Gloucestershire nurseries guide

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

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Let SoGlos give you a helping hand in finding a great Gloucestershire nursery, day nursery, pre-prep school or kindergarten.
Let SoGlos give you a helping hand in finding a great Gloucestershire nursery, day nursery, pre-prep school or kindergarten.

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

In partnership with Dean Close Pre-Prepatory School  |  deanclose.org.uk

About the nursery

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

From 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.

Fees

Dean Close Pre-Preparatory school fees start at £3,100 per term for full-time attendees. Part-time attendance sessions cost £36.68 for the morning, £30.57 for the afternoon, and £60.77 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

The Richard Pate School Nursery

In partnership with The Richard Pate School  |  richardpate.co.uk

About the nursery

Located next to the main school, on its Leckhampton campus, The Richard Pate School Nursery is dedicated to delivering a high standard of early years care and education to children aged three and over.

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 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 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 prepare little ones for school and the wider world.

Age range

From three (from the term after the third birthday) to four-years-old.

Sessions available

The Richard Pate School Nursery offers morning sessions, from 8.30am to 12.30pm, with children attending five mornings a week.

Full day sessions start at 8.30am and end at 3.30pm, with parents able to opt for three, four or five full days a week.

Breakfast Club and after school care are also available from 7.45am until 5.30pm. Breakfast and a light tea are included for all children.

SoGlos loves

Play is prioritised as a great way for little ones to learn – with plenty of opportunities for fun, supported by the teaching staff. Children are encouraged to discover their environments, with lots to explore both inside and amongst the school’s vast grounds.

Fees

Per term, five mornings per week costs £1,390; three full days a week costs £1,761; four full days a week costs £2,279; and five full days a week costs £2,935.

Breakfast Club costs £5 per session and after school care costs £9 per session.

Address

Southern Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, GL53 9RP

Telephone

(01242) 522086

Email

admissions@richardpate.co.uk

Website

richardpate.co.uk

Social media

Visit instagram.com/richardpate_school and
facebook.com/richardpateschool

Cotswolds nurseries

Rendcomb College

In partnership with Rendcomb College  |  rendcombcollege.org.uk

About the nursery

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.

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 £31.50 each, while a full day is £60.50.

Address

Rendcomb College, Cirencester, GL7 7HA

Telephone

(01285) 832306

Email

info@rendcombcollege.org.uk

Website

rendcombcollege.org.uk/nursery

Social media

See facebook.com/Rendcombcollege, instagram.com/rendcombcollege, or twitter.com/RendcombCollege

Nurseries beyond the border

MSJ Minis at Malvern St James Girls' School

In partnership with Malvern St James Girls' School  |  malvernstjames.co.uk

About the nursery

Launching at Malvern St James Girls' School in September 2022, MSJ Minis is a brand-new nursery that offers an inspiring and nurturing space for girls to start their education.

Providing a bespoke learning environment for the school's nursery and reception pupils, MSJ Minis has its own purpose-built spaces, with special areas for role play, creative mark making and free play.

Learning is integrated seamlessly into the day through fun and engaging activities, with each girl benefiting from personalised support on their Early Years Foundation Stage learning journey from MSJ's specialist teachers. Small class sizes and a high teacher-to-pupil ratio mean that every pupil is given the attention and support they need to thrive.

Outdoor education is just as important at MSJ Minis, with regular sessions in the on-site woodland school where little ones can play in the mud kitchen, plus regular days out and visits to parks. And with over 30 after school activities to try, the nursery benefits from access to the senior school's state-of-the-art facilities, including a multi-sports centre and heated swimming pool.

Age range

From three to four, with children accepted from the September following their third birthday.

Sessions available

MSJ offers 'school day' sessions from 8am to 3.30pm. There is also an afternoon session from 3.30pm to 6pm, with children able to attend 'full day' sessions from 8am to 6pm. 

Wraparound care is available until 6pm each day, with children able to stay for additional time, billed at MSJ Mini's hourly rate.

SoGlos loves

Building the foundations of its pupils' academic journeys in a supportive, all-girls setting, MSJ Minis is a fantastic option for parents seeking a single-sex education for their daughter. In an environment that's free from stereotypes and limitations, pupils are encouraged to explore their personal interests and be themselves, learning how to be more independent and have the confidence to take measured risks and embrace the opportunities that come their way.

Fees

MSJ Minis accepts Nursery Education Funding between 8am and 3.30pm, with all provision after 3.30pm charged at its daily rate of £4.72 per hour.

With all parents entitled to at least 15 hours of government-funded childcare, children can attend two 'school days' a week for free — with some parents entitled to 30 hours, and therefore able to attend four 'school days' a week.

There is also a charge of £3 per day to cover a hot lunch and all snacks.

Address

15 Avenue Road, Great Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3BA

Telephone

 (01684) 584625

Email 

admissions@malvernstjames.co.uk

Website

malvernstjames.co.uk/msj-minis

Social media

See facebook.com/MalvernStJames, instagram.com/malvernstjames or twitter.com/MalvernStJames

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