Nursery Prospectus by 01ySz72V



CONTENTS                            PAGE

Staffing                               1

Nursery organisation                 2-7

Starting nursery                     8-11

Nursery curriculum                     12

The first day                          13

Parents in partnership                 14

Some questions                         15

Nursery to primary one              16-18

Conclusion                             19

Child Protection                       20

Scottish Public Service Ombudsman      21



Head Teacher: Mrs R Mathers
Depute Head Teacher: M s L Farquharson
School Adminis trator: Va cancy
Office Support: Mrs A Du nn
Janitor: Mr K Masson


Milltimber School
Monearn Gardens
AB13 0DX
Telephone Number: 0122 4 732517

Fax Number: 01224 7352 76
E:mail: milltimber@


Nursery Teacher: Mrs C Walker
Nursery Nurse: Mrs Christine Darlington (Chris)

Throughout the year we may als o have with us, students
studying for a qualification either in teaching or nursery
nursing. We will always share this with you.

Summary of Term Arrangements:
Term 1 20th August to 21st December
Term 2 7th January to 28th March
Term 3 15th April t o 5 t h July


Application forms are available from the school office and
should be completed in January/February of the year of
entry. When making an application you should bring your
child’s birth certificate.

The nursery provi des places for children 3 -5 years of age.
There are 40 part -time places available with 20 children
attending morning and 20 attending afternoon sessions.
Although every effort is made to allocate parents their
first choice of session, this is not alway s possible. The
Head Teacher is responsible for compiling the classes,
ensuring a balance of age, gender and parental requests.
Places are
allocated according to Aberdeen City Council’s Education
Department Nursery Admission Policy. Priority is usuall y
given to the oldest children who live in the catchment area
of the Primary School. A copy of the admission policy is
available from the school on request and the Nursery
Induction Policy can be found in the Parent Policy Folder
in the Nursery.

Supported places ie places for children in families with
particular circumstances, will also be considered.
Applications for these places must be accompanied by
documentation from all relevant professionals to enable
the school to make appropriate decisions. Ple ase ask if
you need advice on such an application

Please note: The Education Authority has no insurance
cover to provide compensation in the event of a personal
accident or injury. It is the responsibility of the parents to
insure their child, if they wish. More details on this matter
may be obtained at the school office. Parents should also
make sure that valuable personal things are not left in
Nursery, particularly as we are not insured against the
loss of such items.

This is for your child’s safety
and aims to ensure your
child is collected from nursery
at the end of the session by
the correct person.

It only takes a minute to write
down the relevant details for us.

More information on this will be given to you when your
child starts nursery.

The nursery is regularly inspected by the Care
Commission and by the HMIe. Copies of reports are
available on the parent information board and can also be
accessed on the internet

Please be assured that all information held at the nursery
about your child will be kept in the strictest confidence.
There may be occasions when information is shared
between professionals for the benefit of your child. On
such occasions, you will be k ept fully informed.


Morning Session……

9.00/9.15am – 11.15/11.30am

Afternoon Session……

12.45/1.00pm – 3.00/3.15pm

The nursery times are flexible but we ask you to arrive no
later that 9.15am/1.00pm and to collect your child no later
than 11.30am/3.15pm. Children begin to fret if they are
the only child waiting to be picked up

Library bags with the nursery logo may be ordered from
the nursery. These bags are excellent for carrying books
to and from nursery on library days and we reco mmend
these to you.

Your child receives a small snack each session and the
menu is posted weekly on the parents notice board. The
cost is £1.50 per week and may be paid on a weekly or
termly basis. Parents should discu ss any food allergies or
special dietary requirements with staff and include this
information on the ‘Getting to know you’ form.

Staff ensure that snacks are balanced, nutritious and
varied. A choice of milk or water is offered and fresh frui t
is served daily. Children are encouraged to sample food
and chat about their likes and dislikes. Two children
assist daily in the preparation of the snack and all
children are responsible for putting their dishes and
cutlery in the dishwasher. Staff a nd some parents hold
Food Hygiene Certificates.

The Nursery has a separate voluntary termly collection
which helps pay for little extras like treats, cards, craft
materials and some outings. Without this money we
would find it impossible to pr ovide many of these items.
This is in addition to the required snack payment and we
suggest a similar amount to that paid for snack


Please help us by not arriving before the starting time and
by collecting your child prom ptly at the end of the session.
This allows staff preparation and consultation time (and
time to clean the toilets ready for the next session).

The nursery has its own separate entrance and cloakroom
area with storage for shoes and personal items.

In the interest of safety for all our children and limited
space all pushchairs must be left outside the building .

We would ask you to keep us informed if your child is to
be absent. Please either let the staff know in advance (if
possible) or telephone the school office (01224 732517)

If at all possible, use the healthy option and walk to
nursery. This helps to ease traffic congestion around the
school which is always potentially dangerous.


We encourage children to become independe nt when
dressing and when going to the toilet (no tricky buckles,
braces or

In case of accidents, spare clothes should be kept on
your child’s peg. A plastic bag is adequate
for this purpose – remember to replace any items which
have been us ed!

To cater for energetic, physical outdoor activities or walks
around the local environment children should always be
provided with appropriate outdoor clothing.

Indoor, non slip shoes are essential for gym days –
please name them. The children wil l be taught to be
independent and
to take off/put on their own shoes. Help us by
encouraging this at home.

Please name all items of outdoor clothing and indoor

                Our Aims at Milltimber Nursery
We aim to

          Welcome all children and their familie s, making
           everyone feel confident that the Nursery will
           provide a safe, happy environment in which to

          Build relationships with all children and working in
           partnership with parents and carers, extend the
           children’s learning and develop their interes ts and

          Give every child, of any race, gender or culture,
           an equal opportunity to learn at their own pace,
           ensuring continual development.

          Provide a safe and stimulating play environment
           where the children can develop emotionally,
           socially, physically, creatively and intellectually.

          Encourage self esteem and confidence in each
           child and encourage a respect for others and the

          Keep parents and carers informed of their child’s
           progress and where appropriate, involve them in
           the life of the nursery.

          Involve the children with the whole school and the
           wider community.

“What did you do in nursery today?”
This is the common response to the daily question but it
is never

The children are playing but no t ‘just’ playing. Playing
means learning about themselves and the world in which
they live. Through play we hope to foster independence
and to encourage the all round development of the child
ie the social, emotional, intellectual and physical
development .

                  Play + Fun = Learning

While playing, staff will observe and decide how best to
support the child in play. This observation also helps with
the planning and preparation of further play to ensure
needs are met.

It is always important to praise and raise self esteem.

The nursery is divided into areas which lend themselves
to different types of play. Each play area however
provides many learning opportunities.

Here are some examples….

P L AY ARE A               L E ARNI NG

 Co n st ru c ti o n        H a n d c o n tr o l ; c o - o p e ra ti o n ; e a r l y m a t h s (b a l a n c e ,
                           h e i g h t, p r o b l e m s o l v i n g )

 Cra ft T a b l e           C re a t i v i t y ; te c h n i q u e s ; c u t ti n g ; s p re a d i n g (n o t e – i t i s
(m ess y ar ea !)          th e t h i n k i n g a n d th e s k i l l s w h i c h a re i m p o r t a n t , n o t
                           n e c e s s a ri l y th e e n d p r o d u c t)

 P h ysi cal P l ay         C o - o r d i n a t i o n ; b a l l c o n t ro l ; b a l a n c e ; i n d e p e n d e n c e –
(i n / o u td o o rs )     p u t ti n g o n / ta k i n g o f f s h o e s ( p l e a s e p ra c t i s e a t h o m e !) ,
                           s h a ri n g , w o r k i n g a s a te a m m e m b e r .

M u si c/ Dan ce             L i s te n i n g ; a p p r e c i a ti o n ; s e l f - e x p re s s i o n ; rh y m e s ;
                           i n s t ru m e n t s ; m o v e m e n t .

 Ro l e P l ay              C o - o p e ra ti o n ; d e c i s i o n m a k i n g ; e x p r e s s i n g r e a l l i f e
(a fi rm f avo u ri t e)   e m o ti o n s ; e m b e d d i n g s k i l l s e g e a rl y
                           re a d i n g / w ri ti n g / c o u n ti n g .

 S an d & Wa ter           In v e s ti g a t i n g a n d l o ts o f e a rl y m a th s ; p o u ri n g ;
(al so a fa vo u ri te )   m e a s u ri n g (a l s o s o o t h i n g f o r a n e r v o u s c h i l d ).


S nac k T ab l e     S oc i a l is at i on ; c o nf i de n c e , (t as t i n g ne w
                     f oo ds ) ; i n d ep e nd e nc e ; re a di n g (m e nu) ,
                     h yg i e ne , c o ok in g —ac t i v e p art ic i pa t io n.

W ritin g T a b le     Ha n d c on tr o l; dr a wi n g; ex p lor i n g wr it i ng
                       an d wr it i n g m at er ia ls ; ex pr es s i ng id e as

St or y C or ner     E nt hus i as m f or bo ok s , s t or ies , r h ym es ;
                     l is t e ni n g; r et e ll i n g; pr e d ic t i ng ; ex pres s i n g
( Q u ie t Ar e a)   op i n io ns ; c ar e of b o ok s , s har i n g a b ook
                     wi t h f r i e n ds

These are some of the activities provided and of course
we have a great variety of resources e.g. jigsaws, table
games, a computer and loved by all our smart board (ICT)

To further encourage reading we also have a nursery
library, usually operated by a willing parents/childminders.
We also lend story and number sacks —further information
to follow.

We always encourage children to complete and tidy away
their toys and to support each other in their learning.

We also have centres of interest, which develop
knowledge/understanding and skills. There is a balance
between structu red and free play and the children play an
active role in determining the curriculum.

What is our curriculum?

Milltimber Nursery is committed to providing an effective
curriculum for children in their pre -school year and for
children receiving two years of pre-school education. We
value and aim to build upon each child’s previous learning
experiences and
recognise the need to establish strong parental
partnerships to support their development.
The curriculum refers to a framework of planned learning
experiences based on different aspects of children’s
development and learning. We follow ‘A Curriculum for
Excellence’ to plan
activities that provide the highest quality of educational

Are there any rules in nursery?

Yes, in order to creat e a safe, happy, learning
environment it is necessary that certain standards of
behaviour be established. Staff deal with children in a
kind and caring manner. We
 encourage the children in all activities and praise them
when they have tried hard, when the y co-operate and
share with others and show respect towards their friends.
We also expect children to observe the rules necessary
for safety and hygiene and the care of the nursery

By promoting positive behaviour in the nursery we hope to
further develop children’s self esteem and confidence,
their ability to
express their feelings and carry out simple tasks

Children who behave in an inappropriate manner are
removed from the situation and their attention directed to
a different
activity. Staff explain to the children why their behaviour
is not acceptable. Parents are informed if difficult
behaviour c ontinues.

Induction to Nursery

Parents are invited to an introductory talk given by the
Head Teacher and short visit to the nurse ry in June. This
is followed, at a later date, by a visit to the nursery with
your child.

Starting Nursery

Children will be phased into the Nursery in small groups
of 4 or 5 with all deferred, pre -school and children with
additional support needs attend ing by the end of the
second week of term. Ante pre -school children will be
admitted in line with their date of birth and Aberdeen City
Council’s Nursery Admission Policy.

On the first day we find it helpful if you child is brought to
nursery about half an hour later than the usual starting
time. This means the new children join a busy, settled
group. You will be given a note of your child’s starting
date and time of arrival on your parent/child visit.

We prefer the children to stay for onl y one hour on the
first day. Although it may not be your child’s first
experience away from home, he/she will be new to the
staff and the environment at
Milltimber. It’s always best to make the first day short
and sweet.

The full nursery session lasts for 2½ hours. Your child
may stay for a full session almost immediately or it may
take a few days or even weeks for him/her to settle. Don’t
worry, all children do settle but in their own time. Each
child will be given the time he/she needs.


We realise that parents are the prime educators and
ma ke the most significa nt contribution to a child’s
education. We, as teachers, strive to get to kn ow
your child in order to extend and comple ment the
learning already receive d. By sharing information
we will work in partnership and meet your child’s individual

A curriculum evening will be held during the first ter m.
This will provide parents with curricular infor ma tion and an
opportunity to ask quest ions.

During the sch ool year usually, October & Mar ch, parents
are given the opportunity for an individual cons ultation with
the staff, either after nursery or in an evening. A written
report will be given towards the end of the year , with a copy
for the receiving Primar y Sc hool.

On ce the children are settled we invite parents/ carers to
add their name to the parent rota. This provides an
opportunity for you to help out, share your child’s learning
and gain a greater insight into the nursery day.

There will also be speci a l events and celebrations for which
you will be invited to join us.

An Open Da y in June allows fa mily and friends to view the
nursery and the school in action. We look forward to
sharing your child’s experiences with you . Those helping
on a regular b asis must complete a ‘Disclosure Scotland
Form’ which may be collected from the school office.

Additional infor mation on ‘Parent Partnership’ is available in
our policy folder which is accessible to all parents.

The Pa re nts’ In fo rma tio n Boa rd
Don’t forge t to keep an eye on the notice board in the
cloakroom area, where w e display important news items,
requests for help or resources etc. A copy of planned
activities will allow you to discuss the experiences and
learning opportunities that the
children are encouraging and share with staff any ideas that
might further enhance the theme.


Wha t if I’m la te and can ’t co llec t my ch ild?
Just telephone the school to let us know. If someone else has
to collect your child remember it mus t be an adult over 16
years and the school mu st be informed.

Wha t if my ch ild is tire d?
Your child may spend only a short time at nursery and
gradually build up to a fu ll session. There are also quieter
activities on
offer in Nursery and a relaxed story in the story corner is often
sought by weary eyes.

Wha t if my ch ild is una ble to a ttend nu rse ry ?
If your child is unable to attend nursery due to illn ess please
telephone the school to let us know. An infectious child must
be kept at home. If a child becomes ill at nursery the parents
or the contact number will be notified immediately .

Please allow at least 48 hours between loss of body fluids
(sickness or diarrhoea) and returning to nursery.

Any ongoing ailments for which medicine may nee d to be
admin istered e.g. asthma, allergic reactions, must be included
on your admission form. We trust that all other m edicines can
be given by parents prior to or after nursery hours. Please
provide written information of holiday dates if the y are to be
taken during term time

Nursery is an integral part of our school and the children
in both Nursery and Primary 1 are working within the
‘Early Level’ of A Curriculum for Excellence’ -see website

We help prepare the chi ldren for this exciting time. Those
who attend Milltimber Nursery, will already be familiar
with some of the staff, the routines and the school
environment. However, all children, including those going
to other primaries, will have many helpful experienc es to
ease the transition from nursery to school.

The P1 teacher(s) will meet and play with the children in
the nursery.

All children will have an opportunity to visit the Primary
One area before they officially start.

They will have experienced large gatherings, concerts and
know their way around the school.

They will also experience eating and playing in the
playground at the same time – very different from snack at
the table!

A special playtime with the P1 children will be organised
(including sta ff).

Just as children are ‘phased’ into nursery so are they
phased into primary one – to allow the teacher to spend
time with a few new children at a time.

Primary 1 children attend for mornings only for the first
two or three weeks after summer.

We endeavour to make the transition to primary one as
smooth as possible. Most children take to it like ‘ducks to
water’ and for those who find the experience a little more
daunting be assured that there is plenty support available
to them.

Some parents may feel that their child is not ready to
begin Primary One after their Pre -School year and that
they would benefit from another year in nursery. This is
known as Deferred Entry. Children who celebrate their 5 t h
birthday in January or February h ave the right to defer
entry to school.

EARLY ENTRY to Primary One will be permitted if the
education normally provided in the class is suitable to the
ability and aptitude of the child.

If you wish advice on either of the above please discuss
this with the Head Teacher.

            SOME DO’S AND DON’TS

    Do chat and let us know about your child –
     illnesses and worries should be shared, but also
     their first dancing lesson or Granny’s visit etc. It is
     important to us to get to know your whole child and
     your family.

    Don’t be upset by a clinging child or tears. They
     usually plays happily as soon as you have gone! If
     however they continue to be upset, we will contact

    Do reassure an anxious child you will return. Try
     to give some meaningful measure o f the time that
     you will be away e.g. “I’ll go to buy something for

    Don’t do everything for your child. Encourage them
     to help themselves (and you) by carrying their own
     pictures, models etc.

    Do appreciate your child’s work – find a special
     place at home to display it.

    Tip:- ‘What a fantastic picture —tell me about it’

               REMEMBER - HAVE FUN!


We hope you have found the information in this booklet
helpful. It can only give you a brief insight into our
nursery but you are welco me to talk to the staff at any
time, if you have any queries. This can be done either
informally or by making an appointment.

We look forward to getting to know you and your children
and trust we have a happy and fulfilling time together.

All you have to do now is to remember the important

Soft non slip indoor shoes (preferably slip -on shoes) -
Outdoor clothing – named
A bag with spare clothes
A library bag (for library days)
A box of tissues

And last but not least – always have with you a LARGE
bag in which to carry home all the masterpieces!


Each school now has a named senior member of staff
appointed for Child Protection matters. In our school that
person is
Mrs R Mathers (Head Teacher).

Should you wish to talk further about Child Protection and
the safety of children, please feel free to contact the

As a school, we have good contacts with medical officers,
social workers and the police – any or all of whom may
become involved if abuse is suspected.

Please note in the above circumstances parents/carers
need not necessarily be informed.


We are always anxious to maintain and improve the
quality of our pre -school provision. If you have any
suggestions which yo u feel would enhance our teaching
and learning programmes please communicate these to
the nursery team. Similarly if you have a complaint about
any aspect of nursery life, you should in the first instance,
speak to the nursery teacher. If you feel that the
complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved please
contact a
member of the school management team.

Parents are asked to complete a parental questionnaire at
the end of the year, and these will be used to assess our
nursery provision for the followi ng year.

U n d e r t h e S c o t t i s h P u b l i c S e r vi c e s O m b u d s m a n A c t 2 0 0 2 m e m b e r s o f t h e
public have the right to complain to the Public Services Ombudsman
about services that they receive from public bodies, including local

The Ombudsman has the power to investigate complaints against
Aberdeen City Council in relation to maladministration and service

This includes the power to investigate maladministration in the internal
organisation and management of sc hools.

The Ombudsman does not have the power to investigate professional
education matters i.e. the giving of instruction, conduct, curriculum or
discipline in any educational establishment under the management of
 Aberdeen City Council.

The Ombudsman may investigate matters only where there is a claim that
a member of the public has sustained injustice or hardship in
consequence of the maladministration, service failure or other action as

Time Limit
A complaint must be submitted within 12 months after the day in which
the person aggrieved first had notice of the matter complained of, unless
the Ombudsman is satisfied that there are special circumstances which
make it appropriate to consider a complaint outwith that period.

Contacting the Ombudsman

Members of the public may contact the Ombudsman direct. Individuals
may also give written authorisation to a representative to act on their
behalf eg MSP or local councillor.

Complaints should normally be made in writing to:

                           Public Services Ombudsman
                           22 Walker Street
                           EH3 7XX
                           Tel: 0870 011 5378
                           Fax: 0870 011 5379
All information is correct at the time of printing but is liable to change at
any time

This booklet can be made
available on disk or in large
print format for the visually
impaired. Translations into
other languages can also be

Please contact the school
office for further details.


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