Pure Imagination

The pre school children at Old Coates House have been enjoying playing at our loose parts play area, exploring all of the resources.

We are using different natural resources which is a great opportunity for the children to use their imagination skills as well as developing their cooperation and communication skills with their friends.

There were lots of conversations had and negotiating on how things should look and the children have been able to listen to their friends views and ideas.


Recipe Of The Week – Jewelled Couscous

  • 200g Cous Cous,

  • 300ml Stock,

  • 1 Onion,

  • 1 Pepper,

  • 1 Orange

  • Handful of Frozen Peas,

  • Handful of Sweetcorn,

  • Handful of Pomegranate,
  • 1 Tsp Cumin,

  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala,

  • 1 Tsp Coriander,

  • A Few Knobs of Butter,

1. Dice Onions and Peppers

2. Fry onions in plenty butter then add cumin, coriander and garam masala.

3. Add peppers, fry for a minute, then add the rind and juice of an orange.

4. Add low salt stock and bring to the boil, simmer until peppers are soft.

5. Add frozen peas, sweetcorn and pomegranate seeds and simmer for a further couple of minutes until all vegetables are suitably cooked. (TOP TIP – at this point, the vegetables and liquid can be cooled and refrigerated/frozen until needed. Just return liquid to the boil when using)

6. Pour in couscous, stir and cover for five minutes.

7. Drop a few knobs of butter on top, fluff with a fork and serve.

Serves 4.


The Importance Of Mindfulness

All of our nurseries are looking at the importance of mindfulness and introducing yoga and mindfulness activities at the beginning of the day and after rest/sleep time.

Studies show this should have a positive effect on the children in their learning and concentration.

For more information, please see the article below or on ‘read more’ (app users).

Mindfulness Article

Recipe Of The Week – Coconut Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry

  • 4 Chicken Breasts,

  • 1 Tbsp Butter,

  • 2 Tsp Nigella Seeds,

  • 2 Tbps Tikka Paste,

  • 300ml Coconut Milk,

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, cubed and boiled until tender,

  • 200g Frozen Peas,

  • Coriander to serve,

1. Slice the chicken into strips.

2. Melt the butter in a heavy frying pan, add the chicken and nigella seeds and cook for 8 – 10 minutes.

3. Stir in the tikka paste, coconut milk, peas and potato and bring to the boil gently, stirring often.

4. Add the coriander and mix through.

5. Serve with rice or some yummy naan bread.

Serves 4.

Forth One Mission Christmas – The Big Drop Off!

Thank you so much to all the parents, family members and staff who donated gifts to the Mission Christmas appeal.

A few of our boys and girls got the chance to go along today and drop the gifts off in person.

They were so proud to help other less fortunate children have a gift to open on Christmas day and did it all with big smiles on their faces.

Well done to everyone!

Recipe Of The Week – Spanish Omelette

1 medium onion, finely chopped,
400g potatoes, peeled, halved and cut into thin slices (about 0.5cm),
6 medium eggs, beaten,
olive oil,

1. Add a glug of olive oil to a frying pan over a medium heat and cook the onion until it’s soft and transparent. Meanwhile, parboil the potatoes until soft (This saves having to fry the potatoes for too long)

2. Switch the eggs and add the cooked onion.

3. Add more oil to the pan and cook the potatoes (in batches if necessary) until falling apart.

4. Add the cooked potatoes to the egg mixture.

5. Add more oil to the pan if required and pour the egg/onion/potato mixture back into the frying pan.

5. Allow to cook until its about 2/3 set

6. This is now the tricky bit! Flip to omelette onto a flat board and immediately slide it back into the frying pan, trying to contain as much of the egg liquid as possible.  Normally, a Spanish Omelette would be slightly runny in the middle, but for children, ensure the egg is cooked thoroughly before serving.

7. Serve with a crisp salad.

Serves 6.


Forth One Mission Christmas

Forth One Mission Christmas Jumper Day is this Friday, 8th December. 

We would love it if you could dress your little one in a Christmas jumper on Friday and leave a small donation to this good cause. 

Don’t worry if your child is not in on Friday, they can wear their jumpers any day this week.

Don’t forget, we are also collecting new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years, to further support this great cause.

Calling All Musicians…

Unfortunately our music teacher is unable to play the piano for the Melville Street Nativity, and we are looking for any parent or family member who may be able to help?

The play will take place on Friday 15th December from 4pm – 5pm.

The kids are amazing, your piano skills don’t have to be!

Your help will be very much appreciated.

Please email accounts@earlydaysnursery.org.uk