Recipe Of The Week – Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry

500g Sweet Potatoes,

4 Skinless Chicken Thighs,

 1 LargeRed or White Onion,

2 Tinned Tomatoes,

125g Spinach,

2 tbsp Curry Paste,

1 Tin Coconut Milk,

1 tbsp Olive Oil,


1. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes, cut the chicken into bite size pieces and dice the onion

2. Cook the sweet potatoes in boiling water for 5 – 7 minutes until tender, drain well then set aside

3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan and add the diced onion and chicken pieces, cook for 5 – 6 minutes until brown and the chicken is cooked through

4. Stir in the curry paste, cook for 1 minute, add the tomatoes and cook for a further minute

5. Pour 100ml of boiling water and mix well, simmer for 5 minutes then add the spinach and cook until wilted

6. Fold in the potatoes and heat through, add coconut milk and simmer for 1 minute

7. Serve with rice

Serves 4.

Early Learning and Childcare Parent /Carer Survey

As you may be aware the Scottish Government has asked councils to have a phased approach to the expansion to 1140 hours by 2020.  

From August, some local authority ELC establishments, if they have capacity, have started to offer 1140 hours. 

In 2016, the Scottish Government asked councils to consult with parents/carers about what models of delivery of 1140 hours they would like councils to trial.  

Could all parents, where possible, please complete the survey on the link below (‘read more’ for app users) as the results of the survey will help strategically plan for the expansion.


Thank you for your help in completing survey.

Introducing Kay

My name is Kay Andrews and I have worked in childcare for over 10 years.

I started off in Bright Horizons as a student and worked my way from there until I passed my SVQ level 3 childcare in March 2016.

I enjoy a little bit of gardening, any excuse to get messy! I also enjoy arts and crafts.

I like go on adventures, exploring new places and trying new foods.

I have 2 chihuahuas that I enjoy taking for long walks especially on a nice sunny day.

Payment Query

We have had a payment made to the nursery on the 9th August and are unsure of where it should be allocated.

The reference details are as follows:

PET 554562221

Over the Rainbow

If anyone recognises this payment, can you please contact Susan at




New Swimming Term

Our new swimming term begins on week beginning Monday 4th September.

In previous years the cost has been £65 per term x 4.

This year I have amended the costs as I have changed the dates to the following:

Term 1 – w/b 4th September to w/b 11th December – no swimming w/b 16th October – 1 week

Term 2 – w/b 9th January to w/b 26th March – no swimming w/b 12th February – 1 week

Term 3 – w/b 16th April to w/b 11th June

Instead of charging £65 per term for 4 terms the cost will be £80 per term for 3 terms.

This will allow for 2 less weeks which include Christmas party/panto weeks and the end of term events in June.

Swimming costs include extra staffing ratios, bus fares, petrol and drivers’ overtime costs.

Our swimming programme is very successful.

The due payment dates are:

  1. Monday 4th September 2017

  2. Monday 9th January 2018

  3. Monday 16th April 2018

Payments can be made through the APP, by card or over the phone to the nursery manager or the office. When making the payment, details of the nursery, child and room should be given.

Thank you for your support.

Maureen Crandles

Staff Update

Sadly Dámaris will be leaving us at the end of the week. Her reasons are personal and we would like to thank her sincerely for all her hard work and wish her well in the future. She will be missed.

The new teacher, Graeme Dawes-Salazar will take up his position next week after getting married. Graeme has been working at Melville Street and they are sorry to see him go. He previously worked for the City of Edinburgh Council.

Sharon returns from maternity leave at the end of the month and will join Shireen.

Chloe Connolly returns from Camp America at the end of September. We are going to  have a very experienced enthusiastic pre-school team.

Thank you for your patience.