This Day In 1990 - New Nursery Ready To Go


29th September 2011

Jack in the Box Nursery School, situated on the outskirts of Maiden Newton in the parish of Frome Vauchurch opened on September 10th with 40 children already registered.

Easily accessible from Dorchester, Yeovil and Bridport areas the school is open from 8.30 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday. There are morning and afternoon sessions together with the opportunity of staying for a lunchtime session.

Jack in the Box is able to offer places for 10 children aged two-and-a-half to five at each session.

The school is attached to the home of the principal, Debbie Stead, but is completely self-contained with its own entrance hall and toilet facilities.


The main nursery room is light and sunny opening up through French windows down onto a safe, spacious, grassed and paved play area containing a sandpit.

Jack in the Box provides a unique opportunity for pre-school children to learn with a qualified teacher – Debbie Stead, who has several years’ experience of nursery teaching and auxiliary help is provided by Tina Moggeridge, a trainee nursery assistant.

Jack in the Box offers a stimulating environment where each child can develop at his or her own speed and according to his or her own needs during these important formative years.

Activities include: Constructive education play; colour; letter and number recognition; pencil and scissor control; pre-reading skills and basic numeracy.

Practical, creative and imaginative activities are also of great importance together with dance, games, and physical education.

The children work in small groups learning new skills and concepts through a variety of experiences.


A priority of the school is to aim directly at functional independence in surroundings structured towards the physical and emotional needs of the child.

Debbie Stead’s aim is to create a stimulating and secure foundation for children to be happy during these important formative years.

[From the Dorset Echo 29-09-1990]

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