“My children love being outdoors and trying new things which Castlegate offers in abundance. They find all the staff very approachable. In a nutshell, I would describe Castlegate as one big family where I can have the confidence to leave my children and know that they will be nurtured and cared for.”
WELCOME TO CASTLEGATE NURSERY & OUT OF SCHOOL CLUB
Creating the most natural environment for your child to grow
Why We Do It and What We Provide
We’re passionate about play and believe that play and the natural environment are essential elements of children’s learning and development. At Castlegate we combine these elements and have created a lovely, loving environment for your child to grow in, supported by child led learning and rich, award winning outdoor learning opportunities!
We are an approved funded Scottish Borders Council nursery and provide fully funded sessions for all 3 to 5 year-olds and eligible 2 year-olds. This means your child can get up to 23 hours per week free childcare for 50 weeks per year.
We provide fresh, varied, home cooked meals from our kitchen each day taking account of all allergies and intolerances.
Older children can go on trips in our minibus to the woods and hopefully to the beach during the summer months.
We are open from 7.45am to 6pm and are flexible about adding ad hoc half-hours to our core 3 hour sessions.
We provide free outdoor suits for all children so that they can get messy and remain warm and cosy whilst enjoying our funtastic outdoor woods and gardens.
What The Parents Say
“Great nursery, close to our home easy to access by walking but also great parking. Availability to wrap funded sessions into a full day to cover work and lack of family members to drop/collect if using one of the schools. Brilliant outdoor facilities secure and safe gardens.”
“My little boy is one and has been in the baby room for about 4 months and seems to have settled in well. I pay for lunches as they get lots of different foods, also cater for kids with food allergies which is a massive help. The staff are all amazing here I never worry about leaving them.”
“I put my children into Castlegate as good reputation also the hours I needed for childcare was perfect here. My daughter just moved into Tweed Room and loves being outside, or anything which involves making a mess. She loves coming to the nursery to play with her friends and have fun.”
“Lovely friendly staff who bond and grow as your child moves through the classes. Still can’t believe how attached my daughter is to all the girls.”
“Outdoor play, trips to the woods looking for animals and flowers! Baking – she enjoyed a tasty pizza for tea tonight that she had made, I had a wee taste it really was delicious! Lovely meals at lunchtimes and a great choice and selection. My daughter loved the sand pit as a baby and my son too, so much we got one at home too and they enjoy almost every day.”
Your Facebook Page is excellent! So informative and great pics etc. Great for other family and parents to see what’s going on.
“Prize draws for money off a good idea too and switching to digital payments is fab! Like the breakdown of fees too.”
“Going back to work is always hard, and with my son at 8 months old – Castlegate was the best choice for me in terms of childcare as they could deliver what I needed in a safe and trusting environment. The girls in the baby room made me feel so relaxed about leaving my son all day. They are amazing at their jobs, he has such an adventure every day learning new things and interacting with other kids. I love that he gets to have fun outside in all weathers!”
“I am so glad we have Castlegate as somewhere where my son can go and have fun. It’s not just about childcare there, it’s about learning and enjoying themselves – he loves it. “
“I use Castlegate as I know that my children will receive the best of care from the dedicated staff. It also suits my needs in that Castlegate is only closed for the 2 weeks during the year which means I can use the services pretty much all year round. I like that I can drop my children off early in the morning and they are taken to school meaning I can start work earlier.”