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Where children have fun, learning

Downend - Stanbridge Road

Offering outstanding care and education all year. Stimulating indoor/outdoor play in a safe, enriching environment. Perfect for curious minds

Welcome to Stanbridge Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School – a sanctuary where young minds blossom and futures begin to unfold.

Renowned previously as Bright Sparks Day Nursery & Pre-School, this cherished setting joined the Mama Bear’s family in September 2020. Embracing our unified mission, we rebranded in March 2022 to better reflect our deep commitment to nurturing and excellence. As of January 2024, we are thrilled to offer year-round care, pausing only for weekends, Bank Holidays, and the Christmas period, ensuring we are here when you need us most.

Within the walls of Stanbridge Mama Bear’s, your child will discover a world designed to ignite their imagination and stimulate their passion for learning. Our environment is a canvas, rich with opportunities for every child to paint their own experiences through playful exploration and joyful discovery.

Here, education is not just about imparting knowledge; it’s about creating a foundation of emotional, intellectual, and physical growth. Our activities are meticulously crafted to challenge and inspire, helping each child to unfold their potential and become confident, curious learners. From interactive storytelling sessions that spark a love for language to sensory play that develops critical thinking skills, every day is filled with new adventures at Mama Bear’s.

Our curriculum aligns with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, upheld by rigorous OFSTED standards and complemented by a diverse menu of freshly prepared, nutritious meals that fuel young bodies and minds. Our kitchen’s high standards are matched only by our comprehensive safety and hygiene practices, ensuring a healthy setting for all.

Mama Bear’s is more than a nursery; it’s a community where each child is valued as an individual. Our educators are not just staff; they’re mentors, trained extensively in early years care, paediatric first aid, food hygiene, and specialised areas such as SEN and Makaton, ensuring a supportive and inclusive environment.

Our holistic approach goes beyond the classroom, extending to thoughtfully designed indoor spaces and secure outdoor areas that allow children to safely explore the natural world. As they grow with us, they develop not just academically but also socially, emotionally, and physically, prepared to step confidently into school and beyond.

At Stanbridge Mama Bear’s, we don’t just watch your child grow—we grow with them, building lasting foundations for a successful start in life. Join us, and see how our family can support yours in nurturing your child’s early steps towards a bright future.


1-minute walk from Stanbridge Primary School Main Entrance

3-minute drive or 10-minute walk from Barley Close Community Primary School

Meet our Nursery Manager: Hannah

Hi I'm Hannah. I joined Bright Sparks in 2014 as a Nursery Nurse and over the years have enjoyed leading the team first as Deputy Manager and now as Manager. This is a lovely nursery based on Stanbridge Primary School grounds, with whom we share close links, allowing our future Stanbridge students to familiarise themselves with the environment. We have a large outdoor space where we spend a lot of time, whatever the weather. We also have outside shelter for the more rainy days! We provide a happy, caring and safe environment with experienced and qualified staff, who ensure children always have a range of stimulating activities to help them with their learning and development. At Stanbridge we promote children's independence, communication and social interactions to enable children to become confident citizens in their futures.

Mama Bear's Downend - Stanbridge Road
Stanbridge Primary School
Stanbridge Road, Downend
BS16 6AL

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