We are a partnership nursery with Midlothian Council which means we can offer grant funded places / discounts on fees for children aged 3-5 years. We can also offer "Good time to be 2" funded places for eligible 2 year olds. Contact us for further information.
Newbyres Nursery and School Club is a family run business with an emphasis on quality rather than numbers.
We now have 2 settings, right across the road from each other, with our under 3s at Newbyres Hall and our 3-5s and School Club at St Paul's.
We focus on outdoor learning, with free flow play to our two large garden areas, as well as having the use of the nature garden around the ruin of Newbyres Castle for our Forest School activities.
Have a look at our mouthwatering menus, freshly cooked from scratch each day. We are guided by the Scottish Government's "Setting the Table" Guidelines to help inform our healthy menu choices.
Our ethos is based on the latest in Early Years research, that children learn best through natural play using open-ended and natural resources, which allow their imaginations to flourish. As well as natural resources we will have beautiful wooden furniture and toys in our carefully designed rooms. We won't have brightly coloured noisy plastic toys, which can be both overstimulating and uninteresting to young children.
Traditional storytelling using props such as puppets is an important part of the nursery week. Storytelling allows the children to really focus and listen, and of course imagine what the characters look like! We will also have plenty of messy play and arts/crafts opportunities!
We have the luxury of spacious rooms for the different ages/stages, named with our Communication focus in mind - Babbling Babies, Talkative Toddlers, Chatterbox 2s and Early Learners (approx 3-5 years); as well as separate quiet rooms for heuristic play.
We enjoy frequent outings, including trips to the local library and parks, and we will be able to use the creative play suite in the new community hub. We have a strong community focus with our pioneering Intergenerational Project which has received extensive media coverage. We visit the local care home on a weekly basis with groups of the children which has incredible benefits for both the young and old - read more here.
We also have a weekly gardening club with volunteers from the village.
Additionally, we focus on the development of communication skills and social skills from a very early age, with staff using Signalong (signing & speech) as a bridge to spoken language. Each group benefits from age and stage-appropriate language and communication groups, from a qualified Speech and Language Therapist along with highly skilled staff.
Newbyres Nursery and St Paul's, 5 & 20 Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge (01875) 898060
We also offer wraparound carefor parents who would like their child to attend their local council nursery but who require childcare for the whole day. We pick up children after the school nursery morning session from Stobhill, Gorebridge, St Andrews, Moorfoot and Gore Glen Nurseries and bring them back in our nursery minibus to Newbyres for the rest of the working day.
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