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Local Baby and Pre-School Nurseries

Limited free part-time pre-school education places are available for some 3-5 year olds, refer to the Fife Childcare Information Service or ask childcare provider. Help is available within the system for children with learning difficulties. Fife Council Education Service's Bilingual Support Service collaborates with schools and parents to support Fife school pupils learning English as an additional language.

Also refer to: Childcare Vouchers Scheme

Nursery/Childcare providers

Discounted rates:

University of St Andrews Nursery
The University proudly boasts a purpose built children’s nursery at East Sands with 44 places which was opened in April 2017, welcoming children aged 0-5 years from both University and non-University parents and carers.  The Nursery is managed by the University of St Andrews. 

Peek-a-Boo Nursery
Provides a relaxed atmosphere where we strive to be a home away from home where children are allowed and encouraged to develop at their own pace. Three sites across Fife that provide care for children from 8 weeks old up to 5 years.  

  • Alex White Building, Rose Terrace, Leven, Fife, KY8 4BU
  • 1-3 King Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY2 5JR
  • Betson Street, Markinch, Fife, KY7 6LA
  • Web:
  • Tel: 01333 429565              
  • Agreed discount to any University employee with two or more children registered for two or more days per week is eligible for a 5% discount on second child’s fees.

Non-discounted nurseries:

Rainbow Nursery
Our rooms at Rainbow Nursery ensure your child is in the right environment to grow and develop at their own pace, with experienced carers ready to help them move on to the next stage when the time is right and your child is ready.
Fife Park, Strathkinness High Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9UE.
Tel: 01334 470642

Acorn Day Nursery
Provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment for children between the ages of six weeks to school age. 
Kinaldy Farm, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 8NA.
Tel: 01334 475698

Montessori Children’s House
Montessori is an internationally respected pedagogical method used widely across the globe. Our staff are fully trained Montessori teachers. We have a purpose built school in the heart of medieval St Andrews (opposite the Byre Theatre) and a large garden which we use for educational activities. We have extremely high ratings from the Care Inspectorate. For more, please see our website and come and visit.
For children aged 3 to 6 years
42d South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9JT

Little Beehive Nursery
70 Main Street, Strathkinness, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9SA. 
Tel: 01334 850001
56a Crossgate, Tannage Close, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5HS.
Elmwood College, Carslogie Road, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4HY.
30 Tay Street, Newport-on-Tay, Fife, DD6 8AL.
26a Balfour Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY2 5HB.

Little Farmer Childcare
Little Farmer Childcare is a mico-nursery based just outside Pittenweem, Fife. We are a small rural based children’s nursery with emphases on the outdoor. Childcare for children aged 3 months to 6 years and requirements may be tailor to suit individual family needs. 
Easter Kellie Farm, near Pittenweem, Fife.
Tel: 01333 720311

Bright Horizons Day Care Centre
The Bright Horizons Daycare Centre located at Leuchars is a spacious facility which can accommodate children from 12 weeks to 5 year olds. The Centre also provides ‘out of school’ care before and/or after school and during school holidays.
RAF Leuchars, Leuchars, Fife, KY16 0JX.
Tel: 01334 838439

Poppyview Family Centre
We are registered to care for children from the age of 6 weeks and until they are of an age to leave primary school and our centre is open from 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday. The centre also operates a summer play scheme during school holidays.
Ajax Way, Methil, Leven, Fife, KY8 3RS.
Tel: 01333 421616

High School of Dundee Nursery 
Open 50 weeks of the year, from 7.30am to 6pm for 3-5 year olds located in vast green space alongside the school's extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities. 
The High School of Dundee Nursery, Mary Lily Walker Building, Mayfield Sports Centre, 193 Arbroath Road, Dundee, DD4 7HS.
Tel: Admissions Co-ordinator, Mrs Catriona Leeper: 01382 202921




Human Resources

University of St Andrews
Walter Bower House

St Andrews
KY16 0US
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1334 463096