The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd

West Street, Shapwick, Blandford Forum DT11 9LB

The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd, Blandford Forum, Dorset
The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd, Blandford Forum, Dorset
The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd, Blandford Forum, Dorset

The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd provides a loving space for children to spend their early years, with childcare professionals that are passionate about giving children the best start in life.

All children are supported to become confident and independent individuals by a team of highly trained and dedicated professionals.

The nursery aims to provide children with all the necessary social and developmental skills needed to progress onto formal education at primary school.

The Old School Nursery encourages a parent partnership to ensure the children are nurtured with the same love and care that is provided by the parents at home.

Owner: Ewa Praschma

Person in charge: Ewa Praschma (Director)

Local Authority / Social Services: Dorset County Council

Number of Staff: 25

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 59

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 6 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0745-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

9.8 The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.829)

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 34 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.9 out of 5 from 11 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.897 for The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd is calculated as follows: ( (368 Excellents x 5) + (38 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 408 Ratings = 4.897

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 4.932 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd is based on 11 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 11.8 positive Reviews (59 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 11 Reviews ÷ 11.8 Target = 0.932

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    34
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    34
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd

  • Mother of Child
    31
  • Father of Child
    2
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

Our son has only been at the nursery for a few weeks now but he's already settled in so well, he's really enjoying his time there and is such a happy boy when I collect him at the end of the day.
All of the staff have been fantastic with him and helped him settle and enjoy his days at the nursery. It's such a lovely & happy place for him and we couldn't be happier that he is attending here.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 13 Jun 2017:

Thank you so much, Sam, for your wonderful review considering your son has only been with us a few weeks.

My son started at the Old School Nursery in January 2016 when he was 10 months old so I was able to return to work. His first day at nursery was the first time he had ever left my side and I was so nervous of leaving him. Staff were reassuring and even phoned me to keep me updated on progress throughout the day, he had an excellent day.
Over a year later I couldn't fault this nursery. My son absolutely loves it here and adores all the staff. He enjoys the home cooked food and being able to go outside to play during the good weather and be able to go for countryside walks. The range of activities they do inside on rainy days are also fantastic. A wonderful nursery in a beautiful countryside setting with a real homely feel to it. Cannot recommend highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 13 Jun 2017:

What a lovely review Meg, thank you so much it means a great deal to us.

For 8 years the wonderful staff at OSN have looked after my boys. I will be sad to say goodbye in September 2017 when my youngest starts school.
8 years with NO complaints about anything is remarkable and a credit to the manager and her staff.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 13 Jun 2017:

Thank you Kathryn for your lovely review. We are going to miss you all so much.

Our son has been attending Old School nursery for almost a year, since he was 9 months old.
Ever since the manager showed us around, we had positive feelings about the place, staff, activities, routines, kitchen and menus.
As a first time Mum, I was anxious to leave my son on the first day. My fear about leaving him soon disappeared. Staff were able to put my mind at rest, and I soon became familiar with the online journal to see what he was up to.
Since then we have continued to be more than impressed with all aspects of the nursery. Staff are always enthusiastic and make us feel like our son is really special to them.
We feel the interaction and activities provided at the nursery have been the catalyst for his development improving so rapidly.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 13 Jun 2017:

Thank you so much for your wonderful review about the nursery. It means so much to us and we really appreciate your time in sending it in.

Great welcome from nursery and appreciated phone call on our son's first day to reassure me he was quite happy. A brilliant key worker who gives lovely feedback at the end of each session. Our son is always happy when dropped off and picked up. He loves it and the food!

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 07 Jun 2017:

Lisa thank you so much for your kind words. Your son is such a pleasure and has settled in so well.

Our daughter has been at The Old School Nursery for just over two months now and we are really impressed so far.

Whilst we found the idea of dropping our 9 month old baby off at nursery, nerve racking, all of the staff were so reassuring and we became very quickly confident of their care. The children's safety and wellbeing are paramount, which certainly gives peace of mind.

We particularly enjoy the frequent updates on 'Tapestry', the online portal, which show pictures/videos of our daughter's activities during the day!

I would definitely recommend this nursery to any prospective parents looking in the area.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 07 Jun 2017:

Emma that is such a wonderful review considering you have only been with us for a few months. Thank you so much. Your daughter has settled in so well and loving her new experiences at the Nursery.

I could not rate The Old School Nursery highly enough, my daughter has been there since she was 1yrs when I returned to work in January and she absolutely loves it. The staff made her feel totally at ease and settled which made my return to work and having to leave her so much easier than I was expecting. She comes home a happy well fed little girl which is perfect. The activities that they do even at a young age are brilliant and I can already tell that her socialising skills have improved dramatically since attending. I would recommend The Old School Nursery to anyone in the local area.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 07 Jun 2017:

Rachel thank you for your very kind words they mean a great deal to us. Your daughter is flourishing and such a pleasure to care for.

After being very apprehensive about sending our son to a nursery and not having a good previous experience I was very worried about how it would go I definitely needn't have as The Old School Nursery is a wonderful place for any child. My son quickly settled after only a few sessions and now cannot wait to go in every time its nursery day. As a mummy, this is priceless to know that when you're not with them they are safe, happy and having a lovely fun time and want to go again and again.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 07 Jun 2017:

Helen thank you so much for your kind words. Your son is such a pleasure and gives everyone the biggest smile as you walk into his room. He just melts our hearts.

I first found out about Shapwick Nursery with my eldest son who came here from the age of 1 till he was ready to move to school. He loved it so much, that we are back with our youngest. It's a fabulous place which really cares about your child's welfare and encourages great values, such as sharing, caring and good manners. All the children are encouraged to spend time outside in traditional play, allocated individual key workers with staff who really care about the kids. If you want someone to look after your children the way you would, then Shapwick is your nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 07 Jun 2017:

Kate thank you so much for your wonderful review and it is so special having your daughter with us too. She is an absolute pleasure and has settled in so well.

My daughter goes to The Old School Nursery two days a week. She enjoys her time there and is happy to go into the nursery in the mornings. The staff - even those who are not in her room - know us by name and are always friendly and cheerful. The staff in her room are without fail friendly and caring and very well informed. The facilities and activities are brilliant. The atmosphere is friendly and feels like a big family, and the whole nursery feels safe and secure. I cannot fault it!

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 06 Jun 2017:

What a wonderful review considering you have only been with us for such a short time. We love having your daughter with us and will cherish her every step of her journey with us at the Old School Nursery.

Our little girl has been with the nursery for just under a year. She has flourished here and it really is a lovely place to be. She started in the baby room and the staff were so kind and supportive. As a returning to work mum, they made the experience so easy. In the Bumblebee room, she has flourished and her speech has improved with the interactive play the ladies offer.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 07 Jun 2017:

Thank you Sarah for your very kind words they mean so much to us.

This is a welcoming, friendly and professional setting. My grandson blossomed in the care there. The meals are excellent and he is not a fussy child at all now which I put down to eating meal times with his peers, having good home cooked food.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 18 Oct 2016:

Thank you, Shelley, for your lovely review.
Kindest Regards,

Ewa

Both of my children have attended The Old School Nursery (Shapwick), the youngest of which has just started school this September.

I have been extremely pleased with the Nursery, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is considering childcare for their children. It is a really happy, homely and friendly nursery with lovely, experienced and helpful staff, many of whom have been there for a long time.

Both of my children have developed into very happy, sociable and confident little people, and I owe a huge part of this to the Nursery. They have both started school with absolutely no problems and settled in straight away with no tears or fears.

Thank you to everyone at The Old School Nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 18 Oct 2016:

Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean a great deal to us.
Kindest Regards,
Ewa

Amazing Nursery. Would highly recommend it. My daughter had many happy and well supported years there. It has given her confidence and a firm grounding to prepare for life at prep school. Well done to the team.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Both my son and daughter attended the Old School Nursery, they both thoroughly enjoyed their time there. I can't speak highly enough - fabulous caring staff, my son adored and my daughter still asks if she can have a lady with the ponytail - and my daughter left 14 months ago!

It's one big happy family, lovely staff, lovely setting, lots of fun, lovely food, my son especially enjoyed the roast chicken and fish pie. They both enjoyed welly walks, and water play, and were always filthy when I picked them up, but I know they'd had a good time.

My husband and I looked at several nurseries, and the Old School in our opinion was definitely the best. The manager and her team do an excellent job. Our children have many happy memories about "Little School" as they fondly refer to it.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 18 Oct 2016:

Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean a great deal to us.

My son has been attending the nursery for over 2 years and has always loved going. The nursery is advertised as a home away from home and this is certainly the case, it is often hard to get him to leave because he's having soo much fun! The staff are always friendly and informative, keeping you up to date with your child's progress and telling you all about funny things that have been said or done during the day. The online tapestry journal that the nursery uses is regularly updated with photos so that you can see what the children have been up to and provides a really interesting record of progress and capabilities. I particularly like the fact that the children spend a lot of time outdoors whether its rain or sunshine! I would highly recommend the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 30 Jan 2016:

Dear Kirstie

Thank you so much for your kind review it means so much to us.

kind regards

Ewa

Finding the right child care is so important and worrying for a mum, my husband and I choose The Old School Nursery after looking at a few and decided that the atmosphere, care, friendliness was outstanding. Our little girl has been going their since she was in babies and now in pre school and due to leave in September it will be very sad. She has loved everyday day their and never not wanted to go. I personally love the area that she is in the country at nursery instead of being in a town.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 26 Jan 2016:

Dear Sarah

Thank you so much for your kind review. Trust me it will be a very sad day when she leaves us to go on to the next chapter in her life. There will be many tears shared but it is wonderful to know that we have given her the best start in life.

Kind regards

The Old School Nursery

My daughter, who is just 8 months, has been going to The Old School Nursery for just 3 weeks and has settled in exceptionally well. The staff are lovely and such caring people, who cannot do enough to alleviate any worries about leaving your precious little one. I love receiving the updates via email with pictures showing how she is getting on. The feedback at the end of each session is brilliant and she is clearly a busy little girl with all the activities on offer. I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 26 Jan 2016:

Dear Vicki

Thank you so much for your kind review and it means so much to us.

Kind regards

The Old School Nursery

The Old School Nursery is a fabulous place with dedicated and enthusiastic staff. It has great facilities but still has a lovely small 'home from home' feeling where every member of staff appears to know every child's name (impressive!). The staff genuinely care about the children and, as a result, it's a very happy place. They have been brilliant dealing with my son's multiple allergies, catering for him specially and never making an issue of this. He loves it there and I feel very comfortable leaving him with them. The fees are straightforward and cover everything, including 3 good meals a day which makes life so much easier when you're working. Highly recommended!

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 26 Jan 2016:

Dear Clemency

Thank you so much for your kind review, it means so much to us.

Kind regards

The Old School Nursery

I found looking for the right nursery for my daughters a really hard and emotional time. I viewed many but The Old School Nursery stuck out by far. I have found all the staff friendly and approachable. My daughters always walk in and go straight to play. It is such a welcoming atmosphere and I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 26 Jan 2016:

Dear Rebecca

Thank you so much for your kind review. It means so much to us.

Kind regards

The Old School Nursery

What a pleasant surprise to find a place like Old school nursery. I had heard that it was good nursery and I can honestly say the reviews were not wrong. As a very nervous (older) 1st time mum, I have found there help and support invaluable. My daughter has excelled with language, coordination, social skills, movement and expression since joining, I have had many people comment of how pleasant her manor is, and after only 4 months of being at Old school nursery. There are many great services, on joining, they made note of all MY wishes for my daughter, special toys, dietary needs, habit and routines, concerns I had, medications to use, who to contact, photo id's of people allow to collect your child and much more. The tapestry link which allows you to see photos of what they have been up to and areas they are currently developing. There is a monthly newsletter, with upcoming events, nursery updates, and activities for both parents and children to participate in should you wish. The fees are very reasonable in comparison to other nursery's, with longer opening hours, all meals, snacks, nappies and activities included. They embrace the seasons and encourage outdoor play and learning. On collection of your child you are given a complete rundown of their day and the staff are happy to chat with you about any concerns you may have or just chat, which makes me feel confident leaving my daughter in their care. A truly exceptional start for any child, and one my 15 month old daughter thoroughly enjoys!!

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Ewa Praschma, Director at The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd responded to this review on 10 Nov 2015:

Claire what a wondeful review. Thank you so much for taking the time to give such detail and for all of your positve feedback. I will share it with the girls who will be thrilled to read your lovely comments. It's so special to know that we are making such a difference as that's what it is all about. Kind regards Ewa

This nursery is a hidden diamond. It feels like a big friendly family. I have never had any concerns about leaving my 2 boys in their care. The boys have loved every moment of their time there. They have a wide, fun and imaginative syllabus. The nursery is in and idyllic country village setting that they utilise whenever possible. I believe that it is also very good value for money especially as they provide nappies, all food, toothbrushes and a very high quality level of care. Thank you The Old School.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

One of the scariest moments in a parents life is leaving their most precious, most loved and most vulnerable human being with people they do not really know. With The Old School Nursery, what should have been a traumatic experience became a moment handled with grace, kindness, support and understanding. The level of care that the highly skilled, motivated and nurturing staff give not just to the child entrusted to them but to the whole family is astounding. I truly feel that these people have become my son's second family, people he loves, trusts and enjoys spending time with. I cannot recommend this nursery highly enough - not only does it have great facilities, encourage a love of learning through play and allowing children to express themselves in their own way, they are also sensitive to each individual child's needs - to the point of allowing my son to sleep in their arms when the cot proved too scary for him! There is a real energy surrounding the nursery and I feel blessed to have found such a wonderful place for my son to develop in.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The Old School Nursery is a nurturing, fun and safe place for the children to learn and flourish. Our son has made such pleasing progress in all areas of his development and he has very secure relationships with the all staff and his friends. The staff are consistently helpful, knowledgable and caring towards all the children and ensure that the environment is adapted to suit the needs of all. All of the activities are clearly well planned, resourced and age appropriate. The online Tapestry journal is informative and a great record of learning through observations and photographs.
The children have a fun filled day from start to finish with yummy home-made food, plenty of learning through free play and some structured sessions. The outside area provides an exciting large space for them to enjoy exploring the large equipment, run off some steam and get their hands dirty!
Our 3 year old son is always so happy when he arrives at the nursery and we feel content leaving him there while we are away at work. It is such a homely and loving environment and there are always plenty of hugs to go around :)

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Both my boys currently attend this nursery. My eldest is 26months, my younger 5 months. It is incredibly difficult to place your tiny baby in the care of others, but both my boys started at 4 months old and couldn't have been better cared for. My eldest has developed so much confidence and has a fantastic imagination from all the role play games. Old School Nursery is a truly special place.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Both my children have attended The Old School Nursery and we all love it! The staff are so kind and caring and the children have a fun-filled day with such a large variety of activities.

The outside space is fantastic with a great playground area, sandpit, gardening area and lots of toys. The meals provided are healthy and both my children have enjoyed hearty helpings with seconds always available!

The key workers give lots of information at the end of each day and a log of the children's achievements with photos is also done. The children are also taken out on wellie walks around the beautiful local countryside and my son particularly likes the horses opposite! Numerous craft and messy activities are undertaken and there are also cosy areas for reading a book. I would highly recommend the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We have a daughter currently at The Old School Nursery and our 5 year old was there from 9 months until school. We really could not have asked for more from the staff. They have cared so well for the girls who have both loved it. My youngest has a milk allergy which the nursery have accommodated without any problem. The staff are caring and experienced and always have the time to feedback on what the kids have been up to as well as sending regular pictures and updates through the tapestry. The only tears we ever get are when they have to go home. My Daughter is welcomed by a hug every morning and enjoys the fantastic home cooked food in a social environment with her peers. Provided it isn't raining the children get outdoor fresh air every day in a really well equipped play area (separate areas for the youngest groups). The only rules are pack wellies or sun cream and don't panic if they get messy - it is because they are having fun. The varied activities and plenty of messy play mean the children are never bored and always sleep well after! Designated sleep areas mean the children who need a nap get some peace.
I trust the staff implicitly with the care of my children and would not hesitate in recommending the Old School Nursery to anyone. As a mother the decision to send our kids to nursery when I went back to work wasn't easy but knowing they were happy made it so much more bearable. Thank you Old School Nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son Charlie has attended the Old School Nursery in Shapwick since he was 9 months old, he is now 3 and about to start in the pre-school room come September. Charlie absolutely loves it there!

I found it really tough leaving my little man, but after a few settling in sessions at the nursery, I knew we had made the right decision. Open from 7:45 – 6, with everything included (wipes, nappies, formula, snacks etc) they make it very easy for busy parents.

The Director (which sounds a bit scary) is actually really hands on with the children, she knows everybody’s name. It is clear that she has extremely high standards with a true passion for looking after babies and young children.

The staff are amazing, always friendly and happy to see each child in the mornings, and they give you a full handover at the end of each day. The children eat delicious home cooked food, with a carefully balanced menu which changes frequently. They are also understanding and patient with children who may not be quite as adventurous about trying new things (my little boy wouldn’t eat sandwiches at one point, so they would give him crackers instead)

The nursery is in a beautiful village setting, and has a fabulous playground which the children play in as much as possible. There are lots of different toys, balls, bikes, a sand pit, a vegetable garden and even a pirate ship to play in. Every day the children do something different, whether they are inside or out. Charlie especially loves role play, cafés or shoe shops are his favourites!

I would highly recommend the Old School Nursery to anyone looking for childcare in the Blandford / Wimborne area.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been at the Old School Nursery for a year now and thoroughly loves it - I have trouble getting him out when it's time to go home! He has settled in really well and has thrived in the stimulating and caring environment. The activities, staff, food and outside space are all fab! It's such peace of mind that when I leave him, I know that he's being really well nurtured and looked after. I cannot recommend this nursery highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My 2 1/2 year old loves The Old School Nursery, his words to me when I pick him up are always '' Mummy want to stay at nursery ''.
It's a great nurturing environment the staff are fantastic, all so friendly , they all take a real interest in your child and how they are developing.
The hours are also really good for working mums and the cooked meals mean you know your child is well fed if you are working long days.
I really could not recommend this nursery enough.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I highly recommend The Old School Nursery. I was very nervous about my daughter starting nursery as she was only 8 months old, however the nursery girls were fantastic and completely put me at ease. My daughter loves going to the nursery and gets excited in the morning when I drop her off. The nursery regularly keeps me updated with pictures and details on how she is progressing with Tapestry, which is great!

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

A wonderful nursery!

Moved our child here from another nursery nearby that was no good. This one is a real gem! The staff are lovely - caring, skilled and really good at handling all the usual issues of growing up (from tantrums, feeding themselves, to potty training!). They are well organised, the day is structured and when the weather is dry there is large outside play area. If you are looking for a good nursery this one is wonderful! Don't be put off by the location which for some is a little out of the way - it's the staff and quality of care that your child will get that matters most!

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been at the Old Station Nursery since February this year and she loves every second she's there. She has so much fun and gets to do so many activities...she especially loves messy play and water play and constantly comes home looking like she's had an amazing day including shoes full of sand! I'm so pleased we chose this nursery and my daughter would go everyday if we allowed her. She now eats food she wouldn't try before and always has a delicious home cooked hot meal. She's made some wonderful friends and continues to develop into a very confident and outgoing little girl. I especially love the tapestry journal and the thorough handover at the end of the day hearing of how much of a fun day she's had. I'm sure our new little baby that's on the way will join there too.

Thanks again Old Station Nursery and the wonderful staff

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

It's difficult to express how wonderful this nursery is. My two little boys attend this nursery and absolutely love it.
The location is beautiful and the children are often taken out into the village to engage with the beautiful surroundings.
The staff are excellent. It is like being part of an extended family. Staff know all of the children at the nursery and are so friendly and welcoming to the children and parents alike. They are supportive, loving and caring. They provide full and informative feedback at the end of the day to let you know how your child has been and what they have been up to. The online tapestry system also allows you to see what they have been doing and the staff will frequently post photos, videos and developmental updates on your child.
The activities they provide for the children are fun and varied and they have such a busy and active day. They also provide a lot of outdoors play which my children love.
My 4 year old will soon be leaving to start at 'Big School' and although an exciting time I know he will miss nursery so much!!! But I also know that they have helped develop and care for him and have assisted in making him a happy, polite and sociable little boy.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Nursery (Shapwick) Ltd? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Staff Profiles

Ali

Ali Hargreaves

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Joined: 2016

Description:

I have worked with children for 5 years in nursery settings and during this time I have achieved a Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education.

I enjoy going to the gym, spending time with my niece and nephew and with friends and family.

I love working with children as they are all such individual characters; they make me laugh and smile! I enjoy seeing them develop and knowing I have an important part in that is incredibly rewarding.

The Old School Nursery is a special place to work as we have such a team spirit (we stick together like glue!) Everyone is involved and is able to share ideas. It's like one big family!!

Denise

Denise Andrews

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2016

Description:

I have worked with children for many years; as a childminder when my own were small and more recently in a residential school for young children with behavioural and associated learning difficulties.

I really enjoy working in Early Years as it's so rewarding helping children to build new skills and gain confidence in the world around them.

I enjoy ski-ing, walking, have horses of my own and cooking.

I believe The Old School Nursery is a great learning environment for the children. They are encouraged in all the activities and they are happy, confident little individuals.

Emily

Emily Davis

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Joined: 2017

Description:

I have a NVQ Level 3 qualification in Social Care and Early Years.

I have spent time gaining experience in Learning Disability Nursing and have worked for three years for Autism Wessex in schools with children.

I love cycling, walking and going to the gym.

I love working with children and supporting their learning and development. They bring so much enjoyment and it's lovely knowing you have contributed to their day in a positive and fun way.

Working at The Old School Nursery is so much fun; amazing! The children and staff are all lovely!

Ewa

Ewa Praschma

Job Title: Owner

Joined: 2002

Description:

After 7 years working as a nanny and child minder in the USA and UK I decided I wanted to work in a Nursery environment gaining qualifications in Early Years. It soon became apparent that the Nurseries I worked in did not provide the very best quality childcare and I decided to open my own. After gaining a Diploma in Business Studies in 2002 I opened the doors to The Old School Nursery with three children and six full time staff.

We have now created a ‘home away from home environment.’ where your precious little ones will learn, grow, flourish and be loved and cherished. With 25 amazing, highly experienced and qualified staff we will do all we can to support you and your child during your journey with us.

In 2015 my husband Will joined the team, developing our marketing and financial management. With 15 years experience as an education consultant, he is a great addition to the nursery. It’s also great to have a man around!!

We were both blessed with a precious little bean called Jake in 2012. He has brought such joy and love into our lives along with many sleepless nights!!

I am incredibly proud of what we do at The Old School Nursery and the difference we make to the lives of children at such an important stage of their development. We are constantly striving to improve the childcare we offer and welcome your feedback. So please contact me or even better, knock on the office door, and help us make the nursery even better.

Jess

Jess Goodfield

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Joined: 2017

Description:

I'm 29 years old and started working with children over 10 years ago. I have my NVQ Level 2 and 3 and have a lot of experience with SENCO and children's additional needs.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, swimming, cooking, reading and knitting.

I enjoy working with children as there is never a dull moment! Each day is varied and its a pleasure to work with children and see them learning and having so much fun.

Working at The Old School Nursery is really enjoyable and all the staff are friendly and helpful and its lovely to be part of the Old School family!

Joanne

Joanne Duncalfe

Job Title: Nursery Worker

Joined: 2011

Description:

I have worked at The Old School Nursery for 5 years whilst studying at University during the holidays.

I have recently graduated with a First Class Honours in English Language and Literature.

I enjoy travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

I love working with children; each day is different but just as rewarding and I always leave work with a smile on my face!

Working at The Old School Nursery is fantastic! The Staff, the children and parents are all lovely and it makes the setting a truly special place to work in.

Megan

Megan Henderson

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Joined: 2016

Description:

I have had my heart set on working with children for a long time; since I can remember! I qualified after leaving school with an NVQ Level 2 and I am currently studying for my NVQ Level 3.

I love working with children as its such a rewarding career; seeing each child grow and learn through play in a nurturing environment.

I love socialising, shopping and spending time with my family and friends.

The Old School Nursery is a special place to work as it feels like one big family and it's a pleasure working with staff who have experience and knowledge to share.

Melanie

Melanie Lamb

Job Title: Nursery Worker

Joined: 2016

Description:

I am a mum of two grown up children ( one of whom I work with!). Previously I was a childminder for 15 years and I also worked as a qualified gymnastics coach with children including preschool age. I am currently studying for my NVQ Level 2.

I love running and have competed in quite a few events! I also love walking and spending time with my family.

I love working with children and seeing how much they grow and develop during their time with us.

The Old School Nursery is a special place to work because it is one big family, everyone supports each other and the children are truly loved and nurtured by all the staff.

Vanessa

Vanessa Galvin

Job Title: Cook

Joined: 2017

Description:

Sarah

Sarah Worsley

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2008

Description:

I have worked in Child care for over 20 years both as a private nanny and in Nursery Settings.

I have worked at the Old School Nursery since 2008 and it is a pleasure to work with such fantastic colleagues and families.

I have an NVQ Level 4 in Children's care, learning and development and a Level 3 in Intermediate Leadership Management.

I love running, horse riding and skiing and I'm kept very busy with my two boys who are full of energy!

I believe the nursery is a very special place to work as the staff have created a wonderfully nurturing and caring environment for all the children to thrive and develop lifelong skills and strong friendships in a beautiful setting.

Pru

Pru Denney

Job Title: Early Years Teacher and Deputy Manager

Joined: 2013

Description:

I am a Level 6 Practitioner and I work in my EYT role within our busy Pre School room.

I love the outdoors and enjoy time walking the dog, at the gym and socialising with friends and family.

I enjoy working in child care as every day is varied and fun! It is a pleasure watching them grow into 'little independent people' and knowing that I played an important part in this.

I believe the Nursery is a very special place because of the staff!! Everyone is friendly, happy and makes the setting a fun and welcoming place to be!

Annabel

Annabel de Souza

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner and Room Supervisor

Joined: 2008

Description:

I have worked with children for 8 years and recently achieved my Foundation Degree in Early Years and I aspire to become an Early Years Professional.

I enjoy circuit training and socialising with friends and family.

I like working with children because it's rewarding, I can have a positive impact in their formative years and help them develop and grow holistically.

Working at The Old School is like being one big family. Everybody works together and supports each other just like a family! Everyday is unique and special as the next.

Debbie

Debbie Hannam

Job Title: Nursery Cook

Joined: 2014

Description:

I have worked in Child Care since 1998 and completed my NVQ Level 2 in a rural day nursery. Since moving into the village I wanted to try something different and was fortunate to gain the position of Nursery Cook at The Old School Nursery. I now have my Health and Hygiene Certificate Level 2.

I enjoy walking, pilates and I love looking after my two grandchildren who I have the pleasure of seeing on a regular basis.

I enjoy working as the Nursery Cook as it is challenging and different; I enjoy seeking new ways to adopt healthy food and menus and engaging the children with this.

I believe The Old School Nursery is a unique place to work because it's a lovely caring environment! The children are well looked after, the staff work extremely hard and their commitment to their roles and responsibilities is wonderful!

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Holman

Job Title: Office Administrator

Joined: 2011

Description:

I have enjoyed working at the Old School in the role of Office Admin for over 5 years.

When I'm not at nursery I enjoy spending time with my family, cycling and walking in our beautiful county with our energetic spaniel!!

My son was one of the first 'special beans' to join the nursery in its opening year and he has lots of happy memories!

I enjoy being part of a happy and motivated team and use my organisational skills to ensure the smooth running of the office.

I believe the Old School Nursery is a very unique place because of the genuine love and individual care given to each child and the fantastic staff.

Fulzan

Fulzan Jenkinson

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner and SENCO

Joined: 2013

Description:

I first started my career in child care over 20 years ago. I have a Diploma in Pre School Practice and an NVQ Level 4.

I enjoy my role within the setting as the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator which is both interesting and challenging.

In my spare time I love Zumba, cycling, spending time with my family and reading.

I enjoy working with children because I like to make a difference. I am fortunate to be part of their individual learning and development and it is very rewarding seeing their faces light up when they achieve something for the first time.

The Old School is a special place because they encourage the staff to widen the knowledge and potential. They listen to your ideas and are always willing to help you achieve them. The staff are friendly, caring and the children are all full of character!

Gemma

Gemma Steel

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner and Room Supervisor

Joined: 2009

Description:

I am NVQ Level 3 qualified in Child Care and Education. I am the Room Supervisor for the 18months to 2 year olds which definitely keeps me on my toes!!

I have a little boy whom I love to spend time with and he enjoys a day at Nursery too.

I love working with children as it is a special role to be part of their education and development in their time at Nursery.

I believe the Old School Nursery is a unique place as it is a home from home environment with incredible care from very lovely professionals.

Hayley

Hayley Frear

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner and New Staff Mentor

Joined: 2005

Description:

I am an NVQ Level 3 qualified member of staff with over 10 years experience. I have worked at the Old School Nursery for almost all of my training and qualified career which most definitely makes me part of the furniture!

I have a little boy whom I love spending time with and he also enjoys a day at nursery during the week. I enjoy socialising with friends and family and we both enjoy watching our local football team do well!

I like working with children as it is incredibly rewarding and two days at nursery are never the same!

I believe the Old School Nursery is a very unique place as it is a very beautiful setting and environment in which the children can explore, learn and develop.

Kiri

Kiri Froud

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner and Room Supervisor

Joined: 2006

Description:

I am a Level 3 qualified practitioner and supervisor and have worked at The Old School Nursery for 9 years and have enjoyed working with all the age groups.

Outside of work I like to keep active at the gym, enjoy walking our dog and spending quality time with my daughter, family and friends.

I love the rewarding aspect of working with children. It is privilege to build relationships with the children and their parents and give them the best start in nursery life.

The Old School is a unique place to work as it is set in a quiet and beautiful location, surrounded by animals and it's a wonderful environment to visit with the children.

We have a very close team and most of the staff have been here for many years; it is a lovely nursery.

Laura

Laura Lamb

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner and Joint Room Supervisor

Joined: 2014

Description:

I have been working with children for over 10 years in a variety of nursery settings, schools and a local gymnastics club.

I have a Foundation Degree in Early Years and I am aiming to complete a teaching course in the future.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, baking, cooking and exploring new places; more recently Australia! Travel is a big interest of mine and I look forward to seeing much more of the world.

I enjoy the challenge working with young children and the rewards it inevitably brings. Every day is different which keeps me on my toes!

I believe the Old School is a very special place to work because it feels like one big family; everyone knows all the children and parents which makes it a super friendly and welcoming place.

Liz

Liz Hobbs

Job Title: Nursery Worker

Joined: 2003

Description:

I have worked at the Old School Nursery for over 12 years. I completed my NVQ Level 2 in Children's Care, learning and development during my time here and have been fortunate enough to work with all the age groups; I especially enjoyed the babies!

My favourite pastimes are gardening and knitting and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

I like working with children because I love the look of enjoyment on their faces when they achieve something for the first time, it is very special.

I believe the Old School Nursery is a very unique place as the staff and parents have very strong relationships which I feels makes for one big family.

Paula

Paula Dowdeswell

Job Title: Bank Staff

Joined: 2008

Description:

I have worked at the Old School Nursery since Summer 2008. I work in all of the rooms and cover staff holiday and lunches.

I really enjoy dog walks, am a member of the National Trust and I love eating out!

I really enjoy working with children as I take great delight being involved in each child's learning and development and seeing them benefit from such a nurturing environment.

The Old School is a very unique place as we give the best care and attention to every child in a loving environment and within an idyllic setting.

Sonia

Sonia Radawanski

Job Title: Nursery Cook

Joined: 2014

Description:

I have a Level 2 Health and Hygiene Certificate and have worked as the nursery cook part time since 2014.

I enjoy going to the gym, circuit training, swimming and reading.

As a cook you are providing very young children with healthy, home cooked food and i love the challenge this brings in planning and sourcing healthy menus.

I find working at The Old School Nursery very enjoyable; the staff are lovely and the children really respond and appreciate all the meals provided. It is a happy environment to work in.

Stephanie

Stephanie Andrews

Job Title: Nursery Worker

Joined: 2015

Description:

I have worked in Child Care for four years, initially as a private Nanny for a family locally and then as a Nursery Worker at the Old School Nursery.

I adore animals and I have dogs and horses at home and I enjoy riding and competing when I have the opportunity.

I love working with children because it is so rewarding when a child achieves something new and you have been part of that process.

I believe the Old School Nursery is a unique place to be because the atmosphere is incredible, the staff are welcoming and friendly and the working environment is amazing!!

Verina

Verina Cutler

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Joined: 2016

Description:

I have been working in Child Care since 2002 when the youngest of my own three children went to school. I ran a Pre School for 7 years in Milton Abbas during which time I completed my Foundation Degree in Early Years.

I then worked at a large Day Nursery in Dorchester for 5 years where I worked in several rooms and was also an Early Years musician. I have a passion for music; I play many instruments and write my own music too. I strongly believe that music has magical qualities and can be used very effectively to enhance children's learning. Children naturally love music and the benefits to their development in communication language and literacy are huge.

I love the fun that the children bring. Watching them learn and progress is extremely rewarding. Conversations can be funny, frustrating and magical all at once! Children are very special.

Working at The Old School is a pleasure. The children are the most important consideration and their needs always come first.

Wendy

Wendy Duncalfe

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner and Room Supervisor

Joined: 2010

Description:

I have worked in Early Years for over 10 years and in a school as a Special Educational Needs Assistant. I have achieved a Foundation Degree in Early Years and currently work in the Pre School Room as Supervisor.

I have been involved in the Guiding movement for many years and more notably as a District Commissioner. I enjoy reading and walking.

I love working with children; being able to share my knowledge and create new learning experiences for the children is incredibly rewarding.

The Old School Nursery is simply a very special place to work. There is a close bond with all the families in our care which often extends long after they have made their next step into their learning journey.