News & Events

We like to share some of the things that the children have been doing at nursery in our News and Events pages. We hope that you enjoy reading our stories and looking at the pictures. The children really love seeing their pictures published too! 

Bristol Boys Achievement Project

Once Upon a Time has been invited to take part in a major new study of boys' early years development. Our focus is the promotion of literacy in the setting and home learning. we have introduced Book Bears to take home along with many other changes in the setting that have enhanced children's literacy skills. Our findings will be posted on Bristol Early Years Research website ( for other settings to learn from.

Led by Toni and Charlie who have shown hugely impressive levels of subject knowledge, application and, most importantly, dedication to delivering the practices they believe in, our nursery was showcased in a video interview which was shown on the big screen at the annual Nursery World Conference in London in February 2018, at which Toni and Charlie represented us in person.

We are committed to delivering top quality childcare and we value collaborative working with the council, other settings and the children and familes who attend Once Upon a Time.

We won GOLD in Bristol in Bloom!

With a gold medal score of 86% we are absolutely delighted to have won a gold medal in this year's Bristol in Bloom competition. 

The judged comments read as follows:

Once Upon a Time Day Nursery & Pre-school ~ 86% Gold

An outstanding start to this first-year entry, this small space was used to its best advantage and to its fullest extent; it is a pleasure for neighbours and passers-by to see.

The enthusiasm and commitment to outdoor learning, led by Charlie, was an inspiration. The evident involvement from the community and parents and the affirmations of the effect the gardening has on the children were highlights of the excellent garden portfolio.

Every attribute of the garden was well thought out and innovative, the use of up-cycled and recycled materials was great to see. The level of maintenance, quality of plants (sown from seed) and visual learning aids that were hung in the trees all enhanced the learning experience.

A most enjoyable first visit.

This achievement is testament to the selfless work of our wonderful team who have created something truly special for the children to enjoy. Charlie saw potential in the outdoor space in the nursery and had lofty ambitions from day one. Well she proved any doubters wrong like she always does! For our little nursery to win such a prestigous award is something truly special and we are so proud and grateful for Charlie's hard work and determination. And of course, none of this would have been possible without the help of our children and familes who helped with planting, donations of gardening equipment and some rather small but certainly green fingered helpers!