About Cranley Nursery

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A brief history of Cranley Nursery

Established in 1979, Cranley Nursery was originally a mornings-only children’s nursery until it was taken over in August 2000 by mum-of-two Anna Maclean, who quickly established and developed it into a full-day facility. In 2003, Cranley Craiglockhart was established on Craiglockhart Avenue, and Cranley Buckstone was opened in December 2006. Our third nursery, Cranley Lanark Road was established in September 2015.

Anna’s aim, in a nutshell, was to create a stimulating, safe and fun ‘home-from-home’ environment, where children could develop at their own pace through structured play and interactive learning.

Over the years, Cranley Nursery has built an enviable reputation for excellence, as shown in our inspection reports, and has helped many happy children to gain the skills and confidence to prepare them for the next step into primary school.

Our mission statement

We’re committed to providing a stimulating and supportive nursery environment where children feel safe and secure to explore their interests.

We strive to encourage an excitement for learning while continuing to meet the individual needs of each family. Our passion for positive childcare and learning experiences characterises Cranley Nursery.

Working alongside parents and guardians

We pride ourselves on the strong bond we forge with parents and fully support their input into their child’s development.

Each child has their own Personal Learning Plan (PLP) which ensures continuity of care and learning between nursery and home. Our Personal Learning Plans for children are now available to view online, giving the opportunity for parents to securely log in to their child’s profile at any time or share it with other family members.

A highly dedicated staff team

Cranley Nursery takes great pride in our staff and believes that one of our main strengths surrounds the continuity brought by having a loyal and long-serving senior management team. Currently, we employ 50 full-time and part-time team members across our three nursery locations.

From our nursery managers to our newest recruits, all of our staff hold professional qualifications or are in training, from degrees in Childhood Practice to SVQs in Childcare and Education. We’ve developed a comprehensive learning and development programme for staff that provides diverse opportunities for personal development and career progression. The result is an award-winning team of confident, skilled, and loyal staff, who deliver excellent care and learning for children, and wide-ranging support for parents.

Meeting the highest standards

The Government has laid down a set of guidelines to ensure that all nurseries provide the best possible environment for children, families and staff. This is something we take great care and pride in, by applying the guidelines across a range of different topics:

  • Safety, health and wellbeing
  • Dignity, respect and interaction
  • Privacy and choice
  • Helping to realise and nurture potential
  • Equality, fairness and diversity
  • Staff support and development
  • Providing a well-managed service

We also work with the ‘Pre-Birth to Three Matters’ framework and Curriculum for Excellence.

Additional support needs

An additional support need comes from anything which is a barrier to learning. The education authority has many legal duties towards children with additional support needs and, at Cranley Nursery, we take these responsibilities very seriously to ensure that all our children receive an excellent standard of daycare.

Information about this is contained in a booklet called ‘In On the Act: Information for the General Public’ which is published on the education website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/inontheact. Alternatively, you can contact the Additional Support for Learning Team on 0131 469 3444 for more details.

Learning through play

Our children learn through play, following the guidelines of the ‘Pre-Birth to Three Matters’ framework and the Curriculum for Excellence. These important principles help to ensure that our children get the stimulus and support they need, based around a number of core themes:

  • Health, safety and emotional wellbeing
  • Communicating and interacting
  • Learning, creativity and understanding
  • Being self-assured and building confidence
  • Being responsible

Typical activities

  • Letters and the alphabet
  • Colour and number recognition
  • Story time
  • Puzzles and games
  • Baking
  • Painting
  • Cutting and pasting
  • Cutting and printing
  • Math-based activities
  • New technologies including iPads
  • Music and singing
  • Imaginative play and dressing-up
  • Music and movement
  • A choice of extra-curricular activities from Zumba to Drama to French

Personal Learning Plan

We create a high quality Personal Learning Plan for every child, with input from parents and the children themselves. Based around daily observations, photographs and artwork, the plan is individually tailored to suit the needs and interests of each child, and provides an ongoing record of learning development.

Plans are available to view online, giving the opportunity for parents to securely log in to their child’s profile at any time or share it with other family members.

Meet our Team

The Cranley Nursery team are all highly-experienced, motivated nursery care professionals – but that’s only part of the story.

We’re also friendly, approachable people who are here to help children and parents get the support they need, with versatile and imaginative solutions to fit around your individual circumstances. We’re here to help, we’re here to provide care, and we’re here to make things fun!


  • Fees are due, and payable, one full month in advance.
  • Our fees are based on a 51-week year, allowing for the period when the nursery is closed between Christmas and New Year.
  • If your child is unable to attend a scheduled session for any reason, fees are still payable.
  • Please note children are required to attend a minimum of four sessions per week in order to ensure continuity of care.

Pre-school funding

We work in partnership with Edinburgh City Council to provide pre-school teaching in line with the national curriculum. This means parents of children between three and five years will be eligible for grant funding towards fees. Applying for this grant funding could give you up to £2,100 per year towards your childcare.

Childcare vouchers

We welcome all employer childcare vouchers, which could help you save even more money through reduced tax and National Insurance contributions. Ask your employer for details.

For more information on fees, please contact Karen Murray, our Group Director, by email at karen@cranleynursery.co.uk