Kirkintilloch Nature Kindergarten

Our Thrive Nature Kindergartens provide an enriched outdoor learning environment where your child can develop their interests whilst being fully immersed in nature

Your Local Nursery in Kirkintilloch

Kirkintilloch Nature Kindergarten is a well-established and trusted nursery within the Kirkintilloch community. We are proud to have a reputation for providing high quality childcare.

We are committed to creating a home away from home atmosphere for children and parents to feel comfortable and confident. We provide childcare for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old, 5 days a week. Our nursery is situated in Whitegates Estate with convenient links to public transport. Our nursery also benefits from being close to the motorway network, allowing for easy access to Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow and beyond. We have our own large car park providing easy drop-off and collection.

Our Unique Features

Emergency services discount 

Long-standing staff team

Award Winning

Large car park providing easy drop-off and collection

Times

  • Monday 7:30 – 18:00
  • Tuesday 7:30 – 18:00
  • Wednesday 7:30 – 18:00
  • Thursday 7:30 – 18:00
  • Friday 7:30 – 18:00
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

 Meet Our Top Team

Nursery-Manager-Charmaine-Ness

Charmaine Ness

Nursery Manager
Deputy-Manager-Lynda-Lync

Lynda Lynch

Deputy Manager

Our Brochure

We will guide you through every step to get the most out of our nurseries. Join our family across the UK. If you have any questions or enquiries please feel free to contact us on the following details provided below or alternatively you can complete our online enquiry form also located below and we will get back to you as soon as possible…

Parent Reviews

Katie P

I cannot rate this nursery highly enough. The staff are extremely considerate, gentle and caring and helped my son through a long settling period with as little distress as possible. A year on, he is delighted to go to nursery and talks about the staff and other children fondly. Outside play is really important to us a family and we’re delighted that the children spend plenty of time in the garden in all weather! The management is so accommodating, friendly and helpful and I feel like everyone takes a genuine interest in all of the children who attend. Thanks to all of the staff!

Outdoors and Nature

Our extensive outdoor area is comprised of several very exciting spaces that promote children’s natural desire to explore, investigate and take risks under the supervision of skillful practitioners.

Inspirational features that add to the interest of the garden include; a tree house, a gravel pit, an allotment, a bug hotel, a pond, a fire pit, an outdoor classroom and a bird watching hut. We even encourage our children to help grow their own veggies in our vegetable patch whenever possible! The garden provides opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to physically challenge themselves. A small hill, steps, split level areas and stepping stones allow children to test their ability to climb, balance and jump at a level that they feel safe. We are now a forest school, so much of the Pre-School children’s play and learning takes place in our outdoor area. We provide our pre-school children with a secure and safe area to explore to their heart’s content. By providing access to such a wonderful nature area, we feel that we are offering our children the opportunity to engage with the rich natural diversity of the natural outdoor environment whilst helping to build confidence, sensitivity, resilience and curiosity.

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 Kirkintilloch Nature Kindergarten

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 always offer flexible booking patterns and a range of funding options, including 3-5 years old government’s 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 and Interactive App
  • Monthly newsletters and parent evenings
  • Free Settling in Sessions
  • NHS Staff Discount
  • Police Scotland Discount
  • Sibling discount

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

Fees and Funding

Food / Nutrition

Here at Nature Kindergarten Kirkintilloch, 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.

Nutritious meals

Growing our own Vegetables

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

Cooking & Baking Activities

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

Vegetarian & Vegan

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

Dairy Free Milk

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

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.

No added Sugar / Salt

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

Allergies & 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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