Park House Day Nursery

Principal: Harriet
Manager: Carly

Telephone: 020 8944 5989



Seahorse Nursery Park House Day Nursery
158-160 Arthur Road
SW19 8AQ

Our Setting

Park House is a beautifully renovated space which feels like a home from home. It features two classrooms; a 12 space baby room and 16 place toddler and preschool room and a lovely outdoor garden. Located near our other Wimbledon Park nurseries we are a 2 minute walk from Wimbledon Park tube station ideal for those needed transport links. We enrol children from 3 months to 4 years of age. We are open from 07:45-18:30 offering year round educational day care.


Meet your childcare leaders;

Park House – Day Nursery

Harriet, Principal

Harriet has been involved in the Seahorse Nursery since it opened and made a career change in 2012 to move into teaching full-time. She is a School Governor for a local Primary School. In her spare time she enjoys high altitude trekking, long distance cycling and running to keep fit. Harriet enjoys using her Qualified Teaching Status for Early Years (specialising in birth to five years) and Level 3 NVQ Children's Care, Learning and Development to give children the best start in life.

Park House – Day Nursery

Carly, Manager

Carly studied BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton University and have been working in childcare since 2011. From a young age she has known that she wanted to work with young children, Carly's favourite part about working with children is seeing their speech develop. Even though she is office based, the children still know her name, so if she's not in the office, you may find her reading a story in the room, helping the children eat at mealtimes or having a dance at the end of the day!


Education and Development

Seahorse Day Nursery is led by Harriet, a Qualified Early Years Teacher, who believes in providing a curriculum which equips children with the skills they need for both their next school and long term success in life. Harriet is supported by her manager Carly who has a BA in Early Childhood Studies, and deputy Charmaine who is a fully qualified SENCO specialising in Early Years and a team of experienced practitioners.

​Our curriculum, which is child centred, follows the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage. There are seven Areas of Learning which are inter-connected:

Prime areas:
·  Personal, Social and Emotional development
·  Physical development
·  Communication and Language

Specific areas:
·   Literacy
·   Mathematics
·   Understanding the World
·   Expressive Arts and Design

We understand that every child is unique and their learning will overlap and interweave within all these areas as they learn and develop at their own pace.  We incorporate different pedagogue styles including elements of Montessori teaching, Forest school education, the slow education movement and mindfulness. We believe using a blend of teaching styles complements the Early Years Foundation Stage and provides additional benefits to your child’s long term well-being, learning and development.

In the baby room (age 3 – 24 months) we focus on providing daily experiences to stimulate the following 5 areas
– social and emotional development
– physical development
​- sensory development
– communication and language
– cognitive development

​In the toddler and preschool room (24-60 months) the children are gently introduced to concepts and skills which, amongst many things, aim to foster a love of learning, develop listening and concentration and encourage both independence and the ability to work collaboratively in a group. The children follow bespoke literacy and numeracy programmes which they begin around 3 years of age. 1:1 attention is given to ensure each child understands how to use equipment and resources such as sand paper letters, plastic alphabet, pink boxes, mathematical rods, 3D shapes, counting and dice games and puzzles.

7:45Welcome and breakfast
8:45Singing and dancing
9:00Child-centred play, e.g. sensory activities, messy play, puppet show, role play
9:15-10:00Nap time for babies, if required
10:15Healthy snack and drink
10:30Garden play e.g. sandpit, mud kitchen, imaginative play, slide
11:30-12:30Lunch (freshly prepared by Zebedees)
12:00-14:00Sleep or relax time, depending on room
14:15Adult led activities and child centred play opportunities
15:00Snack time, water
15:15Garden play, e.g. water play, sit and ride toys, role play
16:30Supper, story time
17:00Free play, e.g. musical instruments, home corner
18:00-18:30Home time - you're welcome to come and collect your child at any time. We operate a flexible drop-off and pickup.

Our ‘play’ times (also called work cycles) are planned on a weekly basis to meet the interests and next steps of each child. They can be indoor and outdoor – whenever possible the double doors are open allowing free flow between the inside and outside classrooms.  The practitioners prepare the environment to make it exciting and stimulating and lay out various activities for the children to examine, create, construct and decipher. All of our practitioners get down to the children’s level – adult involvement with the children gives enhancement of play and learning, safety, support when required and helps to extend learning and development of each individual child. We have a Seahorse tidy up song and all Nursery members are encouraged to help tidy up and put away the resources they’ve used. At the beginning and end of play sessions we often have group singing, rhymes, musical movement, story time, meditation etc. Our Early Years Teachers teach specific numeracy and literacy sessions for children from aged 3 to help preparation for school – these may take place in the morning or afternoon.

Personal care routines: are attended to at specific times during the day and, in addition, whenever necessary. Children learn about the importance of hand washing and everyone washes their hands before every snack and meal to maintain good levels of hygiene.

Sleep time: babies have a dedicated sleep area and their own cots. Our toddlers and pre-school children rest on comfy mats with blankets.

Water: every child has their own beaker or water bottle kept in their room so they have access to water throughout the day. There is a drinking water fountain in the outside area which practitioners teach the Seahorse children to use.  Practitioners support, remind and encourage all babies, toddlers and children to stay hydrated. At snack time there is a choice of water or milk.

Our 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.

​​We serve one hot meal a day (lunch) and a cold tea. The menus offer a range of balanced meals and are made from healthy nutritional food. Breakfast is a selection of cereals, warm porridge (babies) and toast. We bake bread freshly each day.