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Cathkin Community Nursery Langlea Road Cambuslang G72 8ES
Tel: 0141 643 3484 Email: gw14cathkinnuroffice@glow.sch.uk
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Forest Adventures

Our pre-school children take part in a 4 week ‘Forest Adventure’ programme at some point over the year in a local wooded area.  We have staff trained in taking forward this activity.  This outdoor learning experience offers children a sense of adventure.  It involves inspirational learning experiences, which offer ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in the woodland environment.    Our Forest Adventures allow our children visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis and through play, they have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.  

Children’s Committee

Cathkin Community Nursery has a very child centred approach to learning.  The children are at the core of all that we do.  To ensure they have a sense of ownership we have a ‘Children’s committee’.  The committee take responsibility to share information with friends, parents/carers and relevant visitors from the community as to what they are or would like to learn.  The committee consult with their peers in nursery, asking questions about what they feel to make the nursery better for example choosing new resources to buy.  Our committee develop children’s communication and language skills, confidence and give them a sense of belonging.
 



Massage in Schools

We have a peer massage in schools project which is aimed at our 4 year olds to support their health and wellbeing. The programme has been designed to promote the wellbeing of children in the knowledge that nurturing touch is a basic need.  Touch is fundamental to human health and communication. It is a developmental need that literally grows children’s brains and nervous systems and continues to play a very important role in our lives. Through touch all the other systems of the body are affected in a positive way, enhancing our physical and mental/ emotional health and wellbeing. Only children massage children whilst adults observe and facilitate the routine. The children massage through the clothes on back, arms, shoulders and head. There is an ethos of respect as all children request permission to massage before they begin. Any child who does not wish to take part can say no but should remain in the room to watch the routine and to experience the calming and relaxing effect.  It has been proved that children benefit in this programme by :

  • Being calmer and able to concentrate better
  • Having increased self-esteem and confidence
  • An increase in creativity
  • Having less stress and aggressive behaviour
  • Having an overall increase in emotional health and wellbeing

Massage in Schools Association (misa) leaflet can be seen by clicking the link below

http://misascotland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/leafletA5_misp_17_editable.pdf


Links with Cathkin and Rutherglen High Schools
Mrs McNair, Head Teacher at Cathkin HS, Mrs Allan, Head Teacher at Rutherglen HS and Marie O'Hare, Head of Cathkin Community Nursery meet and work together to support joint activities and events where our very youngest children in the community work with pupils from both schools. We are very proud of the work we do and pupils from both schools attend regularly to support the work of the nursery. A number of pupils have support literacy and reading as well as maths and number work. Music and drama as well as ICT and baking have been very popular with the children.
This has been great for skill building and promoting confidence in the young people who share our campus and we are delighted with the activities and programmes that take place. The nursery children participate in the two schools annual art exhibition in May and is a fantastic way of showcasing the talents of children and pupils and is a great networking activity for staff.
We have also supported a number of pupils working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award and this is a valuable and exciting programme with great results.
Rosa Stevenson, a 6th year pupil from Cathkin high school has been consistent over the course of the year in attending the nursery weeky to give fantastic support to the children’s learning and development. We are so pleased with her effort and commitment and we are awarding her our ‘Friends of Cathkin Community Nursery’ plaque which we have been giving to worthy people who support this nursery for seven years and are thrilled to present it to Rosa this year. Well done Rosa!

 
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