Why First Class Childcare

Thank you for your interest in First Class Childcare.

Established in 2006, we are a 47 place private nursery located in Burntisland providing the highest quality of care for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. We currently work in partnership with Fife Council to provide funded places. We also work closely with local schools to ensure transitions are a positive experience for children and families.

Our links with other local playgroups and nurseries allows staff to share best practice and be involved with training and peer group meetings. We are also members of Early Years Scotland who provide support services relating to legislation, policy and practice.

We understand and respect the individual needs of our children and their families. Our highly qualified and experienced staff offer developmentally appropriate fun leaning activities that nurture and engage children in our safe and stimulating environment.

Our motivated and professional staff ensure all children have a “first class” start and foster enthusiasm for learning through play.

Learning Spaces

We can accommodate a maximum of 6 children in our baby room, 10 children in our toddler room and up to 32 pre-school children with 16 in our nursery classroom and 16 at our new nearby Forest school outdoor learning space. Due to being a smaller setting staff feel they can build professional and caring relationships with children and their families to meet all wellbeing needs.

If you require any further information and/or would like to visit we would be delighted to hear from you. Please find our contact details below:

Tel: 01592 871109
Email: play@firstclasschildcare.co.uk

First Class Childcare values and respects the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1992), The Health and Social Care Standards (2017), Realising the Ambition, Being Me (2020) and Girfec 2012 (Getting it right for every child), in our everyday practice both in the nursery and at our outdoor setting.


Our aim is to create an environment of learning where children can discover together, indoors and out, through curiosity, creativity and play.

We will do this by:

  • Providing a setting where children are deeply engaged and involved in leading their own learning.
  • Supporting child-initiated play that is enhanced by practitioners planning in the moment.
  • Ensuring a safe and inspiring environment where children can thrive and learn from positive experiences that encourage confidence and independence.
  • Promoting health and wellbeing through activity, healthy eating and an ethos of respect and inclusion.


We value the four capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence enabling children to become Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Effective Communicators and Responsible Citizens.

This supports and promotes our values of:

  • Confidence and resilience to explore as active learners and to be curious and confident on taking risks with new experiences indoors and out.
  • Equality and compassion to ensure respect and empathy shown to all individuals and the environment.
  • Creativity and critical thinking skills to foster an imaginative and effective approach for lifelong learning.
  • Collaboration leading to an understanding of others and effective communication that enables children to express themselves and listen to and respect the views of others.
  • Contribution where all our stakeholders’ views are valued and recognised and all have a part to play creating the ethos of our setting.

Settling In Period

We offer a settling in period for all children where they can have initial short visit with their parents/carers to familiarise themselves with staff and our setting. These visits can then be extended in length and parents can leave children in our care to ease transitions between home and nursery. We work very closely with children and their families to meet individual needs. Time will be given to discuss specific needs such as dietary requirements/administration of medication and any other matters regarding children joining our nursery.

Partnership with Parents

Parents, carers and families are the most important influences in a child’s life. Their support can play a vital role at all stages of education.

Active involvement of parents in the life of the nursery can help promote a learning community in which children can engage positively with nursery staff and their peers.

Below are a few examples of how we involve parents:

  • Daily/weekly feedback regarding all aspects of children’s learning journey/care.
  • Private Facebook pages with daily/weekly updates, photos of activities and relevant information shared
  • Stay and Play sessions
  • Parents Evenings
  • Parent Questionnaires
  • Family Fun Days
  • Regularly updating our policies/procedures and sharing them

We have a range of policies and procedures which we follow to ensure all children’s needs are met and ensure they have fun learning experiences to develop and reach their full potential. Parents are welcome to view our policies and procedures at any time.

We welcome feedback regarding our setting. Open and honest communication leads to us maintaining our high standards and giving children a “first class” start.

Opening hours

Monday – Friday 7.45am – 6pm

We are open 52 weeks of the year only closing 2 days at Christmas, 2 days at new year, 1 day at Easter and 1 day in summer term. 


Full Day: 7.45am – 6pm
AM Session: 7.45am – 1pm
PM Session: 1pm – 6pm

We also accommodate ad-hoc/extra sessions where we have availability.


Breakfast, Lunch and afternoon snacks are provided and are in line with current nutritional guidance and food standards for early years childcare providers in Scotland (sample menu enclosed).

We also cater for children with specific dietary requirements.

** Parents with children under the age of 1 are asked to provide their own food due to allergy risks during the weaning period.

Daily activities

Following both the Pre-Birth to Three and Curriculum for Excellence we provide a wide range of developmentally appropriate, fun learning activities.  Staff understand and respect the individual needs of children and their families.

*Woodland/Beach walks, regular trips to local parks/green spaces – also outings to farms/zoos and other places of interest as we have our own vehicles for transport.

* Daily use of our garden

* Wide range of play opportunities and experiences

* Pre-school classes including yoga, dance, music and tiger fitness

Nappy changing/Toileting

Parents are asked to provide nappies, wipes, creams and a change of clothes.