Say Yes To Yoga

We are so excited to announce that all of our staff have now attended a 2 hour training session on Yoga for Children.

 

During this training we covered many different yoga positions, breathing exercises and group yoga moves. 

 

Yoga helps to engage the heart, mind and body. It helps children to develop their emotional intelligence, communication skills, trust and empathy.

 

It is also a great non competitive activity which helps to nurture teamwork and leadership, and helps to provide a calmer and more productive learning environment.

But most importantly, it is lots of fun!

Forest School Is Back!

We are so lucky to have Steve and our Forest School team back in action after the Summer.

All our pre school children have the amazing opportunity to enjoy Forest School once a week.

From climbing our very own mountain, Blackford Hill, to picking brambles to bake with back at nursery, the boys and girls enjoy every minute.

Budding Little Florists

One of our parents owns a local florist and kindly asked our toddlers along to visit her shop, Rogue Flowers in the West End.

The children were given the opportunity to smell, touch and describe the various flowers, plants and herbs.

There were so many colours and beautiful scents.

It was such a great way to link with our topic and learn about the life cycle of plants.

Our June and July Winners

Congratulations to our June and July Employee of the Month Winners in Mindfulness.

Doune Terrace Nursery – Zowie and Idrani

Early Days and OCH Nursery – Jose and Georgia

Walker Street Nursery – Jenny and Veronica

Melville Street Nursery – Dionne and Kismet

Support Staff – Kay and Isabel


August Incentive

Our Employee of the month, staff incentive focus for August will be on Room Area Planning.  The criteria for this are as follows:

Area planning is a tool used by practitioners to develop areas in each room.

This provides children with challenging and stimulating learning experiences.

Please feel free to look at these sheets on the planning boards outside each room and feedback would be much appreciated.

Herb Gardens and House Corners

We have been developing our house corner at Old Coates House and the children are loving it.

We have added resources for writing shopping lists, letters, and cards. This is bringing literacy to life and the children are completely enthusiastic about sending out special messages.

We have also started to add different herbs from our herb garden.

This is developing language skills as the children are learning the names of the herbs and our discussions are all about what foods the herbs can be found in.

The children now want to add a window box with herbs so that they are available and can be accessed independently.

Free Family Fun at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Our pre school children at Melville Street enjoyed a sunny afternoon at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, playing on their new summer installation.

It was such a lovely day, just a short stroll from the nursery

The event is running every afternoon until Sun 12 August. They also have a special End of Summer family party on the last day!

Have a look at their website for more details

Important Nursery Update

We have become aware of an individual making numerous false and defamatory statements about our Melville Street Nursery on social media over the last 24 hours, which have attracted significant attention and commentary.  In view of the inaccuracy and seriousness of these allegations, we would like to take this opportunity to clarify the position, and offer an accurate account of the matter in question to reassure all interested parties that the conduct of our staff and management surrounding these allegations has been entirely appropriate and transparent.

The allegations concern the appropriateness of staff conduct and cognizance of unusually hot weather on a scheduled trip to Craigie’s Farm on 26th July.  This matter has been fully investigated by nursery management, including consultation with all the nursery staff, children and their parents involved in the trip.  We have also consulted with staff at Craigie’s Farm, who were engaged in our activities on the day and have reviewed their CCTV.  To ensure rigour, transparency and compliance with established reporting procedures, we have discussed the matter with the Care Inspectorate and law enforcement agencies, who have confirmed their approval to the actions taken by our management and staff regarding the concerns.   

Our thorough investigations conclude there has been no wrongdoing or misconduct by our staff, in any way.  On the contrary, our investigation has identified that all children were appropriately prepared with light clothing, sunhats and sun protection.  This is confirmed by Craigie’s Farm’s CCTV footage and photographs taken by staff.  Our investigation also confirmed that references to staff splashing children are also inaccurate.  The actual occurrence was a cup of water being accidentally dropped on the ground by a staff member, which did not adversely affect any children.

We are extremely disappointed at the medium chosen for expressing this concern.  This approach did not provide the opportunity for an accurate account of events to be offered and has created unnecessary distress to our staff and parents.  If anyone has a genuine concern about our nursery practice, we would encourage this to be brought to the attention of our management or even appropriate authorities.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our staff and parents most sincerely for their overwhelming support regarding this matter, particularly the unanimous support pledged by parents of the children who attended the trip.  We are extremely grateful for your comments.

A Friendship That Spans Generations

The children at Old Coates House asked if they could invite some of their friends from Murrayfield Care Home over for afternoon tea yesterday.

They made invitations, planned the menu, did the shopping, made decorations AND served our visitors the fabulous home made food.

The children were perfect hosts and hostesses, and it was such a lovely afternoon for everyone.

Great job boys and girls!