As we are entering in to the Winter season it would be great if you can ensure your child has a nice warm jacket, hats and gloves as well as a pair of wellington’s to leave at nursery if possible. We will be going out in all weathers so the better prepared we are the better.


This term the nurseries will be covering harvest, winter as well having some fun with Halloween and dare I say it Christmas!! There are plenty of parties and trips planned over the coming months leading up to Christmas therefore I have listed as many dates as we can below and any ad hoc days out your room seniors will advise you of these nearer the time such as trip to Winter Wonderland etc

Message from Parent Committee

The Nippers Parent Committee met on October 11th to discuss plans and ideas for the future. The committee is delighted to have a healthy bank balance and would be delighted to hear from both the Nippers team & parents on how this money should be spent across the nurseries. Please email [email protected] to share any ideas – all ideas welcome! A massive thank you to all the parents who attended – the existing committee were really pleased to see so many new people! More detailed minutes will follow in a week or so!

Painting – Dalmeny

The nursery in Dalmeny was due to be painted over the summer however this was delayed as our lovely landlord decided to replace some of the windows with the rest being done next year. The painting will now take place over the coming few weeks before the winter sets in. The painting will be done during the day out with peak drop off and collection hours therefore car parking should not be affected.

Web Site

We have now launched a new website would be lovely if you can take a look. We will be populating it over the coming few months with more information and plan to have a parent page which will be private this will allow us to share dates for diary and newsletters etc. If you would like to see anything else added please let us know. Many Thanks to Paul Barclay at NBM Digital.


Hannah Beaton will be in the nurseries in October to take photos of the children. If you wish your child to have photos with their siblings just see Janice or myself and we can arrange an appropriate time for you to bring them in, likewise if your child does not attend nursery on these dates you can arrange to bring them in to either nursery too!

Dalmeny – Tuesday 25th October 2016
Kirkliston – Thursday 27th October 2016

Staff Updates

I am delighted to announce that we have appointed a new manager for our nursery in Kirkliston and Janice Robertson will remain in Dalmeny. Our new manager Tracy Sloan joins us with an extensive management background having managed Wee Gems Nursery in Broxburn for over 8 years and another nursery in Larbert for the last 2 years. Tracy will start with us on Tuesday 25th October and hope you get a chance to meet with her and welcome her to the Nippers Team.

We have had a few moves and shakes over the last few weeks and said a few goodbyes I have listed the new teams below for your information with not too many changes:


Andrea Munro (Senior)
Rose Wright (Practitioner)
Gemma Cherry (Practitioner)
Julie Laidlaw (Practitioner)
Ally Pearson (Apprentice)


Ashleigh Fleming (Senior)
Ashley Allan (Practitioner)
Melanie Baird (Practitioner)
Kimberley Miller (Apprentice)


Caitlyn Gordon (Senior)
Lauren Clarkson (Practitioner)
Natalie Main (Practitioner)
Aimee Penman (Apprentice)


TBH (Nursery Teacher)
Hannah Sneddon (Practitioner)
Catriona Hart (Practitioner)


Lauren Houston (Senior)
Julie Laidlaw (Practitioner)
Nicole Oliver ( Practitioner)
Charlotte Gilchrist(Apprentice)


Fiona Vennelle (Nursery Teacher)
Andrea Heigh (Practitioner)
Jade Roberts (Practitioner)
Chloe Irvine (Apprentice)


Charlotte McQueen (Senior)
Jessica Williams (Practitioner)
Chantelle Clark (Practitioner)
Frankie McAllistiar (Apprentice)

Staff Training

Staff have been busy attending training over the last few months we would like to congratulate the following on completion of:

Child Protection Charlotte McQueen, Natalie Main
Stimulating DisplaysHannah Sneddon, Ashleigh Fleming
Vocabulary & Literacy in NurseryWendy Mart, Andrea Heigh
Working with 2 Year OldsCaitlyn Gordon, Frankie McAllister, Ashleigh Fleming, Melanie Baird
Preschool PlanningGill Baillie
Outdoor PlayJade Roberts
Physical EdcuationMelanie Baird
Active LearningAshley Allan
Food HygieneFrankie McAllistair, Chantelle Clark, Catriona Hart

Future Dates for your Diary – More Details will follow for each event


Tuesday 25th October
Monday 31st October
Thursday 10th November
Friday 18th November

Friday 16th December
Tuesday 20th December


Wednesday 26th October
Thursday 27th October
Thursday 10th November
Thursday 17th November

Tuesday 20th December
Thursday 22nd December


Halloween Party
Parents Evening
Children in Need Dress in Spots

Xmas Party
Junior Trip to Panto in Dunfermline


Halloween Party
Parents Evening
Children in Need Dress in Spots

Junior Trip to Panto in Dunfermline
Xmas Party

Christmas Closure last day at nursery 23rd December and we reopen on Wednesday 4th January 2017 for another year filled with fun!