About Us

Seedlings provides play, education and care for children aged 3 months – 4 years old in a stimulating, safe and nurturing environment.

We have a large outdoor space and run regular Outdoor Learning sessions.

We are an independent setting run by a local Board of Directors.

Our Setting

Seedlings is based in the grounds of Hooe Primary School, and was originally established in Dunstone in 2004. We have four rooms for our children, based around age and development – Ducklings, HedgehogsFoxes and Squirrels. You can find out more about each of the rooms by clicking on their names above.

Our outdoor space is currently having renovation works completed, to ensure each age group has somewhere suitable to play and access fresh air. We also have access to a woodland area and run regular Outdoor Learning activities and visits for all children throughout the week.

We like to welcome visitors to help provide educational experiences.

Our Aims

Provide high quality care and education for children

Work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop

Add to the life and well-being of our local community

Offer children and their parents a service which promotes equality and values diversity.

How We Work

Our setting is split into four rooms – Ducklings for our babies (3 months to 12 months/mobile), Hedgehogs for our toddlers (12-24 months), Foxes for our middle group (24-36 months) and Squirrels for our preschoolers (3-4 year olds). Each room has access to our outdoor areas, Outdoor Learning and Forest School provision and gives the opportunity for children to grow and develop at their own pace.

We also have a Key Person system. This means that each member of staff has a group of children whose development they are responsible for – they will make sure that what the preschool provides is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts, their Key Person will help them to settle and to benefit from the setting’s activities. A buddy system between staff is in place to ensure all children always have a familiar face to support them.

Each child at Seedlings will have a learning journey that develops with them. We use EyLog as an online record of their learning journey and experience, which parents can access securely and add to if they wish.

Early Years Curriculum

We deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) promoting all areas of your child’s development through play and planned opportunities. We use EyLog to record your child’s learning journey.

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SEND Support

We operate a completely inclusive policy, and ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive. 

Our staff use Makaton to help children communicate. 

Outdoor Learning

We run regular Outdoor Learning sessions (including Forest School) throughout the week. Suitable clothing is provided to enable the activity to operate regardless of the weather.

Since being in the Ducklings room we have noticed an increase in his progression. He has become more confident in trying new activities whilst he is at home ad getting himself up into the standing position and wanting to walk himself. Alanna and her team do an incredible job keeping us up to date on his day to day activities. We enjoy the photos that are provided through the EyLog app. Thank you for all the hard work that everyone does at Seedlings, and we look forward to continuing his development journey together.
- Ducklings

Cannot recommend Seedlings enough! My daughter is loving it and goes in so happy as well as coming out happy! Love seeing updates and photos etc as well as knowing a nice hot meal is provided for them. Lovely clean environment and staff are lovely!
- Hedgehogs

I did just want to take the time to say how impressed I am with all the changes made to Seedlings! It truly is a beautiful setting and I feel blessed that she is able to attend. The impact it's had on her is incredible! I often show her any pictures that are posted and it's really lovely to see her smile and talk about her nursery, teachers and friends whilst looking at them. She has even started naming some of her friends that she plays with. Thank you so much for going above and beyond!
- Foxes
Seedlings is an incredible setting. The team are so supportive, friendly and helpful and give my children fantastic experiences. They have a wonderful knowledge of allergies and medical conditions and this ensures my eldest’s safety to a very high standard. I will be absolutely heartbroken the day they move on to school!
- Foxes and Squirrels

I highly recommend Seedlings! My son has been going here for a year now and he's very happy and settled with lots of friends. The staff are brilliant and so supportive. They are flexible, accommodating and always take time to ensure that the children and parents are happy.
- Squirrels