After receiving feedback from parents following their initial visit, the thing they found hardest was “what should they should look for in a nursery and what questions they should ask?”. We would encourage parents to visit many other nurseries to get a perspective on what suits them.

Here are a few examples of questions to ask when visiting a day nursery:

What is your staff turnover?

Very low – most staff have been with us from 6-8 years and one manager since we opened in 1996.

Do the children play and talk together?

Yes and the garden allows for children from different rooms to socialize together.

Can I look around the building to see the rooms and outside play space?


Where will my child rest?

In Claremont Park and Greenhill we have designated sleep rooms for the younger children. In all nurseries older children sleep in their own rooms on sleep mats and sheets.

What kind of food and drink will you supply?

We supply formula for babies and snack morning and afternoon with milk and a home cooked lunch for all.

How do you encourage good behaviour?

Staff are the role models for good behaviour and actively encourage positive behaviour in the children.

Will my child be with a regular group of children?

Yes your child will be with a group of children of the same age and they will move through the nursery together.

Are you a Partner Provider in partnership with the Local Authority which will enable my child to access funded Early Education after their 3rd birthday?

We deliver the 1140 Preschool funded hours over the 51 weeks of the year. This works out to be 22.35 hours per week. Children who receive funding from January and April may get a different amount of funded hours. Best to check on Edinburgh City council website to get the most current information.

Do you take vouchers?

Yes we take all vouchers.

How will you make sure I know how my child is getting on?

Through contact with room staff daily, via the information board in each room and through their personal profiles and Learning journals.

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Quick Contact

0131 229 5511
Claremont Park
0131 553 5068
0131 228 4513
Bruntsfield Place
0131 229 1970

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm. Open throughout the year except Christmas day to New Year.