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Where Young Minds Grow

About Our Nursery

The Meadows Private Day Nursery aims to provide young minds with a rich and diverse learning environment. We are located on the bus route on the main B743 road through Mossblown, a quiet village just outside of Ayr and a few minutes’ drive from the A77. We encourage both staff and children alike to grow, learn and create each day. We offer full day and half day child care for children from 0-12 years as well as wraparound care for children attending Annbank and Tarbolton Early Years Centres and Primary Schools. The building has been newly renovated to create an on the level, open plan, safe, secure and welcoming environment including a fully enclosed outdoor area. As of August 2019 we will be working with South Ayrshire council delivering funded hours of care and learning to eligible 2-5 years old.

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday: 7.30am-6pm
Costs: Full day £57.55, Half day £33.45, Early bird £9.50, After school £14.25

Meet Our Staff


Kirsty Semple


BA Childhood Studies (SCQF level 10)
Since qualifying in 1999 I have worked in various child care settings including at a Montessori kindergarten, out of school care, crèches and nurseries. Since 2006 I have mainly been involved in the training and education of child care staff across the west coast. In 2014 I opened my childminding business from home which has gone from strength to strength. Based on this success I am delighted to be expanding into new premises to create The Meadows Private Day Nursery.

Joanne Harris

Senior Child Care Practitioner
(The Hive 2-5 years)

Currently working towards SVQ Level 4 Social Services Children and Young People (SCQF level 9)
I have worked at The Meadows since it opened and before that, The Meadows Childminding. I worked with the National Autistic Society for 12 years, supporting children and young people who were on the Autistic Spectrum and had severe learning difficulties. I love being part of the team at The Meadows.


Natasha Wood

Senior Child Care Practitioner
(The Burrow 5+ years)

HNC Early Education and Child Care (SCQF level 7)
I am the Senior Practitioner in The Burrow. I have worked here, at The Meadows, since it first opened. I am currently working towards an SVQ Level 4 in Social care, Children and Young People (SCQF level 9). I have carried out work placements working in different childcare environments. I am honoured to be part of The Meadows team.

Nicole Campbell

Senior Child Care Practitioner
(The Nest 0-2 years)

I have been in this room since it opened in January 2020. I have worked at The Meadows since it opened in 2017 and have experience working with all age groups. I am currently working towards a qualification in BA Childhood Practice. I absolutely love working with the children, families and staff here and the close-knit relationships we have created.


Shannon Bowyer

Child Care Practitioner

SVQ Level 4 Health, Social care, Children and Young People (SCQF level 9)
I have had experience working with young children, babies and additional support needs in a private nursery and an after school club before joining the team at The Meadows.
I am excited to be a part of the team at The Meadows.

Emma Smith

Child Care Practitioner

HNC Childhood Practice (SCQF level 7) 
During my time at college; I attended various placements at Tarbolton Nursery, South Craig School and here at The Meadows. I am now delighted to be part of the staff team at The Meadows.


What We Offer


Language & Literacy

The language and literacy experiences that children have before they start school form multiple and powerful brain connections. These connections are used for language, thinking and understanding. Without activities like talking, singing and reading, the brain doesn’t develop this rich network of connections.


Sensory Play

From birth, babies learn about their world using their 5 senses: seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling and tasting. As they grow, children’s senses are their main way to explore and process new information. Sensory play enhances learning through hands-on activities that stimulate the child’s senses. This is a great way for children to explore the world they live in!


Outdoor Learning

Children playing and learning in an outdoor environment appear more active, absorbed, motivated and purposeful, and develop a more positive attitude towards learning.

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Get In Touch

74 Mauchline Rd
Mossblown, KA6 5DL
United Kingdom

01292 521182 or 07943 370952

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The Meadows Private Day Nursery caters for children aged 0-12 years. Costs include all food and drink required throughout the day. There is also a 10% sibling discount available. If you would like me to contact you to discuss your child care requirements then please supply some initial information on the enquiry form below and I will get back to you. This places no obligation on either part.

Enquiry Form

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