Pumpkins Nursery was founded in 2006 by the Nursery Owner Amanda Wallis. The nursery grew from Amanda’s childminding operation in her house in Acton Turville, where she worked with her first two members of staff, Becky and Cheryl who later went on to manage Tormarton nursery. After just 18 months we had grown to such proportions that new premises were sought to house a full day care nursery. With support from His Grace the Duke of Beaufort, the nursery at Badminton on the upper storey of the village’s Memorial Hall was created. Extensive renovation work was required to convert the first floor to a suitable nursery environment but after 6 months we were ready to open in September 2006 and we have not looked back since.
Two years later Amanda opened her second nursery at the Parish Hall in Tormarton after being approached by the Hall Committee to re-establish a nursery at this side of the parish.
Today the two nurseries serve the not only communities of Badminton, Tormarton and Acton Turville, feeding into the much sought after Trinity Primary School in Acton Turville but also attract families from the surrounding villages of Sherston, Luckington, Hawkesbury Upton, Hillesley, Nettleton, Burton, Doddington, Chipping Sodbury, Hinton and Marshfield.
A word from the owner...
“When I started Pumpkins I could never have imagined the extent to which it would grow and the success it would become. My intention was to provide, really high quality childcare, in an environment where I would be happy to leave my own children. As a mother of three I knew how difficult the process of handing over your child to the care of someone else is and I wanted to create a nursery where the views and feelings of parents were just as important as the policies and practices of the nursery.
Now that my children are grown up, I still remember that first day of leaving them and our ethos of treating every child like they are our own still forms the basis of our practice at Pumpkins.
Nursery care and education at Pumpkins is a partnership between us and you. We work with you to support the learning and development of your child and to make every day at Pumpkins a fun and memorable experience.”