• Welcome to Bright Beginnings

    An Award-Winning Childcare Centre

  • Childcare and Education

    We are committed in delivering quality early education

  • Quality Provision

    Bright Beginnings is a member of The Leeds Nursery Network

  • Playscheme

    Bright Beginnings has a 32 place Playscheme for children aged between 3 and 11 years

  • Facilities

    We have seven playrooms that accommodate children from 3 months up until the term before your child’s fifth birthday

  • Outstanding

    Bright Beginnings has been judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in all areas!

Welcome to Bright Beginnings

Welcome to Bright Beginnings, the award-winning childcare centre. We provide high quality childcare to students and staff members at the University of Leeds.

Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre is registered with Ofsted Early Years, who have awarded us an ‘Outstanding’ grade in all aspects. Click here to read our inspection report. We accommodate up to 168 children aged between 3 months and 5 years.

We operate a Playscheme during the school holidays which is registered for 32 children aged between 3 and 11 years.

We are located on Mount Preston Street on the University campus. There are various ways to get to us. The University Travel Guide can help you find us, however you wish to travel.


…we’re awed by all that we (Bright Beginnings working with us) have achieved in the last 2+ years. My son came to your care as a little toddler with special needs but he will be leaving as a confident, sociable and a very happy boy. He loves his nursery time, singing and cuddles. Bright Beginnings has demonstrated a rare and unique willingness to go the extra mile in getting needs met and we are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of Bright Beginnings, which is an excellent school setting. Thanks!

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The keyworkers are really great at guiding the kids and they’re also extremely professional – they do an amazing job and I just wanted you to know (from a parent’s point of view) just how good I think they are.  They’ve always been there for me when I’ve had questions to ask (including the reception staff and Herjinder), and I’m really grateful that they’ve looked after my daughter so well – I have always felt I was leaving her in a caring and safe place – and that’s a great achievement for a nursery to make a parent feel this way!

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The youngest children in the Centre, aged from 3 months to approximately 2 years old.

This area generally accommodates children who are aged between 2 to 3 years.

These rooms generally accommodate children aged between 3 to 4 who are preparing to move to school.

This area is for children of all ages to explore.

Discovery pod is used for extracurricular activities in term time and Playscheme out of term time.

Bright Beginnings has a 32 place Playscheme for children aged between 3 and 11 years.

Our Garden Space.

For children aged 3 and over, engaging in an outdoor adventure with their Forest Friends.

Bright Beginnings can provide crèche facilities for conferences and departments within the University.



Farewell #peakeoftheweek!

After four months, we're saying a fond farewell to #peakeoftheweek.

Meeting Honey Bees at the School of Earth and Environment

Today Millipedes kicked off the first of our three visits to the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds to meet a colony of honey bees! We were kindly invited by the School of Earth and Environment to first see…

Allotment Visit

Children from Ladybirds and Bumblebees made the most of the beautiful sunshine today, putting on hats and sun cream for a trip to the allotment!

Our Space Seeds Have Landed!

Bright Beginnings have received their rocket seeds which have travelled all the way from the International Space Station!

'Outstanding' Ofsted Result

The Bright Beginnings team is delighted to announce and publish the result and findings/report of our Ofsted inspection, held on 30th March 2016. We are pleased to inform all of our parents that we are now classed as… outstanding!   The…

Week 7: #peakeoftheweek

Today we enjoyed another rocket launch, this time courtesy of our Playscheme children but this time with a footpump and water!

Week 6: #peakeoftheweek

This week’s #peakeoftheweek coincided with British Science Week, so it was only fitting that we conducted a science experiment of our very own, making our own fizz inflators. We poured vinegar into an empty plastic bottle, then funnelled…

Space Seeds

Bright Beginnings is delighted to announce that we are one of up to 10,000 schools and childcare centres across the country that have been selected to take part in a national experiment launched by RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK…

NEW - Forest Frogs

Bright Beginnings are excited to announce we will soon be launching Forest Frogs! In recognition of the importance of outdoor learning, we have developed Forest Frogs. Our two Level 3 qualified Forest School Practitioners will take a…
rocket peake

Week 2: #peakeoftheweek

This week’s #peakeoftheweek was all about rockets! Grasshoppers have spent lots of time today making their very own rockets while our 3-4 year olds witnessed a very exciting rocket launch right here at the nursery.

Exciting Space Themed Activities at Bright Beginnings!

The outer space will be brought into the centre as Bright Beginnings will have fun space themed activities in the next few months. Be sure to use the hashtag #peakeoftheweek to spread the excitement of this activity! Inspired by the British…

We Have Launched Our New Website!

We are really excited to announce the launch of our brand new Bright Beginnings website, reflecting the wealth of facilities & expertise we have across all our childcare centre at the University of Leeds. The site is packed with new features,…



Centre Tour - Friday 16th September

Our four weekly centre tours offer prospective parents an opportunity to have an in-depth tour of the centre.

Family and Friends Week - Monday 26th September

A whole week celebrating the importance of family and friends, extended family and friends are welcome to drop into the individual play areas to stay and play with advance notice!

Family and Friends Week - Tuesday 27th September

Time: 8.15-10.30am A whole week celebrating the importance of family and friends, extended family and friends are welcome to drop into the individual play areas to stay and play with advance notice!