About Us

Where it all began…

The Dolphin Pre School and Nursery has been created in what was ‘The Dolphin School’ and opened in August 2011. Since opening the building has naturally grown into what you see today, a bright and exciting space where everyone receives a warm welcome and becomes part of the family.

Our location is perfect for everything Exmouth has to offer, just a short walk to the seafront, with its miles of golden sandy beaches or a quick step to the town centre for a trip to the well-resourced library.

How we operate…

Things are a little different right now with COVID-19, so some things have changed slightly to make sure we keep everyone safe.  However, rest assured we will return to ‘normal’ as below just as soon as it is safe to do so.  A warm and friendly welcome still awaits everyone, this is currently in the open space rather than inside, we have invested in more covered spaces to enable this to happen.

We are registered with Ofsted to care for 69 children ranging in age for 3 months to 5 years. We are open 51 weeks of the year from 7.30 to 18.00, closing for Christmas/New Year and Bank Holidays. We offer hours to suit your needs, charged by the hour, we offer discount of 10% for more than 8 hours in one day. We accept most child care vouchers and offer the Government Early Years Funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds which we stretch over the 51 weeks we are open

We have a number of policies and procedures relevant to the safe and successful running of the nursery. A full copy is given to parents once a child starts settling into nursery life and can be found here. We also have a parent contract which sets out what we require from parents to support the operation of the nursery and become partners in their child’s journey with us.

As part of our registration with OFSTED we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. This exists to support all professionals working within childcare and is also the legislation on which OFSTED inspect us and rate our performance. When a child is registered with us, we send out a parents guide, which explains the different parts of it.

Before a child starts with us we arrange taster sessions for the week before the start date. We like parents to come in with their child initially, (this still happens but visits are arranged under one of our covered areas) to meet the team in the room and ask any questions. After the first session, future visits enable the child to start settling and to get to know the team.

A key person is assigned who is responsible for documenting a child’s development and will track each child through the different stages of the framework. They will keep parents updated on their child’s progress throughout the year and also organise a parent evening twice a year, these are a great chance to chat without the normal day to day pressures.

This key person will also add photos and observations to the All About Me Book and any other important information for you. We encourage parents to also use this book not only for notes to your key person but also to add pictures and short notes about the child’s time away from nursery.

We have various notice boards around the building for information for parents (these are still there, however unfortunately parents aren’t able to come inside the building at present). We offer a questionnaire which we ask parents to fill in so we can continue to improve our setting.

Our aims…

  • to provide a safe, secure happy environment for the children as well as for staff and families
  • to do our utmost to provide the highest possible standards in early childhood care and education, and aim to support the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum
  • to ensure equal access to all facilities and activities for all staff, parents and children irrespective of background or additional needs by observing our Equality policy
  • to provide a supportive and progressive environment where training and personal development needs may be met