Summertime Nursery & Preschool

Children's care and nurturing is paramount in the setting, we believe if a child feels safe and happy they will learn and thrive. By gently supporting their natural development they will reach their full potential at their own pace. We provide stimulating and challenging experiences so that children can develop their interests indoors and outdoors using natural resources. Our staff, are well qualified, experienced and professional. The nursery is small enough to offer that all important family feel but big enough to offer a full range of experiences.


01305 257756


Venue address
Thomas Hardye School Queens Avenue
West Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 07:30-18:00
Tue: 07:30-18:00
Wed: 07:30-18:00
Thu: 07:30-18:00
Fri: 07:30-17:00

Service Details

Vacancy information
Please phone us on 01305 257756 or email and we will be happy to discuss the vacancies at our nursery. Because we are only small with up to 9 babies and 26 pre-school children we do get booked up and so often have a waiting list
Nursery/Pre-School pickup
£6.10 per Hour
Cost variations
Cost for babies 0 to 2 years £6:45 per hour. Costs for 2 to 5 years £6:10 per hour. We ask you to supply lunch and nappies for your child but morning and afternoon snacks are provided within the cost per hour.
Additional Information
We do not run set session times allowing parents flexibility around start and finish times. We prefer children to attend a minimum of twice a week and in a regular booking pattern. sessions are charged at the prices stated above and can be broken down into half hours.We take the 2 and 3 year funding. The 30 hours entitlement must be spread over the year and can't be used for term time only. We also accept nursery voucher payments.
Age Range
0 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months

Ofsted Registered Details

Ofsted inspection result
Date of last inspectionInspection resultOfsted report
31/01/2018 Good View here
Ofsted Report notes
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Registration details
Registration numberOfsted registration date

Early Education

Free early education places
15 Hours For 2 year olds
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15 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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30 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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Wheelchair accessible
Nursery is situated on the ground floor with easy access to all rooms.
Parking availability information
Drop off facilities.
Toilet facility information
Ground floor toilet, wheelchair accessible toilet
Other Facilities
Attended training, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator on site

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities

Some children will join the nursery with an unrecognised and undiagnosed special educational need, we will work together with parents to ensure these needs are identified and that each child is provided with support by the appropriate specialist agencies. We are often the first people to have close contact with a child besides the family, and we will listen and support parents through their child’s special educational learning. We welcome children with special educational needs and disabilities. Your child will be supported and encouraged by the nursery and where necessary outside agencies such as speech therapists, portage or occupational health. Summertime Nursery provides an inclusive environment and uses differentiation so that all children can learn and develop at their own pace. We value each child’s unique strengths and challenge them to fulfil their learning potential through tailored activities.

Record Last Updated
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Address: Thomas Hardye School  Queens Avenue  Dorchester  Dorset

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