Our Foundation site operates from a bungalow set on the grounds of the Kingswood Foundation Estate. The Estate is an urban oasis of green space perfect for the children to explore.

We are lucky to have our own private woodland area at our Potterswood site which both our nurseries use for their Forest School sessions.

Baby Room

Both our sites house separate baby facilities. In this warm environment our staff care for up our babies aged six weeks to two years old. Ensuring we give the babies individual attention, support, stimulation, fun, lots of love and experiences is of utmost importance to us. An adult ratio of 1:3 enables each baby’s individual routine to be carefully followed. Our separate homely sleep room, connected by a baby monitor, allows the babies to sleep in safety and undisturbed.

Toddler Room

The Toddler Room has a ratio of 1:4. There can be a maximum of 6 Toddlers in this room at one time with two practitioners.
This room offers variety of stimulating resources for Toddlers to access independently.
We encourage children to make their own choices, select resources they are interested in and are keen to play with and explore. This encourages children to make their own choices, developing a can do attitude whilst building confidence and independence. Invitations to play are set out in this room to spark children’s curiosity.

Pre School Room

Our group of sixteen pre school children aged 2.5 – 5 years enjoy an exciting day filled with endless fun, provacations and learning opportunities through play. Our Staff promote each child’s confidence and self esteem to equip them with the skills needed to become competent learners. The children enjoy an adult ratio of 1:8 in this room.

Our Garden

We view the garden as an outdoor classroom where a huge amount of learning takes place. The children have access to the garden throughout the day with our free flow system. Even in the rain and snow they enjoy some invaluable learning experiences.

We have a large grass area that provides an array of open ended learning opportunities such as den building, balancing and digging in the mud kitchen and construction areas. An artificial turfed area offers opportunities for sand and water play. We provide lots of educational opportunities and experiences and there is a bug hotel for the more adventurous ones! Designated planting areas enable the children to grow and tend to plants and vegetable crops.

The Kitchen

All of our nutritious meals are cooked onsite by our cook Jo. Our two course lunch and snack tea are planned on a four week rotational basis with any dietary requirements catered for. The cost of food is included in our session prices but is charged separately once a child is in receipt of Nursery Education Grant Funding. Please see our pricing page for more information. Food charges can be avoided by providing your child with a packed lunch/tea in line with our food from home guidance.

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

Hillside has shown real dedication and commitment to supporting our son with additional needs. Their regular communication has enabled them to support our son’s progress in speech and walking, with staff attending specific training to further understand how they can best support his progress.

Our son has been very comfortable at the nursery from day one and really enjoys the activities, especially forest school, where students explore and learn outdoors. The staff are always friendly, approachable and comprehensive in the reports for where our son is progressing and his areas for development. They strike a great balance of care, fun and education.

Dave T

My son has attended Hillside for almost a year and a half and I can not fault them! I trust them completely to care for my child, while making sure he is happy and safe.

We feel welcomed at every drop off. Communication from them is great, all staff are very personable and approachable.

My son has developed really lovely relationships with both staff and other children who attend and certainly enjoys his time there!

Vickie M

My daughter has been attending the pre school for the past year and they have been amazing with her. The level of care from all the staff is outstanding and I know she is in good hands from the minute I drop her off.

They have really taken time to get to know her and guide her in her development. The communication is great so I am fully up to date on what she has been doing each day.

She is very happy there and enjoys all aspects and varied activities the pre school offers. I will be sad to see her leave for school. I fully recommend this nursery to anyone who is looking for a caring, friendly childcare.

Charlotte I