We know that the early years of a child’s life are crucial to their development and our practitioners work to ensure that every child gets the best possible start in their education at our nursery.

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

At Holyrood Nursery Castleton we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework to ensure that every child’s time in nursery helps prepare them for starting school and lays a solid foundation for their future learning.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and Early Years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. The EYFS Framework outlines how and what your child should be learning to support their healthy development. This framework underpins everything we do here at nursery, and is firmly embedded throughout our daily practice.

Children learn by playing and exploring, being active and thinking creatively and critically. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.

We encourage children to develop the 3 Prime Areas outlined by the EYFS Framework. These Prime Areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning:

  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development

As children grow, we expand on these skills and support children to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

Management and staff continuously reflect in many ways on their practice and provision as part of the Self Evaluation process. We take advice and guidance from both Local Authority and Company support.

We have a clear operational plan for our nursery and a detailed Ofsted Self Evaluation. This Self Evaluation is designed to inform the reader about the way our nursery operates and how the EYFS Framework is embedded throughout our practice.

For more information on the EYFS Framework, visit education.gov.uk

Dear families,

We are pleased to share with you our exciting plans for the future of our nurseries. Bertram Nursery Group has provided a trusted, caring and quality service to thousands of families over two decades.  That isn’t changing, but we want to grow and develop our services, facilities and, most of all, our teams who make our nurseries and kindergartens such inspiring places for children.

That’s why we’re changing our name to Thrive Childcare and Education, because that’s at the heart of what we’re about – helping our children, staff and communities to thrive.

While changing our company name and the names of some of our nurseries is the next step of our development journey, we’ll still have the same dedicated teams caring for your children.

The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced our belief that we need to adapt and invest in a constantly changing world to continue providing the service that parents and children need, tailored to the communities we support across Scotland and North West England.

Since our foundation, we have acquired some fantastic groups of nurseries and many high-quality independent nurseries. Now we are uniting them under four Thrive groupings:

  • Happitots nurseries will extend beyond Glasgow and South Lanarkshire to provide a network of affordable, flexible nurseries across Scotland.
  • Holyrood nurseries will extend more widely across our network of affordable nurseries in North West England, recognising parents’ and community needs.
  • Corner House nurseries will now extend from Edinburgh to operate more widely across Scotland, providing an extensive range of exciting, extracurricular activities and large outdoor areas.
  • Nature Kindergartens, our new sub-group, will reflect our vision to develop children’s outdoor learning. We plan to expand our Nature Kindergartens network in Scotland and England because we believe children’s learning is greatly enhanced in natural spaces.


Click here to visit Thrive Childcare and Education Website