Dunkys Day Nursery, Culcheth is located in the heart of Culcheth, Warrington, within the hub of the town near to the cafes, park, library and medical centre. There are two local primary schools only a short walk away from where the nursery is situated.
The nursery was previously a medical centre and has been transformed into a state of the art nursery. The building is very spacious indoors and has an outdoor area, the nursery is registered for 60 children.
The nursery has the highest standards of security including state of the art biometric fingerprint and key code door access and CCTV cameras within all rooms. The nursery caters for children 0 – 5 years. The nursery has a large baby room, toddler room and preschool room which can all access the secure outdoor play area. Our rooms are very comfortable and equipped with lots of soft furnishings where children can relax and spend quality time making new friends and learning new skills in the stimulating and educational environment.
We encourage children’s independence and we regularly consult with children to ensure their involvement in making decisions and having choices about their rooms, equipment and activities. Our garden is fully secure and monitored by CCTV. You can rest assured that your children willl be safer than ever when at Dunky’s Day Nursery.
We take our children outdoors daily where they can enjoy growing their own fruits and vegetables as well as developing other skills and experiences. The children can then use these in their cookery lessons where they can have the opportunity to learn about the food groups.
The health, safety and wellbeing of all children in our care is paramount. All our staff are DBS checked and reference received before they join our team. Staff are fully trained in how to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage. The curriculum is based on each individual child and their stage of development as well as current interests. Staff can identify children’s characteristics of effective learning to ensure they create an enriched environment which supports every child’s learning style. We offer ` In the moment` planning were practitioners are skilled to facilitate the children’s learning in the moment as it happens. We offer a wide range of opportunities such as creative and messy play, sensory play, baking, understanding of the world, imaginative play and role play, problem solving reasoning and numeracy, information and communication technology and much more.
My son has attended the Culcheth Dunkys from day one and he has settled in so well, he absolutely loves it. All the staff are fantastic & friendly and go above and beyond. The setting itself is super safe and modern and well equipped. Highly recommend.
My little girl Flo started at the new Culcheth nursery on its first day open! She’s so happy there, she’s settled brilliantly. My two favourite things about the setting are 1) everyone who works there seems to genuinely enjoy spending their time with her (might sound daft, but when your baby 3 days a week you want it to be with people who find her as hilarious, endearing and bonkers as you do) and 2) the quality of the toys, books, activities are second to none (so much so, she not bothered about going home) Would definitely recommend Helen and the team. Can’t fault them.
You’re welcome to visit the nursery at any time during our opening hours – Just drop in and say hello!
We are open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday except for Bank Holidays. However, we can accommodate a 7.30am start for an extra charge.
Dunky’s has been awarded Warrington Healthy Early Years and Halton Healthy Early Years status which recognises our commitment to work together to promote the health and well being of children in our care. In order to achieve these accolades we demonstrated how we promote consistent, informed messages about healthy eating so that children and families have the confidence, skills and understanding to make healthy food choices.
It is paramount that healthy and nutritious food and drink is available in our nurseries. With that in mind all of our nurseries are fully equipped with an industrial sized kitchen. We employ a Senior chef, who has over 28 years experience in working in nurseries providing meals for the under 5s . She leads our team of nursery chefs to cater for all children’s nutritional needs including dietary and religious requirements. All of our kitchens are inspected by Environmental health and have been awarded the highest ratings of 5 stars. The nursery Chefs when determine our menus have researched the Caroline Walker Trust Guidelines. The Caroline Walker Trust is dedicated to the improvement of public health through good food. You can do your own research by following the link www.cwt.org.uk. We have a summer and winter menu over a 6 week rolling programme ensuring all children’s nutritional needs are met. The nurseries are open from 8am till 6pm each day. We provide a three course breakfast, two course lunch and high tea each day, fully homemade by our chefs. A fruit bowl is also available with every meal and fresh drinking water is always available all day, every day to all children.
At Dunky’s we provide a welcoming and relaxed eating environment which supports positive social interactions including good manners for all of our children. We encourage the children to be independent during meal times, setting up tables, serving their own food and scraping the left over’s away as they finish…. if there is any! of course support will always be given to those who need it.
We try to educate our children so that healthy choices become easy choices. At all times our teachers give out positive messages around nutrition and oral health. All of our children brush their teeth at the nursery and we regularly invite dentists to come in and talk to our children about the importance of brushing and oral hygiene. We also provide a wide range of activities to promote healthy eating as a fun, rewarding and social activity. Every one of our nurseries operates a gardening club where the children grow their own fruits and vegetables which are then used in the nursery meals prepared by our chefs. The children tend to their own herb gardens again which seasons our food made by the chefs. We recognise that children learn best when engaging all of their senses. When gardening, the children touch and feel the soil, plants, roots, seeds and petals. Children observe the vibrant colours, the sounds to the snap of the vegetable when taken from the plant, and all the amazing smells of the herbs and flowers. Allowing all the senses to be involved helps the children understand and grasp the concepts of gardening and sustainability along with all the mathematics and scientific concepts which go along with it. Children also attend weekly cookery lesson which are sometimes led by our nursery chefs. Children learn about different food groups, how food is grown and harvested and environmental footprints as food and drink is shipped around the world. Children feel a huge sense of pride when they have contributed towards the making of a meal for their peers for example baking the bread rolls to accompany the homemade soups, or investigating and chopping exotic fruits for our fruit kebabs or making and filling pita parcels for tea.
Dunkys uses food to promote special events and festivals. Every child who attends nursery on the birthday will receive a birthday cake baked specially for them by our nursery chef.