Welcome House Day Nursery first opened its doors in 1992. Led by mother and daughter team Barbara Stanley and Victoria Baldwin, the setting recently celebrated 25 years of being in business.

Over the years the nursery has grown, now employing 13 staff and caring for more than 90 children a week.

Barbara said: “When we first started, there was no Ofsted or formal curriculum and we had the freedom to follow our own learning journey with the children. We have seen so much change over the years in education and ideas have come and gone, and it is this constantly evolving process that makes working in Early Years so interesting.”

There is a large allotment adjacent to the nursery where children grow and harvest fresh fruit and vegetables.

For the past 3 inspections, Welcome House has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Victoria said: “With all the changes that we’ve experienced, the one thing that has remained constant is that children learn best as they play and need a fun, challenging and interesting environment in which to do so. We have always tried to create a happy and nurturing place for children to be and give them the freedom and time to explore and investigate the world around them”.

With a strong focus on outdoor learning, the children who attend Welcome House have the opportunity to participate in Forest School sessions in Slindon woods, as well as being able to explore the marine environment at Beach School.

Victoria said: “It is always lovely to hear from past pupils to know how they are getting on and to celebrate their successes. Our children have gone onto to be artists, firefighters, musicians, doctors and teachers for example and we’ve even had an Olympian and we like to think we may have played an early part in laying those foundations for success!”


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