Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I apply for a place?

As a result of the priority rating system, the waiting list operates on an ongoing basis, and not a ‘first come first served’ basis.  Application forms should be submitted no more than 9 months in advance of a place being required.  

Are there any places available immediately?

Due to high demand this is unlikely and you will be put on a waiting list, however please contact us at for more information on availability.

What are my chances of getting a place?

The University Nursery is intended for matriculated students and staff members of the University of Glasgow with a current contract of employment.  We aim to place as many children as possible and to maintain the Nursery at full capacity.

In view of this we recommend that other childcare providers are contacted.  While you may find yourself on the waiting list for longer than you had expected, it does not mean we have forgotton about you. Just pop us an email at for an update.

The University operates a priority rating for all applications to facilitate placements. All applications are reviewed by the Nursery Committee. 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 and
  • 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 therefore essential when completing the application form that parents provide as much information as possible.

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

How much are the fees?

With effect from 1st September 2022 fees are as follows:

  • £885 per month full-time (based on 5 days per week)
  • £442 per month part-time (based on 2.5 days per week)
  • £40.85 full day session


Can I apply for financial help?

Subsidies can be applied for by students and staff members of the University, but cannot be guaranteed and subject to availability.  Relative to your total family income, the University may help with a proportion of the fee.

If you have been offered a Nursery place and would like more information on subsidies, please contact Gillian Stevenson for further information.

Does the University offer any financial aid other than subsidies?

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

If I have two or more children are my fees reduced?

Yes.  There is a 10% reduction in fees for a second child.  

What is regarded as full-time/part-time?

The Nursery is open from 8am to 6pm, five days a week, 50 weeks of the year.

  • Full-time: 10 sessions a week (5 mornings and 5 afternoons)
  • Part-time: 5 sessions a week (5 mornings or 5 afternoons or 2.5 days, for example)

How easy is it to get a part-time place?

These come up less frequently than full-time places, as they need to be matched up with other applications for part-time places. Please contact us at and we will do our best to accommodate, subject to the waiting list.

Where can I get an application form/information?

Applications forms and privacy notices can be obtained by contacting us at 

What happens if I have a child in place at the Nursery and I graduate / leave?

The University Nursery is intended for matriculated students and staff members of the University with a current contract of employment. 

When parents (as students or employees) leave, the Nursery expect a minimum of six weeks’ notice. You MUST ensure you provide notice when leaving as your status with the University will be checked by the admissions team.