Apprenticeship Recruitment Event

Are you passionate about shaping young minds and nurturing the next generation? We invite you to embark on a fulfilling career in childcare through our Apprenticeship Recruitment Event on 28th May 2023 at Southgate Hotel, EX1,1QF.

🎓 What to Expect:

  • Learn about our apprenticeship program and the opportunities it offers.
  • Meet our experienced Team and hear about their journey in early childhood education.
  • Discover how you can make a positive impact on children’s lives while pursuing your career goals.

Sun Safe Awareness Week 6th-12th May

🌞 Sun Safe Awareness Week, we will be shining a light on keeping our little ones safe under the sun! From fun educational activities to interactive play, we’re empowering children with the knowledge they need to stay protected outdoors.

Don’t forget you can purchase one of our sun hats or polo-shirts by using the order forms at one of the nurseries.

For parents you can find out more information on sun safe awareness at

Spring Crafts at Puffins

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate the season of renewal and growth than with some delightful crafts. On Saturday 27th April 2024 we held a spring crafts event at all our nurseries for both parents and children to attend. There was a range of different activities from colourful flowers to adorable animals, the children had lots of fun sparking their imaginations and giggling alongside peers, it was a great opportunity for parents/carers to meet each other as well as engaging with staff.

Our next event will be the Summer Fete being held on Saturday 20th July 2024.

Easter Holiday Club 2024

As the Easter holiday’s come to an end, we wanted to reflect on how much fun we had at our Easter Holiday Club this year! We saw a return of our HAF offering for the second week of the holidays and Naomi and the team made sure there were lots of fun activities planned each day.

We had a silent disco, we designed t-shirts, did lots of cooking and baking. When the sun came out we made to most of it and headed to the park for games of football and a good run around. There were also times where we got our brains in gear and tried to become code breakers!

Everyone had a lot of fun, and it’s always nice to see familiar faces return!

We wouldn’t be able to run our holiday club without the help of Naomi, Carter and the apprentices that lend their hand to helping every single day, so thank you!!!!

Keep an eye out on our socials as the plan for the Summer Holidays is coming together nicely. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

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Parent First Aid

Sue, our Operations Director, held on Saturday a Parent’s first aid course. It was a great informatic morning learning all the basics of Paediatrics First Aid. Areas of focus included chocking, CPR, the recovery position and how to use a defibrillator.

We plan to run another session in the Summer so if you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please let us know at

Book now for Easter HAF

Did you know that Puffins are a registered HAF provider?

Today the HAF bookings go live and you can book onto our Puffins sessions for Easter!

We are offering FREE 4 dates:

Monday 8th April 9am-1pm

Tuesday 9th April 9am-1pm

Wednesday 10th April 9am-1pm

Thursday 11th April 9am-1pm

If you’d like to book any of the above or all, we have space and it will be completely free to you!

We only have 10 HAF spaces per day so please get in touch if you would like to secure a place.

We look forward to seeing you this Easter.

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education. It funds holiday activities which includes hot food for children during the Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays.

You can find out more about the national HAF programme here

HAF providers, like us at Puffins, include a variety of fun activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills. Children will also receive a nutritious hot meal each day.

Are you eligible? To be eligible for a free place, children must receive benefits related free school meals.

If you have any questions, please contact Abby or Lauryn at Head Office, 01392 496017.

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Congratulations to Chantelle! 

Our Nursery Manager at Clystheath, Chantelle Connor, very recently has completed her Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner qualification! 

Chantelle not only was the first in the company, but she was one of the first who completed this qualification with NCFE, the awarding body! 

This is a huge achievement Chantelle, well done! 

February Half Term – Holiday Club

We had an exciting week at Holiday Club during the February Half Term.

The children went to the park and did some baking. Naomi hosted a Valentine’s Day card making competition. There was even a trip to the cinema and a pamper day filled with face masks and nail painting.

There is always so much fun to be had at our Holiday Club, bookings will soon be open for our Easter Holiday Club, so keep your eyes peeled!

Our Chosen Charity for the Year

It is with a heavy heart that we come together to announce Puffins’ chosen charity for the year. This decision is in honour of a very cherished member of our team, Karen Alford, who left an incredible mark on all of us and our nurseries.

Karen was not just a colleague; she was an integral part of the Puffins family for over 13 years. Karen’s passion for Early Years and her care for the growth of every child in our care was unparalleled. Karen had a unique way of brightening everyone’s day.

In Karen’s honour and with the assistance of Karen’s family, we have chosen Marie Curie as our designated charity for the year. Marie Curie provides expert hospice care, support over the phone and push for better end of life care for all. Marie Curie was brilliant and lovingly supported Karen and her family in her last few days. 

Throughout the year, we will organise events and occasions to raise money for Marie Curie, this year being very special! We hope that by coming together in Karen’s memory, we can continue her legacy of being a compassionate, kind and dedicated part of Puffins.

Any support, whether big or small, will undoubtedly make a positive impact for Marie Curie and the lives they impact.

NHS Start for Life

Did you know that 90% of brain growth happens before the age of five. What you do together can make a huge difference!

The Department for Education (DfE), in partnership with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched its Start for Life ‘Little Moments Together’ campaign. The campaign aims to educate parents about the importance of brain development in the first five years of a child’s life, and the crucial role they play, with advice and tips from Start for Life.

The Start for Life Email Programme is a universal offering, for all parents-to-be and parents of children up to four and a half years old. The service provides regular emails to the audience as their child reaches key milestones. Sign up below for emails here!

Visit the DHSC’s website for more information about this campaign.