Naturally Curious Childcare

  • Basingstoke01256 331147
  • Totton023 8086 4894
  • Eling023 8086 6763
  • Farnborough01252 912085

All about Naturally Curious Childcare

Our website reflects the ethos of our nurseries fun, caring, personal, yet with a professional approach. If you’ve visited any of our day nurseries, I’m sure you’ll agree what a homely, warm and friendly environment we have created. We hope this website goes some way to reflect and recreate this “virtually” for all our online visitors. Having been involved in children's nurseries since 2004, Naturally Curious Childcare's first nursery was based in Farnborough and called Pebbles.

When we took over in 2011 it was in a bit of a sorry state, needless to say it was a baptism of fire and a steep learning curve. After years of blood, sweat and tears Pebbles is now a highly recommended nursery within the area providing high quality care for many families. We are very proud of what we have created within this setting and it continues to go from strength to strength. Pebbles is full most of the time and we have repeat parents booking 2 or 3 years in advance on some days!

In November 2017 we took over our second nursery, this time on the south coast in Totton, renaming it Pinecones and offering a full refurbishment, refit and a new staff team. This setting needed a lot of work and was a real challenge for us, we spent a lot of time with the team and improving the environment and managed to double our children on roll within a couple of months. Pinecones is currently thriving under our amazing management team who work tirelessly every day.

In 2018 we acquired Stepping Stones Day Nursery in Eling, Southampton which is an Ofsted Outstanding setting - the staff team remaining unchanged taking on our approach and ethos they have taken everything in their stride and continue to provide amazing care. Stepping Stones is situated in a converted house and has that real homely environment which we love.

Towards the end of 2019 we have taken on our fourth nursery and we are excited for this new venture and very proud of everything we have accomplished throughout our other settings. Our latest nursery is based in Basingstoke and being renamed The Willows Day Nursery to fit in nicely with our ethos. We believe this setting has huge potential and we have some big ideas including housing our head office management team, extended hours, the employment of a chef to provide those yummy home cooked meals a brand new baby room opening in January 2020!

Who are Naturally Curious Childcare?

We're very lucky to have an excellent staff team, led by our Area Manager Emily Suttling. Emily has been at the forefront of the recent group wide nursery renovations and expansions and is our Curiosity Approach Champion. She makes sure all the children are nurtured and loved in their own nurseries while helping the managers develop the nurseries with their systems, planning, quality, approach, teaching and learning and creating amazing learning environments. Emily previously managed Pebbles for four years prior to her promotion and developed a tight staff team and an amazing reputation, something that she has managed to build across all our nurseries.

Each manager has full control of day to day activities and are able to create their own staff teams, they've done an amazing job of getting the right teams together to care for your children. Although all of our nurseries follow the same ethos they are all unique in what they do. Each nursery has a different feel and the teams are involved in the day to day set up and how the approach is delivered. Our superb management team consists of Victoria, Gemma, Deana, Sarah and Tash who all work closely together to share best practice and ideas for their settings.

Nursery Director Neil Dudman, is always in and out of the settings making sure we're meeting the highest of standards. Neil is also a dad of two boys who came through our nurseries, so understands the stresses and strains working parents face daily. Neil is known for being handy with a drill and is often given tasks by the team to build and create new exciting things for the children, however his main job is to look after the business side of the nurseries, marketing and to be on hand to guide us as all as a team. Neil is also well known in the nursery sector for his coaching and mentoring of other nursery owners throughout the UK. We are joined by Marie Anderson who takes care of head office tasks such as invoicing, accounts and admin.

Happy Staff are what we all strive for in the Naturally Childcare, we know that a happy settled staff team ensure that your child will be the same - In fact we even offer a Happiness Guarantee, allowing your child unlimited settling in sessions until they and you are completely happy and secure.

So, sit back, grab a cup of tea and have a good look around.

Nursery Director Neil Dudman and Emily Suttling on a recent trip to Love 2 Learn Nursery in Leicester.






I love the staff, the atmosphere, the love they give to my little girl and the reassurance that by leaving her with them she is not only in safe hands but she is enjoying herself and growing as an individual at the same time. I I can't praise them enough.

Louise R - March 2014 5 Stars