We looked at several nurseries for our 4-year-old son before picking St Margaret's. It was a real stand out in terms of the learning environments and pleasant atmosphere. I was also impressed that there are qualified primary teachers on staff for pre-schoolers and that, as well as play, there are activities built into the day to prepare wee ones for Primary 1. Letter and number recognition, and having routines for hanging up jackets and eating together are essential skills to make the transition easier.
I have to say, I have never once doubted my decision to send my son there. The staff are friendly and supportive, as well as firm when necessary. Kathryn, Alberto, Alison and Louise are a real credit to the nursery and couldn't do more for our family. Play is often free form, and the outside space is amazing, but there is also a good balance of structured activities. The pre-schoolers visit as old peoples' home every 2 weeks and this is a wonderful mutually beneficial arrangement. The food is planned by a nutritionist and encourages healthy eating.
I cannot recommend highly enough!