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Take a look through the latest happenings at Dean Park Day Nursery in Bournemouth.

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  • World Book Day Fun!

    Published 03/03/22

    Everyone here at Dean Park Day Nursery had a wonderful day celebrating World Book Day. I think the costumes were especially good from everyone this year - we even had a dinosaur visit us! 

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  • Our collection of donations for Ukraine

    Published 02/03/22

    We want to say a huge thank you to all our families for their generosity, we collected a whole van full of donations for the people of Ukraine. A big shout out too to all the amazing volunteers at the castle point drop off, it was overwhelming to see the huge amount they have organised.

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  • Our first steps towards earning the Early Childhood Sustainable Citizenship Award

    Published 09/12/21

    Here at Dean Park Day Nursery we are embarking on a journey to become sustainable citizens, and are launching a new eco-friendly project.

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  • 6 acre field school – our own Forest School site

    Published 17/09/21

    Take a closer look at our very own Forest School site.

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  • Dean Park Day Nursery Revamp!

    Published 01/09/21

    Here's what we've been up to over the last few weeks

    We are always looking for ways to improve the nursery environment and experience for our children and we have had a busy time during these past few Autumn weeks!

    Dean Park Nursery classroomFollowing the recent relocation of kitchen equipment and staff to the new larger Park School kitchen, we have transformed the old nursery kitchen space into a brand-new dining area. The freshly prepared food is delivered daily straight from the new school kitchen to our new dining room where staff serve up the delicious meals. The tables and chairs have been set out in the new space to encourage the children to become more independent at lunchtime. The children have been excited to help lay the cutlery, pour water and even clear plates and this change has seen them become more sociable during their meal times. We have introduced two lunchtime sittings, which has allowed us to create a calm atmosphere and a positive experience for the children.

    Our outdoor learning environment is an integral part of our nursery space and we love to explore ways of improving the facilities. Over a few busy weekends, we revamped the remote garden with an additional barked area in anticipation of muddy winter play days. We have also improved our terrace step garden to increase the usable space during the winter months. Our outside play practitioners have put their DIY skills to good use by building an outdoor book snug in the baby garden and have added a boat, complete with fishing nets, for some great imaginative play for the older children. Outside learning is a favourite at Dean Park Day Nursery and the children have loved exploring and playing together.

    Dean Park NurseryAnd, we can’t forget our re-vamped inside space, our nursery practitioners kindly set aside a weekend to complete a mini-makeover of the nursery rooms. After a declutter and freshen up, the transformation began. Sixty-minute makeover it wasn’t, but the results were definitely as good, if not better. The children were so excited to see the changes and have had so much fun enjoying our role play and construction areas, the sensory room and our new cosy book corner. The transformation has been received well by parents and children alike – a big thumbs up!

    Dean Park School refurbishment


    I’m thrilled with the enhancements to the Dean Park Day Nursery setting and the impact it has had on nursery life – with thanks to our committed and hugely talented early years practitioners who dedicated their own time to help create an engaging and inspiring learning environment for our under-fives. It has been wonderful to see the reaction on the children’s faces to their new setting and to watch them find enjoyment from the facilities. We may see them as improvements to each of our rooms, but for our children they are adventures - Nursery manager Kelly Yates



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  • Grandparents enjoy a fun-filled morning at Dean Park Day Nursery!

    Published 01/10/20

    In recognition and celebration of International Grandparents Day, Dean Park Day Nursery opened its doors to the children’s grandparents for a stay and play session, giving them the opportunity to see and experience the nursery setting for themselves.

    Grandparents DayFollowing a brief introductory session with the staff, grandparents were invited into the nursery to meet their excited little ones who were eager to take them on a tour of their favourite play areas and involve them in ‘messy play’ activities. What a beautiful sight it was to see the sensory room, book corner and role play areas filled with doting grandparents playing and exploring with their grandchildren.

    Our gardens and outdoor learning facilities were a big hit with everyone. The children showed off the nursery guinea pigs and there was lots of fun to be had; building, painting, digging and even making mud pies. The playtime hour flew by and all too quickly it was time to say goodbye.

    One happy grandparent said: ‘What a wonderful morning for all involved, from reading stories to balancing bricks, from sensory play to outside play. From sticking and drawing to saying hello to the nursery pets, I’ve enjoyed a brilliant time with my granddaughter at her nursery. We often hear so much about the fun and adventures she gets up to during her time at nursery, but now I have experienced it too. Thank you so much to all the staff at Dean Park Day Nursery that welcomed us so warmly.’

    We were so pleased to share an hour of playtime with the grandparents of our children and see the interaction between the generations. The excitement of the children this morning has been something very special to witness – it was lovely to see the bond between grandchild and grandparents who often play such a vital role in family life. It’s been a fun morning and we look forward to doing again sometime soon! - Nursery Manager, Kelly Yates

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  • Results Are In! Dean Park Day Nursery Receives ‘Good’ OFSTED Report

    Published 01/01/19

    We’re delighted to announce the results of the first Ofsted inspection for Dean Park Day Nursery. The Ofsted inspection was carried out under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006 on the quality and standards of provision that is registered on the Early Years Register. The Nursery met all criteria examined and it has been confirmed that the quality and standards of the early years’ provision is good.

    The inspection was carried out towards the end of 2018 and the inspectors observed every aspect of Nursery life. From operational policies, procedures and record keeping to observing the children’s interactions, both indoors and outdoors. Views from the parents both spoken and written were canvassed and discussions were held with the Nursery Manager.

    The inspector’s feedback was good across all areas – the Nursery was assessed on the four standards listed below:

    1. Effectiveness of leadership and management
    2. Quality of teaching and assessment
    3. Personal development, behaviour and welfare
    4. Outcomes for children

    The Nursery is judged to have staff that create rich and inviting learning activities for children with a wide range of toys and resources to support independent choices. The children are active learners, enjoy exciting play experiences both indoor and outdoor and are developing positive attitudes to exercise.The staff are kind and caring and the children respond well to these positive role models. The children are safe, happy and are developing emotional security. The consistent boundaries ensure children behave well and interact positively with their friends. What’s more, the supportive Nursery Manager actively encourages her staff to expand upon their EYFS knowledge and skills through continual professional development.

    Nursery manager, Kelly Yates is pleased with the results of the inspection of Dean Park Day Nursery in Bournemouth, which is open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm for 51 weeks of the year.

    The full report can be viewed here: EYR Inspection Report – October 2018

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