• Our preschool aims to deliver individualised learning, development and care, giving all our children the best possible start in life.

    • Morning & Afternoon Sessions

      We are open daily from 9am – 3pm, morning sessions are 9am – 12pm and our afternoon sessions are 12pm – 3pm.

    • Classes

      Our classes take a maximum of 24 children at one time and up to four staff members, ensuring ratios of 1:8 are well maintained.

    Hillside Pre-school is a registered charty (No: 1019979). We have a history that goes back to 1978.

    Leadership at Hillside has a combined experience of over 40 years and we are a member of the Preschool Learning Alliance. We are an independent charitable business that receives advice, guidance and access to subsidised training via Bristol City Education and other government supported bodies.

    We are managed by a management committee and parents committee and receive our income via the Government Grant Scheme, fee paying parents and fundraising.

    We can use the school playing fields for our activities. We also encourage people from the community to visit and enrich the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world, for example lollipop people, police constables and fire fighters.

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    • Years Experience

      Hillside staff have a combined experience of over 40 years

    • Children Per Session

      Our classes can take a maximum of 24 children at one time

    • Staff Members

      We have three staff members per session so ratios of at least 1:8 are maintained

    • Free 3 Hour Sessions

      Per week from the start of a new term, after their 3rd birthday

    • Morning Sessions

      Sessions run in terms time, Monday – Friday, 9am – 12 midday

    • Afternoon sessions

      Run in terms time, Monday – Friday, 12.30pm – 3.30pm

  • Your child's key person will ensure the individual needs of your child are met and grow their confidence.

    Your child’s key person will observe, assess and evaluate your child’s progress to ensure their next steps are clearly identified and planned for. All activities held during a session are designed to ensure that you child is working towards the Early Learning Goals, as follows:

    • Personal, social and emotional development
    • Communications and language
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding of the world
    • Expressive arts and design
    • Physical development
    • Learning & Development
    • Enabling Environments
    • Positive Relationships
    • A Unique Child

    We pride ourselves in high standards and work within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) principles

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  • Meet Our Staff

    With education and experience in early childhood care
  • Our staff consists of two leaders and three assistants. We all hold current first aid certificates and training in child protection.

  • In addition to our core team we occasionally have help from the pre-school committee, parents and carers of our pre-school children. We also offer student work placements

    • Liz Grimshaw
      Preschool Leader, Senco Leader, Safeguarding Leader

      Liz Grimshaw

      Preschool Leader, Senco Leader, Safeguarding Leader

      I have worked at Hillside Preschool for 10years, I have 2 children age 14 and 18 attending senior school. I enjoy mountain climbing and have completed Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike. I also enjoy cycling, swimming and family time.

      • CACHE Diploma Level 3 2013
      • Child Protection
      • First Aid (paediatric)
    • Abby Brookshaw
      Preschool Assistant

      Abby Brookshaw

      Preschool Assistant

      I have worked at Hillside Preschool since 2017. I have 3 children and my 2 sons attended Hillside Preschool.
      I enjoy spending time with my family, going camping, cycling and enjoy DIY projects.

      • Diploma for Early Years Level 3 completed in 2021
      • First Aid Training
      • Child Protection
      • Food Hygiene
    • Anna Maggs
      Deputy Leader

      Anna Maggs

      Deputy Leader

      I qualified as an Early Years practitioner over 7 years ago. This is my favourite job ever! Working with children fun, I love that no single day at work is the same! Outside of preschool I love spending time with my family – going to theme Parks, shopping etc and I especially love kickboxing and going to the gym.

      • Cache level 3 Diploma for Children and Young Peoples
      • Workforce
      • First Aid Training
      • Child Protection
    • Jane White
      Pre-school assistant

      Jane White

      Pre-school assistant

      I have worked at Hillside Preschool for 20 years. I have been involved with preschool since my children attended in 1998. I have 2 grown up sons and enjoy, cinema, theatre and spending time with my family.


      • CACHE Diploma Level 2 2005
      • Child Protection
      • First Aid (paediatric)
    • Kirsty Spear
      Preschool Assistant

      Kirsty Spear

      Preschool Assistant

      I qualified as an Early Years Practitioner in 2011 and hold the relevant qualifications in Safeguarding and First Aid, I have also completed a number of courses to complement my work. I have 2 children and have been part of this preschool setting since my son attended in 2008. I really enjoy working at Hillside Preschool, the team are fantastic, and each bring something different to the sessions. I love watching and helping children to grow, I especially enjoy reading and singing with them.

      Outside of work, my passions are spending time with my family and gardening.

      • Cache level 3 NVQ in children’s care, learning and development
      • First Aid training
      • Child Protection
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  • Contact Us

    Our postal address and contact details
    • Postal Address

      Hillside PreSchool
      Air Balloon Hill Primary School
      Hillside Road,
      St George,
      BS5 7PB

    • Phone & E-mail

      Phone: 0117 947 8371

    • School Hours

      Monday – Friday
      9 am – 3.30 pm
      Weekend Closed

    • Sessions

      Mornings, 9am – 12 noon
      Afternoons, 12 noon – 3.30 pm with packed lunch
      Full day sessions, 9am – 3pm with packed lunch