Exciting Employee of The Month Information

As part of our staff incentives scheme, we will now also be choosing one member of staff from our admin, cook and maintenance teams every month.

Staff will be recognised for their effort in the following areas:

  1. Enthusiasm

  2. Initiative

  3. Motivation

  4. Positive Attitude

  5. Dedication

  6. Efficiency

Our first Employee of the Month in this category is Ruth Anderson from Melville Street – congratulations!!

Recipe Of The Week – Lightly Curried Cauliflower and Potato Soup

2 Cauliflower Heads,

1 Kg Potatoes,

1 Large Onion,

1 Tin Coconut Milk,

1 Heaped Tbsp Medium Curry Powder,

1 Tsp Vegetable Oil,


  1. Remove stalks from cauliflower and cut into chunks.

  2. Peel potatoes, wash and cut into chunks.

  3. Slice onions.

  4. Add vegetable oil to a large pan with the curry powder and stir.

  5. Add the onions and allow to soften for a few minutes then add the potatoes and cauliflower and stir.

  6. Cover with water and cook for about 20  minutes, until vegetables are soft.

  7. Add the coconut milk.

  8. Blitz with a stick blender and serve.

Serves 4 – 6

Introducing Our Employees Of The Month!

Doune Terrace Nursery

Nicola approaches every day with a calm and friendly manner.  She is lovely and welcoming when children and their parents come in in the morning and is always positive and warm when delivering feedback at the end of the day.  Nicola knows every child in the toddler room well and knows their likes, dislikes and behaviours and adapts activities and practice accordingly for each child. Nicola will happily work in any room or nursery and her positive flexible attitude has gained her respect with parents, children and her colleagues alike. Nicola is always happy to help out her colleagues at Doune Terrace and at our other nurseries and is such a positive role model to all of us. Well done Nicola, we are all proud of you!

Early Days and OCH Nursery

Congratulations to Steavy in our Baby room who has been voted our ‘Employee of the Month’ for her contribution to promoting positive behaviour.  All of the staff agreed that Steavy was a deserving winner.

Walker Street Nursery

Sharon always arrives at work with a positive ‘can do’ attitude. She welcomes the children and parents with a smile and she knows every child in the toddler room. Her practice is exemplary and because she plans well, the children respond and love their activities. She is always happy to help colleagues and students alike, and is an inspiration to us all.

Melville Street Nursery

 Well done Lydia! The comments received from parents were outstanding:

“Lydia’s nature always seems really warm and she has a lovely calming tone and feel for the room. She is a shining example of who you would want looking after your little babies”

“Lydia really thinks about the details and reasons behind why they are doing an activity and what the specific ares of growth/development is for the babies”

“Lydia always uses a calm tone when communicating with not just the children but the other staff members and parents too”

May Incentive

Our Employee of the month, staff incentive, will continue in to the month of May focusing on Online Learning Journals and observations.   Staff have taken part in a training session to look at why we observe the children and what makes a good observation.   Over the next 4 weeks, we will be using the following criteria to support the staff in developing the use of the children’s Online Journals…


  1. I know all my key children very well and can discuss their progress with my room supervisor or manager

  2. I can plan appropriate next steps in learning for my children

  3. The content of my observations is relevant to the learning outcomes in our room planning

  4. I can liaise with parents and professionally discuss the content of their child’s journal

  5. I can use learning journals in the playroom for children to peer evaluate each other’s learning

If you have any feedback regarding a member of staff that you feel does a particularly good job in this area I would be delighted to hear from you.

Let’s Welcome Claire

I have been teaching in primary school in Fife for the last 5 years and have worked with all stages throughout the school.

I have a real passion for Early Years and I am looking forward to embracing my new role as the nursery teacher in the Preschool room.

I am passionate about developing children through play and equipping them to become independent leaders of learning.

I truly believe that learning should be fun and relevant to the children and strive to meet the needs of all.

Say Hello To Jenny

Hi my name is Jenny Metzaki.

I am an environmental scientist, I came to Edinburgh 13 years ago to do my master degree in climate change.

During my first pregnancy I became really interested in understanding the different educational of Montessori education with our daughter.

I am now interested in a career change and am studying towards a qualification in HNC childhood practice level 7.

Meet Jessica

Hello, my name is Jessica.

I recently graduated with a Masters in Childhood Studies and decided I wanted to gain some more hands on experience in Early Years Care and Education.

I grew up in Brussels with a Greek father and Irish mother.  This is why I love the diversity in the nursery as it is something I am so accustomed to.

I look forward to getting to know the children and learn all there is about this wonderful learning environment.