Welcome to the Tick Tocks Day Nursery

We provide day care for 0-6 year olds enabling parents and carers to either return to work, study or simply have a well earned break whilst allowing their children to have fun and interact with others.


Here at Tick Tocks, our main aim is to provide a happy, caring and secure atmosphere where children learn and develop to their own full potential through play and structured activities. Our staff have worked for us for many years, our senior supervisor has been with us since we opened in 2002. Together we have a wealth of experience and knowledge which assures a safe, secure and nurturing environment with a home from home atmosphere.


To find out more about the Tick Tocks Day Nursery please download our
Prospectus (
click here).





"My son has been at Tick Tocks for over 18 months and he always happy and confident when he leaves.


The staff are all friendly and supportive with good communication about his progress and activities. The building itself is very well equipped yet small enough to have a personal family feel. My son asks at least once a day when he is next going to Tick Tocks! ."

Lisa Moore



"Tick Tocks is a fantastic place, both of my boys started at a few months old and I can honestly say they both really enjoy it there.


I also believe that Tick Tocks really prepared my eldest son for school and were the main contributors to his social and academic capabilities. A real mix of fun and learning. I would recommend them to other parents, a safe and secure environment."

Emma Hill



"A safe and and fun environment for my daughter, who bounces into Tick Tocks each session. Highly recommended Mum of three."

Becky Coombes



"Tick Tocks is, quite simply, a wonderful nursery. All three of our daughters have enjoyed, played, laughed and learned there, with our eldest daughters now thriving at school.


But most particularly, it is the support of our youngest daughter, (who is, as I write this, still with Tick Tocks), where the team without doubt gone above and beyond the call of duty. Unexpectedly, when she was nearing two, our youngest daughter began to struggle and later went on to be diagnosed as having special needs. Thanks to Lynn, Ali and the team, she has been given the most incredible start. If it hadn't been for them, we would have taken longer to source the support we needed. They also have worked very closely with our daughter's therapists to make sure she got the intensive help she needed. Despite her problems, she has forged many friendships at Tick Tocks and is constantly learning new skills. She adores her sessions there and is always thrilled when I take her.


Tick Tocks are not just a nursery to us; they are an extension to our family.."

Happy Parent

> Holiday Dates

Christmas Closure 2018 
24th December - 1st January 2019 inclusive.

Easter 2019
Good Friday 19th April and Easter Monday 22nd April.

May DAY Holiday - 6th.

May Bank Holiday - 27th.

Summer Break 2019
29th July to 2nd August inclusive.

August Bank Holiday
- 26th August.

Christmas HOLIDAY 2019 
24th December - 1st January 2020 inclusive.


> Topics

Across the year we cover various topics, these are usually changed each month and will co-inside with events throughout the year.

> Policies

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> Policies

> Newsletters

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> Tick Tocks July 2018

> Tick Tocks September 2018

> Tick Tocks October 2018

At Tick Tocks our whole philosophy is to provide a home from home environment


A place where children will feel comfortable and be encouraged to play and learn. Fun with safety is the key. Cooking, painting, stories, games, indoors and out, the day will simply fly by.


Lynn and Alison opened their first nursery in Charmouth in September 2002. In February 2005 we opened our second nursery in Axminster, Devon, which is registered to take 25 children. Due to a fall in numbers of children in the Charmouth area, and an increase in demand in Axminster Lynn and Alison decided to close their Charmouth nursery and concentrate on Axminster, which continues to go from strength to strength.

Opening Times and Fees


Our session times run from


8.30am - 12.30pm (Morning session)

1.00pm - 5.00pm (Afternoon session)

8.30am - 5.00pm (full day)


Baby session 0 - 2yrs £22.00 per session or £44.00 per day

Toddler session 2 - 3yrs £22.00 per session or £44.00 per day

Nursery session 3 - 6yrs £21.00 per session or £42.00 per day

Lunch session £6.00


Staff are on the premises until 5.30pm for working parents should you need this, however there will be a late collection charge of £5 for every 15 minutes there after.


We accept the 2, 3 & 4 Year Funding as well as the extended 30 Hours funding. We also offer a Pre School session 9am - 3pm Term Time only as well as all Year Round.


Booking Your Child into Tick Tocks


To book your child into Tick Tocks we take a £50 non refundable registration fee along with the first months fees in advance, (this is non refundable if you cancel the place). If you are booking a place in advance you will be charged full price for the space once it becomes the last available space within your child’s age group.

Our Staff


All the staff are dedicated to providing a happy, safe and secure environment and help to maintain high standards of care by regularly attending training courses such as Safe Guarding and EYFS.


All staff have been checked with the Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS)

ALISON - Manager/Safeguarding Officer

Alison gained previous childcare experience through nannying and is also mother of 5. She has gained her NVQ 4 in Early Years Childcare and Education and has completed  courses in Safe Guarding, Behaviour Management and First Aid.

SARAH - Manager/Deputy Safeguarding Officer

Sarah has worked for Tick Tocks since we first opened in Charmouth in September 2002, Sarah is qualified to Level 3 in Early Years. She is a mother of three children. Sarah has gained a wealth of experience over the last 10 years and has particular expertise with in the EYFS framework. Sarah has also completed courses in First Aid, Behaviour Management, Safe Guarding Children, Observation Assessment and Planning, Food Hygiene, Letters and Sounds and Risk Assessment.

DAWN - Nursery Assistant

Dawn first started working for us in our Charmouth Nursery and then moved over to Axminster. Dawn moved a way for a little while but is now back living here and started working for us in May this year. Dawn has her level 3 in childcare and has completed courses in First Aid, Safe Gaurding, Behaviour Management and Health and Safety.

MICHELLE - Nursery Assistant

Michelle joined Tick Tocks in October 2009 and works part time. She is a mother of two children herself and has gained experience working as a meal time assistant at the local primary school, volunteering at a local playgroup and working in a crèche.  Michelle is qualified to level 3 in childcare, has her first Aid certificate and has attended Safe Guarding training.

KERSTIN - Pre-School Assistant

Kerstin joined us in July 2010 and first started working in our Charmouth Nursery. Kerstin now works full time in Axminster, she has gained lots of experience working in nurseries in Germany and now lives in the UK. She is qualified to a level 3 in early years childcare, has first aid and attended safe guarding training.


KATIE - Supervisor

Katie first joined Tick Tocks as a trainee in our Charmouth Nursery in 2007, Katie steadily grew in confidence and soon qualified to Level 3 in Early Years. Katie is now a very competent member of our team across all areas of the nursery. Katie has also completed courses in Safe Guarding, Behaviour Management, First Aid, Health and Safety.

RHIANNON - Pre-School

Rhiannon first joined our nursery as a trainee completing her Level 3 in Early Years. She then moved onto become a Health Care Assistant at Dorset County Hospital. Rhiannon is now a mum herself and has returned to work with us here at Tick Tocks, her main role will be to work alongside our Pre-School children.

KERRY - Nursery Assistant

Kerry joined our team in May 2017. Kerry had previously been helping out at the local children’s centre, supporting the children with their play time activities during group sessions. Kerry is trained to level 2 in Early Years and is a Mum to two children.

Gaynor - Pre-School Leader

Gaynor previously worked in a Pre-School close to Axminster and has lots of experience working with Pre-School children, Gaynor came to Tick Tocks in January 2018, and has been an asset to our Pre-School, Gaynor was previously just our bank staff, Gaynor is a mum of 2, she has  Level 3 in Early Years and had been on lots of courses to keep her knowledge of early years up to date.

MERRYN - Nursery Assistant

Merryn joined our nursery in October 2007 when we opened here at Millway Rise, Merryn has gained her level 3 Qualification and is currently working towards gaining her Foundation degree.

LAUREN - Apprentice

Lauren started her apprenticeship with us in September 2007, and is working towards gaining her level 3 in Early Years. Laurens main role will be working alongside the pre-school staff.

IZZY - Apprentice

Izzy started her apprenticeship with us in October 2007, and is working towards gaining her level 3 in early Years. Izzys main role will be working alongside the staff in the baby and toddler room.

LYNN - Manager/SENCO

Lynn has gained lots of childcare experience through being a Childminder and a mum of 2. She has her NVQ 4 in Early Years Childcare and Education and has completed courses in Health and Safety/Risk Assessment, Safe Guarding Children, Behaviour Management, First Aid and Foundation Stage planning.

Early Years Foundation Stage


At Tick Tocks we follow the government framework called the (EYFS) Early Years Foundation Stage. This helps us to support children in their earliest years. The staff carry out general observations on the children and discuss with parents/carers their individual interests, achievements and needs. Our aim is to build a strong partnership between home and nursery so that parents, carers, children and nursery, all work together The observations are then used to plan activities that best help your child develop to their own full potential.


There are seven areas of learning and development. All of the areas are inter-connected. There are three prime areas;

1. Personal, Emotional and Social Development

2. Communication and Language

3. Physical development


There are also four specific areas;

1. Literacy

2. Mathematics

3. Understanding the World

4. Expressive Arts and Design


You can find more information on the EYFS via the DfE website.

And on www.early-education.org.uk


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The Children


0 - 2 year olds

Staff ratio 1 - 3 children

For the very young children there is an baby room. This area includes bouncy chairs, play mats, soft toys, rattles and other age appropriate toys. The children are not always limited to this area so will have the chance to use the rest of the nursery for planned activities such as physical play, cooking and craft.


2 - 3 year olds

Staff ratio 1 - 4 children

These children are now becoming more inquisitive and begin to enjoy a wider variety of toys including puzzles, cars, construction and role play. They will have the chance to join in with planned physical, cooking and craft activities throughout the session/day.


3 - 6 year olds

Staff ratio 1 - 8 children

These children have a wide choice of activities including free play, craft, physical, construction and role play. They also have the opportunity to join in with more structured activities in our Pre-school room i.e.; linking letters with sounds, counting and number recognition, pencil and scissor control, and computer skills.


We also have Circle time and talk about the letter sound of the week. We encourage the children to bring in items linked to the letter sound as this helps them to develop their understanding.


Only gentle encouragement will be used to get the children to join in with planned/structured activities, should they not wish to join in there is always the chance for free play.


Throughout the day children of all age groups will get the chance to mix together. We feel this is important as all children learn from each other whatever their age or stage of development.

The Parents


We feel it is important to create a good partnership with parents/carers to enable us to provide the best care for your child. We will keep you informed about your child’s progress and time at nursery through verbal contact and regularly update you about topics and activities going on throughout the month with newsletters. The 0-2 year old children each have a baby diary, this is written in each time your child is at nursery and includes sleep times, what they have eaten and when they had nappy changes. This book is then taken home and can be written in by parents recording routines or any other relevant information if you wish. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress or time at nursery please do not hesitate to ask.



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How to find us


Tick Tocks Day Nursery, Weycroft Avenue, Millway Rise Industrial Estate, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5HU

Tel: 01297 631972