Cranley Nursery

Our Buckstone nursery is situated in a substantial property with a large garden at the top of Braid Road in the Buckstone/Fairmilehead area of Edinburgh.

A great environment

Cranley Nursery Buckstone is open to children from birth to five years, and offers a great environment for learning and play. We even have a ‘secret garden’ that provides the perfect outdoor learning space. The location also offers easy access with free on-street parking, and close proximity to the main bus routes.

Large secure garden

With three large play areas to accommodate the needs of all age groups, including a ‘secret garden’ which acts as an extra outdoor learning classroom

Covered veranda

For senior children to experience further outdoor learning

Dedicated sleep room

To maintain individual sleep patterns established at home

Baby room with secure separate ‘fresh air’ baby garden

Capacity for up to 12 babies, including a gazebo where babies can sleep outdoors

Large playrooms

Allocated according to age groups (one to two years, two to three years, and three to five years)

New technologies

All children have access to iPad learning

Pre-school room

With the latest technology for all children, including computer, library, and a maths and science area

Regular daytrips

In the nursery mini bus

Nursery allotment and orchard

Providing an additional outdoor classroom

Green Flag Award

Eco-School status for sustainable development education

Private parking

Ensures safety and convenience at drop-off and pick-up times

Cranley Nursery Buckstone, 226 Braid Road Edinburgh, EH10 6NZ

Our location

At the top of Braid Road in the Buckstone/Fairmilehead area of Edinburgh.


Our HMI and Care Commission inspection reports illustrate our ongoing commitment to providing the highest possible levels of safety, care and education across all of our nursery campuses.


  • 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 three 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

Cranley Nursery 26 January 2012 Permalink

More Visits to the Allotment

Some children from Cranley Buckstone visited the allotment on Wednesday 18th January. They too enjoyed the mini bus ride. At the allotment the children decided it was too difficult to build their shed and would leave it to Tommy our maintenance man!

After being given a guided tour of the allotment by our Colinton staff and children, everyone enjoyed a snack together and discussed what they will be growing.

One of the main focus’s within Curriculum for Excellence is Health & Wellbeing. The area of healthy eating is explored within this.

Further preparations for the allotment and orchard will take place this month, with trees being sourced by Charles our gardener and Tommy beginning to make the planters.

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Cranley Nursery 25 November 2011 Permalink

Donation to Sick Kids Hospital

Cranley Nursery recently made a winning bid at a recent Sick Kid’s Hospital Charity event for the opportunity to switch on the Christmas lights at Jenners Department Store.

Anna Maclean decided that the best use of the prize was to donate it back to the hospital to let their chosen child switch on the lights. Cranley are really pleased to do anything we can for such a worthwhile cause and hope to be doing more with the hospital in the future.

You can read the full story here

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Cranley Nursery 20 October 2011 Permalink

Inspection at Buckstone

Cranley Nursery Buckstone had an HMiE inspection over a 3 day period.

Although our grades have yet to be made awarded we are delighted to share that the experience was very positive for all staff involved and the nursery as a whole. The inspection process for any nursery can be daunting it gives the opportunity to show good practice and share our innovative ideas with the inspector. We look forward to sharing the results with parents in the next 2 weeks.

Read more about the inspection process:

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Lorna Smith

Lorna Smith
Manager, Cranley Buckstone

226 Braid Road Edinburgh EH10 6NZ

0131 445 2227

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