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The Old Potting Shed- YMCA Dulverton Group

Nestled at the foot of the Mendip Hills near Blagdon, Bristol on the beautiful grounds of Coombe Lodge The Old Potting Shed offers a unique and idyllic setting for children grow and learn.

Our facilities at the Old Potting Shed have been carefully designed to offer the best possible environment for your child; we offer all year round day care to children 0-2 Yrs Seedlings, 2-3 Yrs Saplings and 3-4 Yrs in our Pre School.

Our Early Years Dulverton Group Catering Team prepare fresh meals, using locally sourced ingredients, which are delivered to The Old Potting Shed daily.  The seasonal menu's run on a 3 week rota and provide well balanced, nutritional home cooked meals, for the children to explore new tastes and flavours as well as learn that meal times are a sociable and enjoyable experience. 


We offer both the 15 hours universal and 15 hours extended for 3 and 4 year olds and two year old funding which is currently offered as a stretched offer.

We have extensive outdoor space adjoining each of our buildings and the grounds of Coombe Lodge; we make the most of the outdoors, no matter the weather and place great emphasis on the benefits of outdoor learning. 

In addition to the scenic grounds we have an indoor Soft play area which has been a fantastic addition to the setting and has proved a popular space for children of all ages!

Our aim to provide childcare where all children feel safe, valued and nurtured and our families are included. We work with a child-centred approach inspired by in the moment planning and ensure that our care is tailored to meet the needs of each individual.

We recognise the importance of social education and through a key person system, we are able to build strong and lasting relationships with our families and children and ensure that every child is given the opportunity to learn, play and grow in a safe and happy setting.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lisa Marchent
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
The Old Potting Shed website

Where to go

The Old Potting Shed Nursery
Coombe Lodge
Bath Road
BS40 7RE

The Old Potting Shed Nursery is set over two sites within the grounds of Coombe Lodge. 

Seedlings, 0-2's are situated in a beautifullly converted stable building, whilst Saplings 2-3's and pre school 3'5's are loacted within the private walled garden inside the old Potting Shed. 

The main Nurery Office is located within the stable building. 


Time / Date Details

Session Information
We now offer and Early session 7:30-8:00 (this is charged at an additional rate)

Other details

Related Links
Ofsted Report

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
We currently have vacancies across the various age groups, please contact Lisa Marchent for more details.

Funded Places

Registered to receive Funded Places (15 Hours)
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Are you intending to provide 30 Hours?

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:00 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 18:00
Thursday 08:00 18:00
Friday 08:00 18:00
Other Availability
The Old Potting Shed Nursery is open 8-6 , however, half day sessions are also available from 8-1 or 1-6.

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
26/01/2012Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
22/10/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
14/04/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
24/04/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years
SEN Provision Type
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