Newbyres Nursery


We now have 2 settings, right across the road from each other, with our under 3s at Newbyres Hall and our 3-5s at St Paul's.

Outdoor Learning

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 Kindergarten activities.

Mouth-watering 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

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!

Focus on Communication

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.

Community Focus

We enjoy frequent outings, including trips to the local library and parks. 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. 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.

Grant Funding and Wraparound Care

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.

Our Vision & Values

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To meet the individual needs...

of all children to ensure their health and wellbeing, by observing, monitoring and evaluating their progress and development; particularly focusing on their speech, language and communication development.


To provide learning experiences...

based on the children’s ideas and interests, the natural flow of the seasons and the skilful nurturing and support of our trained Early Years Educators; including a focus on outdoor learning through Forest Kindergarten


To provide a safe and secure...

yet welcoming and open environment, in which children will thrive, parents/carers will feel included and staff will feel supported and valued.


To recognise and respect....

 the value of parents’/carers’ input, and encourage them to share in their children’s learning.


To promote positive attitudes...

to diversity and difference, helping children to learn and value different aspects of their own and others’ lives by engaging them with their local community, particularly focusing on Intergenerational Practice within the community.


To improve our service...

through reflective self-evaluation.

An excerpt from our Care Inspectorate Report

Parents told us...

  • The communication staff give to myself and my in-laws regarding how he has got on (hand overs) is highly informative. It is clear that staff have a good knowledge of Getting it Right for Every Child.
  • The staff know my child very well and she loves going to nursery which makes me a relaxed and happy parent. The staff are clearly well looked after and trained/staff meetings held etc and this is shown in newsletters etc and comes across daily. Happy staff = happy children.
  • The care our son receives is fantastic and he always comes home with stories of his day and the fun new things they have done.
  • I am extremely pleased with the standard of care my child gets at Newbyres.
  • The nursery is a beautiful environment for the children and there is always opportunities for outdoor play, including forest school.
  • Fantastic environment both nursery and after school. Both my children are happy there.