Recipe Of The Week – Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry

500g Sweet Potatoes,

4 Skinless Chicken Thighs,

 1 LargeRed or White Onion,

2 Tinned Tomatoes,

125g Spinach,

2 tbsp Curry Paste,

1 Tin Coconut Milk,

1 tbsp Olive Oil,


1. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes, cut the chicken into bite size pieces and dice the onion

2. Cook the sweet potatoes in boiling water for 5 – 7 minutes until tender, drain well then set aside

3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan and add the diced onion and chicken pieces, cook for 5 – 6 minutes until brown and the chicken is cooked through

4. Stir in the curry paste, cook for 1 minute, add the tomatoes and cook for a further minute

5. Pour 100ml of boiling water and mix well, simmer for 5 minutes then add the spinach and cook until wilted

6. Fold in the potatoes and heat through, add coconut milk and simmer for 1 minute

7. Serve with rice

Serves 4.

Early Learning and Childcare Parent /Carer Survey

As you may be aware the Scottish Government has asked councils to have a phased approach to the expansion to 1140 hours by 2020.  

From August, some local authority ELC establishments, if they have capacity, have started to offer 1140 hours. 

In 2016, the Scottish Government asked councils to consult with parents/carers about what models of delivery of 1140 hours they would like councils to trial.  

Could all parents, where possible, please complete the survey on the link below (‘read more’ for app users) as the results of the survey will help strategically plan for the expansion.


Thank you for your help in completing survey.

Payment Query

We have had a payment made to the nursery on the 9th August and are unsure of where it should be allocated.

The reference details are as follows:

PET 554562221

Over the Rainbow

If anyone recognises this payment, can you please contact Susan at




Our Little Scientists!

As the children have been learning about the ocean we participated in a science activity on how the ocean helps create rain.

Using the kettle, we looked at how the ocean water gets heated by the sun and starts to evaporate and rises up into the air.

We then looked at how the clouds (foam) collects the evaporated water and stores it.

The children mixed water and food colouring and added it to the foam to see what happens when the clouds get too full and heavy.

We had so much fun being little scientists!

New Swimming Term

Our new swimming term begins on week beginning Monday 4th September.

In previous years the cost has been £65 per term x 4.

This year I have amended the costs as I have changed the dates to the following:

Term 1 – w/b 4th September to w/b 11th December – no swimming w/b 16th October – 1 week

Term 2 – w/b 9th January to w/b 26th March – no swimming w/b 12th February – 1 week

Term 3 – w/b 16th April to w/b 11th June

Instead of charging £65 per term for 4 terms the cost will be £80 per term for 3 terms.

This will allow for 2 less weeks which include Christmas party/panto weeks and the end of term events in June.

Swimming costs include extra staffing ratios, bus fares, petrol and drivers’ overtime costs.

Our swimming programme is very successful.

The due payment dates are:

  1. Monday 4th September 2017

  2. Monday 9th January 2018

  3. Monday 16th April 2018

Payments can be made through the APP, by card or over the phone to the nursery manager or the office. When making the payment, details of the nursery, child and room should be given.

Thank you for your support.

Maureen Crandles

Incy Wincy Spider

The children at Old Coates House have been enjoying loose parts play using guttering to create waterfalls outdoors.

This activity had encouraged  collaboration, sharing, thinking, problem-solving and decision-making with the children.

We then took out some spiders and sang the Incy Wincy Spider song and discussed how the water pushes the spider back down the spout!

Summer Fun

We have had a busy few weeks at Early Days and Old Coates House.

We had a fantastic time at sports day, with all the children and parents enjoying all the energetic activities!

Our teddy bear picnic also went really well, with the younger children enjoying playing with their soft toys.

Finally, our parent BBQ on Friday was great fun with staff enjoying some time to relax with parents – thank you to those who made it along.