Category Archives: Nursery News

Job Opportunites

Hello Dalry,

Stella at Maximise! has drawn our attention to these local job opportunities for anyone out of work in our Dalry family.

If your financial situation has worsened in this crisis you are very much in all our thoughts. You should also look out for links to how to access support at Edinburgh council, here, The Scottish Government and at


As a result of the effects of Coronavirus, there is an increase in job vacancies for supermarket and warehouse workers and call centre staff to start immediately.  The job advert is also available on our Jobs Board and will be updated with new vacancies as they become available.  Please share as widely as possible.


Contract:      All types of temporary contracts available immediately

Salary:         Dependent on employer

Employer:    Various employers across Edinburgh and the Lothians


See below for the full list of current vacancies and how to apply:

  • Iceland –
  • Co-op/Scotmid – visit your nearest store
  • Morrisons – or visit your nearest store
  • Asda – visit your nearest store with your passport and your National Insurance number
  • Tesco –
  • Sainsbury’s – Apply here
  • B&M – visit your nearest store
  • Aldi – check out their vacancies here
  • Lidl – Edinburgh and West Lothian. Apply here
  • Sainsbury’s Bank – Customer Service Advisors – Applications for Edinburgh Gyle here. Applications for West Lothian at
  • Production Warehouse Workers – The company is based just of the M8 – due to the location and shift patterns it is essential you can drive. Email your details to
  • Recruitment agency, Cordant People, are recruiting immediate starts in Food Production, Stock Replenishment and Cleaning in Edinburgh, Livingston and Dunfermline. Call 0131 285 0550.

Generation Science In the Nursery

Nursery had generation science out at the beginning of this week to explore the science behind sound through storytelling, use of props, demonstrations, discussions and instruments. The children were really engaged throughout the whole session, particularly when they had the chance to create and use their own instruments.
By the end of the session many children could name instruments and could tell the difference between high and low pitch using their own voices.


We enjoyed celebrating International Week in the nursery.  To start the week on Monday everyone was invited to wear clothes from their culture and Natalia even wore red and white clothes to represent the flag of Poland!

Keyan, Finn, Xionuan, and Tyler’s mum’s shared stories and songs from India, Australia and China with us and Mr Wong, our Hanen Mandarin teacher, led our ‘group time’ with all the children.

Families also sent us their photographs, which were added to our world map in the hallway, to reflect the diverse and inclusive nature of our nursery and school.

You Are Cordially Invited to Tynecastle Burns Supper…

Tynecastle parent and carer council warmly invites everyone to our annual Burns’ Night celebration on Friday 24th January from 7pm-10.30pm.

The Burns Supper is a big part of our annual fundraising calendar. We have musical performances from our Pipe Band, musicians and Highland Dancers plus some poetry and traditional speeches from staff and senior pupils, before some delicious food and then ceilidh dancing. It’s a fantastic night.

We are especially keen to welcome those who have never been to a Burns’ Night before!

Tickets will be available from the school office or by registering on the link below, for a suggested donation of £5 per adult or £1 for students/children.


If you want to donate raffle prizes please drop them off at the school or bring them on the night.”

Illness and Sickness Advice

It is winter and the winter bugs are arriving as usual.

At this time of year it is especially important to follow the best advice to help keep children and staff well and keep schools and nurseries working well.

NHS Lothian have issued the following key advice for Parents and Carers.

The most important message is:

The key advice is the

Children should not return to school until completely well and 48 hours after symptoms have cleared.

The following will help prevent infection at home as well.

In the home the risk of catching or spreading flu/cold like illness can be reduced by:

•Regular hand washing with liquid soap and running water

•Covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

•Using a disposable paper tissue, disposed off immediately after use.

•You can teach your child to sneeze into the ‘crook’ of their arm rather than their hands, if they don’t have a tissue.

•Good general cleaning of surface that everyone touches often e.g. TV remote, light switches, door handles, toilet flushes and tap heads.


Nursery Tree Trip

We went to Gorgie Road Real Christmas Trees to get a tree for the nursery.  The children looked a  measuring stick to decide what height the tree should be and then walked around the trees to find the one they wanted. They watched the tree being wrapped and put in our trolley before we all headed back to nursery.
Darren and his team very generously gave us the trip for FREE thank you to them, and our own Mrs Brown, for arranging this very generous donation!!

Nursery EAL Support Advice Meeting


(English as an Additional Language)

TUESDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2.00pm- 2.45pm

Mrs Samina Mustaq, our specialist EAL teacher, met with parents whose children have English as an additional language.

She provided advice and answered many questions about how parents u can support their child’s language development in more than one language.  The main advice is keep your home language alive by using it!  This will help develop connections in your child’s brain between English and their home language/s, build on your emotional relationship with them and enable them to speak to other members of the family and language community too!  

Don’t forget to join the City of Edinburgh Library too, where you can order books and other resources in many different languages for both adults and children.