Our approach is to balance care with fun.
We are fortunate for a city centre nursery, to have so much outdoor space and each age group has their own garden area. Pre-School has a large, safe and secure area where the children dig, plant and grow their own flowers and vegetables. We have help from Christa, our gardener who works with the children helping them to relate to the world around them. There is also a pond (safely covered) a mud kitchen and a climbing frame. We believe that there is no such thing as bad weather so children get out in the fresh air every day.
In Bumble Bees room, the outdoor space is right outside the room so the children and staff can move freely from indoors to outdoors. Here, as well as all the usual activities the children have a viewing platform where they can look over to the ground below and sometimes catch sight of urban wildlife – just the thing for our junior naturalists and ornithologists.
Our under 2’s garden is designed exclusively for the younger children. We have created safe but challenging experiences for the children, sparking their imagination with interesting nooks and crannies for them to explore.
Our world – their world
Our children understand that their environment extends beyond the back garden. We are proud of our Green Flag status, which recognises our eco work in the Nursery. Some of the activities the children take part in to support this are recycling, working in the allotment areas and encouraging wildlife in the gardens.
Healthy food - growing appetites
We provide all snacks and meals from our commercial kitchen at the centre of the Nursery. Our chef, Adam, prepares our food each day using fresh ingredients sourced locally where possible. We encourage children to try a variety of different foods in line with National Nutritional Guidelines for Early Years. Our snacks consist of wholemeal sandwiches with healthy fillings, toast, home-baked scones and fruit loaves as well as crackers and oatcakes with cheese. These are all served with fresh fruit, organic milk and water.
Our meat supplier is an award-winning butcher and fruit and vegetables are seasonal. Adam is happy to accommodate dietary requirements but we like to encourage children to try a range of foods barring any medical issues.
Food preparation is another area where the children are encouraged to participate. They enjoy taking part in preparing snacks and baking activities when possible. The menu and activities are adapted to suit the time of year.
Tucked away – in the hub of the city
Our spacious site is discreetly located off the main thoroughfare with secure gates and electronic entry systems in place. Our location in the centre of Edinburgh means we enjoy easy access to wonderful facilities like the Botanic Gardens, Scotland Yard Adventure Playground, local fishmongers, library and all the museums and art galleries.
At Heriot Hill we’ve forged good links with all the local schools and we have visits and storytelling sessions from school staff to help with the transition to Primary Schools.