When we are in the woods
We are open 47 weeks of the year, Monday – Thursday 0830 – 1700 and Fridays 0830 – 1300. We have a two day minimum attendance policy in place for all our new starts.
As a Partner Provider of Fife Council offering Preschool Education we have a responsibility to both the Council and parents to evidence what we do in the woods and how we do it. Over the years we have developed what we call our ‘Spiral Curriculum’ or ‘Nature as Teacher curriculum’ which encompass the 4 capacities for the Curriculum for Excellence (Confident Individuals, Successful Learners, Effective Contributors and Responsible Citizens) alongside the Early Years Framework. Staff will be happy to discuss this with you when you enrol.
Children can attend the Secret Garden on funded, non-funded and split placements (attending another early learning/childcare setting alongside the Secret Garden). However, due to COVID-19 we are currently not permitting split placements but hope that this will change in the future. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding funding and placements.
If you are interested in enrolling your child the first step is to contact the office and we will send you out an info and enrolment pack. We can also arrange a visit to the woods for you with your little one (they can be under 3 for a woods visit). The visit will give you the chance to see the nursery in action and chat to staff about any questions you may have.
We have historically enrolled children all year round however with the implementation of 1140 hours we are already full for the rest of 2020/2021 and for Aug – March 2021/2022.
We are accepting enrolments for summer 2021/2022 (and beyond!) We can add under 3’s directly to a waiting list if you know this is the nursery for you. A space on the waiting list can only be confirmed once the enrolment pack is complete.
We know that enrolment and funding can seem confusing so please do contact us directly regarding enrolment and we will be happy to discuss things with you.
Summer closure 2021
The nursery will be closed the week beginning Monday 26th July for 3 weeks this year. We will reopen as normal on Monday 16th August.
Christmas Holidays 2021/2022
Christmas Holidays 2021/2022
We shall be closed for two weeks from Thursday 23rd December, opening again on Thursday 6th January 2022.
Our fees are £45 per full day and £25 per Friday session. When you enrol your child you will be asked to set up a monthly Standing Order to pay fees (if applicable). Preschool funding is available and we also accept Childcare Vouchers. Our friendly office team will be happy to answer any administrative questions you may have regarding funding and payment, you can reach them on the details below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Being a fully outdoor nursery we appreciate there may be some questions you would like to ask about logistics and structure of the day, clothing maybe? Over the years we have compiled an Information Booklet containing several FAQ’s from prospective parents to browse.
If you are interested in sending your child to Secret Garden they will require some specialist clothing to keep warm and happy all year round. Do not let this put you off though, we have various agreements with some great local children’s clothing providers and some really good kit of our own which we can lend children for a term.
Children will need different layers depending on the time of year but typically these will always include:
waterproof trousers and jacket or suit (thickness depending on season)
waterproof, thermal boots in winter and lighter ones in summer
fleece layers (trousers and top)
spare clothes in a dry bag (just in case!)
You will see our full kit list when you enrol along with our discount promotions we have arranged with local suppliers however feel free to drop us an email or call for a chat about kitting out your little one.
Get in touch!
We are contactable by email and phone and will happily answer any questions you might have about enrolling your child. We’d love to hear from you.
Phone: 01334 652276