Craigneuk Family Learning Centre

Outside view of Craigneuk Nursery Centre

The Family Learning Centre is situated within the Craigneuk area of Wishaw. It is open 52 weeks, closing only for public holidays and in-service days. The normal nursery sessions are from 9.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 4.00pm. There are a limited amount of extended sessions where staff are available from 8.00am for morning sessions and up to 6.00pm for afternoon sessions. The nursery sessions range from two half days to full time.

The centre has 65 children in the morning and 65 in the afternoon. It caters from children from six weeks to five years six months or until the child starts school. All nursery places are allocated in line with North Lanarkshire Council's admissions policy. Places for children under three require an inter agency referral.

We are staffed by a head of centre, a depute head of centre, 10 key workers and three ancillary staff.

The centre encourages links with the local community through our fund raising and activities. We also have keen links with the local primary schools. Visits from the teachers are arranged prior to children going to school. We also have links with primary schools outwith Craigneuk for children who may be attending them.

We aim to work in partnership with parents in developing children's learning. Our contribution lies in developing and broadening the range of children's learning experiences to leave the confident, eager and enthusiastic learners. To achieve this we aim to:

  • provide a safe and stimulating environment in which children can feel happy and secure.
  • encourage the emotional, social, physical, creative and intellectual development of children.
  • promote the welfare of children.
  • encourage positive attitudes to self and others, and develop confidence and self-esteem.
  • create opportunities for play.
  • encourage children to explore, appreciate and respect their environment.
  • provide opportunities to stimulate interest and imagination.
  • extend children's abilities to communicate ideas and feelings in a variety of ways.

We plan for the following five key aspects of children's development and learning:

  • emotional, personal and social development
  • communication and language
  • knowledge and understanding of the world
  • expressive and aesthetic development
  • physical development and movement

Our philosophy is based on equality of opportunity. We are therefore committed to ensuring that the individual needs of the child are met. We support children with communication, physical or emotional difficulties, working closely with parents and other agencies. These include:

  • speech therapist
  • learning support team
  • educational psychologist
  • physiotherapist
  • health visitor
  • social work department

Individual learning programmes are down for children who have specific needs.

Our relationship with parents is important. The day-to-day contact we have with parents allows us to report on activities and receive and pass relevant information. It also allows us to offer informal support and a listening ear! The enrolment and settling in processes are also helpful in ensuring parents feel comfortable and welcomed within the centre. The friendly approach adopted by staff is encouraged to help parents become an active and valued member of the nursery community.

For information on the centre HMIE report visit HMIE website.

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