Rothiemay and District Playgroup Visit Balhousie Care Home

The following blog article was submitted by Laura and Rosie from Rothiemay and District Playgroup:


In December we received a phone call from the Balhousie care home in Huntly asking if we would like to go and sing some Christmas songs for their residents. Unfortunately we weren’t able to go in December but we arranged a visit in January to sing some Scottish songs and do some Scottish dancing for Robert Burns’ day instead.

Download the full report by clicking here [MS Word].

Rothiemay and District Playgroup Participate in Eco-Schools

The following blog article was submitted by Laura and Rosie from Rothiemay and District Playgroup:


We have been participating in eco-schools for a couple of years now and are delighted to say that after receiving our Bronze Award we have now received our silver award in November 2016.

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Rothiemay and District Playgroup – Forest Skills Blog Update

The following blog article was written by Laura and Rosie at Rothiemay Playgroup:


Since our first blog about our forest skills sessions at Rothiemay Playgroup we have been very busy. Our first group of children headed off to school in August and we have introduced the fun of the forest to a new group who love to explore and are growing more in confidence with every visit.

We have been very busy investigating different areas of the forest and finding different things to do. Here are some of the things we’ve been getting up to…

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Rothiemay and District Playgroup – ‘SHANARRI’ Bear

The following blog post was submitted by Jackie Stewart, CALA Childhood Practice Manager:


The children at Rothiemay found a visitor in their garden and have used this as an opportunity to learn about SHANARRI – we hope you enjoy seeing what has been happening.

Read more about the children of Rothiemay and their newfound friend by downloading this report [MS Word].

Meet Bruce



As soon as we found out for sure Bruce was coming to daycare (plane tickets bought, passport ready, and eucalyptus leaves cleared by customs) we let our parents and children know.


The poster says: “Bruce the Koala has come all the way from the Outback of Australia to make new friends, who will look after him and show him what the boys and girls in daycare like to do. He likes to eat eucalyptus leaves and he needs 20 hours of sleep a day, so Bruce will need to hear your favourite bedtime story to help him get to sleep! If you could use the camera to take photos, then draw pictures of Bruce’s adventures and get a grown-up to write about them in the book and his bedtime story on the speech bubble provided and return him the next time you are in Daycare.”

Contents of Bag

  • Bruce The Koala
  • Camera
  • Bruce’s Adventure Book
  • Speech Bubble (for writing down story)
  • Instructions leaflet


Where Bruce has been so far (thank you to the parents for writing these stories in the book they return with Bruce)


What the parent said: “Bruce is a great idea to make learning fun, increasing interests and enthusiasm while still gaining knowledge.” 


What the parent said: “I thought having Bruce for the night was a brilliant idea. I enjoyed it as much as L. It was great fun taking pictures and thinking of games to play. Seeing L happy made me feel even happier.



What the parent said:  I think it is a great thing to do. It gives the children knowledge of an animal they wouldn’t normally comes across and gives them responsibility. 



Bruce will be going on plenty more adventures! If any other club would like to meet Bruce, contact daycare in Junior World and he may just pay you a visit…

Now for the science bit

How Bruce is helping daycare through Building the Ambition…



Many thanks to Alison Morrison Smith for sending through this blog post about Bruce’s adventures.

Rothiemay & District Playgroup love outdoor play!

Rothiemay & District Playgroup’s Muddy Kitchen