The Bears Den

A small preschool located on Venning Barracks

01952 672506 The Bears Den Pre School has been established for 30 years, although not always known by this name.

Having always been owned and managed by the army until now, the Pre School was bought by the 2 existing managers, Mrs Anne Nesbitt and Mrs Helen Mold in September 2008. Both ladies have been with the Pre School for many years. We are a small 40 place nursery based in Venning Barracks, Donnington, Telford. Entrance to the Pre-School is through the main gate which is manned by army personnel at all

Operating as usual


Information for our parents.


Today the children have taken part in decorating cakes with different coloured icing and various sprinkles....before eating ๐Ÿ˜‹


The preschool will be closed tomorrow Friday 21st January 2022.


To all our Parents, please be aware that you only have until Saturday 15th January 2022 to register you child for Primary School to start September 2022.


We return to preschool on
Tuesday 4th January 2022.
See you all soon ###


Another reminder of all our Christmas activities for this week and next week.

Photos from The Bears Den's post 08/12/2021

A few photos from our 2 day Christmas Festive Walk. The children found all the characters, sang songs and jingled bells - they even got to see Santa!

Thank you so much for all your support with this event. The money raised will really help our little pre-school.


Round 2...and they are off


And they are off ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿปโ›„๏ธ๐ŸŽ„


Please remember.....

Today and tomorrow is our Christmas Festive Walk so this is a little reminder for our little ones to wear appropriate footwear and winter clothing.

Thank you so much.


Remembrance Day 2021

This week the children have learned about Remembrance Day and made Poppies.
We walked down to the Silent Soldier to place the Poppies at his feet.


Itโ€™s biscuit day!
All the children have been icing and decorating biscuits with various toppings.


For ALL children that bring ยฃ1 in tomorrow Thursday 11th November 2021 - Remembrance Day - you will be able to choose an item from the Poppy box.

Letโ€™s see how much we can raise.


Itโ€™s toast day !
The children have been offered toast today with a variety of toppings


We still have spaces!

So please call, email or Facebook message for details.


For all Parents ...... please speak to Mrs Nesbitt to book a time if youโ€™d like a sibling or family photo.
Thank you.


Parents.....please read.

Thank you.


Important reminder !


All the children have enjoyed toast and a topping of their choice today.


Please remember......
Itโ€™s a Bank Holiday on Monday 3rd May 2021.
See you all on Tuesday 4th May 2021.


Today weโ€™ve had 2 special visitors come to the preschool.

The children have all had โ€˜high fivesโ€™ and photos taken with Marshall from Paw Patrol and Olaf from Frozen.

All the children had a fantastic time!

The photos will be available after the Easter holidays.

All COVID guidelines were followed.

Happy Easter and enjoy your holidays...see you back on Monday 19th April 2021.


Update for Easter Holidays.


Please use the preschool emergency phone number today, if you need to phone in. As our phone lines are down again this morning.

Thank you.


Our phone lines are down at the moment, so if you need to contact us please use the preschool mobile.

Thank you.


Itโ€™s Red Nose Day !!

This Friday 19th March 2021 and we have lots of Red Noses ready for some noses.

Please support, if you can.

Thank you.


Good morning

Just to say that on Thursday 4th March is World Book Day.

All children can dress up for the day in their favourite book character.


Chinese New Year Celebrations

All the children have tasted and tried noodles, rice and prawn crackers within preschool today, as part of our Chinese New Year week.


Weโ€™re having trouble reading Facebook messages...please use the Preschoolโ€™s mobile number for messages or the Preschools landline during school hours.

Thank you so much.


Just to inform all our parents that Preschool will be open, as normal from tomorrow Tuesday 5th of January 2021.

We will remain open until we are notified from Telford & Wrekin or the Government, that Early Years settings are required to close.

We are always available via the Preschool email or mobile phone, and the landline number during preschool hours.

Thank you and take care.


A big, huge, massive THANK YOU!!

To ALL the parents, family and friends for talking part in our Festive Christmas Walk.

Together we raised a whopping ยฃ 700.

This amazing amount will go towards replacing our technical area, with a computer and iPad, for your children to use.

We are overwhelmed by your generosity particularly with this horrendous year of uncertainty.

Thank you all so very much.

Anne and all the staff.


In the Afternoon.....
on Tuesday 15th December, the children who stay in the afternoon will be making & decorating a Stick Man, before eating him - to stay with the theme of the Stick Man that they have been enjoying.

For children with allergies, that we know of have we have made adjustments.

Thank you.


๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ„โ›„๏ธ A reminder ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ„โ›„๏ธ

Could ALL parents please pay for your child to attend Party Day (Tuesday 15th December).

As per our newsletter we have an fun filled and exciting day organised.

Donโ€™t forget you can pay online or in cash.

Thank you.


A polite reminder.......

Can I ask that all parents to pay all outstanding bills by :
Wednesday 16th December.

Thank you.


๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿปโ›„๏ธ๐ŸŽ„. For Party Day ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿปโ›„๏ธ๐ŸŽ„
(Tuesday 15th December )

Can parents please make the first pick up for 12.30pm......not 12pm. To ensure your child/children have time to enjoy the festive celebrations.

It will be normal pick up for the 1pm or 3pm children.

Also, please remember that lunch will be provided on this day (so no lunch boxes please).

Thank you.


Thursday 10th December 2020

Today all children will be decorating a biscuit, using ingredients to make a snowman... before eating it ๐Ÿชโ›„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‹

Pictures will be taken and put in your childโ€™s learning journal.

All ingredients have been adjusted or replaced for all childrenโ€™s allergies, that we have been made aware of.

Kind regards x


*** Afternoon Only ***
Wednesday 9th December 2020

The children that attend in the afternoon will be mixing and making festive Christmas Crispy Cakes.

We have made special consideration for children with food allergies that we have been already been made aware of.


Polite Reminder

Please can ALL parents follow the Depot regulations and have ID with them at all times.

The Depot are now strict with this regulation and without ID you will be refused entry.

Thank you.


Just to inform you that:

Our Friday afternoon children will be decorating rich tea biscuits, with icing sugar and chocolate buttons - to look like paw prints, to follow the Gruffalo theme.

All allergy information, given to the preschool will be followed.

Kind regards



Can we ask all parents to return their photograph orders as soon as possible in order for them to be returned to us before Christmas.
Thank you.

Photos from The Bears Den's post 23/10/2020

Good morning,
Just to let you know that we have a box full of poppies, zip pulls 50p, reflectors 50p, wristbands ยฃ1 and snap bands ยฃ1.50 in preschool today.

Please if you would like any item, to support a very worthy cause, then please could you list what you would like and put the correct money in a sealed envelope.

Thank you in supporting the preschool, which supports The Royal British Legion.

Photos from The Bears Den's post 28/09/2020

The Book Man has arrived with a selection of books & activities.
Due to our changed routine, we are asking that you send your order and money in an envelope marked clearly with your name.
Orders need to be in preschool by :

Thursday 1st October 2020.

Thank you.

Kind regards
Anne & staff.


Just a reminder....

We are CLOSED Friday 18th September 2020.

Due to the preschool having no electricity or phone lines.

Back open on
Monday 21st September 2020.

Thank you.



We are back to preschool!!

As from Wednesday 2nd September 2020. (9am - 3pm).

As some of you may be aware, due to the current situation a few stipulations are now in place:

Please enter preschool via the AWS building and exit down the path to the main car park.

No parent may enter the preschool.

Your child will have their temperature taken upon arrival. If it's high, they will not enter the preschool.

We will be encouraging social distancing within the preschool, as much as possible. The whole preschool is our 'bubble'.

Lunchbox, everything (food/drink) must fit inside your child's lunchbox. No separate water bottles please.

Belongings: please keep to a minimum (1 bag) and leave within the preschool on a weekly basis. Nappies: must be a sealed pack, with your child's name on.

Newsletters will be given to you all, by end of day on Wednesday.

We are all looking forward to seeing you this week.

Kind regards
Anne & Lorna.


Polite message to all our Parents & Carers

Due to there only being 3 weeks left of term, the preschool is now full, Monday to Friday.

The few staff and child ratio is at its limit. To enable our staff to follow the current guidelines we are unable to except any more children, to attend this term.

Please can I ask you not to telephone the preschool, to enable the staff to give all their attention to those that chose to return on 10th June 2020.

Can I encourage you to email any requests or questions that you may have for the September term. The email address is: [email protected].

Thank you & kind regards, Anne.


Latest update:

As our premises are on a working depot, we are at the moment, waiting for confirmation that we are able to open the preschool for June.
I will be in touch again shortly.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Counting Matching Puzzle 19/05/2020

Counting Matching Puzzle

Good afternoon, please find some useful links, that some of our parents thought would be helpful, during lockdown, after speaking with your child's key worker this week and last.

Jolly phonics phase 1

For parents to understand what phonics are and the actions needed

A video for parents to look at for some ideas to help fine motor skills at home.

Dough Gym for the children to do with play dough helping motor skills.

Good YouTube channels for PE and exercise is
* Cosmic kids yoga
* Sticky Kids

Pencil control worksheets:

Matching numbers 1-5

0-10 number formation


Also for more information and inspiration you can join Twinkl and search Early Years there is so much on there.

Counting Matching Puzzle Help your kids practise counting and matching numbers with this Counting Matching Puzzle.This puzzle contains forty individual cards. Half of them have the numbers 1 to 20 written on them, while the other half have a number of cute item drawings (one dinosaur, two cats, three icy poles/ice lollies,....


Good morning Parents/Carers,

I'm sure most of you have been keeping up, with the current situation (we are too) and the announcement that schools, preschools & nurseries are to be opening in June.

I would like to know how many parents/carers will be sending their children to preschool?

I would need to know numbers who's children will be returning (also confirmation that your child will not be returning) so I can arrange staffing, days attending, for the safety of your children and my staff.

Please note that it will not be a regular preschool day, as we are following the Dfe and Government guidelines.

If you could let me know as soon as possible, so once I know the children attending, I can update you further.

Thank you and I will be in contact again.

Kind regards,


Happy Easter
Hope you all have a great day.



Unfortunately due to staff illness and them having to self isolate, we are now closed for the foreseeable future.

We apologise for the very sort notice.

Please keep up to date with our page, as and when circumstances may change.

Please look after each other, follow the governments guidelines and stay safe.

Kind regards,
Mrs Anne Nesbitt.




Venning Barracks Donnington

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 3:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 3:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 3:30pm

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