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Dorking Nursery School and Family Centre

Some kind words from people who have used our services...

Very, very interesting and motivational. Thank you for some fantastic ideas; all of it helpful ('Exploring & Engaging with the World around you' Kathryn Solly)

A fantastic course which will definitely impact my practice at school ('Exploring & Engaging with the World around you' Kathryn Solly)

I am writing to say thank you for the invaluable service and support that the children's centre in Dorking have offered me and my baby son ... at times of need, I often found the staff from the children's centres incredibly helpful and generous with their time and energy... Maria in particular has been one of the most precious sources of emotional and practical support this year ... she noticed that I was struggling and came to ask me how I was doing, always ready to give me a kind word or any advice on practical issues I might be struggling with ... but I always received so much, which then helped me have more energy to continue being a good mother. Thank you so much for what you offer and thank you for having amazing staff like Maria and Emilia running the groups.

Second time I have been here for a course and it was brilliant! So many ideas and really inspiring. The suggestions of ideas for outdoor activities and ways to integrate chance were very helpful. ('Effective Outdoor Play: Raising Attainment Using the Outdoors' Jo Gordon)

“Thank you El . Your ‘Understanding Sensory Behaviour’ Workshop gave me an understanding of my child’s needs and what she is experiencing. It suggested strategies to help her, in time, to manage her own sensory needs.”

Visitors' morning - We just wanted to thank you for making us feel so welcome at your wonderful Nursery. We really benefited from reflecting on our practice and building in some of your great ideas to our setting. Your children are given such great learning experiences and you clearly play a massive role in your local community.

Visitors' morning - Great to see the nursery in action and also the planning; an enjoyable and informative session – lots to think about.

Visitors' morning - Excellent setting, with well organised and lovely activities and resources; any questions answered, very open and accommodating; all aspects very helpful, especially planning.

Elaine was fab! The day whizzed by and I learnt loads; such great ideas. I think loads was covered considering the time frame. ('Making Maths Marvellous', Elaine Bennett)

Excellent speaker, knowledgeable and easy to listen to ('Adult Role – Interaction or Interference', Claire Warden)

This course has been fantastic – my ‘children’ will benefit from your teaching of me – thank you on their behalf. I feel empowered and excited. Thank you Anna ('Planning in the Moment to Maximise Learning: Child-Initiated Play', Anna Ephgrave)

Really lovely environment and room, super friendly staff. Amazing lunch and refreshments. I have been given so much useful information that I can take back to my setting (Supporting Children with Additional Languages', Sunita Shah)

Sunita was excellent, engaging and interesting, would highly recommend course ('Supporting Children with Additional Languages', Sunita Shah)

Thank you very much. Jacqui is very inspiring and I appreciate all of the ideas and handouts. The resources were amazing. ('Here Come the Boys: Inspiring Boys to become Marvellous Mark-Makers', Jacqui Hardie)

A great centre with excellent facilities. The course content was excellent and very relevant. All of it helpful, so inspiring and so many fantastic ideas; the resources were exceptional, so helpful to see ‘real’ resources and how they have been implemented ('Here Come the Boys: Inspiring Boys to become Marvellous Mark-Makers' - Jacqui Hardie)

Thanks so much for the training today it was brilliant - pitched really well, engaging, inspiring and given me lots of tools. You're a brilliant presenter and managed the whole day fantastically ('New to Early Years', Donna Harwood-Duffy)

Brilliant - lots of relevance to our setting post-Ofsted. Full of ideas of what we can do to support and develop NQTs/less confident staff.

Brilliant! So helpful and so much I'd like to try out.

Staff have always raved about Donna’s inspirational work – it was great to witness it first hand.

Staff are like a second family.