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Welcome to the webpage of Start Right Nursery School!

Start Right Nursery School aims to provide high quality education for children in their early years, through play and planned activities, indoors in a homely environment and outdoors in spacious gardens.

We aim to give children a sense of confidence and enjoyment in learning and to encourage them to feel happy and relaxed and to value themselves and others.


Start Right Nursery School is run by a qualified team of staff, headed by Caryll Ingerslev, a qualified teacher. Caryll has developed an educational programme which includes: personal, social and emotional development, physical development, communication and language, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.


There are morning and afternoon sessions which run from 9am-12 noon and 1pm-4pm, Monday - Friday, during term time. We have approximately the same half terms and holidays as local schools. Children can arrive any time after 8am and stay until 5pm. Lunch is from 12 noon-1pm with packed lunches provided by parents. All children have at least one morning session in which the educational programme is implemented within a framework of topics. Afternoon sessions involve play and a variety of creative and inspirational activities. These include dance, languages, music, art, cooking and outdoor activities.


Children are placed in groups of 8 or 9 children. There are three groups in each session in three different areas. Each group is supervised by a qualified and experienced member of staff. Each area has an indoor and outdoor space.


Devon County Council fund 15 hours of early years education a week for 3 and 4 year old children. This may be split between two settings.

Children can be booked into morning sessions, afternoon sessions or full days at Start Right. Fees are charged when children have used up their allocated funding but would like to attend for more hours. Children may begin Start Right from the age of two and a half or three.


Caryll Ingerslev B.Ed (Hons): Head Teacher, Assistant Administrator

Caryll qualified as a teacher at St. Luke's, Exeter University in 1978 and taught at Topsham First School for a short time. After getting married and having two children, she combined her experiences as a teacher and a mother to develop Start Right Nursery School, which began in June 1988. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education (Hons) from Exeter University (July 1978), a Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years Education at Plymouth University (June 2001), a Postgraduate Certificate in Effective Early Learning from Worchester University (Sept 2005), and Early Years Professional Status (March 2008).

Peter Ingerslev D.A., RIBA: Administrator, Assistant Teacher 

Formerly an architect and lecturer at Exeter College and Taunton, Peter has a diploma in Architecture from Kingston University (1981), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years Education at Plymouth University (June 2001). Peter has had training for Forest School Leadership for Early Years from Bicton College (2006). He has been involved with Start Right from the beginning in June 1988. Since 1993 he has been a full time partner with Caryll, in the running of Start Right Nursery School.

Helen Capps: Assistant Administrator

Helen is a mother. She is involved with all the Start Right administrative work such as booking sessions, fees, Early Years grants and general queries.

Lucy Davies: Assistant Teacher

Lucy is a mother. She has NVQ2 in childcare and many years of experience at Start Right.           

Dawn Taylor: Assistant Teacher

Dawn is a mother. She is an NNEB Nursery Nurse and has worked in childcare for many years. 

Sue Gosney: Assistant Teacher

Sue is a mother. She has a BTEC Level 3 in childcare and many years of experience in childcare.  

Marian Stamen: Teacher

Marian is a mother. She has qualified as a playgroup leader. Marian is a Cert Ed qualified teacher who has many years of experience teaching in primary and nursery schools.

Tanya Hocking: Assistant Teacher

Tanya is a mother. She is currently training for a Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce.

Christine McAdam: General Assistant

Christine is a mother. She has had training and experience with SEN children at Start Right Nursery School. Christine works in the office and gives general assistance at Start Right Nursery School. She looks after filing, photocopying and other administrative tasks.

Sue Clarke: General Assistant

Sue is a mother and gives general assistance at Start Right on Thursday afternoons.

Tina Holmes: Volunteer
Tina helps with PAYE. 

Staff have Criminal Record Bureau checks and training in first aid, food handling and safeguarding children.