Childcare & Schools

Whether you’re going back to work or just need a few hours each week to get things done or put your feet up for a change, childcare provision is important. Our directory includes nurseries, pre-schools, and other options. And when it’s time for your little ones to head to school, we’ve got some great choices in the local area – just remember to apply for your child’s place in plenty of time.


Nurseries & Pre-schools

Lambs Nursery & Pre-School at Fairfield School

We are delighted to to welcome 2-4 year olds to our Nursery, conveniently located on the A370 in Backwell, North Somerset.Complete with sleeping facilities, in house catering and a high ratio of qualified staff.Our Lambs Room (children aged 2-3) offers day care from 8.30am to 5.30pm (7.30am-6.00pm can be arranged at a small additional charge) 5 days per week, 50 weeks of the year. Half days are available.Costs may be paid for by government nursery vouchers, see for details.Sibling discounts are also available for families who attend Fairfield School and the sibling discount remains in place until the youngest child of the family leaves Fairfield.Our Pre-School Nursery (children aged 3 and 4) operates during term time only but children have the option of attending our Holiday Club during school holidays and our pre and after school care during term time, should parents need to use extended day care.

If you would like your child to enjoy the benefits of excellent Early Years provision with all the facilities of an outstanding primary school please contact Cathy Scott or Sharon Hartrey for an information pack and further details on 01275 462743 or email [email protected]

The Academy Nursery School

All at The Academy Nursery School believe that consistent routines and structure help aid our children’s understanding. This environment, coupled with expert teaching staff, make our children feel comfortable and secure. Ultimately, this setting supports the development of engagement across all activities.

We are passionate about all areas of learning and invite specialist teachers to deliver extra-curricular classes to give children new, broad and exciting experiences.

Fortunately, we are situated within a gymnastics centre which supports our appreciation for a healthy lifestyle. Physical exercise and healthy routines, along with regular classes within the centre, promote participation from an early age. The environment offered to our children supports a true breadth of interaction; from teachers to classmates through to external specialist resource.

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Crockerne Church of England Primary Nursery

Is your child 3 and ready to start nursery in September? Please contact the school office on 01275 372659 to register your interest.

At Crockerne Church of England Nursery we provide children with a wide range of learning opportunities. They will learn through structured and child initiated learning. We provide well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, encouraging learning through enjoyment and challenge. We encourage children to become independent learners. The emphasis in Nursery is on making learning through play, fun and rewarding for your child.

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High Down Schools Nursery

8.45 to 11.45 (Morning Session)

11.45 to 12.30 (Lunch)

12.30-3.30 (Afternoon Session)

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 Portishead Pre-school – Term Time

Portishead Pre-school consists of two fantastic pre-schools, Hilltop Pre-School on West Hill & Brampton Pre-School on Brampton Way. Call Hilltop on (01275) 390947 or (07768) 685530 & Brampton on (01275) 817834)

St Joseph’s Pre-school – Term Time

NEW – Opening on Monday 13th September 2021, we are set in the beautiful grounds of St Joseph’s School and will operate term-time only.

Our Sessions are:

8:30 – 11:30am – Session 1 – £20 per session or Govt Funding can be used.

11:30 – 12:15pm – Optional Lunch session – Govt funding can not be used and will need to be paid for, at £5. To begin with, a packed lunch will need to be provided.

12:15 – 3:15pm – Session 2 – £20 per session or Govt Funding can be used

3:15 – 5:45pm – AfterSchool/wrap around care – Govt funding can not be used and will need to be paid for, currently £10 per session.

There will an Application Form to complete and a £25 Registration feeContact email address; [email protected]

Trinity Church School Nursery – Term Time

We have a wonderful purpose built environment with a large outdoor area and we are proud to be part of the wider school. Attending a school nursery has the added benefits of access to the wider school facilities and highly trained early years practitioners working alongside your child. Being part of a school also aids that transition that your child will make when they move into a Reception setting. Our nursery is called Meadow Class, a fitting name for our beautiful setting on the edge of the nature reserve. We have family groups, which we name after wild flowers that you may find growing nearby. Uniform is available and many chose to wear this to promote a sense of identity and belonging, but you can chose.

Bertie’s Nursery School, Wraxall – Term Time only option

Busy Bees Nursery, Portishead

Honey Tree Day Nursery, Portishead

Lakehouse Nursery, Portishead

Station House Nursery, Portishead

The Nursery, Portishead

Montessori Nurseries

Clevedon Montessori School

Secret Garden Montessori School of Nailsea

Stoke Bishop Montessori School

Funded pre-school hours are available for all children at both nurseries & pre-schools.



You can obtain details of local registered childminders from the North Somerset Family Information Service on (01934) 426300 – Click Here for their directory.
You can also pop over to the Portishead Parent Facebook Group to ask for recommendations – On the 1st Friday of every month we also invite Childminders to let us know their availability & tell us what they are up to.
Click Here to ask for recommendations.


Babysitters, Nannies & ad hoc childcare

This may be a time for you to ask for recommendations.
Try asking other parents over on the Portishead Parent Facebook Group Click Here

Primary Schools

We are lucky to have great Primary Schools here. Just remember that you must apply for your place!

Applications to start Primary School in September 2022 have now closed, but you can still make a Late Application.  – see the North Somerset Council website for the full information & dates

School Admissions Click Here for full Information


High Down Infant School/High Down Junior School

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

St Peter’s Church of England Primary School

Portishead Primary School

Trinity Anglican Methodist Primary School 


Pill and Portbury

Crokerne Church of England Primary School (inc. nursery)

St Mary’s Church of England VA Primary

Independent Schools

Fairfield School

Fairfield School in Backwell is an outstanding independent day school and nursery for boys and girls from 2 to 11 years of age. We encourage each child to maximise his or her potential and we aim to fully develop each child’s individual aptitudes. We do this through creating a family ethos in which children feel happy, secure and valued. In this way, they learn to be part of a community, appreciating and understanding their own and others’ needs and

Badminton School, Westbury-on-Trym

Belgrave School, Clifton

Bristol Grammar School, Bristol

Clifton College, Clifton

Clifton High School, Clifton

Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Clifton

Redmaids’ High Junior School, Westbury-on-Trym

Redmaids’ High School, Westbury-on-Trym

Sidcot School, Winscombe

The Downs School, Wraxall

Torwood House School, Redland

Children's Centres

Portishead Children’s Centre, St Barnabas Centre, West Hill, Portishead (01275) 884001

Pill Library & Children’s Centre, Crockerne House, Underbanks, Pill (01934) 426070

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