• It is during our very earliest years and even pre-birth that a large part of the pattern for our future adult life is set.” (Scottish Government, 2008d, p 1)


    Mid Annandale Playcare 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

  • Mid Annandale Playcare recognises that positive transitions are important for children’s personal, social and emotional well-being. Effective transitions can provide opportunities to help children develop self-worth, confidence and the capacity to be resilient in the process of dealing with change. 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. We will work closely with all other adults who are involved with the child and ensuring that effective and ongoing communication takes place. Partnership working with parents is key to supporting effective transitions and staff will involve you as fully 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 we will arrange short visits and identify a key worker with whom the child can develop a secure relationship.
  • We encourage new users to have three visits:
    • 1st visit (1 hour timescale) the parent/carer and child will meet with their child’s keyworker. The keyworker will play alongside the child and complete a care plan with the parent/carer. This will enable our staff to begin developing an attachment with your child and allow us to gain prior knowledge and decide how best to support your child before attending. We invite parents to stay with the child as they adjust to the new environment.
    • 2nd visit (1 hour timescale)the parent and child will be invited to play alongside the child’s keyworker. Parent/carers can leave if they so wish.
    • 3rd visit (1 hour timescale) the parent and child will be invited to play alongside the child’s keyworker. Parent/carers will be encouraged to leave the child if the child is content and the parent/carer feels comfortable doing so.
    The above visits are a requirement to facilitate as smooth a transition as possible for all concerned. The settling in period however, 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. We also recognise the parent as the prime carer of their child and will try to maintain continuity of care building in routines that are familiar and welcoming.
    The key worker will keep you regularly informed of your child’s progress. 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. If a sibling also attends the setting, we will provide opportunities for them to see one another regularly throughout the day. Every effort will be made to ensure that the settling in period is enjoyable for the parent and the child.

    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 and this 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. 
    Staff will ensure the child’s care plan is followed for allergies and dietary requirements. 
  • Mid Annandale Playcare make our own healthy, low sugar, low salt meals here on site. Our meal plans are based upon both ‘Setting the Table’ guidance and the Care Inspectorate’s ‘Food Matters’ document. The recipes we have chosen have been created for children to ensure they are getting nutritious, tasty and child friendly meals to fuel their fun filled days. Any meats we use are purchased from our local butchers to ensure all meat we are using is fresh on the day and locally produced. We do not use any jarred sauces and all our meals are made with fresh ingredients.
    Parents also have the option of 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).
  • Mealtimes are a quiet and 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 flexible and children are given time to eat their meal/snack. Staff will involve children in 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.
    You can also view our snack and lunch menus here.
  • Learning and Development

  • At Mid Annandale Playcare we support children’s learning and development through carefully planned play activities. 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.
    Why play?
    • 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.
    • Through play, the child can learn to answer their own questions, learn new skills and learn to work collaboratively with other children or adults.
    • Play benefits early language development through imaginative play.
    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.
  • Outdoor Play

  • Mid Annandale Playcare value the importance of outdoor play. We have a natural grass outdoor area with trees (including fruit trees), wildlife and endless opportunities. 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 knowledge of the world around them. Simply being outside in fresh air is beneficial and practitioners provide active learning experiences which are essential for babies. Outdoors gives babies the opportunity to practice their developing skills, make them feel good, explore nature and play collaboratively. We believe that children should begin to take risks, risk assess and face challenges outdoors in our natural environment. 

    The outdoor area is resourced and available for the babies to access on a daily basis. Babies will need to have appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather in order to enable them to fully access our outdoor area. We access outdoors, rain, hail, sleet or shine so please plan ahead for your child. We will not exclude any child from our natural garden due to them not having welly boots as this is a valued part of your child’s learning experience. 

    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.
  • Partnership with Parents

    Our staff value and respect parent/carers and their role. We recognise that parents are the prime educators of their children and we respect their knowledge, skills and experience. All forms of parental involvement will be welcomed and encouraged.
    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, therefore ensuring a joint approach to planning, assessing and recording.
    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. We strive to develop effective links between the home and setting to ensure consistency of care for babies and young children.
    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.