The Owl and the Pussycat Children's Nursery
The Owl and the Pussycat Children's Nursery  


Here you can find out about how we run things at The Owl and the Pussycat Children's Nursery. We need your help to keep this organisation running as smoothly as possible!


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Book your visit by calling 0131 664 1345.

*Flexible days to suit shift workers
*Term Time places to suit teachers 
*Preschool funding available for 3-5 year olds
*Pick up & drop off to local school's
*Fantastic outdoor areas providing stimulating learning experience

*Healthy freshly made food prepared and delivered on the day by healthy tots providers.
*Music and movement classes
*Free unrestricted parking
*Close to Edinburgh royal infirmary 
*Close to Edinburgh university 
*Close to main bus routes 


Pre - Birth to Three

Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotlands Children and Families recognises the importance of pregnancy and the first years of life in influencing children's development and future outcomes. A focus on this period is therefore critical to achieving positive outcomes for scotlands children and families. 

 The national guidance supports students and staff working with and on behalf of our youngest children and their families. This guidance is to be used in tandem with Building the Ambition.


Four key principles for best starts and positive outcomes

The rights of the child, relationships, responsive care and respect are the four key principles which form the basis of this guidance. All staff working with babies and young children should be aware that these key principles are interrelated and interdependent.

  • Rights of the child - children's right are defined in many ways, including a wide spectrum of civil, cultural, economic, social and political rights.
  • Relationships - Babies are genetically predisposed to form relationships; this is their strongest evolutionary survival mechanism.
  • Responsive care - Responsive care means knowing and accepting children and respecting that they are unique individuals.
  • Respect - Children's views, values and attitudes are shaped largely by family and more indirectly by communities. 

Learning Journals

What is a learning journal?


A learning journal is a collection of notes, observations, thoughts and other relevant materials built-up over a period of time and maybe a result of a period of study, learning and/or working experience. Its purpose is to enhance your Child's learning through the process of writing and thinking about their learning experiences. Learning journals are personal to the child and will reflect their personality, preferences and experiences.


Why use a learning journal?

  • To provide a "live" picture of your child's growing understanding of a subject experience
  • To demonstrate how their learning is developing
  • To keep a record of their thoughts and ideas throughout their experiences 
  • To help identify their strengths, areas for improvement and preferences in learning. A learning journal helps to reflective about the child's learning; this means that their journal should not be a purely descriptive account of what they did but an opportunity to communicate their thinking process: how and why they did what they did.

Curriculum of excellence 

The 3-18 curriculums (Curriculm for Excellence) builds on the solid foundations developed in the critical years of pre-birth  to three.


For most children, the early level of the curriculum provides the basis for their learning experiences in early years and Primary 1. For some children and young people with additional support needs, the Early level  will provide a framework for learning and progression beyond the early primary stage and, perhaps, for most of their time in school.

The Early level is one of five curriculum levels and is part of the broad general education.


Learning at the early level has a strong emphasis on learning through play. This approach continues to be a focus (as 'active learning') throughout all stages of the curriculum.

By working in partnership with staff, you can play a key role in supporting your child's learning.

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If you would like a place for your child at our centre, please make an appointment and we'll gladly take the time to explain everything you need to know. You can make an appointmment by phone or by using our contact form. We look forward to meeting you!



0131 664 1345

What happens if my child is ill?

It's unavoidable that small children catch all kinds of minor infections. For a speedy recovery and to prevent the other children from falling ill, children who are unwell must stay at home. Only when the fever has subsided for a whole day should you return your child to the nursery. If the disease is infectious, we'll need a doctor's note confirming that your child is no longer contagious.


0131 664-1345


Opening hours

From 8 a.m until 6 p.m Monday to Friday


Please also use our contact form.

The Owl and the Pussycat Children's Nursery
1 Claverhouse Drive

Edinburgh EH16 6BR


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