Red Bus Nursery & Pre-School's Journey so far
We first opened our doors in November 2011, in a building that once housed ‘The Progress Inn’ now converted into a spacious setting for children aged 3 months to 5 years. Four years later we expanded to a second site, renovating the long closed maternity hospital ‘Wendover House‘. In June 2015 our Downend setting opened, providing the same uncompromising space, resources and high standards seen at Coombe Dingle.
We never stand still for long at Red Bus, and in 2016 we were granted planning permission to make some significant changes to our Coombe Dingle setting to further enhance what we offer, supported by Bristol City Council to increase the number of 3 & 4 year old places across Bristol.
From 2016 to 2017 we had a complete overhaul of the setting, adding an extension to our Nursery and Pre-School units. This allowed us to offer more space and better facilities, including a dedicated cloakroom area and better interaction between the indoors and outdoors. Kindergarten was also completely reconfigured, with bespoke wooden units delivered from Germany to provide even more opportunities for physical and imaginative play.
Hallways, staircases and offices were moved to provide better flow around the building, and the basement level was completely renovated into a dedicated dining room for the children. We didn’t overlook the gardens either – all three of our outdoor spaces were updated with new equipment and resources to ensure children could access outdoor play all year round!
That same year we were also able to expand our Downend setting, taking delivery of our Red Bus yurt – quite possibly one of the only Nursery yurts in the UK! This space sits just outside the Kindergarten room, allowing us to offer more space for our two to three year olds as well as providing a warm and cosy area for children to sleep, read and create artwork in.
In January 2021 Kindergarten increased in size even further with an extension to the main room!