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 All about the Childcare


Play, learn, and grow with us at the Fyne Den

Free childcare places are available for 3 and 4-year-olds, all year round.

Funded by the Scottish Government, you can get up to 1,140 hours of early learning and childcare a year if your child is 3 or 4 years old. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible, as are 5-year-olds opting for deferred school entry.

We can offer two ways of using your funding:

Option 1. - 48 weeks in a year (all year) giving as a rough guide, 23 hours 45 mins of free childcare a week


option 2. -  38 weeks (term time only), giving as a rough guide, 30 hours of free childcare a week.

We can also offer very competitively priced extra sessions around these hours to suit your needs.

At the Den, we have a team of professionals dedicated to early years,

working with small groups in a brand new purpose-built setting with easy access to the great outdoors and our unique sand play area.

Our locally based staff have many years of experience between them

and reports from the Care Inspectorate and Council have praised their caring and nurturing skills

as well as their ability to create a homely, safe and creative environment for the children in their care.

They valued and were taking account of parents' knowledge and views of their child's development needs, interests, preferences, and personality when gathering the information they needed to develop and review each child's personal plan and support their transitions. They knew the importance of providing warm, nurturing and responsive care to support children's well-being and development...they were developing trusted and loving relationships with children to nurture and help them feel valued, safe and secure. ..

Registration for the funded care takes place in late January each year via Argyll and Bute Council website.

We are handily located at Clachan, Cairndow just off the A83 at the head of Loch Fyne,

45 mins from Dunoon and Helensburgh, 15 mins from Inveraray and Strachur, and 30 mins from Lochgoilhead.

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For further information or to arrange a visit call us on 01499 30429 or email

Cairndow Community Childcare, a not-for-profit organisation run for the benefit of the community.

Cairndow Community Childcare


Open 50 weeks a Year,

Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm


We offer flexible models for the 1140 hours

of yearly funded care for 3-5 year olds and some 2 year olds.

Total Funded Hours per week =

30 hours (38 weeks term-time)

and 23 hours 45 minutes (48 weeks)

with the option to purchase more childcare hours.

Choosing childcare is an important decision for you and your family, therefore we hope the following information will answer questions about our aims and standards of childcare and education to enable you to have complete confidence that you are making the right choice.
Our aim is to provide a safe place where adults and children care for both each other and their environment and take great pride in it.  It is a place where children can learn at their own pace following their natural development and be encouraged to become confident, self-disciplined and active learners and explorers. They can be themselves and can learn to really love learning.
At Cairndow Community Childcare we pride ourselves on our highly qualified and experienced team. Our staff are passionate about the role they play for a short period in a child’s life and believe a child’s early experiences are their preparation for life. 

  What is it like for a child? 

Every day at Cairndow Community Childcare is filled with a range of individual and group activities that are centred around the individual interests of each child.

In each of our rooms we have created a safe, caring and nurturing environment that supports every child’s growing needs for independence and plays a vital part in children’s wellbeing. The rooms have a natural home like feeling that is comforting for the children.

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We provide a stimulating and individualised curriculum that focuses on the development of the whole child. Our curriculum is rich in sensory exploration and the children are encouraged to explore the natural world outside through hands on activities. Babies thoroughly enjoy exploring the treasure baskets whilst toddlers busy themselves in activities that are challenging yet simple and achievable.

The materials we offer the children are real and natural which helps the children to make connections between their learning experience and reality. 

We believe the children should feel a sense of belonging at nursery therefore each room includes child sized furniture and resources accessible at their level. The resources and furniture we use are designed to encourage independence and foster children’s self-confidence.



Cairndow Community Childcare are registered with the Care Inspectorate, who are the registration and inspection body for all preschool centres in Scotland. The nursery is inspected regularly by Care Inspectorate (usually unannounced to ensure high standards of childcare and education laid down in the National Care Standards are being met.

Please see following link for latest Care Inspectorate Report


Care Inspectorate

We offer free settling in sessions to ensure both you and your child are ready to start nursery. Each transition from one group to another will always be discussed with you in advance and we will ensure they progress through our play rooms at a time that is right for them.

Our staff: child ratio :) 0-2’s (1:3) 2-3’s (1:5) 3-5’s (1:8). Minimum number in accordance with current Care Inspectorate regulations.


To come and see our playrooms for yourself please get in touch.
Policies & Procedures

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Partnership with Parents/Carers

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Fees, Funding,
Enrolment & Registration

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What Parents Say

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Healthy Eating

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Aims & Objectives

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Meet Our Team

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Our Story

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Parents Say


"Fantastic service, couldn't manage without it!"

Parent User

"I love the diversity of what is offered to my child everyday she visits.  It's an absolute joy to me, picking her up at the end of her day and hearing all about what she's been doing and where she has been.  I feel like she has learned so much in just one day".

Parent User

"A very professional and educated team"


parent user

"A very safe fun place, friendly staff and really helpful.

They are very flexible which is very helpful with my job. My boy loves the place and I know he is in a safe environment and looked after very well.


Thanks for all your hard work".

Parent User



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