Where learning is serious fun

Our Story

Rainbow Nursery is a non - denominational setting serving the community of Bathgate and other outlying areas of West Lothian. The company was established in 1988 and has been owned by the current owners since 2003.
We have a main building with a three storey extension which houses a Toddler (Yellow) Room in the lower ground floor and the Tweenie (Blue) and Baby (Pink) Rooms on the ground floor. We have a kitchen and an Out of School club (The Den) on the first floor.
In April 2013 we moved our pre - school service into a new building at 66 Hopetoun Street, Bathgate. This building has its own kitchen, staff room, offices, playroom and garden area. The room name was changed from Preschool to Rainbow Green Room in 2017.
We are open 5 days per week, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 7.00am and 6.00pm.
We are in partnership with West Lothian Council and work with local primary schools, specialist provisions and other Early Years establishments to which a child may be transferring or may also attend. We provide for children with a variety of needs so have links with Health Visitors, Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and the GIRFEC Team.

Our Vision and Values

Vision Statement
The children in our care will be at the heart of everything we do. We will create a warm, welcoming and rich learning environment where every child is nurtured, respected and given the challenge and support needed to achieve their full potential.
Through positive relationships based on care and respect we will support the development of physical and mental wellbeing and resilience.
We will inspire a love of Nature and the Outdoors through a wide range of opportunities.
We will value play and understand the amazing learning experiences it provides.
Each child will have access to a range of experiences which support their learning and development while igniting a passion for learning.

Our Aims

For All
• To provide a friendly and welcoming environment where everyone feels valued, included and respected.
For Our Children
• To provide a safe, happy, caring, stimulating and secure environment.
• To encourage each child to become a confident and independent learner.
• To ensure that each child is given a range of opportunities and learning experiences supported by current guidelines including Building the Ambition, Realising the Ambition:Being Me, Pre-Birth to Three and/or the Early Level of Curriculum for Excellence, which meet their individual needs.
• To support all children in their emotional and social development by building their independence, confidence and self-esteem.
• To encourage Creative Thinking, Problem Solving and a passion for learning.
For our Families, other Centre Users and the Wider Community
• To foster an ethos of effective partnership working with children, families, partner agencies and the wider community to support our children.
• To establish a strong partnership with local schools and other nursery establishments in our community.
For Our Staff
• To continue to develop our practice by committing to training opportunities and building upon our professional knowledge and experience to support children and families.
• To work as a dedicated team, striving for excellence, to ensure that each child receives the highest level of personalised care while implementing current guidance into our practice.
• We will work in partnership with families, other agencies and facilities within the local community of Bathgate.
• To continue to improve our service through positive relationships with our colleagues across West Lothian Council and other authority areas.

Our Manager

I am Susan Johnston, nursery Manager. I have over 30 years of experience in childcare and education, having completed my HNC and PDA at West Lothian College, my most recent achievement was completing my BA in childhood studies at Dundee University in 2016. Along with the directors of the company I play a key role in the ongoing success of the business through effective management, leadership and motivation, displaying a shared sense of direction, pride and energy. I aim to ensure overall effectiveness by use of self-evaluation, monitoring and a commitment to professional development. I am supported by a wonderful caring team of practitioners who are qualified and experienced. They nurture, care for and Inspire every child in their care, creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment where children can thrive and succeed and each individual’s uniqueness is celebrated.

The Den – Out of School Care (Breakfast Club, After School Club and Holiday Club)

Your child can attend our Breakfast Club from 7am in the morning where they will be offered a nutritious breakfast to set them up for their day at school. Our dedicated minibus drivers will drop them off safely at school in time for the school bell.
Children are collected from school and arrive back to our After School Club where they are provided with a healthy snack. Children can do their homework supported by staff if parents wish. Children can then play and relax in our safe and stimulating surroundings or enjoy our spacious garden. Activities are planned by the children so follow their own interests and often include baking, arts & crafts, music and movement, home corner role play , relaxing in our quiet area, games , construction, XBOX area , tasks in our Workshop and much more.
During our Holiday Clubs the programmes are devised in advance with the children and regularly include outings and trips .
our programs
Starting nursery is a big step for both parents and children so you are welcome to come along for a visit where the Room Leader will be happy to give you a tour of our facilities and let you meet the staff.
Prior to starting you can discuss settling in time for your child making it a smooth and pleasant transition for all. All settling in time is free of charge. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
At Rainbow, we understand that the experiences we offer are vital in supporting each child’s learning and development while sparking a lifelong passion for learning. This is why we offer a wide range of developmentally appropriate experiences to all ages.
As well as many indoor experiences, we also embrace outdoor learning, and all rooms have free flow access to outdoor spaces . We also have regular outings and visit community facilities, local attractions, country parks, etc. traveling on the nursery minibuses . Our Yellow and Green Room children also take part in Forest Kindergarten sessions in local woodland areas. Our Green Room children also visit a local Care Home weekly as part of our Intergenerational Project.
We have created inviting and exciting environments both indoors and outdoors that provide children with the opportunities to explore and investigate.
Our practitioners plan and implement experiences following the needs and interests of our children , record daily diaries and observations, and have the wellbeing of each child as their priority. They are responsible for ensuring that the children’s online Learning journals are relevant and up-to-date in order to ensure parents and caregivers can share in their child’s time in nursery.
Kevin from Football Stars Academy offers weekly sessions for Blue, Yellow and Green Room children at the nursery . Kevin understands child development at nursery level and how important sport can be to encourage children’s self - confidence and social skills through team work and fun! It also helps to develop children’s gross motor skills, co - ordination and communication.
Lets meet our Team

Team and Packages


At Rainbow Nursery, happy and contented staff is as important as happy and contented children. We like to take care of our staff by providing excellent working conditions, a competitive salary, structured training programmes and a commitment to career development. We believe in an open and honest two-way communication process; one where everybody, management and staff, work towards the same goals. These are:





Nursery Manager
BA in Childhood Practice

Assistant Manager/Nursery Teacher
BEd (Hons) Education

Third in Charge and Pink Room Leader


Blue Room Leader

Claire S

Yellow Room Leader


Green Room Leader


The Den Leader and practitioner





Claire B


Claire M





Support Worker 







Amy W
















Amy T
Amy T





Minibus Driver


Minibus Driver and Play Worker


Cook ( Gideon Street)


Cook (Hopetoun Street)

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