University Nursery

With over 600 years experience, the University of St Andrews provides the very best start to your child's education.

Meet the team

About Saints Nursery

The University Nursery provides high quality Early Years Childcare for children from 0 to 5 years of age and is accessible to staff, students, and the wider community.

The Nursery is a private 44-place setting operating 51 weeks of the year and offers Fife Council funded spaces.

Sitting within Saints Sport’s Children’s Services team, the University Nursery benefits from access to highly qualified coaches and a wide range of fantastic sporting activities delivered to children of students, staff, and the community.

Available Vacancies

Early Years Practitioner

At the University of St Andrews Nursery we are seeking to recruit Qualified Early Years Practitioners (EYP) to join our experienced and caring group of practitioners.  For more  information, please contact Anja Copland, Nursery Manager on  [email protected] or 01334 46 0606. 

Job description and application.

Care Inspectorate

The University Nursery is registered with the Care Inspectorate – a scrutiny body which looks at the quality of care in Scotland to ensure it meets high standards. Please click on the icon below to visit our page on the Care Inspectorate website or for more information please see the latest Inspection Report in full.

Inspection Report 2023

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“At the university of St Andrews nursery in the 0-2 room (baby turtle room) we aim to provide a calming and nurturing environment where our babies can thrive.

Our 0-2 children learn mostly through sensory exploration from different sensory boxes full with natural objects from books, toys and instruments. Our room has a warm and cosy glow where the children can feel relaxed and comfortable in our nursery setting.”

The team in the baby room are both qualified and experienced in caring for children under the age of two. They will use their knowledge and skills to introduce your child to many exciting, stimulating and sensory experiences, enabling them to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

Your child’s key person in the baby room will work in partnership with you in order to ensure continuity between home and nursery with regard to your baby’s individual routines, likes, dislikes and much more.

The starfish room opens up onto a secure garden area, giving the children free choice as to where they wish to play. The practitioners in this room are skilled in supporting the children’s individual and ever changing needs and ensure that they have fun whilst learning through play.

Your child’s key person in the starfish room will work in partnership with you in order to ensure continuity between home and nursery with regard to your toddler’s individual routines, needs and interests.

Our Fife Council funded Dolphin room promotes learning through play while embedding the key principles of Fife Council Core Provision to meet the out comes of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Practitioners embed Realising the Ambition in all areas of their practice and ensure a creative and solution focused approach when providing positive learning environments for children. We work in partnership with our Peripatetic Nursery Teacher and Early Years Development Officer from Fife Council.

Junior Saints

Our Junior Saints programme offers a wide variety of activities for children in the St Andrews area to get involved and be active throughout the year. The Children’s Services team run a variety of weekly classes for pre-school children (2-5 years old), those in P1-P7 and S1-S4, and runs a number of sports camps throughout the year to coincide with school holidays and in-service day. If the schools are off, you can guarantee that Junior Saints will be on!

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