We are a lively, flourishing Local Authority Nursery School in Bristol.  Our School Community includes children from 2 to 5 years old, their parents and carers.  It is staffed by a Headteacher, Deputy Head, Nursery Teachers, Nursery Nurses, Early Years Practitioners and support staff, all of whom have extensive experience of working with young children.  Our staff team is built around the child to ensure that each child and parent/carer is well supported by a key person.

We are part of the Barton Hill Children’s Centre and work in partnership with Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Cashmore Early Years Centre and Barton Hill Settlement Family Centre. For further information download the leaflet Children’s Centre Services in Barton Hill

3-4 year olds – We offer a variety of ways in which you can access the 15 hours free early education entitlement, including whole days, morning sessions and afternoon sessions.  We also offer Breakfast and Afterschool Clubs (Froglets) and you can top-up with additional sessions if you wish.

For families experiencing particular difficulties, we can offer some free additional hours.  These are allocated according to Local Authority criteria.  Please discuss this with the Headteacher if you would like more information.

The Nursery School also offers 30 hours per week for 38 weeks per year free education and care to families who meet the government guidelines.  Please download the St Philip’s 30 hours brochure for further information.  The Nursery School will also be able to offer additional hours to families who may not meet these criteria.  We will be happy to discuss individual circumstances with you on application.  For further information click here.

2 year olds – We offer paid day care and funded free education for two year old places. You may be eligible for a free place if you receive the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’– the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Or if your child:

  • has a disability or special educational needs
  • is looked after by the Local Authority
  • has a child protection plan
  • is a member of a travelling family
  • has left care but are not able to return home (through adoption)


If you do not qualify for a free place we can also offer paying places. Please enquire for more details.

Further information on tax free child care and 30 hours child care can also be found here: