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Applying to Blackhall Nursery


Application form  

An application form is available for download - Application form Sept 21.docx

Before completing an application form, we strongly recommend that you read our Admissions and Welcome Policy 

Admissions Policy Jan 2021 for parents .pdf and Place Offer Timetable (below).

The following is a statement from the City of Edinburgh Council:

"Additional Support Needs:

An additional support need comes from anything which is a barrier to learning.   The education authority has many legal duties towards children with additional support needs.   Information about this is contained in a booklet called In On The Act: Information For The General Public which is published on the education authority website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/inontheact - or contact the additional support for learning team on telephone number 0131 469 3444."

 Admissions and Welcome Policy and Procedures

Blackhall Nursery is in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council's Communities and Families Department to provide funded early learning and childcare to eligible 3- and 4-year olds. 

In meeting its standards of care, Blackhall Nursery follows the Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice for Employers of Social Service Workers and Social Service Workers.

We are a community nursery, managed by a volunteer board of directors and supported by a parent committee, with a staff team of early years professionals who run the Nursery on a day-to-day basis along with a part-time business manager.

We aim to be a centre of excellence in the provision of a happy learning-through-play environment.   

Places, The Waiting List and Applications

Blackhall Nursery offers children 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare, delivered as 6 hours per day, 08.35 - 14.35, Monday to Friday, during term-time.  In addition, we may offer the option to pay for an additional hour at the end of the day (14.35 - 15.35).
  1. Application forms are available from the Nursery or can be downloaded from this website - see pdf link above.  Applications can be submitted only on or after your child's second birthday.  Forms should be returned by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by post to the Business Manager, Blackhall Nursery, Ravelston Park Pavilion, Craigcrook Road, Edinburgh EH4 3RU.
  2. Applications will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis, with the exceptions detailed below.   You should receive an email acknowledgement of your application within two weeks.   Please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if your email acknowledgement does not arrive.  
  3. We are trying to meet a specific need for a pre-school catchment nursery feeding into Blackhall Primary School, so priority may be given to children who live in the Blackhall catchment, as defined by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Communities and Families Department, or to those with siblings at Blackhall Primary.
  4. Children entering their pre-school year (4-year-olds) will be given priority over younger children (3-year-olds) when places are allocated.
  5. We depend on a per capita grant from the Council, so require your place at Blackhall Nursery to be your sole funded place (i.e. you may not also have a funded place either at a local authority nursery or at a partner provider private nursery.)   We do not accept fees in lieu of local authority funding. 
  6. When we are able to offer your child a Nursery place, you will be notified in writing in the term prior to the August start.  If a place becomes available during the course of the year, we will contact you first by phone, then in writing, to offer the place.
  7. Once you accept a place for your child, further information will be sent to you about open days, start dates etc.
  8. If you decide not to accept a place offer, but wish to keep your child's name on the waiting list for the following year, please indicate this clearly by email or by phone. 
  9. If you decide to turn down a place offer and to remain on the waiting list, your child will only be offered a place after the start of the academic year if there is no other eligible child on the waiting list.
  10. Once you accept a place at Blackhall Nursery and your has been enrolled we will require a minimum of 2 weeks' notice of your intention to withdraw your child from the Nursery.  During this notice period the funding for your child's place will remain with Blackhall Nursery. 

The Welcome, Familiarisation Visits and Settling In

  1. Blackhall Nursery welcomes all children.
  2. We will endeavour to cater appropriately for children with additional support needs, in consultation with parents, carers and relevant agencies.  (Children with additional support needs may be given priority in the allocation of Nursery places, as may children whose first language is not English.)
  3. We hope to make your child’s settling in process a smooth one by offering the following opportunities:
    • an induction session in the summer term
    • slightly staggered start dates so that smaller groups of children start together
    • the opportunity for you to stay with your child until s/he is settled
    • the opportunity for your child to ease gradually into Nursery by staying for a shorter period that the full session initially
    • regular consultation with staff to establish good settling-in practice between the parent/carer, the child and staff, as appropriate.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child(ren) to Blackhall Nursery.

Notes: - These are for your guidance and information only

  • A place at Blackhall Nursery does not guarantee you a place at Blackhall Primary School.   Those who live within the Blackhall School catchment apply directly to the school in the November prior to the year in which your child is due to start school.   Those who live outwith the catchment must make a separate application to the Council for a place.   Nursery staff will advise you on the process at the appropriate time. 
  • Children with January or February birthdays may currently choose to have a deferred entry place at school.   This means you may wish to apply for an extra pre-school year at Blackhall Nursery.   Staff will advise you on the process at the appropriate time. 

Place Offer Timetable

We start the place offer process before Easter in order to give parents as much visibility as possible.  Place offers will usually be made in March to the first batch of children on the waiting list with a 2 week window for replies.  Once the responses have been received, another batch of places will be offered and this process will continue until all available spaces have been filled. 

Parents are asked not to contact the Nursery to ask about places until after the end of April as we will not be able to give you any useful information before that point.  

N.B. Parents are advised to apply to more than one nursery as Blackhall Nursery can only offer 30 places each year.

Help with finding child care

The Care Inspectorate website www.careinspectorate.com offers a list of registered child minders in your area and also provides access to inspection reports and quality grading.  On the Care Inspectorate home page select "Find a service in your area", then from the drop down list under "Type of Service" select "Child Minding".