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Where children have fun, learning


Our Fishponds nursery is a wonderful purpose-built childcare setting located in secure gardens just off Thicket Avenue. The timber-built building is set in landscaped gardens designed to be full of areas of discovery and learning. Inside the nursery, there are four well-maintained rooms for nurseries catering for different age-groups with trained staff who understand children’s needs and plan a variety of age-appropriate activities.

The garden is full of stimulating and fun toys that our children love playing with. We can see how fast the seeds grow in the planters or have story time under the gazebo. There are endless opportunities to make the most of being outside and to enjoy running around in the fresh air.

The nursery is ideally located in the heart of Fishponds and just a minute’s drive away from the key routes into Bristol centre. There are plenty of local bus routes and the Bristol Bath Railway Cycle path can be accessed at the end of Thicket Avenue. You can find us by Hillfields Park by following the lane next to Hillfields Park Baptist Church. 


This setting was formerly run by FLAG and became part of the Mama Bear’s family on 1st September 2010. The nursery is open all year round (except bank holidays and Christmas Week) and welcomes all families with children from three months to 5 years old.

Meet our Nursery Manager: Kirsty

I am Kirsty the Nursery Manager at Fishponds, I started working for Mama Bear’s in 2010. I have always been based at this nursery and have worked my way through the ranks from level 2 practitioner to become Nursery Manager in 2017. I am hugely proud of this nursery and the team which I work with. We offer a safe, caring and nurturing environment with the home from home experience for babies aged 3 months up to pre-school children age 5 years, we have a team of experienced staff who are qualified within the childcare sector of the EYFS, we also offer young people the opportunity to gain their childcare qualification and join our team. All staff are dedicated to their roles within the nursery and meet the children’s need, planning activities and routines we encourage the skills that children need to learn to live, play, work and learn together. Our effective key person system ensures that each child’s needs are met and their age, stage of development and current interests are reflected in their individualised learning program to ensure that each child makes good progress from their starting points towards the early learning goals to ensure they are equipped with the skills to ensure they are confident, social independent learners when they make their next transition onto school. We are based in a purpose-built building within the heart of Hillfields, Fishponds and we can accommodate up to 57 children within our setting. The building is based on one level with the lovely surroundings of Hillfields Park. Please get in touch if you would like more information on the setting and a place for your child.