Mendip House - Award winning childcare

About us

We’re family-run

Mendip House is a family-run business, established in 2002 by the Wise family. Christine and John are both qualified and experienced teachers. Their daughter, Anna Latham, is a qualified and experienced Early Years Practitioner, who after working previously as a nanny and then manager of Ikea Creche, is now Head of Nursery, with Christine and John currently supporting her in the role of consultants.

Mendip House Nursery and Pre-School is situated in the South Ward of Weston-Super-Mare, just off Devonshire Road. It is ideally located close to the hospital, local schools and the main roads into Weston.

We focus on offering quality provision in an intimate and caring environment

Our nursery has been divided into two areas. The Sunshine Room, is located on the first floor is for up to 12 children aged between six weeks to two years. The large ground floor space caters for up to thirty children aged two to five years. Running a relatively small setting enables us to focus on offering quality provision in an intimate and caring environment. 

Community-focused

We pride ourselves on the relationship we have developed with our local community and occasionally receive visits from the Police, Fire Brigade and the National Lifeboat Institution. When our child/adult ratio allows, we also endeavour to take children on visits and outings into the community, the park and beach being favourites – depending on the weather of course!

Our staff have been trained in the Early Years Foundation Stage and our Learning Diaries have been developed to enhance this initiative. We take every opportunity for babies and toddlers to have contact with older children and to take part in general nursery activities.All of the children eat together and when appropriate toddlers will share outdoor activities. e.g. to Clarence Park.

We don’t use tech

Mendip House children are encouraged to be enquiring individuals who are inquisitive and curious. Hence they are involved in their own learning and thought processes. We do not have a television nor a computer within our setting as we believe most children have access to these but we want to provide opportunities for all our children to explore and think for themselves and thus learn through their own experiences.

Community-focused

We pride ourselves on the relationship we have developed with our local community and occasionally receive visits from the Police, Fire Brigade and the National Lifeboat Institution. When our child/adult ratio allows, we also endeavour to take children on visits and outings into the community, the park and beach being favourites – depending on the weather of course!

Our staff have been trained in the Early Years Foundation Stage and our Learning Diaries have been developed to enhance this initiative. We take every opportunity for babies and toddlers to have contact with older children and to take part in general nursery activities.All of the children eat together and when appropriate toddlers will share outdoor activities. e.g. to Clarence Park.

We don’t use tech

Mendip House children are encouraged to be enquiring individuals who are inquisitive and curious. Hence they are involved in their own learning and thought processes. We do not have a television nor a computer within our setting as we believe most children have access to these but we want to provide opportunities for all our children to explore and think for themselves and thus learn through their own experiences.

“Can’t fault it, all staff have been so helpful and genuinely seem to really enjoy working with and helping the children. A lovely environment that nurtures and encourages.”

Our building

Our unique building has an interesting history. It started out as an Edwardian shirt-making factory. It has been sympathetically and lovingly altered into a delightful and individual setting for all children aged six weeks to five-years-old. It is set well-back from the road, not overlooked, making it very safe.

Our Team

We are proud that we have a relatively low staff turnover compared with the National Average. We have a rigorous selection process, all our staff are qualified and experienced and there is an ongoing training programme. All are expected to be dedicated to the interests, development and care of our children.