Situated within the beautiful grounds of Dalkeith Country Park (adjacent to the Palace) our magical nursery is nestled amongst the trees giving us fantastic links to nature both indoors and out. Our ethos at Chapter One Childcare is to bring outdoor adventure and learning to children’s early years and being situated in these beautiful grounds gives us great opportunities to explore, investigate and play right on our doorstep.
All childcare vouchers are accepted including tax free childcare.
We are in partnership with Midlothian Council to provide ‘Good time to be 2’ funded places and pre-school funded places.
Our country park nursery has been purposefully designed to meet the needs of the children within them, and consists of 6 wonderful areas:
Bunnies – Our Bunnies room is for the youngest children at our nursery, approx. 3 months to 15 months. There is an abundance of baby sensory resources to stimulate the children as well as free access to outdoor play.
Hedgehogs – The Hedgehog room is our newest addition and caters for slightly older babies from approx. 15 months to 20 months. We have added this room so we can ensure the younger babies and older babies are in an environment that is more suited to their age and stage of ability.
Squirrels – This room is the next stage on from the Hedgehogs room and is age appropriate for children approx. 20 months to 26 months.
Badgers – The Badger room is for 2-3 year olds and includes core resources like painting, water, gluing etc, for the majority of the day so children can begin to make choices about what they want to play with.
Foxes – Our Foxes room is for our 3-5 year olds, and again we ensure core resources are available all day as well as free access to outdoors so the children are in control of their own learning using a variety of resources whilst learning through play.(Please note the ages mentioned above are a guideline as each child is different and we do not move children rooms based on age alone it is dependant on room availability and development stage of each individual child.)
We want every child to have the skills, confidence and motivation to be active and healthy through, sport, dance and music so we also offer the following extra-curricular activities:
Daisy’s Music Time – Music plays an important part of baby and childcare development and has been linked to brain development, particularly language and reading skills. Daisy’s Music Time is currently delivered on a Tuesday by qualified professional musicians and is free for all children.
Enjoy a Ball – These optional classes currently delivered on a Wednesday and are action packed, fun filled weekly sports coaching sessions, designed to nurture and develop your child’s abilities, confidence and fitness. It includes activities like throwing, catching, kicking, jumping and running (super-fast!). These skills are very important as they are the ‘building blocks’ to your child’s more complex and specialised skills.
Step It Up Dance – For mini groovers aged 18 – 26 months and 26 months to 5 years, currently delivered on a Thursday. These classes promote enjoyment of music, movement and basic hip hop dancing within a safe and encouraging environment. This is a fun and funky form of dance together with loads of fun, laughs and praise along the way!
All food and refreshment are provided by Chapter One Childcare and are included within the fees. Including Breakfast, morning snack, cooked lunch and pudding as well as afternoon snack.
Breakfast - comprising of cereals or porridge.
Morning snack – fresh fruit and milk.
Lunch - Daily fresh meals are provided by our outside catering company, Union of Genius with healthy nutrition meals such as – wholesome soups, casseroles and mild curry dishes followed by yoghurt, berries and purees.
Afternoon snack – comprising of sandwiches, veggie sticks and dips and fresh fruit
Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 6.00pm
51 weeks of the year
Closed between Christmas and New Year