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Child's DrawingBlackhall Nursery was set up in 1999 by a group of local parents to meet a need in the educational provision for Blackhall children.  

We offer 28 places in both morning and afternoon classes, providing 5 sessions per week of 3 hours and 10 minutes for 3 - 5 year olds during term time (600 hours). 

During 2018-19 we will be taking part in a pilot scheme to deliver 1140 hours (6 hours per day during term time) for a small number of children and we will be working towards delivering the full 1140 hours entitlement when it is rolled out to all children in 2020-21.

We are a feeder nursery for Blackhall Primary School and all places are free and funded by the The City of Edinburgh Council.

The Nursery works in partnership with the Council, and is run by qualified childcare professionals with support from a voluntary Parent Committee and Board of Directors.  We conform to the national care standards of the Care Inspectorate, formally known as Social Care and Social Work Improvement (SCSWIS), and our staff are registered with the The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as appropriate. We have a higher than required ratio of staff to children as research has indicated that this is the most important factor in Early Years education.

 

Testimonials

Click here to read some of the fantastic feedback we received from parents last year!    Testimonials

 

Partnership with Parents


We are very committed to building a partnership with parents and carers who are welcome to be as involved in the Nursery as they wish to be.  In 2004 the Nursery became a company limited by guarantee, managed by a voluntary Board of Directors and Management Committee. All parents and carers are encouraged to become Members of the Nursery (an application form is included in the welcome pack but may also be downloaded here Company membership form 2012-13.pdf) and may put themselves forward for election to the Management Committee or the Board.

Additional Support for Learning


Blackhall Nursery welcomes children who may require Additional Support for Learning and will work to meet individual needs with the assistance of parents/carers and, when required, with specialists eg speech and language therapists, educational psychologists.

Our Additional Support for Learning policy outlines this process. Please use the Parent Login to read this in full.

Our Ethos


Child's DrawingOur goal is to provide a happy, caring environment for our children who are encouraged to learn and develop at their own pace. As a community nursery, feeding primarily into Blackhall Primary School, we are keen for the children to develop a strong sense of themselves within a community context. Caring for one another and being aware of the wider community is part of our ethos - just as it is at Blackhall School.

We are proud of our achievement thus far: our children thrive in a positive environment before moving confidently to school.

 

We look forward to welcoming you and your child