We are lucky enough to have our own private Forest area at our Potterswood site adjacent to the nursery. Forest School is based on the Scandinavian model of outdoor education. The concept was introduced to Britain in 1995 by Bridgwater College. Emphasis is placed on building children’s confidence and self-esteem through practical activities. We have four Level three qualified Forest School practitioners.

We offer our children practical activities and opportunities to develop confidence and self-esteem, that allow them to experience a sense of achievement.

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The Forest Environment

The forest environment provides children with the possibilities of challenge, safe risk-taking, adventure and excitement in magical surroundings. All activities are led by one of our level three qualified Forest School Leaders. Some activities include: making bug hotels, tree climbing, shelter building, perfume/potion making, small fire lighting and cooking and safe tool use. e.g. using potato peeler’s for whittling sticks and bow saws to make forest biscuits – sawing is done on a one to one basis with an adult dual sawing with the child – a full-size bow saw is used to allow the adult to be in complete control of the activity.

Please be assured we have appropriate insurance in place that covers all our Forest School activities. Our objective is to produce confident capable children.

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

Couldn’t recommend this Nursery enough. All 3 of my children attended Hillside Day Nursery Potterswood, and I have always felt relaxed knowing my children where safe, warm, fed & cared for in an appropriate manner. They’ve been able to explore in ways that they don’t at home, they’ve made mess, come home filthy, made friends & never come home asking not to go back to nursery.
The managers & staff are welcoming too, you can approach anyone at any convenient time & they will give you their time & act upon your comments.


Karen L

Fantastic staff and facilities. Our little one has benefitted from the friendly professional staff and leadership of this nursery who dedicate themselves to providing an outstanding, nurturing environment for the children to thrive in.

The skill and attention that goes into the care, activities and opportunities at the nursery ensures that the children enjoy and develop in a wonderful setting with outside play and exploration available.

All this is clearly shared with parents through the regular parent’s evenings, the child’s comprehensive record of development and the sheer joy that we see when we drop our little one off.

All of this support and happiness translates into a very smily child who loves the friends and activities at nursery and is developing key skills for the next stages of life.


Glen F

Outstanding Nursery. Our daughter has been at Hillside since she was 18 months old and will be there until she is ready for big school, we feel very lucky to have found this amazing place!! All of the staff are so friendly and welcoming they make you feel right at home from the very first time you meet them. The nursery is very cozy which makes it feel home from home. The outside area is fantastic with different areas where the children can play and learn. They even have a forest area which is perfect for little explorers. I would highly recommend this nursery to all!! Thank you Hillside 🙂


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