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Hello and welcome to Kirktonholme Nursery Wishaw. We are a small 53 place nursery based on the grounds of Wishaw General Hospital. At Kirktonholme Wishaw we aim to provide high-quality care and education for all children in a secure, safe and nurturing environment. We have a committed and motivated team of 14 staff, a combination of trainee practitioners and qualified practitioners. Each room has a team leader, and we have an assistant manager and a nursery manager.
We are open from 8 am – 6 pm, and if required we can open at 7.30 am for an additional charge. We offer full-day spaces and morning and afternoon sessions and we offer a discounted rate for the full-time session booked.
Within the nursery, we have three age groups.
Baby room: our baby room holds 15 babies at any one time and our staff/child ratio is 1:3. We have a large baby room, split with room dividers if needed. We have a variety of different areas for children to explore and have both wooden and carpeted areas for the little ones to crawl and toddle on. We also have a large outdoor space that is just for this age group. We follow the Pre-birth to three curricula.
Rainbow Room: This is for our 2-3-year-olds and the room can hold 14 children at any one time. Our Ratio is 1:5. The rainbow room has a large playroom and a smaller cosy back room, with resources that are down low so the children can make their own choices of what to explore. This room focusses on young children becoming independent and learning to play alongside others. We follow the Pre-birth to three curricula.
Moonbeams: Our moonbeam room is for our 3-5 children and can hold 24 at any one time. Our ratio within this room is 1:8. The moonbeam room has a large playroom and a smaller room at the back which is filled with science resources and our ICT equipment. When children join the 3-5 room they begin to form strong bonds with the other children and create friendships. We discuss how to be kind to each other and learn how to share our emotions, thoughts and feelings. We follow the Curriculum for Excellence, in preparation for the children going to school.
We are a motivated and enthusiastic staff team, who are keen to make the nursery the best place for children and families. We involve parents and all service users in reviewing the setting and from this, we seek ways to improve. We have a parents group who help organise large family events such as Chick Coffee mornings and Santa and reindeer visits. We use research and evidence to improve our service and staff keep up to date with educators that are at the forefront of early learning and Childcare such as Suzanne Zeedyk and Tina Hendry. We use theorists such as Froebel and Reggio Emelia to promote a calm and natural environment that is completely child-led.
Love, love, love the staff at the Wishaw nursery. I couldn’t entrust my children to a nicer, more caring bunch of people. The childrens' best interest is always at the very heart of everything they do. It’s such a big thing to leave your child with people that are not known to you but it becomes apparent very quickly that the staff are extremely patient, caring, loving and fun. These are all qualities you want from people who, on some days, spend more time with your child than you do. Could not recommend this nursery enough.
‘Our daughter has attended Kirktonholme Wishaw since she was 1, we chose here after hearing such good reviews from other parents. Based on our own experience, the nursery facilities and staff are fantastic. From initial enquiry, to settling sessions and finally actually attending the nursery we knew she was in good hands. They dealt with the covid pandemic brilliantly, arranging video calls with children who weren’t attending during lockdown and this meant we had no reservations about her going back when things returned to ‘normal’, despite it being to the older room after a lockdown birthday! Seeing how much our daughter has come on from attending the nursery, we would definitely recommend to other parents.