A little bit more about Archway Nursery

Parents in Blandford Forum have been entrusting us at Archway with their children for many years. This is because we understand first-hand the importance offering quality childcare in a safe and stimulating environment, focusing on individualised learning with qualified caring staff.

Our philosophy is to only employ passionate and experienced staff who are able to guide the development of children, helping them build their confidence, assertiveness and independence needed for when they start school.

We welcome babies and children up to the age of five into a safe and homely environment, where they are fed nutritious homemade meals, and are encouraged to learn and play, building up their confidence as they grow.

  • Home away from home environment in a large converted farm house
  • Nutritious homemade meals made fresh on-site everyday
  • A large garden with exciting equipment for daily adventures
  • Motivated, experienced and enthusiastic staff with advanced qualifications and first aid training
  • Fun with maths and writing to prepare children for school
  • Introducing online learning journals to encourage parent engagement by sharing observations daily
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement (15 and 30 hours) for 3-4-year-olds
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2-year-olds subject to eligibility criteria

Age Groups

Our nursery is split into 5 areas, with each room devoted to caring for a specific age range. We’ve designed our nursery so that children move between rooms when they are ready, not based on when their birthday is.

Here at Archway Nursery our days are not rigidly structured but all rooms try to keep to a routine which the children can recognise and anticipate. A familiar routine helps to ensure that your child is happy and secure.

Babies: 0-2-year-olds

Babies are split between three rooms depending on their stage of development: the Turtles, Dolphins and Angelfish. Babies take part in many multi-sensory experiences, all to boost their awareness of the world around them.

Activities in this age

We endeavour to follow your baby’s routine to match the one at
home until they are ready to be gradually introduced to the routine that is followed in our older rooms.

Toddlers: 2-3-year-olds

Our toddlers are split between two rooms: the Angelfish and the Starfish. Here the children have access to an environment, encouraging them to choose which room and activities to engage with, nurturing their growing independence. Here toddlers develop their creative skills through arts and crafts, music and movement.

Our excellent nursery staff support the children’s language development with verbal games, songs and stories, and also encourage plenty of imitation and conversation. Social development skills and peer relationships are bolstered through group activities and during meal times.

Preschool: 3-5-year-olds

Children join our preschool from the age of 3 and gradually begin their preparation for school. We provide a carefully planned programme of activities, providing free play within a slightly more structured environment. Activities are provided to teach basic numbers, colours and shapes. The children also use of construction toys, puzzles and books to enhance their motor skills

We encourage children’s independence and have free-flow access between the three rooms including a large purpose-built art room which caters for many types of arts and crafts: clay modelling, painting, woodwork, science and cookery.

When the time does come for the children to continue their education journey in primary school, we are here to provide as much support as needed and liaise with local schools to ensure a smooth transition for all.


Archway Nursery in Blandford Forum is open between 7:45am and 6pm for 51 weeks of the year, closing for 1 week over Christmas. We are also on bank holidays.

We also offer a variety of flexible sessions in our preschool unit for 15 hours and 30 hours funding. Please give us a call to enquire.

  • Full Day Session: 7.45am – 6.00pm
  • Morning Session: 7.45am – 1.30pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1.30pm – 6.00pm

Our Food

We believe it’s very important to encourage our children to love eating healthy and nutritious food. These healthy habits remain with them through their entire lives and can be the foundation of a healthy lifestyle ahead.

We have a 5-star Food Hygiene Rating and are able to cater for all dietary requirements.


Our dedicated on-site chef
prepares healthy balanced meals
on a daily basis and ensures our
children are offered their 5-a-day


Menus are constantly varied to
encourage curiosity whilst taking
into account dietary and
nutritional needs


We teach our children about
different types of food and how it
helps them grow, encouraging
good habits for the future

Help with Fees

Archway Nursery is pleased to offer Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2-year-olds subject to eligibility, as well as for 3-4-year-olds (15 and 30 hours).

The new Childcare Choices website provides a straightforward explanation of all Government Childcare Support in one place, providing a simple way of seeing which schemes are available, with easy next steps to where you can find out more.

Using the Childcare Calculator you can quickly find out which of the offers are available to you and choose what works best for your family.

For further questions on fees and funding, please contact us.

Refer a Friend

If you have a friend or family member who is looking for a place for their child at Archway, please ask them to complete the Get in Touch form below, stating “Referral + Your Name” in the comments box. If a place is available and they do register their child, both you and your friend could receive £25 off one month’s fees!

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