Welcome to Bright Sparks & Early Years

Thank you for visiting the Bright Sparks & Early Years website. These pages will provide you with an insight into the day-to-day life of our exciting setting and the learning activities, play and fun that children aged 0-4 can enjoy here.

Bright Sparks has an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating and is a member of the National Day Nurseries Association. Our nursery has built up an excellent reputation as one of the very best pre-school settings in the area.

Located in the homely and friendly surroundings of Claremont House, the spacious Victorian mansion in which St. Mary’s College was first founded in 1919, Bright Sparks provides boys and girls with the best possible start to their educational journey.

Our nursery includes a Baby Room (0-14 months), Toddler Room (14-24 months), Tots Room (2-3 years), Kindergarten (3 years) and Pre-School (4+ years).

We have four outdoor locations for children to play together: an outdoor forestry area; a garden area; a lovely all-weather play area with a natural wooden hide and climb lodge, ‘hobbit’ house and humpback hill; plus a separate tarmac area for bikes, trikes, cars and trucks.

Our aim, with the help of these excellent facilities and our energetic staff, is to provide children with the best start to their educational journey.

We do this by offering a stimulating, creative and – above all – happy environment in which each child in our care is able to learn and develop to the best of their abilities.

We are very proud that our work has been commended by the Independent Schools Inspectorate who said in their most recent report on Bright Sparks that ‘all of the children’s needs are met very effectively’ and pupils of all abilities make ‘excellent progress’.

We recognise that choosing the right nursery is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent, so after exploring our website we encourage you to experience Bright Sparks first hand.

Contact our friendly staff and arrange to see for yourself why we are the right choice for your family.

Alice Haigh

Head of Early Years

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To find out more about our outstanding nursery,

please call 0151 932 0743 or email


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