Heriot Watt University nursery

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Heriot Watt University nursery

The building was purpose built as a nursery with four play rooms and a large kitchen. It is exceptionally bright and airy inside with fantastic facilities, indoor and out. We are open from Monday to Friday from 7.30am – 6pm.

Our open viewing times are everyday from 10am-11am and 2.30pm-3.30pm

We are situated within the beautiful campus of Heriot Watt University in Riccarton.  The children benefit from car free walking zones around the university campus and a walk to feed the ducks is one of the children’s favourites. We have woodland areas next to the nursery, where the older children can enjoy Forest play. We are on the following Lothian bus routes- 25 and 34. We are also a 5 minute walk from the Hermiston Gait Park and Ride where you can get the following buses-X40 and 40.

All rooms have qualified staff, and we also employ a Chef who prepares fresh food for the children during their stay with us. The nursery has parking outside for drop-off and pick-up. We look forward to welcoming you and your family for a visit.

Heriot Watt University nursery


Day nurseries

Edinburgh Campus

Pinocchio’s Nursery is based on campus. It provides childcare for children between three months to five years old.

Borders Campus

There is no nursery based on campus. The nearest day nursery to the campus is Osito Nursery which provides childcare for children aged between four weeks to eight years old.

Private nurseries

There are many private nurseries in Edinburgh. When selecting your nursery ensure that they are registered with the Care Inspectorate. The Care Inspectorate is an independent regulator for social care and social work services, and ensures that people receive quality care and that their rights are protected. For more information please visit the website for the Care Inspectorate.


Childminders provide childcare from their homes. They must also be registered with the Care Inspectorate and are inspected regularly. For more information on childcare available in Scotland please visit the Scottish Families Information Service.

To search for childminders in England you can refer to the government website: https://www.gov.uk/find-registered-childminder/westminster

Heriot Watt University nursery


UK state schools are run by the local education authorities and are free up to the age of 17/18 years. It is compulsory for children between four/five years and 16 years to attend school.

The school system in Scotland is divided into three sections:

  • Pre-School/Nursery (three – four/five years of age)
  • Primary School – Primary 1 to 7 (four/five – 10/11 years of age)
  • Secondary School – Year 1 to 6 (11 – 17/18 years of age)

Children living in a specific ‘catchment’ or local area are given priority admission to their local school.

Edinburgh catchment areas
Scottish Borders catchment areas
Orkney catchment areas

To find out about schools in your areas and how to register your child at school, please contact the local council, websites below:

Local information

Students with young families can visit Netmums Edinburgh to access local information, advice and a ‘What’s on’ Guide to local events and activities.