Two researchers, one with toy parrot, and child with pirate hat run an experiment

Psychology Kindergarten

Welcome to the Psychology Kindergarten, which cares for children from the general public as well as students and staff of the University of Stirling.

Our Kindergarten is unique in the UK because it is run by researchers from the Psychology Division. This gives staff and students the opportunity to study and research the daily experiences of the children. However, please note that this is not a Clinical Psychology Facility.

We have just been graded ‘excellent’ by the Care Inspectorate for our quality of care and support. Read our latest inspection report.

Our aim is to provide rich, challenging and meaningful learning experiences for children. This is achieved by building upon children’s individual interests and needs and developing strong relationships with parents and the University’s community.

Our campus facilities provide the perfect setting for children to investigate nature and have fun walking in the woods and around the lochs. We’ve designed and planted herbs in our sensory garden near the Macrobert Arts Centre. We also have access to our own allotment for growing potted fruit, flowers and vegetables aided by the advice from our very own University gardeners. 

You can find out more about how our children play.

Funded hours

You can also find out how we work in partnership with the council to deliver funded hours.

Virtual tour of our facilities

Ready Generations report

Ready Generations report

Following on from our intergenerational pilot project, some of our researchers have been involved in an exciting report led by Ready Generations, on the role of grandparents and how grandparent's role has changed during the COVID pandemic.

Read the report

What parents say about our care

The care and support which my son is provided with when attending the Kindergarten is outstanding.

Psychology Kindergarten parent

Read more about what parents say.

About the Psychology Kindergarten

The Kindergarten is available to all children aged 2 years 9 months to 5 years. A maximum of 16 children can attend, but usually, there are 13 children at any given time.

We operate full day sessions only from 9.00am - 3.00pm.

We currently have spaces available for both funded and unfunded sessions. Find out how we work in partnership with the council to deliver funded hours.

If you’d like to arrange a visit please contact Federica Caruso on or 01786 466836.

How our children play

Find out how we mix enjoyment with innovative learning; focusing on outdoor learning, emotional wellbeing, and science experiments.

Funding entitlement

The Psychology Kindergarten is now a funded provider nursery. From August 2019 we will partner with Stirling Council to deliver the 1140 funding entitlement.

Helping psychology research

Learn more about how Kindergarten children benefit from new research ideas and participate in exciting studies run by University staff and students.

How to enrol your child

We operate a waiting list system. After your first visit, the availability of being put on the waiting list will be discussed with you. The individual needs of a child will be taken into account and you will be notified as soon as a space becomes available.

For unfunded places, fee payment will be via invoices issued by the University of Stirling.

For funded places, payments will be arranged with Stirling council.

For unfunded places, a month’s notice is required to terminate the contract and obtain a refund- if the invoice had already been paid in full. A minimum of two weeks-notice is necessary to apply any change to the agreed schedule.

Childcare Vouchers are acceptable. No refund will be paid for non-attendance.

Visit our term calendar page for information on dates.

Care Inspectorate


Quality of Care and Support

Quality of Environment

Quality of Staffing

Quality of Management and Leadership

A Copy of the Report



Not Assessed Not Assessed

Very Good

Care Inspectorate report 2018 


Very Good

Not Assessed

Not Assessed


Care Inspectorate report 2016



Very Good

Very Good

Very Good

Care Inspectorate report 2014

Please note:

1) N/A means that the field was not in the report.

2) All Ratings were completed on a scale ranging from Excellent to Unsatisfactory.

3) All CARE Inspections were completed by the 'Scottish Care Commission'.

SAND project

Have you ever wondered at what age children should start school and how schooling affects the developing brain? Do you have a child born in January or February 2014? Then you might be interested in taking part in our research study, helping us to find answers to these questions! 

Find out more about our SAND project.

Contact us

For any queries please contact the Psychology Kindergarten Manager, Federica Caruso.