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The importance of positive influences on our children are crucial. Children are always looking for role models. How we bring up our children and influence them leaves long term prints on our  little ones and as it’s said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks! 

A positive sense of identity is important for the development of self esteem and confidence which should be built in the early years of a child’s life. Children discover new things every day, especially toddlers. They recognise how people look different, enjoy different things,  speak uniquely and acts individually. Who influences a child is potentially who they’ll look up to so it’s very important positive attitudes are learnt from great examples. At Blossom Lodge this is something we fully believe in and is part of our ethos. So if you’re wondering, ‘why choose blossom lodge’? You’ll find some of the answers below. 

No one is perfect and as parents we  never think we’re doing enough. Here are a few tips if you feel you’re struggling:

Forming Relationships

How we form relationships is based on the process of emotional connections with others through trust and intimacy. Building positive relationships depends on your child’s ability to show their emotions appropriately and to understand those of others. Teaching our children how to vent acceptably is important. For example, scribbling an angry picture is a great way to illustrate negative emotions whilst running in the garden will help to rid pent up feelings. Key to a child’s journey is learning that we all feel and there’s always a way of coping with the negative. 

From the minute your baby is born they are driven to connect with others. For example a new-born will gaze at their mothers face while feeding, recognising their mother as the consistent character in their lives. When distressed babies find comfort when mum scoops them up for a cuddle. This is how babies learn they are loved and start to build trust.

Try to give your little one new experiences and opportunities to play with other children (of course following the current government guidelines). Playing together is important in helping children learn the art of taking turns, sharing, settling conflict and most importantly feeling the joy friendship brings! This is also a great time for parents to connect with other adults!


Back to teaching an old dog new tricks; habits. Good habits don’t only improve our own wellbeing but also sets a good example to precious ones. For example, healthy eating. Nutrition and exercising regularly is key to emotional and physical health for both you and your child, so encouraging this from a young age, prevents children developing unhealthy ways of eating later in life.

Here at Blossom Lodge nutrition and healthy eating is EXTREMELY important to us. We have a garden where children enjoy growing fruit and vegetables all year round. Vegetables are then picked by children and presented to our wonderful chef Sergio. Everything chef cooks is nutritious and healthy and the children take pride in enjoying the fruits of their labour. 


Making it a regular habit of contributing to your community with family. This is such a good way to display to the importance of helping others without receiving anything in return.  Volunteering is also a great exercise for the family unit as a whole, building unity, generosity and teamwork skills. 

Walk the Talk

A very important aspect to parenting is to always say what you mean and vice versa. Backing up your words with visible actions means children are more likely to build trust more easily. Forming solid, healthy relationships stands children in good stead for mirroring such behaviour in the future. 

“Well done is better than well said.” -Benjamin Franklin 

We’re certain you’re already doing a wonderful job raising your children. The above tips should help reinforce this notion whilst providing some extra hints to make family life even more fulfilling. 

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Blossom Lodge Day Nursery FAQs

How do I arrange a viewing of the nursery?

It’s straightforward to book a visit at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery in Cheltenham. Our team is more than happy to show you around each of the rooms and our facilities whilst answering any questions. Book a visit here, directly through the nursery website, call us on 01242 525374 or even just pop in.

Do you offer any extended hours?

Our day nursery aims to provide the very best in care whilst working around your childcare needs. With this in mind, the answer is yes, we provide extended hours. We offer an early start at 7.30am and a late collection of 6.30pm. Extended hours can be booked as part of your weekly sessions or on an ad hoc basis.

How many staff will look after my child?

In line with statutory requirements the following staff to child ratios apply:

  • 0-1 years is 1 member of staff for every 3 children
  • 1-2 years is 1 member of staff for every 3 children
  • 2-3 years is 1 member of staff for every 4 children
  • 3-5 years is 1 member of staff for every 8 children

Do you offer settling in sessions?

Yes absolutely. Every child is offered a settling in session that takes place two weeks before their actual start date. Children usually attend between 2-4 settling in sessions depending upon age. During the initial session you will stay with your child and spend time together meeting staff and discussing specific needs and routines. Settling in sessions after the first depends on age, booking pattern and how your child adapts to nursery. This will of course be discussed with you prior to arranging suitable dates together.

Can I use Government funded hours at Blossom Lodge?

Yes, every 3 and 4 year old child can claim 15 hours of funded nursery education. This increases to 30 hours based upon eligibility and begins from the term after their third birthday. Some 2 year old children may also qualify for the funded 15 hours and this is based upon meeting certain criteria. For further information parents can call and we will be happy to discuss how funded childcare is applied at our Cheltenham based nursery.

Do you allow payments through the Tax Free Childcare Scheme?

Yes, we are registered to accept payments through the Tax Free Childcare Scheme. To learn more about how the Tax Free Childcare Scheme supports families visit Childcare Choices.

Do I need to pay extra for meals and snacks?

Meals and snacks are included within fees so you are not required to pay extra. Our menus are healthy, consisting of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and tea. If your child has specific dietary requirements or is a 'fussy' eater, our team will work with you ensuring your child's needs are met. Unfortunately due to allergies within the nursery we are unable to accept food or packed lunches brought in to replace our menu.

What else is included in your nursery fees?

Included in our day nursery fees are nappies, wet wipes and nappy creams. Cow's milk is provided for children over the age of 1 but we do ask parents to provide any formula milk required throughout the day.

Do you have a car park and pushchair storage?

You will find our car park to the rear of the day nursery building. This is for parents to access alongside a pushchair storage cupboard if required. Here you can leave pushchairs and car seats whilst your child is in nursery.

Do you offer any discounts on your nursery fees?

At Blossom Lodge Day Nursery we offer the following discounts:

  • 10% NHS employee discount
  • Discounted daily rate for full time places
  • 10% Sibling discount for the youngest child*

*Please note this will not apply if the older child is in receipt of Government Funded Hours.

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