We provide active learning opportunities in our well-resourced nursery and outdoor area for girls and boys aged between 3 and 5. We promote learning through planned and spontaneous play to encourage imagination, creativity, exploration and problem solving. The children's interests lead and develop our planning.
"Lovely vibrant nursery with little boys as well as girls!" - Good Schools Guide.
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Outdoor learning is hugely important in the early years, and at St Margaret's the 'Wee Green Spaces' initiative provides the perfect opportunity for the children to explore local outdoor spaces, which we are very fortunate to have on our doorstep. 'Wee Green Spaces' offers a range of learning opportunities, which start even before we leave the classroom as pupils become familiar with the routines of packing their own bags, choosing and packing a snack, putting on waterproofs and wellies while all the time helping and encouraging each other. During the outing, the children explore letters and numbers, become familiar with landmarks, use their imagination when discussing who lives behind particular doors en route and keeping safe. The children love to climb and walk on walls, explore secret paths, build swings and tents and roll down hills. With support and perseverance, the children can gain a wonderful sense of achievement when they realise they can overcome whatever challenge is facing them.
We are fortunate at St Margaret's that our outdoor space is safe, secure grassed area with enough room for all children to play and is the ideal environment to support loose parts play. The children are encouraged to play using crates, planks of wood, tyres and cardboard boxes supporting active and imaginative free play. The children can become anything they wish from creating and making a bus to constructing their own den.
Funding Information for Nursery Parents 2020-2021
From August 2020, in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, St Margaret’s School is pleased to be able to offer fully funded places of 1140 hours per school year.
Funding is paid directly from Aberdeen City Council to St Margaret’s School for Girls and will be detailed on your invoice.
Your child may start nursery in the school term after his/her third birthday. The Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000, defines the three school terms as follows:
Term 1 August to December
Term 2 January to March
Term 3 April to July
Your child is eligible for an ELC place if his/her birthday is between the following dates:
1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018 – Ante-Pre-School Year
1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017 – Pre-school Year
Children who are turning 3 are entitled to an ELC place for the following number of terms if their birthday falls within the following dates:
Child’s Date of Birth
1 March 2017 to 31 August 2017
From Term 1 August to December
1 September 2017 to 31 Dec 2017
From Term 2 January to March
1 Jan 2018 to 28 Feb 2018
From Term 3 April to July
We have well qualified, enthusiastic staff, who bring a wide variety of experience to our nursery. Our nursery environment reflects the care, quality and professionalism of our dedicated team which comprises a nursery manager, nursery teacher and suitably qualified early years practitioners.
The nursery is based in Albyn Place, Aberdeen and the hours are 8.40am - 3.00pm (36 weeks) i.e. 1140 hours per school year fully funded by by Aberdeen City Council. Alternative part time hours may be available depending on demand and can be discussed with the nursery manager.
Morning care in the nursery from 8.00am – 8.40am and After School Care in the nursery from 3.00pm – 5.30pm will be charged at a modest fee. A very popular holiday club is available for certain weeks of the school holidays.