Nursery FAQs

When to apply?

Applications are normally made in January for the following session although applications can be made at any time. Nursery places are formally offered in February for the following school year beginning in August. Places can also be offered during the year if space is available. Where demand exceeds supply a waiting list will operate, subject to our Admissions Policy.

How to apply?

Applications should be made by application form which is available to download from the College website. Alternatively you can apply online or request a paper copy from the Admissions Manager (select Admissions). Application forms should be completed along with payment for the £30 registration fee.

What sessions are available?

Most nursery places are full time (8:50 am – 3:00 pm).

Part time places are also available either five morning or five afternoon sessions per week.

Admissions for places will be allocated with the following priority:
(1) Full time
(2) Part time (morning or afternoon)

 All Nursery children, full time and part time, will enjoy lunch at the school.

What are the hours in nursery?

Full day session: 8:50 am to 3:00 pm (arrival from 8.20 am)
Morning session: 8:50 am to 12:00 noon (arrival from 8.20 am)
Afternoon  session: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm

How much will it cost?

Nursery (whole day): £9,400 (including lunch) (approx £855 per month)
Nursery (morning including lunch) £4,700
Nursery (afternoon including lunch) £4,700

We are an Early Learning and Childcare Partner Provider for Aberdeen City Council. Parents of children in the Nursery who are eligible for the Early Learning and Childcare Grant will receive a maximum of £2,160 towards the cost of Nursery fees. The funding is paid directly by the Council to the College on a termly basis and will be deducted from your termly invoice.

We also accept Childcare Vouchers. Further details may be obtained from the Cash Office.

What Wrap Around Care is available?

Flexible wrap around care is available from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. This provision is registered with the Care Inspectorate.

Breakfast Club, open to all Nursery and Junior School children, is from 7:00 am - 8:15 am. The Breakfast Club is located in the Dining Hall and children are able to enjoy breakfast (cost is included in the session fee).

The Owlets (After Nursery Club) is based in the Nursery setting. There are three sessions available:

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm; 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm; 5:30 pm – 6:00pm.

During term time children can attend wrap around care services on a permanent or ad hoc basis. Children can attend different services on different days or sign up for the full package throughout the session. If last minute changes are necessary, we will do our best to accommodate requests. Childcare Vouchers can be used for wrap around care.

The management and staffing of the Breakfast Club and the Owlets is by the Wrap Around Care team. All staff are registered with Scottish Social Services Council and hold the necessary qualifications.

How much does Wrap Around Care cost?

7:00 am - 8:15 am £5.85 per session
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm £5.85 per session
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm £5.85 per session
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm £5.85 per session

When is my child entitled to free pre-school education?

The Scottish Government provides funding to allow three and four-year-old children to receive 600 hours of free early learning and childcare every year. This works out at around 16 hours every week over school term times.

Children in their immediate pre-school year are entitled to a whole year Early Learning and Childcare. Children in their ante pre-school year are entitled to a funded place in the school term following their third birthday as follows:

Every child is entitled to a free part-time education place at the start of the term as per dates below:

Month of Birth
March to August: August - after the Summer break
September to December: January - after the Christmas break
January to February: April - after the Easter break

Is my child able to start before her/his ante pre-school entitlement commences?

Your child must be three before she/he starts ante pre-school education. Funding is only available for the start of term following their third birthday therefore parents will be liable for full fees prior to this date, if they choose earlier admission into nursery.     

We will discuss with parents an appropriate transition process for three year old children starting nursery earlier than the term following their third birthday

Does my 3-5 year old child need to be toilet trained before s/he can start nursery?

No, this is not a requirement but it would help staff greatly if your child was toilet trained. If your child is not yet fully toilet trained please do discuss this with nursery staff who will deal with this sensitively. We are equipped for changing children and toileting procedures will be shared with parents.

What information will I get on my child’s progress?

Staff will be observing your child and building up a picture of how he/she learns and progresses.   You can contribute to and share this information through informal day to day contact with staff. You will also be offered the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress in March and November. All parents receive a written summative report on their child’s progress in June.

What will my child do in Nursery?

We follow the Curriculum for Excellence and your child will have the opportunity to experience a range of activities. The emphasis is on learning through quality play experiences. Each child is encouraged to learn at their own pace within their own capabilities.  Children enjoy carefully planned experiences to help them engage with the curriculum at an early level.  Our pupils have ownership of their learning and are involved in planning what they would like to learn. Children are encouraged to be as independent as possible.

The Nursery curriculum is enriched by the dedicated Nursery Staff and the learning activities provided by specialist teachers of Creative Dance, French, Music and Physical Education. The Nursery also participates in a range of other Junior School activities and enjoys regular trips beyond the Nursery.

How does my child access a Nursery place?

For entry to nursery, children will be invited to attend an informal assessment through play. This is conducted on a 1:1 basis, lasting about 20 minutes.

How does my child gain a place into Primary 1?

In January, all Pre-School Nursery children are invited to complete the assessment for Primary One as entry to the Junior School is not automatic.