Sharon Coyle (founder) 26/05/1965 - 21/06/2011
A children's homoeopath and private tutor,
sadly Sharon passed away unexpectedly just after the nursery opened in 2011, aged just 46. Everything at Riverside was created to her vision. From the search for a location and the early tree planting through building Riverside House right up to the Cottage Nursery, Sharon put all her energy and ideas into creating an idyllic setting for children to develop - her own four and other people's. She is sorely missed.
All of us at Riverside are committed to keeping her ethos and vision alive in her absence.
Imagine that 'Granny' has a cottage
on the edge of town . . .
ONLY 35 PLACES - HIGH STAFF RATIO - NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Family owned and run, Riverside Cottage Nursery has, since opening - swiftly gained a far reaching reputation as one of the most exclusive and progressive facilities in Scotland
for Pre-School Nursery care, as well as After School and Holiday clubs.
Set in the 2 acre grounds of Riverside House, we take a holistic view of nature, children, education & care - providing a family atmosphere with staff & children eating together inside and out from a natural, organic and homegrown menu.
Purpose designed, the Cottage is open plan - cosy but spacious, with a log burning stove for winter story times. Outdoors there are two large poly tunnels - for shelter, playing, planting and arts & crafts.
Children are active here, playing and learning outside as well as inside, being introduced to
basic tools, skills and knowledge that are traditional and timeless. There are large lawns with a small play courtyard, a woodland play area, a woodland adventure zone and an organic allotment. A second allotment, for parents & grandparents, has started.
The chickens, dog, cat and Carroll's horses are all used carefully to help teach children understand animals and how to behave around them.
All in a safe and enclosed 2 acre setting,
between Bathgate and Livingston, by Blackburn House in West Lothian
just minutes from Bathgate & Livingston town centres.
And of course the River, the fields and the Almond Walk are just over the fence, for those summer expeditions and walks with the dog.