Our story

Moon River Nursery and Pre School is committed to providing excellence in child care

Moon River Nursery opened in the Spring of 2017. Many may remember the building as a previous GP Surgery, now much care and thought has been put into redesigning the building to provide a homely and welcoming Children’s Day Nursery and Preschool.  Although the building has been repurposed, it’s community focus still remains and we aim to provide a high standard of care for those living in the local area.

Since opening we have been building links with the community, we have successfully raised money for charities such as Winston’s Wish, Children in Need and collecting for the North Bristol Foodbank. We will continue to work closely with and support local charities and have close links with our local Police Officers who enjoy coming in to visit the children, they thoroughly enjoyed our Goldilocks and the Three Bears crime scene event and have been regular visitor’s ever since!


Learning through play

At Moon River, we follow the The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This framework is specifically designed for children from 0 – 5 years old, and is centred on learning through play, nurturing your child’s abilities and talents as they develop. We focus our activities to develop the prime areas of learning – Physical Development, Communication and Language and Personal, Social and Emotional Development which form the basis of child development and learning. We do this through a range of tailored activities based on each child’s interests and learning needs that are exciting, fun and spark their curiosity. Numeracy and literacy skills are encouraged through stories, games, music and play. We provide lots of opportunities for the children to learn about the world around them and boost their imaginative and creative skills through a variety of projects and activities and outdoor learning experiences.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is divided into the following areas:

Prime Areas

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Each child will have their own key person, who is a qualified member of staff as soon as they start at Moon River. They will work closely with you and your child to form a strong relationship and because of this will be able to provide the best care, attention and education. They will be responsible for observing your child’s learning and planning for their individual interests to help them achieve their full potential.

Our standards

At Moon River Nursery, we strive to achieve the highest standards in early years education. We believe that every child is an individual and learns best in their own, unique way. We take inspiration from the Reggio Emilia ethos of learning and value the child’s voice and thinking in everything we do. We follow the children’s interests through activities and projects that explore their questions and thinking about the world. Our rooms are calm, homely and inviting and are tailored to the needs of babies, toddlers and pre-school children. We think that strong language skills in children are vitally important and so we will be using The Babbling Babies, Toddler Talk and Letters and Sounds programmes to boost their communication and language skills.

Having strong partnerships with parents and the community are important and we continue to build links with local schools and nurseries and are working closely with health professionals and educational specialists. We like to involve parents in the nursery as much as possible via parents’ evenings and special events throughout the year.