Feel anything is possible

Welcome to the ESMS Nursery.

We are so glad that you could join us for Virtual Open Day.

ESMS Nursery is a happy, caring environment, set in beautiful grounds in the centre of Edinburgh.  Children spend their days exploring and having fun in light and airy playrooms.  Our highly qualified teachers and practitioners take the time to get to know every child, helping them to grow into well-rounded, confident young people with good hearts and strong values.  The teaching ethos in the Nursery is creative and hands-on. We nurture each child’s imagination, creativity and critical thinking through play-based opportunities, encouraging the children to have fun, become increasingly independent and to think for themselves. 

Hear from our Head of Nursery, Mrs Watt, about what makes our Nursery so special. 

Specialist staff

In addition to our experienced, highly qualified Classroom Teachers, we also have specialised staff for Music, Digital Learning, PE and Forest Kindergarten.  This approach allows us to gently introduce children to a range of new experiences which are then built upon as they move through school.

Outdoor learning

At ESMS, outdoor learning begins in Nursery because it is so important for child development. Our Forest Kindergarten sessions are led by qualified members of staff, one of whom runs training programmes for Early Year Practitioners and teachers on behalf of Scottish Forestry.  All of the children also make full use of the extensive grounds and are taken for adventures and regular “Welly Walks” to explore the natural world around them. While the children are having fun exploring, they are also developing confidence, learning how to assess risk and building essential life skills, from problem solving and resilience to teamwork. 

I'm always amazed at parents' evenings how well staff know him. He has met some lovely friends and he skips into nursery every day and comes home happy each afternoon.

Laura McOscar, ESMS Nursery Parent

An environment that enriches and inspires learning 

In addition to our bright, airy playrooms there are several other spaces to support our children and inspire their learning. Our sensory and nurture rooms stimulate the senses with their cloud lighting, bubble tubes, fibre optic spaghetti lights, textured cushions, bean bags, mirror pebbles and light boxes. Children learn to climb trees in our dedicated forest kindergarten areas and sledge down our hill, in the winter. Running tracks, astro pitches and long jump pits are all available to our youngest children who love to watch the big boys and girls and try to copy their performances. Children also enjoy visiting our specialist music room, purpose built early years library, digital learning Spaces and PE halls. The allotment, adventure park, outdoor classroom and trails are also firm favourites with our youngest children.

Healthy food

Hot meals are served in our new family-style dining rooms where children eat and chat around a table, just as they would at home.  Our menus encourage healthy eating and staff join the children at mealtimes to encourage good manners and a positive relationship with food.

Our Nursery Hours are 8.30am - 2.30pm

Pastoral Care

We are proud of our sector-leading pastoral care. It is our priority to make sure that every child feels valued.

Preparation for School

Throughout their time at Nursery, staff are helping to gently prepare the children for a smooth transition into Primary 1.

Wraparound Care

Flexible care when you need it before and after Nursery and school and during holiday periods.