University Nursery Information for Parents/Carers

University Nursery Information for Parents/Carers

General Information

The University of Glasgow Nursery is located at 28 Hillhead Street.  All University of Glasgow employees with a current contract of employment AND matriculated students reading for a degree or other qualification are eligible to use the University Nursery, subject to availability. 

The University is not able to guarantee that places will be available for any age group.

Because of the competition for places the Childcare Committee (which is made up of 5 members: a Senate representative (Chair), a representative from Human Resources, an early years researcher, a union nominee, and the sitting Vice President, Student Support) operates a priority rating system for all applications in order to facilitate placements.  The Committee has agreed that priority should be given to applicants whose circumstances make it extremely difficult for them to return to or take up work or study at the University without a nursery place for their child. 

Specific criteria used in the priority rating system include:

  • single parenthood
  • both parents being staff and / or students at the University
  • having a sibling already in place at the Nursery
  • lack of a support network
  • applicants returning to work or study after a period of leave e.g. paternity, maternity, adoptive leave etc.

However, any other family information may also be taken into account by the Committee.  

It is essential when completing Part D of the application form that parents give the Committee as much detail as possible.

As a result of the priority rating system, the waiting list operates on an ongoing basis, and not on a fixed 'first come first served' basis.

About us

The Nursery is managed by Childcare Scotland Properties Ltd 

The Nursery is registered to accommodate up to 74 children on a full or part-time basis.

18 places for 6 weeks - 2 year olds;

24 places for 2 - 3 year olds;

32 places for 3 - 5 year olds 

The Nursery is open from 08:00 - 18:00 Monday to Friday throughout the calendar year, except for a 2-week period over Christmas and New Year and certain public holidays. 

To maximise the use of the Nursery, places are normally full-time for 50 weeks of the year. 

Fee invoices are issued monthly.  Fee rates for part-time use will be considered at the discretion of Childcare Scotland Properties Ltd. and parents must state clearly their precise needs on the application form.


With effect from 1st September 2019 fees are as follows:

£790 per month full-time

£395 per month part-time (based on 2½ days per week)

£36.50 per day session

Fees include snacks but not lunches.  Prepared feeds for babies and packed lunches are supplied by parents.  Childcare Scotland Properties Ltd. will be happy to discuss alternative lunch arrangements if required. Fees are reviewed annually. 

Once a place has been taken, parents will conclude a contract with Childcare Scotland Properties Ltd. and the appropriate fee will be payable to Childcare Scotland Properties Ltd. one month in advance and monthly thereafter even where, for example, a child is ill and cannot attend the Nursery. 

Six weeks' notice is required when a place is given up

The University has demonstrated its interest in developing a first class facility by the provision of rent and maintenance-free accommodation. A lump sum fee subsidy has been provided by the University Court.

Subsidy Payments

University of Glasgow staff and matriculated students may apply to Gillian Stevenson, Allocations and Appeals Manager, Estates and Commercial Services (Tay House) for assistance with Nursery fees. Please email for further details


Please note that the subsidies available are strictly limited and not guaranteed. Subsidies are based on a full-time Nursery place; if a part-time place were taken up, any subsidy awarded would be on a pro-rata basis.

Further information

Students may contact the SRC Welfare Adviser for further information on other sources of funding assistance.

General enquiries about the day-to-day operation of the Nursery are handled by the Manager, University of Glasgow Nursery, 28 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, G12 8PZ.  Further information on Childcare Scotland Properties Ltd’s childcare policy is also available from the Nursery Manager. 

  • tel: (+44) 141 334 4650

Applications and placement queries should be directed to All applications and privacy notices must be emailed or posted, marked 'Nursery Application' and be sent to Gillian Stevenson, Allocations and Appeals Manager, Estates and Commercial Services (Tay House), University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Student Parents Information

Students should contact the Registry Financial Aid team or the SRC Advice Centre for further information regarding financial support.

Some useful information below:

Family Friendly Study Lounge

Library Level 4 - the rest of the library is also open to children

SRC Student Parents' Network

Baby Changing Facilities

1A The Square - Room 103A Disabled Ladies Toilet

Visitors Centre - Room 124A Disabled Toilet (next to University Shop)

Library - Level 4

Breast Milk Expressing Room

This room has a fridge and is available to access by code


Mature Students' Association

Facilities include kitchen, quiet study space, lockers and in a family friendly building.  Membership fee applies.

International Family Network

The International Student Support Team offer orientation, language classes for dependents, a weekly family lunch as well as regular trips and events.

International Family Network