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Riverside Cottage Nursery

Childcare with an outdoor-emphasis!

For Adventurous, Inquisitive Children Aged 2+!

Riverside is one of the original outdoors-focused nurseries in Scotland. With two acres of crofting land in Bathgate, West Lothian, bordering fields, woodlands and the River Almond, we offer the perfect set-up for your child to enjoy a magical early years experience.


We are a family-run, award-winning setting and our experienced, loving practitioners take a child-led approach to outdoor play and learning. Riversiders are lucky - because in addition to our huge woodlands, we have a cosy cottage, an outdoor classroom and other sheltered spots for when the weather is too Scottish!

Child barefoot in the mud

"There is an infectious magic about Riverside, I have never been anywhere like it. The creativity, support and happiness that fill the place flood back into our house when my son comes home every day - happy and covered in mud. I really don’t have enough words to praise the Riverside family. Thank you so much."

Olivia Harrison, parent

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