Our Aims

The benefits of children attending nursery and pre-school are already well known and documented. Early Learning and Childcare involves children in play and learning activities that promote their all round development enriching language, confidence and social skills.

At Kinderhouse parents are assured of safety, quality and nurturing care. Our professional, friendly and qualified staff team delivers day care, Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) and play experiences to children aged 3 months to 5 years. We are dedicated to every child’s happiness and well-being.

 

Out of school and holiday care is alaso available for children aged 5-14 years.

 

Our Services

We provide care and education from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday for 50 weeks of the year closing only for major Bank Holidays

(1st & 2nd January, Easter Weekend and the period between Christmas and New Year). 

The Baby and Toddler Suite

The Baby and Toddler Suite is a hive of activity and has separate rooms for sleep and changing. The large open plan playroom is linked to the pre-school for social interaction and fun. Children aged 3 months to three years follow the Pre-birth to 3 Curriculum.

The Baby Room has a soft play area and plenty of space for babies to move around and explore the environment and activities. Children might be icing biscuits, getting messy with gloop or splashing in coloured water. There’s plenty of time for dressing up, singing and stories, dinosaurs and dollies, play dough, painting and much more. Babies and toddlers have their own garden/outdoor play space with climbing frame, slide, tunnel, sand and water trays, ride-on toys and even a train!

 

The  Pre-school

Children in the pre-school follow the Curriculum for Excellence where a wide range of learning activities is available throughout the day. There’s lots of time for fun and friendships; outdoor and energetic play; and rest and relaxation.

We provide a full pre-school education service (16 hours per week) in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council. Pre-school sessions can also be split with a school nurser. We also offer wrap-around-care (care around the pre-school session) to help parents balance their work and family life. Many parents favour this type of flexible care.

Meals and Snacks

Our cook makes delicious and nutritious meals and snacks with fresh ingredients from local and organic produce. All meals and snacks are included in care costs and we provide special diets for medical, cultural and parental and child preferences.

Outdoor Play

Both the Pre-school and the Baby and Toddler Suite have safe and secure gardens for fresh air, outdoor activities and energetic play, every day. 

Out and about in the community

We have a fully equipped 7 seater car for getting the children out and about in the community in small groups. We love to visit a local park, the library and other interesting places and particularly enjoy the Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetlands centre where we learn about birds, the insect world, and the little animals that live in our part of the country.