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!

Recipe Of The Week – Root Vegetable Rice

Ingredients –

1 tbsp olive oil,

2 onions, finely chopped,

250g carrots, sliced at an angle,

250g parsnips, sliced at an angle,

1/2 tsp coriander seeds, lightly crushed,

80g butter,

500ml chicken stock,

100g short vermicelli,

300g white rice, rinsed and drained,

pink of saffron,

1/2 small pack flat leaf parsley, chopped,

Method – 

  1. Heat the oven to 200c / 180 fan / gas mark 6.

  2. Put the carrots and parsnips in a roasting tin and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle over the coriander seeds, season well and bake in the oven for 25 – 30 mins until cooked through and starting to turn golden brown at the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside somewhere warm.

  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the onions. Fry for 2 – 3 mins until starting to soften, then add the vermicelli and cook until golden.

  4. Add the rice, saffron, stock and 500ml water. Cover with a lid, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook until the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 mins.

  5. Add the roasted carrots and parsnips, scatter over the parsley and serve.

Serves 4

Activities Information

The new term for all our activities will run from 22nd April 2019 to 15th June 2019.

Please see below for individual costs:

Swimming – £80

Tutti Footy – £20

Bambino Beats – £20

A permission and payment sheet will be put up outside each room for you to complete if you wish your children to take part in these activities.

As always, payment should be made online, over the phone or via the Early Days Nurseries App.

Thank You

Introducing Angelina

My name is Angelina Bouzo and I was born and raised in Crete, Greece.

I was lucky to be surrounded by caring teachers when I was at school and while I did not appreciate how knowledgeable they were at the time, their passion for teaching and love for children was something that could not be ignored.

I think that teaching is such an important job, a teacher can be a leading role in a young child’s life. A teacher ought to show that they believe in their students and inspire them to do their best.

I completed my undergraduate studies in English literature and linguistics, with my academic focus on the learning process and the function of the memory and brain.

I am really excited to start working at OCH with the preschool children.

Coastal Classroom – What a Team!

As part of our development of exciting outdoor learning, we have some of our fantastic staff and management team out at Coastal Activity Leader Training this week.

The seven day course is taking place at The Ecology Centre in Burntisland, Fife.

The course is designed to inspire us to lead groups of children in the coastal environment. Once completed, we will have the skills to feel confident in the exploration, discovery and conservation of the wild marine environment.

During the course, which is headed up by Laura and Steve Crandles, the team will learn coastal bush craft skills, increase coastal naturalist knowledge, discover new seashore activities and learn the basic health and safety requirements required to lead groups and outdoor learning sessions in this unique and dynamic environment.

Like our Forest Schools programme, Coastal Classroom will provide active outdoor experiences and games which will encourage the children to enjoy healthy outdoor play, whilst increasing their understanding of the world around them and the impact we have on it.

We can’t wait to get this up and running, so watch this space for more information!

Recipe Of The Week – Spiced Root Vegetable Soup

Ingredients –

2 tbsp olive oil,

2 onions, finely chopped,

2 sweet potatoes, chopped

2 carrots, chopped,

2 parsnips, chopped,

1 red chilli, roughly chopped,

1 tbsp ground cumin,

75g dried green lentils,

1.3l vegetable stock,

425ml milk,

100g Greek yoghurt,

1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped,

Method – 

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onions and fry for 5 minutes until softened.

  2. Tip in the remaining veg and cook for a further 5 minutes, adding the cumin and chilli for the final 2 minutes.

  3. Add the lentils and stock to the pan. Bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes until the veg is tender and the lentils are soft.

  4. Add the milk and blitz until smooth, adding a little extra water if needed.

  5. Continue to heat until the soup bubbles.

  6. Serve in bowls with a dollop of Greek yogurt and sprinkle of coriander

Serves 6

Activities Update

The last week for activities this term is w/c 1st April 2019.

There will be no swimming, Tutti Footy or Bambino Beats w/c 8th April or w/c 15th April.

Details for the new term will follow.

We still have some outstanding payments for these activities.  As we are now at the end of the term please can you ensure that you have paid for these if your child takes part.

If you have yet to pay, please can you do so either by phone or on the app.

Thank you.