Set back off Downend Road, Wendover House is our fantastic nursery which serves Downend and the surrounding areas of Frenchay, Emersons Green, Fishponds, Mangotsfield and further afield due to our proximity to the Ring Road. This beautiful and Grade II listed building has been restored to a remarkable standard and provides a perfect setting to care for up to 116 children. Established over four floors, including a bespoke kitchen and dining area in the basement, the environment is bright, open and has a unique layout which only adds to its charm and appeal.
The outside space provides lots of room for our children (and staff!) to let off steam and we made a fantastic addition of a 21-foot, glass fronted yurt in 2016. With air conditioning and underfloor heating this space gives our Kindergarten Unit (2-3s) more flexibility all year round and has proved to be very popular. Inside we have the most amazing wet play room where the children can safely let off steam (pardon the pun) and enjoy water play without compromising their safety or getting cold. Again, this is something that’s fairly unique to Red Bus and shows the work and investment we will put into providing a safe and fun environment for our children and staff.
We have three units for our children which are consistent over both Downend and Coombe Dingle. The under 2s are in our Nursery, Kindergarten is for 2-3 year-olds and our 3-5 year-olds are in Pre-School. There are around 50 brilliant staff based at our Downend nursery most of which work full time (40 hours per week) across different shifts to make sure we provide exceptional care for our children from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday all year round.
Our staff have their own lockers on the top floor, as well as a kitchen with fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle and dining table. There is also a separate lounge area for relaxing. Our management and support team is also located in the ‘attic’ space with stunning views across Bristol. There is plenty of free street parking
around our nursery and there are shops located a short walk away
to grab lunch or snacks with more shops in Fishponds or
Downend and accessible by car.