Our Nursery

At Kidsplay Childcare we offer quality Childcare and Early Education for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. We also offer Out of School Care for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old.  Our nursery is located on Whitegates Estate in Kirkintilloch with convenient links to public transport and just a short drive away from the motorway network, giving easy access to Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow and beyond. We have a large car park on site allowing for safe and easy drop-off and collection. Find us.

Playrooms within our nursery are generously proportioned, carefully planned and extensively resourced to create inspiring learning environments in which children can grown and learn with confidence. We pride ourselves on offering children a wide range of activities and all of our children have access to outdoor play areas offering the opportunity for regular outdoor learning experiences across all areas of the curriculum.

Our nursery has been an established and trusted centre for Early Year's Care in the Kirkintilloch area since 1997. Throughout these years we have developed a strong reputation for delivering high quality childcare and meeting the needs of individual children and their families. 

We accept all childcare vouchers and offer 3-5 year old funding. Our spaces can fill up fast so we do recommend you enquire as early as possible to ensure to get the sessions and start date you require.

To get a real feel for our nursery, we highly recommend coming to see our nursery for yourself! Our nursery manager would be delighted to give you a guided tour, introduce you to the staff and answer any questions you may have. If you would be interested in arranging a viewing, simply call us on 0141 776 3003 or complete our book a viewing form to confirm your viewing. 

Our Nursery Team

Our Nursery Manager, Charmaine Ness, has a professional qualification in childcare and over 27 years of experience working with children of all ages. Our Deputy Manager, Joyce has supported Charmaine in her role for 20 years and helps to ensure our nursery provides a safe and stimulating learning environment for children to develop and thrive. 


"This is an excellent nursery with fabulous outdoor facilities and a great staff team too. I would fully recommend it to all friends and family. My son loves coming here!" ~ Laura, Parent - Day Nurseries Review

"Highly recommended nursery. Great area and outdoor area. Everyone welcoming and friendly. Lovely areas and loads of different and unusual rooms for the children to explore and learn new things." ~ Ash, Parent - Day Nurseries Review

"Amazing nursery with wonderful staff...have brought my shy little girl right out her shell over the years she's been here,she loves this place so much its her 2nd home! " ~ Kully, Parent - Facebook Review


Multiple Award Winning Nursery

We are thrilled to hold a number of awards and accreditations including; Green Flag Eco School Status, Nursery World Award Winner, NMT Nursery Group of the Year 2018, Day Nurseries Top 20 Nursery Group for 2020, Game on Challenge 2014 Award and Investors In Young People Gold Practice Award.

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