Busy Bees at Port Hamilton

Call Bernadette on 0131 228 1221

69 Morrison Street

Opening Times

7.30am - 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Ages Taken

0-5 years
  • Graded two 4's and two 5's - Click here to view our report

  • In partnership with Edinburgh Council - get your 3 year old funded place 

  • Four open plan children's rooms – Baby Room, Tweenies Room, Toddler Room and Preschool Room for separate age groups

  • Modern, age-appropriate toys, sensory play areas, stimulating learning aids and equipment
  • Active parental involvement - we always welcome visits and regular contact with you and your family

  • A Key Person who will help you keep in touch with all the activities of the nursery day and also ensure that they can provide your child with extra comfort & security and reassurance if necessary, a Buddy Bee for when your key worker is on holiday

  • Safe and secure building, main door and room doors all have a key fob entry system

  • Catering team dedicated to meeting your child’s dietary needs. Seasonal menus, all food prepared daily on site.

  • Separate dining area for the children to enjoy all meals in

  • Outside garden with a grassed area, including balance beams, digging patch and a soft area for bikes, trikes and ball games

  • Some of the staff team are fluent in different languages such as Spanish  
  • Indoor Buggy Store so you can leave your prams
  • The nursery is closed on Good Friday & Easter Monday, 25th & 26th December and 1st & 2nd January. Where Bank holidays fall on a weekend the nursery will be closed on that years designated dates. (Usually the following Monday or Tuesday)

Why You Will Love Our Nursery

Port Hamilton nursery is an international nursery situated in the heart of the city where unique people from all over the world make you and your little one feel special.

We are the only nursery in the financial district with Care Inspectorate grades five across the board.

Our 90 place nursery has been open since 2001 and is a very bright open planned nursery with a large secure garden with a grass and soft ground area.

The ground floor comprises of the Baby room which accommodates babies from 6 weeks to 18 months and the Tweenies room, for children from 18 months to 2 years 6 months of age. The 1st floor comprises of the Toddler room which accommodates children from 2 year 6months  to 3 years of age and the Preschool room for children from 3 to 5 years of age.

Each room is very well equipped with a variety of toys made from natural materials (heuristic), sensory areas, black and white areas, lilac relaxation areas, art areas which facilitate sand and water play, an IT area with a touch screen computer, scanner and printer.

We have parking facilities, indoor buggy storage, and direct access into the garden from the ground floor. We have a kitchen and dining area, and our chef prepares and cooks delicious fresh food on a daily basis in our nursery kitchen. Our menu is specially designed by a qualified nutritionist and we provide a variety of food with alternatives to suit every age group and special dietary, cultural and religious requirements.

All staff are fully qualified as childcare practitioners, police checked and SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council) registered. Our fantastic preschool room manager is a qualified teacher. The manager is qualified to a degree level.

Why are we different to any other nursery:

We are different because we enhance all age group through Busy Bees babble to chatter, supporting communication and language.

Busy babies, this is based on the research of Maria Robinson which suggests using high contrasting tones, such as black and white to stimulate the babies brains. Bold geometrical images can hold their interest and help them to focus, and areas rich in quality displays promote babies visual and physical development.

Talk time baskets are  designed for our under two's. This is a set of three baskets with high quality resources in them for children to enjoy engaging in play and learning. 

Chatter boxes, are used within the pre-school room. The chatter box approach provides each child with an individual space within the nursery and is an ideal approach to sharing links with home.

Wake and shake, written and recorded by Busy Bees staff 'wake and shake' is exclusive to Busy Bees. This enhancement engages children as they discover a series of dance movements carried out to lively music with their peers. Research has shown that our brain works best when supplied with oxygen and endorphins both which are produced through exercise.

This is only some of the projects we provide that makes us different.


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Contact Busy Bees at Port Hamilton

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Meet the Team

Bernadette McLean

Nursery Manager

Hi my name is Bernadette McLean, I am the manager of Busy Bees Edinburgh Port Hamilton Nursery. I have 17 years experience of being a nursery manager and have been with Busy Bees for two years.

I have 16 years experience working in the childcare environment. I qualified with my H.N.C in childcare and education and I have one year left in my childhood practise degree to complete.I also have my first aid at work, paediatric first aid and level 4 in child protection.

I have two grown up children of my own, therefore I can relate to all working parents. I have an open door policy and I am always here to help, support and reassure any parents who may have any worries and to ensure your child has the best possible experience here at Port Hamilton Nursery.

I am very committed to my job and have huge drive and passion for delivering the highest quality childcare and education. Working with children and their families is so rewarding and it amazes me how these little people can brighten up your day with their smiles, gestures and conversations. I love meeting new families and promoting the excellent services that we provide.

I look forward to welcoming you to our warm, friendly and caring nursery.



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Gillian Easton
Assistant Manager

Hi my name is Gillian. I am the newly appointed deputy manager of the nursery. This role is something I have been working towards for a long time. I am really looking forward to the challenge that my new role will give me.
I will be splitting my time between the office supporting my manager and in the play rooms supporting the children and the staff.
I qualified as a nursery nurse in June 1992. I have over 20 years experience and have worked for Busy Bees for the last 4 years. In this time I h
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Anna Kennedy Stewart
Financial Administrator

Hi my name is Anna. I joined the Port Hamilton Busy Bee team in April 2016. I achieved a diploma in accounting technician and book keeping with distinction in the UK in 2011. In Russia in 1993 I gained a master degree in teaching and methods of teaching. I believe I have been given a fantastic opportunity to joining this well established team and managed by good manager. In my opinion Edinburgh Port Hamilton is a unique, multi cultural, friendly environment for both children and staff.
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Emma M
Senior Room Manager

Emma is our 3rd in charge upstairs. Emma has worked with the company for 4 years, however she has been with us here at Port Hamilton since Aug 15. Emma loves observing children learning through play and enjoys taking the children's learning forward to the next steps to further enhance their development.
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Kerray Gordon
Senior Room Manager

Hi, my name is Kerray. I am the senior room manager of the pre-school room. I hold the SVQ 2 and SVQ 3 in childcare and education. I have been working in childcare for 15 years and gained lots of experience and knowledge in child development and the curriculum. The pre-school is a fun filled educational room where the children are learning and progressing through play constantly. Working with the pre-school children, watching them being happy makes my day worth while.
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Danielle Wilson
Senior Room Manager

Hello, my name is Danielle. I have been working in the early years for a number of years. My journey began in 2012 when I started working towards my SVQ 3 in childcare learning and development. I qualified in 2013 and continued to work as QEYE while undergoing other training courses. I am now working towards my SVQ 4 social services for children and young people, I aim to complete this by November this year.
I love my job. I am very passionate about giving every child the best start in life.
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Hugo Clavajo
Early Years Professional

Hugo works in Tweenies. He is a qualified teacher, who used to work in Spain. He originally joined us as bank staff, but he has since been made a permanent part of the team and is hugely valued by staff, parents, and children. Hugo is very child focused and really enjoys making the children happy by providing new exciting activities for them to learn and progress.
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Tyesha Paterson
Early Years Professional

Tyesha is a nursery nurse in the baby room. She has her SVQ level 3 in childcare and education and is currently with us part-time. Tyesha has good knowledge of childcare and strives to provide a high quality care and well-being for all the child.
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Irene Horsburgh
Early Years Professional

Hi, my name Irene. I am a qualified nursery nurse with an SVQ 3 in childcare and education.I have over 20 years experience within childcare and have worked for Busy Bees for six years.
I have worked with every age group within Port Hamilton. I'm currently in the pre-school room and loving every minute of it especially when when I am doing drama, arts and crafts and helping the children with their writing skills.
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Ashley Beck
Early Years Professional

Ashley works in the baby room. She has her SVQ level 3 in Childcare and education. Ashley is also our childcare rep and like to ensure everything is of a high standard for the benefit of the children and the nursery. Ashley loves working in the baby room watching them grow and develop. She enjoys reading stories to the children and doing messy play.
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Chloe Davidson
Early Years Professional

Chloe qualified as a nursery has been with busy Bees from Nov 2014. Chloe worked in the baby room but has recently moved to the toddler room where she is valued by staff and children. Chloe likes to engage with the children, listen to there stories and is often seen in the role play area.
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Brooke McMillan
Early Years Professional

Hello, my name is Brooke. I have worked for Busy Bees for four years. I qualified with SVQ 3 in Early Learning and Childcare in 2012.I also have my paediatric first aid and knowledge of working with children overseas. I have had experience working with children for over five years and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I am currently working in the tweenie room and I am at my happiest when I see the children learn and develop new skills.
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Leona Thomson
Early Years Professional

Hello, my name is Leona. I am the senior practitioner in the pre-school room. I hold an H.N.C in Early Education and Childcare and have been working with children for over four years. I enjoy working with children of all ages and watching them thrive.
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Maria Gonzalez

Hello, my name is Maria and I work in the pre-school room as a qualified Spanish teacher. I studied in Spain qualifying as primary school teacher with an additional H.N.D in early years and education. I have been working with children for seven years and really enjoy teaching and learning children new skills to take their development further. I love it, children make life easier and sweeter.
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Gail Goodsell

Gail is our chef. She has been a qualified chef for 36 years. Her culinary delights go down a treat here at Edinburgh Port Hamilton both with the children and the staff.
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Aimee Geddes
Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Aimee, I started with Busy Bees in March 2016. I work in the baby room as an apprentice early years educator and working towards completing my SVQ 2. I love my job, I am very passionate about every child's care and learning. I especially love messy play with the babies, I love watching the expressions on their little faces, the sign of enjoyment.
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Erin Paterson
Room Team

Hi, my name is Erin. I work in the Tweenies room. I joined the team in May 2014 as a nursery apprentice. I am in the of studying my SVQ level 3 this year. I love being part of a nursery team and love doing outdoor activities with the children.I love seeing the children smile.

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