Dunbeth Family Learning Centre

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Dunbeth family learning centre has been part of the Coatbridge Community since 1997.  In 2011 we moved into our new premises, a stand-alone purpose build centre in Coats Street which serves central Coatbridge and the surrounding area.  

Dunbeth family learning centre - outside view

Our building is light and airy and our facilities are well used by multi-agency teams within the community including Community Learning & Development, Public Health Team, Educational Psychologist and Social Work.  Our evolving secure outdoor space leads directly off the playrooms and is easily accessed and well used on a daily basis by all age groups.  

Dunbeth family learning centre - garden view

The Centre is open 50 weeks of the year closing only for Public Holidays and In Service Training Days (Christmas closure at present however, this may change).  The centre is open 8.30am-4.30pm with core hours being 8.40am-11.50am and 1pm-4.10pm.  We offer flexibility and wrap around care to meet the needs and demands of individual children and families.

Our staff team consists of a Head of Centre, Depute Head of Centre, Early Learning Lead Practitioner, Early Learning Practitioners, Clerical Assistants and Janitorial/Cleaning staff.  All staff supporting children have been trained in accordance with National Guidance and are registered with SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council).  Staff have access to a range of ongoing training opportunities.

We are registered to accommodate 61 children in line with North Lanarkshire Council's Admissions Policy; 40 x 3-5 year olds in our Orchid Room, 15 x 2-3 year olds in our Tulip Room and 6 birth-2year olds in our Poppy Room.  Children under the age of 3 years require to be supported by an inter-agency referral submitted by an Agency or department involved with the child or family.  Places in this age range are allocated through a panel which sits every 3 months and includes Shawhead Family Learning Centre and Richard Stewart Family Learning Centre.  In order to apply for a place in Dunbeth Family Learning Centre a form must be completed and returned to your first choice nursery with a copy of your child's birth certificate and proof of address (e.g. Council Tax Notification).  We also offer 2 year old places to parents meeting benefits criteria.

We strive to create a culture and community of learning through our family centred practice and intervention.  Dunbeth Family Learning Centre places great emphasis on learning in a fun, safe, secure and caring environment where children's identity and individuality is acknowledged. We aim to raise the 'achievements' of the whole child.   Our children are encouraged to be independent and active learners and participate in a wide range of learning opportunities both indoors and out.  A curriculum can be described as everything a young child experiences around them.  Staff planning supports the provision of exciting opportunities to build skills and sustain engagement.  Staff in the Orchid Room work in accordance with the guidelines of Education Scotland's 'Curriculum for Excellence' to challenge and motivate children through a broad and balanced curriculum enabling them to reach their full potential.   In the Tulip and Poppy Rooms staff work and plan with North Lanarkshire Councils guidelines of 'Effective, Early Development and Learning' documentation.  All staff use 'Building the Ambition' guidance to support planning, observation and assessment.  Staff have day to day contact with parents through our Keyworker system.  Individual plans for children are in place and for those children with specific needs support plans are developed in collaboration with agencies.

Transition and its success is vital to learning.  The process of moving from home to nursery, room to room and then off to school all present huge challenges for parents and children.  We understand and make efforts to make these moves seamless and beneficial.  Dunbeth Family Learning Centre has established good relationships and transition programmes with our local feeder schools which supports the transition of your child to Primary 1.  Visits from teachers to the nursery and children's visits to school help to familiarise children with their new learning environment.

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