Frequently Asked Questions are at the bottom of the page.
We currently have a number of spaces available for 3-5 year olds at our outdoor nature kindergarten. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Auchlone Nature Kindergarten offers flexible care Monday to Friday, 48 weeks a year.
Monday and Fridays - 9am and 3.30pm.
Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday - 9am to 5.30pm.
Address - Auchlone Lodge, Abercairney Estate, By Crieff, PH7 3QZ
We offer the following sessions:
Mornings: 9.00am to 12.30pm
Long morning: 9.00am to 1.30pm
Short day: 9.00am to 3.30pm
Long day: 9.00am to 5.30pm
Fees - Invoices are sent out monthly at the end of each month. We Partner Providers with Perth and Kinross council, therefore any child over the age of three can claim PART funding towards their fee’s with Auchlone Kindergarten.
Clothing – the children are outdoors every day for long periods and it is important that they are dressed appropriately. In colder weather children need woollen socks, snowboots and a snowsuit. During the warmer weather children would need a sun hat and sun protection cream.
Routines - Routines help children to develop a sense of security and belonging and have a positive effect on their emotional development. Happy, secure children are more likely to be successful learners.
Admission Policy – due to the demand for places applications are placed on a waiting list and priority will be given to those children who wish to attend for 2 or more sessions a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our charges for 2017/18 are;
You will not be charged for dates when Auchlone is closed. Your free is therefore calculated as 52 weeks less:
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- 1 staff training week in August
- 2 weeks closure over Christmas/New Year
- Easter Friday and Monday (for those who attend Fri or Mon)
- 3 in-service training days (to be agreed)
A full calendar will be sent out to parents every July.
Our standard opening times are:
Short morning: 9.00 till 12.30 am
Long morning: 9.00 till 1.30 pm
Short day: 9.00 till 3.30 pm
Long day: 8.30 till 5.30 pm
Auchlone is registered for up to 25 children of which a maximum of 5 can be 2 year olds.
In Scotland, there are 4 individual seasonal school terms. 39 working weeks are spread across these 4 terms. Auchlone is open year round (not including the holidays noted above).
Government funding in Scotland is currently aimed at 16 hours provision a week for every child, or around 600 hours per year. Government funding per eligible full time place from August 2017 will go up by 2% to £1,940, which relates to the above 600 hour per year.
This funding is normally paid directly to the provider (Auchlone) who will then calculate the net cost to the parent/carer. The subsidy is not designed to cover the full cost of childcare and there will always be a net cost per child.
The funding release is not averaged equally each month, but released according to the Perth and Kinross Council term dates and the child’s actual sessions between the payment dates. This means that during term weeks you will have subsidy applied and outwith term dates you will not. This means that during term weeks you will have subsidy applied and outwith term dates you will not. However, you will still receive the full 600 hour each year.
The average hourly subside rate is just over £3 per hour. Our average fee is just under £5 per hour.
If your child only attends one provider the entire 16 hour subsidy will be paid to that provider, making the net fee to parents/carers straightforward.
Some children attend 2 or more providers and so the subsidy will have to be allocated and divided, making the calculated net fee more complex. If for, example, a child attends a separate nursery for 12 hours per week, that will, on average, leave only 4 hours of subsidy to apply elsewhere up to the average maximum of 16 hours per week.
If your child attends for less than 16 hours a week then the funding will only be applied to those hours attended. For example, if your child attends for 9 hours you will receive 9 hours of funding, not 16 hours.
Some parents choose to have more than one child attend Auchlone. In such cases we will reduce the overall fee by 10% of the second child fee, after Government subsidy has been deducted.
Mindstretchers Ltd uniquely still allow parents, with clear written notice of 1 month, to have a standard 2 week holiday each year where fees are not charged. This is in addition to all of the above. This will not be reflected in the Annualised fee, but will be deducted from the relevant monthly invoice.
Working parents of children, who will be aged under 4 on 31 August 2017, can now apply through the new digital childcare service for Tax-Free Childcare and receive a government top-up of £2 for every £8 that they pay into their Tax-Free Childcare account. All parents of disabled children (under 17 years old) will also be able to apply for Tax-Free Childcare.
The Government HMRC website contains a wealth of information for parents and carers. This includes a calculator which will help assess your entitlement and best options. This contains information on how you can get help with childcare costs in addition to the free childcare funding. Tax Free Childcare is an on-line application process for working parents. Parents can use Tax Free childcare alongside their free funded hours. Auchlone is registered as a Tax Free provider to make application by parents possible. This is a new scheme and separate from employer childcare voucher schemes.
The Childcare Choices website provides information on the government’s childcare schemes and explains how parents can pre-register or apply. It also includes a childcare calculator to show eligible families how much they could receive.
"Any concerns I have ever raised have been met with a compassionate and open attitude to help. From what my 4 year tells me, the teachers work hard to remove anxiety and foster confidence. My favourite example was the day I showed up, ready to hear that that day's thunderstorm had been scary - when in actuality, my daughter gave me a science lesson about how she had been told that thunder was just warm and cold air meeting! Now she loves storms - and sharing her knowledge" (Parent interviewed by Care Inspectorate, 2012)