Karen Koren: Bringing up baby fun at New Town Yard

The Yard. Picture: Jon Savage
The Yard. Picture: Jon Savage
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I have been on baby-sitting duties over the last four days as my son Kristian’s family live in Dunfermline, and they have different school holidays from Edinburgh. Consequently, they have already had their half-term and went off to London to see the sights and stay with my daughter Katy.

I looked after Eve, which was great fun, but hard work. Eve has special needs and goes to a great school in Dunfermline called Calaiswood. She loves the school and has brilliant one- to-one carers who help stimulate and teach her.

Eve and I have a great time together. I like to keep her occupied and laughing as much as possible.

So while my lovely family were fighting the bad weather in the south, we were out and about.

We went to The Yard, which is situated in Scotland Yard, in the heart of the New Town, where Kristian used to play as a lad. I learned that DIY SOS, the BBC programme presented by Nick Knowles, worked on The Yard, a centre for children in need a few years ago. We explored the centre, though we didn’t get off to a very good start as I drove straight past and into King George V Park, instead of up the timber merchant’s lane, from which The Yard gets its name.

I met a very helpful couple of mums who were walking through the park, while my car was heading for the cycle path - well, the gates were open, why wouldn’t I drive in.

We were guided to the right entrance and met some very nice and helpful people who worked at the centre. The sensory room first was first, as it is the quietest and Eve is not that keen on noise. However, we met some sweet, but pretty noisy, girls so escaped to the art room. We had to move around as Eve, is shy and likes peace and quiet. We will go again, but when it’s a wee bit quieter.