The Hut Nursery and Pre-school

About the Hut Nursery and Pre-school

In The Hut Nursery and Pre-school we aim to provide appropriate learning opportunities to all children who attend. We endeavour to identify any children who would benefit from additional support and seek the appropriate provision in order for the child to reach his or her full potential. Click on the logo (to the left) to find out more about our SEND provision

Bath Area Play Project provides a high quality, early years service based at The Hut in Twerton, Bath, BA2 1RX (follow postcode: BA2 1RW on SAT NAV to find us)


It provides children, from birth, the opportunity to play freely within a safe environment with appropriate adult support. There are more structured play opportunities according to the age of the children attending the sessions. The purpose is to provide stimulating play opportunities, recognised by EYFS as a main objective for children to reach their full potential.


The Nursery and Pre-school is used by people for different reasons including:

  • To provide a great start for early learning through play
  • To give parents/carers a break
  • To provide children with an opportunity to play with other children
  • To support children’s development through play opportunities
  • To enable parents/carers to attend appointments
  • To enable parents/carers to attend training courses
  • To enable parents to return to work

We have a fantastic resource for children at the Hut with a specific carpeted room with Home Corner, dressing up, books and tapes, a huge selection of toys and equipment, a further play room with play equipment, a room for messier play including painting, sticking and glitter, a soft play room and a wonderful garden with bikes, trikes and other ride-ons, fixed play equipment – a slide, tower to climb and wobbly bridge. A bike track, places to hide and plenty of water and sand!


Our Team


Our staff team is experienced and well qualified and provide children with a supportive and caring environment for play. Children are individually cared for with a keyworker system, supporting their development through a mixture of structured and free play activities.


The Nursery and Pre-school is registered with OFSTED to provide sessional care for children from birth to school age. All staff are qualified to Level 3 in Early Years and / or Playwork, with the Lead worker holding a Early Years Foundation degree and hold current Paediatric First Aid certificates as well as Basic Food Hygiene certificates. At the last OFSTED inspection we received a Good rating and the Inspector made many favourable comments about the quality of the setting. With Good gradings across safeguarding and keeping children safe, demonstrating our commitment to the children’s welfare.


The Hut Treasures Every Child


We treasure every child who comes through the door and we endeavour to make every parent and carer feel special too. We have learnt that having local staff from the local community greatly enhances the quality of the service which in turn values the local community and gives a clear message about valuing staff and volunteers.


We understand that the demand for an alternative to childcare is what is needed; parents do not necessarily work, they just want a break and quality time for themselves whilst acknowledging that their child benefits from playing alongside or with other children.


Supporting and Working with Parents



We have learnt since providing the service that there are many varied reasons why parents and carers use this service; for all of them the quality of the care and interaction their children have with the staff is of paramount importance.


Parents and carers are respected and valued no matter what their background, everybody is made to feel welcome and for many parents, having the nursery and Pre-school has helped them normalise and stabilise life where everything else has been chaotic around them.


Parents who tear their hair out with exasperation at their seemingly inability to control their child are supported; staff encourage use of different strategies for behaviour management. Parents who are incredibly anxious at leaving their child are supported to do so gradually in their own time; some go on to get involved voluntarily with children.

Where parents request support, advice and help is given in a non-judgemental way. Where staff feel parents would benefit from knowing others are going through the same thing, this is shared confidentially.



How to find us....

Staff of Pre-school Pre-school Team

The Hut Pre-school and Playscheme had their Ofsted Inspection October 2022 and we are very pleased to share that we were graded a Good setting again! A fantastic outcome and a massive well done to all the team.

Overall, OFSTED graded the Nursery

& Pre-school as Good, October 2022


Opening times and pricing


The Hut is open 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday term time only.

The day is split into 2 sessions:
9am – 12pm and 12pm – 3pm*


*Where children are with us for the afternoon session, parents and carers need to provide a healthy packed lunch.



As of September 2023 our charges are:


Government funded session additional weekly charges:

Up to 15 hours a week   £10.00

15-30 hours a week       £19.00


Additional and non-funded charges:

Per session (am/pm)    £19.00

All day (9am-3pm)        £38.00


Help with Childcare costs is available to you -

2,3 and 4 year old funding (more information here) is available for eligible families.


The Hut are registered with the Government Tax Free Childcare Scheme, for every £8 you pay into your online childcare account the government pay £2, More info here


Contact Jo at The Hut for details and availability on (01225) 571511. 


How to book a place


Children must be registered by the parent or carer who can request sessions they would like by completing the table on the registration form.

We operate a waiting list to ensure that everyone who wishes to use the Pre-school has the chance to do so. Children can also be referred to the Pre-school from Social Services and other agencies.

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