Childcare Centres

Bridgwater & Taunton College have Childcare Centres located at both its Bridgwater and Taunton Centres.

Bridgwater Childcare Centre

The Centre has many elements of 'outstanding practice', as stated by Ofsted, and has places for all children in the community aged four months to five years. There is also a Holiday Play Scheme for children up to 8 years old.

The standard of care is high, and staff are fully qualified. The children’s routines are set around their individual needs and placement hours are very flexible. Healthy meals* and snacks are provided throughout the day, with varied menus throughout the week.

The Centre has purpose built accommodation, with an extensive secure outdoor area boasting an ‘inspirational garden', where children can explore both indoor and outdoor learning. The concept of ‘freeflow play’ is encouraged, and children can move around the activities in the Centre, as well as having open access to the garden.

For more information or to take a tour of the Centre, please telephone 01278 441270 or email

*Small additional cost for meals.

Taunton Centre Mama Bear's Day Nursery

College staff, students and the wider community benefit from first class childcare on campus, run by Mama Bear’s Day Nursery in a purpose-built setting.

Mama Bear’s, which is OFSTED registered and rated as ‘Outstanding’, provides 53 places for children under five years old, in a safe and happy environment. This includes free funded hours for all three and four year olds, as well as qualifying two year olds, providing either 15 hours per week during term time or 12 hours per week all year round.

Mama Bear’s is the bridge between home and school, providing a safe, friendly environment where enjoyment and fun are linked with discovery and learning. It benefits from light, airy rooms, an inviting and secure outdoor area, excellent equipment and onsite kitchen.

The Nursery is run by experienced Manager Kerry Sturmey, who successfully ran the previous nursery on the College site for six years. Staff are friendly and caring, fully qualified and checked as required by OFSTED and DBS.

Opening Times

7.30am – 7pm all year round excluding Bank Holidays and the Christmas period.

There are morning and afternoon sessions from 7.30am to 12.30pm and 12.30pm to 6pm, plus extended evening hours up to 7pm.


The minimum number of sessions is two a week (morning or afternoon). For more information please contact Mama Bear’s Day Nursery on 01823 276 261 or email