Recipe Of The Week – Creamy Caprese Quinoa

2 cups cooked quinoa,

1 cup of your favourite pasta sauce,

2 tablespoons tomato paste,

1/3 cup heavy cream,

1/3 cup parmesan cheese,

1 cup mozzarella, divided,

1/2-1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved,

1 large bunch fresh basil, cut into ribbons,

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper,

Heat tomato sauce and tomato paste over low heat in a large saucepan. Once warm, stir in heavy cream, parmesan, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in the quinoa. Fold in half of the mozzarella and half of the tomatoes, then chop 6 fresh basil leaves and add them in too. Once combined, spray an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with non-stick spray and pour the entire quinoa mixture into the dish. Top with fresh mozzarella rounds or shredded mozzarella and the remaining tomatoes.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes and then turn the broiler on and broil for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.



Early Days Nurseries were lucky enough to be invited to Prestonfield Golf Club last week for a golf session.

The children spent some time on the putting green incorporating the intrinsic motor skills of balance, aim and distance control. They also learned some technical skills of putter control and basic technique.

This was followed by a walk to the main practice area where, after a small demonstration of chipping, the children had the chance to try out some hand eye coordination and weight- transfer for themselves.

It was a fun afternoon filled with games and competitions, and you never know, it may have just set some of the boys and girls off on a path to win The Open one day!

Thank you to Scott Clark and Chris Algeo for a great day and a fantastic opportunity.

Double Double Toil And Trouble

With Halloween on its way, the toddlers at Walker Street Nursery decided to take a spooky trip to Butterfly World.

The children were very brave looking at all the creepy crawlies

We saw snakes, a centipede, a big hairy spider and lots of other interesting insects and animals.

Our own little monsters then shook off all that creepiness and had some fun in the play park!



5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – Blast Off!

The children at Old Coates House have been very excited about our new space topic!

We have created a space station in our role play area were the astronauts have been going on adventures into space.

We are learning new facts about the planets and have visited the Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars! We are learning how to create our own space stories and have had a good giggle at some of our alien characters.

Some astronauts have been using number tracks to learn numbers before and after which lead to the entrance of the space shuttle.

We are excited to share our discoveries when we land back on Earth.

Another Successful Curriculum Evening!

The Melville Street curriculum evening was a huge success!

Thank you to all the parents who came along, and for all your lovely comments.

We love putting these events on for parents and it is great to have such positive feedback, some of which you can see below.

‘Extra pre school activities are excellent. Swimming, Forest schools, football, yoga and spanish are all really engaging and I always get great feedback from the kids’

‘Amazing to see what all the kids get up to.  Food is fantastic.  All the staff are a credit to the company.  AMAZING!’

‘Loved the baby and tweenie room activities and the video.  Good work.  Food was delicious.’

‘Absolutely loved it! Thank you so much for all the effort and of course, the food!’

‘Great initiative! Good to speak to staff for when Lottie moves up to preschool.  All the staff are knowledgeable and dedicated! Thanks.’

‘Great to see the detail of what is done in pre school Spanish, phonics and the many activities in the back room.  Like the encouragement of independent thinking!’