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Four open plan children's rooms – Baby Room, Tweenies Room, Toddler Room and Preschool Room for separate age groups
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
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.
Always friendly and welcoming staff, who give good feedback at end of each day
The confidence my son has gained since moving upstairs is really encouraging. He has really started to come out of his shell
Staff take and interest in my childâ€™s news and staff are flexible when needed.
My daughter is very happy at nursery and the staff are very caring and respond to her needs and preferences. - Mrs Thomas.
My son has come on leaps and bounds since starting nursery at Port Hamilton, he loves attending and is always very happy - Mrs Nisbet.
Hi, my name is Bernadette Mclean
I started as the new manager at Port Hamilton on 1st December 2014. I have been in childcare for over 16 years. In that time I have worked in various settings working my way up to manager in 2006. I have an H.N.C. qualification in Childcare and Education and I'm presently in the 4th year of my Childhood Practise Award Degree. I am also a qualified paediatric first aider, first aider at work and possess level 4 Leading in Child Protection and basic food hygiene qualifications.
I am a mum of two, I have a daughter of 24 and a son of 21 years of age. Being a mum is my biggest achievement out of work. Being a mum is the best experience I can share with you through all the knowledge and experience I have gained through the years.
I am here to offer help, care and support to all staff and parents but most importantly to your children.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone, so please pop your head in and say hello. My door is always open.