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?

 

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 – 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!

Happy World Book Day

It is lovely to see all our nursery children dressed up as different book characters today.

We have been reading some of their favourite books from home which all of the children are enjoying.

Reading is vital to the growth of a child’s imagination and such an important part of growing up.

Let us all spend some time appreciating our most loved books today and encourage our children to do them same.

Christmas Has Arrived At Early Days Nurseries

With only 20 sleeps until Christmas, things are in full swing at all of our nurseries.

We have lots of festive fun coming our way in the next couple of weeks.

The children are so excited for their parties, nativity and the panto.

The staff can’t wait either!

 

 

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.