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Duchal Nursery: The little nursery with a huge heart

Nursery days are great fun for children and packed with small adventures as they begin to explore the wider world. And while the little ones have a wonderful time learning and playing, parents can feel very anxious about the choices they have to make for their children. But the mums and dads who decide to send their preschoolers to Duchal Nursery in Kilmacolm can relax in the knowledge they have selected the very best.

For over 40 years, Duchal has been providing excellent pre-school education and preparing youngsters for the big next step into primary school. Head teacher Jean McCarthy said: “We provide education of the highest standard in a warm, caring, secure and stimulating environment. We foster a family atmosphere, encouraging children to help one another and, in particular, the older children are encouraged to help younger ones.” The ethos of nurturing the children as individuals starts with the teacher/pupil ratio. The nursery has just 26 places for children aged from three to five and there are always four qualified members of staff on duty. Duchal has its own purpose-built home in Kilmacolm’s leafy Birkmyre Park with a secure outdoor play area, plus ample opportunity to walk and explore the nearby open spaces. Inside the nursery – where sessions are held from 8.15am to noon plus a Wednesday lunch club – learning and teaching are packaged with fun and games. Lessons include crafts and French as well as numeracy and literacy. As well as regular PE sessions at St Columba’s School gym, the nursery frequently embarks on outings further afield. These have included Edinburgh Zoo, Kelburn Country Park and the Aquarium at Loch Lomond. One parent said: “This is a fantastic nursery with wonderful new facilities. The kids all seem so happy there with excellent staff and lots going on. I’d definitely recommend it.” For more information visit:

Give your child the best start in life • Outstanding teacher/pupil ratio • Monday to Friday 9.00 - 12.00, drop off from 08.15 • Wednesday lunch club • Purpose built school and secure garden • Dedicated to nursery and pre-school education for girls and boys • Nursery and pre-school places available from 2yrs 9m - 5yrs

Birkmyre Park, Kilmacolm Renfrewshire PA13 4JA Registered Charity SCO36984

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