IMPORTANT Closure Update – 2nd March 2018

We have consulted with Police Scotland and on their advice, have taken the decision to keep all of our nurseries CLOSED again on Friday 2nd March as there is still an Amber Warning in place.

For further closure information, updates will be available on Facebook, Our App and the Website.

Housing Payment Information

A Discretionary Housing Payment fund is administered for those households that are on Housing Benefit or Universal Credit Housing Costs and may not be receiving the full amount of their rent, are affected by under occupancy (sometimes known in the press as the ‘bedroom tax’) or require a deposit and/or rent in advance for a new tenancy or assistance with removal costs.

Edinburgh Council are keen to maximise this fund and support as many low income households as possible.

Please see the below link or on ‘read more’ (app users) for more information.

Discretionary Housing Payments Factsheet

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!