Welcome to our cherished family-run day nursery, where we take pride in offering flexible and exceptional childcare services for babies aged three months to pre-school. Situated in an ideal location, we are conveniently accessible to families in Salisbury, Tisbury, Dinton, and the surrounding areas of Wiltshire.
Welcome to our charming nursery nestled in the picturesque rural village of Barford St Martin. Steeped in history, our nursery holds a special place in the community. It was originally the village Infant & Junior School, and we have lovingly transformed it into a nurturing space for children's growth and development.
Because of our location, we have a strong sense of community. We regularly take our children on delightful walks around the village, allowing them to explore and connect with the local surroundings. They have the opportunity to enjoy the village playing field, visit the village library, and partake in seasonal festivities at the Church.
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Our nursery has dedicated rooms for babies, toddlers and pre-school:
We have a special curated space for babies and toddlers aged 3 months to 2 years. Our Baby Room features a separate sleep area for peaceful rest and a dedicated sensory space to stimulate young minds.
We've crafted exciting spaces for toddlers aged 2-3 years, fostering curiosity and exploration through structured play and routine.
Our Pre-School Room is designed exclusively for children aged 3-5 years, offering a stimulating environment that nurtures creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Our carefully curated activities and learning materials are geared towards preparing your little one for a seamless transition into school, ensuring they develop the essential skills needed for their lifetime.
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We teach Makaton as part of our curriculum. It is a language program that combines speech with signs and symbols. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to communicate and connect, and Makaton is here to make that happen!
We host regular Inspired Forest School sessions in all of our nurseries.
Forest School is an approach to education that makes use of the outdoor environment to learn.
We have a Movement & Mindfulness Programme in place which combines body movement with mindful awareness for improved physical health and mental balance.
We offer a weekly dance lesson on a Wednesday to all our children, run by Catch Creative of Salisbury
We have a separate role play room designed to ignite imagination and promote social interaction through imaginative play.
When it comes to nourishment, we take great pride in serving home-cooked, healthy, and fresh meals. Our in-house chef is able to accommodate any food allergies, ensuring that every child's dietary requirements are met.
In addition to our healthy and nutritious weekly menus, we offer cookery club and our recipes to use at home.
We understand the demands of modern schedules, which is why our nursery operates for 51 weeks a year, from 8:00 am to 6:00pm. We offer early starts from 7:00am and late closure until 7:00pm, accommodating the needs of busy parents, available on request.
We have many glowing parent testimonials and reviews on Day Nurseries website.
100% of our parents would recommend us to other parents, according to our recent Satisfaction Survey, 2023.
Our relationships with parents is very important to us. We communicate with families through your child's learning journal, Facebook 'closed' group, at drop-offs/ pick-ups, parents evenings and we host regular family events, such as Sports Day, Graduation ceremonies, Family Days and many more.
We use the Government's Early Years Foundation curriculum in addition to our own ‘Enhancement Branches’ that will build on the foundations given within Development matters.
We run a holiday club for children aged 4-8 for siblings of our nursery children.
Hello! I am responsible for the overall management of the nursery; ensuring all children are safeguarded, providing
high standards of care and early learning experiences.
I have over 10 years working in childcare, including two years working as a nursery manager at another nursery in Wiltshire, where I was finalist for Manager of the year in 2021.
I have a Batchelor Degree in Early Years Childcare and Education, Paediatric First Aider & Safeguarding Mental Health First Aider, to name but a few.
I have been in childcare for 18 years. I have worked in settings in the UK, New Zealand and Australia as well as being a Nanny. I hold a Diploma in Childcare and Education as well as a Degree in Early Childhood Studies with Psychology.
My own child now comes to First Friends and is thriving here.
I love working here at First Friends seeing the children develop and learn through play.
West Street, Barford St. Martin, Salisbury, SP3 4AW, United Kingdom
Tel: 01722 743119 Facebook: First Friends Day Nursery Family of First Friends Barford St Martin ('Closed group')
07:00 – 19:00