All children are eligible for a free part-time place. This place can be taken at a local authority nursery class or in a partnership setting.
Your child’s eligibility for pre-school education depends on their birthday:
- If your child turns three between 1 March and 31 August they will be entitled to pre-school education from Term 1 (August)
- If your child turns three between 1 September and 31 December they will be entitled to pre-school education from Term 2 (January)
- If your child turns three between 1 January and the last day in February they will be entitled to pre-school education from Term 3 (April)
A pre-school education place is usually five sessions per week, each session lasting for three hours and ten minutes for 38 weeks of the year.
There are no catchment area restrictions for nurseries. This means that you can send your child to any nursery in the city, if a place is available.
Provision of a nursery place in a particular school does not influence the availability of a place in that school at Primary One entry time.
Additional support needs
All council nurseries have places for children with additional support needs. If your child has additional support needs, you should discuss the level and nature of these needs with the head teacher or centre manager, to ensure that your child receives the support required to make the most of their time in nursery.
What your child will experience in nursery
Pre-school education is about learning, playing, exploring and having fun. Your child will be encouraged to do all these things with friends and on their own, choosing from a wide range of experiences and activities.
Staff are trained to create opportunities for play and learning to help your child’s all round development. They are skilled in talking sensitively to children. By getting to know your child well, staff work with parents and carers to lay the foundations for learning.
Curriculum for Excellence
Throughout Scotland, children from 3-18 will experience learning through the Curriculum for Excellence. All centres listed will be implementing this curriculum, to enable children to become successful learners.
Your child will experience a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences in eight curricular areas:
- Expressive Arts
- Health and Wellbeing
- Language and Literacy
- Mathematics and Numeracy
- Social Studies
- Religious and Moral Education
Personal learning planning is the method used to support your child’s progression and development in these areas. Staff will encourage your contributions and engagement in this process. This will support a smooth and seamless transition into primary school for your child.
Arrange a visit to Towerbank nursery
You may wish to visit Towerbank nursery before making applying. We hold two Open Days each session to give prospective parents and carers an opportunity to visit our school and nursery. Please check our School Year Planner for details.
Apply for a nursery place
If you want to apply for a place for your child, please contact our school office on 0131 669 1551.
You will be asked to list, in order of priority, up to three nursery choices. The completed application form should be submitted to your first choice nursery. A nursery place will be offered as soon as possible after they become eligible. Please note that whilst we try to offer your first choice, this cannot be guaranteed.
Moving onto primary school
Allocation of places
Placement in a primary school is based on home address and pupils who attend the local nursery school or class are not guaranteed a place if they do not live within the school’s catchment area.
Traditionally in Scotland almost all children aged between 4½ and 5 enrol in primary school at the start of the autumn term.
Children with birthdays in January and February have the right to delay entry into primary school and a free part time nursery place for an additional year.
Decisions about whether or not a child would benefit from an additional year of pre-school education will in all cases seek to promote the best interests of the child. The views of parents and carers will contribute to the decision.
If you decide to make application for an additional year of nursery education, you can get an application form from the school office.