Useful Information
Our beautiful nursery is warm and inviting to little visitors but if you think your child will take some time to adjust, don’t worry, we have different ways of addressing this. When numbers are high, we operate a staggered intake, with no more than two new starters in any one session. We find this very effective in reducing stress levels in the setting and ensuring a calm environment for new and existing children.

We believe children settle best when they have a key person to relate to so we allocate each child with a key worker before they start. Their role is to ensure that your child’s care is tailored to their needs. They will be responsible for observing and assessing your child, forming a strong bond with them through playing and talking to them.

We accept children from 2.5 years to school age supporting the development of all children including those with special educational needs. Our setting works to the requirements of The SEN Code of Practice, and the nursery is registered on the Early Years Register and both the voluntary and compulsory Childcare Register. We're a registered charity run by a committee of wonderful volunteer parents.

Opening Hours and Term Dates
We are open from 9am to 3pm. The morning session runs from 9am to 12 noon and the afternoon session runs from 12 noon to 3pm. It is possible to extend the morning session (subject to availability) until 1pm in our 'lunch club', where the children enjoy their packed lunch with staff and friends.
Autumn Term 2017
Term 1 & 2 – Autumn Term: Wednesday 6th September to Tuesday 19th December, with half term w/c Monday 23rd October.
The Nursery will be closed 4th and 5th September and Friday 20th October for inset days.
Spring Term 2018
Term 3 & 4 – Spring Term: Tuesday 4th January to Wednesday 28th March, with half term w/c Monday 12th February and the Easter break commencing Friday 30th March.
The Nursery will be closed Thursday 29th March for an inset day.
Summer Term 2018
Term 5 & 6 – Summer Term: Monday 16th April to Wednesday 25th July, with half term w/c 28th May.
The Nursery will be closed on Friday 25th May for an inset day.


  • Ofsted, 2016
    Staff provide a good range of stimulating resources for children that motivate them to learn and provide challenge
    Ofsted, 2016
  • Parent
    The outdoor space is great, it has a beautiful rural outlook with the security of an enclosed garden for the children to enjoy
  • Ofsted, 2016
    Partnerships with parents are strong. The regular two-way sharing of information provides continuity for children and involves parents in their children's learning
    Ofsted, 2016

Your child's day
Whilst there is no such thing as a typical day, it might look a little like this:

  • Drop off and self-registration, settle to an activity.
  • Free play: offering a range of activities inside and outside which cover the 7 areas of learning outlined in the EYFS (explained in more detail in the 'curriculum' section of our prospectus)
  • Snack time: children are free to decide when they would like to stop playing for something to eat or drink. They independently wash their hands, and then choose milk or water and from a variety of fruit and veg. The children sit down and enjoy this time together with their friends.
  • Letter of the week: each week children are encouraged to bring in an object or toy which starts with the letter or the week. Towards the end of each session, staff and children will explore the letter sound though show and tell.
  • Story Time: we hold this indoors and outdoors and we encourage parents, grandparents or carers to come and contribute.
  • Hand wash and Lunch: children and staff sit down and enjoy their packed lunches together.
  • We continue the afternoon with free play followed by a snack, and end the day with story time, which the children all enjoy.

Fees and sessions
All children are eligible for Nursery Education Funding (NEF) from the term following their third birthday. Funding may be claimed for a maximum of 15 hours per week across their pre-school education. This equates to 5 sessions at Shiplake Village Nursery.

The fees for children not qualifying for government funding or additional sessions beyond the funded hours are as follows:

Standard session £17.00
Lunch club £5.00
Drop-in session £19.00

Un-scheduled sessions, otherwise known as 'Drop-ins', can be pre-arranged with the Nursery Manager. Lunch club can be booked in person on the day. Both are dependent on availability.

We accept child-care vouchers as means of payment. Further details are available upon request.

Your child's online journal

Assessments play an important part in helping parents, carers and staff to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs and to plan activities and support for them. Assessments involve staff observing children to understand their level of achievement, interests and learning styles.

At Shiplake Village Nursery we record our observations in a secure online journal called 'Baby’s Days'. Observations made by the staff are often in written form and vary in length, some longer observations and some small notes. We also photograph the children and use samples of their work. We use these observations to shape learning experiences for each child.

When a child is aged between two and three, the EYFS says that we must assess your child and review their progress, providing you with a short summary of their development in the first three of the seven areas of development. We call this the '2 year check'. This will be completed if one has not been done already.

Policies & Procedures

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