Childcare & Schools

Whether you want to head 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

The Academy Nursery School, Portishead – Term Time

Our brand new nursery fully opened in April 2018, offers funded places for children aged 3 and 4. Our highly experienced teachers skilfully engage and motivate children to learn through fun & exciting activities and support them to prepare for school. Children are encouraged to become independent learners and gain foundations for key life skills which they will need in their educational and overall learning journey.

Take a look at our Facebook Page  

 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)

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

Busy Bees Nursery, Portishead

High Down Nursery, Portishead – Term Time only  Click Here

Honey Tree Day Nursery, Portishead

Lakehouse Nursery, Portishead

Station House Nursery, Portishead

The Nursery, Portishead

Trinity Primary School, Portishead  – Term Time only  Click Here

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

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Portishead Poppins

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 2019 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

 Sidcot School

Sidcot is an Independent day and boarding school set in glorious Somerset countryside, for boys and girls aged 3 to 18. Located just south of Bristol Airport with buses running from Portishead every day.

Badminton School, Westbury-on-Trym

Belgrave School, Clifton

Bristol Grammar School, Bristol

Clifton College, Clifton

Clifton High School, Clifton

Fairfield School, Backwell

Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Clifton

Redmaids’ High Junior School, Westbury-on-Trym

Redmaids’ High School, Westbury-on-Trym

The Downs School, Wraxall

The Real Adventure School, Bristol – (proposed new school for ages 4 to 16)

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

Join your local Children’s Centre & get their ‘What’s On’ email, every quarter – Don’t miss out! Click Here to join.

What’s On at your local Children’s Centre Portishead, Pill, Long Ashton, Nailsea & Blackwell
to view or download the latest What’s On Click Here
(look for the ‘Downloads’ icon – in the right hand bar on a pc, or near the bottom on a phone)