Welcome to our nursery!
Shiplake Village Nursery welcomes you to a safe, happy and stimulating pre-school environment, in which children can learn through play and positively develop their social, emotional, physical and intellectual capabilities. Each child is valued and respected as an individual and we believe every child must have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The nursery was established in 1966 and has occupied its current premises since 1990. Conveniently situated next to Shiplake Memorial Hall, it is surrounded by beautiful open countryside. There is ample parking making it easy for drop off and collection.

We have use of a well maintained garden, which has willow structures and raised beds for planting and playing in. The Nursery room provides a light, spacious and attractive environment for the children inside, and it is planned to maximise the children’s learning experiences. We have a maximum of twenty children in any session.

Our Staff

Cherry Grayston

Nursery Manager


NNEB, ADCE ILM Level 3 in Childcare Management

Nicola Hughes

Nursery Assistant


Level 3 diploma in childcare

Julie Ferguson

Nursery Assistant


Level 3 NNEB

Jessica Turner

Nursery Assistant



  • Ofsted, 2016
    Staff use effective methods, such as skilful questions, to help children think, solve problems, and develop good communication and language skills
    Ofsted, 2016
  • Parent
    We have been really pleased with the friendly and fun environment, my son loves sitting down with his friends for story time, often learning a new song (with actions) for home.
    Parent
  • Ofsted, 2016
    Staff provide children with lots of praise and encouragement that help raise children's self-esteem and support their emotional well-being effectively
    Ofsted, 2016

Preparing for school
Although independent from the state system, Shiplake Village Nursery enjoys a close relationship with the neighbouring Shiplake CofE Primary School. During the Wednesday morning session, the children go with the Nursery staff to Shiplake Primary School, which aids their transition to school when the time arrives. Here, they enjoy meeting the reception year teacher, taking part in activities within the classroom and school hall, and seeing some of the older children to gain a better understanding of the 'big school' experience.

This Wednesday session is available to 'Rising 4's', those children starting school the next academic year. The main focus is on familiarity. Closer to the time, at Nursery, the children will role play with the school uniforms and talk about how they feel about going to school. They will formally meet the reception teacher who will be taking them in September.

Our Day
We take great care to plan a broad and balanced curriculum that covers the seven areas of learning of the EYFS (our full prospectus can be downloaded here for more details). We plan to stimulate and engage the children based on their interests and learning potential, to develop their language, imagination and confidence. Offering a variety of interests, your child's day will include adult-led and child-led activities indoors and out, with children being able to access toys that they choose. A typical day might include sand and water play, exploring nature, art and craft, cooking, stories, music and movement (including weekly drama sessions), home corner, construction, role play, multi-cultural experiences and technology.

We enjoy visits from local Dentists, GPs, vets, nurses and firemen with their fire-truck, and have also visited our local farm onboard the farmer’s big red tractor! In recent years Basil's mobile farm have visited our setting, where the children love learning to feed and care for animals such as lambs and chickens.

Little Squirrels

Our Little Squirrels Club runs on Thursday afternoons. We make the most of our beautiful rural setting, with emphasis on outdoor fun and woodland activities.

Policies & Procedures

Read how we ensure Shiplake Village Nursery is a good quality setting for your child