Introducing Rumilla

Hello my name is Rumilla.

I am educated to a degree level in Childhood studies and I work extremely well  with pre-schoolers.

I have been working in nurseries for nearly 3 years and I love working with babies because it means that I can help to make a positive and effective influence on a child’s development at the earliest opportunity.

My religion has shaped me into a gentle and caring person and I treat everyone with kindness and respect.

I may not be into fashion, food and facial perfection but I do love riddles, rhymes and tongue twisters.

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

Meet Monique

My name is Monique and I have been at Doune Terrace Nursery for 5 months now completing work experience.

I have loved my time here so far and have recently been employed as a full time member of staff.

I have 2 younger siblings and lots of young cousins who I enjoy looking after, and playing with.

I have enjoyed working in all of the rooms and I am excited to be part of the tweenie team full time.

ALL Staff Training

Following a new child starting at Early Days who has a Cochlear Implant, Maureen has arranged for Robyn James to provide specialist training for working with children with hearing impairments.

This is training that ALL STAFF are expected to attend and you will be able to choose between two sessions.

The first session will be held on Tuesday 30th January at 6.15pm and the second will be on Thursday 1st February at 1pm.

The sessions will be allocated on a first come first served basis so if you have a preference, please let Isobel know at your earliest convenience.

All staff must sign up for this training by Thursday 25th January.

Thank You.

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.

A Big Welcome to Chi

Hello, my name is Chi.

I am currently studying an SVQ level 3 in social studies in children and young people and I hope to in the future, move into teaching.

Having recently completed a module on supporting children’s behaviour through the initiative, Men in childcare, I have been inspired to pursue a career and further studies in this field.

I have previously worked for Green camp Bali as part of a green school which my son also attended for a year.

This school focused on holistic development and green studies.  I helped to bring other schools from around the world into this environment and helped children experience all the fun of the camp.

I also contributed to the music programme, helping to put together a whole school performance as well as carrying out drum fun workshops for people of all ages. This is something I am looking forward to incorporating into Melville Street Nursery.

I believe that creativity through art and music is an integral part of a child’s development.

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!