George Watson’s Preschool in Edinburgh

At George Watson's Preschool, we believe our children should be able to go on adventures every day.

Located within the school’s campus, a short distance from Edinburgh city centre, we provide a unique, all-day private nursery education for girls and boys from the age of three.

Our well planned and carefully structured play-based curriculum will encourage curiosity, promote independence and support children to be confident and to think of others. It’s a curriculum with adventure, fun and kindness at its heart.

“They are coming into a safe and nurturing environment at school.”

Each of our Preschool classes is led by a Primary School teacher and supported by a team of experienced Preschool practitioners. 

Class teaching is supported by lessons with specialist PE, Art, and Music teachers.

Children playing in a mud kitchen

Freedom to explore 

Our newly refurbished Preschool has been designed to create flexible, collaborative places for children to play and learn both in the classroom and outdoors during their early years. 

Our Preschool pupils also have the opportunity regularly to explore the whole campus, visiting our Junior School and Senior School.

Why choose George Watson’s Preschool?

“You look at the personality, the attitude and the approach of the teachers, that is all driven by the culture of the school.”

  • Rated Excellent by the Nursery Care Inspectorate
  • Exceptional early years education for girls and boys from age three
  • Nursery teacher-led, small classes 
  • Experienced Nursery practitioners 
  • Clear pathways for progression into Primary 1
  • Enriching curriculum to develop literacy, numeracy, and language skills
  • Easily accessible within Edinburgh and surrounding areas

Children playing with a smartboard

Facilities at George Watson’s Preschool

  • Newly refurbished with flexible and collaborative indoor spaces 
  • Adjoining outdoor preschool spaces with an adventure playground
  • Opportunities to explore our whole campus
  • Access to greenspace and woodland

What’s included in our fees 

  • Access to our flexible Wrap Around Care including early morning and afternoon sessions
  • Specialist lessons from specialist teachers including Music, Art and PE.
  • A menu of hot, healthy, delicious lunch and snacks 
  • Daily parent communication

Visit our Preschool 

We love to welcome visiting families to George Watson’s Preschool. Get in touch with our friendly admissions team, and we’ll set up a convenient time for you to find out why we believe in adventures!

What you need to know about applying

There are no admissions assessments for children joining our early years provision. 

Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and as such early applications are advised.

If you want to discuss anything, our admissions team is on hand to help. 

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  • Children waiting between long tables
  • Group of children sitting outside
    Making friends
  • Children gathered around a teacher reading from a book
  • Children playing outside
    Playing in the mud kitchen
  • Boy on a hobby horse
    Playing inside
  • Children doing arts and crafts
    Having fun doing arts and crafts
  • Children playing with water
    Playing inside with water