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Plymouth- Fortview, Crownhill

Discover a nurturing, Ofsted Outstanding day nursery with extensive gardens. A peaceful haven for creative learning in the heart of Plymouth at Fortview.

Welcome to Fort View, Mama Bear's quaintly charming nursery, uniquely nestled within one of the largest and most picturesque gardens in the city. This idyllic setting offers a snug, home-like environment combined with the expansive joys of nature, all located within a serene oasis of countryside tranquillity right in the urban landscape. Perfectly situated beside the historical Napoleonic fort on Crownhill Fort Road, Fort View is ideally positioned to cater to families residing or working in the vicinity.

A Small Nursery with Grand Opportunities

Though Fort View is our smallest nursery, it boasts our most extensive garden space, providing a rare blend of cosy indoor areas and lush, expansive outdoor environments. This unique combination ensures that children enjoy the best of both worlds—comfort and adventure—under the watchful eyes of our caring staff. Our facilities are designed to foster a sense of safety and security while encouraging kids to explore, play, and learn in the great outdoors.

Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Our commitment to providing exceptional education and care is evident in our recent accolade—an Outstanding grade from Ofsted in October 2017. This prestigious recognition is a testament to our innovative management style, which emphasises a reflective approach involving staff, parents, and even the children themselves. This collaborative environment encourages ongoing improvements and adaptations, ensuring that our services meet the evolving needs of our families and the community.

Empowering Young Voices

At Fort View, we believe in empowering our children, giving them a voice through our pioneering 'Children’s Council' scheme. This initiative allows children to express their preferences and feedback about activities directly, fostering a sense of agency and participation in their educational journey. This approach not only enhances their learning experience but also builds important skills in communication and decision-making.

A Nursery Like No Other

Set against the backdrop of historic grandeur and natural beauty, Fort View offers a tranquil yet stimulating setting for your child's early years. Children at Fort View are encouraged to develop their curiosity about the natural world, engage in physical activities that promote health and well-being, and explore their budding interests in a supportive, nurturing environment.

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Experience the unique blend of heritage, nature, and outstanding early education at Fort View. Our doors are open to families looking for a personal, engaging, and enriching nursery experience for their children. Discover why Fort View is not just a nursery but a launchpad for your child's future success and happiness. Visit us today and see how we can help your child thrive in a setting that feels like a second home, within the heartbeat of the city.


3-minute drive to Widney Court Primary School

5-minute drive to Manadon Vale Primary School

6-minute drive to Derriford Hospital

Meet our Nursery Manager: Kerry

I have been working in childcare for 18 years, starting with Mama Bear’s back in May 2014 after having my youngest child. I started working as a Level 3 and then worked my way up to cover as an acting Deputy Manager and then Manager for maternity cover. Towards the end of the cover an opportunity became available to manage one of Mama Bear’s smaller nurseries at Crownhill Fort, I decided to apply for the role and haven’t looked back. I absolutely love working in childcare as no two days are the same.

Mama Bear's Plymouth- Fortview, Crownhill
30 Crownhill Fort Road
Crownhill, Plymouth

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