West End nursery advicce

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cocobongo Tue 23-Feb-10 23:42:02


Just looking for a wee bit advice on nurseries in the West End. I'll be looking for 1-2 days per week from August-ish and my baby will be 1. Is there anywhere you would recommend? And are there likely to be waiting lists- should I be looking to sign up now?

Ideally, I would like somewhere fairly close to where I live (Wilton St), or at least somewhere close enough to an underground station.

Any other advice would be much appreciated.


forgetmenots Wed 31-Oct-12 20:12:42

Practitioner86, how far in advance would you have to get a baby on the waiting list for somerset? Looks lovely (like the look of Montessori too). Anyone tried Four Seasons at the Skypark?

fyogaff Sun 04-Nov-12 16:40:25

Hi, has anybody used Links Nursery Craighall, near Spierswharf? I work around that way and it is very handy for work but I can't seem to find anybody that has used it. Any other suggestions for nurseries around that area would be good.

suzyjetfighter Mon 31-Dec-12 13:32:57

Love Somerset nursery. Daughter was there from 6 months to 5 years and loved it. Wonderful care, lovely lovely staff.

Littlebleu Tue 08-Jan-13 23:11:42

Hi Suzy I'm probably going to need nursery for 3 days a week, when dc is a year old, would I have to book Somerset from birth can you remember? Thanks

Littlebleu Tue 08-Jan-13 23:12:06

Sorry just saw someone else asked something similar above.

suzyjetfighter Wed 09-Jan-13 07:40:05

Hi little bleu. My dd started at Somerset at about 6-7 months. I booked her in just after she was born.

Somerset is great but it's not cheap. I didn't realise that there are council run daycares. You may want to investigate these eg the nursery at Hilllhead school in kelvingrove park before you go to Somerset.

McPinoTata Wed 09-Jan-13 21:14:17

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Littlebleu Wed 09-Jan-13 21:41:31

Thanks Suzy smile

Wabberjocky Sun 13-Jan-13 09:53:23

If youre in the west end, i recommend rockmount in g11, five mi s from hillhead. My son is so happy there.

Lisab10 Fri 25-Jan-13 22:17:57

My little boy has been attending links nursery for 2 years and is very happy. Staff are lovely an have found they always go the extra mile for you. My little boy has had health issues an they are grt at attending for his needs. Couldn't recommend it enough.

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bobcat2007 Mon 04-Feb-13 17:26:08

Hi all, I was just wondering if any mums had went on to put their little ones to Derby St and if you were happy overall? I am torn between Derby St and the Four Seasons in town but would prefer my little one to be able to have access to the park rather than be in the city centre....any help would be much appreciated as we are struggling to choose!

artfunk23 Mon 11-Feb-13 15:57:36

The Learning Zone Nursery - 1211 Dumbarton Road, Whiteinch, G14 9UP

My son goes here - best nursery in the West End by FAR!

I think this is their website: www.thelearningzonenursery.co.uk

You can just drop in - you don't need an appointment. They are a day nursery which means they are open all year round and from 8am to 6pm every day. They take from birth to school ages.

I can't rate them highly enough. My son had a really bad experience in a bigger nursery and I'd been stressing about where to send him as all the local council nurseries waiting lists are so long. Then this one opened up in October last year (2012). Seriously - a godsend!!

The staff are amazing, and their's only 10 of my son's age group so he gets lots and lots of attention. Really homely. I'd recommend it to anyone as it's also handy just up from Partick in Whiteinch.

artfunk23 Mon 11-Feb-13 16:00:10

Oh - I also want to add bobcat, that The Learning Zone nursery is just across from Victoria Park which they utilise. They also have their own private gardens and I they will be doing trips to the local museums. They're also looking for a Spanish teacher at the moment and will be starting dance classes soon.

I looked at the four seasons tbh and I just felt The Learning Zone won hands down. (I also work in town!)

artfunk23 Mon 11-Feb-13 16:09:47

McPinotata - The Learning Zone Nursery is in Scotstoun. It's DIRECTLY across from Victoria Park Kindergarten- it's new - just opened in Oct last year (2012). I can't rate it highly enough. There is a serious shortage of nurseries in our area and I feel this nursery is just what we need!

NiceMiceEatRice Fri 15-Mar-13 15:59:17

artfunk how long has your son been in the learning zone? My sister told me about it but I thought it had only opened in January?

artfunk23 Fri 22-Mar-13 09:38:04

Hi, My son started at The Learning Zone first week in January but apparently it had opened in October 2012. My son was at another nursery before that as I didn't realise their were any other nurseries in the area. I actually popped in off the cuff when I drove past it one morning and was so impressed I have to say. My son is so happy there and that makes me happy and has really helped me going back to work as I just never felt comfortable with him at the last nursery. There were 60 kids in the class! I just don't know how that works!!! The class sizes are really small at The Learning Zone which is one of the main reasons I switched. So yeah, my son has made some really great friends and the staff really go that step extra. For example, he has come home and started to spell words out and things. He's always been really interested in letters and numbers (takes after his dad!) and they picked up on it and called across to Scotstoun Primary to get the reading/writing curriculum for him! They are encouraging him in the things he likes and excels in and this is something that they never did in his last nursery! He's come home and I can really see that they spend time with him in the things that he likes to do. I' m really impressed that they actually do what they say they do! Hard to find these days. There feedback is also great - they have a great daily diary thing which is always very detailed which I like and he comes home with new songs and lots of stories to tell! I've sometimes phoned during the day too and they have actually let me talk to him on the phone (their suggestion) which was nice when he was settling in! I really would recommend this place. I went up and down the west end trying to find somewhere for nearly a year that had places. So glad this one opened!

NiceMiceEatRice Fri 29-Mar-13 09:04:22

I've been to see a few recently and have wait listed my child at a couple of nice ones. I saw a couple of middle of the road and some that was just not for me. I came on to say I went to see four seasons at the skypark and was really pretty apaulled by it. I wouldn't go and given all the prices are much of a muchness I can't really see why anyone would. Feel a bit mean writing that but it was genuinely bad.

NiceMiceEatRice Thu 23-May-13 10:26:45


After looking like we would get nothing I've now an offer of acorn park and mulberry bush. It's so long since I saw them I can't recall what I liked best. Any advice?

artfunk23 Mon 27-May-13 14:51:26

Hi - Haven't heard of Acorn Park but I visited Mulberry Bush as I liked the Montessori ethos, but was put off by the manager who showed me around. The only child she talked to or showed any warmth to, happened to be her own child there!!! Funnily enough, the care inspectorate report highlighted a complaint and when I emailed requesting more info, it was to do with staff/staffing levels/qualifications. The complaint was a few years ago now but it doesn't seem to have been resolved as per the details on their website. I would also check out their partnership council funding - they split it all between parents which I think is a bit unfair. On the whole though, their environment looked good but there was something that just stopped me putting my son there (I also got a place there). I'm glad though - I am more happy with The Learning Zone as is my son!

DebbieT69 Thu 20-Jun-13 10:21:22

My girls loved Acorn Park, really annoyed that I don't work close enough for my son to go there now.
Son is at Victoria Park but I'm having real concerns and looking for someone where else as soon as possible.

Rosiebettyboo Fri 26-Jul-13 21:03:45

Dd went to Somerset Nursery, the fitzroy place one, then clairmont gardens kindergarten. Totally pleased with it. DS is now at Fitzroy place, new manager, some of the same staff, but oh my goodness, the new manager has done so much, so creative, I am so impressed. The care was always good, but they have really used the space much better, lots more for the children to do, DS loves the sensory room and the garden, they have a mini kitchen, house room, plus, they change the themes of the normal rooms every month. DS was like the hardest, clingiest one to leave me, but he loves the staff and nursery and it is because they took such care helping him settle.
Would absolutely recommend.

Fox212 Thu 22-Aug-13 18:23:34

Can anyone recommend a good childminder in West End? Really struggling to find one with places!

carovioletfizz Thu 22-Aug-13 21:53:56

I don't know one Fox, but will tweet and Facebook this question for you so hopefully someone will be along soon!

parentintraining Tue 04-Feb-14 18:44:29

Hi there,

just wondering if anyone has any direct knowledge of Kelvinside kindergarten on lancaster crescent lane. I'm thinking of moving my 16 month old there as it's way nearer to our house than her current one. I went for a visit and although the rooms were much smaller it seemed nice and has a very good rating from inspectorate. I just wanted 1st / 2nd hand info if possible before i make my decision

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