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!

Say Hello To Hayley

My name is Hayley and I am currently working towards my SVQ Level 3.

I have been working in the Toddler Room and I am really enjoying getting to know all the children and helping their development.

I enjoy listening to music in my spare time and spending time with my family and dogs.

 

Recipe Of The Week – Chicken Curry

Ingredients –

½ fresh red or green chilli, chopped,

2 cloves of garlic, chopped,

15g fresh ginger, chopped,

1 large onion, chopped,

1tbsp vegetable oil,

1tbsp coriander,

3tsp cinnamon,

2tsp turmeric,

3tsp cumin,

1 400g tin chopped tomatoes,

5tbsp mango chutney,

400g chicken breast, diced,

1 tin coconut milk,

4tbsp fresh coriander, chopped,


Method – 

  1. In a large saucepan, fry the onion and spices with a little oil over a medium heat until soft.

  2. Add the chicken and fry for 5 minutes until cooked and coated.

  3. Add all other ingredients and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

  4. Serve with some fluffy rice or nann bread

Serves 4

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.