Book deliveries for children learning from home.

With lots of young people learning from home, you can now order books to be delivered to your home to supplement your child’s learning.

Midlothian Library Service provides project collection boxes to all primary schools, with the current guidance from the Scottish Government, the service has now been opened up to all children currently learning from home. With the support of Midlothian Fire Service we can offer a home delivery service for fiction and non-fiction books.

Books can be ordered by emailing schoolslibraryservice@midlothian.gov.uk. You have to be a Midlothian library member and live within the local authority. Become a member on-line today!

Topics available include:

  • Animals – classification, life cycles, mammals etc.
  • Community
  • Countries – geography, culture, history etc.
  • Government – democracy, voting, parliament etc.
  • Houses & homes.
  • Human body & health.
  • Food & farming.
  • Myths & legends.
  • Scottish history
  • Victorians
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Greeks / Romans / Celts / Vikings.
  • Rainforests / woodlands / forests
  • WWI & WWII
  • Space
  • Earth
  • Weather
  • Science
  • Local history/ information

This is not a fully comprehensive list please email any requests you may have and we do our best to fulfill

1140 (full time) hours at Moorfoot Early

We are delighted to announce that we are able to begin offering full time places (1140 hours) at Moorfoot Early. All children attending our Early Learning and Childcare are eligible for these hours.
We are able to start taking your child full time from the week beginning the 31st of August. We realise some of you may have made other arrangements that may mean you cannot start full time this week, and that is okay. You can begin full time with us as soon as it is convenient.
You may wish to take all of the 1140 place with us or part of it if you prefer. If you opt to take part, it needs to be in blocks of days (not mornings or afternoons). If you wish to take the remainder of the 1140 elsewhere, that’s fine.
Our full time hours will be as follows

Mon – Thurs 08:35 – 15:10

Friday 08:35 – 12:15

If you wish to increase your time in a more gradual way, building on the current model, then please discuss this with Ms Doig.

Packed lunches will continue to be provided by the Local Authority at this time, we will endeavour to keep you updated regarding any changes to the provision of lunches.

Following the current guidelines from the Scottish Government regarding social distancing we will continue with the arrangements for dropping off and collection to ensure that we are keeping everyone safe at this time.

Early Learning and childcare 1140 hours update

Due to COVID-19 the Scottish Government has paused the statutory requirement for the delivery of 1140 hours of early learning and childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds, which was due to start in August.

Although the statutory requirement remains at 600 hours Midlothian remain committed to delivering 1140 hours per year of early learning and childcare (ELC) from all of our local authority establishments and in partnership with our funded providers. The effect of the Covid-19 lockdown on the building and construction sector has meant that our plans for infrastructure and expansion work at some of our establishments have been delayed.

Childminders

Childminders were able to reopen from Wednesday 3 June 2020 if they wished to do so.

 

Fully outdoor childcare providers

Fully outdoor childcare providers were able to reopen from Wednesday 3 June 2020 if they wished to do so. Vogrie ELC provision is currently open providing an all year service and has places available.

 

Early Learning and Childcare Settings

From the 15 July ELC settings were able to reopen if they wished to do so.

Guidance issued on 30 July will ease the current restrictions in place for the childcare sector  from the 10 August. This reflects progress made in suppressing coronavirus in Scotland since the previous guidance was produced.

 

Our current plans are for all Local Authority settings to re-open from Wednesday 12 August 2020. Children will return on a phased basis to ensure a well supported transition back to Early Learning and Childcare.

Guidance issued on July 30 will enable us to deliver:

  • 1140 hours per year of ELC from around 80% of our establishments
  • A maximum of 886 hours per year (three and half days) of ELC from all our remaining establishments with the option of a blended placement to take the offer to 1140 hours. Blended placements could be taken with funded providers including childminders and third sector partners.
  • Our funded providers and child-minders will be funded to deliver 1140 hours.

During week beginning 3 August we will be in discussion with our Head Teachers to confirm our plans and then letters will be issued to all parents to confirm offers of places based on the above plans. Our LA settings were planning for an offer of 600 hours and all settings will now need to review their offer in light of the updated guidance.

We appreciate the understanding that parents have shown throughout these challenging and difficult times and we look forward to being able to re-open our settings in August 2020, in line with Scottish Government requirements.

Parent Club

Parent Club is launching a new campaign to support parents and carers with the return to school and ELC. This includes information about the new guidelines as well as advice and support about settling in, managing mental health, and more. It also has information about the 1140 hours expansion and the entitlement to funded ELC.

World Book Day 2019

Thanks to all our children who came to school today dressed as a story book character today to celebrate World Book Day – you all looked amazing 🙂