Headington’s 16-place nursery welcomes girls aged three and upwards, and our flexible approach means that your daughter can start her school life at the pace that’s right for her. Life in the nursery is about developing friendships, growing in confidence, playing, and having fun. Our nursery is part of Foundation Stage and for many girls, it provides a seamless transition to school where most join the Prep School at 5.
The Nursery day
The Nursery day has been carefully structured to help our youngest pupils learn and develop at their own individual pace, with plenty of individual attention for everyone from the class teacher and full-time teaching assistant.
Morning sessions gradually set in place the building blocks that will form the foundations of reading, writing and numeracy, whilst afternoons may include free-flow sessions with plenty of opportunities to develop socially and emotionally through interaction with others.
Girls benefit from experiencing a Nursery that is part of our larger School community.
To benefit from the broad and balanced education that we offer, we ask that all of our nursery pupils join us for a minimum of 3 regular mornings or 2 full days each week.
- Mornings are from 8.30 am - 12.45 pm and include lunch
- Full days are from 8.30 am - 3.30 pm with the option to sign up for our after school care programme
The exact combination of days and mornings is up to you and our flexible approach allows you to make the choices that are right for your family.
When can girls join the nursery?
Girls can join the Nursery from the beginning of the half term following their third birthday, and will move up to Pre-Kindergarten with other girls in their academic year in the September following their fourth birthday. If your daughter’s birthday is early in the academic year (e.g. in September or October), you can choose when you would like her to start.
She may spend up to five terms in the Nursery, but whether she is with us for three, four or five terms, our rolling programme of fun topics and our emphasis on individual tuition and small group work will ensure that her time with us is stimulating, inspiring, and will leave her well prepared for the next stage in her school career.
Where is the Nursery?
The Nursery forms part of the school's Foundation Stage. Housed with the Kindergarten in a purpose-built block surrounded by its own secure play area and colourful 'pencil fence', it offers a happy and safe environment for our youngest pupils.
In our most recent Ofsted inspection our Foundation Stage was rated Outstanding.