Useful Information
Our beautiful nursery is warm and inviting to little visitors but if you think your child will take some time to adjust, don’t worry, we have different ways of addressing this. When numbers are high, we operate a staggered intake, with no more than two new starters in any one session. We find this very effective in reducing stress levels in the setting and ensuring a calm environment for new and existing children.

We believe children settle best when they have a key person to relate to so we allocate each child with a key worker before they start. Their role is to ensure that your child’s care is tailored to their needs. They will be responsible for observing and assessing your child, forming a strong bond with them through playing and talking to them.

We accept children from 2 years to school age supporting the development of all children including those with special educational needs. Our setting works to the requirements of The SEN Code of Practice, and the nursery is registered on the Early Years Register and both the voluntary and compulsory Childcare Register. We are managed by the Governing body of Shiplake CE School.

All our sessions are open to children who are entitled to 2 year old funding, 15 hour 3 year old universal funding and extended 30 hour funding. We can also assist in the application of Pupil Premium and SEN additional funding.

Fees for non funded hours are £19 per 3 hour pre booked session. All additional fees are listed in our Admissions and Attendance Policy.

Opening Hours and Term Dates

We are open from 9am to 3pm term time only. The morning session runs from 9am to 12 noon and the afternoon session runs from 12 noon to 3pm. It is possible to extend the morning session (subject to availability) until 1pm in our 'lunch club', where the children enjoy their packed lunch with staff and friends.
Autumn Term 2021
Term 1 & 2 – Thursday 2nd September to Friday 17th December.
The Nursery will be closed Wednesday 1st September and Friday 18th October for inset days and w/c 25th October for half term.
Spring Term 2022
Term 3 & 4 – Wednesday 5th January to Friday 8th April.
The Nursery will be closed Tuesday 4th January for an inset day and w/c Monday 21st February for half term.

Easter break commencing Monday 11th April.

Summer Term 2022
Term 5 & 6 – Monday 25th April to Wednesday 20th July.
The Nursery will be closed Monday 2nd May (Bank Holiday), Friday 27th May (in lieu of Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday) Monday 6th June and Thursday 21st July for inset days and w/c 30th May for half term.

  • Ofsted, 2016
    Staff provide a good range of stimulating resources for children that motivate them to learn and provide challenge
    Ofsted, 2016
  • Parent
    The outdoor space is great, it has a beautiful rural outlook with the security of an enclosed garden for the children to enjoy
  • Ofsted, 2016
    Partnerships with parents are strong. The regular two-way sharing of information provides continuity for children and involves parents in their children's learning
    Ofsted, 2016

Your child's day
Whilst there is no such thing as a typical day, it might look a little like this:

  • Drop off and self-registration, settle to an activity.
  • Free play: offering a range of activities inside and outside which cover the 7 areas of learning outlined in the EYFS (explained in more detail in the 'curriculum' section of our prospectus). Wednesday mornings are a trip to the reception class at Shiplake CE Primary School nearby.
  • Snack time: children independently wash their hands and sit down to enjoy this time together with their friends. Parents are asked to provide a nutritious snack from home and we offer them milk. On Tuesdays the morning snack is toast, children are encouraged in small groups to use the toaster under supervision and spread their toast with a selected topping.
  • Focus or group time activity: During this time we focus on a phonics or maths activities based around our weekly theme and individual learning goals. Children might work in groups or individually with their key worker.
  • Story Time and group discussions: we hold this indoors and outdoors and during normal times we encourage parents, grandparents or carers to come and contribute.
  • Hand wash and Lunch: children and staff sit down and enjoy their packed lunches together.
  • We continue the afternoon with free play inside and out (Thursdays are a walk to the woods) followed by a snack, and end the day with story time, which the children all enjoy.