Recipe Of The Week – Tomato and Basil Sauce

Ingredients –

1 tbsp olive oil,

1 garlic glove, crushed,

400g chopped tomatoes,

1 tbsp vegetable stock powder or 1/2 low salt stock cube,

1 tbsp tomato puree,

1 tsp sugar,

Handful of basil leaves,

Method – 

  1. Heat the oil in the pan, add the garlic, then gently fry for 1 minute.

  2. Tip in all the other ingredients, except the basil, then bring to the boil.

  3. Reduce the heat then simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. To finish, tear the basil leaves, then stir into the sauce.

  5. Serve with whatever pasta you choose or freeze for an easy tea!

Serves 4

Our Red Nose Day Totals Are In!

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated to Comic Relief via our nurseries on Friday.

The children loved coming in dressed in their sleepwear for a pyjama party, and had so much fun taking part in all the activities the staff had planned.

All together, with everyone’s help, we raised a grand total of £300.

Well Done!

Red Nose Day – Friday 15th March

It is Red Nose Day this Friday, and as we love a theme day at our nurseries, we are inviting all children and staff to come along for a ‘Pyjama Party’!

Comic Relief is a fantastic cause, so in exchange for a small donation, the boys and girls can come to nursery dressed in their pjs and slippers.

Staff will plan some fun activities and hopefully we can raise a bit of money in the process.

Modern Apprentices and MSP’s

As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, our Doune Terrace Nursery had a visit from Jeremy Balfour MSP to chat to our Modern Apprentice Monique, who is currently working towards her SVQ3 in Social Services (Children and Young People) with PA Training .

Jeremy was really interested in the nursery and chatted to Monique about how her college course is helping with her every day practice, and how she enjoys undertaking the Modern Apprenticeship with PA training.

Monique was picked out by PA training as an excellent example of a Modern Apprentice for her practice, attitude and quality of her college work

He was also lucky enough to be given a tour of the nursery by Evan from our pre school room. Evan described the different things the children do in each room and told Jeremy all the fun activities the children take part in each day.

To find out more about Scottish Apprenticeships and how to get involved, please visit

Happy World Book Day

It is lovely to see all our nursery children dressed up as different book characters today.

We have been reading some of their favourite books from home which all of the children are enjoying.

Reading is vital to the growth of a child’s imagination and such an important part of growing up.

Let us all spend some time appreciating our most loved books today and encourage our children to do them same.

Recipe Of The Week – Pancakes Of Course!

Ingredients –

100g plain flour,

2 large eggs,

300ml milk,

1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying

Method – 

    1. Put flour, eggs, milk, sunflower or vegetable oil and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter.

    2. Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time, or start cooking straight away.

    3. Set a medium frying pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper.

    4. When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.

    5. Serve with whatever delicious accompaniments you chose!

Makes 12

Lynda Is On The Move

Melville Street have hit the jackpot this week as Linda, our fantastic cook from OCH has decided to move nurseries on a permanent basis!

Its wasn’t an easy choice for Linda to make, however meeting and training her replacement means she is leaving the children at Old Coates House in very capable hands.

Look out for a little introduction on who will be taking over soon!

Introducing Sara

My name is Sara Gómez, and I arrived in Edinburgh in September 2018. As soon as I arrived I fell in love with the city and with my job.

I first studied my degree in Spain and worked as a teacher for two years in my hometown. As  soon as I realized I wanted to work with young children I started a HNC in Childcare Education, and I am currently focused on my final project.

What I expect from my job in this nursery as a skilled and enthusiastic emerging teacher, is to enjoy taking care of children. I would also like to use my current knowledge to support the way of teaching here, and to introduce some new aspects from my experience in Spain.

Recipe Of The Week Is Back – Butternut squash, chilli and coconut soup

Ingredients – 

1 butternut squash (2-inch cubes),

2 cloves garlic (whole),

Olive oil,

2 onions (chopped),

½ red chilli (chopped)

½ tsp cumin,

1/s tsp garam masala,

500ml boiling water or low salt stock,

400g tin of coconut milk,

Method – 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

  2. Toss squash in olive oil and roast for 25 minutes until golden at the edges and soft in the middle.  Add the garlic for the last 15 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, gently heat the spices in a little olive oil in a large saucepan for about 2 minutes to release their fragrance.

  4. Add the onion and chilli and allow to soften as the squash roasts.

  5. Combine squash with onion and water and blend until smooth.

  6. Add coconut milk and serve.

Serves 6