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Care for pre­school children in the UK can be expensive, however all three and four year olds are entitled to a free, part time pre-school place. Local authorities have a duty to ensure that enough places are available for all three and four year olds whose parents want them to attend.

Finding Good Childcare


Scottish Childcare is a helpful government funded website for finding impartial information on local childcare services, organisations, activities, events and initiatives.

Registration of childcare in Scotland is the responsibility of the Care Inspectorate, a national body based in Dundee, who ensure premises are safe and suitable and carry out a range of checks including medical and criminal checks on childcare providers including childminders, playgroups and nurseries. An excellent search facility means registered childcare providers can also be found through this site together with official information on their quality - Inspection Reports and Quality Grades.


Parent and Toddler Groups

Parent and toddler groups are the least formal childcare option as parents accompany and are responsible for their children who are usually under the age of three. They generally operate once or twice a week, are usually well provided with toys, and are an excellent way of meeting other parents. They are often associated with Playgroups and may use the same premises.

Child Minders


Childminders offer childcare in their own homes. While they are privately run, to operate legally, childminders must be registered and regulated by the Care Inspectorate and can be sourced through their site, or through Scottish Childcare.


Playgroups give pre-school children - usually three years plus - opportunities for play and socialising with other children. They are usually more structured than parent and toddler groups but less formal than nursery. Groups are run by qualified play leaders and administered by a committee of parents. They usually operate for two to four hours a day, morning or afternoon.



Nurseries may be private or local authority. They offer day care for pre-school children. Check with the Care Inspectorate for a full list.

The University of Dundee Nursery


The University Nursery has now expanded and has opened its doors to more children than ever.  The expansion of the nursery means that the University can provide even more support to students and staff with childcare responsibilities, giving them more choice in the way they manage their work or study-life balance. 

The nursery can now accommodate infants from birth as well as pre-school children up to 5 years.  The nursery is now located on two sites on City Campus - in the DUSA building and now also a newly refurbished site on Airlie Place. The nursery is open to the children of students and staff at the University.

The nursery currently has vacancies for immediate start for children from two years of age and a waiting list for younger children and infants.

Please visit the nursery website or e-mail nursery manager Jacky Jones, for further details. 




Out of School Clubs


Before and After school clubs, are also available where school age children can be safely looked after at the beginning and end of the working day. The Local Authority websites listed below, have useful information on childcare provision including nurseries and out of school care clubs:

Childcare Vouchers

Some tax relief is available for those requiring childcare for their children, and the University has a Childcare Voucher Salary Sacrifice Scheme , so that you can benefit financially from the Income Tax and National Insurance Contribution exemptions available.