Ankerville House Nursery was opened in 1999 and is housed in a traditional Georgian house in the centre of Tain.

The nursery is split over two floors both with direct access to a safe and enclosed garden area.

Ankerville House Nursery is open 48 weeks of the year, Monday to Friday, 8am till 5.30pm and also offers before and after school care as well as holiday club during school closures to children ages 5-12. We offer school pickups and drop off to Knockbreck Primary School and Craighill Primary School. Offering a minimum of 4 sessions per week.

A Key Worker system operates in the nursery where each child is allocated 1 member of staff responsible for both settling in and compiling your child’s Learning Journal. This is a collection of written and photographic evidence and observations relating to your child’s development and progress whilst they are at the nursery.

The nursery offers healthy meals daily; breakfast, lunch and snack. And also caters for many different allergies. We aim to provide quality care in a nurturing manner and support the children on their individual needs preparing them for life. Each week the children are able to take part in a variety of different activities carefully planned based on the childrens interests; such as arts and crafts, messy and sensory play, water and sand play as well gardening and baking, the children are able to enjoy outdoor play throughout all seasons in our garden and regular trips to the local woods.

Once you have been given a date for your child to start at nursery, a member of staff will be in touch to arrange some induction visits. Gradually building them up starting with One hour and then onto Two hours allowing them the chance to adapt to their new surroundings and becoming familiar with the staff and other children. On drop off you child will be met by a key member of staff who will work closely alongside them to help settle into our setting.

If you are concerned about your child when you have left you are encouraged to call us on the landline for an update. We will contact you if at any time during the settling in time we feel your child would benefit from seeing you.

Nursery 3 - 5s

The 3-5s rooms are a fun, nurturing and stimulating environment for all children. In the 3-5’s, we encourage learning through play in positive and welcoming surroundings. We aim to provide quality care in a nurturing manner. The room offers engaging activities which are carefully planned based on the interests of the children, allowing them to access all areas across the Curriculum for Excellence. Each learning opportunity enables the children to build on skills to take them through life. We are very fortunate to have a spacious garden located at the back of the nursery where the children are able to further develop their skills in all weathers along with regular trips to the local woods.


Ankerville Street, Tain, Ross-shire, IV19 1BH