Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Countdown - Kenny Smith

A Cam­bus­lang nurs­ery is gear­ing up for its fi­nal events, af­ter decades of look­ing af­ter chil­dren in the area.

The Re­former re­vealed last De­cem­ber that the Greenlees Nurs­ery, which meets in St Cuth­bert’s Church and has been run­ning since 1969, will fi­nally close at the end of the cur­rent aca­demic year.

A change in leg­is­la­tion, and staff want­ing to re­tire, means a lit­tle bit of lo­cal his­tory will come to an end.

One par­ent told the Re­former: “Teach­ers are want­ing to re­tire and changes to leg­is­la­tion are mak­ing the nurs­ery more dif­fi­cult to run.

“Teach­ers who have been do­ing it for over 15 years are be­ing told they now need a qual­i­fi­ca­tion to con­tinue. So all the teach­ers have de­cided to call it quits as it’s too dif­fi­cult to con­tinue.”

Their first event will be a farewell open day, run­ning on Wed­nes­day, May 13, from 3.30-8pm.

This is aimed at all the par­ents and kids who have at­tended Greenlees Nurs­ery over the years. It is chance to look at old ‘work’ and pho­tos and meet with the teach­ers.

Then they will mark the end of an era with a farewell party on Fri­day, May 29, at 7.30pm at Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club.

Again, this is aimed at all the par­ents of chil­dren who have at­tended Greenlees Nurs­ery over the years. The kids’ work will be there to view and also old pho­to­graphs, etc, will be on show.

A spokesman said: “Please join us to sare farewell to decades of Greenlees Nurs­ery. There will be bub­bles, bits and a disco.”

Tick­ets are £5, and for de­tails call 0779 250 5549 or email jachutchi­son@gmail. com.

The nurs­ery is highly re­garded, and ear­lier this year was given an out­stand­ing re­port by ed­u­ca­tion in­spec­torate HMIe Scot­land last year.

It praised chil­dren who are

fully en­gaged, en­thu­si­as­tic and ex­cited about their learn­ing, highly mo­ti­vated and skilled staff, ef­fec­tive team work and lead­er­ship of staff in pro­vid­ing high qual­ity learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, ex­em­plary par­tic­i­pa­tion of par­ents in their chil­dren’s learn­ing, and the out­stand­ing lead­er­ship of the manager.

Prais­ing the nurs­ery, the re­port said: “Chil­dren clearly en­joy at­tend­ing nurs­ery. They are fully en­gaged in their learn­ing, show­ing great en­thu­si­asm and mo­ti­va­tion. They are be­com­ing more aware of them­selves as learn­ers tak­ing for­ward their own in­ter­ests and talk­ing con­fi­dently about what they are do­ing. They im­merse them­selves in their role play - such as be­ing pi­rates seek­ing trea­sure in their ship called the Black Pearl. They are in­quis­i­tive and thrive on dis­cov­ery.

“In their play they dis­play a great deal of imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity. Chil­dren in­ter­act ex­tremely well with each other and staff. Dur­ing to­gether times they pro­mote a pos­i­tive ethos of friend­ship and care, al­ways re­spect­ing what oth­ers have to say. Across their learn­ing and nurs­ery rou­tines chil­dren are very in­de­pen­dent.”

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