Author Archives: Jane Bain

Birch Tapping

We spent this morning in Gillies Hill Community Woodland tapping birch trees and harvesting birch sap with Amos. This was a fantastic opportunity for our children to learn about the changes spring brings to the woods and also to understand more about different types of trees and how to identify birch trees by their distinctive silvery white bark. Amos showed us how he drilled a small hole in the tree to let the sap come out and we watched as it started to drip. The children were so excited that they wanted to try catching the sap on their tongues and told us it tasted amazing!
We learned that birch trees are better at producing sap than most other trees as we tried tapping a willow tree and found that it didnt drip at all. We tied milk cartons to the birch trees to catch the sap and when we checked later it was nearly half full.
Thanks for a great day Amos 😊

Return to Nursery 2021

You may be aware that the First Minister has now confirmed that early years services will be able to reopen for all children from Monday Monday February 22nd. Following a meeting with Stirling Council this morning I am happy to confirm that Cambusbarron Village Nursery will therefore re-open on Monday in line with these plans.

Please be aware that we remain under strict guidance which aims to minimise the risk of infection spread and that our additional hygiene measures and precautions will remain in place. In particular please ensure that:

  • you do not come to nursery if you or anyone in your household is unwell or has any symptoms of COVID
  • only one adult comes to drop off or collect a child
  • face coverings are worn when inside the Community Centre
  • you sign in and out using our Test and Protect code 9905
  • you maintain physical distancing

We look forward to seeing you next week.

Kind regards


Applications for Session 2021/2022

We are still accepting applications for session 2021/2022 however spaces are very limited so please return as soon as possible. Completed forms should be emailed to We do not recommend posting forms because of the situation with the current Covid-19 pandemic however, if necessary, forms can be posted to us at Cambusbarron Community Centre, St Ninian’s Road, Cambusbarron, FK7 9NU. Please be aware that this may result in an additional delay to response times.  Closing date for applications is 26th Feb 2021

Please return both the CVN and Stirling Council forms below

More information including dates when children become eligible for funding can be found in Stirling Council’s Nursery Admissions and Charging Policy 2020-2023. (Please note that, as a partner provider, we have a separate fee charging structure for non funded hours)

The admissions panel sits at the end of March and places will be confirmed as soon as possible thereafter. Please see Stirling Council’s Admission Policy for informtion on the admissions, eligibility and priority criteria.

Stay at home and listen to a story……

In line with the latest Scottish Government advice to Stay at Home we will be reinstating and adding to our set of parental resources for use until we are again able to return to a more normal nursery routine. Activities and challenges can be seen on our COVID Resources tab while our book shelf of stories read aloud by nursery staff and others can be found on the Books read Aloud tab. We will continue to keep you updated with resources and information as we come across them.