Corner House® Gillsland Nursery

A home away from home for your child to thrive.

Your Local Nursery in Edinburgh

Corner House Nursery South Gillsland is a well-established and trusted nursery situated in the Merchiston area of Edinburgh. We provide stimulating childcare in a caring and family-orientated environment for children from 3 months to 5 years of age.

We are open Monday – Friday from 8 am – 6 pm and registered to care for up to 58 children. Our property is a beautifully designed house located minutes away from George Watson’s College and has convenient bus links to public transport, making us a perfect option for commuters. We also have plenty of on-street parking available providing easy drop-off and collection for you and your family.

Our Unique Features

Home from home

Cosy, comfortable atmosphere

Extensive garden to explore

Spacious playrooms


  • Monday 8:00 – 18:00
  • Tuesday 8:00 – 18:00
  • Wednesday 8:00 – 18:00
  • Thursday 8:00 – 18:00
  • Friday 8:00 – 18:00
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

 Meet Our Top Team


Carrie Liddle

Nursery Manager

Stephanie Craig

Deputy Manager

Our Brochure

We will guide you through every step of your childcare journey and help you discover everything you need to know about our nursery. Come and join our family across the UK. If you have any questions or enquiries, please feel free to contact us using the contact details at the foot of this page. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form also located below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Parent Reviews

Daisy, M

My son has absolutely thrived since joining this nursery from another local one. His confidence has gone from strength to strength and he can’t wait to go each morning. On the occasions where he has had a wobble about me dropping him off, the staff are always there to help and welcome him, so any tears never last long. The outdoor area is lovely and I love that he comes home messy, sweaty and covered in dirt, a true sign of a good day!

Outdoors and Nature

We love to get outside here at Corner House Nursery. We have a large outdoor play area where children find opportunities to have fresh air and fun in a safe and secure area.

Featured in our outdoor environment we have a sandpit, a story corner, a natural construction area, a climbing frame, a mud kitchen, a basketball net and much more. As well as these fabulous outdoor play areas we also enjoy walks in our local area to allow our children to absorb the sights and sounds of our local community. Our nursery is also lucky enough to have access to a dedicated area within the Craiglockhart Nature Reserve through the Forest Schools Association.

We are committed to being an environmentally friendly nursery, making changes wherever we can in order to make the world a cleaner place! We are a registered ECO-Nursery and are committed to teach our children about their environment and the effect we have on it in our day to day lives.

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Education at Corner House, Gillsland

Our curriculum includes a Realising the Ambition: Being Me framework in conjunction with Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence approach that offers hands-on perspectives to encourage the skills your child will need in the nursery and beyond:

  • Mathematics: Integrating numbers into real-life routines
  • Schematic Play: Quality learning environment providing the potential for children’s creativity skills and allowing them to follow their own interests confidently
  • Listening, Attention and Speaking: Teaching children to express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using complete sentences
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Education
  • STEM Activities: Building and problem solving using science, technology, engineering, and math
  • Ensuring children are physically active from birth and meet the Chief Medical Officers (2019) guidelines of a minimum of 3 hours per day
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Our Nursery Fees and Funding

We can offer flexible booking patterns and a range of funding options, including government funded childcare. To find out more information on pricing and availability, please request a call back and we will be in touch shortly.

Our fees include:

  • Quality Early Years Care and Education
  • Healthy, well-balanced menu for all children
  • Access to a wide range of quality resources and equipment
  • E-Learning Journals via ParentZone App
  • Regular newsletters and parent evenings
  • Free settling-in sessions
  • A variety of milk

*Terms and conditions apply to our funding options and discounts. Contact us for more information.

Fees and Funding
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Food and Nutrition

Here at Corner House, Gillsland – we have our very own qualified Nursery Chef who creates nutritionally balanced 3 week rolling menus.

Our menus are designed to give your little one the very best start in life. We make this possible by supplying our children with home cooked nutritional food, bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables and all the essential ingredients necessary for healthy physical and mental development. Whenever possible we source our food locally and organically, including seasonal vegetables and fruit into our menus. Our children have a choice of milk or water to drink throughout the day.


Growing Our Own Vegetables

Our children have opportunities to excel as nursery gardeners with their very own vegetable patch!

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Cooking and Baking Activities

Our children have opportunities to work with our Nursery Chef through weekly cooking and baking activities.

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Vegetarian and Vegan

We are happy to cater for all preferences including Vegeterian and Vegan.

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Dairy-Free Milk

We offer a variety of milk including animal and plant based milks. Speak to our Nursery Chef regarding your preference.

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Dietary Requirements

We are happy to cater for a whole range of dietary/religious/cultural requirements. Please speak to our Nursery Chef for more information.

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No Added Sugar or Salt

We do not add additional salt or sugar. Where possible we purchase products with reduced salt and lower sugar.

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Allergies and First Aid

Our staff are trained in First Aid and our Nursery Chef is experienced in catering for allergies. You are more than welcome to meet with our Chef to discuss your requirements.

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