“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.”
During the school holidays we offer a children’s holiday club for primary school aged children. The children help us plan specific activities for each day to cater for all of the children interests, often with different variations or different levels of challenge for different age groups. Some of the activities we enjoy include picnics in the park, craft days, sensory and water play day, ice cream tasting, cooking on the fire, and baking competitions. The children all socialise together and make new friends, with holiday time being a great time for our busy school learners to chill out and have fun.
Our holiday club provision was affected by Covid-19 from 2020 to 2022, however we are making a move to return to more normal provision and have been able to offer school aged siblings of current nursery children places from Easter 2021. We will keep this under review and hope to return to more normal services from Summer 2023.
What The Parents Say
“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 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 to 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.”