In 1999, Linda Duly had a vision. Her vision was to provide affordable, high-quality childcare
for working parents in a setting that has the child at its heart. Linda in her own words says
“As a mother, I started Cuddles to provide the sort of care I wanted for my own children”
Cuddles Day Nursery first started in Canford Heath in a small building called The Pavilion.
Based across the road from the current Canford Heath nursery in Leyrod Road, Cuddles
was situated there for two years until the current site became available. In 2003, Linda was
awarded the tender for Rossmore so Cuddles Parkstone was bourne. In 2014 Linda and her
team opened Cuddles at Poole Stadium.
Cuddles is one of the leading childcare providers in Poole with an outstanding Ofsted for all
three sites. Over the years, they have had hundreds of happy and content children, aged
from birth through to pre-school attending, part-time and full-time hours. Today Linda
employs over 110 members of staff – many of whom have been with the nursery group for
many years.
DID YOU ATTEND CUDDLES AS A CHILD?
This year, Cuddles Day Nurseries will celebrate its 20th birthday and having cared for so
many children and supported so many families over the years, we would love to hear from
ex-employees and anyone who started their younger years with the nursery.
Did you attend Cuddles Nursery? Do you remember a particular time at the nursery that
brings back happy memories or do you have a favourite member of staff? Maybe you started
your career at Cuddles and have a memorable story to tell? Whether you attended Cuddles
as a child or have worked for Cuddles, we’d like to hear your story.

Please get in touch at cuddles20th@gmail.com and let us hear your story.
As another way of marking our 20th birthday, we will be holding three open days in June.
These family-fun days are free to all and, if you are looking for childcare, a fantastic way to
meet the teams and to see the nursery working in an informal environment. The dates are
as follows:
Canford Heath Saturday 8th June 11 am – 2 pm
Parkstone Sunday 9th June 11.00am – 2 pm
Poole Stadium Sunday 2nd June 11.00am – 2 pm
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Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information on our Family Fun Days and 20th Birthday Celebrations!