Yew Trees Nursery was established in 1994, owned by YMCA Somerset Coast the Nursery is surrounded by fields and open countryside located on a large site in a rural part of Somerset with excellent road and motorway access and plenty of off road parking. Most children who attend come from within a twenty-mile radius. Heidi and Kelly, along with their qualified staff create a happy, safe and informative environment for the children in their care. The Nursery opens from 7am until 6pm all year (closing one week at Christmas) and children from 3 months to 13 years are welcome. During their hours of attendance they will be offered the chance to have nutritionally balanced meals.

During school term time Yew Trees provide a Before and After School service for children who can come into the setting from 7am onwards. We offer them a healthy breakfast and then they are transported to school. Afterschool children are collected and brought back to Yew Trees where they have access to a range of planned and self-chosen activities. The children are offered tea or a light snack.

During the school holidays Yew Trees offer an out-of-school Holiday Club where children enjoy a huge variety of different activities, both planned and spontaneous, adult and child-led as well as many opportunities to travel further afield to visit places of interest.

The purpose-built nursery has the benefit of large outdoor play areas thus encouraging physical development. Children have the opportunity to learn outdoors and are involved in gardening activities such as growing and cultivating plants and vegetables, the nursery has its own vegetable patch and poly-tunnel and the produce is used for cooking activities and snack time. Children also are able to help with the day-to-day care of the nursery animals which at present are chickens, ducks, guineapigs and fish. They especially enjoy finding and collecting the chicken and duck eggs.

Yew Trees Nursery believes that development in early years is much more than teaching colours, shapes, numbers and letters. It is about developing strong, curious, confident and unique children. It is about extending their joy, fascination and wonder of the world around them, about developing concentration, commitment and deep involvement. It is about exploring real and imaginary worlds and forming positive relationships. Children who acquire a sense of mastery, a willingness to ‘have a go’ and to learn from mistakes have a head start in learning.

Heidi Brook

Heidi Brook


I joined Yew Trees in May 2000 as a Nursery Assistant working in all the different departments. Having experienced working with the different age groups I relished the vital role that Early Years Providers play in supporting and nurturing young children and decided to go back to college and gain a qualification in Childcare. I completed an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education and progressed onto a Level 4 and Foundation Degree with the Open University. My role within the Nursery has progressed with my experience, having been a Key Worker, Preschool leader, Deputy Manager, I am now enjoying my new role of nursery manager.

I am very focused on supporting and leading the team of excellent staff and I really enjoy meeting and getting to know the children and families that we care for. I have a strong belief that a child’s early experiences shape the way they learn and provide a foundation for their future so I am constantly looking at ways in which to improve our provision and bring new and exciting ideas into the setting that will enhance the children’s learning and development.

I am also the Safeguarding Lead and Special Educational and Additional Needs Coordinator for the setting.

I live with my husband and grown up son and in my spare time I enjoy concerts and live music, visiting places of interest, spending time in my garden and countryside walks. I am keen to move abroad in the future so enjoy exploring the Mediterranean on my holidays. I have just taken up my childhood love of horse riding which I really enjoy and hope to continue on a regular basis.

Kelly Bowden

Kelly Bowden

Assistant Manager

Having worked at Yew Trees for the past 16 years I became deputy manager in February 2018.

I have previously worked in the preschool room as a keyworker and in most recent years as a forest school leader and also ran and organised the holiday club.

I am very passionate about outdoor learning and providing children with opportunities which they may not experience at home.

I live with my husband and 8 year old daughter. In my spare time I enjoy walking baking and spending time with family and friends.

Bronwen Payne

Bronwen Payne

Office / Accounts

I have worked for Yew Trees Nursery in the office since June 1998. My responsibilities include the office paperwork, Nursery Accounts, payroll and any other administration duties.
I work Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.00am to 3.00pm and can be found in the office attached to my computer and a cup of coffee!
Over the years my children have attended Yew Trees Nursery when I have been working and in fact one of them liked it so much she is now back again and working to complete an Apprenticeship in Childcare.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My youngest daughter and I have found out that we love volunteering at the local RSPCA walking the dogs at the weekends.