Children and Staff Update


We are now well in to the transition process and the children have been practising in their new rooms. You should receive transition paperwork before your child moves to the new room. Please feel free to contact myself or Damaris or Claire should you wish to discuss any issues.


There are a few changes in staffing which will take place soon:

Claire Allan has been appointed joint manager with Damaris. This is to help with having 2 locations. Claire will focus on the 0 – 3 years age group and Damaris will manage No 17 Walker Street. Both ladies will cover for each other during absence and holidays.

Congratulations to Claire!

Steph Wilson goes off on maternity leave in October and I have appointed a new lady who has a paediatric qualification. Her name is Adeline Lebreton and she has significant experience with under 3’s.

Adeline will join the baby staff in August.

Morgan Fitzpatrick will also join us in No 10 Walker Street.

I have also appointed another teacher to join No 17 Walker Street. His name is Graeme Dawes Salazar and he will join the teaching team in August (after his wedding) and he is a G.T.C. registered teacher who brings many skills to the post. At present Graeme is working in our Melville Street Nursery.

Laura Serrano is off to Australia with her partner and we wish her every happiness and many thanks for all she has done in the pre-school room.

Sharon Morrison returns from maternity leave in August and will work with Shireen in No 17 Walker Street.

Chloe Connolly returns in October from Camp America.

Joe Crandles is off to Newcastle University in September.

I have also appointed Adam Mitchell who is in his second year of his education degree to cover whilst Chloe Conolly is off.

We have planned a Curriculum/Social Evening in September (date T.B.C.) and you will have a chance to meet the new and ‘old’ staff, hear about our plans and see what your clever children are doing.


The garden at No 10 Walker Street is almost there! The play equipment should arrive late July / early August and the conservatory should be completed in the next 2 weeks. YIPPEE! Thank you for your patience.

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!

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,


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


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