Fantastic, fun and rewarding learning journey

Once Upon a Time provides a truly home from home experience for your child. Our highly qualified, fully trained and experienced childcare staff deliver brilliant quality, bespoke care for babies and toddlers while our fully qualified pre-school teachers work to prepare children for primary school.

Our small, caring, safe and fun environments are perfect for encouraging active learning and allow us to nurture each child as they develop and grow to help them reach their full potential. 


Each and every child is a unique individual and every family has their own way of bringing their children up. We are small enough to offer a truly bespoke and responsive level of care to best meet the requirements of both the child and their parents.


Everything is geared towards helping make the childcare arrangements in your busy life as easy and convenient as possible, while offering your child a fantastic, fun and rewarding learning experience.


Our Westbury on Trym nursery is situated on a quiet residential street just off Stoke Lane. We have a baby area upstairs with a play room and sleep room. Downstairs we have separate areas for cubs (under 3s) and lions (our pre-school stage children) as well as a messy play room. Our garden has a play area, sand pit and a vegetable patch. 

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Our manager - Lorraine Doyle

Lorraine began working with children when she was 14 when she helped in her aunties creche in Ireland and hasn't looked back since. She joined Once Upon a Time nursery in 2008, first working with our 2-3 year olds then progressing to pre-school leader, curriculum leader and deputy manager. Lorraine took over as manager of our Westbury-on-Trym nursery in 2011 - a role that she clearly loves.

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Latest News

A new leader for preschool!

We are delighted to see a familiar face back in preschool as Jenni Greenow returns to our nursery to lead the preschool once again! Along with Lucia and Rebecca Jenni completes an all graduate line up in our preschool which is something we are incredibly proud to offer to our children and families.

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We have 'bean' busy!

The children have been learning about vegetables; see what they have been up to...

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Would Ewe believe what we have been doing?

To celebrate the launch of the Shaun in the City trail, the children flocked to Cribbs Causeway and the Downs to find Shauns!

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What the parents say

“Thank you so much for all your care and support you have provided for Isaac and Max. They have loved being part of the preschool and will be sad to leave. We wish you all the best in the future.”

Alison Osborne

“Mia has been at the nursery since she was 11 months old (she is now 3 and a half) and has thrived there. She loves attending and always tells us what fun she’s had doing arts and crafts, dressing up, singing, dancing and reading. It’s a very happy place.”

Lizzie and Lee

“Isaac has enjoyed his time with you and I am extremely grateful to you and your staff for making him so welcome and settled. He has developed a lot since starting and will be sad to say goodbye. I would be glad to give you a glowing review!”

Nerys King