Understandably, parents can have many questions about the nursery that their child will be attending. We have gathered our most frequently asked questions and if there is anything further at all, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Yes, the nursery place includes breakfast along with fresh, home-cooked meals. Also, snacks are freely available throughout the day. We offer a seasonal based menu that is healthy, nutritious and delicious. There is a separate menu suitable for babies too.
We cater for all allergies, intolerances and cultural beliefs.
Of course, if parents have the preference to provide packed breakfast or lunch, our team will be happy to support.
The pace of mealtime is relaxed and intended to be an enjoyable experience. There is a dedicated, harmonious space for eating and socialising that enables children to come together and make friends while selecting healthy food choices and discovering their likes and dislikes. Our dedicated dining area prevents the need to setup table and chairs within the playroom each day.
We want children to look forward to coming together to eat.
Yes, at Puddle Lane each child and family will have a dedicated Key Person. They will be there to ensure everyone has a positive experience and chat regularly to you.
Play is at the centre of everything that we do. Every opportunity to experience learning and personal achievement in play is enjoyed and encouraged.
Our curriculum is grounded in strong research a sound understanding that a focus on play can help babies and young children to thrive and learn. Our practice is rooted in the learnings of Philosopher Fredrich Froebel and underpinned by social pedagogy. Here, children are encouraged to learn at their own pace, to be curious, to engage with nature through play and to take part in experiences which bring learning to life.
We have a commitment to create a well-rounded early childhood experience, which is in line with the ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ and ‘Realising the Ambition’ and has a focus on play. By involving children in play, as a natural and compelling activity, wellbeing, movement, coordination and confidence are all enhanced.
All our playrooms have been created in line with the age and stage of the children with outdoor play included.
Yes, outdoor play will be included in the weekly activities. Our indoor grass pitch leads children directly outside to run, play and get active in the fresh air. Children can explore nature through our community garden and gain an appreciation all living things from flowers, plants to animals and begin to understand the amazing world around them. Children also have the opportunity to grow and nurture their own fruit and vegetables. Find out more about our outdoor space.
We ask parents to provide both indoor and outdoor footwear for children to change into each day. For example, pack their bag with slippers for comfort and wellies for splashing in puddles along with warm, waterproof clothing. At the nursery, outdoor clothing for children will always be available, however own clothing can be left on a child’s peg.
Using our own transport facilities, we will arrange visits to places of interest on a seasonal basis to explore nature in a variety of environments.
We have a commitment that all children will get receive at least one visit to or from the corresponding primary school, where practically possible. We engage regularly with local nearby schools.
Yes, be reassured that children who have a specific wellbeing and developmental need will be fully supported in line with what is best for them. We follow the resources of Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) and individual Child’s Planning Process.
Puddle Lane’s opening hours are 7.30am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday. We are closed for the two days Public Holiday over Christmas and New Year.
Yes, a free early learning and childcare place for up to 1,140 hours is available for every three and four-year-old child who lives in Renfrewshire and some two-year-old children are eligible. The 1,140 hours of early learning and childcare can be used flexibly. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Two-year-old children are eligible if their parents are in receipt of eligible benefits, looked after or have been the subject of a kinship or guardianship order in a kinship placement at any time since their 2nd birthday, and children of care experienced parents.
Places are provided in either Renfrewshire Council nurseries or in private or voluntary sector nurseries and Childminders which have been approved to provide early learning and childcare on behalf of Renfrewshire Council.
When your child starts depends on when they were born
Children become eligible for a place as detailed below:
|Children born on or between:||They can start in:|
|1st March 2020 – 31st August 2020||August 2023|
|1st September 2020 – 28th February 2021||the month after their third birthday|
Places for children born on or before 28 February 2020 have already been allocated and these places will continue until the children go to school.
There is some eligibility for two-year-olds to receive a funded childcare place. Normally the term after their second birthday. Visit the government website for full details on who can get funded nursery or childcare places for two-year-olds.
You can apply for a free early learning and childcare place once your child is two years old. If you haven’t already done so, you should now apply if your child will turn three on or before 29th February 2024.
If your child is due to start nursery in the session 2023/2024 and we have received your application by 31st January 2023 you will be informed of your child’s place by the end of April 2023. Applications received after this date will be allocated but may be confirmed at a later date.
Placements for eligible 2 years olds are allocated throughout the year.
You can apply online for an early learning and childcare place or download an application form at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/nurseries
You will need to show the setting proof of your address and your child’s date of birth when you apply. Confirmation of benefits will be required for applications for eligible 2-year-olds.
Visit Admission panel areas for nurseries and childminders on the Renfrewshire Website to find out more
You can also pay for wraparound childcare, where available, if you want additional nursery or childcare outside of the free hours your child gets.
This can be during term time, extended hours during the day or during the year (such as school holidays).
Yes, we offer very generous discounts to St Mirren season ticket holders and their friends and families. As well as Kibble staff members and their friends and family too.
We also offer free nursery places for three- and four-year-olds funded by the government.
Talk to us today about the childcare savings you can enjoy.
As a social enterprise, all Puddle Lane’s profits are re-invested into the nursery itself and put towards further enhancement that your child will benefit from.
Puddle Lane Early Learning and Childcare Centre was setup for the wider community by leading child and youth care charity and social enterprise, Kibble. The support from Kibble allows us to operate our state-of-the-art nursery as a social enterprise.
Puddle Lane Early Learning and Childcare Centre has large, open-plan playrooms that are modern and state-of-the-art, designed specifically for the age and stage of the children to whom it belongs. It is extremely spacious for children to run and play freely.
We have our very own soft play area filled with climbing frames, slides and colourful ball pools complete with a dedicated baby zone. The impressive size has the children (and their parents) in awe. The little ones have an endless amount of fun exploring, climbing and stretching.
Our large indoor grass area ensures children get active and enjoy ball games no matter what the Scottish weather has planned. The indoor grass area does lead directly outdoors, encouraging children to venture outside into nature. Our community garden is within easy reach and children begin to understand the world around them by growing and nurturing their own fruit and vegetables and fragrant flowers.
As an indoor and outdoor nursery, Puddle Lane offers children a wide range of experiences for active play and let’s them learn and develop naturally and happily.