Gloucestershire nurseries guide

Get a head start in hunting for the perfect nursery in Gloucestershire with SoGlos’s dedicated guide.

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.


Cheltenham nurseries


Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School

About the school

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.

Age range

Two to four-year olds.

Sessions available

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.

SoGlos loves

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.

Ofsted

This school is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Fees

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.

Address

Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6QS.

Telephone

(01242) 258079

Email

squirrels@deanclose.org.uk.

Website

deanclose.org.uk/pre-preparatory.

Social media

Visit facebook.com/DeanCloseSchool and instagram.com/DeanCloseSchool.


TreeTops Day Nursery Cheltenham

TreeTops Day Nursery Cheltenham

Description

Established in 1989, TreeTops Day Nursery Cheltenham became part of the Dean Close Foundation in 2017, with parents and children able to benefit from the excellent resources and expertise that the independent school has to offer. The Cheltenham nursery is located close to the centre of town, and welcomes children to its Baby Unit, Toddler Unit and Pre School. With the aim to create a homely and nurturing environment, TreeTops encourages children to be creative, expressive and inclusive, and takes care to involve all of the children in group activities.

The Baby Unit plans activities that reflect each baby’s interests, such as soft play, messy play, building blocks, creative art and outdoor fun. In the Toddler Unit, a child’s interests and learning are extended through activities such as music, movement, arts and crafts and role-play. In Pre School, children will be prepared for the transition to school though a wide variety of activities and use of available resources, while there will also be outings outside of the nursery environment. Setting it aside from other nurseries, TreeTops offers additional activities to enhance each child’s learning and development, including specialist music classes and fun French classes. The nursery benefits from impressive facilities including a spacious play area, and parents can be assured that their child will eat healthily thanks to a nutritious menu that’s carefully planned and prepared freshly each day.

Age range

From three months to four years

Sessions available

There are three sessions available throughout the day; a full day runs from 8am to 6pm, a morning session runs from 8am to 1pm, and an afternoon sessions runs from 1pm to 6pm.

Ofsted

In the most recent Ofsted inspection, TreeTops Nursery received a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.

SoGlos loves

TreeTops Nursery boasts a highly-skilled and friendly team who are dedicated to helping each child develop throughout the first few years of their lives; and with a great child-to-staff ratio, the nursery takes care that each individual gets close attention. What’s more, each child is assigned a ‘key worker’ when they join Treetops to ensure that their full potential is being reached; there’s also the opportunity to experience a new keyworker when children move to a new group.

Fees

A full day costs £52, a morning session costs £29, and an afternoon session costs £28.

Address

1 Queens Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2LR

Telephone

(01242) 241349

Email

cheltenham@treetopsdaynurseries.co.uk

Website

treetopsdaynurseries.co.uk

Social media

Visit facebook.com/TreeTops-Day-Nursery-Cheltenham.


Cotswolds nurseries


Rendcomb College

Description

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.

Age range

From two to five, with children accepted in the term they turn three.

Sessions available

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.

Ofsted

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.

SoGlos loves

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.

Fees

Morning and afternoon sessions are £28 each, while a full day is £54.

Address

Rendcomb College, Cirencester, GL7 7HA

Telephone

(01285) 831213

Email

info@rendcomb.gloucs.sch.uk

Website

rendcombcollege.org.uk

Social media

See facebook.com/Rendcombcollege and twitter.com/RendcombCollege for the very latest.


Westonbirt School Nursery

Westonbirt School Nursery

Description

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.

Age range

Two to four years-old.

Sessions available

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.

Ofsted

Westonbirt School was rated excellent by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in May 2019.

SoGlos loves

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.

Fees

Mornings at Westonbirt Nursery cost £34, afternoons cost £20 and full days cost £54. After school sessions cost £5 per hour.

Address

Westonbirt School, Tetbury, GL8 8QG

Telephone

(01666) 881400

Website

westonbirt.org

Social media

Visit facebook.com/WestonbirtSch for the very latest.


Gloucester nurseries


TreeTops Day Nursery Gloucester

TreeTops Day Nursery Gloucester

Description

Located just outside the centre of the city, TreeTops Day Nursery Gloucester was established in 1989 and became part of the Dean Close Foundation in 2017, with parents and children able to benefit from the excellent resources and expertise that the independent school has to offer. The Gloucester nursery provides a caring environment for children who can attend its Baby Unit, Toddler Unit and Pre School. With a team of highly-skilled staff, TreeTops encourages children to be creative, expressive and inclusive, and is dedicated to helping each child develop in the first few years of their lives. Promising a great child-to-staff ratio, the nursery takes care that each individual gets close attention. What’s more, each child is assigned a ‘key worker’ when they join Treetops to ensure that their full potential is being reached, and there’s also the opportunity to experience a new keyworker when children move to a new group. The Baby Unit plans activities that reflect each baby’s interests, such as soft play, creative art and outdoor fun. In the Toddler Unit, a child’s interests and learning are extended through activities such as music, movement, and role-play. In Pre School, children will be prepared for the transition to school though a wide variety of activities and use of available resources, while there will also be trips outside of the nursery environment.

Age range

From three months to four years.

Sessions available

There are three sessions available throughout the day; a full day runs from 8am to 6pm, a morning session runs from 8am to 1pm, and an afternoon sessions runs from 1pm to 6pm.

Ofsted

In the most recent Ofsted inspection, TreeTops Nursery received a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.

SoGlos loves

Setting it aside from other nurseries, TreeTops offers additional activities to enhance each child’s learning and development, including specialist music classes and fun French classes, as well as benefitting from impressive facilities including a spacious play area. What’s more, parents can be assured that their child will eat healthily thanks to a nutritious menu that’s carefully planned and prepared freshly each day; food and drink is included in nursery fees and is designed to contribute to a varied and well-balanced diet.

Fees

A full day costs £45.50, a morning session costs £25.50, and an afternoon session costs £25.

Address

141 Hucclecote, Gloucester, GL3 3TX

Telephone

(01242) 241349

Email

gloucester@treetopsdaynurseries.co.uk

Website

treetopsdaynurseries.co.uk

Social media

Visit facebook.com/TreeTopsGlosDCNL for the very latest.


The King’s School Kindergarten

Description

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.

Age range

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.

Sessions available

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.

Ofsted

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.’

SoGlos loves

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.

Fees

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.

Address

Pitt Street, Gloucester, GL1 2BG

Telephone

(01452) 337337

Email

office@thekingsschool.co.uk

Website

thekingsschool.co.uk

Social media

Visit facebook.com/KingsSchoolGlos or twitter.com/KingsSchoolGlos for the very latest updates.


Stroud nurseries


The Nursery Class at Wycliffe College

Description

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.

Age range

Three to five-years-old.

Sessions available

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.

Ofsted

This school is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

SoGlos loves

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.

Fees

Nursery fees cost from £1,500 per term for a minimum of three days or five mornings.

Address

Ryeford Hall, Ebley Road, Stonehouse, GL10 2LD

Telephone

(01453) 820470

Email

prep@wycliffe.co.uk

Website

wycliffe.co.uk

Social media

See facebook.com/WycliffeCollege and instagram.com/wycliffecollege.


More Gloucestershire nurseries


Nursery name: Circus Day Nursery
Description: 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: Cheltenham College Pre-Prep
Description: Cheltenham College Preparatory School is considered to be one of the country’s leading independent schools, with its Pre-Prep department, Kingfishers, being just as prestigious, welcoming children from the age of three who can enjoy learning through play.
Fees: Nursery, Reception and Year 1 cost £2,640 per term, while Year 2 costs £2,925.
Address: Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7AB
Telephone number: (01242) 522697


Nursery name: Angel Day Nursery
Description: 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
Description: 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
Description: 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
Description: 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


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Monday 11 January 2021

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