old the nursery will offer your child a place subject to availability and according to the waiting list.  You can place your child’s name on any nursery waiting list.  However, Primary Schools have a catchment area and children out with Gylemuir catchment cannot be guaranteed a place in P1.

Preschool children
Children who have a 4th birthday before the end of February are eligible to start school in the August of that year. We call them pre-school children. These children have priority for nursery places over  younger ones.

Before starting nursery your child will be invited for a visit. The pre-visit is just a chance for you and your child to visit the nursery and have a look round and meet the staff.

Nursery Curriculum
In the Nursery we follow the Curriculum for Excellence for early level as documented by the Scottish Office. The Curriculum for Excellence is divided into four main capacities:

  • Successful Learners
  • Effective Contributors
  • Responsible Citizens
  • Confident Individuals

The Curriculum for Excellence is divided into the eight main areas:

Numeracy and Maths, Language, Health and Wellbeing, Science, Religious and Moral Education, Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Technologies.

In our nursery we are committed to the philosophy of contextualised learning through play centering on the children’s interests.

The nursery school years cover a very important period in the child’s emotional, personal and social development.  It is a time to develop self-confidence and self-esteem, independence and good social skills.  In the nursery they  have a safe environment in which to enjoy new people outside the family.  They learn to play cooperatively and to form positive social relationships with others, encouraged by praise  and to enjoy and value differences of gender, language, religion or culture. They are encouraged to concentrate and persevere at a task and to learn to care for themselves and others.

The preschool years are also very important for developing communication and language skills which are fundamental to learning. These include talking, listening, non verbal and pre-literacy skills. We focus on developing these skills through play.

Nursery provides through art, drama  and music activities important opportunities for children to express their ideas, feelings and imagination and also to build up their confidence and self-esteem. The children are given the chance to  investigate and experiment using a variety of different media and techniques such as painting and drawing and modelling with fabrics, clay and other materials. They use imaginary role play for example using puppets to develop social skills and language. Nursery also provides a rich musical experience of singing, dancing, playing instruments and performing to others.

Nursery children are naturally very curious and interested in their surroundings. We encourage them to develop their observation skills and to ask questions, and to recognise patterns, shapes and colours around them. Through play activities like table top games, construction, water and sand play they begin to develop simple mathematical concepts and language and to design and problem solve. We foster their sense of wonder about the natural world with a “hands on” nature table, nature reference books and our outdoor garden with areas for growing vegetables and flowers.

All children should be registered with a General Practitioner and Dentist.  All children should have a named Health Visitor who is available to guide and support you  in all health and wellbeing related matters. Nursery staff are always willing to talk through any issues of concerns you may have and direct you accordingly.  Together referrals to other professionals may take places, such as speech and language or occupational therapy.

Child Smile provide all nurseries with tooth brushing resources and you will be asked to sign a form giving your permission for your child to brush their teeth while at nursery.

Any enquiries concerning the provision of dental services should be made to the Director of the Community Dental Service, Lothian Trust, 16 Duncan Street, Edinburgh EH9 1SR  (Tel. 0131 667 7114)

If in the meantime you have any concerns about your child either in the nursery or at home however small please feel able to discuss this with the nursery teacher.  Usually the beginning  of the session is the best time.

If you still have any concerns or complaints about your child in the nursery please speak to Mrs Smart, Headteacher, or Mrs Thomson, the Depute Headteacher.  Most problems can be sorted within the school.

If you are still concerned you can contact:

Principal Officer
Advice and Conciliation Service
Children & Families
Waverley Court
4 East Market Street

The Care Inspectorate
South East Region
Stuart House
Musselburgh  EH 21  7PB
TEL 0131-653 4100      FAX 0131-653 4149

Last updated October 2015

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