Welcome to our nursery! We are OFSTED graded as ‘ Outstanding’ and set in 2 beautiful grade 2 listed buildings barns and located on a secluded rural site formerly known as Hatch Warren Farm. We are located next to the Portsmouth Arms Pub.
There are 2 buildings on site, Eggesford House is for babies and toddlers under 2 years and McWilliam House is for children aged 2 – 5 years. Julie the Nursery Manager and Helen the Nursery Administrator are based in the office in the under 2’s building.
Both buildings are beautiful and retain many of their original features. The nursery has just had a full refurbishment to complement the outside of the barns and the setting. Our new concept is to provide a clutter free environment for everyone on site, thus promoting a calm environment focused on learning and development and enhanced personal social and emotional well being. The rooms are enhanced with objects to promote language according to the theme of the room. Under 2’s is themed as ‘The Seaside’ , 2-3’s is ‘Spring’ and Preschool is ‘Transport’.
Fresh air and exercise is a daily part of the children’s routine. We tell parents ‘there is no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothing!'. Wake and Shake, Shake and Write and Garden Detectives are all initiative that we promote in nursery. Wake and Shake is a dance and exercise routine that stimulates the child’s mind and body to prepare for learning. Shake and Write is an initiative that that we use in pre school to prepare the children physically for mark making and writing. ‘Garden Detectives’ support the children with Understanding of the world and look for nature in our environment.
We have a thriving Parent Partnership Group with parents who support the nursery with events, advice and support to new parents as well as promoting the nursery through marketing and fundraising for our nominated charity each year.
Our staff team is very committed to their role and have excellent relationships with their key children and all families alike. They are also highly skilled, highly qualified and established, and have been employed with us from between 3-12 years. Have a look at our staff team!
Call us for more information and a tour of the nursery or book via our website! We look forward to seeing you soon!
There are excellent systems in place to work in partnership with parents.
Children thoroughly enjoy their play and engage happily with their activities.
It is obvious that the staff at the nursery genuinely care for the children and this is their main priority.
My child feels very safe and secure in the nursery and this is entirely to the credit of her carers and hugely reassuring to us.
Exceptional childcare, very competent staff, we are extremely grateful for all the additional support we have been given as a family.
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Julie has over thirty years of childcare experience having two grown up sons of her own and working in a variety of different settings with the Armed Forces, the corporate sector, family owned nurseries and the Local Authority. She has also co ordinated the set up of 2 new build nurseries from their foundation to seeing them through their successful OFSTED inspections.
Julie loves managing the nursery, no two days are the same and she feels that some of the best aspects of the role is having the autonomy to run her part of the Busy Bees business, developing her team and working closely in partnership with the our families and the community.
She holds a NNEB qualification, NVQ 4 in Leadership and Management, A1 NVQ Assessor qualification and is currently consolidating all her skills and experience by undertaking the Level 3 Management Diploma.
Like most of the staff at nursery Julie holds qualifications in Paediatric First Aid, First Aid at Work, Health and Safety, Level 4 Safeguarding certificate and Food Hygiene as mandatory training and is also the Lead Child Protection Officer within the nursery.
Julie is extremely proud of the staff team who she has developed since 2010 to work in partnership with each other and have a commitment to achieving the highest standards possible.
In 2015 we were awarded an OUTSTANDING outcome in our OFSTED inspection, and the Carole Chatterdon award for outstanding performance in 2015 at the annual Busy Bees conference awards.