Welcome to Portishead Pre-School

(Formerly Portishead Playgroups)


Portishead Pre-School, formerly known as Portishead Playgroups, comprises two exceptional settings: Hilltop Pre-School and Brampton Pre-School, both located in Portishead, North Somerset. Celebrating 60 years of service in 2024, Portishead Pre-School has been a cornerstone of the community, providing outstanding early childhood education to local children.

Under the leadership of the experienced Manager Sarah Bailey, with support from Brampton Deputy Sue Tiley and Hilltop Deputy Claire Godby, both pre-schools collaborate to deliver high-quality education and care. Each setting boasts expansive outdoor spaces, a variety of resources, and a dedicated team of long-serving, experienced staff.

Operating during term time, the pre-schools offer 15 and 30-hour funded places for 3 and 4-year-olds, with Hilltop also providing funded places for 2-year-olds. Flexible scheduling includes morning, afternoon, and all-day sessions, with no restrictions on the use of funded hours and no additional fees, except for a nominal charge for the lunch club and snack.

The Pre-School’s motto, “Learning Through Play,” informs the planning of topics and activities, adhering to the EYFS Development Matters framework while incorporating children’s interests. This approach ensures that children have fun, learn, and develop social skills, all while being gently prepared for their future school experiences.

Development Matters – Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage (publishing.service.gov.uk) 

Since its foundation in 1964, Portishead Pre-School has operated from various locations before establishing its current premises. Originally known as Portishead Playgroups, it became a Registered Charity in 1988 and was renamed Portishead Pre-School in September 2019 (Registered Charity No. 1180880).Registered Charity 

Guided by the Pre-School Learning Alliance Constitution, it is managed by a voluntary Management Committee and regulated by OFSTED.


Please complete online admission form or
contact either setting for more information.
Brampton Pre-School 01275 817834 or
Hilltop Pre-School 01275 390947