West Downs Day Nursery in Winchester

West Downs Day Nursery in Winchester

Open 7.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday / Fully inclusive service

Our nursery provides excellent care and education for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years.

At West Downs Day Nursery in Winchester the warm and welcoming environment ensures that your child’s individual needs are prioritised and their interests nurtured. 

Children’s days are packed full of activities designed in line with EYFS principles and implemented by our highly trained and knowledgeable staff. 

All children have daily access to this fantastic facility as we fully recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development.  The children enjoy planting vegetables and tasting their produce, served by our dedicated Nursery Chef.

If you are looking for a warm and welcoming environment for your child, West Downs Day Nursery in Winchester can offer you just that. Our team of professional nursery practitioners believe that every child is a unique and we focus on each of their individual interests and needs, ensuring these are completely prioritised; supporting them as they investigate the world in their own special way. We always want the best for all our children, families, and our team, which is why our highly trained and knowledgeable colleagues are here to support you and offer the very best childcare.

Fully inclusive service

Our fees include all activities, formula milk, nappies, nappy cream, baby wipes, sun cream, freshly prepared, and award-winning well-balanced meals and snacks throughout the day.

Additionally, you will have ‘free to use’ access to our exclusive parent website and App – childbase@home – offering a full range of bespoke books, on-line experiences and parent workshops and masterclasses run by industry professionals including SEND, behaviour management, first aid and speech & language.

Contact details

West Downs Day Nursery

West Downs Student Village, Romsey Rd, Winchester SO22 5HT

Tel: 01962 827393

Email: west.downs@childbase.com

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Parent reviews

Room and garden gallery

Caterpillars
Our Caterpillar room is for our youngest children. Your child will be allocated a Key Person who build a strong bond with you and your child. Your child’s Key Person will offer familiarity and consistency during the main care aspects of their day and we will try to to ensure that your child’s home routine is continued as much as possible in nursery. We will start to develop your child’s early vocabulary, understanding and social skills.
Ladybirds
In the Ladybird Room our key focus is developing your child’s language, social and physical skills. At this age children’s language development is rapid and we will work with you to support this both at home and at nursery. We encourage children to develop their independence and support them in making choices.
Bumblebees
Our Key focus in Bumblebees is to develop children’s language, social and physical development, encourage children to do things for themselves by exploring, investigating, watching and listening, support self-help skills, build vocabulary, support children in play, build attachments with their Key Person, develop independence, support and develop thinking skills.
Preschool
Our Key focus in Preschool is to teach self-help skills and extend on building self-care skills, self esteem, develop language and communication skills and build vocabulary, support children in play, prepare children for school through our Ready, Steady, Grow programme whilst developing Phonics through Read, Write, Inc and further structured based learning in small groups.
Garden
All children have daily access to our age appropriate gardens as we fully recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development. Our children will also learn about nature and have opportunities to plant, grow and harvest their own produce.
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Meet the Manager

Thank you for your interest in our nursery.

I joined Childbase in 2015 as a Deputy Manager originally at Greengables- also a Childbase Nursery, and have worked in Early Years for 25 years in total. I recently transferred to West Downs and stepped up to Manager. I have a Level 3 & 4 Foundation Degree in Childcare Practise.

If you have any questions about the nursery please do not hesitate to contact me at any point.

Julia Grant – Manager

Parent partnership
We believe that parents and colleagues working together is vital in ensuring a child’s individual needs are fully met and each child gets the most from their nursery experience. We will regularly discuss your child’s progress at nursery and will ask about any changes in routine, interests and development at home. Our Parentzone app will allow you to see regular updates on your child at nursery and you can add your own at home. We also have our own exclusive parent website, Childbase@Home, which you can access as a nursery parent. Full details will be provided when you join us.
Health and safety
A key principle of our nurseries is providing safe, secure and healthy environments. Central to delivering this commitment is our in-house team of qualified Health & Safety professionals, who maintain and drive the highest standards.  These professionals are further supported by a dedicated and trained Health and Safety Officer who is leading daily best practice in each nursery team. Your child will also be introduced to Harry our Health, Safety and Environment hippo who helps support children’s awareness of these important topics.
Healthy eating
Good nutrition sits at the heart of our approach to a healthy lifestyle for your child. Not only do we believe it is essential for children’s natural growth, it’s central to their concentration, learning and development too, helping them get the most from their time at nursery. Eating is about more than food, it is a social event too, so the nursery’s Practitioners join your child’s mealtimes. This encourages interaction between children, good table manners and the development of social skills. It is also the ideal way to offer your child a little help if needed, answer their questions about food and praise their independence. 
Eco-schools
Our nursery follows the Eco-Schools programme, operated in the UK by Keep Britain Tidy with the aim of promoting behaviour that has a positive impact on the environment. It is a global scheme operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education and does offer nurseries who achieve Green Flag, the highest award, the opportunity to twin with other Green Flag institutions around the world. Three subjects are chosen from ten options which become the main focus for nursery based activities. The programme follows a 7 step framework which helps guide our nursery to reach Green Flag Status which we are proud to have achieved.
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What happens next?

Once you have completed and submitted your registration form we will keep in touch with you regularly. If the space you require is available we will confirm this in writing and ask for the first month’s fees to be paid in advance – we do offer payment options which we will be happy to discuss with you. If the space is not currently available we will add you to our waiting list.

As we get closer to your start date we will organise some settling in sessions for you to meet your Key Person and share some time with your child in their room. This is a great way for us to get to know you and your child, and you to know us. 

If you have any questions at any stage, or if you would like to book a tour if you haven’t already done so, please feel free to contact us.

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Cedars Day Nursery - Leighton Buzzard

We prioritise the importance of outdoor play at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard. All children at our Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery have access to our large, natural garden area on a daily basis as we recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development. The children enjoy planting vegetables and tasting their produce, served by our dedicated Nursery Chef.

Cedars Day Nursery, Mentmore Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA

Tel:  01525 850200

Email: cedars.nursery@childbase.com