Bristol Day Nursery and Preschool

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In a Mumsnet survey of 131 users of Bright Horizons Nurseries: 82% would buy again and 85% would recommend

A place to grow

Our lovely, newly refurbished day nursery is set in rural surroundings in the south of Bristol and has a warm feeling as soon as you walk in. Situated under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, the nursery overlooks the beautiful surroundings of the Ashton Court Estate.

We have a very established team who have worked together for many years. Our combined service to the nursery covers a staggering 80 years between us, of which we are extremely proud.

The nursery is convenient for commuters and is situated on one of the main commuter routes into the city centre - the A369, within the suburb of Bower Ashton.  There is a local Park and Ride just 5 minutes from the nursery and the city centre itself is a short drive away.

Our opening hours are 8:00am – 6:00pm.

The nursery interior was refurbished in late 2017 and the garden refurbished in early 2018. 

Our bright and spacious baby, toddler and preschool rooms are all located on one level with great accessibility to our stunning outdoor spaces.  The baby room also includes a separate sleep area. All children have access to our beautiful garden areas throughout the day, with a door from each room leading into the garden to allow for free-flow play. Our outdoor spaces includes a Growing Gardeners area for planting and a mud kitchen.

Bristol Standard Quality and Improvement award for Birth to 5 years
We are proud to have been awarded the Bristol Standard Quality and Improvement award for Birth to 5 years.

We have an onsite chef who cooks all meals freshly each day, from our four weekly rotational menus which are accredited by The Children’s Food Trust. 

One of Bright Horizons core values is Keeping Everyone Safe, which has awarded us the ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Gold Medal Award for 7 consecutive years.

Drop off and collection is also made simple with an onsite car park, both a benefit from a security and convenience perspective, especially on those rainy days!

You will always be greeted by a friendly face in the office, located by the entrance, as well as having a coded door system in place for optimal security.

The Bright Horizons family pride ourselves in providing safe, exciting and enjoyable nurseries where children thrive as they learn. Our nursery is a wonderful day care environment that is innovative, stimulating and inspiring for children and staff alike.

Our Preschool children have the opportunity to take part in Forest School sessions at Ashton Court which are carried out by our in house qualified Forest School Leader.

We’d be delighted to welcome you to Bristol Day Nursery & Preschool. Our friendly, experienced and highly qualified staff are on hand to conduct a personal nursery tour at a time that suits you.



11 Oct 2019

Bright Horizons Discovery Day

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22 Aug 2019

Bristol nursery children celebrate Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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22 Jul 2019

Bristol nursery children embrace forest school learning

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20 Jun 2019

Bristol nursery children enhance art skills with powder paint

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05 Mar 2019

Bristol nursery children celebrate St David’s Day

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05 Feb 2019

Bristol nursery children embrace snowfall

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Our excellent nutritionally balanced menu is changed regularly to encourage a varied diet and is approved by Action for Children. Here is an example of a typical menu.

Food Hygiene Rating of 5

Supporting and Learning

A Day at Bristol Day Nursery and Preschool

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Fees & Availability

Where possible we look to offer flexible booking patterns and a range of funding options, including the government's 30 hours funded childcare* provision. To request pricing and availability, please request a call back by clicking the button below.

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Meet the Team

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Helen Giermann

I have been working in childcare for over 18 years after qualifying with an NNEB in Childcare and Education. Bright Horizons Bristol was my final placement while studying and. as a new nursery, they were looking for staff to join the team.

I started as bank staff while finishing my course and soon became a permanent member of the team. I then worked my way up from Nursery Nurse to Room Leader; then to Deputy Manager and from Deputy to Nursery Manager. I have always wanted to work in childcare and as part of a motivated team. This year I was promoted to Senior Nursery Manager which has enabled me to step out of my own nursery and support other local Bright Horizons Nurseries in a variety of capacities. I celebrated my 18th year of service with Bright Horizons Bristol in May 2018 and I am proud to be part of a great nursery.

In my spare time I enjoy shopping and eating out, visiting friends and spending time with my family and have 2 boys aged 10 & 8 who are football crazy and keep me very busy.​ I also have 2 house bunnies called Kiki and Maisie who are adorable

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Lucy Cragg

I have been in childcare since qualifying with a BTEC ND in Early years in 2003. I previously worked for two companies in a range of settings (as Nursery Nurse, Room leader, Deputy and Manager) over Bristol.

I joined Bright Horizons in 2012 at Woodpeckers as the Baby Room Leader then was promoted to 3rd in Charge after about a year. I felt very quickly that Bright Horizons was a company who took time to value their staff with training to support their future goals. I was offered promotion to Deputy Manager at Bristol Bright Horizons (then Teddies Bristol) in 2014 and I have not looked back! I thoroughly enjoy my job where I get to support, motivate and train an established team.

I have just returned from maternity leave after having my first baby, Maisie, in February. I am really pleased that I am able to return to my job as well as adjusting my working pattern to allow time with my daughter. She is attending the nursery herself and seems to really love being here which, as a parent, gives me great piece of mind whilst I work.

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Candy Floss

Hi, my name is Candy Floss, I joined Bright Horizons in March 2010 as the ‘Super Safety Hero’ to help nursery children stay safe and manage risks. My role as a Health and Safety Super Hero is unique to Bright Horizons and I’m in every nursery, 365 days a year.

Back in 2010, I saw a job advert for a Zebra Super Safety Hero – I was very excited, applied and was invited for an interview with several other zebras. We were interviewed by all the children who then voted on which of us would be their Super Safety Hero. It was hoof biting but I was thrilled when they told me I was the most voted for by the children who all loved me because of my cape and bag. My bag is very special, if something fits inside, it’s a choking hazard. You might be wondering how I got my name. The children in our nurseries chose five names and voted for their favourite. I love it as it’s unique, I mean have you ever heard of a zebra called Candy Floss? Exactly!

Why Bright Horizons

The Bright Horizons passion and enthusiasm for providing high-quality care isn’t just common knowledge within our own business – we’ve also gained some impressive accolades from external sources for excellence as both a childcare provider, and as an employer. We are the only childcare company to have been listed for the last 11 years as one of the country’s top 50 “Great Places to Work” by the Great Place to Work Institute.

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