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 on the following link MyGovScot 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. Phone: 08451 555555 ext. 441939.

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

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






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


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.

The other after school care is provided by Cosmos After School Care Group, Cosmos Community Centre, Abbey Walk, St. Andrews (Phone: 01334 474140).

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 online 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, via telephone (01334 462720) or email (

Useful links

  • National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries. Information on nearest contact to you and on starting a library in your area
  • One Parent Families
    • Lone parent Helpline: 0808 801 0323. Calls are free from landlines and the following mobiles - Vodafone, 3, Orange, Virgin and T Mobile.
    • 9.30am to 3.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
    • 12.30pm to 3.00pm 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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 462720