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Mr Garry Spence

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Whalsay School
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Early Years Setting (Nursery)

When a child reaches the age of 3, they have an entitlement to Early Years Provision. Our facility would be admired and envied by most other authorities in Scotland.

Staff in nursery value the knowledge and experience children gain at home and at other pre-school groups, especially the playgroup with whom we liaise closely.

Our Early Years team consists of a Teacher, an Early Years Worker and and Early Years Assistant who aim to provide a happy and secure environment in which each child can develop. The basis of the Early Years curriculum is the way in which children learn through play.

We offer two nursery sessions per day – morning or afternoon at which a maximum of 15 children may attend at each session, Monday to Friday.

If you have any queries about nursery enrolement or want further information we would welcome a visit from you as we find it is the best way to learn about our provision. Our Nursery Handbook gives more detailed information for parents and is available when you visit.

Feeding the birds

The Nursery pupils have recently been helping to feed the birds, click here to find out more information.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

The Nursery bairns were invited to help the Sec 3 Rural skills group and some Sec 2 pupils with their school tree planting project within the school grounds.  On a very fine day the bairns worked in small groups with the older secondary pupils doing the digging and ground preparation to allow the nursery bairns to plant their small trees.

Included in the selection of trees was a very special tree given to the school by the Woodland Trust to commemorate the Queens Diamond Jubilee

Tree planting tree planting 1

We planted a “Royal Oak” tree. 
We hope that this special tree will grow successfully amongst the other trees planted.



The Nursery got into the spirit of the diamond jubilee by celebrating the occasion with small jubilee themed nursery parties.  Red, white and blue were the colours of the day and the bairns wore their decorated crowns which they had made earlier.

The Nursery had been busy finding out about the Queen and famous places in London, making pictures, flags and baking.

The Nursery also made souvenir jubilee Tea-Towels which were sold in aid of nursery funds.




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