Great Scottish Toddle

This year, in keeping with our love of the great outdoors, we are proud to team up with the Great Scottish Walk & Run Festival on this weekend at Holyrood Park.  This is set to be fantastic weekend of healthy family fun and we would be delighted if you would join us.

We are very proud to be the headline sponsor of The Early Days Nurseries Great Scottish Toddle, which takes place at Holyrood Park from 1.30 pm on Sunday 18th June.  The Toddle is especially for the under 6’s where Early Days Nurseries’ children will have free entry to stretch their legs, enjoy the fun and support some fantastic causes.

All the walks and runs help to raise funds for local charities and we would like to offer as much support as we possibly can.  We would love you to be involved in raising funds and awareness for these three fantastic charities as we enjoy the Festival; Joshua Nolan Foundation, SiMBA, The Junction.

There are lots of other attractions at the Great Scottish Walk & Run Festival and We will be there all weekend with lots of activities in our Toddle Tent to entertain the children, so why not come along and join in the fun!

http://www.greatscottishwalkandrun.co.uk

Congratulations Christine!

We would like to say a huge congratulations to our Doune Terrace manager, Christine, on being shortlisted for NMT Nursery Manger of The Year.

Christine will head through to Glasgow tomorrow to be interviewed by a panel of judges along with 4 other finalists.

The award ceremony will take place on the 1st September, where the winner of the 2017 award will be announced.

We are all so proud of Christine on getting this far, it is a huge achievement and we have every confidence that she will go on to win the award.

Congratulations and good luck!

Recipe Of The Week – Fariba’s Frittata

8 Eggs,

2 Onions,

2 Leeks,

Any other vegetables you want to add,

200g Cheese

1 Garlic Clove,

Pinch of Chilli Pepper,

1 Cup of Milk,

Cream (optional),

Pinch of Pepper,

Method

1. Roast vegetables in the oven at 180 degrees

2. Scramble the eggs and add pepper

3. Add garlic and chilli pepper to the roasted vegetables

4. Top the dish with cheese, eggs and milk (1 cup) and cream (opional)

5. Bake for half an hour in oven at 180 degrees

6. Serve with a lovely fresh salad

Serves 4.

Recipe Of The Week – Moroccan Beef or Lamb

500g mince or stew,

250g diced carrots or any vegetable,

2 red or any coloured peppers,

2 large onions,

4 cloves of garlic,

1 tin chickpeas,

2 tins of chopped tomatoes,

2 tablespoon of tomato puree,

2 tablespoon of vegetable oil or butter,

1 teaspoon black pepper,

1 teaspoon turmeric,

1 teaspoon of garam masala,

½ teaspoon of mild paprika,

½ teaspoon of hot paprika,

2 beef stock cubes

Method

1. Pour oil, onions, garlic and all spices in the pot and mix well

2. Add mince or stew and mix with all spice until mince is brown

3. Add carrots, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and peppers, chickpeas and beef stock cubes with one cup of boiling water and leave it on a low heat. Ready in 45minutes

4. Serve with couscous or rice

Filming Opportunity

RDF Television are currently casting for the next series of The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds and The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds for Channel 4 and looking for a diverse group of children to take part in the new series.

This exciting television series will follow four and five year olds as they take their first steps towards independence and embark on the new challenges of going to school. The series will follow their development from the moment they meet for the first time, through the forming of friendships to learning social rituals and friendly competition. The entire process will be observed and monitored by leading scientists and child psychologists who will provide occasional comment on the children’s stages of development.

RDF are looking for children aged four and five years old and their parents to take part in this television series.

Filming is likely to take place at a location in London and the days are led by two highly trained teachers. RDF cover the cost of travel and accommodation for all children selected to take part in the series.  The children are filmed for no more than 5 hours per day and they would be needed for up to three weeks filming over the summer holidays.

If parents would like to apply they can apply here:  http://bit.ly/sloyoapply

What a Compliment!

Thank you to everyone that visited our open days and our sensory room unveiling at Palmerston Place.

Both events went extremely well and the feedback we received from parents was so positive and lovely.

It is wonderful to see all the staff being recognised for their hard work, and listening to parents share our excitement over the new sensory room!

This is just are sample of the comments we received:

Thank you for your hospitality! It was wonderful to see the facilities at both Palmerston Place and Old Coates nurseries, and the staff were all so welcoming and informative. We actually abandoned Jake while we looked around and he was perfectly content – a very good sign! ‘

‘We visited Palmerston place yesterday and thought it was excellent, the new sensory room is particularly impressive. We would definitely like to send Ada there.’

‘Thanks for showing us everything our son does. It is great to see, and brilliant you do so much with him.’

‘Thank you so much for organising this event. Nadia loved the new sensory room.’

‘Very impressed by the brightness of the nursery. There is a great buzz about the place and plenty to keep the children entertained!’

‘It was wonderful to see the nursery in all its glory. The staff were friendly and informative. We know Lochlann is in excellent hands. He loves it, we love it.’

‘The nursery looks amazing and the staff are all so kind and welcoming. We are looking forward to sending our son here. Well done to all!’

Meet Our New Cook!

Lynda Hogg - OCH CookMy name is Lynda Hogg and I am the Cook at Old Coates House.

Over the last ten years I have been working with East Lothian Council, cooking the meals for primary school children. Along with this I have worked in care homes supplying nutritious and healthy dietary need meals for the residents.

I also won Baker of the year 2013, a school competition that i was over the moon with, it was a very proud day for myself and my family.

I have 3 grown up sons and a step daughter who I love spending time with, usually in the kitchen.

I attended college to work hard for my SVQ2 professional cookery qualification; this was achieved on a day release programme over 2 years which allowed me to continue to work and improve my cooking skills.

I am looking forward to cooking lots of exciting meals for the children and meeting you all over the coming weeks.

Introducing Graeme

Graeme Dawes Salazar - Nursery PractitionerHello, my name is Graeme.

I’ve just started at Melville Street and am very excited to work in a new dynamic nursery.

I originally trained as a primary school teacher and taught for a year in Dunfermline before packing my bags to travel through Latin America.

Recently I entered the wonderful world of nurseries in both the traditional and Montessori setting.

I love all physical activity and cycle everywhere on my bike so be sure to look out for the bright orange helmet!

I believe that an active lifestyle is important in the physical and emotional development of the child and look forward to doing lots of fun activities with the children.

Goodbye and Good Luck Moira

Moira Donald - Nursery PractitionerAs you may know, Moira Donald leaves us this week after 18 years of service.

Moira has made a significant contribution to life at the nursery, her calm, caring and loving approach to babies in her care has meant that they thrived and developed knowing they are special. Moira has also helped so many young staff learn how to nurture and provide for babies. She is loved by all and will be a great miss in the nursery. Although Moira is gentle and quiet her opinions have always been much valued and listened to.

She now moves on to some family time caring for her grandchildren and husband and hopefully getting some time to herself.

Thank you Moira – We Love You!