June at Doune!

What a busy month Doune Terrace are having!

It all kicked off with our annual trip to North Berwick. It was such a great day where the babies enjoyed a picnic in the park followed by an afternoon at the beach. We built sandcastles and collected lots of shells to take back to nursery.

Then came our fab invite to the Garden Party at Holyrood Palace. The boys and girls enjoyed a fantastic tour then got the chance to dress in in hats and jewels for a tea party.

We rounded off last week with a fabulously sunny sports day. All the usual events were on, with the children competing to their usual high standard!

The parents race was especially fun to watch too!

Phew, what next?

 

Our Mini Marvels

Once again, the children at Early Days Nurseries pulled on their superhero costumes in aid of cash for kids.

We baked some lovely cakes and sold them to all our mummies and daddies, and a few grannies and grandads too!

After Maureen’s rounding up, we are so pleased to have raised £100 for another fantastic charity.

Thank you to everyone who helped!

Coastal Classroom Has Arrived!

What a week to launch our Coastal Classroom!

The preschool boys and girls from each of our nurseries are having the best time planning their activies for the coming weeks.

Yellowcraig Beach is such a great location with so many different and exciting areas to explore.

Keep watching for more fantastic photos and updates as the children get more involved with our beautiful Scottish coastline.

Coastal Classroom is Coming!

We are so excited to announce that our Coastal Classroom programme will be up and running from Monday.

Steve and Laura Crandles, along with our newly qualified leaders from each nursery, will be putting their skills and knowledge into practice at Yellowcraigs Beach for the next 6 weeks.

Their first session will be focusing on creating a risk assessment of the area and putting in place rules and boundaries with the children.

This beach was chosen as it has a massive array of rock pools, open spaces and beach woodland to explore.

We can’t wait to get the boys and girls out there!

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!

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 www.apprenticeships.scot/saw

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

Colourful Crayon Art

We had an amazing visit from Jenny Knight, a local artist who specialises in crayon art.

The children and staff were buzzing with excitement, creating their own crayon art masterpieces.

We can’t wait to display these in the nursery for all our parents to see.

We also learned all about how art can affect how we feel and bring out different emotions.

What a fantastic day, thank you so much Jenny!

Moulding Magic

The children at Old Coates House love using loose parts in our play-doh area.

We have have collected lots of autumnal objects and are getting creative.

Play-doh is a brilliant way to engage children with developing fine motor skills, hand eye coordination and imagination skills.

It can also be calming and therapeutic with the children smashing, squeezing and rolling the play-dough allowing them to release extra energy or stress.