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Providing inspiring childcare
for children from birth to 11 years






We are skilled and trusted providers of Early Years care and education based throughout the UK, from Aberdeen to Shropshire.

We believe that play and playfulness provide the very best foundations for early development and we encourage natural curiosity to drive child-led learning.

We mould our services to fit the needs of our families; from offering flexible sessions for shift workers to Out of School Care clubs for school-aged children. We would love to meet with you to discuss your individual childcare needs.

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We'd love to show you around and introduce you to our team of skilled Early Years Practitioners.

Please contact us to book a personal tour of your local nursery.


4th March 2021

Smarties Nursery – Welcome To The Family

One of Cheshire’s leading children’s nurseries, Smarties, has become part of our family. Founded on the outskirts of Chester 32 years ago by qualified teacher Annie […]
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Dear families,

We are pleased to share with you our exciting plans for the future of our nurseries. Bertram Nursery Group has provided a trusted, caring and quality service to thousands of families over two decades.  That isn’t changing, but we want to grow and develop our services, facilities and, most of all, our teams who make our nurseries and kindergartens such inspiring places for children.

That’s why we’re changing our name to Thrive Childcare and Education, because that’s at the heart of what we’re about – helping our children, staff and communities to thrive.

While changing our company name and the names of some of our nurseries is the next step of our development journey, we’ll still have the same dedicated teams caring for your children.

The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced our belief that we need to adapt and invest in a constantly changing world to continue providing the service that parents and children need, tailored to the communities we support across Scotland and North West England.

Since our foundation, we have acquired some fantastic groups of nurseries and many high-quality independent nurseries. Now we are uniting them under four Thrive groupings:

  • Happitots nurseries will extend beyond Glasgow and South Lanarkshire to provide a network of affordable, flexible nurseries across Scotland.
  • Holyrood nurseries will extend more widely across our network of affordable nurseries in North West England, recognising parents’ and community needs.
  • Corner House nurseries will now extend from Edinburgh to operate more widely across Scotland, providing an extensive range of exciting, extracurricular activities and large outdoor areas.
  • Nature Kindergartens, our new sub-group, will reflect our vision to develop children’s outdoor learning. We plan to expand our Nature Kindergartens network in Scotland and England because we believe children’s learning is greatly enhanced in natural spaces.


Click here to visit Thrive Childcare and Education Website