Welcome to our Nursery
Welcome to Cathkin Community Nursery.

Cathkin Community Nursery provides early learning and childcare for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. We are a South Lanarkshire Council non-denominational nursery with provision, both mornings and afternoons for;
6    x   0 - 2  year olds
10  x   2 - 3 year olds
56  x   3 - 5 year olds
Our nursery is inclusive to all children and families. We offer quality care and learning for all of our children. We work in partnership with many supporting services such as Health Visitors, Child Smile, Social Work Resources and other educational support services.

We have 3 playrooms which all have connecting gardens where our children learn through a variety of fun play experiences.

We have a parent’s room and facilitate classes, training and group meetings for a range of purposes to suit parents/carers needs and requirements.

Read our Standards and Quality Report for terms 2017-2018 and our Establishment Improvement Plan for the following year 2018-2019 by clicking on the links below:

Standars and Quality Report 2017-2018
Establishment Improvement Plan


Privacy & User Policy



Cathkin Community Nursery Langlea Road Cambuslang G72 8ES
Tel: 0141 643 3484 Email: gw14cathkinnuroffice@glow.sch.uk
Nursery Sessions

We offer a variety of sessions to meet the needs of the children and families using our service.  Core sessions are

08:40am – 11:50am

1:00pm – 4:10pm

Full days and additional hours can be requested.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm. 

We are open 52 weeks of the year. 

We close on public holidays and 5 in-service days per year. 

Directions to Nursery
Admission to Nursery

Nursery places are not identified by catchment areas. You can view the details of South Lanarkshire Council's early years establishments and partner provider nurseries on South Lanarkshire Councils webpage.

Once you have decided which nursery you want your child to go to, you should contact them to apply. Application forms are available from all Council and partner provider nurseries.                                   

Your first choice is not guaranteed so you should indicate a second and third choice on your application form. Only one application should be submitted per child and submitted to your first choice nursery by 30 April.

The normal allocation of funded care and education is five mornings or five afternoons per week for three hours and ten minutes each day for 38 weeks. You may be able to purchase extra hours, where available. You should discuss this with the head or manager of the nursery.

There are three intakes each year and children are eligible for a funded place in the intake following their third birthday:

Intake 1: August-December. Children who are three years old before 31 August.

Intake 2: January-March. Children who are three years old before 31 December.

Intake 3: March-June. Children who are three years old before the last day of February.

Vision & Aims

South Lanarkshire Council Aims:

The vision of South Lanarkshire Council is to ‘Work Together to improve the quality of life for everyone in South Lanarkshire’.

The purpose of Education Resources is to support this vision through ensuring that all learners:

  • are effectively supported to raise their attainment and achieve their full potential;
  • benefit from an appropriate range of learning opportunities which match their individual needs;
  • are actively engaged, as appropriate, in evaluating the quality and impact of their learning experiences, and
  • are safe and feel valued when using Education Resources premises.

This will be achieved by ensuring that all learners:

  • access a curriculum which reflects national and council priorities and best practice in education;
  • experience a motivated and professional workforce who demonstrate best practice in providing opportunities for learning;
  • have access to modern resources which are used effectively to maximise the impact of learning experiences, and
  • benefit from partnership working and the integration of services.

Cathkin Community Nursery Aims:

All staff Cathkin Community Nursery are committed to working together to

  • Ensuring the nursery has a clear vision, which is reflected in the work of the establishment and has an impact on the capacity for improvement.
  • By providing a welcoming and inclusive environment we are supporting our children to feel comfortable and participate enthusiastically in all activities and experiences.
  • Through reflection the children are developing their independent learning skills and encouraged to think about their own learning and effectively review plans.
  • The children contribute well to the life of the nursery and local community.  Children’s achievements are celebrated on an ongoing basis, part of the everyday life of the nursery.


Nursery Cost

The nursery provides 600 hours of funded early education and childcare places for 3 and 4 year olds within the term time.  Additional sessions out with this are charged at £3.10 per hour.  

Cost of sessions for children under the age of 3 years is charged at £3.10 per hour.  If you are in receipt of benefits these fees may be waived.

An additional contribution of 50p per session is charged.  This assists us in providing your child with a healthy snack and additional curricular activities.

Child Protection

Lanarkshire's Shared Vision for children:
“All children and young people in Lanarkshire have the right to be cared for and protected from abuse and harm in a safe environment in which their rights are respected.”

All agencies will work together in a collaborative way to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Lanarkshire.


What is Child Abuse

Child abuse is when a child or young person is being hurt or harmed or at risk of being harmed.   Abuse can happen to children and young people of any age.

Children have the right to feel safe and be safe from harm and grow up in a safe caring environment.  Children have the right to be protected from people who may harm them.

More information and support can be on the website listed below.


Child Protection Procedures

All staff in educational establishments in South Lanarkshire Council are required to follow the advice and guidance contained in “South Lanarkshire Child Protection Interagency Guidance and Educational Procedures”.

Within Cathkin Community Nursery all our staff are trained and experienced in child protection policy and procedures.  We use a number of activties and resources with our children to support them in keeping themselves safe.  These include our 'Be Safe' programme and stories such as The Big Bag of Worries for our pre-school aged children.  We also encourage our children to talk to someone if they are upset or worried about anything. 

This is an important aspect of our work and it is important that we share with parents and carers how we do this and to be confident that we will keep your child safe in all sorts of situations.


Geting it Right for Every Child  - GIRFEC

Getting it Right for Every Child is a national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people. It supports them and their parents to work in partnership with the services that can help them.

Wellbeing sits at the heart of the GIRFEC approach and is easily tailored to meet the needs of each child.  GIRFEC has 8 wellbeing indicators and are commonly referred to by their initial letters - SHANARRI.  

Protected from abuse, neglect or harm at home, at school and in the community.

Having the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, access to suitable healthcare and support in learning to make healthy, safe choices.

Being supported and guided in learning and in the development of skills, confidence and self-esteem, at home, in school and in the community. 

Having a nurturing place to live in a family setting, with additional help if needed, or, where possible, in a suitable care setting.

Having opportunities to take part in activities such as play, recreation and sport, which contribute to healthy growth and development, at home, in school and in the community.

Having the opportunity, along with carers, to be heard and involved in decisions that affect them.

Having opportunities and encouragement to play active and responsible roles at home, in school and in the community, and where necessary, having appropriate guidance and supervision, and being involved in decisions that affect them.

Having help to overcome social, educational, physical and economic inequalities, and being accepted as part of the community in which they live and learn.

Within Cathkin Community Nursery we promote all aspects of Getting it Right For Every Child.


Be Safe Programme

The 'Be Safe' Programme is a programme widely used in schools to empower children to discuss what is scary or worrying and who they can talk to if they are frightened or worried about something. We also cover dangers they may come across in the home such as harmful substances like medices or bleach. Our programme covers child protection and enables children to voice concerns and keep themselves safe.

How we do this?

We deliver a 6 week programme to our pre-school children and involve them in a variety of different activities including discussions, art work and storytelling. Children are encouraged to make a 'Helping Hand' to show the people they can go to for support and help if they are worried.

This programme has been run successfully for many years and is beneficial to children in a number of ways. The children learn to understand safe and unsafe situations, to know it’s okay to share our thoughts and feelings on what makes us scared or happy. It develops their confidence and they are able to discuss how they feel more openly. They also gain an understanding of the different feelings we have and how they make our body feel for example butterflies in our tummy, sweaty palms or racing hearts. All of which empowers children to help keep them safe.

Parents/carers have the oppprtunity to attend a briefing session about the 'Be Safe' programme.


Cathkin Community Nursery