• Enrol Your Child at Seaward.

  • Our Promise, Our Responsibility

  • You face big decisions as a parent. None bigger than early education. Parents know that at Seaward we make it our passion to nurture a sense of discovery, joy, and wonder in every child.

    We guide children on this road to discovery with our standards and assessments along three prime developmental domains:

    • Personal social and emotional development
      Supports your child’s ability to express and regulate feelings and develop relations with others.

    • Physical Development
      Gives your child opportunities to build large- and small-muscle skills, strength, stamina, and knowledge needed to live a healthy lifestyle, learn and achieve.

    • Communication and language
      Involves children’s abilities to convey their ideas, thoughts, and feelings through speaking and writing, and their ability to demonstrate early reading skills.
      These basics will help your child to develop skills in the four specific areas:

      Understanding the world
      Expressive arts and design

      All children will develop mental processes needed to think, make sense of the world, and understand knowledge across different subjects.

    • Community Projects
    • Creative Curriculum
    • Letters and Sounds
    • Beach School
    • One-to-One Teaching
    • Lifelong Love of Books
  • The Difference

  • Our approach to learning makes all the difference.

    Little minds are wide open and ready to learn, and we have a unique way of encouraging children to become life-long learners.

    • Seaward Approach to Education
      We welcome children of all abilities and are committed to provide quality education to each child. We believe every child is a unique individual with varying needs, and we welcome the diversity which this brings to our nursery. All children and families deserve to be full members of their communities, to have the opportunity for development and learning, and to experience a sense of belonging.

    • Extra Curricular Classes
      Children at Seaward are taught elements of drama and dance, regularly rehearse for performances and appear in front of the audiences. All of these benefit their confidence levels and social skills. French, Yoga and Mindfulness, Sports are also part of our daily life.

    • Bilingual Immersion
      It’s a small world. If your child does not speak English, we will help him/her succeed through our bilingual immersion preschool program with stimulating, age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Children will initially learn common English vocabulary such as names of foods, parts of the body, colours and shapes, items in nature, as well as learn the basics of British culture.

    • Excellence

      At Seaward we aim at providing a home-from-home environment for our little pupils. The ultimate test for us is how comfortable you feel on your first visit to the nursery. We understand how difficult it is for you to entrust the care of your child to someone else. You need to know that your child is loved, safe, nurtured and stimulated. We are parents as well. We have designed our nursery as an environment for our own children. Our own children have been educated at Seaward. We also have a high level of staff retention. We hire the best-qualified teachers and carers, those who have the most creative mindset and a sharp focus on quality education.

    • Innovation

      We believe in the development of an individual curriculum for each child based on the child’s needs, talents, abilities, and interests.

  • Needs, Talents, Abilities and Interests

  • Needs

    Include safety, security, nourishment, relationships of trust, praise and encouragement, respect and stimulation of curiosity.


    Are innate skills with which a child is born.

  • Abilities

    Are skills that a child acquires through their own exploration of their environment, through problem solving, through learning by instruction from adults or other children.


    Are areas in which a child demonstrates focus through choice for prolonged periods.

  • Our children pursue creative opportunities in a unique way. We use the excellent basis provided by the Early Years Foundation Stage, and overlay it with our own focus on world culture and classical music, visual and performing arts, science and discovery. We have taken inspiration from Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences and the use of music and the arts in early years development. We have also incorporated into our curriculum Steiner watercolour painting, Montessori routines and Dalcroze eurhythmics.

  • Our Programmes

  • Toddlers, Discovery Pre-school, Pre-school

    At Seaward we stretch children’s imagination through drama, music, painting, foreign languages, active sports, cooking and baking and offer a wide range of art media and educational resources to stimulate young minds. The children develop an excellent awareness of phonics and are creatively introduced to early stage key vocabulary in order to build early reading success. Together with their teachers, children tackle multi-sensory mark-making, and start to write confidently, initially their names, but more over time. We develop children’s mathematical skills in practical and informal ways, thus laying down the stepping stones to later achievement.

  • Seaward Morning School
    Seaward Afternoon School
    • Toddlers

      (Sea Stars Playroom)
      Our toddlers are always on the move. When a child is all over the place, they’re discovering their world.

      Toddlers learn best in safe, loving places where they can explore, at their own pace. The activities for this age group are built around toddlers’ limitless curiosity and their natural desire to push the boundaries.

      Each day is packed with carefully designed play activities. During their time with us your child will learn to count, discover mark-making and music, start learning to follow simple instructions, begin mustering buttons and shoes, and, of course, the potty.

    • Pre-School

      (Dolphins Classroom)
      With improved coordination and thinking, the world begins to open up for preschoolers.

      Our pre-school programme includes language skills, maths, science, and social agility learnt in a natural sequence to nourish learning one step at a time, with plenty of individual attention given and suited to your child’s unique needs.

      Every day preschoolers will perform science experiments, create artwork, play make-believe and developmental games.

    • “Play builds the kind of free-and-easy, try-it-out, do-it-yourself character that our future needs”

      James L. Hymes, Jr.
  • Exploring, Discovering and Learning

    Learn more how our Creative Curriculum is encouraging learning through rich play-based experiences.

    Art and creative play have many things in common - just like art, play has no single definition, as it is rich, complex and varied, and also deeply satisfying to those who engage in it.

    Expand each of the links to find out more.

  • Arts

    At Seaward we see visual arts as a stage for all areas of the curriculum.

    Our Art Curriculum is as much about object studies, manipulating clay, learning to correctly hold a pencil, mark making, painting and drawing as it is about Classical and Romantic Art, the Renaissance, Palladian Architecture, the Lascaux Caves and Da Vinci engineering inventions.

    At Seaward we use the works of Mondrian and Kandinsky to explore geometry and mathematical shapes. We use Filippo Lippi to investigate perspective and spatial placement. The works of Picasso and other cubists help children look into emotions and feelings, and how they see themselves in a mirror, and what happens if they put noses on the side of a face! We often exhibit the children’s art at Seaward, and now have plans to sell the works and donate the proceeds to a children’s charity!


    Self-awareness, self-respect and self-confidence stem from a deep-seated intrapersonal understanding.

    A child has to develop an active sense of self, who she is and where she comes from. Additionally all children learn to understand how they fit in to the variety of social groupings they encounter on a daily basis. To do this they need to grasp interpersonal relationships – understand the ability to empathise and sympathise, understand how they and their actions are perceived by other people.

    Our activities will always incorporate elements of reflection, mindfulness and interpretation and help children in this process. At the same time we are always conscious of helping children understand how they may be perceived differently by others, and how developing an insight and understanding into another person’s perspective will help them build relationships of trust. Seaward Circle Time is often planned out as an exercise in mindfulness and exploring feelings.

    Through books, puppets and daily narratives we gently expose children to a broad range of emotions including anger, grief and loss and the appropriate ways of handling them.

    Music and Performing

    Music and the Performing Arts are the cornerstone of our curriculum. We have a music library that spans from Gregorian chants through Vivaldi to Gershwin. We dance Samba, Tango and Mbira, listen to Cab Calloway, McCoy Tyner and, of course, a wide range of nursery rhymes.

    Music lends itself extremely well to mathematics (rhythms, beats, speeds, durations), emotional awareness (major and minor keys, happy and sad music), and to creative expression.

    Music is also central to story telling. Operas, musicals, childrens songs all have a dramatic narrative and provide a wealth of information for children to explore. Disney is wonderful for children. But so are Mozart, Rossini, Stravinsky and Wagner. There are amazing stories to be discovered, and children are just as receptive to Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) as they are to Disney’s Cinderella or Snow White.

    We also use performance to build self-confidence. Children are given opportunities to perform individually and in groups, in front of each other, other children in the nursery, and we have regular performances for parents.


    We believe that our life is a discovery and a deep-seated desire to understand and improve. We ask “why?” as soon we understand that something is, and because it is, we want to know “why?” Why is the sky blue instead of green? Why can’t we fly? Here we are engaging the child as scientist, naturalist and philosopher.

    The Science and Discovery part of our curriculum helps children develop problem solving skills that encompass all areas of learning. We use an age appropriate scientific method to help children design experiments to test theories and hypothesis. We might tell the children that Newton’s third law of motion is for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In other words every time something pushes on something, something happens. What do you think happens if you push on this toy car? What do you think happens if you push against a wall – does this building move?

    The Science and Discovery Lab is a safe place to do messy and smelly experiments. We can build volcanoes and rivers. We can make a model village and work out how many houses will fit in a street. We can work to understand the lifecycle of a butterfly. And please don’t forget Chemistry. Children love mixing elements, using heat as a catalyst and eating yummy biscuits.


    Literacy encompasses the ability to read and to write – two skills that are critical to the future success of all children in school. From the day children join us, no matter what age they are, we begin to share our love of books with them in hope that our pupils will grow to be school children, teenagers and adults who are able to read and write competently and will have a love and appreciation of the joys of literature and the prowess of being able to write well.

    We talk to the babies and toddlers using simple language and frequent eye contact. We sing and introduce finger rhymes. We share books and make reading times special experiences that children will begin to treasure. In addition we introduce children to the tools of early mark making – pens, pencils, crayons and chalks and encourage them to experiment freely.

    Story Time for older children is as special as that for our younger children – interesting and fun, with opportunities to talk about the text, ask questions, and act out stories. Stories and books are often the starting point for exciting projects that spill over into art and performing art, and even outings and trips.

    Writing and mark making areas are created in all of the learning areas so that our children can enjoy using a wide range of interesting writing tools in their play. Children are encouraged to write letters in sand, to paint and to draw as they begin to be interested in letters and sounds. This leads to our teachers encouraging children to copy words, starting with their own names. Staff will scribe for the children, record their thoughts and descriptions both by hand and on computers, and the children will often copy the written text.

  • Share Your Seaward Story

    If you're a Seaward family, share your experience with us!
    We are honored by the trust our families place in us every day by allowing us to teach and care for their children. We are proud of our community of dozens of families and teachers who share our goals and values of working together to help children meet and fulfill their potential.
  • Contact Us

    Our postal address and contact details
    • Address

      61 Seaward Avenue
      Dorset BH6 3SJ

    • Phone & E-mail

      Phone: 01202 424655

    • Opening Hours

      Monday – Friday
      8.30 am – 5.30 pm
      (Closed Weekends, Bank Holidays and for one week between Christmas and New Year)

    • Sessions

      Mornings, 8.30 am – 1.00 noon
      Afternoons, 1.00 pm – 5.30 pm
      School Day, 8.30 am – 3.30 pm
      Full Day, 8.30 am – 5.30 pm

    We offer Term Time or All Year Round attendance options