Welcome to Loretto Nursery & Out of School Care

Here at Loretto Nursery we offer inspiring Childcare and Early Education for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. We also offer Out of School Care including a Holiday Club for children from 5 - 11 years.  Based in Musselburgh alongside the lovely river Esk, our nursery is within easy access of both Loretto Junior and Upper Schools, and just minutes away from the town centre by foot. Find our nursery here.

Playrooms within our nursery are generously proportioned, carefully planned and extensively resourced to create inspiring learning environments in which children can grow and learn with confidence. We pride ourselves on offering children a wide range of activities and all of our children have access to outdoor play areas offering the opportunity for regular outdoor learning experiences across all areas of the curriculum.

In 2018 we were named one of the Top 20 Nurseries in Scotland by DayNurseries.co.uk. This award meant a great deal as it is solely based on parent reviews. To have a read of our parent reviews on Day Nurseries click here.

We accept all childcare vouchers and offer 3-5 year old funding. Our spaces fill up fast so we do recommend you enquire as early as possible to ensure you get the sessions and start date you require.

To get a real feel for our nursery, we highly recommend coming to see our nursery for yourself! Our nursery manager would be delighted to give you a guided tour, introduce you to the staff and answer any questions you may have. If you would be interested in arranging a viewing, simply call us on 0131 285 1602 or complete our book a viewing form to confirm your viewing.


Our Nursery Team

Our Head of Centre, Jolene Blair, has over 15 years’ experience in childcare. She successfully completed a BA in Childhood Practice in 2018. Jolene, supported by Nicky, manages his nursery to provide children with a wide variety of stimulating opportunities and believes that the children should be an active part of the community.  We strongly encourage children’s independence and supporting their ability to self regulate and manage their play.  

At Loretto, we pride ourselves on the close relationships we build with our families and the care and support we give to all our children, in keeping with our belief that this should be responsive and appropriate to the individual child and their stage of development.


Top 20 Nursery in Scotland 2020

We are thrilled to hold a number of awards and accreditations including;  Nursery World Award Winner, NMT Indoor Learning Environment Finalist, NMT Nursery Group of the Year 2018, Day Nurseries Top 20 Nursery Group in the UK for 2020, and Investors In Young People Gold Practice Award. We are also a proud placement provider for students of Edinburgh College.

Dear families,

We are pleased to share with you our exciting plans for the future of our nurseries. Bertram Nursery Group has provided a trusted, caring and quality service to thousands of families over two decades.  That isn’t changing, but we want to grow and develop our services, facilities and, most of all, our teams who make our nurseries and kindergartens such inspiring places for children.

That’s why we’re changing our name to Thrive Childcare and Education, because that’s at the heart of what we’re about – helping our children, staff and communities to thrive.

While changing our company name and the names of some of our nurseries is the next step of our development journey, we’ll still have the same dedicated teams caring for your children.

The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced our belief that we need to adapt and invest in a constantly changing world to continue providing the service that parents and children need, tailored to the communities we support across Scotland and North West England.

Since our foundation, we have acquired some fantastic groups of nurseries and many high-quality independent nurseries. Now we are uniting them under four Thrive groupings:

  • Happitots nurseries will extend beyond Glasgow and South Lanarkshire to provide a network of affordable, flexible nurseries across Scotland.
  • Holyrood nurseries will extend more widely across our network of affordable nurseries in North West England, recognising parents’ and community needs.
  • Corner House nurseries will now extend from Edinburgh to operate more widely across Scotland, providing an extensive range of exciting, extracurricular activities and large outdoor areas.
  • Nature Kindergartens, our new sub-group, will reflect our vision to develop children’s outdoor learning. We plan to expand our Nature Kindergartens network in Scotland and England because we believe children’s learning is greatly enhanced in natural spaces.


Click here to visit Thrive Childcare and Education Website