Junior World team up with TerraCycle to help reduce plastic waste from bread bags and crisp packets

The following blog update comes from Jayne Macintosh at Junior World in Nairn: 

Joining up with Terracycle at the end of last year we have been increasing our awareness of recycling and everyone has been participating with the Walkers Crisp Packet Initiative and we have so far collected over 1000 crisp packets.

Last week we were the first registered collection point in the Highlands for “bread bags” a new initiative set up by Hovis. We have joined forces with the local Co-op stores in Nairn, who have agreed to be collection points and we are excited to be organising recycling advisory afternoons at the local Co-op stores in the very near future.

All recycled produce will be sent to TerraCycle where eventually they will be transformed into benches, watering cans etc.

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Junior World’s Zip Wire Challenge

On Saturday 23rd March, 5 staff from Junior World stepped out of their comfort zone and took part in a ‘Zip Wire Challenge’ to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland. Centre Manager Jayne Macintosh was delighted when some of her team agreed to take part in the challenge alongside her and together successfully raised over £500.

Not only is this charity significant to Jayne personally, having lost her Dad two years ago to this crippling disease. Importantly, Junior World’s ongoing commitment to its Intergenerational Projects has further highlighted the challenges faced by individuals and their families coping with Alzheimer’s.

Although a bit chilly, the sun shone all day and a great day was had by all. We would like to thank everyone for their support and contributions. Junior World have raised funds and contributed to 4 charitable organisations this year and welcome any suggestions for future fundraising challenges.

Easter Holidays Out of School Care – Junior World and Drakies

With Easter fast approaching, we would like to draw your attention to the out of school care that two of our settings will be providing. Junior World in Nairn and Drakies OOSC have lots of fun, stimulating activities planned. 

To book a place for your child, download the corresponding booking form below:  

Junior World

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Drakies OOSC

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Croileagan Inbhir Narainn (Nairn Gaelic Playgroup) – Enrolment Information

Enrolment week for childcare places at Croileagan Inbhir Narainn commences Monday 25th February and concludes Friday 1st March 2019. Please see the poster below for more information:

Lochinver ELC hunt for the perfect Christmas tree

The following blog post was submitted by the staff at Lochinver ELC: 


The fun and learning opportunities when you go searching for a Christmas tree are endless.

The children first had to think about where the tree would go and measure the space…. “with what?” Remembering the big number was tricky but it was the same height as Jane’s shoulders. Saws are sharp and dangerous but not our folding saw! Which tree to choose? Children learnt a new word “evergreen” and discovered some had “needles” not leaves. We even made up a new song!

Of course, when we returned, the tree was hung upside down the old traditional way!

Merry Christmas!

Click on the image below to watch a video of Lochinver’s Christmas Tree hunt! 

“Food Matters” – A new resource from the Care Inspectorate (featuring Junior World)

Food Matters is a resource by the Care Inspectorate that highlights examples of good practice from across the ELC sector in relation to food and nutrition. The resource compliments NHS Health Scotland’s ‘Setting the Table‘, the nutritional guidance and food standards for the ELC sector. 

You can view the resource on the Care Inspectorate website by clicking here.

The guidance features case studies from ELC settings across Scotland, including Junior World in Nairn. 

Here’s an excerpt from the guidance, in which Jayne Macintosh, Junior World Manager, talks about their gardening project: 

“Donations of seeds, bulbs and resources for the garden led to them growing produce. Children
delighted in growing their own strawberries and commented that they tasted better than any they had
eaten before. The gardening project expanded to include growing radishes, cucumbers, and tomatoes
as well as herbs and flowers. The children now take extra delight in ensuring that Jayne, the manager,
always has fresh flowers in her office. They also show their parents what they have been doing, taking
real pride in their achievements.”

Have You Seen The Leaf monster? Autumn fun at Lochinver ELC

The abundance of autumn leaves blowing around at this time of year presents many fabulous and fun learning opportunities for children of all ages. Lochinver wanted to share some of their learning, developing their understanding about hibernation, using their imagination and creativity inspired through running around and making discoveries outdoors.

The children at Lochinver ELC have been chased through the woods and around and around the play area by the “leaf monster”!

Then it disappeared and no-one knew where it had gone, but how could people help when we didn’t know what the leaf monster looked like? The children contributed ideas about the monster and then created their own version using recycled and natural materials. The monster hid in the leaves amongst the hibernating hedgehogs! Shhh, do not disturb until spring!

– Amy and Jane, Lochinver ELC

Lochinver ELC and their commitment to helping the environment

The following blog article was submitted by Amy and Jane at Lochinver ELC.


Green Flag Success For Lochinver Early Learning Centre

Lochinver Early Learning Centre has received exciting news from Eco School Scotland. A second green flag has been awarded for all their eco school work over the last 2 years. This involved a lot of community co-operation with surveys and marine litter picks. So they would like to thank everyone and congratulate the now P1’s, P2’s and nursery children for all their hard work in helping to “save the world”!

Here is a quote from their assessment:

“We must commend you on your glitter campaign and the lengths you went to get the message out there. Your young people were so expressive and determined to change glitter usage practice in your authority. Well done in making that change happen. We were also extremely impressed with measuring techniques to raise the profile of your targets for your projects. It emphasises that small changes in our habits can make a remarkable transformation to achieve a sustainable environment.”

“Recycle – Use It Again”

Lochinver Early Learning Centre has 9 children enrolled this session including some younger 2-year-olds. They have already been out and about in the woods and making a lot of use of their outdoor space, despite the rain and wind. In fact, on sunny, dry days the children don’t find the outdoors as interesting and chose to spend more time inside – this bunch will be tough “Highlanders”!

The centre would like to thank Ken Fairchild who has come up trumps again and provided them with two up-cycled new outdoor storage bins and kindly collected an apple tree from Inverness to plant in the old leaky bin – nothing ever gets wasted!

Space Week at Junior World

The children and staff at Junior World in Nairn recently took part in ‘Space Week’, which ran from October 4th to October 10th. During Space Week, the children learnt all about space exploration, planets, Sputnik and other satellites. They also spent time learning about ways to care for the environment. 

The week culminated with the centre teaming up with nearby Millbank Primary School, to create a ‘space selfie’. 

Reay Under 5’s – Fun in the mud!

The following blog article was submitted by Yvonne Morris, Senior Early Years Practitioner at Reay Under 5’s:

We were lucky enough to get another area for the children to use for outdoor learning and play. Our dads recently cleared this area for us, made some new fencing and spread bark chips. We purchased a new Mud Kitchen and new sandpit for the children and now have a super outside area which will support the development of children’s curiosity and exploration.

Wow, what fun they had investigating and exploring. Lots of digging, pouring, filling to further develop their mathematical learning. As well as mixing mud and sand they used their imagination and senses as they made ‘pancakes’ and ‘blueberry pies’. The play has led to further development and fantastic communication as they extend their language skills using descriptive words whilst sharing with staff and peers what they are doing: ‘I am mixing all the ingredients’,’ it is gooey’. The benefits of our new area will be fantastic for the children’s development in so many ways giving them endless opportunities.

Congratulations to Watten ELC for attaining their Eco-Schools Green Flag Award

The following blog article comes from Donna Sinclair and the staff of Watten ELC:


Congratulations to Watten ELC for attaining their Eco-Schools Green Flag Award status.

The feedback from the Eco-Schools Interim Assessment report included “it’s wonderful to see this campaign being carried out in an Early Years context, it is very clear both from the quotes from children and the wonderful photos of children working in the centre groups that Eco-Schools at Watten ELC is very hands-on and child led.  Curricular links outlined in the application and Action Plans are outstanding and well thought out.  An outstanding application for a First Green Flag“. 

Well done to the staff and children for all the hard work put in to achieve this award, a definite inspiration to us all.

Culbokie Fun Club – Children’s News

Laura from Culbokie Fun Club has sent through the latest news from the centre. Have a read to find out what the children have been up to.

Kindness Rocks

The children have also been busy decorating rocks this month. Read about how they got on by downloading this PDF.