Early Learning and Childcare

  • Mid-Annandale Playcare (M.A.P.) is in partnership with the Education Department of Dumfries & Galloway Council, providing Early Learning and Childcare, for children following their 3rdbirthday. Early Learning and Childcare now replaces Pre-school Education. The term Early Learning and Childcare emphasises the holistic and seamless provision of nurture, care and development of social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills, abilities and wellbeing.

    Children can receive up to 600 hours of funded childcare and this is available over 50 weeks of the year. M.A.P are fully flexible to parent’s needs and funded hours are available from 7.30am – 6.00pm. The staff:child ratio in this room is 1:8.

    Find out more information about Early Learning and Childcare.

  • Settling In

    We do make time for all the children and will do our best to help your child to settle. If your child uses a comforter at home or has a favourite toy, we are quite happy for them to bring it along until they are settled. Every effort will be made to ensure that the settling in period is enjoyable for the parent and the child.

    We encourage new users to have three visits:

    • 1st visit ( 1 hour timescale) return forms 
    • 2nd visit (1 hour timescale) where the child will visit the playroom and the parent/carer can leave.
    • 3rd visit (1 hour timescale) where the child will visit the playroom and the parent/carer can leave.

    The visits are not a requirement but are recommended to facilitate as smooth a transition as possible for all concerned.

    The settling in period is not specific, the parent/carer may attend for as long as it takes for them to be confident that their child is ready to be left. MAP also recognises the parent as the prime carer of their child and will try to maintain continuity of care. In order to achieve this and to ensure that the needs of your child are met we encourage you to give as much information as possible about your child. The key worker will keep you regularly informed of your child’s progress. Good communications will lead to a valuable relationship being created which can only enhance your child’s experience within the facility.

    Meals and Snacks

  • We can provide meals prepared and cooked by Lockerbie Primary School. Parents also have the option of purchasing a hot lunch or providing a packed lunch from home. Should you wish to provide a packed lunch for your child, we ask for your co-operation and suggest that you do not send any chocolate, biscuits or food containing sugar, or drinks which are fizzy and contains sugar (see our packed lunch healthy eating leaflet). Staff will ensure the child’s care plan is followed for allergies and dietary requirements.

    We only provide foods that give children lots of nutrients and are low in sugar or salt, for example bread, cereal (with little or no sugar), fruit, vegetables and milk products. The only drinks offered at snack time are water or full fat milk. When planning our snack menu we will consider the variety offered daily/weekly. Milk and water will be available throughout the day and children will be encouraged to have drinks regularly. For the occasional special event/celebration children may receive other foods e.g. birthday cakes.

  • Environment – MAP is a nut free zone

    Mealtimes will be a quiet, relaxed time. The staff will sit at the table with the children and talk with them. All distractions will be avoided including TV. Children often take longer to eat and can become restless if sitting too long therefore we will ensure mealtimes are relaxed and flexible and children are given time to eat their meal/snack. Staff will involve children in planning the snack menu and preparing the food for snack, setting tables etc. Snack time is flexi style, which means the children come when they are ready. In order to assist with the costs of this we ask for a contribution of 40p if your child is in over a snack time, AM and PM.

    Children are encouraged to develop their independence during snack time take responsibility in their everyday experiences and play. Each session staff encourage children to have the responsibility of snack helper including helping to prepare snack.

    For further information please read our Food and Nutrition Policy

  • Health and Wellbeing

    Outdoor Play
    Mid Annandale Playcare value outdoor play as an intrinsic part of the curriculum. Outdoor play is a necessary part of our daily routine and we always encourage a positive attitude to the outdoors to ensure the children have a knowledge of the world around them. Active learning experiences outdoors are essential for young children. They give children opportunities to practice their developing skills, make them feel good and to explore their world. It is also important for children’s physical, mental and emotional development. We believe that children should begin to take risks and face challenges outdoors.
    The outdoor area will be resourced and available for the children to access on a daily basis. Children will need to have appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather in order to enable them to fully access the activities outside.
    View Outdoor Learning Policy

    Outings
    Outings provide children with a range of learning opportunities that are impossible to offer within the confines of a setting. Outings may represent part our everyday programme or they may be a special event. All children will be given opportunities to go on outings. We go on regular walks around Lockerbie visiting rhyme time, story time and local parks etc. Children will have a chance to learn about the outing beforehand and discuss it afterwards. The visit may fit in with curriculum planning or it could be in response to something initiated by the children.
    View Outings Policy

  • Learning and Development

  • Curriculum for Excellence
    Mid Annandale Playcare recognises the importance of quality care and education for young children. We are committed to providing a stimulating and challenging environment which will develop and broaden children’s learning experiences, leaving them confident, eager, highly motivated an disposed to learn more.
    We believe in a developmentally appropriate curriculum which takes into account the importance of the whole child and the stage of development he or she has reached. We recognise that people learn in a variety of different ways and that for very young children the following opportunities make powerful contributions to a child’s learning:
    • To have first hand experience of a range of different activities and learning situations
    • To play
    • To talk, interact and socialise with other people.

  • The Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3 to 18 years. The curriculum refers to the activities and experiences, planned and unplanned, offered to the children from which they can learn, either formally or informally.

    The curriculum will offer a broad and balanced approach to the learning opportunities necessary to promote and support children’s learning and development.
    We will plan learning and development opportunities using the Curriculum for Excellence (3-18) which sets out to enable all children to become:
    • Successful learners
    • Confident individuals
    • Responsible citizens
    • Effective contributors

    Mid Annandale Playcare recognises the importance of play to children’s all round development and will ensure that a variety and range of play activities and experiences are planned and provided which supports their learning.

    Read our Curriculum & Planning Policy for more information.

  • Personal Learning Plan (P.L.P)
    A P.L.P is an information booklet about your child’s life in nursery and at home. This is a shared document between your child, you and ourselves and we welcome your comments from home on your child’s achievements. The personal learning plan is split in to 4 areas, following the Curriculum for Excellence – Literacy and English, Mathematics and Numeracy, Health and Wellbeing and Other. The personal learning plan reflects the uniqueness of the child and shows evidence of learning and achievements, through observations, children’s comments, photographs and examples of work. It also includes next steps for learning and development which are identified through child centred observations.
    Each child is appointed a key worker who is responsible for liaising with you, monitoring their development and updating their personal profile which includes photographic evidence of their learning.

  • Your child’s keyworker will share your child’s next steps and achievements with you. A list of keyworkers is on the parent/carer notice board in the hallway. Children and their parents or carers are encouraged to contribute to its content along with the staff. The information contained in the file will also be shared with parents or carers formally at individual parent or carer meetings with a member of staff.

  • Transition

    Mid Annandale Playcare recognises that positive transitions are important for children’s personal, social and emotional well-being. We will treat each child as an individual in order that the transition process is flexible and focussed on meeting the needs of children and families. Working closely with families is key to supporting effective transitions. Parents and carers will be involved as fully as possible. Transition will be planned carefully to ensure children have positive experiences and the move from home to nursery and Babycare to Daycare is as smooth as possible.
    Our staff are reliable and responsive to help young children develop a sense of trust and security. Prior to a child starting transition to another provision we will arrange short visits and identify a key worker with whom the child can develop a secure relationship.

    Home – Early Learning and Childcare
    Prior to attending parents are asked to complete a registration form and an ‘All About Me’ form to give MAP prior knowledge of the child before attending. We do make time for all the children and will do our best to help your child to settle. If your child uses a comforter at home or has a favourite toy, we are quite happy for them to bring it along until they are settled. Every effort will be made to ensure that the settling in period is enjoyable for the parent and the child.
    We encourage new users to have three visits prior to the child starting. The visits are not a requirement but are recommended to facilitate as smooth a transition as possible for all concerned.
    The settling in period is not specific, the parent/carer may attend for as long as it takes for them to be confident that their child is ready to be left. MAP also recognises the parent as the prime carer of their child and will try to maintain continuity of care. In order to achieve this and to ensure that the needs of your child are met we encourage you to give as much information as possible about your child.

    Early Learning and Childcare – Primary 1
    Throughout the year we will;
    • visit the school nursery and during which time we will visit in small groups to P1 to take part in activities, including story time etc.
    • Children and staff to attend school events e.g. festive occasions, assemblies, sports day, fund raising events etc.
    • invite P1 teacher to visit the child at Mid Annandale Playcare.
    • take the children in small groups to join in at a playtime with our staff.