Category Archives: Nursery Blog

Nursery Routines

We have had a very busy month of learning and practicing nursery routines. By following these routines we can become confident in what we are expected to do and how to achieve this.

We know that we change our shoes and put out our name on the register when we arrive at nursery.


We come together to say good morning, talk about the day/weather and count how many friends have come to nursery today.

After lunch we brush our teeth, putting out name labels away so the teacher knows we are finished.


At snack times we find our place names, wash our hands and choose a healthy snack. When we are finished we wash our dishes.



We have also been doing some gardening, baking and painting with our feet!

Last of all, we would like to say a big thank you to all of the parents who came to our “Sharing the Learning Party”. We hope you enjoyed seeing what we get up to in Nursery and contributing to our World Map project.


Early Years 2018-19 Newsletter 2

We have had a really busy first half term and all the children have now settled into nursery very well. We have more children joining us throughout the term although we do have some spaces left in both classes, if you know someone with a two, three or four year old please encourage them to speak to the school office to chat about places.

This month we will be focusing on our listening skills and following the routines in nursery. The recent change to the weather will mean we begin to see some of the signs of Autumn and use them in our learning. Storm Ali was an exciting start to exploring the weather and the children have been enjoying looking at the wind outside using ribbons.

We will be revisiting our school values ‘Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Helpful, Be Busy and Be Kind’ and making sure we are all sharing these with our families, community and visitors. We will also be asking you to help the children and staff to refresh our nursery vision and aims so please look out for opportunities to support this consultation.

Congratulations to Julie who will take up her new post of Early Years Officer in the Castle Hill Class soon. You will also notice some new staff in nursery in the next few weeks. Nicola McCraw will join us as Early Years Officer in the Calton Hill Class and Asifa Mohammed will join us as an Early Years Assistant, working across both classes. I know you will all join me in making them feel welcome here in our nursery.

Finally, School Parent consultations will take place on Thursday 11th October. For Children in the Calton Hill class there will times available during the week for you to speak about your child’s learning. Please sign up for a time that suits you best.

Thank you again for your continued support,
Mrs Peoples and the Early Years Team

Important Dates:

Monday 17th September: Holiday
Wednesday 26th September: Learning Party – 2.00-3.00pm come along and let us share with you some of your child’s amazing learning!
Tuesday 2nd October: Stay and Play – 9.00 – 9.30am, complete an activity with your child at the start of the nursery session.
Friday 5th October: Uniform Sale 9-9.30am main school
Thursday 11th October: School Parent Consultations                                                                  (Please make an appointment for Early Years Consultations on sign up sheet)

Friday 12th October: School and Nursery close at usual times.
Tuesday 23rd October: School and Nursery reopen at usual times.

New Term, New Friends

Hello everyone, we hope you have all had a lovely Summer. We are very happy to welcome back some of our friends from last year as well lots of new friends to play with. This month we will be mostly focusing on settling back into nursery and exploring  our new natural resources. 

We have been drawing self portraits for our “Selfie” display and making cake pictures for our birthday chart. We have also been baking, making milkshakes and celebrating a couple of children’s birthday. It’s certainly been a busy first week back! 


We are sad to have said goodbye to Ali in Terrific Two’s and Susan in our Preschool Nursery but we are very happy to welcome our new Principal Teacher Helen People’s into the nursery! Please stay for a hot drink on a chat on Thursday morning (23rd) to get to know her. 



Nursery Newsletter August 2018

Welcome back to nursery everyone, we hope you had a safe and happy summer break. A special welcome to the new boys and girls joining both the Carlton Hill and Castle Hill classes. We know everyone will join us welcoming them and helping them to settle in.

This month we will be focusing on learning the routines and following rules as well as developing our independence. Children will be encouraged to select resources that they wish to use and to put them away when they are finished. You may notice more natural resources in the nursery rooms, these have been put out for children to explore and experiment with and we hope they will develop their curiosity and inquiry skills.

Please remember all children need to change their shoes before they come into the playrooms, these should be shoes that are sturdy and that you are happy for them to get messy. Children should keep a change of clothes in a bag on their peg in the cloakroom.

Snack money should be paid through PARENTPAY please speak to a member of staff in nursery or at the school office if you have any difficulty paying this or accessing the system.

Finally, an additional hello from me, Helen Peoples, I have been appointed as the new Principal Teacher here at Royal Mile Primary School and look forward to working with all the families and children as well as the fantastic Early Years Team. I’d like to invite you all to stay behind at drop off time for a hot drink and a catch up on Thursday 23rd August. This is just a chance to get to know me and have an informal chat about your experiences at Nursery so far, please do come along if you can. Mrs Peoples and the Early Years Team Important Dates: Wednesday 15th August: Returning Children start – 9AM, pick up 3.15PM. Thursday 23rd August: Welcome coffee morning – 9-9.30AM, nursery parents’ room. Tuesday 4th September: Stay and Play – 9.00 – 9.45, complete an activity with your child at the start of the nursery session.

Summer Time.

We would like to thank all of the parents who have supported our various trips and events over the last month. It has been a very busy time in the nursery with transition, sports day and of course playing in the sunshine!  


Environment and Health Week

The whole school is having a week looking at health and wellbeing as well as the environment. As part of this Jaynie will be running a PEEP taster session on Tuesday 5th at 2PM for nursery and primary one.


The nursery to primary one transition days for parents and children will take place on Tuesday 5th at 9.15-10.15 and Tuesday 19th at 9.15-10.15. As part of transition we are doing a project on the story “Tiddler” by Julia Donaldson. The project will continue over the summer holidays and into the first few weeks of P1 to help with settling in to their new class.

June Themes

This month we will be learning all about the book “Tiddler”, the sea, Summer time and keeping healthy.

Nursery Graduation

Nursery graduation will take place in the nursery on Friday 29th at 11AM. Parents are invited to join us at 11 for our graduation ceremony.

Garden Art Project

We have been awarded a grant to do art in the garden as part of the Sense of Belongings Art Programme. We are very lucky to have an artist named Poppy coming to make art for our garden on Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th of June. Families are welcome to come and help between 9.00-10.00AM and 3.00-3.30PM on the Tuesday, 3.00-3.30PM on the Wednesday.

Whole School Trip

We are going on a whole school trip to Musselburgh beach on Tuesday 26th. Parents are required to attend. If you are unable to attend please make other arrangements for your child as the nursery will be closed.

Lost Property

Please check the lost property before the end of term. Anything that is not claimed will be donated to charity.

 Dates For Your Diary

4th     June – Health Week – Lots of fun activities to promote Health & Wellbeing

5th June – Primary 1 Transition day – 9.15-10.15 in Primary 1 class. Parents to attend.

5th June – PEEP Taster Session – Nursery and Primary 1. 2-3PM.

6th June – Sports Day – Details TBC. In the event of bad weather, we will postpone.

12th June – Family Learning – Coffee morning in Primary 1.

12th & 13thGarden Art Project.

14th June – Gala Day – Stalls after school.

19th June – Primary 1 Transition day – 9.15-10.15 in P1 class. Parents/guardians to attend.

26th June – Whole School Trip – Musselburgh Beach. Parent/guardian must attend.

29th June – Nursery Graduation – Parents to join us at 11AM in the Nursery.