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The Seahorse Story

In 1997, Julia Wolfe opened the very first Seahorse Nursery setting in the ground floor of her family home in Southfields, South West London. Over the next 24 years, Julia and the team would deliver the Seahorse pedagogy of ‘Loving, Educational and Fun’ to hundreds of preschool aged children and make a real impact within the community.

The journey began over a quarter of a century ago, when Julia decided to pursue a change in career and left her roles as a British Army Captain and Motor Car Racing Marketing Manager, and retrained in Early Years. As a new mother at this time, Julia gained experience and expertise working at other nurseries in the area, but after surviving a battle with breast cancer, she made the decision to open up her very own nursery.

“Early Years is all about human connections and making sure each individual child’s needs are met. Our team are incredibly welcoming and ensure a home from home environment. At Seahorse we are particularly passionate about connecting with the community and spending lots of time outdoors.”

Harriet Wolfe, Principal of Seahorse Nursery

Over the following decades, Julia and the team worked to develop Seahorse Nursery within the community, but since the begin we have always valued three main aspects. The first was to curate a really loving environment where all children feel confident to take on new challenges everyday, and comfortable to express a range of emotions, where their wellbeing is top priority. The second is education, Seahorse Nursery has always followed a specialised curriculum, developed around INKY SWOT sessions for the children and a key focus on mathematics, literacy, language development, phonics and the 7 key areas outlined in the EYFS. Lastly, nursery has to be fun! The children all take part in a range of exciting activities everyday, go on trips around the local community, and fun is built into every part of the nursery day.

Careers
If you are looking for a new job opportunity or are starting your career in childcare, then Seahorse Nursery is a great place to work.
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Daily Routine
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1997
Seahorse Nursery founded by Julia Wolfe
2018
Seahorse Nursery Southfields (November) and Term Time preschool (June) both achieve Ofsted Outstanding
2019
Founder, Julia Wolfe, wins NMT Nursery Personality of the Year
2020
Area Manger, Carly, wins NMT Area Manger of the Year Award
2021+
Principal, Harriet Wolfe, completes Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses UK...
Food & Nutrition
The menus provide the essential food groups and meet the dietary needs of growing children. Zebedee’s menus include plenty of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and organic pulses. Zebedee’s menus are designed with health in mind and are also committed to cultivating enjoyment of a variety of tastes in young people, which contributes to a balanced diet in later life.
Early Years Curriculum
We educate using a pedagogue method of ‘learning through play’ to deliver the essential elements of our dynamic and challenging curriculum. We believe that the children will learn and develop to their full potential with a fully play-based curriculum.
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Parent Partnership
At Seahorse Nursery we recognise that as parents you are the primary educator. You have a greater understanding of your child than we do as we only see them in a professional capacity within the Nursery environment. It is, therefore, our aim to create a close, professional relationship between home and nursery.
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Meal times – Day Nursery

Breakfast consists of a choice of cereals (warm porridge for our babies) and homemade bread baked on site (fresh or toasted).

Lunches and tea are provided by Zebedee’s Lunch Box catering company. Zebedees are currently the UK’s leading nursery meal provider. They prepare and deliver fresh, delicious meals that provide children with all the nutrients they need. Zebedee’s have an in-house nutritionist who puts the menus together and the company have been awarded a Menu Checked logo by the Children’s Food Trust. Lunch is a hot meal.

The menus provide the essential food groups and meet the dietary needs of growing children. Zebedee’s menus include plenty of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and organic pulses. All of the food is baked, braised, steamed or boiled and no deep fried items are served. Wherever possible, low salt products are used. Zebedee’s menus are designed with health in mind and are also committed to cultivating enjoyment of a variety of tastes in young people, which contributes to a balanced diet in later life. As well as traditional fare, menus include more inventive dishes, created by Zebedee’s chefs to introduce new flavours to the children. Once every three weeks there is an ‘Around the World’ theme day, which presents authentic dishes from around the world and is used as a tool for teaching our children about different cuisines and cultures. Please click here for an example of our lunch and tea menu.

Meal times at the Seahorse Nursery are a social time where all the children sit together with members of staff. We use this time to develop healthy eating habits, good manners and to help the children develop the technique of eating with a spoon, knife and fork and other skills like spreading and chopping.

The babies and toddlers in the Starfish room have all of their teachers sat with them around the table for lunch. To ensure dietary requirements are met one member of staff serves the food and all others sit down. Children who need help are assisted in scooping with their spoon and we place our hand over theirs to help them learn this technique. Children should be attempting this from 12 months and should have mastered this around 17 months. All children who require spoon feeding by an adult are helped and we have lots of finger food during the day so they can self-feed.