A security key pad entry system is at the entrance to ensure access by authorised persons only. We require notification of who is authorised to collect your child from nursery.  Under no circumstances will a child be allowed to leave the premises unless it is with a previously identified, authorised person who know your child’s password.

Introductory Sessions

Before your child begins full days or sessions at nursery we would recommend that you and your child visit on several occasions for short introductory sessions.  You are encouraged to stay with your child until he or she settles after which time we would suggest that you leave for short periods until both you and your child are relaxed and comfortable in the nursery setting.  No charge is made for the introductory sessions.

Children learn very quickly that nursery is a fun, friendly place to be therefore the settling-in period is rarely as difficult as you might imagine it to be.

Daily Updates

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When your child is in nursery you will receive a daily update on our learning journal detailing your child’s eating and sleeping patterns, fluid intake, toileting progress and information about the activities your child has participated in that day.  The nursery staff will, of course discuss your child’s day with you, however the learning journals are a useful reference when at home.  Staff will upload pictures here too and we encourage parents to share achievements from home with us through your child’s online journal.

Sleep Times

Your child can use a cot, rocking chair or a small bed for their sleep times.  Each child has their own bed linen and are calmly settled for their sleep by the nursery staff.  Children are monitored by the staff throughout their sleep time.

Care Plans

Each child in the nursery,  will receive three monthly care plans from your child’s key worker.  This sets out what your child has been working on while at nursery and what they will move onto.  The staff will have some targets to work towards and these are discussed with parents.  Staff value parents contributions to these care plans.

Activity Planning

The nursery staff plan activities in advance in the Pre-school Room to cover all 5 areas of the Curriculum Framework which ensures each child receives a broad, balanced range of activities.  These plans are flexible and respond to your child’s individual interests and developmental stage.

Planning for children under 3 years old is less structured and responsive to each child’s needs and abilities.

Tooth Brushing

All children brush their teeth on a daily basis after snack and/or lunch.  Your child will be provided with their own toothbrush and toothpaste.  Please let the Manager know in writing if you would prefer your child did not brush their teeth while in nursery.


For the health and well being of all children attending nursery, your child should not come to nursery if they are suffering from an infectious illness.

If your child suffers from a non-infectious illness or an allergy we will endeavour to accommodate any special requirements they may have.


Parental permission is required for all medication to be administered.  Staff will ask parents to complete a medicine form on the day the medicine has to be administered.  Long term medications can also be administered.

Promoting Positive Behaviour

Positive behaviour is promoted through praise and encouragement from the nursery staff.  Children receive little attention for negative behaviour, therefore they quickly realise that the positive behaviour will be rewarded.

Our staff will keep you fully informed if your child requires support in this area at any time.  If a pattern of behaviour causing more concern develops, we will discuss this with you and agree steps to move forward in the best interests of your child .

Additional Needs

If your child requires extra support for any reason, either on a temporary or permanent basis, we will make every effort to provide this support.  The nursery staff are experienced at working closely with parents and other professionals such as Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists to help your child reach their full potential.

What do I Bring?

Depending on our child’s age and stage of development you will need to provide:  formula or breast milk, nappies, soft indoor shoes, suitable outdoor clothing and a change of clothes.  If your child has a comfort toy, blanket or a dummy you should also bring these to nursery.

Clothing and Personal Property

Your child will be involved in messy activities at nursery and although the staff will encourage them to wear aprons whenever possible, we would advise that your child does not wear ‘good’ clothes to nursery as accidents can happen. It is helpful if you mark all your child’s belongings with their name as it can be difficult for our nursery staff to locate unnamed items.

We would also recommend that your child does not bring toys from home as they do become upset if items become mislaid or broken.  Favourite books and comfort toys are of course always welcome.

South Ayrshire Council Education Department

Alphabet Yard works in partnership with South Ayrshire Council Education Department to provide the pre-school curriculum for children aged 3 to 5 years.  Our Early Years Development Teacher visits the nursery regularly to offer support to the nursery staff and children.

The nursery conducts a thorough on-going self evaluation audit including parent’s, staff and children’s questionnaires.  A development plan is then sent to the Education Department annually detailing the audit and the action plans for the coming year.

Transition to Primary 1

Our nursery staff are aware of the important step a child takes when beginning Primary School therefore we ensure that each child is supported in this transition.

A developmental report is completed by our staff for your child’s Primary 1 teacher.  You will be given a copy of the report to read and comment on prior to your child’s school receiving it.

Our staff will support children and parents where possible in their transition to Primary 1.

Parents Events

Parents Events are held throughout the year for all children in the nursery.  Although the nursery staff are available on a daily basis, this gives you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress in a relaxed atmosphere on an individual basis. This is done through charity events, stay and play, coffee mornings/evenings, open evenings etc.

Nativity Play

Each Christmas the children in the Bumblebee Room will perform a Carol Concert for their families.  Christmas is always an exciting time for children and they enjoy the opportunity to perform all their Christmas songson stahe in the Town Hall.


A graduation party  is held each summer for all the children moving on to Primary School. This is a very proud day for everyone, although it can be emotional.