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hdc Nursery Dartington

A nurturing nursery set within extensive grounds on the outskirts of Totnes

Full time care for children aged 0 - 5 years
Manager: Melissa Jordan
01803 868 414
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  • Who we are

    A nursery set within extensive grounds.

    A nursery on the outskirts of Totnes that provides a stimulating environment.

    Our beautiful Dartington Nursery in Totnes is nestled between Dartmoor and the South Devon coastline. The setting is built up of four rooms, where children are split into groups depending on their age and developmental needs. All rooms have a hygge-inspired decor, helping children to feel comfortable and secure in a home-from-home environment.

    The baby areas are spacious and lead directly onto a private decking area, overlooking the garden which provides plenty of fresh air and free movement. This room is carefully structured, to allow for quiet spaces made for sleeping and relaxation, as well as suitable spaces and equipment to encourage messy play.

    Our Meadow room is for children approaching 2 years old and is equipped with a large variety of resources and natural objects to encourage your child’s curiosity. There is a large garden area, designed to promote outdoor play, and to encourage an active lifestyle where the children can take part in activities such as running around, cycling, and much more.

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    Additional Information

    • Registered for 87 children aged 0 – 5 years
    • 3 acres of secure garden with Forest area
    • Qualified, dedicated and child centred team
    • Nutritious, home cooked meals
    • Onsite parking

    Getting here

    Directions, parking & opening times

    Directions & Parking

    Our Dartington Nursery is situated in a quiet residential area and a short drive from the A38, with easy access from places like Ivybridge, Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. Parking is available outside the nursery making it easy for drop-off and pick-up.

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    Opening times

    Full day
    8am to 6pm
    Early Start
    7.30am or 8am
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    Leaving feedback

    We love hearing about the experiences that families have had at our nursery! Your feedback helps us to continually improve and provide the best possible care for your child.

    If you've had a positive experience with us, we'd be thrilled if you took a moment to leave a review and help other families make an informed decision. Your feedback is important to us and we appreciate your support! Click the logos below to leave a review.


    Read reviews about the nursery

    We know that choosing the right childcare provider for your little ones is an important decision, and that's why we encourage families to read our reviews. Read about real family's experiences to get a feel for what makes our nursery special and how we can support your child's growth and development.

    ". Lovely to have so much time and emphasis on outdoor activities"

    "We moved to Devon from London, and our son was immediately made welcome and part of the hdc family. We always look forward to hearing (and reading on the app platform) about his day and all the great activities they get up to. Lovely to have so much time and emphasis on outdoor activities."

    "The staff are all so caring and enthusiastic"

    "My son has attended the preschool at Humpty Dumpty for the last 5 months and absolutely loves it! The staff are all so caring and enthusiastic. They focus learning around things the children are interested in, as an example my son wanted London Bridge is falling down as the song of the week, this the got the class interested in bridges and how they work and so that’s became the focus for the next week."

    The nursery has so much outdoor space, with a lovely garden attached to the room. The kids are always outdoors which I love, building campfires, collecting water from the steam or playing in the rain. The staff really drive the children to make the most out of the space and encourage their imagination."

    "All the staff are really lovely"

    "Our daughter has attended the nursery since she was around year old and followed their groups from babies to preschool. All the staff are really lovely and encourage her to be herself and explore. Our daughter has become attached to her key person in every room who have helped her come on miles both verbally and with her confidence. They alway have lots of activities and a great outdoor space for the children to run around/learn in."

    Simple and straight-forward

    Our nurseries have many outstanding and unique qualities that you’ll want to see and experience for yourself.

    Because of this, we prefer to discuss individual day nursery costs with you during your visit to the nursery you’re interested in.

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    Helping pay for your childcare

    Understandably, the cost of day nursery can put many familiesoff choosing it as an option. But there are a range of Government schemes open to parents that can make nursery affordable and we will do everything we can to help you understand the choices and access the funding that you might be eligible for.

    Tax-Free Childcare  – For working families earning under £100k and at least £131 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) each who aren’t receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers.

    15 hours and 30 hours Funded Childcare  – For many working parents of 2 year olds, and 3 – 4 year olds for 38 weeks each year.

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extra activities

Dartington offer a unique range of activities and extras

  • Children taking part in Boogie Beats playtime at nursery

    Boogie Beat

    Jumping, bopping, singing - and giggling!


Local nursery bursting with opportunities

"I am dedicated and committed to providing an outstanding service to all the children, their families and my team. I have worked my way up through the company since 2015 and I truly believe in our core values and principles. I am passionate about our provision being based around the child, with the child being the centre in all that we do here. I believe that a child learns best when they are happy, safe and secure and these are the foundation blocks on which we will support children to build their future"

Melissa Jordan (Nursery Manager at Dartington Nursery)
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  • Nursery room interior showing a fabric ball pit filled with balls, cosy reading area and comfortable pillows 
  • Close up of children's learning resource made from wood and numbers painted on for a maths activity 
  • Children's cosy seating area with a rug, for relaxing and reading at nursery 
  • Children's indoor relaxation space, containing comfortable pillows and pastel coloured decor 
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  • Activity space at nursery with wooden resources within a cabin styled room 
  • Children's comfortable seating area beside the roleplaying kitchen made from natural resources
  • Activity space at nursery with wooden resources on the floor and natural wallpaper displaying sunset and trees
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  • Outdoor kitchen area, surrounded by greenery and roleplaying props for children 
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