We have closed most of our preschools and nurseries temporarily from the 1st April for the next three weeks at least, due to the Covid 19 virus. We will be reopening them as soon as possible and letting existing parents know. All of our nurseries and preschools named below have an enquiry form if you have any questions for us or wish to ask us about future places.
Our Trowbridge Nursery, Green Shoots, remains open from 8-5pm each day all year round and has spaces for key worker children and vulnerable families. We are sorry that we are unable to offer places in all of our settings at the moment. Thank you to our parents and staff for being so understanding.
Both Wiltshire Council and Bath and North East Somerset Officers have details of those childcare settings that remain open in your area at this time.
Our nurseries and preschools settings are safe, friendly and inspiring places for children to be. We believe in creating truly, magical moments for children.
YMCA Bath Group currently operates 9 Ofsted registered nurseries and preschools in Bath and Wiltshire and is committed to providing an exceptional standard of care everywhere. Whilst each nursery and preschool has its own identity and operates slightly differently, each share a common YMCA ethos that differentiates us from other providers. Staff teams are highly qualified with everyone undertaking a range of professional development opportunities. The teams work together to share ideas and create magical experiences. We offer a range of exciting activities for the children and promote a strong partnership with our parents.
All our nurseries and our preschools are registered with Ofsted and links to their latest reports are available from their individual pages on this website. All staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS clearance before starting work. We aim for all of our qualified staff to have a current First Aid qualification, as we believe this is very important. Our safeguarding work is of a very high standard and we work closely with our families to promote the best start in life for all the children. We welcome feedback from parents and we give out monthly newsletters and regular updates. Our manager’s doors are always open.
We attract a wide range of parents to our settings. Some of them are full-time working and some part-time. Some are not working and choose us because of the high quality of our provision. Many parents choose us time and time again as they feel part of our large family.
All children aged 3 and 4 are eligible to receive 15 hours free early education each week. We will be offering 30 free hours (from September 2017) for working parents who are eligible for the new offer.
To check if you are eligible for the 30 hour offer please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Eligible two year olds can access 15 hours free and parents can check whether their child is eligible by looking on their local authority web site.
Bath & North East Somerset Council: www.bathnes.gov.uk -funded childcare for two year olds
Wiltshire Council: www.wiltshirecouncil.gov.uk- free funding for 2 year olds
If you require further information about this, please contact the nursery or preschool you are interested in directly from the individual page.
Our daily educational programmes, activities and routines are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and delivered by our highly motivated staff team. Both our indoor and outdoor areas are fully resourced and we use these in innovative ways for the benefit and enjoyment of the children.
We work closely with local schools to ensure that children are well prepared for the next stage of their education. We use a secure on-line assessment tool, which enables parents to be part of our assessment process, as they can comment and upload their own images. They can go on-line daily to see how happy their children are in our care and yet at the same time be involved in their education.
Our experienced and dedicated staff teams are fully committed to:
Recognising each child as unique and planning for their individual interests and development stage
Providing stimulating, safe and innovative environments both inside and out
Providing quality care for children and their families that reflects everyone’s needs
Developing trusting and supportive partnerships between home and the setting
Encouraging children to develop socially and emotionally as a foundation for life.
To achieve this we encourage all our children to:
Develop independence and self-confidence
Problem solve and make their own decisions.
Learn through play and exploration
Interact with each other and show mutual respect for their peers
Have fun and be happy !
For more detailed information about the early years curriculum please see
The following adult /child ratios are maintained at all times:
Under 2’s 1:3
2 year olds 1:4
3 – 5 year olds 1:8
We pride ourselves in offering healthy food in all of our childcare settings and the starting point for us is a Food Hygiene qualification. Many of our staff takes this qualification. Additionally we take part in healthy initiatives such as the Eat Well Start Well programme and we continuously achieve high star award for our kitchens. Our menus are well designed and we take account of all dietary needs and preferences.
Each year we update our policies and procedures to take account of new legislation, ways of working and feedback from parents. Our managers make sure that the policy is a living document and the policies are always available for parents to see in the nursery or preschool or on this website below.