One home
Heriot Hill is an independent nursery for babies and children from birth to school entry.We provide full and part-time care, all year, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. Established in Edinburgh in 1988, we moved to our home in Heriot Hill in 1995. Now, with over 25 years experience caring, nurturing, teaching and playing with babies and children we still feel passionate about our approach.
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Learning to play. Playing to learn.
Children learn and develop through their play experiences. At Heriot Hill we want every child to take part in enriching learning activities from the beginning, which is why we’ve worked hard to create a calm, secure and loving environment that is interesting, fun and stimulating. Babies and children are cared for in age-appropriate rooms – all in our Heriot Hill building.
Glow Worms Room
Our Glow Worms Room is for children from a few months old until they are confidently mobile, usually around a year old. Here, for our youngest children we have created a warm, cosy atmosphere where the emphasis is on building secure and loving relationships within a small group.
Caterpillars and Ladybirds Rooms
The Caterpillars and Ladybirds Rooms are next for our more mobile babies, where they stay until around their second birthday. Children need varied sensory activities at this stage, and these rooms are designed to provide safe and stimulating experiences that spark the children’s imagination. We also have the advantage of two additional rooms in this area, a music and dance studio and a sensory room.
Bumble Bees Room
Around the age of 2, the children graduate to Bumble Bees Room where we create a range of safe but challenging experiences both indoors and outdoors to encourage independence and social skills. Children make great strides in language development at this age and the activities are tailored to encourage this. We also work closely with parents at this stage to help with toilet training.
We offer a place in Pre-School to the children 2 years before they are due to start Primary School. This can be from 2.5 years old, depending on when the child's birthday falls. In Pre-School we work in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Education Department and are monitored and supported by them. Our approach in Pre-School is to encourage the children to flourish socially and academically and to develop their creativity and independence. We have an additional room in this area, which we make use of for small group activities such as yoga and drama lessons.
The journey
Having all of the age groups in one location allows our children to become familiar with each room and to spend some time participating in new activities there, before they too progress on with their friends to their next stage room. This continuity helps the children to feel secure and they learn how to make new friends at a relaxed pace. In due course, these positive experiences help prepare for the step up to ‘big school’.
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Our Nursery

Our approach is to balance care with fun.
We are fortunate for a city centre nursery, to have so much outdoor space and each age group has their own garden area. Pre-School has a large, safe and secure area where the children dig, plant and grow their own flowers and vegetables. We have help from Christa, our gardener who works with the children helping them to relate to the world around them. There is also a pond (safely covered) a mud kitchen and a climbing frame. We believe that there is no such thing as bad weather so children get out in the fresh air every day.

In Bumble Bees room, the outdoor space is right outside the room so the children and staff can move freely from indoors to outdoors. Here, as well as all the usual activities the children have a viewing platform where they can look over to the ground below and sometimes catch sight of urban wildlife – just the thing for our junior naturalists and ornithologists.

Our under 2’s garden is designed exclusively for the younger children. We have created safe but challenging experiences for the children, sparking their imagination with interesting nooks and crannies for them to explore.

Our world – their world

Our children understand that their environment extends beyond the back garden. We are proud of our Green Flag status, which recognises our eco work in the Nursery. Some of the activities the children take part in to support this are recycling, working in the allotment areas and encouraging wildlife in the gardens.

Healthy food - growing appetites

We provide all snacks and meals from our commercial kitchen at the centre of the Nursery. Our chef, Adam, prepares our food each day using fresh ingredients sourced locally where possible. We encourage children to try a variety of different foods in line with National Nutritional Guidelines for Early Years. Our snacks consist of wholemeal sandwiches with healthy fillings, toast, home-baked scones and fruit loaves as well as crackers and oatcakes with cheese. These are all served with fresh fruit, organic milk and water.

Our meat supplier is an award-winning butcher and fruit and vegetables are seasonal. Adam is happy to accommodate dietary requirements but we like to encourage children to try a range of foods barring any medical issues.

Food preparation is another area where the children are encouraged to participate. They enjoy taking part in preparing snacks and baking activities when possible. The menu and activities are adapted to suit the time of year.

Tucked away – in the hub of the city

Our spacious site is discreetly located off the main thoroughfare with secure gates and electronic entry systems in place. Our location in the centre of Edinburgh means we enjoy easy access to wonderful facilities like the Botanic Gardens, Scotland Yard Adventure Playground, local fishmongers, library and all the museums and art galleries.

At Heriot Hill we’ve forged good links with all the local schools and we have visits and storytelling sessions from school staff to help with the transition to Primary Schools.

A variety of influences – a continuity of care
Our qualified and enthusiastic team have lots to offer the children and we actively invest in training and retention to help them build the experience that allows us to provide consistency and quality of care. The relationship we have with parents is as important to us as those we have with the children. Our team have cared for hundreds of babies and children over many years and are always as happy to share tips and advice as they are to take on new ideas for activities and projects.

We use The Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, The Pre-Birth to Three document and National Guidelines to support individual childrens learning and development.
Charlie is the manager at Heriot Hill and mother to Freddie. When she is not hard at work at the nursery she enjoys catching up with family and friends. She is also a keen runner and even completed the Edinburgh marathon a couple of years ago.

Adam our resident chef cooks up many delights in our nursery kitchen. In his other life he is a successful artist and we have enjoyed watching his career develop over the last eight years.

Maureen has many years experience working with our youngest children. She is very knowledgeable in this age group and has supported literally hundreds of families over her years at Heriot Hill. She is a mother of two and both her girls have now flown the nest.
Angela hales from Northern Ireland and is well qualified, knowledgeable and experienced in her chosen age group, the 1-2 year olds. Angela loves the outdoors and is a keen walker, but is equally at home sipping a cocktail or two.

Liz is the owner of the nursery and opened the doors of the original nursery on East Claremont Street 26 years ago when her daughter was just three years old. She has seen many changes over the years and retains her enthusiasm for providing good quality childcare.

Rachel started at the nursery when she was just sixteen and has worked her way up to pre-school senior. She recently completed her PDA which has greatly supported her work at the nursery. Rachel has an infectious lust for life which bodes well in her busy role.
Carol is the deputy manager and also mother of two boys who both attended the nursery. She has been at the nursery for nearly twenty years and when she is not busy here she loves spending time with her family and sitting in her garden (weather permitting) with a good book.

Izzie has had a lifetime in the caring profession beginning her career as a nurse. She is a mother, a grandmother and recently became a GREAT grandmother! She has an amazing talent for storytelling which captivates children, staff and parents alike.

Joyce has been the nursery administrator for the last 20 years and is based in the main office. She is a mother and grandmother and enjoys spending quality time with her grandchildren Elsie and Barney, and is also a fan of yoga and cycling.

How much does it cost?

A non-refundable registration fee of £100 will be payable on registering your child with the nursery. Fees are paid monthly in advance by standing order or Childcare Vouchers. The fee rates are as follows: Daily rate – 8am-6pm £50.00 Morning rate – 8am-1pm £28.00 Afternoon rate – 1.30pm-6pm £28.00 Please note that we are unable to change booking patterns on an ad hoc basis. Extra sessions will also be charged at these rates. To calculate the monthly rate simply multiply the weekly sessions by 51 then divide by 12. Parents should also note that if a child is removed from the nursery without notice then one months’ fees must be paid in lieu of notice. We accept childcare vouchers from all providers. We offer full day placements for all children and half days are available in pre-school. Download Registration form (PDF, 700kb)

Reassuringly secure – comfortably open

If you are interested in visiting us for a look around, or would like to chat with us to find
out if Heriot Hill might be suitable for your family, please get in touch.

Heriot Hill Nursery
32-34 Heriot Hill Terrace Edinburgh EH7 4DY

0131 557 9907

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Policies and documents

Click on the links below to download the following documents in PDF format.

Registration Form (700KB)                                                                                                            Standards, Quality & Improvement Plan 2013-2014 (336KB)                                    Inspection Report December 2014 (700KB)

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