Our mission is to encourage children to be independent, confident thinkers & doers by provoking children’s natural curiosity and eagerness to explore, learn and create.  This will be achieved by providing an encouraging and nurturing environment that promotes children’s self-discovery, exploration, curiosity and instils a lifelong love of learning.

The two Nurseries

Two ladies smiling in front of a wall with a bicycle wheel on it covered in ivy.
Nursery Managers (from left to right) Sarah Cook and Donna Pepper

Established in 1993 Hillside Day Nursery is owned and managed by Sarah Cook and Donna Pepper. Both Sarah and Donna hold the CACHE Level 4 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and the BTEC Level 3 Advanced Forest School Leadership Award. Between them, they have over 40 years of childcare experience.

In September 2015 our second site opened on the grounds of the Kingswood Foundation Estate.

Sarah and Donna are very passionate about providing high-quality childcare and education and are proud to be part of shaping each child’s future.

The Team

Our staff have been selected to provide the highest standards of child care and education for your child.

All our staff are qualified to at least Level 3 and we have one member of staff who achieved her BA Honours in Early Years and Education in May 2018.

All staff have been thoroughly vetted using an enhanced DBS check and have a full commitment to ongoing training.

All our staff are trained in paediatric first aid and hold Safeguarding Children and Food Handling at level 2.

Hillside Benefits

Our teams are passionate about providing high quality childcare and education and are proud to be part of shaping each child’s future.

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  • A rich and varied environment
  • An online journal of your child’s development
  • Nutritious meals freshly prepared on-site by our Chef
  • Baby Room, Toddler Room and Preschool Rooms
  • Allocated Key Person for each child
  • Outside gardens and “forest” play areas

What our parents say

Fantastic nursery with great staff. My son has been attending this nursery since September and we have been so pleased with the staff and how he is developing thanks to his time there. The staff are extremely caring and thoughtful and they work really hard to make sure our son is happy there and he just loves it! We get regular updates on his progress along with great photos and videos of what he’s been up to. Highly recommend it!


Emily G

Lovely homely, caring nursery. My daughter started at hillside when she was 9 months old and I returned to work after maternity leave. Everyone at hillside made this transition a smooth one and were incredibly understanding and supportive. My little girl is now 16 months old and has settled very well, thanks to the good work of the staff. Who are kind, caring and understanding. I have noticed her time at hillside has had a truly positive influence on her, particularly in her interaction and play with other children. My little girl has formed some lovely relationships with the staff and clearly enjoys her time at hillside. The activities and play the children have the opportunity to take part in are fun and interesting and there is a really nice sense of community with the children, parents and staff. I would recommend hillside to any parent looking for a nursery for your little one.


Rebecca H

Excellent nursery. We were very lucky to find this nursery when we moved into the area. The staff were very welcoming and our eldest settled quickly (who is now at school). Our youngest is very happy in toddlers and is always keen to go in. The staff do all sort of activities and are keen to know how he’s developing at home which they incorporate into his planning. The garden facilities are great and they like to go on walks outside the nursery. Top marks!


Chris D