Welcome to Bright Sparks Day Nursery in Thurston, Bury St Edmunds. We are located just 3 miles from the centre of Bury St Edmunds and offer fantastic opportunities for children to play, learn and grow within our 42-place rural setting.


Our village nursery has been running for over three decades and was re-registered under the current ownership in June 2017. The nursery is managed and family owned by qualified primary school teacher Craig Smith who has worked in child care and Early Year’s education for the past 15 years.

At Bright Sparks Day Nursery we provide an atmosphere of happiness and security – a place where each child makes a contribution and feels valued. Our ethos is based on the belief that children are foremost their own educators – natural learners with ability, curiosity and imagination.  We nurture their learning by providing the opportunities and tools to enable each child to be happy, secure and independent and take full ownership of their learning.


The nursery operates from three rooms and associated facilities with access to a wonderful outdoor learning environment complete with outdoor classroom. The nursery is open each weekday from 7.00am to 6.00pm for 51 weeks of the year, and we welcome babies and children from the ages of 3 months to 5 years old.

Featured Classes

Baby Room

Our baby room is a wonderful sensorial experience full of textures, light and creativity where our babies are encouraged to be freely creative and are provided with a vast range of quality materials and resources to stimulate and inspire their young developing minds. 

Toddler Room

When your toddler joins us at a Bright Sparks, they will have the opportunity to thrive in an environment which encourages their creativity, independence, confidence, determination and joy of exploring!

Pre-school Room

One of our principal aims for Preschool children is to ensure they receive high quality care and early education. We deliver this in child centred preschool rooms in accordance with the principles from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). By advocating this approach to learning we are enhancing their preparation for the world of ‘big school’.



We’ve been given the thumbs-up from Ofsted, the education standards body

Rachael H on daynurseries.co.uk

We were new to the area and needed to feel secure and confident with our nursery choice promptly… there was no need to visit any other nurseries. All the staff are warm and have time for you, there is a well built and well maintained outside area which our baby loves… every morning she is pleased to go to nursery and we love receiving her works of art to take home regularly.


Alena K on daynurseries.co.uk

She has loved it since the first day and enjoys every day. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I can read every evening what they have been up to and I love email updates with photos. I would highly recommend it.


Donna C on daynurseries.co.uk

The rooms are separated into areas for eating, play and sleeping and are warm and inviting as well as being clean!

… the garden area is brilliant and they spend as much time as possible outside exploring.

… the care my son has received from the Room Leader and the staff is fantastic and it’s great that the owner is always approachable and helpful.


Hayley P on Google

My daughter attends… and loves it. The staff are great and always put her at ease.


Our staff are by far the most important resource in our nursery and we are aware of the impact they have on shaping and influencing a child’s progression. We always work to ensure our staff are as happy as they can be and that they enjoy their day as much as the children in our care do. We understand how important it is to children and parents to have strong and trusting relationships with consistent carers.
The whole team have access to ongoing internal and external training to ensure they are constantly updating their knowledge of the best childcare practices.

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Planning and Observations

All children who attend our nursery have one Key Person who is primarily responsible for supporting their key children during their time at nursery, in particular key carers support their key children through the settling in process, form an initial attachment and monitor their learning and development through the completion of a learning journey. Staff work as a close team to observe children’s learning, achievements and interests and use these to plan for further learning opportunities.   
To ensure opportunities are being offered in all areas of learning, our staff also complete a medium term plan highlighting areas of learning which need to be further planned for and considered. Children’s long term needs are met through recording and assessing on their individual Learning Journeys.

Family Involvement

The contribution a family can make towards their child’s development whilst they are at nursery is always greatly welcomed and fundamental in ensuring we work in partnership with parents to meet the needs of the children within our care. We very much see ourselves as an extended part of the child’s family and encourage parents to get as involved as possible.

We believe parents are children’s foremost educators and we aim to support you within this role. Your knowledge of your child’s interests and unique character is essential for us to provide your child with the best possible experience at nursery. During the induction process you are given the opportunity to submit information to your child’s key person about them as an individual including what they are involved in or enjoy outside of nursery. Our partnership with you allows a two way working relationship, we are able to extend on your child’s experiences and learning from outside of the setting and we equally encourage and support you in extending on learning opportunities which have ignited within nursery.  

We look forward to welcoming you into our nursery community to experience how we provide the highest standards of care and education!