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.
Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School, fondly known as ‘The Squirrels’, is set in 50 acres of private land close to the centre of Cheltenham. It’s based in a modern, purpose-built school which offers a high teacher to pupil ratio, along with excellent facilities and resources; features include a spacious hall, ICT suite, library, bespoke playgrounds, and its very own Forest School which children visit regularly. What’s more, pupils are also able to make use of some of the whole school’s outstanding facilities, such as the swimming pool, tennis courts and sports centre. Squirrel Kittens is for children aged two and above, offering an exciting child-centred programme and rooms that include a messy play area, cosy playroom, and eating area. In nursery, for rising threes, children love learning through activities and play, whether that is in the Wendy house, or through dressing up, painting, cooking or listening to a story. In Kindergarten children take their next steps, learning to read and write, using their imagination through stories and play, enjoying ICT lessons and being introduced to the French language through songs and games. In Reception they begin full-time school and the curriculum becomes more structured, alongside swimming and tennis lessons. In Years 1 and 2 pupils can build on their skills and continue to develop independence in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Dean Close Pre-Prep also provides an impressive range of enjoyable extracurricular activities such as drama, dance, music, choir, and arts and crafts, which can enhance learning and development even further.
Two to seven year olds
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.
The Kindergarten, Nursery and Kittens teaching day runs from 8.45am to 3.30pm (children can attend morning or afternoon sessions or stay all day), with a crèche facility operating outside these hours. Children may attend from 8.15am to 5pm. While for all other Pre-Preparatory years classes start at 8.45am, with Reception finishing at 3.25pm and Years 1 and 2 at 3.30pm.
Squirrel Kittens, Kindergarten and Nursery cost £2,747 per term, Reception costs £2,653 per term, Year One costs £2,752 per term, and Year Two costs £2,842 per term.
Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6QS
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.
From three months to four years
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.
In the most recent Ofsted inspection, TreeTops Nursery received a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.
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.
A full day costs £52, a morning session costs £29, and an afternoon session costs £28.
1 Queens Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2LR
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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.
Westonbirt School was rated excellent by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in May 2019.
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.
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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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.
From three months to four years.
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.
In the most recent Ofsted inspection, TreeTops Nursery received a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.
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.
A full day costs £45.50, a morning session costs £25.50, and an afternoon session costs £25.
141 Hucclecote, Gloucester, GL3 3TX
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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, 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, the curriculum-linked activities involve maths, literacy and personal development.
Offing experienced staff with an excellent child-to-teacher ratio, Little King’s 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. Excellent home school links with parents are encouraged and parents are able to comment on their children’s learning journey and add to it themselves.
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.
Alongside the day nursery, Little King’s also runs out-of-hours childcare, including 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 3.15 to 6pm.
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.’
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 Early Birds club is open from 7.45am at a charge of £1.80 per half hour.
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
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
Nursery name: Wycliffe Nursery
Description: Located within the grounds of Wycliffe Preparatory School in Stroud, Wycliffe Nursery offers a safe, secure, happy and stimulating environment for children.
Fees: Lower and Upper Nursery is £7.50 per hour, with a 20 per cent discount for full-time attendance per term, and 10 per cent discount for attendance between 32 and 47 hours per week, per term.
Address: Ryeford Hall, Ebley Road, Stonehouse, GL10 2LD
Telephone number: (01242) 253222
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