• We offer a home from home environment in a purpose built facility and take great pride in helping you give your child the best possible start in life. Babycare welcomes babies from 3 months to 2 years and caters for a maximum of 9 babies at any one time, within the atmosphere of an integrated nursery. The staff child ratios are 1 adult : 3 babies. We have separate areas for sleeping/quiet times and a nappy changing area. Parents are required to bring formula milk, nappies, creams and a change of clothes.

  • Settling In

  • At time of registration the parent/carer will meet with their child’s keyworker and complete an ‘All About Me’ and routine forms to give MAP prior knowledge of the child before attending. We do make time for all the children and will do our best to help your child to settle. If your child uses a comforter at home or has a favourite toy, we are quite happy for them to bring it along until they are settled. Every effort will be made to ensure that the settling in period is enjoyable for the parent and the child.

    We encourage new users to have three visits:

    • 1st visit ( ½ hour timescale) to fill in forms with your child’s keyworker.
    • 2nd visit (1 hour timescale) where the child will visit the playroom and the parent/carer can leave.
    • 3rd visit (1 hour timescale) where the child will visit the playroom and the parent/carer can leave.

    The visits are not a requirement but are recommended to facilitate as smooth a transition as possible for all concerned.

  • The settling in period is not specific, the parent/carer may attend for as long as it takes for them to be confident that their child is ready to be left. MAP also recognises the parent as the prime carer of their child and will try to maintain continuity of care. In order to achieve this and to ensure that the needs of your child are met we encourage you to give as much information as possible about your child. The key worker will keep you regularly informed of your child’s progress. Good communications will lead to a valuable relationship being created which can only enhance your child’s experience within the facility.

    Meals and Snacks

  • Environment – MAP is a nut free zone

    We follow the child’s routine for meal times including breakfast and tea, this should be provided by the parent. Children receive two snacks during their stay, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Snack is included in the fees. We only provide foods that give children lots of nutrients and are low in sugar or salt, for example bread, cereal (with little or no sugar), fruit, vegetables and milk products. The only drinks offered at snack time are water or full fat milk. When planning our snack menu we will consider the variety offered daily/weekly. Milk and water will be available throughout the day and children will be encouraged to have drinks regularly. For the occasional special event/celebration children may receive other foods e.g. birthday cakes. 

  • We can provide meals prepared and cooked by Lockerbie Primary School. Parents also have the option of purchasing a hot lunch or providing a packed lunch from home. Should you wish to provide a packed lunch for your child, we ask for your co-operation and suggest that you do not send any chocolate, biscuits or food containing sugar, or drinks which are fizzy and contains sugar (see our packed lunch healthy eating leaflet). Staff will ensure the child’s care plan is followed for allergies and dietary requirements. 

    Mealtimes will be a quiet, relaxed time. The staff will sit at the table with the children and talk with them. All distractions will be avoided including TV. Children often take longer to eat and can become restless if sitting too long therefore we will ensure mealtimes are relaxed and flexible and children are given time to eat their meal/snack. Staff will involve children in planning the snack menu and preparing the food for snack, setting tables etc.

    We will provide a supportive environment for families who wish to continue to provide their baby with breast milk and for mothers who wish to breast feed in our environment.

    For further information please read our Food and Nutrition policy. You can also view our snack and lunch menus.

  • Learning and Development

  • Profiles – Each child will have a profile which is a shared document between parent/carers and ourselves. The profile reflects the uniqueness of the child and shows evidence of learning and achievements, through observations, photographs and artwork. It also includes next steps for learning and development. Prior to starting parents will complete an ‘All about me’ sheet which will be added to the child’s profile giving the staff prior knowledge of the child’s interests and needs.

    Birth to Three – 4 key principles
    Rights of the child – children begin to find out about their rights from a very early age often through relationships and the way others treat them
    Relationships – even before your baby is born they have formed a good relationship with you. Good relationships are essential to your baby’s health and wellbeing
    Responsive care – when staff are responsive and affectionate, babies start to feel secure within themselves.
    Respect – children gain confidence and feel respected when they can see that their opinions shape and inform decisions that affect them.

  • Nine features of the key principles in practice:
    1. Role of staff
    2. Attachments
    3. Transitions
    4. Observation, Assessment and Planning
    5. Partnership Working
    6. Health and Wellbeing
    7. Literacy and Numeracy
    8. Environments
    9. Play

    Why play?
    Play is very powerful in promoting children’s development and learning. It is widely known that children need the freedom to play, to practice skills, explore the world around them, and develop knowledge and understanding in their own way and in their own time.

  • Play enables children to make important connections so that they can make sense of their world, consolidate and celebrate what they know and do, act out and process day-to-day experiences, thrive; develop self confidence and social skills and experiment with and manage feelings

    Home Link

    We aim to provide you with as much information about your child’s day as possible. Your child will receive a diary each day with information about their stay i.e. daily activities, feeding/sleep patterns and nappy changes etc. When collecting your child you can access the link diary as well as the opportunity to chat about how the day has gone. Parents can also use the diary to record information from home for staff.

    Partnership with Parents
    Parents will be encouraged to see themselves as the prime educators of their children. All forms of parental involvement will be welcomed and encouraged. Support and friendship will be offered to all families so that they feel welcome.
    Mid Annandale Playcare will provide opportunities for parents / carers to participate in the settings activities, to learn about the curriculum and the importance of play in the child’s development both in the setting and at home.

    We hold regular parent/information evenings so that you can come along and experience some of the activities we provide for your child and what they learn from particular types of activities. You will also be able to talk to staff and discuss your queries, suggestions or concerns and have a closer look at your child’s profile.

  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Outdoor Play
    Mid Annandale Playcare value outdoor play as an intrinsic part of the curriculum. Outdoor play is a necessary part of our daily routine and we always encourage a positive attitude to the outdoors to ensure the children have a knowledge of the world around them. Active learning experiences outdoors are essential for young children. They give children opportunities to practice their developing skills, make them feel good and to explore their world. It is also important for children’s physical, mental and emotional development. We believe that children should begin to take risks and face challenges outdoors.
    The outdoor area will be resourced and available for the children to access on a daily basis. Children will need to have appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather in order to enable them to fully access the activities outside.
    View Outdoor Learning Policy 

  • Outings
    Outings provide children with a range of learning opportunities that are impossible to offer within the confines of a setting. Outings may represent part our everyday programme or they may be a special event. All children will be given opportunities to go on outings. We go on regular walks around Lockerbie visiting rhyme time, story time and local parks etc.

    View Outings Policy


    Mid Annandale Playcare recognises that positive transitions are important for children’s personal, social and emotional well-being. We will treat each child as an individual in order that the transition process is flexible and focussed on meeting the needs of children and families. Working closely with families is key to supporting effective transitions. Parents and carers will be involved as fully as possible. Transition will be planned carefully to ensure children have positive experiences and the move from home to nursery and Babycare to Daycare is as smooth as possible.

    Our staff are reliable and responsive to help young children develop a sense of trust and security. Prior to a child starting transition to another provision we will arrange short visits and identify a key worker with whom the child can develop a secure relationship.