Tic Tocs Day Nursery is a hidden gem in the centre of Exeter, Devon. We pride ourselves on our inclusive, adventurous and caring approach to our children’s learning and development.

We are a happy home away from home for our Ladybirds (0 – approximately 2 years), Cubs (approximately 2 – 3 years) and Pre-school (3 and 4 years old), with space for them to explore, create and play.

The nursery is registered with Ofsted for children from 0 – 4 years. Our motivated and qualified staff aim to create an environment in which the children feel supported, confident and nurtured. Our most recent Ofsted inspection was in April 2018, achieving a Good rating. We were praised for our ability to target areas for improvement in our children’s learning and for our effective key-person system. Our welcoming team has developed a successful settling-in process, helping children to develop good relationships with staff quickly. Children of all ages are confident, keen to explore, and have good self-esteem.

Click here to view the latest Ofsted report.


Tic Tocs Day Nursery opened its doors in 1996 and is located close to Exeter city centre, just around the corner from the University of Exeter and a 10 minute walk from both Exeter Central and Exeter St David’s train stations. We are perfectly situated for the commuting parent.

At Tic Tocs , we can care for up to 52 children from 3 months to 4 years in lovely spacious rooms with a small urban garden. Located close to the University, we are proud to welcome families from all over the world and seek to celebrate our children’s cultures and heritage. You will see our large ‘Welcome’ sign inside our entrance hall, which greets all of our families in multiple languages. We’re always keen to learn a few more!

We are open all year round, except bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year, between 7.45am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Our staff recruitment is based on the qualifications, experience, enthusiasm and care the individuals show for children. We follow safer recruitment practices and all staff are checked through the DBS system prior to working in the setting. We are registered with Ofsted.

If you would like to view our latest Ofsted report click here.

Opening Times and Fees

Here at Tic Tocs Day Nursery in Exeter, we know that life is busy, and modern working patterns mean that your day can start early or finish late.

We’re open five days a week between 7.45am and 6pm, all year-round (excluding bank holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year). We aim to be the nursery of choice for parents living and working in Exeter city centre.

Here’s a helpful guide to our daily timetable:

Full Day 7.45am – 6pm
Morning  Session 7.45am – 1pm
Afternoon Session 1 – 6pm
Extended Funding Session Timings
Breakfast and late clubs are available. These are charged clubs.
8.30am – 1.05pm / 1.05pm – 5.40pm

We offer places for both Universal (15 hours/week, term-time only) and Extended (30 hours/week, term-time only) Early Years childcare funding options for children aged between 3 and 5 years old.

We appreciate that term-time only funding (39 weeks) does not work for many parents/carers, so we’re pleased to offer funded places stretched out over 50 weeks. This means that you would be entitled to fewer funded hours per week, but this would cover more of the year:

• 15 hours per week over 33 weeks becomes 11 hours stretched over 50 weeks
• 30 hours per week over 33 weeks becomes 22.8 hours stretched over 50 weeks

Universal childcare funding begins from the start of the academic term after your child’s third birthday.

Contact us to determine your eligibility for 30 hours funded childcare, or follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare

We also offer funded places to 2 year olds. Check your eligibility here.

2022 Prices

Session (including meals) 0-2 rate 2-3 rate 3-5 rate
Full week £260.00 £250.00 £240.00
Full week with funding £192.50 (With 2Y Funding)                £155 – 192.50 (With Funding)
Full day £59.00 £58.00 £57.00
Morning £40.00 £39.00 £38.00
Afternoon  £35.25 £35.25  £35.25

Our additional services for funded sessions are as follows:

Breakfast club (FROM OPENING- 8.30 including breakfast) £8.50
Extended Breakfast club (FROM OPENING- 9.20 including breakfast) £12.00
Lunch and snacks (EYE funded sessions)* £3.35
Tea and snacks (EYE funded sessions)* £2.60
Extended late club (4.30- close) £11.00
Late club (5.40- close) £5.00

2Y = 2 Year old funding (Golden / Purple Ticket)

Universal EYE = Early Years Entitlement (Term following 3rd birthday)

Extended EYE = Early Years Entitlement for working parents (Code from HMRC)

* Please bear in mind that while 2 Year Old funded sessions include meals, Universal and Extended Early Years funded sessions do not so if your child continues to have meals following the funding change then you will be responsible for payments for those meals.

If you have any questions about our prices and sessions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

why choose Tic Tocs Day Nursery?

Situated a stone’s throw away from Exeter city centre, Tic Tocs Day Nursery is the perfect choice for the busy, working parent. We are located on St David’s Hill, which offers great access to Exeter and the two main Exeter train stations, the University of Exeter and Exeter College.

Our children are confident and nurtured and we love finding new activities to stimulate their development. Tic Tocs Day Nursery aims to provide opportunities for children to create and spark a love for learning and adventure. Our indoor and outdoor spaces have been designed to provide lots of opportunity to aid their development.

We are a tight-knit family and treasure the experience of nurturing the children in our care. Our Key Person system makes sure that your child has a dedicated team member who will help them settle quickly, guide their learning progress and be a supportive cheerleader. We strive to be your child’s family away from home. Tic Tocs Day Nursery aims to ensure your child leaves us ready to tackle the exciting adventures that life has to offer.

Meet the Team

Our Tic Tocs Day Nursery team is friendly, caring and highly skilled. They ensure every child feels loved and empowered to learn new skills and be their curious and individual selves.

We pride ourselves on taking a personal approach to caring for your child.

Denise RussellPractice Manager
Denise Russell is the Practice Manager for Tic Tocs Day Nursery and our three sister nurseries in Exeter and Exmouth. She’s a qualified Early Years Professional (Level 7), holding a BA Hons and has a teaching qualification.
Maxine SteadNursery Manager
Maxine Stead is our Tic Tocs Nursery Manager and the setting’s SENDCo. She has been working for SPL Education Ltd since May 2004 and has a level 4 Early Years Qualification and an Advanced Diploma in Understanding Autism.
Kirstie MaxamLadybirds Room Leader
Kirstie Maxam is Tic Tocs Day Nursery’s Ladybirds Room Leader. She holds a Level 3 qualification.
Zohra NasirCubs Room Leader
Zohra Nasir is Tic Tocs Day Nursery’s Cubs Room Leader. She holds a Level 3 qualification.
Jessica ChalkDeputy Manager and Current Pre School Room Leader
Jessica Chalk is Tic Tocs Day Nursery’s Deputy Manager and current Pre School Room Leader. She holds a Level 6 qualification.
Jessica is supporting our Trainee Room Leader, Ellie Boston, to take on this role.

All staff trained in Paediatric First Aid, Manual Handling, Food Hygiene and Safeguarding. We ensure we adhere to staff/children ratio guidelines at all times.

Policies and Procedures

We are proud of our commitment to the development and safety of our children, and strive to make sure we look after our children in the best way possible. All of our policies and procedures are available for prospective parents to view.

If you wish to contact us directly, please contact our Nursery Manager:

01392 410902 or tictocs.manager@splnurseries.co.uk

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