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Southampton Science Park Nursery

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Sam, Manager Yellow Dot Nursery Chilworth

Hello, my name is Sam Paulton and I am the Nursery Manager of our wonderful, outstanding Nursery in Chilworth. I have worked with children and their families since I was 16, starting my career as a Kindergarten Teacher in a local private School.

Following this, I moved into a Nursery Setting as a Kindergarten Nursery Nurse. I then worked for Hampshire as a Family and Childcare Development Officer working with families on a range of activities and courses, including music and art sessions, family fun days, and even a 'build your own computer' course!

After 4 years I left to start a family and whilst raising my two daughters, I became a childminder. During this time, I also started up a free music group at my local School, which provided children and their families the opportunity to learn new songs and meet other families.

I joined Yellow Dot in 2013 as the Deputy Manager of the Otterbourne Nursery. The experience I have gained over the last 3 years helps me to lead, support and understand all of the different roles in the Nursery, and to provide the best possible experience for the children within our care.

Our OFSTED Inspector said "the highly stimulating and extremely well organised environment enables children to be independent and to initiate their own play and ideas. As a result children are highly motivated and eager to explore. Children make excellent progress highly effective leadership and management ensures the safe and smooth running of the Nursery. The quality of teaching across the Nursery is outstanding. Staff provide an exceptional range of high quality learning experiences for the children, both inside and outdoors."

Yellow Dot Chilworth Nursery is located in Southampton Science Park. Set in an award winning, purpose-built building this is a truly delightful location for your child with its own outside play areas and car parking facility.

At Yellow Dot Nursery we believe it is important to consider the whole child. We value children as individuals, recognising and supporting their needs as appropriate. We offer a balanced programme of activities designed to be stimulating and educational whilst being fun. We recognise the role adults play and how children and adults learn from each other and enrich each others lives.

Our activities are founded on the Early Years Foundation Stage which focuses on:

We believe children and adults learn from each other and enrich each others lives. The Nursery is divided into four areas:

Opening times

Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 6:00pm

Earlybird 7:45am by arrangement
(Sessions 8:00am - 1:00pm / 1:00pm - 6:00pm)

Children may attend on either a full time or part time basis.
The Nursery is open 51 weeks a year.


We accept Childcare Vouchers and Early Years Education Funding

How to find us

University Parkway
Southampton Science Park
SO16 7PT

  • Thank you for all your hard work! It's so nice seeing Noah's confidence grow, and him enjoying his time with you.
    (November 2016)
  • A huge thank you to you all for making Aaeyan's time at Yellow Dot a memorable experience. I can confidently boast that Aaeyan has had the best start here at Yellow Dot Chilworth and you have all been marvellous.
    (November 2016)
  • Thank you for looking after Amelia so well! She has had the most wonderful few Years at Yellow Dot Chilworth and it has been incredible to see how she has developed and grown in confidence.
    Glen, Emily, Amelia and Finley (November 2016)
  • Thank you so much for looking after Emily so well during her time in the Baby Room. Em has clearly enjoyed herself and Nic and I have felt very reassured by all the time and care you have given Emily. Thank you for making her time with you fun!
    Kate, Nic and Emily (November 2016)
  • Thank you so much for making our experience at Yellow Dot Nursery so wonderful. We’ve had an amazing time in Kindergarten and loved all the playing, stories, games, muddy play, drawing, puzzles, food and snacks and most of all wearing you all out! We won’t forget you!
    Luca and Jake (November 2016)