Thornbury Day Nursery & Pre-School, Bristol

Partou Thornbury is an exceptional day nursery and pre-school which provides high quality early years care and education to families in Thornbury, Morton, Alveston and the surrounding area.

Set in a former school building, our nursery is one of the largest in the area, featuring spacious playrooms and an adventure-filled outdoor garden. We even have a fabulous soft play zone that’s not only loved by children but is perfect for socialising and promoting physical development.

Facilities

Large, spacious playrooms offering a wide range of fun-filled educational activities

An exciting curriculum that reflects the individual needs and interests of each child

Healthy and delicious meals from our seasonal menu, freshly prepared at the nursery

Separate nursery and pre-school buildings, allowing continued development through age-specific care

Highly qualified, experienced staff who are experts in early years care and education

Funded childcare places available

The Partou experience

At Partou, the children lead the way. They explore their surroundings and learn about the world they live in, by choosing for themselves which activity they want to join in with next.

Our team are there to care for them and keep them safe. To nurture their emerging abilities and encourage them to seize each fun-packed day. But not to tell them what to do next.

Why? Because when children are allowed to choose their own activities, rather than being told what to do, they naturally choose the activities they’re most interested in. And scientific research has shown that being interested in what they’re doing is the easiest and best way for children to learn.

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Food & nutrition

Creating healthy eating habits for young children stretches far beyond their time with us. It encourages a lifelong positive relationship with food whilst building healthy bodies and healthy minds. Here’s how we encourage healthy eating habits:

  • Rotating menus: Evidence shows regular exposure to foods helps children to develop their taste for them, yet we still want to offer variety. So, we rotate our menus on a three-to-four-week basis, offering the perfect balance between exposing children to new foods yet allowing them to become familiar with flavours.
  • A lunchtime focus: We prioritise lunch as a time where children can enjoy their food. There is a social aspect to all lunches and, where possible, children are encouraged to take an active interest in the food they eat.
  • Fresh food everyday: We serve children fresh food every day and accommodate many different dietary requirements. We have procedures in place to protect children with food allergies and offer different meal options too. If your child has a dietary requirement, simply let us know as part of our registration process and we’ll make sure we meet the needs of your child.

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Nursery fees

Age Full Time
Weekly Rate
Daily
7:30am – 6:00pm
Morning
7:30am – 1:00pm
Afternoon
1:00pm – 6:00pm
0 to 3 £282.25 £62.50 £37.75 £35.50
3+ £268.00 £58.50 £36.00 £33.50

 

Registration Fee: £75 (Non Refundable)
10% discount off eldest child’s fees for siblings

  • Universal 15 hours free childcare entitlement is available to all 3 and 4 year olds, extending to 30 hours for eligible working families*.
  • 15 hour free childcare entitlement is also available to 2-year-olds subject to availability.

For the latest childcare funding information, please visit our dedicated resource page.

* Please note that free childcare entitlement from the government is only applied to the ‘care’ element of your invoice and does not cover meals which are charged at £7.75 per morning session and £6.55 per afternoon session.

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Thornbury
Day Nursery
& Pre-school

01454 418788

Open Mon - Fri, 7.30am to 6.00pm

Little Acorns Day Nursery - Thornbury, Gillingstool, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 2EG

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What families say?

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Tamsyn W

5 stars

05 March 2024

My children have been attending Little Acorns for the last 12 months since they were 5 months old, and I would highly recommend Little Acorns. The staff are brilliant and built bonds with my children early on so they are happy when I drop them off, which is a huge relief as a working mum. The nursery...

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Gina H

5 stars

05 March 2024

My son has attended nursery at Little Acorns from 6 months old. I've always had great communication with the team at Little Acorns and my son’s key worker. My son loves going to nursery each day, he runs in with a smile and they support his learning by encouraging him with things he enjoys most. He...

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L T

5 stars

27 February 2024

My child has attended Little Acorns Thornbury for over six months now. He has created a fantastic bond with his key worker and loves to tell me all about his day when he gets home. The outdoor space is his favourite place to be, which is accessed in all weathers for him to explore. The manager is ver...

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H C

4 stars

17 February 2024

The care taken by the toddler team to ensure my child has an enjoyable experience is commendable. They know her likes, dislikes and how to ensure growth in her learning. Handovers are always clear and concise so I'm up to date with everything. My daughter's speaking, counting, colours and reading hav...

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R J

5 stars

17 February 2024

I have no problems at all with Little Acorns. All staff are friendly, my child loves all of them, emails are responded to quickly, and I can see that my child has learnt a lot while being there.

J C

4 stars

08 February 2024

The nursery has improved a lot over the past 12 months. Agency staff seem to be far and few between which is great. Staff's confidence has improved, however could be better, for example, sometimes we have had to mention the quality of nappy changes. They were previously missed or not done to a good s...

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Georgina M

4 stars

07 November 2023

I have been so happy with how Little Acorns have looked after my daughter. She has been attending nursery for almost a year now- I was really apprehensive about her starting but the staff have taken such good care of her, and have really helped her grow and develop and when I pick her up she’s so h...

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N C

5 stars

07 November 2023

My son has loved his time here over the past three years moving through all the rooms. The staff have always aimed to get to know him and he has developed so many key skills with them which really helps at home.

Tara S

5 stars

07 November 2023

I am really happy with the nursery, my daughter has made some great connections with the staff which allows her to feel happy during her time at the nursery. The nursery offers lots of activities which is lovely to see through the updates I receive, they range from lots of messy play to reading time....

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K M

4 stars

07 November 2023

On the whole, the nursery has provided good care for my children. I have one child remaining there and he loves it and is always so happy when I pick him up. The staff always come across really friendly and are still always so welcoming to my older children too.

G W

4 stars

07 November 2023

Really pleased with the nursery and I believe it has improved 10-fold over the last 6 months. Both children at the nursery enjoy going in and I feel are thriving in the setting. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Little Acorns.

J W

3 stars

08 November 2023

Overall, I feel that more could be done to improve this nursery. The building itself is very old and urgently requires modernisation and a lot of the equipment also needs replacing. Considering the extortionate monthly nursery fees, I get the feeling that this place is struggling financially. The maj...

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Why Partou?

For us at Partou, childcare isn’t just a job, it’s a journey – one where every child leads us in a unique new direction.

As part of the Netherlands’ largest childcare group, we’ve access to world-leading expertise in learning and development, so you can be confident your child will benefit from an experience as unique as they are.

Of course, care is as much about empathy as education, and ours is a child-led approach that emphasises building confidence and curiosity – so that every child in our care has the freedom to flourish.

Reassurance for you and your little one

Care

We’re more than just a team; we’re a close community driven by our passion for childcare, and our commitment to each individual child’s development. We know that by working together, we’re stronger.

Compassion

In our community, compassion isn’t just a word; it’s our way of life. By embracing our differences, we make our community more diverse and vibrant. We build strong, supportive relationships with the children and each other, based on trust and understanding.

Continuous learning

We believe strongly in development, for the children in our care and for ourselves. Through continuous learning, we help our team and our children reach their full potential. Together, we make a positive impact, in our communities and across wider society.

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