Letham Early Childhood Centre Handbook
Learning for Life
Letham Primary School Aims
I want to learn skills for life and work now and in the future
I am excited by new experiences and challenges
I aim high
I care for myself, others and the world I live in
I respect our differences and strengths
I have a sense of belonging and a part to play in an ever-changing world
I can bounce back from setbacks in learning and life
Being the best I can be, honest and kind, willing to try
Letham Primary School Values
Honesty Cooperation Respect Responsibility Friendliness
Letham Primary School Rules
Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Ready
Welcome to Letham Early Childhood Centre (LECC). Our aim is to provide your child with a happy, nurturing, supportive learning environment. We encourage children to be active learners by being curious, taking responsibility, making choices and developing independence. We have an open door policy and welcome involvement of parents in on-going LECC activities.
As part of the Scottish government expansion of 1140 hours we are undergoing extensive building works. The diggers are here and construction of our new Centre has already begun!! We are planning ahead to prevent as little disruption to children’s routines and learning as possible but there may be small changes along the way. We are very excited to see the new Letham Early Childhood Centre which is due to be completed by August 2020.
Our current times for Session 2019-20
AM: 8.45am -11.57am
PM: 12.03pm - 3.15pm
SfCF: 8.45am - 3.09pm
1140 Hours: 9.00am – 3.00pm
Please inform the ECC if anyone else is collecting your child. Children must be brought to and collected from the ECC by a responsible adult (a person over the age of sixteen).
Please arrive on time to drop off and collect your child. When you accept your child’s placement, you agree to these times as per the contract you sign when accepting the place. If you are late, please go to the school office and a member of staff will come to collect your child at the earliest possible time.
Learning and the Curriculum
Curriculum for Excellence spans learning from 3-18 years. Its aims are to improve our children’s life chances, to nurture successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible citizens, building on Scotland’s reputation for great education.
It develops skills for learning, life and work, bringing real life into the ECC, making learning relevant and helping young people apply lessons to their lives. It links knowledge in one subject area to another, helping make connections in their learning. It develops skills which can enable children to think for themselves, make sound judgments, challenge, enquire and find solutions. Curriculum for Excellence balances the importance of knowledge and skills.
All of the above information allows us to track progress and standards of attainment over time. Children take an active part in assessing their own learning, recording what they have achieved and planning their next steps. Every child has a SeeSaw profile, which is an electronic app tracking their learning through school. We will ask you to sign up to this when your child starts.
Perth and Kinross Council have nine pre-school developmental milestones. We will discuss these with you during your child’s time in LECC. They are:
- Speech and Language: Communicates clearly with adults and peers
- Gross Motor Skills: Has good control of body movements
- Fine Motor Skills: Has good control of fine body movements
- Social Development: Demonstrates age appropriate social development
- Emotional development: Demonstrates age appropriate emotional development
- Behaviour: Demonstrates age appropriate positive behaviour
- Attention: Demonstrates age appropriate attention span
- Hearing: Child is free of Hearing impairment
- Sight: Child is free of Visual impairment
We have a selection of library books, blether boxes and story sacks that children can borrow to enjoy and play together at home. Please sign the sheet in your child’s group folder when you borrow and date on return.
We follow guidance from the Scottish Government; Setting the Table. A snack is provided for the children each day with an emphasis on healthy eating. The snack menu is displayed on our ECC notice board.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT STAFF ARE INFORMED OF ANY FOOD ALLERGIES OR DIETARY REQUIREMENTS.
A compulsory contribution from parents of £1.00 per week to cover snack costs can be paid through Parent Pay. We will give you details how to do this when your child starts.
Each child receives free milk.
All children are invited to take part in the Childsmile Tooth Brushing Programme. This is to supplement tooth brushing at home. All children have their own brushes and clean their teeth once within the session. If you do not wish your child to take part please tell your key member of staff or the ECC teacher.
When dressing your child for LECC please remember that your child should:
- feel comfortable in order to enjoy and take part in ECC activities by wearing suitable clothing and footwear.
- be able to push up his/her sleeves easily in order to wash hands, take part in water, sand and paint play.
- be able to go to the toilet independently (as far as possible).
- Children come to our ECC to play and clothes may get pen, paint or other stains on them. Aprons are always encouraged! Trainers are ideal footwear for all the activities your child will be involved in.
- Welly Boots
- A spare set of clothes (pants, socks, top and trousers) can be kept in a bag on your child’s peg.
- Sun cream labelled with child’s name
- Sun hat
Winter hat and gloves
Please ensure that all items of clothing/footwear are clearly named. Your child will be given their own peg with a name label. Any items found without names will be put in our lost property box which will be given to charity at the end of each term if not claimed.
Dress for Scottish weather! Bring a warm, waterproof jacket/coat suitable for outdoor play and activities.
During warmer weather please ensure that your child is protected from the sun. It will help to protect your child from the sun if you:
- Use suncressn and please apply before your child comes to ECC - SPF 30 or above.
- Choose clothes that protect and keep cool. Ideally clothing made of cotton, with collars to protect the neck, longer sleeves on tops, longer shorts and dresses.
- Provide a hat to be worn outside- with a neck protecting flap, a wide brim or a cap with a front shade.
- If you choose sunglasses please make sure they have UV protection. Children’s eyes are very sensitive to light.
- Please inform us of any change in your child’s health and of any infectious/contagious conditions. If your child has sickness/ diarrhoea they must not come to ECC. They are able to return 48 hours after illness has stopped.
- If your child requires medication please speak to a member of staff. We will support you to complete the relevant forms.
- Following Care Inspectorate guidance we will contact you should your child suffer a bump to the head while at the ECC.
- Change of Address
- Please let us know of any change to your address, telephone number, doctor name, etc.
- Emergency contact
- Should your child become ill or have an accident while at LECC it is most important that we have an address and telephone number of someone other than yourself. In all circumstances we would try to contact you first but another contact is essential should you be unavailable.
- If you have a job, hobby or skill that may be of interest to the children please let us know. The more people who participate in the ECC life, the more varied the children’s experiences will be. You can also support your child’s learning by helping during trips or joining in ‘Stay and Play’ and Bookbug sessions.
Holiday dates can be found on the Perth and Kinross council website.
If your child is going to be absent please let us know before the start of the ECC session. Our number is 01738 477550. Please see our notice board for the most up to date policy, which is also included in this pack for your information. We are always happy to meet to discuss supporting attendance with parents and carers.
Please remember the car park at the front of the school is for staff and visitors only. This area should not be used to drop off or collect children at the start and end of their school day. There is street parking on Struan Road for ECC children and parents. The yellow zig-zag area at the front of the school must be kept clear at all times – this space is required for emergency vehicle access.
If disabled access is required, please speak to a member of staff.
Our Child Protection Officers are Joanna Northcott, Centre Leader and Sally McDougall, Principal ECP. Please see the attached policy and procedures for more information.
Suggestions or Complaints
If you have any suggestions or complaints, we hope you feel you can discuss them with staff or write your ideas on the paper provided and post it in the box in the cloakroom. Your views will be useful in helping us to improve the care provided. We also ask for termly feedback from parents. If, for any reason, you do not wish to discuss your complaint with them, you can contact Mrs Northcott (Centre Leader) or Mrs McDougall (Principal ECP).
If further guidance is required, advice can be sought from the Care Inspectorate:
11 Riverside Drive, Dundee, DD1 4NY
Our website is frequently updated to keep you informed with news, dates and other important information. To ensure you have even easier access to this information we are pleased to launch our mobile app.
The app is free to download so please give it a try!
Letham Early Childhood Centre @LethamECC
Letham Primary School @LethamPSPerth
If you would like any other information, please speak to a member of staff who will happily answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to welcoming you to Letham Early Childhood Centre.