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Children of International students between the ages of 5 and 18 may attend school (primary and secondary) free of charge provided they gained entry clearance as dependants of their parent(s).

Free part-time pre-school education places are available for all 3-5 year olds - there is a limit to this but for more information contact Fife Childcare Information Service or ask your childcare provider. This is available to all students including overseas.

Help is also available within the school system for children with learning difficulties.

The Bilingual Support Service of Fife Council Education Service collaborates with schools and parents to support pupils in Fife schools who are learning English as an Additional Language.

For further information contact: Fife Council, Rimbleton House, 4-5 Rimbleton Park, Glenrothes, KY6 2BZ. Tel: 08451 555555 ext. 441939.

For more detailed information on childcare provision contact Fife Childcare Information Service Tel: 01592 583146 or go to the Scottish Childcare website.

  • Schools/Independent
  • Nurseries
  • Childminders
  • After school care
  • Help with childcare
  • Costs
  • Useful link



Canongate Primary (includes a Nursery Class for 3 to 4 year olds)
Maynard Road
St Andrews
KY16 8RX
Tel: 01334 659452 Fax: 01334 659452

Greyfriars R. C. Primary
Kilrymont Road
St Andrews
KY16 8DF
Tel: 01334 659418

Lawhead Primary (includes a Nursery Class or 3 to 4 year olds)
Strathkinness Low Road
St Andrews
KY16 9NG
Tel: 01334 659426 Fax: 01334 475895


Madras College
South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9EJ
Tel: 01334 659402  Email:


St Leonards-New Park School 
South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9QJ
Tel: 01334 472126 Email: Website:


The University of St Andrews Nursery
4 Collins House
East Sands
St Andrews
Tel: 01334 460606 Email: Website:

Rainbow Nursery
Strathkinness High Road (Fife Park)
St Andrews
Tel: 01334 470642 Email: Website:

Acorn Nursery
The Steadings
Kinaldy Farm
St Andrews
Tel: 01334 475698 Fax: 01334 478510 Website: 

Montessori Childrens' House St Andrews
Holy Trinity Church Hall
Greenside Place
St Andrews
Tel: 01334 850013 Email: Website:

Little Beehive 
70 Main Street
Tel: 01334 850001 Email:  Website: 

Fife Council runs St Andrews Nursery Centre, Kilrymont Road, St Andrews, KY16 8DF, for 3 and 4 year old children. Telephone the Head Teacher on 01334 659485 or E: .


For further information on registered childminders in the area contact Fife Childcare Information (details above), who will give up-to-date information on childminders.

After school care

For care before/after school and on school holidays- with pickups from various primary schools.

One of the schools, Lawhead Primary provides after school care as do two of the day nurseries - Rainbow and WonderYears.

The other after school care is provided by Cosmos After School Care Group, Cosmos Community Centre, Abbey Walk, St. Andrews Tel 474140. Website:

Contact Fife Childcare Information (details above) for further information on After School-Care in the surrounding area.

Breakfast clubs

  • Canongate Primary School
  • Rainbow Nursery
  • Lawhead Primary School  

Help with childcare costs

  • This is a scheme of support for undergraduate full time students from Scotland. The fund is to assist with additional costs for registered childcare.
  • Undergraduate students receiving funding from England, Wales and Northern Ireland bodies who are eligible for childcare grants are not eligible for the Childcare Fund. Students in this category can apply to the Discretionary Fund for help with childcare.
  • Part-time and distance learning students can apply to the Discretionary Fund for assistance towards registered Childcare costs.
  • UK postgraduate students can apply to the Discretionary Fund for assistance towards registered child care costs.  

For further information contact: Joyce Lapeyre, Money Adviser, Student Services, telephone 01334 462720 or email

Useful links

Useful Organisation: National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries, information on nearest contact to you and on starting a library in your area Tel: 0207 428 2280 or email:

One Parent Families: Lone parent Helpline 0808 801 0323 or Calls are free from landlines and the following mobiles - Vodafone, 3, Orange, Virgin and T Mobile.

  • 9.30 am - 3.00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

  • 12.30 pm - 3.00 pm Friday

Further information

To discuss any of the above in further depth, contact:

Money Adviser, Student Services, Eden Court, The Scores, St Andrews, KY16 9AS. Telephone 01334 462720 or email:





Advice and Support Centre
79 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2020

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