Latest Nursery News January 2021

LINKS NURSERY BALMEDIE WISHES YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Currently we remain open to provide care for the children of keyworkers.  To find out more, or to book a tour, please enquire with our manager on 01358 743094 or email manager@linksnurserybalmedie.co.uk. Its also possible to register your child now if you are seeking childcare for the period after the current lockdown ends, so do get in touch, we are happy to help.

As you may be aware Links Balmedie has remained open throughout the COVID19 pandemic, originally doing vital work as a hub for the children of key workers, and between August and December last year fully open for all children. Currently, revised lockdown restrictions mean a return to providing care for keyworker children only. We have been focused on ensuring children are comfortable and happy, and on supporting their health and wellbeing. We have been reading stories, baking, modelmaking, spending time outdoors in the garden and going for beach and forest walks. Check out some of the experiences children have been enjoying below.

Home learning experiences for your children during lockdown

We are delighted to share our home learning resources with you all below. We hope these may offer useful suggestions for learning experiences for those of you whose children are unable to attend nursery at the moment because of ongoing lockdown restrictions.

  • Aberdeenshire Council Early Years team have created home learning resources for children and families based around the well-known stories Stick Man (to download, click here and here) and The Gingerbread Man (to download, click here and here).
  • Have a look at the Aberdeenshire Family Information Services Page on Facebook and AbshireELC page on Twitter where fun and learning ideas are shared.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have difficulty in accessing any of the resources and we will be happy to help you.

Health and Wellbeing

COVID operational safety guidelines are in place and working well. All staff have completed COVID 19 training and many have also completed mental health awareness training and are therefore well able to support any children who may be anxious about the ongoing pandemic. Health and safety and children's wellbeing have always been important for the care of our children but have assumed even more importance during the pandemic. We want to reassure you that we are taking every step to ensure that your children are safe, well and appropriately supported whilst still enjoying nurturing and stimulating play and learning experiences.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do let us know.

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About Us

‘Children within the service were happy, settled, busy and having a lot of fun. Throughout the nursery there was a culture of positivity and caring, clearly focused on the needs of the children. The staff team were knowledgeable about the children, warm, attentive and nurturing which resulted in a secure and respectful environment for them. The relaxed and nurturing environment contributed to children's sense of belonging and confidence. Children were at the centre of everything staff and management did, and were provided with varied learning environments which intrigued and excited them.’

                         The Care Inspectorate, 5 April 2019

Housed in bright, modern purpose-built nursery facilities with ample parking, in the heart of the village of Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Links Nursery can accommodate a total of 101 children in our spacious, well equipped children’s playrooms. We also have two attractive, large and inviting garden areas to the front and side of the building, as well as a smaller garden area to the front.  Our lovely nursery provides quality childcare, and a safe, nurturing learning environment for children aged 0 to 5 years. Our aim is to ensure all our children are welcomed, valued, supported and cared for to the highest standard.

Serving Balmedie, the surrounding towns and villages including Potterton, Belhelvie, Bridge of Don, Dyce, Ellon, Peterhead and the wider Aberdeenshire area, we are a very flexible nursery and offer a variety of childcare contracts to suit differing family needs, including full time, part time, shift pattern and term time only options. Our opening hours are 7.30 am until 6 pm. We are also registered as a council partner provider nursery, and can offer council funded places for children aged 3 and over and eligible 2 year olds.

If you are looking for a quality early years nursery placement for your child, why not contact our manager Lyndsay Fleming on 01358 743094 to arrange to pop in for a tour of the nursery or to have chat about what we have to offer? We have waiting lists for all our rooms, but do still have availability on some days for immediate start. We look forward to welcoming you and your family.

Our inspection report is available online from www.careinspectorate.com

We also have sister nurseries in Edinburgh, Musselburgh in East Lothian, and Duns in the Borders. You can find more information about these nurseries at www.city-nursery.co.uk , www.linksnursery.co.uk , and www.linksnurseryduns.co.uk