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Section Two: General Information

Names and job titles of our staff members:

Head Teacher:    Miss M Ogilvie

Staff:                              Job Title:

Mrs L Cassidy                          Depute Head

Mrs G Hilditch                          Teacher

Miss K Stewart                         Senior Early Years Officer

Miss C Botley                            Early Years Officer

Miss J Jones/Mrs L Bissett   Early Years Officer

Miss L Cowan                            Peripatetic Early Years Officer 


Address:               Deanburn Nursery Class

                                    Deanburn Primary School

                                    Hazeldean Avenue

                                    Bo’ness        EH51 0NS

Telephone Number:        01506 778320 (School Number)

Hours of opening:

Monday – Friday     8.45 – 11.55a.m. and 12.30 – 3.40p.m.

Children should arrive at between 8.45 and 9.00a.m. and at 12.30p.m.

Similarly, collection time is between 11.45a.m. and 11.55a.m and

3.15p.m and 3.40p.m.

Daily sessions:

Children are allocated 5 sessions in the morning or the afternoon.

Wherever possible we try to accommodate parents’ preference of morning or afternoon session.

Length of year including details of holidays:

The Nursery is open during school term times.

Holiday List 2014/2015

2014 dates



Summer holiday

Return to school 20 August 2014

September weekend

8 September 2014

In-service day

18 September 2014

In-service day

19 September 2014

October week

13 October 2014 - 17 October 2014

Christmas and New Year

22 December 2014 - 2 January 2015
Return to school 5 January 2015

2015 dates



In-service day

12 February 2015

Term time public holiday

13 February 2015, 16 February 2015

Easter holiday

3 April 2015 - 17 April 2015

In-service day

1 May 2015

Term time public holiday

4 May 2015

Summer holiday

29 June 2015 - 17 August 2015
Return to school 19 August 2015

Admissions Policy:

All Nursery places are allocated in line with Falkirk’s admissions policy and the nursery staff will be happy to advise you how this policy operates when you apply for a place for your child.

Age range of children in the establishment:

The Nursery caters for children from age 3 until school age.

Numbers of children at each daily session and patterns of attendance:

Thirty children attend in the morning and thirty in the afternoon.

Children are allocated five sessions in the morning or the afternoon.

Suitable clothing:

Children have the best fun when they are doing messy work. We will always try to make sure they wear aprons but accidents happen so please dress your child in suitable clothes. Please, also make sure that your child has suitable outdoor clothing in case outdoor play or a trip is planned.

A change of footwear is required for wearing in the Nursery. This should be rubber soled (e.g. gym shoes).  If possible, a spare pair of wellington boots are also useful.

Please note due to safety regulations the wearing of jewellery is not permitted in nursery.

Enrolment Procedures:

When a child is allocated a place a pre-entrant visit will be arranged. An enrolment form and outing consent form will be completed at this time.


Children allocated places are expected to attend each day unless through illness or other unforeseen emergency. If any parents have problems in getting their child to nursery on a regular basis they should discuss this with the nursery staff. If a child has continual poor attendance, without good reason, then they may be in danger of losing their place, which will then be allocated to a child on the waiting list.

Arrival and collection of children:

It is expected that a responsible adult over the age of sixteen will bring a child to and from the nursery.

In the interest of your child’s safety you should make a point of telling the head of establishment if he or she is to be collected by someone not known to the head of establishment or staff members. This avoids difficult situations when a child cannot be allowed to leave with an adult who is a stranger to the staff.


Sometimes children like to bring something special or new to nursery for their friends to see. However, parents should ensure that valuable items are not left at nursery, particularly as the authority has no insurance to cover the loss of such personal items. Claims submitted are likely to be met only where the authority can be shown to have been negligent.

Excursions and consent forms:

When outings or excursions for children are planned, the head of establishment or a member of staff will advise you in advance. You will be asked to complete consent forms which give your permission for your child’s participation. Please note that children cannot take part in outings unless completed consent forms have been submitted by their parent/guardian.


Transport is not normally provided for children attending pre-five establishments. The Council may, however, provide transport to and fromnursery for children with special needs who may require to travel some distance to take up their placement. A few establishments have their own transport but this is exceptional and generally parents should make their own travel arrangements.   

Emergency closure arrangements:

The nursery will be opened on the times already outlined, but on some occasions circumstances arise which mean the nursery has to close.

Establishments may be affected by, for example, severe weather, transport problems, power failures or difficulties with fuel supplies. If this happens, we will do all we can to let you know about details of closure and re-opening.

We may keep in touch be telephone, notices in local shops and community centres, announcements in local churches, in the press and on local radio.

Emergency contacts:

Parents whose children are in the nursery are asked to provide the establishment with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two contact persons for use in case of an emergency. These emergency contacts must be local and should be on the telephone.

You are also asked to keep the nursery up-to-date with any changes in the information.

Snacks and the promotion of healthy eating:

A varied nutritional snack is provided each day to encourage healthy eating choices. Parents are asked to contribute £2.00 per week to help fund this.

Any parent whose child has special dietary needs should inform the Nursery Staff.

No smoking policy:

Please note that this is a non-smoking establishment.