Time To Enrol Children For School
28th January 2011
Parents and guardians of children are being informed by The Highland Council that its time for enrolment into pre-school and primary school in the Highlands.
The next school session starts on 16 August 2011. All children who will be five on or before that date should be enrolled during primary enrolment week commencing 31 January 2011.
Children who will be five between 17 August 2011 and 29 February 2012 may also enrol at this time although it may be decided, after discussion, to delay entry.
Chairman of The Highland Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee Councillor Bill Fernie said: "It's important for people to register their children. I am aware of some parents' queries about younger children and whether they are old or mature enough to start school. Now is the time to raise any queries about your children and to do so as soon as possible to enable the Council to plan appropriately for the next academic year."
Enrolment will take place at local primary schools at 3pm each day from 31 January to 4 February 2011. Where Gaelic Medium Education is available, parents should indicate their preference when enrolling their child for primary school.
All children born between 1 March 2007 and 28 February 2009 are entitled to a funded pre-school place during the session 2011/2012. Enrolments will be accepted during the week commencing 7 February 2011 for all pre-school funded places.
Parents wishing their to enrol their child / children for a place can contact their local primary school, playgroup or nursery for information on registered centres in their area and the enrolments procedures.
For information on Gaelic Medium pre-school provision in certain areas contact Highland Council Childcare Information Service for details on 0845 6011345 or email: childcareinformationservice[AT]highland.gov.uk.
An information leaflet is available for parents who are considering bilingual Gaelic Medium education for their child or children. Copies of the leaflet are available at Highland Council Service Points and on the Council's website at www.highland.gov.uk/gaelicmediumeducation
Councillor Hamish Fraser, Chairman of The Highland Council's Gaelic Committee said: "In the 25th anniversary of Gaelic Education my message to parents or guardians is to enrol your children for Gaelic Education. There are many reasons why you should: one of which is, learning Gaelic at a young age makes it easier to learn other European languages. Also, research carried out by Edinburgh University has proven that young people who grow up with more than one language have a range of mental benefits that make them better at learning and more effective at dealing with complex situations."
At both pre-school and primary school enrolments parents should bring their child's / children's birth certificate with them.
Recent outcomes of Redesign work were noted by Members at yesterday's Highland Council meeting. In the first year of the programme, 8 redesign projects were undertaken using a "Lean" approach and 36 staff have been trained as facilitators.
Motorists are being advised that The Highland Council is currently preparing to carry out resurfacing works at the following locations: • B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores – Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and • B851 Errogie – Strathnairn – Daviot Bridge – Culloden Moor Road; specifically at Aberarder House. Advanced works notification signage will be provided at various locations from Thursday 15 March 2018.
The Highland Council has agreed a capital programme of £482m over the next 5 years. The Highland Council serves the largest geographical area in Scotland (over 30%) and has just under £2bn of assets on its balance sheet comprising, amongst other things, 203 operational schools, over 6,700km of roads and over 2,000 properties.
The Highland Council's Enforcement Officers have stepped up patrols in Caithness in a move to tackle the problem of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling. A number of fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an £80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a £200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another £80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.
Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting to agree the Council's Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2022/23, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said:- "This programme delivers significant investment in a range of key projects across the Highlands. We are investing in schools, roads, bridges, harbours and flood prevention schemes that will benefit our communities.
Highland Council is to make a special case for extra capital investment in the road infrastructure after a winter period which has seen the Highlands battered by some 57 days of severe weather. Highland Council area is particularly subject to severe winter weather, which has a significant impact on the roads and other infrastructure.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting. The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
The £48.5m Wick Community Campus built by Morrison Construction has been announced as a finalist at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. The project is entered in the category for "Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy" against eight other finalists from across the UK with the winner to be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 May 2018.
A Partnership for Procurement event was held in Inverness today (Thursday 6 March) to raise awareness and the capability of the third sector to successfully bid, supply and deliver services for the public sector. Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a new initiative funded through the Scottish Government's 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy; supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public contracts and build partnerships.
Across the Northern Alliance local authorities an exciting project has been rolled out to raise attainment in literacy, language and communication. The programme is being delivered in around 50% of primary schools across the Northern Alliance and is aimed at supporting practitioners to take a developmental approach to supporting early literacy development.
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