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 😋


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 🎅🏻⛄️🎄


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.


It’s biscuit day!
All the children have been icing and decorating biscuits with various toppings.


For ALL children that bring £1 in tomorrow Thursday 11th November 2021 - Remembrance Day - you will be able to choose an item from the Poppy box.

Let’s see how much we can raise.


It’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 you’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......
It’s a Bank Holiday on Monday 3rd May 2021.
See you all on Tuesday 4th May 2021.


Today we’ve had 2 special visitors come to the preschool.

The children have all had ‘high fives’ 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.


It’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.


We’re having trouble reading Facebook messages...please use the Preschool’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 £ 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.


🎅🏻🤶🏻🎄⛄️ A reminder 🎅🏻🤶🏻🎄⛄️

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.

Don’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.


🎅🏻🤶🏻⛄️🎄. For Party Day 🎅🏻🤶🏻⛄️🎄
(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 🍪⛄️😋

Pictures will be taken and put in your child’s learning journal.

All ingredients have been adjusted or replaced for all children’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.

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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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