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Outstanding Jan 2017

Ofsted Outstanding

The Parkstone nursery are pleased to announce that we were rated Outstanding on our recent inspection on 12th January 2017.  You can take a look at our full Ofsted report by clicking on the link here

Why we are special

At Cuddles we aim to provide the future generation with the skills and confidence to help them become self-assured individuals who have an enthusiasm to learn.

Parkstone had their Ofsted inspection in 2014 and were awarded a “Good” grading, which demonstrates that the setting is providing high quality care with some aspects of outstanding practice. The recognition from Ofsted that Cuddles are providing all the children with an excellent quality of learning and care experience, which will set them on the right path for a brighter future is a statement that we are really happy to share.

The purpose built facility is inviting and is specifically designed to enhance the children’s learning and well-being.

Cuddles Day Nursery believes in providing the best service we can and has a positive outlook to quality.  We encourage feedback from both parents and staff because we recognise that this is the way we can improve so we set our day-to-day standards higher than necessary (not just when the inspectors come) and communication with parents has a major part to play in this.

The recognition from Ofsted that Cuddles is providing all the children with an excellent quality of learning and care experience, which will set them on the right path for a brighter future, is a statement that we are really happy to share.

Transition through each area, babies, toddlers and pre-school and then finally the move to school is handled sensitively and will be carefully planned for each child.

The interior is designed in a bright, attractive, clean, warm and welcoming way, to make everyone feel comfortable and at home. The furniture and equipment has been carefully chosen to be of high quality and age appropriate, allowing children to learn through the freedom of play with the importance of safety in mind.

The outside area has been fully designed and equipped to allow the children the freedom to play safely and with security being a priority using a mixture of imagination and physical dexterity.

As a privately run day nursery, we aim to provide a secure and loving environment in which your child can grow and develop to their maximum potential in every aspect of their early lives.

In order to achieve this we aim to encourage the physical, intellectual, linguistic, emotional and social skills that your child needs to develop their self-esteem and confidence, so that they may become happy, fun loving children with the enthusiasm to learn and make friends feeling independent and respected.

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Introduction from Nursery Manager

My name is Emma and I am nursery manager at Cuddles Day Nursery in Parkstone. As a manager of the nursery my role involves supporting staff with routines, learning and education plans for children. I focus a lot of my time on building a strong, happy staff team so that you, as parents, can rely on Cuddles to provide a warm and nurturing environment for your children.

I began my childcare career as soon as I left school in 1997 and started at Cuddles in 2001 as a practitioner in the holiday club.  I have worked my way up the career ladder over the years and have been involved with children aged 0-14 years throughout, finally becoming manager in 2005.

emma manager photoI have worked at the Parkstone nursery since 2008, just after I got married and I really enjoyed the challenges that the nursery offered me.  I completed my BA in Early Years back in 2010 and studied at Winchester University which I really enjoyed.  I gained my Early Years Professional Status qualification in 2011.

Although I’m not room based, I love spending time with the children, getting involved in circle times, singing and playing in the rooms as much as I can. I’m very proud to say I work for Cuddles and I hope that you find the nursery as inviting as I did all those years ago.

Nursery Philosophy

  • To have fun and be happy

  • To become confident and independent

  • To make friends and develop the necessary social skills to do so

  • To develop a love of learning

  • To develop his/her own gifts and skills to maximise potential in all areas

  • To feel secure and respected within a loving environment

Our Rooms at Parkstone

Before starting the nursery your child will be given at least two free-of-charge settling-in sessions to help ensure there is a smooth transition from home to the nursery.  We also offer home settling-in sessions for the younger children, especially if they have never left Mummy or Daddy before.

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At Parkstone we have two baby units where children are cared for in small peer groups of up to 9 per group. There is a robust key person ethic so that your child can build a close relationship and attachment to one person. This close key person bond system helps to nurture your child’s well-being and support their growing skills and individual needs. The staff-child ratio in this room is 1:3.

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Your child will move up to the next room the day after their second birthday and join the lively toddler group.  During the lead up to them moving, they will have some settling-in sessions in their new room to help them adapt to the different environment and the change in key worker.

There are two rooms that take  toddlers – the Little Hoots room, which takes a maximum of 24  children. In this room we encourage our young toddlers to explore the environment around them, supporting their growing independence and giving confidence in their language and communication skills.

We are able to offer  two year olds who are eligible for  2 year free entitlement up to 15 hours of free childcare per week – (term-time only) in these rooms. During this time we will also undertake a two year check on your child which focuses on the three prime areas in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  These are; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.  You will be invited to attend a meeting which will last about an hour, where we discuss your child within the home environment and show you an account of them within the nursery setting.  This is then shared with your Health Visitor and maybe used at your child’s two year check.  The staff/child ratio in this room 1:4


Once your child reaches the age of three they will move to their new room.  Prior to their move your child will also have had settling-in sessions to help them adjust to their new surroundings. The pre-school room helps them start to adjust ready for the reception class at school as there is more of an emphasis on gaining independence skills and really getting them ready for the leap into school life.

The children’s learning and well-being are fostered by staff who role model and support children in their development, motivating children to become enthusiastic and confident learners. The children in this room have the opportunity to have free gym sessions at Rossmore Leisure Centre with a member of the team who is a fully qualified gymnastics coach. There is also a chance to take part in free weekly trips to the woods where children learn to use the outdoor resources and experiment with nature in the natural environment. The 15 hours of free entitlement is also offered in these rooms and can be stretched to cover the whole year. The staff/child ratio is 1:8

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This room is open term-time only which coincides with the Borough of Poole’s school dates. The room provides care and education to children from 3yrs upwards until they leave to enter school.  Just like the nursery pre-school room, the staff provide activities to help get your child ready for school and inspire them to have an avid curiosity and enthusiasm for learning new skills.

This room operates from 9:00am-3:00pm daily and the 15 hours free entitlement is able to be used in this room. There are various sessions available to accommodate parents including a morning or afternoon session.
The staff/child ratio is 1:8 in the pre-school room.

Parents’ testimonials


Cuddles Day Nursery
Herbert Ave


Dorset BH12 4HR

Tel: 01202 747198


Manager: Emma Murray

Admin Manager: Greg Dymond

Session Times

As a nursery we try to be as flexible as possible to suit most parents’ needs. The following are our normal operating times but if you would like care outside of these hours please do come and talk to us.

The nursery is open from Monday to Friday and closes on bank holidays and one week between Christmas and New Year.

08:00 – 13:00pm

13:00 – 18:00pm

08:00 – 18:00pm

We offer the facility to do an earlier start and are able to accept children at 7:45am for a minimal charge.

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