Fees & Session Times

We offer an inclusive fee structure in Pinocchio's Nursery, in fact we were one of the first nurseries to start doing so. We understand that parents are busy and it makes it so much easier to know that your payment covers essentials and you don't need to worry about preparing meals and bringing nappies in.

Our fees include all meals, formula milk, organic milk, nappies and baby care items. The only things we do not provide as it is not recommended by our registration body, Care Inspectorate, are- nappy cream, any medication or suntan lotion.

We offer the following session bookings:

  • Morning sessions - 7.30am to 1.00pm (Penicuik opens at 7.15 AM) (Eskbank & Lasswade opens 7am – 7.30am with limited spaces available – must be booked with the nursery manager)
  • Afternoon sessions - 1.00pm to 6.00pm
  • Full days - 7.30am to 6.00pm

* You are able to drop your child off or collect them at any time within your booked sessions. 

* To enable your child to benefit fully from Pinocchio's nursery environment, a minimum of two sessions per week is required.

* Extra sessions may be available on request.

The nursery is open for 50 weeks of the year. We do not charge for the 10 days we are closed. 

All monthly invoices are calculated by the number of sessions booked that month, calendar monthly billing can vary month to month.

For all children attending Pinocchio's a non-refundable registration fee is payable for retention of a place. The registration fee not only secures the nursery place but also includes a two hour settling in session at the nursery.

  • Full-time fee: £75.00
  • Part-time fee: £50.00

10% discount for full-time children or when you have two or more children attending Pinocchio's (discount will apply to eldest child's fees). 

10% discount off families for parents that work for the emergency services or armed forces at Gilmerton, Lasswade and Penicuik nurseries only.

10% discount is the maximum discount any one child can receive.

All our nurseries offer children between 3-5 years the government Pre school grant funded 16 hours per week placements, term time. For example Wednesday 1-6pm, Thursday 1-6pm and Friday 12-6pm.

Free fully grant funded placements for 2 year olds are available in all our nurseries. For example: 2 days 8am – 5pm and 1 day 8am – 12.45pm.

Fully funded placements are only offered on our afternoon sessions. 

Children age 3-5 years that are using morning sessions get the grant funding allocation deducted off there monthly bill, parents pay the balance for extra sessions. Please ask for more details from the Nursery Manager.

Fees are due in advance on the 1st of every month. Payment methods include direct debit, direct banking, standing order, card payments (online and in person), tax free childcare and childcare vouchers.

We accept all types of childcare vouchers. If you are paying by childcare vouchers they should reach us by the 15th of the month, if they are paid later they are credited to your account for the following month’s fees.

Pinocchio's Children’s Nurseries are a group of 5 award winning children's nurseries across Edinburgh & Midlothian.

We currently have purpose built day nurseries in Eskbank, Lasswade, Penicuik, Heriot Watt and Gilmerton.

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