OFSTED Outstanding 3 times in a row
"A brilliant place for children to start their education"
"A wonderland of interesting and challenging activities"
"Not a moment of learning time is wasted"
OFSTED February 2020
Culham Science Centre Nursery & Preschool - Abingdon
Open Monday to Friday 7.30 am-6.00pm for children from 3 months to 5 years old
From birth to 5 is when our children are shaped into the people they will become so it’s vital young children get a good start in life. All our children get an excellent start in life through our Outstanding rated (2012 & 2015, 2020) delivery of the OFSTED Early Years Curriculum.
Our team are warm, caring, enthusiastic and highly qualified; they know our children well and provide planned, well structured, varied and exciting play with kind encouragement and support. We play and learn everyday in fun, exciting ways, and develop important social skills for school and life.
A purpose built nursery based at the entrance to Culham Science Centre, our facilities are designed for each child’s age and stage with a large garden filled with mature trees and lots of toys to play with.
Choosing the best childcare for you is a big decision so please arrange to come and see us to find out more.
Babies up to 18 months and Toddlers up to 30 months.
The nursery has 2 baby rooms and 2 toddler rooms. Each room is set up for the child’s stage of development with toys and equipment they can use safely and lots of opportunity to play, explore, learn and feel challenged.
Our team in each room are specialists in caring for children of that age and will get to know your child well. They will learn what activities they enjoy, when they need sleeps and feeds and cuddles, and when they are ready for playtime!
From about 30 months to 5 years
We have a separate Lower and Upper Preschool. The lower preschool is from 30 months to around 3 years. The upper preschool is from around 3 years until starting school.
We focus at this stage on preparing our children for structure in their day and developing the independence that will ensure they make a smooth transition to big school.
Meet our team
All our team love working with children
"Staff have an excellent understanding of how children learn" (OFSTED 2020). Our team are warm, caring and highly motivated. We encourage everyone to get qualifications in childcare by sponsoring formal qualifications courses; we train everyone in Health and safety, safeguarding and paediatric first aid among others; and do our own monthly in-house training to keep everyone up to date on all our policies and procedures and best practice in childcare.
Safe, happy & learning
Policies and procedures
Our policies and procedures cover everything required by Ofsted and more. All our team are fully trained on them when they start working for us and every month we do team training which includes reviewing these policies and procedures.
Play for each age & stage
Carefully planned play with age - appropriate resources
"The rich, imaginative and well-planned range of enjoyable activities and experiences sustains's children's interests and keeps them engaged" (OFSTED 2020). Every child has their own key worker who will observe them at play to learn what they are interested in. They then plan play activities, based on each child's individual interests, that will help them learn and grow, all led by the Early Years Curriculum. Toys and equipment are specific to your child’s changing needs at each age and stage so we keep children safe, challenged and interested.
Everything we do is designed around your child
We plan our day’s activities around what your child enjoys and is interested in. We gently encourage each child to extend their learning to cover all areas of learning in our early years curriculum so they become enthusiastic and independent learners prepared for the new challenges of big school.
Prices and help with fees
contact us to discuss the hours you want
Fees will vary depending on the hours you want and the age of your child. There is also government funding for 2 and 3 year olds and government voucher schemes which can all help with the cost of childcare.
Delicious, healthy and 5*****rated
Angela our head chef is passionate about giving our children healthy, tasty and freshly-cooked meals every day that the children invariably want to devour! Even the "fussy eaters". We introduce our children to all kinds of food from fish pie to mild curry while carefully accommodating food intolerances and preferences along the way.
We support local producers too - we buy most of our fresh produce from local growers and grow some of our own vegetables and herbs. The children also get to do cooking classes with Angela which they really enjoy.
PS: As our children also rate Angela's food 5***** we've put some of our all time favourite recipes into the nursery blog so you can have a go at home!
Read what our parents say about us
We’re top rated on daynurseries.co.uk and here are some of the kind words our parents have had to say about us
"The facilities and garden are the nicest of all the nurseries we looked at and my boys love playing outside in the garden. The food is top quality and always enjoyed".
"Culham Nursery has been brilliant! The affection shown by the staff, their dedication and the excellent childcare has made my sons into the happy confident and outgoing little boys they are! I only wish I could stay for Breakfast too!"
"The staff are lovely, very welcoming, attentive and always keep us informed. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, we are always happy to leave our daughter here safe in the knowledge she is being well cared for."
Mr & Mrs Gowan
"I have never doubted that my son was safe and well cared for. I trust the staff entirely, my son loves the nursery and is doing so many different things each day including lots of time outdoors, I can't recommend Culham Nursery highly enough!"