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Bonnie Bear Day Care

Bonnie Bear Day Care is a fantastic new nursery which offers bright, highly stimulating learning environments in which each and every child can flourish and grow. Each area of the nursery has been carefully planned to offer the highest standards of care and learning for your child. We have sourced the finest early years resources available to develop a natural curiosity and love for learning in all our children. Resources have been carefully selected to ensure that each room offers different and exciting possibilities, with each resource being carefully matched to your child’s age and stage of development, we also have a fantastic sensory room which is readily available for our children to use on a daily basis. 

We offer 15 hours free childcare for eligible two year olds.

We also offer the Universal 15 hours free childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds, and extended 30 hours entitlement for eligible 3 and 4 year olds on a term time or stretched offer basis. 

In addition, working parents could also be eligible for 20% off towards your fees via the tax free childcare scheme.

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Bonnie Bear Day Care is a family run nursery set up in 2020; the business was set up in loving memory of the owners (Hayley & Charlie) daughter Bonnie Murtagh who they sadly lost in February 2020.

Hayley and Charlie set out looking for a nursery and for something new and exciting to focus on following the loss of Bonnie and was lucky enough to find the amazing building which was once the well-known pub “The Plough” on Rice Lane, Liverpool they then took on the challenge to convert the pub into a nursery.

Hayley and Charlie have created a modern, yet home from home environment for all children aged from 12 weeks to 5 Years old.

In May 2020, Hayley and Charlie fell pregnant with their second child.

Alongside starting Bonnie Bear Day Care Hayley worked at The University of Liverpool within the Clinical Directorate and during her second pregnancy & maternity leave was able to set up the business and open the nursery, alongside The Bonnie Bear Day Care manager, Hayley has since left the university to focus Soley on the nursery and gaining a foundation degree in early years leadership.

Charlie is a self-employed electrician who took it upon himself to renovate the nursery with a team of well skilled tradesmen to help create a highly stimulating home from home yet modern environment, he is on hand for the day-to-day maintenance of the building and helping in making the great ideas our team have become reality. 


Who to contact

Contact Name
Sarah Fairclough / Hayley Sheppard / Hayley Murtagh
Contact Position
Nursery Manager / Nursery Deputy / Nursery Owner

Bonnie Bear Day Care Website

Book you show around at a day suitable for yourself on our website. 

Where to go

Bonnie Bear Day Care LTD
172, Rice Lane
L9 1DG

We have a huge private car park to the rear of the building which is also the nursery entrance. 

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
50 per Day
30.00 per Session
28.00 per Session (pm)
We also offer a 7.30 am start time for a small charge however these spaces are limited Cost above includes nappies and wipes and all other consumables Funded places will be charged £5 a day for full day consumables and £3 half day
Offering Tax Free Childcare.


Other notes

How does the setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs? 

When you join our setting a full induction will be completed, we will ask you about what your child knows, enjoys and what they are able to do already. Our team is highly trained and experienced in Early Years Foundation Stage education. We observe the children closely monitoring their interest, skills abilities using the Early Years Outcomes to keep a record that highlights if the children are developing typically for their age. We will work closely with parents at all times to track your child’s progress and ensure that your child is reaching appropriate developmental milestones. 

Children at our setting receive a progress check at 2 years of age. Your child’s Key Person will undertake an assessment of your child taking into account the three prime areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), they include: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language & Physical Development.

Staff members will liaise daily with children's parents/carers to share crucial information about progress made as well as identify any potential developmental delay concerns.

If there are concerns about a child’s progress, or if a child needs additional support, this will be identified early with necessary actions undertaken by appropriate members of staff.

For some children, our SENco will use an Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT) to identify support required and to establish which individuals or agencies need to be involved. 

We are well placed to be able to support your child and be able to signpost you to other agencies should this be needed. 

 How will the staff in the setting support my child? 

All staff work in partnership with the Nursery Manager and Deputy Nursery Manager/SENCO to ensure the needs of children are identified early. High quality teaching and learning coupled with good provision both indoors and outdoors ensures that all children's individual needs are met.

 We plan for children's next steps through identifying individual interests and progress made. Our SENco has received training to develop play plans for children who may need additional support. Play plans are shared and discussed with the child’s parent/carer, which ensures that there is a clear understanding of the agreed targets between home and nursery. 

 How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs?

A key focus on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) prime areas ensures a strong foundation for future learning is established. Staff members are skilled in differentiating the curriculum to meet individual needs and this is embedded throughout the observation, planning and assessment cycle.

Our nursery provides an engaging and exciting curriculum in the 7 areas of learning for all children based on individual’s interest. Staff members will plan for the variety of needs in their room by providing resources that will achieve outcomes to consolidate and extend children’s learning.

We provide opportunities for children to engage in exploratory and spontaneous play. Our curriculum enables children to work both independently and collaboratively. All staff members are well trained to support children sensitively and use thoughtful dialogue to promote thinking and learning. 

 What specialist services and expertise can be accessed by the setting?

We are active members of the Liverpool consortia and work closely with the speech and language team, Educational psychologists and our Local Authority.

We endeavour to promote staff development, with staff receiving training in the following: 

  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Building Blocks for Communication
  • Visual Supports
  • ASD Awareness
  • Effective Conversation
  • Autism Awareness
  • Supporting young children’s Mark Making
  • Developing outstanding practice in Mathematical thinking and Creativity
  • Positive Environments
  • Communication & Language 

 How accessible is the setting  

All prospective parents/carers receive a ‘show around’ and information about what the setting provides for your child will be explained. Parents/Carers are able to discuss children’s individual needs. A welcome pack is given to parents, which provides more information about our setting. 

We are happy to discuss your child’s individual needs and to make reasonable adjustments should these be required. 

 How will the setting support my child in transferring to the next stage of education? 

We work closely with many schools in Liverpool and have established firm links with our local feeder primary school. Teachers are invited to visit the nursery and meet with a child’s key person to discuss a child’s learning and development. The nursery offers children and Families the opportunity for them to attend their new setting with their key worker from Bonnie Bear Day Care.

Staff members prepare children for school by providing school uniforms within role play and also introduce stories and games related to a school experience. 

How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved? 

Parents are encouraged to complete Interests at home with their child’s Key Person. 

We invite parents/carers to discuss their child’s progress regularly. 

We encourage parents/carers to share their skills with children, for example, one of our parents is an art teacher has come along and carried out an activity with the children. 

A suggestion box is provided in our reception area, along with a notice board providing information for parents/carers. 

Active parent involvement is encouraged at fundraising events. 

We provide bespoke support to parents to identify individual targets for Development and work closely with parents to support them in how to support their child’s development.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Special Needs

Special Needs
Experience with
Global Developmental Delay
Autistic Spectrum Disorder ASD
Emotional needs
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Loss or Bereavement
Medical Needs
Severe dietary needs
Challenging Behaviour
We 2 level 2 SENCOS as well as 1 Level 3 SENCO

Dietary Needs

Dietary Needs
Experience with
Nut Free Nursery We cater for Vegan Vegetarian Diary Intolerance Halal (Vegetarian option)

Cultural Provisions

Cultural Provisions
Experience with
We embed British values throughout our setting and celebrate all cultures with activities throughout the year, we provide resources including books and language recognition tools to help with any language barriers.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
We are currently renovating the upstairs to our setting and this will hopefully be opening in February 2022
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding
Offering Tax Free Childcare?

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 7.00 6.15
Tuesday 7.00 6.15
Wednesday 7.00 6.15
Thursday 7.00 6.15
Friday 7.00 6.15
Baby Facilities
Accessible Parking
Outdoor Playspace
Arts and Crafts
Parental Involvement
class rooms
Private Changing Area
Play Room
Dressing up
Private Nursery Garden
Quiet Area
Sensory Room
Extended Services school
Educational Activites
Sand and Water Play
Healthy Eating
Songs and Rhymes
Healthy eating55
Sleeping Area
Visit & Outings
Meeting Rooms
ICT Facilities
Open Space
Out-door Play
Wrap-Around Places
Messy Play

School Pickups

Offers School Pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
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