3-5 Years Upper School

At Cadzow Nursery School we work in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council to provide funded preschool education for children aged 3 - 5 years.

The 3-5 room has a team of experienced staff who provide a wealth of learning opportunities to stimulate and develop the children in our care.

Our staff use strategic planning to ensure children are learning through play. Our aim is children having fun but also learning and achieving. We offer unique experiences that allow children to take their learning to all areas of the playroom. Our staff pride themselves on the way in which the children are encouraged to develop and lead their play and learning and that staff support this by offering challenge and depth of learning.

Outdoor learning is a huge part of upper school, and the children’s development. We work in partnership with friends of Cadzow Glen and learn about environmental issues such as littering, graffiti, pollution and recycling as well as learning about nature and our natural surroundings.


The children risk asses each area within the glen and each experience. We set up safe boundaries and teach the children how to minimise risks and stay safe while having fun and discovering.

While we encourage the children to be adventurous in the Glen there is also lots of opportunity for quiet time at the story telling circle. This allows us to appreciate the beautiful surroundings, listen to and share stories and take turns.

In the 3-5 room children follow the Curriculum for Excellence. Our children are encouraged to be responsible citizens, confident individuals, effective contributors and successful learners, we strive to ensure our children are educated appropriately and prepared for their transition to school.

We pride ourselves on ensuring that when children leave the nursery to move on to school they do so confidently and independently, whilst taking with them the enjoyment of learning and a pride in their achievements. At the end of their pre school year the children take part in a graduation ceremony where they are presented with their leaving certificates and there is always a special party to mark the end of their time at Cadzow Nursery School.

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