Pension Information

A number of you have recently received a letter from Aegon advising that Early Days Nurseries had not made the required payments to your pension fund in July. I would like to reassure you that all payments have been made.

We have investigated this and it appears that there was a security issue with Aegon (our pension provider) not allowing Mazars (our payroll provider) to access to our pension portal.  Unfortunately this meant that all pension payments were delayed for that month.  Please be assured all employer contributions have now been processed.  I have written a formal complaint to Aegon.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Susan at Head Office should you have any questions or require any further information.

Kind regards

Maureen

Introducing Claudia

I have been working as a teacher in Barcelona for 2 years. I have a BA in classics as well as an MA in teaching in Spain.

I have had the opportunity to work with school children and teenagers and I loved the experience as I got to see the learning that takes place in all ages.

I particularly love working with children in the early years as it’s just amazing to see how fast they learn and discover new things.

I look forward to working with your children

Introducing Ellis

Hi, my name is Ellis McFarlane.

I have always wanted to look after children and I am currently studying to become a nursery practitioner.

I enjoy watching the children grow and become their own little people. I hope to help children develop and give them enjoyment and happiness.

I trained as a gymnast for 10 years and coached for 4 years. I love to teach gymnastics and help children have a chance to try my favourite sport.

Can It Really Be 20 Years?!

In 1999, Maureen Crandles took over a small nursery with just 30 children. Roll on 20 years and there are now over 500 children, in six locations. Wow!

We would love to see faces, old and new, to help us celebrate this wonderful achievement.

With fun for all the family, it is sure to be a fantastic day!

Internal Job Advert – Room Leader

We are recruiting for a Room Leader to help create a sense of wonder for the children in your care.

You will be responsible for providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care and most importantly for ensuring our children have fun whilst learning in a safe and caring environment.

Specific responsibilities include:

• Supporting children’s education and development
• Leading the planning of safe, creative and appropriate learning opportunities
• Supporting the day to day management of staff including the supervision, monitoring, development and instruction of staff and students
• Ensuring room and equipment is kept in good working order
• Liaising with Parents/Carers
• Ensuring all activity and practices in room adheres to Care Inspectorate and SSSC best practice and Early Days Nurseries policies and procedures.
• Reporting regularly to the Nursery Manager and deputising where required.

Successful applicants will hold a suitable childcare qualification (SVQ3 or equivalent) and will have an interest in pursuing further qualifications. You will have sound experience of working in a nursery or other childcare setting and have a positive, caring, ‘can-do’ attitude.

If you feel that you have the required attitude, skills and experience then please submit an up-to-date CV and covering letter to your manager by 23rd September 2019.

Your covering letter should explain why you feel you would be both suited to and successful in this position.

Say Hello to Courtney

Hi my name is Courtney and I have recently started at Doune Terrace Nursery.

I enjoy looking after children, especially my wee sister and I am excited to pursue my career in childcare.

I also enjoy messy play and energetic outdoor play.

I look forward to getting to know all of the children and parents at Doune Terrace.

Recipe Of The Week – Banana Loaf

Ingredients –

140g butter, softened (plus extra for the tin),

140g caster sugar,

2 large eggs, beaten,

140g self – raising flour,

1tsp baking powder,

2 very ripe bananas, mashed,

50g icing sugar,

Handful of dried banana chips,


Method – 

  1. Heat oven to 180c / 160c fan / gas mark 4.

  2. Butter a loaf tin and line the base and sides with parchment paper.

  3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy then slowly add the eggs with a little flour. Fold in the remaining flour, baking powder and bananas then pour into the loaf tin.

  4. Bake for around 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

  5. Cool in the tin for ten minutes then remove to a wire rack.

  6. Mix the icing sugar with 2 – 3 tsp water to make a runny icing, drizzle across the top and decorate with banana chips.

  7. Serve with a glass of milk or a coffee for the grown ups!

Serves 6