Welcome to Portishead Pre-School

(Formerly Portishead Playgroups)


Portishead Pre-School (formerly Portishead Playgroups) consists of two fantastic pre-school settings;

Hilltop Pre-School and Brampton Pre-School, situated in the town of Portishead, North Somerset. As of 2024 Portishead Pre-School has been operating for 60 years servicing the community and providing excellent pre-school education to the children of Portishead and local area.

Both settings work in partnership and are led by experienced Manager: Sarah Bailey, who is supported by Brampton Deputy: Sue Tiley and Hilltop Deputy: Claire Godby.

Each setting benefits from large outdoor spaces, a wide range of resources and a team of dedicated and experienced staff who have worked for the pre-school for many years.

Both settings operate  during term time and offer 15 and 30 hour funded places for 3 and 4 year olds, Hilltop is also able to offer 2 year old funded places. There are morning, afternoon and all-day sessions available and there are no restrictions on which sessions can be used for funded places and no additional fees (except for a small charge for children attending our lunch club).

The Pre-School motto is “Learning Through Play” and planning of topics and activities follow EYFS Development matters and children’s interests. Development Matters – Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage (publishing.service.gov.uk) This enables the children to have fun, learn and develop social skills whilst also gently preparing them for school.

Since its foundation in 1964, Portishead Pre-School has operated from a number of locations before finally adopting the current premises.  Portishead Playgroups became a Registered Charity in 1988 and was renamed in September 2019 as Portishead Pre-School (registered Charity No. 1180880).   Having adopted the Pre-School Learning Constitution, it is run by a voluntary Management Committee and is 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