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Parental Information & FAQs

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 for more information. 


Kindergarten hours

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

What do you charge at Auchlone?
What time are you open?
How many children can be on site at once?
How many terms are there?
What Government funding is there to help support my childcare?
How is Government funding affected if my child attends more than one setting a week?
My child will be attending for less than 16 hours a week. Will I still get the full 16 hours of funding?
I want more than one of my children to attend Auchlone, will I receive a discount?
If I take my children away for a holiday will I still be charged fees?
Can I apply through the digital childcare service for Tax-Free Childcare?
Is there anywhere I can find more information about childcare and funding?


"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)

To request an information pack, please contact Mona Morrow: or call 01764 683656.
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