Opening new pre-school in Southville

Children at a new pre-school nursery in Southville have been showing off their modern facilities to their local MP.

Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, officially opened the new class for 3 and 4 year olds within Southville Primary School.

Southville pre-school

Karin Smyth MP cuts the ribbon, with children from the new pre-school. Also pictured, from left, Sandie Smith, Headteacher, Danielle Tuvey, Teaching Assistant & Sally Greenwood, Teacher

The pre-school has part time places for 60 children with provision delivered by a fully qualified teacher and early years practitioners.

Karin Smyth was given a tour by two Year 6 pupils of the new facility and the rest of the Merrywood site, which caters for the school’s younger children.

She said: “It’s always good to visit local schools and it was lovely to talk with the children at Southville and to have the honour of cutting the ribbon to open the new pre-school.”

Southville Primary head teacher Sandie Smith said: “We were thrilled to welcome Karin to our new pre-school where she met the children and staff. This facility really fulfills a need for the growing numbers of young families in this part of Bristol. However places are filling up and parents interested should get in touch.”

Mrs Smith added that a big advantage of the pre-school was having fully qualified teaching staff which enables the children to have fun but also become accustomed to school life.

The ‘Good’ rated Ofsted school wants to create a ‘caring and stimulating’ setting for children and for those who join reception, an easy transition from pre-school through their primary years. For more information, email