Argyll and Bute’s Helensburgh nursery a finalist in 2013 Scottish Education Awards

Amongst the finalists just announced for the 2013 Scottish Education Awards is Helensburgh’s Cottage Kindergarten, seeing off hefty competition from the sector across Scotland.

Even better, its status as a finalist is in the Numeracy Across Learning – as aspect of competence Scotland as a whole needs to get seriously cranked up.

The Cottage Kindergarten has been shortlisted for the Numeracy Across Learning Award thanks to the opportunities it presents for children to develop skills in numeracy.

It provides its early learners with rich, cross-curricular experiences with numeracy firmly imbedded in play. The staff believe that lifelong attitudes towards learning start at an early age and usually remain accessible throughout life.

So here, at this school,  very young children are being encouraged to explore and develop, while learning and building mathematical skills.

The Cottage Kindergarten will join the finalists at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Monday 10th June 2013 where judges will unveil the winners of each award category.

People in Argyll and Bute are being thanked for nominating their local schools, nurseries or individuals for these awards, so that their exceptional achievements can be recognised.

The awards, which celebrate the achievements of schools and teachers across Scotland, are open to all publicly funded schools, including secondary, primary, nursery and special schools. There are also categories to recognise and reward the dedication of teachers, head-teachers and support staff across the country.

The success of The Cottage Kindergarten in so crucial a skills development area is a major marker for the future for the fortunate children involved.

Now we really need to see our primary and, importantly, our secondary schools in Argyll and Bute being recognised for the sort of substantial achievements that really will underpin the competencies and the future directions of our young people.

Congratulations to The Cottage Kindergarten – and we’ll be rooting for them on 10th June.

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