Welcome to The Old School Nursery

A day care nursery located in Shapwick between Wimborne & Blandford, Dorset

Whether it`s the happy atmosphere, expert staff or outstanding facilities, The Old School Nursery is a truly special place. Every day is one of exploration, discovery and fun – designed to inspire confidence and a lifelong love of learning.

We know how important it is that children feel safe, secure and loved. Rest assured, your children are cared for by childcare professionals who are passionate about giving little ones the very best start in life, while daily handovers and feedback from your keyworker ensure you`re fully up-to-date on the progress your child is making.

The moment your child steps through the door, you can be certain they have everything they need for a special day of learning. Our weekly, daily and half day rates cover all your child`s needs including nappies, nutritious healthy home cooked food that`s cooked fresh on the premises, and formula.

The nursery is conveniently located in the pretty village of Shapwick, only 10 minutes from Wimborne and Blandford Forum. It`s based in the old village school, a beautiful building dating from the early 1900s.

We can`t wait to meet you and your child and hope The Old School Nursery captures your imagination and heart, as it does ours.


This is what makes us unique




Starting your journey with us

We know how hard it is leaving your child for the very first time in a new environment. So we make sure this process is as reassuring and seamless as possible - for all involved.
Here's how your journey starts with us, once you have sent in an enquiry form or contacted us (01258 857922) to talk about the nursery and availability.

  1. We will arrange a time and date for you to view the Nursery (with or without your child).This will normally take about one hour and we will show you around and answer all your questions. You can always call us after, you always remember one question just as you are leaving, or arrange a second visit.
  2. If your child accompanies you, we encourage you to let them spend some time with us in an appropriate room, to make sure that they feel comfortable in our setting.
  3. If you choose to register with us, you will have two free of charge 'settling in' sessions for your child, each lasting an hour.
  4. During the first session we go through your child's routines, likes and dislikes, and answer any questions you may have.
  5. The second session is when you leave your child with us. Throughout this process we will ensure that you and your child feel safe, secure and reassured.
  6. Once they start their journey with us, whether it be a half day or a full day, we will give you regular updates through phone calls and Tapestry (our online journal) to reassure you as much as you need.