What an exciting visit to the castle pond today. Amos had called to say it was Toad City up there so we just had to rush up to see what he was talking about. We were thrilled to see so many toads and even an occasional frog. We learned so much about toads : male toads are much smaller than the females, toads come back to mate in the same place every year (dont like to think how many toads will be in the pond next year!!!), toad spawn is fertilised after it is laid and toads are rough and lumpy but frogs are smooth and much more slippery.
Cambusbarron Gala Day 2021 will need be different because of COVID restrictions. We hope however that our community will still be able to come a little closer together, at least in spirit, as we all celebrate the day. While the Gala committee is working hard to make Gala day a success for our children, the children and staff at Cambusbarron Village Nursery are focussing on the older population! To make sure this section of the community can join in the celebration CVN would like to deliver a Gala Afternoon Tea to all the elderly and vulnerable residents of Cambusbarron. We need your help to identify these people. So, if you know of someone who would appreciate this gift please provide their details here or email us at Jane@CambusbarronVillageNursery.com for more information.
We spent this morning in Gillies Hill Community Woodland tapping birch trees and harvesting birch sap with Amos. This was a fantastic opportunity for our children to learn about the changes spring brings to the woods and also to understand more about different types of trees and how to identify birch trees by their distinctive silvery white bark. Amos showed us how he drilled a small hole in the tree to let the sap come out and we watched as it started to drip. The children were so excited that they wanted to try catching the sap on their tongues and told us it tasted amazing!
We learned that birch trees are better at producing sap than most other trees as we tried tapping a willow tree and found that it didnt drip at all. We tied milk cartons to the birch trees to catch the sap and when we checked later it was nearly half full.
Thanks for a great day Amos 😊
You can now use our QR code to make payments to Cambusbarron Village Nursery.
We are delighted to say that soup is back on our lunch menu! See here for the current lunch menu.
The deadline for families to apply for the Best Start Grant School Age Payment is 28 February 2021. This one-off £250 payment is currently open to eligible families with a child born between 1 March 2015 and 29 February 2016. It can be used for anything from a warm coat to books and toys.
See Best Start for more details.
You may be aware that the First Minister has now confirmed that early years services will be able to reopen for all children from Monday Monday February 22nd. Following a meeting with Stirling Council this morning I am happy to confirm that Cambusbarron Village Nursery will therefore re-open on Monday in line with these plans.
Please be aware that we remain under strict guidance which aims to minimise the risk of infection spread and that our additional hygiene measures and precautions will remain in place. In particular please ensure that:
- you do not come to nursery if you or anyone in your household is unwell or has any symptoms of COVID
- only one adult comes to drop off or collect a child
- face coverings are worn when inside the Community Centre
- you sign in and out using our Test and Protect code 9905
- you maintain physical distancing
We look forward to seeing you next week.