Chilworth Nursery are 8 Years Old!

The children have enjoyed coming together for snack time and got all rhythmic to Boogie Mites! Mandy was here on Opening Day, so is officially the longest serving member of the Team. Thank you to all the Team and families who have passed through our doors, and for making the last 8 years so great.

Pet Week at Fair Oak Nursery!

We understand pets are good for children giving them comfort and companionship as well as a sense of responsibility. The guinea pigs are being well looked after! #RealLifeExperiences #Nursery #Childcare

Wow what a festive week at Nursery!

Nativities and Christmas Jumper Days galore. It’s a really special time of year for the little ones and we are all feeling Christmassy!  

Nursery Graduation time!

Our Kindergarten children are celebrating the end of their early years with Yellow Dot. Time for Big School!!     

Need a new childcare job?

We are looking for enthusiastic Nursery Nurse Practitioners to join our Yellow Dot family and spark the children’s interests in the world around them. Click on the Careers button or call 02380 254 092 and speak to Lucy or Lorna for an informal chat. We are now part of the Bright Horizons family so our employee package of benefits and … Read More

29th June is International Mud Day!

We love mud play at Yellow Dot and it’s International Mud Day tomorrow!    

Happy 6th Birthday Andover!

On Friday the Team started their day with a Team Appreciation breakfast cooked by Catherine and Mandy. Bacon and sausage rolls or bagels and cream cheese. And it really was appreciated! Then we had Mucky Bucket Farm here for the afternoon. All the children got to visit the animals: alpacas, goats, horse and donkey, ducks, chicks, rabbits, guinea pigs, tortoises. … Read More

Preschool places available

Our Term Time Kindergarten in Chandlers Ford has spaces for children aged 2 to 5.  If you are interested do come along and see inside!  We are holding an Open Morning on Saturday 9th June from 10am-12pm.          

Chandlers Ford Nursery is 18!

   The fabulous Farmer Ian from Longdown Mobile Farm visited us with a trailer full of farm animals to celebrate. Max and Ruby the donkeys were the first to stroll out of the trailer together, roaming around the paddock and greeting all the children. Farmer Ian also had chicks, chickens (one laid an egg while with us), ducks, piglets and … Read More

Spring has sprung and so have the ducklings!

Not an ugly duckling in sight!  Young and old are fascinated with egg-ploring the duck eggs we have with us. Some ducklings have entered the world and some are still taking their time before coming to meet us!  The children are taking special care of these little beings. At some Nurseries the ducklings have been given names. Check out your Nursery twitter … Read More

Yellow Dot has a Bright Horizon

The 12-strong group of nurseries, all in Hampshire, was started in 1997 by primary school teacher Jane Dyke.  While at teacher training college, her colleague and later business partner, Trevor Dyke, had suggested she keep a yellow dot on places such as her diary and dashboard where she could see it as a constant reminder of her dream to set up … Read More

Happy Easter!

Remember we are closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday, so see you all after the break.

A smile or kind word can change someone’s day

  Life is fast paced, how do we really know what a neighbour, colleague, family friend is facing in their life? One smile, or a kind word can turn someone’s bad day around. It can give them hope or reassurance.

Apprenticeship in Childcare

College isn’t for everyone! If you love children and enjoy smiling we would love to talk to you about a career path with us. Join Yellow Dot Nursery and get paid to work and study for your NVQ Level 3 in Childcare at the same time! Working as part of a friendly Team you will gain valuable work experience in … Read More

Let it snow!

Can you remember discovering snow for the first time?  This child at Chilworth Nursery is having a really special time. Snow can be rare and holds such joy for children when they get to experience it. We love to embrace the weather and seasons as a talking point with the children. And if we get more snow, we really hope to … Read More

Hedge End Nursery has a pirate ship

After reading Port Side Pirates with Ian and exploring maps of the world, kindly given to us by David Store Navigational Management Ltd. (DSNM LTD) the children chose to make their own pirate ship. This involved lots discussion about where they could go, what resources they would need. They discussed what they could use to make the water, the sail … Read More

Child Cookery School at Ampfield Nursery

Karen our wonderful Cook here in Ampfield has been running a cookery class with the Kindergarten children. The children have been interested in traffic and road safety. When they have been out and about they have noticed and discussed the different traffic signs, and in particular traffic lights. So Karen incorporated this into the cooking activity, showing them how to … Read More

Bringing young and old together

A joint project being run by St John’s Moorside care home and the Yellow Dot Nursery Winchester has hit the headlines! Called ‘Smiling Together’, the programme involves a group of children and Team from Winchester  Nursery visiting Moorside care home one afternoon every fortnight and spending time engaged together in activities such as singing, music and movement, arts and crafts, … Read More

Need a Nursery space?

It’s that time of year to start thinking about your childcare needs for the year ahead. You could be returning to work this year, or your child is ready to explore more and socialise in an Nursery environment. At Yellow Dot we have our main intake in September, in line with School academic years. So if you are looking for … Read More

Term Time child care spaces available now

At our Kindergarten in Chandlers Ford, we have term time child care spaces available for children aged 2-4. Do come and meet us and see how we love to get out and about! Ring 02380 274 775 for more details and to arrange a look around with your child. #Nature #Nursery #Preschool #30Hours #Froebel

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Our Nurseries close today and we reopen on Tuesday 2nd January at 8 am (Kindergarten on Thursday 4th January) Enjoy this special time of year with your family and friends

Nativity time!

Oh my goodness what a special time it is at Nursery. The older children in our Kindergarten Rooms have been singing their hearts out, learning about the Christmas Story and donning fabulous costumes for their annual Nativity performance to families. We are bursting with pride at the marvelous performances they have given, and a thank you to our special Yellow … Read More

Frosty Fun at Chilworth!

Frost has been a big talking point at Chilworth today. Why are the leaves in the shade still frosty? What marks can be made in the frost? Toddlers, Transition and Kindergarten participated in lots of exploring and experimenting. They placed frosted leaves in the sunshine to see what would happen. And when they touched the frost with their warm fingers … Read More

Children in Need fundraising today

Wow what a lot of Pudsey activities!  Cake sales, sponsored walks and cycles.  Dressing up and much more more.  Thank you to everyone taking part and donating.         . 

Visiting a local care home

For 6 weeks the children and Team from Chandlers Ford Nursery have been visiting the residents of Valley Lodge Care Home. At the beginning the children were very shy around the residents and now they are comfortable around them and always very excited to see them! With support from qualified practitioners we have embedded bonds with the residents. Singing and … Read More

New Nursery Manager at Fair Oak!

We are thrilled to welcome one of our longest serving Yellow Dotter’s to Fair Oak this week, Clare Ashton our new Nursery Manager. Wow, it gives us goose bumps to share Clare’s story! She started as a Senior Nursery Nurse in January 2002 at our Chandlers Ford Nursery working in the Toddler Room. Clare has such a zest for life … Read More

Happy Diwali

We celebrated Diwali today at most of our Nurseries. At Chandlers Ford our lovely Lunch Cover, Vandana, dressed up in her traditional Diwali outfit to show the children and Team. She brought along outfits for the children to touch and see as well as some lovely Diwali objects from her home for the children to experience. She also kindly made a … Read More

How can I book an extra session?

Parents, if you need to book an extra day’s childcare you can send an enquiry via our website and we will get back to you with availability. Go to the CONTACT tab, select Request an extra session,  or click You can always ask your friendly Nursery Manager too!

Graduation day at Winchester University

Congratulations to Lizzie (Chandlers Ford), Kim and Sarah ( North Baddesley), Danielle (Hedge End), Heather ( Ampfield) Graduating from Winchester University with Early Years Degrees. Congratulations to Caz (Chandlers Ford) for achieving her Foundation Degree. Research shows that well Qualified Early Years Practitioners make a difference to young children’s lives as do experienced Practitioners who love children and enjoy smiling. … Read More

It’s not goodbye. It’s see you later

Today was our last day at the Life Centre School. We arrived with happy children all waving and calling out our names, their faces lit up with big smiles which makes us realise what a great bond we have built with them over the last 3 weeks. This morning we made our rounds to each class and said goodbye to all … Read More