Funded places available for girls and boys for August 2024 - enquire now (admissions@st-margaret.uk/01224 584466)

In the St Margaret's nursery foundations are laid in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. We provide active learning opportunities for girls and boys aged 3 to 5 in our well-resourced nursery and outdoor area. We promote learning through planned and spontaneous play to encourage imagination, creativity and exploration. Nursery children benefit from specialist teaching in music, PE and dance.

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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.

Outdoor Learning

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.

Nursery Funding Available

Funding Information for Nursery Parents

Through our partnership with Aberdeen City Council, St Margaret’s School is pleased to be able to offer fully funded nursery places up to 1140 hours per school year for all eligible children.

Funding is paid directly from Aberdeen City Council to St Margaret’s School for Girls and will be detailed on your invoice.

Early Learning and Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

Your child is eligible for an ELC place if his/her birthday is between the following dates:

School session 2023-24:

1 March 2020 to 28 February 2021 – Ante-Pre-School Year

1 March 2019 to 28 February 2020 – Pre-school Year

Children are entitled to an ELC place in the school term following their third birthday. Children in their immediate pre-school year are entitled to a whole year of Early Learning and Childcare.

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:

School session 2023-24:

Child’s Date of Birth

ELC Entitlement


1 March 2020 to 31 August 2020

Three terms

From Term 1 August to December

1 September 2020 to 31 Dec 2020

Two terms

From Term 2 January to March

1 Jan 2021 to 28 Feb 2021

One term

From Term 3 April to July

Nursery Application Process

Our Staff

Our staff are qualified and enthusiastic and bring a wide variety of experience to our nursery. Our nursery environment reflects the care, quality and professionalism of our nursery teacher and early years practitioners.

Opening hours/sessions

The nursery is based in Albyn Place, Aberdeen and the core funded full-time hours are currently 8.00am - 2.20pm (term-time 36 weeks) i.e. 1140 hours per school year fully funded by by Aberdeen City Council.

After School Care in the nursery from 2.20pm – 5.30pm is available at an additional cost. A very popular holiday club is available for certain weeks of the school holidays.


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