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Forest School Session have started!

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IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY...

We are so excited that our Forest Schooling Sessions have started! It's great to be supported by Moffat Community Woodlands and we have been given space to provide outdoor learning for our funded children every Wednesday and Thursday. At the moment we are only open to Wise Owls children, but as the restrictions ease and we feel more comfortable, we will open up the sessions to other children to use their funded hours in a safe, risk-assessed environment. Here is our parent Handbook for our Forest School Sessions:

 This handbook is for parents and carers of children accessing the Forest School sessions with Wise Owls Nursery and Out of School Club (OSC)


Our philosophy

Here at Wise Owls Nursery, we strongly believe that children benefit greatly from having regular opportunities to explore the outdoors, during every Season. There is plenty evidence to support the importance of children spending time in natural outdoor spaces.  Some of which are as follows:


• Physical Health benefits – Increased oxygen levels outside increase brain function. Increased gross motor movement reduces chance of obesity and increases bone density. Sunlight increases vitamin D production. Increased resilience to illness.


• Mental Health benefits – Spending time in green spaces reduces Cortisol (a stress chemical) levels in the brain, therefore has a calming influence. The reduction in Cortisol also increases receptivity for building neural pathways (learning) in the brain.     


 • Social benefits – Research suggests that in natural play areas the leaders tend to be the most intelligent and imaginative, compared to hard-top play areas where the dominant children are those who are the physically strongest. When playing outside communication, team-building and language skills are developed.


• Risk Awareness – Playing outside allows children to learn about risk assessment and taking. Children that are exposed to acceptable levels of risk at a young age are less likely to make bad judgements in the future.


 • Behaviour – Due to the calming effect on the brain and the increase in physical space outside, improved behaviour is often noticed. Research also is looking at ADHD and the outdoors, as ADHD symptoms are not as apparent when children are playing in a natural space


So, in conclusion, we will be out and about as much as possible, with regular outdoors sessions!


Where?

Our special site at the Beech Wood on the path to Gallowhill. Children will always meet at Wise Owls Nursery and OSC and walk up to the site with the Forest School Leader (except under special arrangement.) With the agreement of the Moffat Community Woodlands, we will keep a shed on the site at Grid reference 55.34056, -3.44639 (to be confirmed). In this locked shed we will store tarpaulins to create a shelter, a camping toilet and tent, fire extinguisher (water) buckets, kelly kettle, groundsheets, burns kit and first aid kit, tools and early years resources such as reference books, clay, etc) This allows us to give all our attention to the children when arriving at and returning from the site rather than carrying heavy resources every day. Wise Owls Nursery and OSC is responsible for any damage which occurs to the shed and/or contents.


Who are we?

All our staff have PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) certificates from Disclosure Scotland.


Catherine – Owner/manager of Wise Owls Nursery and Forest School Leader Qualified (October 2020)

Laura – Early Years Practitioner

Volunteer


When?

Forest School Sessions will take place on Wednesday and Thursdays term time only, all year round, in between the hours of 9am (leaving Wise Owls Nursery and OSC) and 3pm (arriving back at Wise Owls Nursery and OSC)  

We will be looking towards running after school sessions on these days from 3.30pm – 5pm for school-aged children (up to the age of 9.)


How many?

There will never be more than 12 children at our pre-school session, with a minimum ratio of 1 adult to 6 children (and an extra adult for the fire.)

There will never be more than 10 children at our after-school session. With a minimum ratio of 1 adult to 10 children (with an additional adult for the fire.)




Exploring the Outdoors Safety Talk Pointers


We will regularly go over our rules with the children, as follows:


1.Discuss the boundary. Stay within the boundary.

2.Take care with sticks. Stick carrying-hold them pointing down (demo) or take your stick for a walk along the ground

3.Dogs - are usually friendly but we don't know what mood they are in so - 'Keep still, keep quiet, keep together'

4. Nettles and brambles - don't go near them

5. keep everything out of your mouth, except food and drink we bring.

6. Try not to put your fingers in your mouth and eyes. Wash our hands before eating.

7. Flicky branches - help your friends with these (demo.)

8. Kneel near water

9. Leave the wild flowers for other people to enjoy.

10. Fire circle: kneel or sit by fire; do not walk into the fire circle, only adults / children over 7 tend to the fire.

11. When you hear us call “1,2,3 come to me” come over straight away.

12. When leaving the woodland area, only go ahead far enough that you can still see the staff/volunteers

13. Ask an adult before you use any tool and follow the tool rules

14. Have fun!



Insurance

The Children Act 2004 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 place a number of legal responsibilities on the Pre School. Wise Owls Nursery and OSC have insurance cover appropriate to its duties under this legislation, including Employer's and Public Liability Responsibility with responsibility resting with Wise Owls Nursery and OSC, but staff will take reasonable care, both for themselves and other people who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work. Our certificate of insurance can be seen if requested. We have especially ensured that our policy covers Forest School Sessions.


Adverse Weather Policy

Whilst we endeavour to take the children out in all weathers, there will be occasions where it is not safe to do so, for example during torrential rain or high winds. We will follow the recommendations by Dumfries & Galloway Virtual Operations Support Team who advise during these circumstances. When this occurs, children will remain at Wise Owls Nursery or for a woodland themed experience. 


Toileting Policy

We will ask the children to use the toilet before leaving the nursery/home. If the children need to go to the toilet in the woodland area, we have a camping toilet and toilet tent. We also have warm running water, using a solar shower and eco-friendly soap to ensure thorough hand-washing. We will dispose of the waste responsibly.



Clothing Policy


To ensure that the children are sufficiently protected from the weather and the forest environment we require children to be wearing appropriate clothing and footwear. Clothing will get muddy, so old home clothes are required.

We require children to have long sleeves and long trousers in both winter and summer. This is particularly important in the summer to protect from tick bites, sun burn, stinging nettles and thorns.



What to wear in Summer:

  • Waterproofs provided for enrolled children by Wise Owls Nursery (or own if fully waterproof – jacket and trousers or all in ones)

  • One pair of comfortable trousers (jogging bottoms or leggings)

  • One t-shirt, light long sleeved t-shirt

  • One fleecy zip up jacket (in a backpack just in case as it is cooler in the woods)

  • One pair of socks

  • Wellies or sturdy closed toe shoes (which you don't mind getting wet and muddy!)

  • A sun hat for sunny days

  • Spare trousers & socks in backpacks (more than one set of each plus underwear if toilet training)

  • We recommend that children arrive at the nursery already wearing an all-day sunscreen.

what to wear in Spring/Autumn

  • Waterproofs/snowsuits provided for enrolled children by Wise Owls Nursery

  • One pair of comfortable trousers (jogging bottoms or leggings)

  • One long sleeved t-shirt or top

  • One thick jumper

  • One fleecy zip up jacket (in the backpack, just in case)

  • Two pairs of socks. On the bottom, one thin cotton sock, and the top, a thick wool or fluffy bed sock

  • Wellies or sturdy closed toe shoes (which you don't mind getting wet and muddy!)

  • Spare trousers & socks in backpacks (more than one set of each plus underwear if toilet training)

What to wear in winter

  • Waterproofs/snowsuits provided for enrolled children by Wise Owls Nursery

  • Base layer - thermals

  • Next bottom layer - fleece or other warm tracksuit bottoms

  • First top layer - long sleeve t-shirt or thin jumper

  • Second top layer - fleece jumper

  • Third top layer - fleece jacket

  • Neck scarf

  • Hat and gloves (plenty of spares to be packed in backpack,)

  • Four pairs of socks. Two pairs to wear (on the bottom, one thin cotton sock, and the top, a thick wool or fluffy bed sock) and two spare pairs to be packed in the backpack

  • Extra Jumpers to be packed in backpack for really cold days

  • Snow boots or sturdy warm outdoor boots


Staff/volunteers will ensure all the children are appropriately dressed before leaving for the woodland area.


Spare Clothes

As we do get wet/muddy please provide your child with a full change of clothes.


Hand Tool Safety Policy

We are committed to providing children with access to a wide range of equipment that stimulates enjoyment, learning and development, both indoors and outdoors.

Using small hand tools is an important part of outdoor education as it enables children to develop new, practical skills that help them develop self-confidence.


To enable safety the following is carried out:


  • Hand tools are to be maintained in good order by the staff/volunteers.

           The staff/volunteers will inspect the tools before each session to ensure

            safety.

  • Children and adults will be taught how to handle tools properly and to treat them with respect.

  • Whilst using hand tools the staff to child ratio is increased depending on the tool in use. The ratios will vary from 1:1 to 1:3.

  • Tools will be kept in the preschool tool tub and only removed by the staff/volunteers.

  • Adult and child sized gloves will be available and are only to be used for the bracing hand. It is not advisable to use any hand tools with gloves on as it detaches the user from the tool.

  • Running with tools is prohibited

  • Pointing with tools is prohibited

  • Children will lose permission to use tools if the guidelines are not followed.

  • Bow saws must have a blade guard on them when not in use. Blade guards to be removed and put back only by staff/volunteers.

  • Wood being sawn must be supported on a saw horse or a natural sawing break hands must be kept away from the blade.

  • Adults and children must be given instruction and demonstration on the appropriate and safe position with which to saw.

  • All tools must be counted back into the tool box at the end of the session


Fire Safety Policy

We must understand the importance of fire safety hazards.


All staff, volunteers and children are to be made aware of the fire safety procedures set out in this policy. Campfires and the use of storm kettles are an important part of Forest Schooling and are used in many sessions. We aim to ensure that all children and adults participating in Forest Schooling sessions with fires and/or storm kettles will do so safely and with as little risk to their health as possible. We follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for fire lighting We would never light a fire after a period of prolonged dry period.

We, along with the Moffat Community Woodland, intend to create a raised fire pit to create greater safety for the children. There will always be one member of staff supervising the fire (over and above the ratio required by the Care Inspectorate for Daycare of children.) 


Location

If we have a fire on the day of the session, The campfire area will be enclosed by logs or large stones to prevent the spread of fire and particular attention paid to the forest floor. If there is lots of resin/ peat it could be a serious fire risk so we will find somewhere new.


Positioning of Children and Adults

If there is a clear wind direction, seating in the line of smoke is to be avoided.

If wind direction is variable, the leader should rearrange the seating if at all possible.


Type of Fire

Criss cross fires are used to provide a large amount of heat and light and are fast burning.

Long Log fires are good for cooking as they are slow burning and require little fuel.


Cooking

If food is to be cooked at ‘Exploring the Outdoors’ sessions, the staff/volunteers are responsible for ensuring that the food has been transported, cooked and stored in a 'safe to eat' manner.


The outdoor education leader has her food hygiene level 2 qualification.


Emergency Action Plan

All staff have been trained in the emergency action plan which can be found in the staff handbook. In the event of an emergency, parents will be contacted using the emergency contact phone number given at registration.


The policies within the Handbook are closely linked to all the policies that Wise Owls Nursery adheres to when at Ivy House.


 If you would like to read our associating policies and procedures, please ask a member of staff.

 

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There are changes afoot!

OPENING THE NURSERY POST-COVID

Dear Parents

We are really looking forward to opening our doors to our regular children on Monday 10th August 2020.

It will have been 20 weeks since we changed from what we knew to what became our new norm.

There were anxieties initially. Two of our members of staff suspected that they had Coronavirus, but who knows, as we weren’t then able to get tested.

But gradually we settled in to what became our lockdown posse. Starting with 6 children, our numbers expanded to 15 at which point we asked Moffat Academy to help us by taking the over 8s. Wise Owls was just not set up for caring for 10 school aged children for 9 hours a day.

Over the holidays, Moffat Academy stood down as a hub and so we opened up for another week and welcomed back our over-eights. Having a strong outdoor focus was invaluable as it felt that much safer when we were all in the fresh air away from other people.

So, we feel we are that bit ahead of other nurseries when it comes to re-opening. We already have had our risk assessments in place and our operational procedures. They have to be tweaked a little for welcoming our regular children back, but we have been living them for 20 weeks.

We were one of only 4 nurseries across the region who stayed open. I am so so proud of the staff who have stepped up to the mark; Amy, Becky, and Fiona. Also, Jane and Imogen Paterson volunteered with us for these weeks without whom we would have been run into the ground!


Here is our Covid-1 Operating Policy, which is important to read fully and the associated risk assessment (which is an optional read!) but in a nutshell, here’s a summary:


So, what’s new?

  • We will not be allowing unnecessary visitors into the building. This includes parents, who will now drop their children off at the door. You know me, if you need to chat about your children, I am always available 7 days a week if you need to catch up about your child’s development.

  • We will be physically distancing ourselves from other adults.

So what can you do as a parent/carer?

Don’t worry! Your child will be fine. We have actually noticed better transitions with those children who have been dropped off at the door.

Message me if you have ANY concerns.

Please help us to maintain 2 metres distance at all times.

Please leave opening  and closing the door to the staff. The doorbell is a touchpoint to consider having hand sanitiser for after – or get the child to ring the doorbell as they will be washing their hands immediately!

All children will wash their hands immediately when they come into nursery

Start getting your child into the habit of washing their hands every time they come from the outdoors in. It’s a good habit to get into plus, then they will be already used to it when they arrive in August.

  • We will be using our 2 doorways for children to come to nursery;Main reception for 3-5s and OSC, then Ivy House door for Owlets and Branchers (under 3s)

If possible, please leave buggies at home or take them with you when you leave. If your child needs theirs at home, please leave it at main reception door and we will bring them in.

Social distancing on drop-off

We’re not putting stickers down because I reckon you’ll know what 2m looks like. Please be patient on arrival and pick up times  and bring a brolly on rainy days!

Update Famly with what time you will be picking up your child, if it is going to differ from the norm as we will (aim to!!) have children ready for pick up.

Only children who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period can attend the nursery.


  • Children who have been given any pain relief will not be permitted to attend the nursery.


  • Children will be routinely sent home if they have a temperature of 38.7 degrees C or above.


Please be vigilant and honest about your child’s symptoms. No “calpolling” them up in the morning to mask a temperature.


contact the NHS on 0800 028 2816 or www.nhsinform.scot to book a test.


Please be patient - Further guidance will be published by the Scottish Government regarding testing for the under-5s closer to the time of re-opening.

  • 4 Nests with a maximum of 8 children in each: will be Owlets, Branchers, Fledglings, OSC

Please explain to your children that they might not be able to play in rooms that they were used to playing in previously.

We have reduced soft furnishings but are not getting rid of them completely. We will risk assess on a week by week basis and keep soft furnishings regularly washed.


  • Toys from home will not be allowed.

Please please stick to this rule – it’s just not allowed! If a comforter is needed for the under-threes, this is allowed, but not encouraged!

Children will now eat in their rooms or outdoors, rather than all together in the dining room.


  • Use of PPE – very occasionally, our staff may wear protective visors when covering for a nest other than their own.

Show children pictures of protective visors. I will also show a video of me wearing one and use one around the babies and toddlers so they become used to me wearing one.

Reduced hours of opening. Our core hours will be 8am – 5.30pm with no change to sessional fees. However if you continue to require care until 6pm we will honour this for our regular children. Care prior to 8am will be charged as per our previous terms and conditions, unless they come within funded hours.

Please let me know if you require care prior to 8am and beyond 5.30pm.


What’s not new?

  • Cuddles! We will not be socially distancing ourselves from the children, although we will do our very best to keep separate from other adults. However Wise Owls is a small building and this is not always  possible. Our aim is to minimise contact with each other, so that we can protect our bubbles.

  • A focus on the Outdoors – we’ve always been a fan of the outdoors, however it has been proven that transmission of Covid-19 is so much less outdoors than in, so make sure your child has plenty of changes of clothes and we will keep a rainsuit/snowsuit exclusively for your child.

  • Going out in the community – whilst we can’t do intergenerational visits indoors, we will be looking at how we can continue to have some contact with our older friends by making use of the outdoors. We won’t be visiting shops or using the play park facilities but we will be using the local areas, fields, river walk etc. 

  • Play dough, mud play, water play – we will be going ahead with all of these but keeping their use to specific nests and not mixing utensils.


So, that’s it in a nutshell (well done for reading this far!)

Remember, we are here for you all. Although Moffat was not badly affected by Covid-19 thanks to the community really adhering to lockdown rules, we know that Covid-19 has not been eradicated and some of your may have had family or friends affected by the virus. Please share with us if you need extra support. Working with parents is essential and shouldn’t have to diminish just because our face-to-face contact has been reduced.

Our best practice coming out of Covid-19 lockdown will be to put the children and their families at the heart of our decision making. We will work closely with both the Care Inspectorate and the Local Authority to act in the best interests of the child.

We will need to update your child’s personal care plan so will be in touch very soon to do that.

We open on Monday 10th August, but please remember that that is two days before the start of term, so if you need care for the Monday and Tuesday and you are usually a term time only placement, please let me know what your needs are.

Thanks so much! We can’t wait to see you all.


Catherine

 

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forest schooling - here we come!

INCREASING OUR OUTDOOR TIME

In preparation for our 1140 funded hours, and thanks to a grant from Dumfries and Galloway Local Authority, I will be starting my Level 3 Forest Schooling Qualification as from next week! In one of those wonderful serendipitous moments of lockdown, not only was the cost of training significantly reduced, but also all classes will be online until we can do the practical outdoor classes, which means I can save the planet (and my valuable time) by not having to travel up to Edinburgh every week. No, I can learn how to tie knots, risk assess, identify trees and plants and learn the pedagogy surrounding Forest Schooling all from the comfort of my sofa in Moffat!

Outdoor education has been hitting the headlines a fair amount these past couple of weeks as a solution to returning to education post-lockdown. In fact, science favours the outdoors so much in reducing the spread of the virus that fully outdoor nurseries can welcome their children from next week. Wonderful news!

We’re not ready to make that step just yet – in fact it will never be our intention to be fully outdoors – we love the cosiness of Ivy House too – however on a Wednesday and Thursday from August, we will be aiming to provide our 3-5s their funded hours out in the beautiful surroundings of Tank Wood from 9am -3pm.

I have always encouraged the staff to get outdoors – somehow children are more calm, time flies quicker and fantastic learning opportunities are available all by learning to embrace the Scottish countryside.

I have been following the #1000hoursoutdoors campaign and I know that Wise Owls children will be up there with their daily average being a little higher than most nurseries. I always planned for our children to track their hours as from 1st June 2020 (so, a little sooner than August) because it is so encouraging to see those hours increase in the Summer months and know you have ‘outdoor hours I the bank’ for when it gets a little more chilly in the Winter!

So, I’ve designed a Wise Owls 1000 hours outdoors tracking poster which you can access here. If you prefer to pick up a printed one from us, just get in touch and I can sort that out for you! There are 1000 leaves on those trees (yes, I have counted to check!) You might like to colour them in with a code, such as yellow for sunny days, green for rainy days, blue for chilly days – it’s totally up to you! But let’s keep track of our hours – it’s not a competition, but a little encouragement will always motivate those of you who weren’t an outdoor family growing up!

Let me know on facebook how you are getting on and we’ll keep a tally when your child is back at Wise Owls – we hope to see everyone again very soon!

Catherine x

 

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COVID-19 Emergency Response

WISE OWLS NURSERY AND OSC MOFFAT'S EMERGENCY HUB

After discussion with Moffat Academy and Dumfries and Galloway Local Authority, Wise Owls Nursery and Out of School Club will be the sole designated HUB for children up to and including P7 for all KEY FRONTLINE WORKERS for Moffat and the surrounding areas.
We are open from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
The LA will fund childcare for all Key Frontline Workers, where there is no other parent that can look after the child.
I would like to thank all our current families for their support in keeping to the self-isolation rules. Thank you too, to the families who have contacted us - many of whom we already know at Wise Owls. We look forward to welcoming them back.
I would also like to thank Moffat Academy for all their communication and support over the weekend and today and for being there as back-up if our staff need to self-isolate in the coming weeks.
But I would like to say the hugest of thank yous to my amazing team of staff all of whom first thing this morning said they would happily continue working to support the children of key workers who are at the frontline of this pandemic. You are quite literally heroes (and you know capes can be provided!)
Any Queries please email me on wiseowlsnurserymoffat@gmail.com

 

FUNDED PLACES NOW AVAILABLE AT WISE OWLS NURSERY!

February 13th 2020

Wise Owls Nursery and Out of School Club has recently celebrated being open for one year and from August 2020 will be offering funded hours, offering greater flexibility and choice of early learning and childcare for parents in Moffat and the surrounding area.

“Wise Owls Nursery has gone from strength to strength since opening in February 2019. Our location in the heart of the community means that we can enjoy experiencing the local shops, woodland, parks and fields. We have enjoyed starting intergenerational projects with the Monday Club at the Town Hall and at Dowding House” says Catherine Jackson, manager and owner of Wise Owls Nursery. “We have also employed 9 local people and have an excellent team who work tirelessly (in all weathers!) to provide a child-led environment.”

Most parents will know that the Scottish Government have increased funded childcare places from 600 hours to 1140 hours from August 2020. Parents of children born between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2018 are being asked to register with their preferred childcare provider on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February 2020. Children can be registered with more than one provider as long as the total number of hours doesn't exceed the child's entitlement.

Currently, children in Moffat are only able to receive their funded hours at the school nursery. For some parents though, this does not offer the flexibility they require if they are to return to work.

The school nursery is also extending their hours by half an hour at the beginning and end of each day, however, some parents who are working, training or studying still may require greater flexibility.  Wise Owls Nursery has responded to the needs of local parents, some of whom commute a distance to work, and now opens at 7.30am. Parents will be able to use their funded hours flexibly over 48 hours.

Catherine, a speech and language therapist has always stressed the importance of early language skills and her team have attended regular training, recently involving speech, language and communication, signalong and risky play in the outdoors.  What they learn in their training becomes quickly embedded in their environment and this is obviously appreciated by the parents who are quick to give it positive reviews such as this one on the Care Inspectorate’s report.

'My child loves going to Wise Owls and loves the people looking after them. My child particularly likes that there are all ages of children - they enjoy playing with the wee ones a lot. We love the homely feel, the garden, outside jaunts - it has such a home from home feel. The staff are brilliant - fun, calm, positive and very approachable. It's an incredible service and Moffat is so lucky to have it'.


At Wise Owls Nursery, the staff believe that their role is to support the child in following their own interests. “We first and foremost believe that children learn when they are relaxed and have a good attachment to staff. At this young age, the environment should be an extension of home. Research has shown that the best skills to develop when preparing a child for school is language development, empathy, curiosity and social interaction. Breakfast isn’t preparation for eating dinner and in the same way, what a 3 year old needs is different from a five year old.”


At Wise Owls, the children choose where their adventures will take them on the day, they visit the local shops to buy their snacks and they help set the table and clear their dishes away after.  They mix with children older and younger than themselves and connect with the older generation too. Community is at the heart of the Wise Owls ethos.


If you would like to visit Wise Owls to register your child for funded early learning and childcare, contact Catherine on wiseowlsnurserymoffat@gmail.com to make an appointment.

WALK MOFFAT

October 2020 Walking weekend in Moffat

Join us at Wise Owls Nursery for some family friendly fun to celebrate the return of Moffat's walking festival. 

We have a number of activities available: 

Friday 2nd October - leave your children (between the ages of 6 months and 10) with us at Wise Owls Nursery whilst you enjoy one of the Moffat walks. Normal fees apply and can be viewed on our website here 

If you would like you like to arrange childcare for your children over the weekend, including babysitting in the evening, please contact us for more details (all staff are paediatric first aid trained, Police checked and very experienced with children)

Saturday 3rd October - join us for a family friendly walk and nature treasure hunt, starting at Wise Owls on the High Street and heading down to the river path and then back to Wise Owls for a snack. Buggy friendly. 9.30am - 11am. Suggested age of children 0-8 years old. 

Saturday 3rd October - 1.30pm - 3.30pm For children aged 8 years and above. Join the Wise Owls team for a couple of hours of geocaching around Gallowhill. 

Sunday 4th October - 1.30pm - 3.30pm For children aged 5 years and above - Join the Wise Owls team for some den-building up on Gallow Hill. 

WISE OWLS NURSERY AND OSC MOFFAT'S EMERGENCY HUB

March 24 2020

After discussion with Moffat Academy and Dumfries and Galloway Local Authority, Wise Owls Nursery and Out of School Club will be the sole designated HUB for children up to and including P7 for all KEY FRONTLINE WORKERS for Moffat and the surrounding areas.
We are open from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
The LA will fund childcare for all Key Frontline Workers, where there is no other parent that can look after the child.
I would like to thank all our current families for their support in keeping to the self-isolation rules. Thank you too, to the families who have contacted us - many of whom we already know at Wise Owls. We look forward to welcoming them back.
I would also like to thank Moffat Academy for all their communication and support over the weekend and today and for being there as back-up if our staff need to self-isolate in the coming weeks.
But I would like to say the hugest of thank yous to my amazing team of staff all of whom first thing this morning said they would happily continue working to support the children of key workers who are at the frontline of this pandemic. You are quite literally heroes (and you know capes can be provided!)
Any Queries please email me on wiseowlsnurserymoffat@gmail.com and we will get back to you ASAP.

 

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OUR AUTUMN 2019  PROGRAMME IS OUT!!

06/09/19

A  S M O R G A S B O R D  O F  A C T I V I T I E S  F O R  A U T U M N!


I N T E R G E N E R A T I O N A L P R O J E C T
On Mondays we visit our older friends. Book in your under 3s for a morning session for £10 10.30am-12.30


E R I N ' S M U S I C E X P L O R E R S
Tuesdays 9.30-10.30am £5 per family, commencing 10th September 2019. For 3s and under.


S U N S H I N E  &  S H O W E R S  S T A Y  &  P L A Y  F O R  T H E  3  A N D U N D E R S
Enjoy our stay and play with a difference! Join us at Kayantics
site (with shelter!) £3 for 1 child, £5 per family Thursdays 10.30am-11.45am


L E G O  T U E S D A Y
We will protect their models to give your child a chance to build on
them from week to week. Wise Owls 3.45-4.45pm £25 for a block of 5 sessions, Flexible start.


W O O D W O R K  W E D N E S D A Y
Get creative with the hammers and saws; each block will work on a project. £35 for a block of 5 sessions 4pm-5.15pm. Commence 11th September


B U S H C R A F T  F O R  A L L  A G E S
Thursdays 3.45pm-5pm for P1-P7 £35 for a block of 5 sessions


Thursdays 1.30-2.30pm for 3-5 year olds £25 for block of 5 sessions commencing 5th September


M A K E  Y O U R  O W N  M E A L  M O N D A Y
3rd Monday of the month £15 3pm-6pm, includes pick up from
school and ingredients for meal.


F U N  C L U B  F R I D A Y
Good old-fashioned board games and retro (yes!) wii games.
4pm-5pm £25 for a block of 5 sessions or separate sessions available.
Contact wiseowlsnurserymoffat@gmail.com to book a place


First come first served basis


Children who already attend Wise Owls will automatically be enrolled in these activities for free unless they specify otherwise


Other services available:
Granny sick? Ad hoc childcare for all ages up to P7. Just get in
touch, even in an emergency!
Limited spaces in our under-two room.
Spaces available in our 2-3 room.


Disappointed with your afternoon School Nursery session?
Wanted mornings instead? Extend your child's day and free up some more time for you by dropping them off at Wise Owls at a time that is convenient for you and let us take them to Moffat
Academy for you! Prices vary.


Free first aid courses for parents - contact us to be placed on the waiting list for the next course


Last Friday of the month, why not meet your friends locally and
make use of our childcare service 1-4pm £15 for peace-of-mind
and actually finish your coffee!


Don't forget free 30 minute session when you book for a smear at the local GP surgery.


Childcare gift vouchers available for friends and family - leave this flier around for grandparents to see!!


All staff are trained to a high level in speech, language and communication with a speech and language therapist on site.

 

READ OUR CARE INSPECTION REPORT

31/08/19

We were inspected during the Summer Holidays at the end of July - remember, that one REALLY hot day of the Summer - yes, that day!
Our deputy was on holiday and I was going to a funeral so we asked our previous deputy to stand in as senior manager and we had our two youngest members of staff, one of whom had been in the post for 3 weeks!
Of course, when I received a message that the Care Inspectorate had arrived, I turned around and came right back. 
There was one area where I put my hand up and admit, I had no idea that I couldn't include Will, our outdoor

 

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OUR SUMMER PROGRAMME IS OUT!!

23 June 2019

Have we got an exciting Summer ahead for your children?!

We have two weeks of Bushcraft type activities in conjunction with Will at Kayantics as follows:

Tues 16th July - Bushcraft Gallowhill Adventures
9am-1pm Aged 4-7 years
1pm-5pm Aged 8 years and over
Wed 17th July - Gallowhill Treasure Hunt
9am-1pm Aged 4-7 years
1pm-5pm Aged 8 years and over
Thurs 18th July - Wood-fired Pizza making
9am-1pm Aged 4-7 years
1pm - 5pm Aged 8 years and over
Frid 19th July - Kayantics Krafty Kapers
9am-1pm Aged 4-7 years
1pm- 5pm Aged 8 years and over

Dates to be confirmed for

Raft Building for children just left P6
and over 1pm-5pm
 Hartfell Hill Hike - all day 9am-5pm
Aged 6 years and over

Wed 24 July - Den Building at Kayantics
9am-1pm Aged 4-7 years
1pm-5pm Aged 8 years and over
Thurs 25 July - Wood-fired Pizza making
9am-1pm Aged 4-7 years
1pm - 5pm Aged 8 years and over

£16.50 FOR HALF DAY (9-1PM OR 1PM-5PM)
£26 FOR FULL DAY FOR OLDER CHILDREN ONLY
IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO HELP YOUNGER ONES
(9-5PM) BRING PACKED LUNCH.
email wiseowlsnurserymoffat@gmail.com to
book

 

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WE'RE RECRUITING!

26 May 2018

Wise Owls Nursery Moffat are recruiting!

We are currently looking for experienced staff to help to develop the nursery into an exceptional childcare and early years learning centre, focusing on natural play and outdoor learning. This is an exciting opportunity to enhance your career and to take on the unique challenge of being involved in a brand new nursery from the very beginning.

Deputy Manager We are looking for someone who has strong leadership skills and experience, and who is able to support the manager and team to ensure that the nursery operates to the highest standards. Full time position or job share considered (40 hours p/w). PVG and SSSC Registration essential. Must have a relevant childcare qualification and be prepared to work towards a BA in Childhood Practice. Please see the Job Description and Person Specification on our website for more details.

Qualified Nursery Practitioners We are also looking for experienced staff who are interested in career progression and in developing their skills within the context of a child-led environment, with a focus on natural play and outdoor learning. Full and part time positions available (20-40 hours p/w). PVG and SSSC Registration essential. Must have a relevant childcare qualification (e.g. SVQ3; HNC). Please see the Job Description and Person Specification on our website for more details.

For all posts, we pride ourselves on employee care and career development, and as such we offer great benefits:

• Competitive salary
• 28 days annual holiday entitlement (pro rata)
• Staff discount for childcare at Wise Owls Nursery Moffat
• Great career progression
• Regular supervisions
• Continuous in-house and external training opportunities
• Specialist training in Speech, Language and Communication development


Email wiseowlsnurserymoffat@gmail.com to be sent an Application Pack. Closing date for all applications is Thursday 7th June 2018.

 

Ivy House, 65-67 High Street Moffat United Kingdom DG10 9HG

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