A good nursery will give your child a great start in life, and Gloucestershire is home to an exceptional range of quality options. Browse some of the best in the county in the Gloucestershire nurseries guide, handpicked by SoGlos.
From private day nurseries to nurseries and pre-prep at independent schools, find the perfect place for your son or daughter to flourish.
Be sure to book a tour to see the facilities and meet the staff first hand, and plan ahead – spaces can be at a premium and snapped up months, even years, in advance.
The Christ Church day nursery is the newest addition to the Gloucestershire collection of Little Trees Day Nurseries and Dean Close’s sixth nursery location in total, offering a small-setting nursery with new facilities.
Each nursery is passionate about ensuring each child is given the very best experiences to ensure they develop into well rounded little individuals.
All three Gloucestershire Little Trees Day Nurseries cater for children aged three months to four years.
All three Gloucestershire Little Trees Day Nurseries are open from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday. They offer morning sessions, which run from 8am to 1pm; afternoon sessions, from 1pm to 6pm; and full day sessions, from 8am to 6pm; with early starts also available from 7.30am.
The morning sessions include breakfast, a snack and lunch, which is always a hot, cooked meal, while during the afternoon sessions littles ones will get a snack and afternoon tea, with milk and water offered throughout the day.
All three Little Dean Day Nurseries have gardens and outdoor play places with beautiful views of the countryside, where children will find everything from mud kitchens to vegetable patches – giving them the chance to grow plants and explore playground facilities in the fresh air.
Little Trees Day Nursery Lansdown received an Ofsted report of Good in its last inspection in 2018; no Ofsted inspections have been done of Little Trees Day Nursery Hucclecote while it has been part of the Dean Close Foundation; and Little Trees Day Nursery Christ Church is due to open in September 2021.
A full day at either one of the Cheltenham nurseries is £57; with the morning session costing £32; and afternoon session costing £31. While the Hucclecote nursery is £47.25 for a full day; £26 for the morning session; and £26.75 for the afternoon. Early starts cost an extra £5.
A change in fees will be effective from September, please check the wesbite for the individual nursery fees.
Little Trees Day Nursery Lansdown, Cheltenham – 1 Queen’s Rd, Cheltenham, GL50 2LR
Little Trees Day Nursery Christ Church, Cheltenham – Little Trees Christ Church, Christ Church Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2NY
Little Trees Day Nursery Hucclecote, Gloucester – 141 Hucclecote Rd, Hucclecote, Gloucester, GL3 3TX
Little Trees Day Nursery Lansdown, Cheltenham – (01242) 241349
Little Trees Day Nursery Christ Church, Cheltenham – (01242) 241349
Little Trees Day Nursery Hucclecote, Gloucester – (01452) 613674
Little Trees Day Nursery Lansdown, Cheltenham – email@example.com
Little Trees Day Nursery Christ Church, Cheltenham – firstname.lastname@example.org
Little Trees Day Nursery Hucclecote, Gloucester – email@example.com
Located next to the main school on its campus in Leckhampton, The Richard Pate School Nursery is dedicated to delivering a high standard of early years care and education to children aged three and above.
With a specialist teaching programme that considers each child’s individual needs – including those with additional educational requirements – the nursery is a safe and inclusive space that is stimulating, inspiring and nurturing.
Guided by the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, The Richard Pate School Nursery treats every pupil as a unique child; teaches independence through positive relationships; and emphasises the importance of learning and development; while providing an enabling environment, with teaching and dedicated support from qualified adults.
The Richard Pate School Nursery supports its pupils across personal, social and emotional learning, as well as physical development, communication and language – teaching in the four specific areas of literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design, to help little ones to prepare for school and the wider world.
From three years old.
The Richard Pate School Nursery offers morning sessions, which run from 8.30am to 12pm, with children attending five mornings a week. Full day sessions start at 8.30am and end at 3.30pm, with parents being able to opt for three, four or five full days a week.
After school care is also available until 5.30pm, and includes a light tea for all children.
At The Richard Pate School Nursery, play is prioritised as a great way for little ones to learn – with plenty of opportunities for fun, supported by teaching staff, throughout their sessions. Children are encouraged to discover their environments, with lots to explore both inside and in the school’s vast grounds.
The Richard Pate School Nursery is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate and was rated ‘Excellent’ in all areas in March 2020.
It is regularly inspected under the same criteria as those used for Ofsted inspections.
Per term, five mornings per week costs £1,242; three full days a week costs £1,652; four full days a week costs £2,202; and five full days a week costs £2,753.
After school care costs £9 per session.
Southern Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, GL53 9RP.
Affectionately known as the ‘Squirrels’, Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School is based in 50 acres of private land near the centre of Cheltenham. With dedicated provisions tailored to each age group, the school offers a broad child-centred curriculum, as well as enjoyable co-curricular activities from gymnastics and drama to arts and crafts and music tuition.
As well as bespoke playgrounds, a modern ICT suite and their very own Forest School, pupils are encouraged to make the most of onsite facilities shared with Dean Close Preparatory and Senior Schools, including the sports fields, tennis courts and 25-metre swimming pool.
Helping little learners to develop foundational knowledge, skills and confidence, the Squirrels prepares children for formal education – with Kindergarten pupils taking the next steps towards learning to read and write, use computers, and speak basic French through songs and games.
Two to four-year olds.
For Squirrel Kittens aged two plus, nursery pupils aged three and up, and Kindergarten students, the teaching day runs from 8.45pm to 3.25pm – with optional after-school crèche attendance until 5pm.
For part-time attendees, little ones arrive by 8.45am and depart after lunch at 12.30pm for the morning session, while the afternoon session runs from 12.45pm to 5pm. Please note, the minimum attendance for part-time pupils is two sessions per week.
Parents can rest assured that their children are eating healthily during their day at Dean Close Pre-Prep, thanks to pupils getting a lunch that’s prepared freshly each day on the premises. Served by catering staff, there is always a vegetarian or salad option on the menu, while fruit is available as an alternative for dessert.
This school is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
Dean Close Pre-Preparatory school fees start at £2,860 per term for full-time attendees. Part-time attendance sessions cost £31.74 for the morning, £26.29 for the afternoon, and £52.47 for a full day.
Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6QS.
Cirencester’s Rendcomb College offers a calm, friendly and welcoming environment for children as part of its Early Years Foundation Stage nursery and reception classes. Providing a quality pre-school education, the College offers an unrivalled environment for learning and outdoor activities, with the nursery classes set within 230 acres of parkland to provide children with ample space to play, explore and learn.
The knowledgeable staff take pride in helping children to develop in their early years, with a broad educational programme and a carefully planned curriculum, ensuring a smooth transition from nursery to reception. The in-house catering team provides nutritious and well-balanced hot meals and snacks, with a designated dining area for nursery-age children.
From two to five, with children accepted in the term they turn three.
Children can arrive from 8.10am, with morning sessions from 9am to 12pm, while afternoon sessions run from 12.45pm to 3.30pm, with the option for full or half days to include lunch. There is also an early morning club from 7.45am and after-school care until 6pm.
The nursery is regulated by the Independent School Inspectorate report. In its latest report, inspectors described children in the early years setting as ‘inquisitive learners’ where children ‘meet the expected levels of development across all areas of learning, with a high percentage regularly exceeding expectation.’ It was also noted that children with SEND or EAL also made very good progress within the setting.
In addition to everyday nursery-based activities, children benefit from regular sessions in the Forest School with its well-established approach to learning through outdoor settings offering the chance to take part in practical activities to experience numeracy, literacy, science and more.
Morning and afternoon sessions are £28 each, while a full day is £54.
Rendcomb College, Cirencester, GL7 7HA
Westonbirt Nursery is run by a highly experienced and committed team of teachers and support staff, providing children with a warm, nurturing and stimulating environment based in 210 acres of beautiful Gloucestershire parkland. Through free play, formal learning and great outdoor experiences, Westonbirt encourages creativity, curiosity, confidence and fun, as well as a lifelong love for learning and exploring. The core Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) programme is supplemented by a whole range of exciting and dynamic extra-curricular activities that are led by specialist teachers including music, physical education, swimming and dance. Nursery children play an active and valued role in many of the wider school events such as the swimming gala, sports day, the harvest festival and the nativity play, exposing them to the enriching and rewarding experiences of Westonbirt from the start.
Two to four years-old.
Morning sessions are from 8am to 1pm and include lunch, afternoon sessions are from 1pm to 4pm, and after school sessions are from 4pm to 5pm and 5pm to 6pm.
Children attending Westonbirt Nursery can attend full time or during term time only.
Westonbirt School was rated excellent by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in May 2019.
Westonbirt Nursery is known for its friendly family atmosphere. With beautiful grounds surrounding the school and nursery, children will have plenty of opportunities to run around, join in with school events and get ready for school life.
Mornings at Westonbirt Nursery cost £34, afternoons cost £20 and full days cost £54. After school sessions cost £5 per hour.
Westonbirt School, Tetbury, GL8 8QG
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Keeping fun at the heart of learning, Little King’s provides a stimulating environment for young children. The early years centre at The King’s School Gloucester, which houses both the Kindergarten and Reception classes, offers the ideal introduction to school life. The Kindergarten follows the Foundation Stage curriculum, leading to the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception year. The exciting and engaging curriculum, including regular forest school sessions, takes into account children’s needs and interests. From physical development to knowledge and understanding of the world, while the curriculum-linked activities involve maths, literacy and personal development.
Offering experienced staff with an excellent child-to-teacher ratio, Little King’s at The King’s School Gloucester can really get to know each child. Specialist teachers from the Junior school add their expertise in the areas of dance, drama, music and physical education, helping to create a very smooth transition from Little King’s to the Junior school. An online learning journal system allows parents to see their child’s progress with their own personal login.
As a result of its individual curriculum, Little King’s produces happy, confident and resilient children who are independent, ready and eager to learn having had the very best start.
The Kindergarten is available for children aged between three and five years-old for a minimum of two sessions per week, until they progress to full-time Reception in the September following their fourth birthday.
There are two sessions available, including a morning session between 8.30am and 12.30pm and a full day session between 8.30am and 3.15pm. Aftercare is available between 3.15pm and 6pm for a cost of £6.45 per hour, while the early bird club is open from 7.45am at a charge of £1.80 per half hour.
The most recent ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) report in 2018 confirmed that all standards and minimum requirements were met by the school. In 2015, the ISI found that ‘the quality of the pupils’ achievement and learning was excellent.’ Inspectors also noted that pastoral care was excellent, the arrangements for safeguarding, welfare and health and safety were ‘good’ and that ‘the pupils’ personal development was a strength of the school.’
Alongside the day nursery, Little King’s also runs wraparound childcare and a popular holiday club. Its home-from-home care service provides a relaxed environment for the children, where dedicated staff welcome pupils to read, create or play with friends. The early bird sessions start at 7.45am and the after care is available from 3.15pm to 6pm.
The King’s School Gloucester Kindergarten fees cost £8.15 per hour, with sibling discounts available. The school is able to accept 15 hours free Government vouchers.
Pitt Street, Gloucester, GL1 2BG
The Nursery Class at Wycliffe College in Stonehouse helps pre-school aged children develop a lifelong love of learning by building the foundations of academic education through play, offering year-round care with educational based learning during term time and holiday provision too. Activities are always child-led and introduce concepts like numbers, shapes, phonics, reading and writing skills in a fun, accessible way. Wycliffe College Nursery Class also benefits from fantastic facilities and specialist teachers, offering weekly extra-curricular lessons in a variety of subjects including art, dance, drama, French, music and sports.
Children can join Wycliffe’s Nursery Class as soon as they turn three and will settle into nursery life at their own pace. Nutritious meals are provided with freshly prepared hot and cold lunches using local produce wherever possible. Wraparound care is also available, including a breakfast club, offering a hot cooked breakfast, as well as after-school care. The Nursery Class is located next to the Reception Class, which helps with the transition from nursery to school when the time comes.
Three to five-years-old.
The nursery is open from 8am to 6pm with lunch at midday, including breakfast club from 8 to 8.25am and after-school care from 3.30 to 6pm.
This school is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
Children attending Wycliffe Nursery can learn to swim with weekly lessons from a qualified swimming coach in the school’s on-site heated indoor pool. Children also get the opportunity to take part in a fortnightly forest school where they can play and learn outdoors at Wycliffe’s bespoke outdoor learning area.
Nursery fees cost from £1,500 per term for a minimum of three days or five mornings.
Ryeford Hall, Ebley Road, Stonehouse, GL10 2LD
Nursery name: Circus Day Nursery
About the nursery: Circus Day Nursery is a thriving Cheltenham day nursery and pre-school, which has been providing a safe, caring and nurturing childcare setting for children aged three months to pre-school age.
Fees: Morning and afternoon sessions start from £29.50 each for children under two, £28.50 for children over two. Full days start from £49.50 for children under two, £49.50 for children over two.
Address: Pittville Circus Road, Cheltenham, GL52 2PZ
Telephone number: (01242) 253222
Nursery name: Angel Day Nursery
About the nursery: Situated close to town, Angel Day Nursery in Cheltenham offers day care for children aged five months to five years, providing a friendly and happy environment within a family atmosphere.
Fees: Prices start from £27.50 for children aged five months to two years; £26 for children aged two to three years; and £25.50 for children aged three to five years old.
Address: 16 Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7PX
Telephone number: (01242) 574093
Nursery name: Tinies Cheltenham Day Nursery
About the nursery: Part of a national network of childcare, Tinies Cheltenham Day Nursery is located inside the grounds of Gloucestershire College on Princess Elizabeth Way. The purpose-built nursery offers a spacious and inspiring open plan space for children to learn and play, while the large garden provides a safe area for outdoor activities.
Fees: Full time childcare, based on five days a week, costs £910.99 per month, with part time fees £45.13 per day, while morning sessions cost £23.75, with afternoons sessions £21.38.
Address: Gloucestershire College, Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham, GL51 7SJ
Telephone number: (01242) 532016
Nursery name: Bingham Kindergarten
About the nursery: Located in the heart of Cirencester, Bingham Kindergarten benefits from three lovely, spacious classrooms and a safe, enclosed garden to use as an outside play and learning environment. A maximum of 56 children may attend the nursery at any one time, and the well qualified staff members aim to give them the best possible start in life by providing a safe and happy environment with lots of exciting things to do.
Fees: Start from £500 per term.
Address: King Street, Cirencester, GL7 1JT
Telephone number: (01285) 651310
Nursery name: Tinies Gloucester Day Nursery
About the nursery: Part of a national network of childcare, Tinies Gloucester Day Nursery is located at Gloucestershire College’s campus at Gloucester Docks and provides day care for staff and students’ children, along with catering to those attending privately. The nursery benefits from four spacious, well-equipped playrooms, while its safe and secure garden offers an exciting outdoor learning environment. The nursery also has access to a large grassy area at the College that’s ideal for exploring the great outdoors.
Fees: Full time childcare, based on five days a week, costs £949.24 per month, with part time fees from £45.13 per day, while morning and afternoon sessions cost £23.75, with the exception of Friday afternoons which are £21.38.
Address: Gloucestershire College, Llanthony Road, Gloucester, GL2 5JQ
Telephone number: (01452) 563287
Wednesday 04 August 2021
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