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Ellingham House Day Nursery

A home from home environment for your children.

Ofsted Good Provider


Good Provider


Ellingham House

Day Nursery

BH24 3PJ

Opening Times:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 18:00

Drop-Off Directions & Parking

Set idyllically in a Georgian country house surrounded by 2.5 acres of lawns, paddocks, woodland and children’s gardens, the nursery is conveniently situated on Ellingham Drive and has fantastic commuter links via the Salisbury Road.

Our nursery has a private driveway gravel car park for .

Call Us

Call Us 0330 333 1080

Nursery Facilities

Sensory Room

Our sensory room provides an environment in which children can experience special sound and visual effects, tactile experiences, vibration, use of aromas and music. Activities focus on brain stimulation and developing senses such as touch, sight, sound and smell, as well as the sense of wellbeing and relaxation.

Car Park

We have on-site parking available for easy access and convenience.

Meals & Snacks

We provide healthy meals and snacks as well as fresh water and milk. Our menus are seasonal and are certified by a children’s dietician ensuring the right balance of ingredients for the children. All dietary requirements are catered for by our professional chefs.

Outdoor Garden

Our outdoor space offers an environment to explore and develop and provides a place where imagination comes to life.

Fees & Availability

Nursery fees are dependent on the age of your child and your specific childcare requirements. Funding options are available, including the government’s 15 and 30 hours funded childcare, and we also accept the Government Tax Free Childcare Scheme and childcare vouchers.

To request pricing and availability, please call us or complete the request a call back form below.

How we learn at Ellingham House


  • Our baby room offers the perfect place to begin your child’s nursery journey
  • We offer as many settling in sessions as you and your child need to feel safe and happy in a new environment. This is the start of us building a long-standing relationship with your family, ensuring secure bonds between child and nursery team
  • We offer a stimulating environment and a variety of resources for our babies to explore, develop and discover through play
  • We promote sensory play from a very young age, helping children to make sense of the world by connecting what they see, hear, smell, touch and feel
  • In our reading corner the children have access to a library of books and stories, music, and rhymes introducing early literacy and communication skills
  • We promote movement and balance and focus on early wellbeing awareness and relaxation exercises


  • Our toddler room is where our toddlers can thrive as they become more independent and curious
  • We feel it is important to offer a range of natural resources and provide plenty of messy play opportunities to encourage learning through creative play
  • In our library area we have a selection of age-appropriate reading resources to encourage communication and develop language and literacy skills
  • We encourage independence and free thinking by allowing the children to choose and lead activities carefully guided by our practitioners
  • We promote physical creativity through music and movement which is key in helping to develop children’s fine motor skills
  • We continue to promote early wellbeing awareness and relaxation techniques to help our children understand their thoughts and feelings


  • Our preschool room supports ‘school readiness’ through a wide range of quality resources and equipment that promote all areas of the EYFS including maths and literacy
  • We embed maths and literacy into everyday routines providing opportunities for letter and number recognition
  • We give encouragement and praise to our children inspiring them to investigate and be curious of the world around them
  • We promote an inclusive environment where we take part in a variety of cultural and international celebrations
  • We work on whole body movements to develop large motor skills, co-ordination, balance, and strength
  • We provide a dedicated space for children to learn in small groups allowing focus and concentration as our practitioners deliver activities preparing children for their next step into school.

Outdoor Space

  • In our garden children can wander, climb, splash, and run in our educationally designed outdoor learning area.
  • Our children have access into the garden which is essential for healthy development and wellbeing and our outdoor equipment encourages physical development and challenges
  • Our outdoor space allows children to understand and take risks which helps to build their confidence, independence, and eagerness to learn
  • Our children are introduced to important life skills and encouraged to try new things through play and exploration, through activities such as role play, water play and investigative play
  • We promote a ‘grow your own’ initiative providing spaces in our garden for children to plant their own vegetables, herbs, plants, and flowers
  • We use natural materials such as sand and mud to promote discovery and imaginative play

Our Team

Amy Thorne

Joined: 2017

Hi, I’m Amy, Manager of Ellingham House Day Nursery.
I have decades of experience in childcare, and have been here at Ellingham House since 2017.
The nursery has been a special part of my life since leaving Sixth-Form and I achieved my level 3 NVQ in childcare here and enjoyed working in the different age ranges, as a practitioner and room leader. The Ellingham team encouraged and gave me the confidence and prior experience to take on a teaching degree in primary education.

Training and working as a teacher gave me a real insight into what ‘school readiness’ truly looks like and I love being back at the beginning of the children’s learning journey, preparing them for the next step and supporting staff in providing fun and engaging, play based, activities that promote curiosity, creativity and independence.
Our goal at Ellingham is to instil a love of learning while nurturing social and emotional development
in a warm and inclusive setting.


Joined: 2012

Hi I am Emma, I have been working at Ellingham House for over a decade. I left college in 2012 after qualifying as a nursery nurse and began my career at Ellingham house. I have spent the majority of my time working with the under two’s which I am very passionate about. I love to encourage the children’s learning and development from a young age through a variety of different play experiences. Encouraging the children to explore and learn about the environment around them is very important.

After working here for around 5 years I completed my Foundation Degree in Early Years. Upon completing my degree it gave me a much deeper understanding of how children play learn and develop, allowing me to share this knowledge with the team. As a team we then have the best opportunities to support and nurture the children around us, providing them with a fantastic start to their early years.

Our Team

Our nursery has a lovely family feel which makes it a wonderful place for your child to grow, learn and play. We have a passionate team, who aim to create something special and different, ensuring all children are nurtured, cared for, and inspired with their individual needs in mind.

We have a dedicated senior team who support the nursery management in striving for delivering excellence by enriching home from home environments with an expertly trained team.

All staff complete comprehensive training, further developing their knowledge and understanding of children’s development, covering all key aspects in keeping children safe.

We can provide advice and support for all our families on a vast range of topics by pulling together our combined experience.

Food & Nutrition

Our delicious, healthy and nutritious food is sourced from trusted suppliers and prepared and cooked by our onsite chef. All dietary and religious needs are met.

Our experienced team would love to meet you and your little one, so book a visit today and we will show you everything our nursery has to offer during your own personal tour at a time to suit you.

Open Day

Join us at our next Open Day

Saturday 20th July, 9am-1pm

*Participating nurseries only

Call Back Request

If you would like us to give you a call back at a time which is more convenient for you, please fill in the form below.

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