understand that choosing the right mixture of care and education to enable the
best transition to school is extremely important. Children usually join
Dewdrops at around 3 years old and from the first time you visit we will work
with you to ensure that you and your child are comfortable in our surroundings
and you are given as much information as possible to help you make an informed
decision. We want you to feel proud of your childcare choice.
Stationhouse we have a separate Rising 5’s centre located in a beautiful period
property adjacent to the existing Stationhouse Nursery, this calm homely space
has three ground floor play rooms and a lovely rear garden. With over 30 years of childcare experience
between the Bluebells’ team, and an evident passion for child development,
children will thrive in this creative and empowering environment.
Our preschool rooms have been purposefully designed to
provide a stimulating environment with a staff ratio of one highly trained
nursery practitioner to every eight children. The team in Dewdrops, Managed by
our Early Years Professional, will work with small groups and on a 1:1 basis,
helping children make progress towards their early learning goals.
If your child is moving from Sunbeams, we arrange
short visits for them about three weeks
before they are due to move. Sunbeams and Dewdrops work closely together and
often join for play, parties and special events, so they will be familiar with
the team and environment prior to joining. However the visits give them some
dedicated time which they will spend with their new key worker exploring all
the new and exciting resources.
Both preschool rooms are located on the ground floor
and consist of a large indoor area with direct access to both the front and
rear nursery gardens. The messy area is always set up with art, crafts, and
open ended resources. We also have a home corner, book corner, construction
area and a variety of activities that involve problem solving, turn-taking,
exploration and discovery. A selection of writing materials is always available
so that children can practice ‘mark making’ and emergent writing. The children
have access at all times to baskets of toys and equipment on the shelves that
are height appropriate to encourage them to make independent choices. Children
will also have regular access to a computer and other age appropriate
In our gardens, we have plenty of
space for the children to explore and be active, our willow tee-pees, outdoor
classroom and play house provide perfect shady areas for play, story and
picnics or just somewhere nice to relax!!
Physical activity and fresh air are extremely
important for all of us, but we are extremely passionate about engendering a
love of exercise and fresh air from the earliest age. To support us in this
quest every week children take part in a variety of games and exercises
especially selected by our team, we also go out and about in Portishead and
have weekly Forest/Beach school sessions led by a fully qualified Forest School
Leader. Children also have the opportunity to have weekly Tennis lessons with
our coach Giles Britton, and we also run weekly French/Spanish lessons, a small
fee applies for these activities.
times are an integral part of the daily routine, encouraging and enabling
children to, share their thoughts and ideas, evaluate the activities they have
taken part in or talk about themselves and their families. Making music,
singing songs, early phonics, circle games and story time all form part of the
nursery day, as does ‘tidy up time’.
children in Bluebells will leave us for school. To support this transition,
wherever possible your child’s key worker will visit the local school and in
return we encourage reception teachers to visit the nursery and see the
children at play. We will hold a School Leavers Workshop in May facilitated by
our team and a local reception teacher to help you to know how to best prepare
them and the myths surrounding school readiness. Our ‘Leavers Party’ held every summer enables
children to celebrate their success and marks their transition to the next important stage of their
All our meals are freshly prepared on site using locally sourced produce where
possible. We cater for all dietary preferences and requirements and will
discuss this in depth with you on registration.
For your piece of mind all of our core staff are fully
qualified and have a Paediatric First Aid certificate and we are one of the
first nurseries in the UK to gain a Millie’s Mark.