Cargilfield Nursery provides a caring, stimulating and safe environment that ensures both girls and boys develop vital skills such as independence, confidence, curiosity and positive self-esteem which will prepare them for their journey as they progress through the school and provide them with lifelong memories.

Our purpose built, spacious nursery opens out onto a large natural outdoor area providing children with daily opportunities to explore the natural world around them. Both our garden and Nature Kindergarten area offers motivating and varying opportunities for learning. All aspects of the curriculum are explored outside and the wonder and curiosity experienced will serve to enhance and stimulate each child’s learning.

Nursery age child watering plants


Our highly qualified, experienced and motivated team of Early Years Practitioners work alongside our specially trained and qualified Nursery teacher. Staff have an excellent knowledge of childhood pedagogy and our high adult to child ratio ensures that each child’s experience is tailored to their own learning needs and next steps.

Children attend specialist music and French classes and have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of extra curricular clubs within their nursery day. Our extensive and broad learning experiences offers children the opportunity to learn through play based learning as well as more structured group time experiences.

Developmental Milestone Matrix

The developmental milestones matrix is a tool split into four parts; Communication, Thinking skills, Motor skills and Relationships. It is used by the nursery staff to track each child’s individual progress in terms of development.

We update the developmental milestone grids termly and they provide a detailed overview of each child’s development and allow staff to tailor teaching and support to each individual child.

Here is our Developmental milestone matrix. You can hear more about this by listening to our podcast on the topic.

Nursery Information Booklet

Information Booklet (September 2022)

Development Plan 2022/2023

Development Plan 2022/2023

Our Priority Areas

Priority Areas Spring 2023

What we learn through Play

What we learn through Play

Duty of Candour Report

Duty of Candour Report - March 2022

Cargilfield where everyday is an adventure

Welcome to Cargilfield! We hope this short film gives you a glimpse of what life is like for the girls and boys at our school. We would love to welcome you in person to tour Cargilfield and explain more fully exactly what makes a Cargilfield education so special and so different. Please get in touch with Fiona Craig, our Registrar if you would like to find out more; her email address is [email protected] or you can telephone her on 0131 336 2207.

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