- September 1984: The nursery was set up by local parents.
- 1998: Parents voted for the nursery to remain a community run group rather than being taken over by the local authority.
- 1999: The nursery entered a partnership agreement with Renfrewshire council to provide funded places. The current building was constructed within the grounds of the primary school, which the nursery has leased from Renfrewshire Council ever since.
- January 2016: The nursery re-registered with The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).
- August 2021: The nursery takes part in a tendering exercise every 3 or 4 years to provide funded early learning and childcare through a partnership agreement with Renfrewshire Council. We have just secured our Partnership with Renfrewshire Council once again for the period starting in August. This contract is to provide 1140 hours, or up to 30 hours per week during term time, of early learning and childcare.
Provide a flexible, high quality early learning and childcare service to meet the needs of children and their families.
Create a secure, stimulating, happy and healthy environment which encourages individuals to reach their full potential.
Promote children’s independence, social skills and learning for life through free playand directed activities.
Provide a broad and balanced curriculum which takes account of local and national guidelines and is responsive to children’s needs, development and interests.
Develop positive partnerships with families and the surrounding community to support children’s development and learning.
Recognise the value of families’ input and encourage them to share in their children’s learning.
Promote a welcoming and positive ethos of equality, fairness and inclusion which respects and values all children and adults.
Provide high quality resources to support effective development and learning.
Establish an effective staff team who monitor and evaluate their practice to promote learning for all.
The most recent HMIE Inspection of Kilbarchan Community Nursery was in June 2009. During this and previous inspections, the particular strengths of the nursery were noted as:
- Stimulating and well-planned learning environment.
- A high-quality curriculum which meets the needs of all learners.
- Very effective methods staff use to consult with children and involve them in their learning.
- Highly-motivated and effective staff team.
- The very effective leadership of the head of centre in leading learning.