Welcome to The Dolphin Pre school & Nursery in Exmouth, Devon

The Dolphin Pre School and Nursery is open 51 weeks a year Monday to Friday from 7.30 to 18.00.

We provide a wonderful, friendly and engaging environment for your children. Our dedicated team provide first class care and learning experiences while our catering team serve fresh home-cooked meals made in our own kitchen.

If you’re looking for a little something extra from your childcare provider, get in touch now. You’ll be glad you did!

Our Environment

We have a range of beautifully equipped and appointed rooms for the various age groups as well as some wonderful, safe outside areas…

How we Operate

We are registered with Ofsted to care for 69 children from 3 months old to 5 years. We’re open 51 weeks of the year from 7.30 to 18.00.

Virtual Tour

Take a 3D virtual tour of our Pre-school and Nursery. Walk around our building and view our outside spaces at your leisure.

What makes us special…

Since opening 2011, we are driven to offer a unique standard of care which exceeds parents’ expectations, offering a perfect blend of ‘home from home’ childcare delivered in a group environment.

When you leave your child with us they join our Dolphin Family, they become part of daily life and thrive in our environment.  Giving children the very best environment for them to develop and grow into a confident and caring young child is our number one focus. We offer enjoyable, interesting experiences, which are key to creating a positive attitude to learning, so the emphasis is on learning through fun.

However, superhero parents aren’t forgotten after all it’s you guys who ultimately choose where to send your child so we put parent engagement right at the heart of our thinking.  Parents evenings, summer sports days, all about me books, breakfast snacks and our superhero drinks machine – we aim to have parents leave their child each morning totally happy and ready for work in full confidence they have made the right choice.

Our activities…

Using the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS); Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design, we plan and implement a wide range of activities to develop children’s learning on a daily basis.

Click the button below to read few examples of how we would implement each area of learning across the whole nursery.

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


I can’t recommend The Dolphin Pre School and Nursery enough! Friendly staff who treat my daughter like one of their own, whilst constantly bringing out the best in her with creative and fun activities!

I cannot recommend The Dolphin enough. Both of our children have been here and the staff are so accommodating, friendly, and welcoming. This is such a relief when life with young children and working can be so stressful. Wonderful team.

Our little girl has been attending The Dolphin for 18 months now and really enjoys it. She really enjoys the daily activities and they have helped with her development and her confidence has come on leaps and bounds. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. A big thumbs up from us.

Such a wonderful experience at The Dolphin for both my children. My daughter made some fabulous friends that she continues to keep in touch with and has memories she will cherish for a lifetime. My son has just started and the staff have been amazing considering he was so young. Was made to feel comfortable from day one.