Welcome to Tarka Tots Nursery

Tarka Tots nurseries are located within the Bideford Bay Childrens Centre in Bideford in Victoria Park (Tel. 01237 471831) and The PIP Centre South Molton (Tel. 01769 579842).  Purpose built with a range of high quality equipment and resources.
for the town centre and shops, both nurseries are conveniently placed adjacent to children's playparks.

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Excellent Facilities

The nurseries offers modern, clean and exciting play spaces, with the benefit of well trained staff and a Graduate led Team - children coming here will be off to a great start.  Both of our nurseries cater for breakfast, a cooked lunch and tea, and snacks and drinks offered throughout the day.

We are registered for Early Years Grant Funding - so you can combine funded Pre-School Education sessions and day-care if you wish to return to work or training (please call us if you would like to know more about Early Years Grant Funding).  Unlike school nurseries we offer a higher staffing ratio and place a strong emphasis on personal, social and emotional development, while delivering high quality care and education with graduates leading an experienced and well qualified team of practitioners.  30 hours funded Childcare also available here so if you are working and looking for consistent care and early education we can help.

Have you recieved a Golden ticket -Free childcare: Parents can access funding for up to 15 hours per week for 2 year olds from the term after their 2nd birthday.  alternatively this can be taken all year round as 11 hours per week.

Expertise and Experience

Our Lead Professional 'Sharon' is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and holds a Level 7 Early Years specific qualification.  The Leadership team includes 'Erika' who has a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies, and Abbi, Emma, Jenny  and Hannah all hold hold an NVQ Level 4 in Early Years.  All of our staff classroom leads hold a minimum Level 3 Early Years Practitioner qualifications. They undertake Paediatric First Aid, Basic Food Hygiene and Child Protection training as standard.  Staff undertake Early Childhood and Toddler rating scales as part of our ongoing and continous improvement programme.

Here at Tarka Tots we pride ourselves on our continuous professional development and improvement.  We were a pilot centre for the nationally rolled out 2gether programme and we have worked with East of the Water School as a learning hub.  This is to develop excellence in Early Years Teaching, and Leadership.  Our Quality Lead 'Jenny Chick' was also shortlisted for the 'NDNA Practitioner of the Year award'.  

At least five permanent staff members have received their ten year service award, and we have an excellent reputation for staff retention.  Staff also undertake specific training for specialist roles such as SENCO (Special Needs Co-ordinator), Safeguarding Officer, Health and Safety Officer, Fire Warden, and Catering Manager.

Delicious Food with a 5 Star Food Hygiene rating

Both of our nurseries have a 5 star food rating by Environmental Health.  Our qualified Chef and Kitchen Manager Angela, will arrange for nutritious and appetising meals to be available when required including breakfast, lunch, snacks and tea. Angela has undertaken allergy training and is experienced in food preparation for children with specific dietary requirements.

Our catering Manager Angela is ably assisted by Brianna, both qualified Chef's.

Tarka Tots - Additional Services

Tarka Tots work in partnership with Action For Children in Bideford Bay Childrens Centre and The PIP Centre South Moltion, so if you need information about health, education, or tax credits we can arrange for you to speak to an advisor.  We can also provide you with a list of local services you might find helpful.

Some lead staff have trained to deliver 'Let's talk more', and we hope this will support children's learning and hasten referral times for children that might need more specialist support.


Tarka Tots is registered with the National Day Nurseries Association, and also members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Registered Childcare from 3 months to under 8's

5 * Food Hygiene rating

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