“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.”
Fees & Funding
OUR SESSIONS AND FEES
We are open Monday to Friday 7.45am – 6.00pm for 50 weeks of the year, providing a wide range of nursery, out of school and holiday club session types to support any reason you have for your child to attend Castlegate…to allow you to work or study, for your child to socialise with their peers and be supported in their development, or because you know that your child will love the indoor and outdoor play experiences that Castlegate provides!
We close for 10 days over the Christmas and New Year, exact dates will be provided to you with our terms and conditions information.
- Morning session 9.00am to 12noon
- Afternoon Session 1.00pm to 4.00pm
- Morning Session + lunchtime 9.00am to 1.00pm
- Afternoon Session + lunchtime 12noon to 4.00pm
- Minimum day 9.00am to 4.00pm
- Out of School sessions before and after school including drop off / pick up
- Wraparound available between 7.45am – 6.00pm
Hourly fees range from £5.00 – £5.25 per hour depending on your child’s age (£6.00 per hour for children aged 3 – 9 months) – please contact us for further information, including information about payments, Tax-Free Childcare etc. We will also provide further information on what other financial support might be available to you if you have young children – this information will be shared with our enrolment documents.
A two-course homemade lunch is available for £2.20 for nursery age children and £2.50 for school-age children, breakfast for £1.00, and tea for £1.50. Our optional tea is available for children booked in until 5pm or later.
What The Parents Say
“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.”
“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.”
“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 & safe gardens.”
We work in partnership with Scottish Borders Council to provide funded nursery places for eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds. All eligible children are entitled to a minimum of 600 funded hours per year, and those in pilot catchment areas are entitled to up to 1140 hours per year, working towards Scottish Government’s goal of providing 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare for all eligible children from 2020. In Kelso, the majority of eligible children will be able to access up to 1140 hours from August 2019.
Please contact us for more information about eligibility, and look out for our annual information evening which coincides with enrolment week for the funded sessions (the next enrolment week will be January 2019). If you’ve moved into the area and believe your child is eligible for a funded nursery place now then please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss this with you.