End Of Week 2 Update from Maureen

Dear Parents and Staff

That’s another week of self-isolating over. My intention was to give my house the love and attention it deserves but sadly I have failed. I will do it next week!

I hope your home-schooling is going well and to help you out, we will be putting out some more ideas on the app this weekend.

A few parents have e-mailed us to say they have been charged fees for April, please be assured no fees have been charged but we cannot amend your standing orders or voucher payments, this must be done by you. Any payments received will sit as a credit on your account, should you wish these returned please note the following

  • Standing orders can be returned if you e-mail your bank details to Susan at accounts@earlydaysnursery.org.uk

  • If you have paid by voucher and wish this returned, you will need to contact your voucher provider, request their bank details and reference required to ensure they allocate this back to your voucher account correctly. Once you have this information please forward to Susan at accounts@earlydaysnursery.org.uk

Our little group of key-worker children are doing well and thoroughly enjoying the extra attention they are being given by the lovely staff. They are all experts at hand washing including our babies.

The staff currently working are enjoying their 3-day working week and like having even more time to play with the children. They are missing their furloughed colleagues and I wish to express my thanks again to everyone who agreed to be furloughed.

As always, I send you best wishes, keep safe.


Maureen’s End Of Week Update

Dear Parents and Staff,

We have now completed our planned tasks for the first week (I think). A huge thank you to the managers who have helped coordinate all of your arrangements in the Cobra room at 10 Walker Street office!

Nursery Arrangements

  • No 10 Walker Street is the only nursery open

  • There are 11 children registered there as category one key worker children

  • The staff appointed there who volunteered to work are:

  1. Nikki Monaghan -Nursery Manager

  2. Jose – Old Coated House

  3. Amy – 10 Walker Street

  4. Lilly and Alex – Doune Terrace

  5. Steph, Kay and Astra – Melville Street

  6. Nic (Admin) – Early Days

  7. Isabel (Admin) – Walker Street

  8. Sylvie (Cook) – Doune Terrace

  9. Phil – Maintenance Managers (Jannies)– Walker Street

  10. Ozzy –  Maintenance Managers (Jannies)– Melville Street

Sincerest thanks to our staff who volunteered to help.

The staff chosen will work a three day week and will have their hygiene training form Nikki on Monday. She will be the main contact for key worker parents at Walker Street. I am working from home as well as Susan (accounts) and Lillian (book keeper).

The remaining staff have generously agreed to the furloughs arrangement and I thank them for that.

Contact details are:

I will try to keep in touch weekly for as many updates as I can give. In the meantime keep safe and give your beautiful children a hug from us.

Look out for some fun daily ideas on our App also!

Warmest Wishes


Update From Maureen and Parent Pack

Dear Parents,

We have spent today collating a register of the children whose parents require childcare. These are the parents who are essential category 1 keyworkers i.e. Doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals.

Thank you to everyone for helping us in this task. I appreciate this may change on a day to day basis and any category 1 keyworkers whose circumstances change should contact me at maureen@earlydaysnurseries.org.uk

We are also choosing a team of staff to provide the childcare required. This team will be taken from a large number of staff who kindly offered to work. Our other staff will be invited to volunteer for the furlough scheme and many staff have done this to help the business stay viable.  Thank you to them also.

It has been overwhelming to have the outstanding support and commitment from all to help tackle this terrible virus.

To help our ‘home parent teachers’, I enclose a pack which the managers have compiled to help your sanity!  We will continue to provide further ideas as and when we can. Please note that these are best to be opened on a laptop via the website or email to view easier.  If you do not have access to a laptop, Nikki can help get these to you another way.

Parent Pack

Activity Cards

Support learning at home

Please let me know if we can help in any way.

Best Wishes


Further Nursery Opening Information

Dear Parents

I am beginning to feel like Nicola Sturgeon with my updates but here goes!

Firstly can I emphasise that the principal and essential reason for us providing childcare is to help the main key workers, mainly healthcare to  fulfil their critical support.

I must emphasise it is not compulsory for key worker’s children to attend.  Where alternative home provision is available, this is the best option.  The main reason is to reduce the spread of transmission. Therefore the minimum number of parents who require childcare will help this cause.

As from tomorrow 24th March 2020 we will be opening only 2 settings as follows

Melville Street Nursery will be open for the key worker children from Early Days, Old Coates House and Melville Street Nursery

Walker Street Nursery will be open for the key worker children from Walker Street Nursery and Doune Terrace Nursery.  Any Pre School children should be dropped off at No.17 Walker Street and Babies, Tweenies and Toddlers should be dropped off at No 10 Walker Street.

To help contain the spread of this virus we are respectfully asking parents not to enter the nursery building.  Staff from your own nursery will  meet you and the children at the door and take them into their new rooms.    Obviously if any children are upset or unsure you can bring them in to help them settle.

We are currently looking at the childcare that will be needed for key worker children and also looking at the staff we will require.  Once these details are finalised we will update you accordingly.

Thank you again for your ongoing support and lovely comments.


Following the broadcast from our First Minister, we have decided as a company to confirm the following guidance to parents:

Only children of TWO keyworkers should attend nursery tomorrow.

Single parents who are keyworkers and have no alternative childcare arrangements can also attend.

We will continue to keep you updated.

Best wishes


New Important Nursery Information

Dear Parents

Firstly, I would like to thank you for the lovely messages of support we have received. It has really helped the managers and the staff.

As you will know, things are in a constant state of flux, but we will try to keep you updated as and when we have relevant information regarding the nursery. Our first and main priority is keeping everyone as safe as we can and I wish to emphasise that the only reason Early Days Nursery will remain open in some form, is to support the keyworkers, particularly doctors and nurses and all other healthcare workers who are in the frontline of this crisis. We have planned the following measures.


As you know from the press there is doubt about the definition of keyworkers and whether it is one or two. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and we hope to have clarity from The City of Edinburgh Council and also a hotline where we can refer specific family circumstances which do not fall into certain categories. In the meantime, children of keyworkers should report to their own nursery on Monday the 23rd March and thereafter we will update you following the instructions from the city of Edinburgh Council . The proposed plan is to gather the children of keyworkers in one or two nurseries (to be decided) but will be spread out inside and taken out to the beach, parks and the forest where and when possible.


Parents whose children do not attend nursery will not be charged fees for April and this will be reviewed month by month. The council have honoured the 1140 hours for 3-5year olds on the pilot scheme and this will help towards the ongoing costs of rents, salaries etc.


We will have a skeleton staff going forward and the governments plan to pay salaries up to 80% for people not working for the next three months has significantly helped our business viability and reassured staff. Staff working in nursery will be re-trained on essential hygiene procedures especially for Covid-19.


A hotline will be established and the app and e-mails will be kept updated as things change. Laura is leading all the nurseries and can be contacted on 0131 226 5751.

Finally we are aware that our precious children will no doubt be trying to make sense of their completely changed world and we should try to keep things as consistent as we can. We will be sending out a pack of ideas and activities for our “home” pupils soon. Any parents who would like any advice, tips or who have suggestions (nice ones!) please forward them to your nursery. My e-mail address is maureen@earlydaysnurseries.org.uk I am at present working from home but I am on call at all times on 07789937055.


New Important Covid-19 Update

Dear Parents,

As each day goes by in these challenging times, we have more issues to address.

We are advised that as a Private Nursery we can remain open to support solely the children of key workers and vulnerable children.  We wish to gauge how many parents would require childcare who are on the government’s ‘key worker’ list, a link to this is at the bottom of this message.  This will enable us to make appropriate provision. We would hope to be given more clarification on this ‘key worker’ list over the weekend. If you feel you fall into one of these categories, could you please contact your nursery manager by email to confirm your child’s attendance from next week. Please also specify which nursery your child attends.

As you can imagine this will take a bit of planning and organising and requires time to implement.

We are also awaiting the chancellor’s address today to say what support will be given to businesses and parents to ensure sustainability for all.

As a nursery business we have been told by our insurers that we are not covered for COVID-19.

Staff are also anxious and we are all working together to find answers.

Please bear with us and we will keep you up to date as soon as we know.

Best Wishes,

Maureen Crandles