Early Years Nursery in Edinburgh

Here are some of the reasons why we think you should consider St George's pre-school nursery education.

What you get for our fees
  • An exceptional Early Years education and care
  • 15 acres of secure, parkland campus for Outdoor Learning
  • Morning and day sessions with wrap-around care from 7.45 am – 6.00 pm and holiday club
  • Personalised and individual attention
  • Small nursery of up to 56 girls and boys
  • Flexibility to add extra hours and sessions
  • Freshly made healthy hot meals and snacks prepared on campus – Healthy Eating Plus Award
  • From August 2021 St George's is no longer part of the Edinburgh City Council Partnership Scheme for part funding of nursery places. Our School Governing Council has adjusted our fees accordingly to reflect the impact of this decision on our parents and we have made the decision to reduce the nursery fees to amounts close to the net amount currently payable after grant funding
    We have not made the decision to withdraw from the partnership lightly and we believe this is in the best interests of the children. We place a high value on the quality of care, support and provision that we offer to our youngest learners. To our minds, there is no substitute for high-quality learning experiences in the early years and we have structured our nursery in terms of an engaging environment, enriching resources and stable staffing ratios. We firmly believe that it is important for emphasis to be placed on the consistent quality of learning experiences delivered by qualified teachers and highly trained early years practitioners. If you would like to find out more information please contact our Admissions department.

Curriculum
  • Sector-leading curriculum (rated ‘Excellent’ as a whole school curriculum in the most recent Education Scotland Inspection)
  • Rated 'Very Good' in latest Nursery Care Inspection
  • Extensive child-centred Learning through Play programme
  • Pre-literacy, pre-writing and pre-numeracy skills
  • Programme of progressive development for each child recorded through individual Learning Journals

Outdoor Nursery
  • Specialists in Outdoor Learning: outdoor forest-style classrooms including our Fantastical Forest
  • Outdoor learning experiences across all areas of the curriculum

Transition to Primary 1
  • The Nursery is part of St George's School - a co-ed environment for girls and boys to learn and play together in the early years (nursery-P3) progressing on to being the only all-through girls' school in Edinburgh from Primary 4.
  • Smooth transition to Primary 1 - our most recent inspection report identified our management of transitions as outstanding

Staff
  • Friendly atmosphere with a low staff to pupil ratio and strong parent/teacher partnerships
  • Qualified primary school teachers supported by experienced Early Years professionals
  • Experienced Head of Nursery  who is also Head of Junior School who has over 10 years of teaching in the Junior School
  • Staff specialists in Froebel and graphic design techniques
  • A dedicated programme of continual investment in staff training
  • Bi-lingual staff; Greek, Portuguese and Swedish
  • Access to Junior School Learning Support for English as a Foreign Language lessons

Activities

Grounds and Facilities
  • Some of the best private nursery indoor and outdoor learning play spaces in Edinburgh
  • The nursery is an integral part of St George’s Junior School  housed in a wing of the Junior School
  • Spacious playrooms with a wide range of modern resources which are regularly updated including a wooden play-house, baking, dressing-up, messy play and more
  • Use of Junior School facilities including the library, music room, Junior School gym and children enjoy lunch in the school dining room
  • Green Flag Eco-School status 
  • Medical centre on-site with paediatric first aid trained staff

Parent involvement
  • Celebration of festivals, events and performances for parents throughout the year: Nativity, Autumn and Spring concerts, sports day, Graduation, visiting authors, story-telling, stay and play sessions, religious and cultural festivals.
  • Biannual parent consultations and annual formal written report

Parent Communications
  • Strong partnerships with parents are one of our hallmarks.
  • The nursery team enjoy speaking with parents each day at drop off and collection times.
  • Parents are given feedback on a daily basis in person and via our Learning Journals. We also provide parents' meetings and written reports.
  • Parents can also keep up to date by following our Nursery news on the website and our social media on Instagram.

Additional nursery costs

  • Additional hours
  • Lunch
  • Ballet classes
  • Breakfast and after school care

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 Parent Reviews

"Our expectations on our first visit were high and we were not disappointed. We felt this was the best nursery for our daughter. She is so happy here." Current Parent

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Looking for more resources?

Read our feature articles written by our Junior School staff on:

› The Benefits of Nursery - Lisa Nettleton, Head of Nursery, discusses what your child can expect from attending our nursery and how this prepares children for the school experience.

› Outdoor learning in school and why we do it

› The importance of play in the pre-school year: key facts every parent should consider

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