We are set in a light and airy wooden clad Early Years building surrounded by fantastic secure outdoor space and an indoor soft play. Nestled on the edge of Linden Lodge School we are a short distance from Southfields tube station ideal for commuting parents. We enrol children from 9 months to school age. We are open from 07:45 – 18:30 offering all year educational day care.
Seahorse Day Nursery aims to nurture all children’s desire to learn, socialise and gain independence through play and first hand experiences. We have two rooms; the Starfish room for children aged 9 – 30 months and the Seahorse room for pre-school aged children from 2.5 – 5 year olds. We provide a safe, caring environment in which your child will be able to form secure relationships, learn, make friends and most importantly be happy and have fun. The atmosphere is relaxed and nurturing within an attractive and appealing environment. We follow a play based pedagogy (Learning through Play) and provide purposeful play based opportunities for each baby, toddler and child. This caters for every aspect of child development and allows for natural progression through different stages of the early years.
Seahorse Day Nursery is led by Harriet Wolfe, 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 Wray who has a BA in Early Childhood Studies, and deputy Amy Whitaker who is a fully Qualified Teacher 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:
· Personal, Social and Emotional development
· Physical development
· Communication and Language
· 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 Starfish room (age 9 – 30 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 Seahorse room (age 2.5 – 5 years old) 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.
|7:45||Welcome and breakfast|
|8:45||Singing and dancing|
|9:00||Child-centred play, e.g. sensory activities, messy play, puppet show, role play|
|9:15-10:00||Nap time for babies, if required|
|10:15||Healthy snack and drink|
|10:30||Garden play e.g. sandpit, mud kitchen, imaginative play, slide|
|11:30-12:30||Lunch (freshly prepared by Zebedees)|
|12:00-14:00||Sleep or relax time, depending on room|
|14:15||Adult led activities and child centred play opportunities|
|15:00||Snack time, water|
|15:15||Garden play, e.g. water play, sit and ride toys, role play|
|16:30||Supper, story time|
|17:00||Free play, e.g. musical instruments, home corner|
|18:00-18:30||Home 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.
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.
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.
Charmaine has been with Seahorse Nursery since 2018. She is a Level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioner (2011) and has achieved a Level 5 qualification in both Management and Leadership (2018) and Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (2019). She has also obtained a Level 3 diploma in 'Working with Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities' which makes her a qualified and expert SENDCo who shares her knowledge as the lead of the SENDCo Hub. Charmaine also has a very active role within the nursery, teaching INKY SWOT sessions to our preschool children and helping with a range of activities throughout the day, across all 3 age groups.
Seahorse Nursery Southfields @ACE Graded Ofsted Outstanding November 2018 – click here to read the Ofsted report
Seahorse Nursery Wimbledon Park @WP was registered in June 2018 and will be inspected by Ofsted within approximately 30 months. Harriet Wolfe is the nominated person and went through a rigorous registration process including a site inspection from an Ofsted inspector. We were told that Ofsted will not register any nursery provider unless they are deemed to be at a standard of at least ‘Good’. We are aiming to achieve Outstanding at our first inspection.
As of 17th March 2020, the scheduled and routine inspections undertaken by Ofsted have been suspended due to Covid-19 . Because of this some of our settings may not receive their Ofsted inspection and grading with the usual 30 months (this affects both Wimbledon Park settings). At Seahorse Nursery, we strive to achieve Outstanding across all of our locations. We keep all current and prospective parents updated once we receive information regarding Ofsted and will update our website in due course.
For information from Ofsted regarding the phased return of inspection, see the link below:
Our fees are paid monthly in advance and must be received by the first day of each month . Often a child starts on a date other than the first of the month. In this situation the first payment will be on a pro rata basis , using the daily rate , to the end of the month and thereafter full months will be due on the first of the month. Our fees include : breakfast, lunch, supper, snacks, cow’s milk, nappies, baby wipes, nappy cream and sun cream.
Please email for a copy of our current fees.
Seahorse Nursery offers places out when they become available. We offer nursery places based on:
– Where a sibling attends the nursery
– Where you have requested a transfer for your child from another Seahorse Nursery
– Date of registration (form and receipt of payment)
– Required start date
When a place becomes available you will be contacted and given 48 hours to accept. Once you have accepted a place we send a formal offer letter and you have 5 days to pay the deposit and sign the terms and conditions which secures the Nursery place. The nursery place is only guaranteed if the terms and conditions are signed and returned and the requisite deposit is received within this time.
We require a deposit of one month’s full fees. The deposit is refundable once your child has left the nursery and the final fees due have been paid; our bursar reconciliates your child’s account before the deposit is returned. The deposit is not refundable if you do not take up your child’s place.
METHOD OF PAYMENT
Our preferred method of payment is by direct debit.
Payment can also be made by the government Tax Free Childcare system or via manual bank transfer. However, please note, for BACs payment there is an additional administration charge of £5 per month which will be added to your invoice.
Seahorse Nursery accepts payment, via the Childcare Voucher system, in respect of Fees only. Under the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulations we are not allowed to accept vouchers for the Registration fee, deposit or outings etc.
In the event that you would like to serve notice for your child to leave the nursery, or reduce the number of days your child comes to the nursery, we require two months’ notice in writing; or the payment of two months fees in lieu of notice.
CANCELLING or DEFERRING a child’s place prior to a child’s start date
A child’s place is deemed to have been accepted once the Seahorse Nursery terms and conditions have been signed by the parent/guardian and received by the nursery. The deposit is non-refundable if a child’s place is cancelled. If your child has started at the nursery and you wish to serve notice, then the deposit of one month’s fees for a Nursery place is refundable (provided two calendar months’ notice have been given and there are no outstanding payments due to the Nursery). If a parent/guardian would like to defer their child’s start date (having accepted a place and paid the deposit) the following options are available:
a) Continue to pay the fees due for the nursery place to retain it.
b) Cancel the place (your deposit will be retained) and re-join the registration list and wait for a further place to become available. A further place will be offered based on the admission criteria.
NURSERY CLOSURE and BANK HOLIDAYS
Our Nursery is open 51 weeks a year. We are closed for up to five working days over the Christmas period and for all bank holidays. The monthly fees remain the same every month regardless of these holidays which have been built into the daily fees. We also close for two inset days per year to enable whole staff training – these dates will be given in advance.
15 HOUR GOVERNMENT FUNDED EARLY EDUCATION (15 universal hours)
Seahorse Nursery administers the Government offer of funded (free) early education hours. This totals 570 hours per year for all 3 and 4-year-olds and some 2-year-old children. The free hours are incorporated into the childcare fees. Children who are eligible can take up a place after their second or third birthday on the relevant date shown below.
|Child born between||Will be eligible from|
|1 January and 31 March||1 April|
|1 April and 31 August||1 September|
|1 September and 31 December||1 Janaury|
To access the universal free place at Seahorse Nursery you must agree to our ‘Agreed additional services package’ as listed below. Your universal free place is for a minimum of two full days and based on what you choose for your child and nursery availability. The current government grant varies by local authority; funding is for 15 hours per week and for 38 weeks a year. Seahorse Nursery claims and administers this on your behalf.
30 HOUR EXTENDED OFFER (additional 15 funded hours)
Seahorse Nursery administers the Government offer of funded (free) extended early education hours. Parents need to apply through the official website – www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or call the hotline on 0300 123 4097. If you are successful you will be given an 11 digit eligibility code (beginning 5000). You will need to reapply for the additional 15 hours every 3 months. For us to administer the 30 hour offer we require the following information:
– 30 hour eligibility code (known as DERN)
– Parent/s name
– Address and postcode
– Parent’s national insurance number
– Name of child and DOB of child
– Parents written consent for the Nursery to contact the Local Authority to check eligibility.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES FEES
Agreed Additional services package: Includes our carefully resourced Nursery environment, highly qualified and experienced pedagogues, 3 meals and 2 snacks a day, an enriched curriculum including our bespoke Inky Swot curriculum (maths and literacy programme), partnership with the Seahorse family and extended opening hours.
Please note that it may be possible to access a completely free offer at another provider and you should contact the Wandsworth EECP Team for further details.
Principal: Harriet Wolfe
Manager: Charmaine Williams
Telephone: 020 8789 1194
Seahorse Nursery Southfields
Linden Lodge School
61 Princes Way
400m from Southfields tube station (8 minute walk).