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If you’re about to go back to work after maternity/paternity leave or if your child is due to receive government funding then you may be looking into childcare options. You could be looking for a day nursery or a pre-school in the area and we have compiled a directory below. We have divided them into the following areas:

  • Newbury, Thatcham & surrounding villages;
  • Hungerford & surrounding villages; and
  • Burghfield, Calcot & surrounding villages.

So, what’s the difference between a nursery and a pre-school? A day nursery is usually open from around 8am til 6pm Monday-Friday and is open all year round (excluding Bank Holidays). They take babies (often from around 3 months but some may take babies younger than this) and children up to the age of 5, either on a full time or part time basis.

Pre-schools only operate during term time, their days are shorter (e.g. 9am til 3pm) and they provide care for children aged 2-5.

There are also Nursery Schools which are for children aged 3 to 5 and are usually (but not always) attached to a primary school. Again these only operate during term time and are open during school hours.

Choosing childcare is a very personal decision, different children suit different environments. If you are interested in sending your child to one of these settings we would recommend arranging a visit so you can get a feel for the place, ask any questions you may have and see if you think that your child will be happy there. Most nurseries and pre-schools will be happy to show you around.

Day nurseries, pre-schools and nursery schools usually all accept the government funding that is available for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

If you do not think that a nursery or pre-school will suit your needs then you may prefer to use a childminder or employ a nanny. You can find details of some on the West Berkshire Council website.

We have taken great care in compiling this list but if you know of any nurseries or pre-schools missing from the directory, or if you have any feedback, please get in touch with us.

Newbury, Thatcham & surrounding villages

Abacus Day Nursery, Oxford Road, Newbury, RG14 1XB. Email: abacus@completechildcare.co.uk Phone: 01635 550134 W: https://www.completechildcare.co.uk/abacus-day-nursery.aspx

Acres of Fun Day Nursery & Pre-School, Priors Court Road, Hermitage, RG18 9SQ. Phone: 01635 203300 Email: info@acresoffun.co.uk W: http://www.acresoffun.co.uk/

Apple Tree Pre-school, Thatcham Parish Hall, Chapel Street, Thatcham, RG18 4JP. Phone: 07709697545 W: http://www.appletreepre-school.co.uk/

Audlen House Day Nursery, 131-133 Station Road, Thatcham, RG19 4QH. Phone: 01635 876667 E: aesopaudlen@aol.com W: http://audlen-house-nursery.co.uk/

Banana Moon Day Nursery, Grange Lane, Beenham, RG7 5PX. Phone: 0118 321 9616 E: info@bananamoon-beenham.co.uk W: http://www.bananamoon-beenham.co.uk/

Beenham Pre-School, The Community Room, Beenham, RG7 5NN. T: 07793 116937 E: info@beenhampreschool.org W: https://www.beenhampreschool.org/

Boot Farm Kindergarten & Pre-school, Back Lane, Brimpton Common, RG7 4RG. T: 0118 981 6619 E: Bootfarm@btinternet.com W: https://www.bootfarm.co.uk/

Bright Sparks Nursery School, The East Woodhay Village Hall, Heath End, Newbury, RG20 0AP. T: 01747 870432. W: http://brightsparksnursery.co.uk/

Brightwalton Preschool Nursery, Brightwalton Village Hall, Brightwalton, RG20 7BN. T: 07878 565015 E: brightwaltonpreschool@yahoo.co.uk W: http://www.brightwaltonpreschool.co.uk/

Busy Bees Day Nursery, Monks Lane, Newbury, RG14 7TD. T: 01635 524832. W: https://www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk/nursery/newbury

Chieveley Pre-School, The Village Hall, Chieveley, RG20 8TE. T: 07511 098 720 E: chieveleypreschool@gmail.com W: https://www.chieveleypreschool.co.uk

Cold Ash Pre-School, Acland Hall, Hermitage Road, Cold Ash, RG18 9JX. T: 07780 664454 E: admin@coldashpreschool.org.uk W: http://www.coldashpreschool.org.uk/

The Colourful Caterpillar (TCC) Preschool, Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3RR. T: 01635 872008 E: admin@tccpreschool.co.uk W: http://www.tccpreschool.co.uk/

Compton Pre-School, Burrell Road, Compton, RG20 6NP. T: 01635 579171 E: info@comptonpreschool.co.uk W: http://www.comptonpreschool.co.uk/

Crabtree Pre-School, Faircross, Hermitage, RG18 9TL. T: 01635 204387 E: crabtree-ps@btconnect.com W: http://crabtreepreschool.wixsite.com/

Dingley’s Promise Pre-school for children under 5 with disabilities & additional needs, Poplar Place, Shaw, Newbury, RG14 1NA. T: 01635 552458 E: admin@dingley.org.uk W: http://www.dingley.org.uk/

Elstree (Home Farm) School, Woolhampton, RG7 5TD. T: 01189 713 302 E: office@elstreeschool.org.uk W: https://www.elstreeschool.org.uk

Fir Tree School & Nursery, Fir Tree Lane, Newbury, RG14 2RA. T: 01635 42129 E: office@firtree.newburyacademytrust.org W: http://www.firtreeschool.co.uk/

The Grange Day Nursery, 18-21 Church Gate, Thatcham, RG19 3PN. T: 01753 20 11 22 E: parents@asquithnurseries.co.uk W: https://www.asquithnurseries.co.uk/nurseries/the-grange-childrens-day-nursery-in-thatcham/

Happy Kids Preschool, Winchcombe School, Maple Crescent, Newbury, RG14 1LN. T: 01635 45879. E: kim@happykidsnewbury.com W: http://www.happykidsnewbury.com/

Harriet House Montessori School, The Walled Garden, Frilsham, RG18 0XX. T: 01635 200 837 E: headmistress@harriethouseschool.co.uk W: https://www.harriethouseschool.co.uk/

Hermitage Pre-School, Hermitage Village Hall, Pinewood Crescent, Hermitage, RG18 9WL. T: 07444 421917 E: preschool@gmail.com W: http://www.hermitagepre-school.co.uk/

Jane’s House Montessori Pre-school, Hamstead Marshall Village Hall, Park Lane, Hamstead Marshall, RG20 0HL. T: 07738 969 358 E: doyle2326@btinternet.com W: http://janeshousemontessori.co.uk/

John Rankin Infant & Nursery School, Garford Crescent, Newbury, RG14 6EX. T: 01635 42376 E: office@jri.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://jri.westberks.dbprimary.com/westberks/primary/jri

Ladybirds Pre-school, Roebuts Close, Newbury, RG14 7AP. T: 01635 551664 E: info@ladybirdsnewbury.co.uk W: http://www.ladybirdsnewbury.co.uk/

Little Bears Day Nursery & Pre-school, 6 Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1BU. T: 01635 44184. E: info@littlebearsnurserynewbury.com W: http://www.littlebearsnurserynewbury.com/

Little Me Day Nursery, The Coach House, Turners Drive, Thatcham, RG19 4QB. T: 01635 226466 E: admin@littlemedaynurseries.co.uk W: https://www.littlemedaynurseries.co.uk/thatcham-nursery.html

Love Lane Pre-school, Shaw Cum Donnington Village Hall, Love Lane, Newbury, RG14 2JG. T: 07900 120 202 E: preschool@gmail.com W: http://www.lovelanepreschool.co.uk/

Newbury Gardens Day Nursery, Greenham Houses, Greenham Road, Newbury, RG14 7HS. T: 01635 580 980 E: info@ngdn.co.uk W: http://www.newburygardensdaynursery.co.uk/

The Orchard Day Nursery, Everington Bungalow, Everington Hill, Everington Lane, Thatcham, RG18 0UD. T: 01635 201838 E: duncan@theorcharddaynursery.com W: http://www.theorcharddaynursery.com/

Pied Piper Pre-School, Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, Thatcham, RG18 4QL. T: 01635 873814 E: info@piedpiperpreschool.org.uk W: http://www.piedpiperpreschool.org.uk/

Playmates Pre-School, The Log Cabin, Whitelands Park School, Sagecroft Road, Thatcham, RG18 3FH. T: 07770 518857 E: playmates-preschool@hotmail.com

Pumpkins Pre School, Wash Common Community Centre, Glendale Avenue, Wash Common, Newbury, RG14 6TL. T: 07766 888337 E: pumpkinspreschool@hotmail.com W: http://pumpkinspreschool.net/

Quackers Day Nursery, High Street, Chieveley, RG20 8TE. T: 01635 247 555 E: info@quackersdaynursery.co.uk W: http://www.quackersdaynursery.co.uk/

Ridge House, Brockhurst & Marlston House Schools, Hermitage, RG18 9UL. T: 01635 200293 E: registrar@brockmarl.org W: www.brockmarl.org.uk

Robert Sandilands Primary School & Nursery, Digby Road, Speen, Newbury, RG14 1TS. T: 01635 40318 E: office@sandilands.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://www.robertsandilands.westberks.dbprimary.com/westberks/primary/robertsandilands

Rocking Horse Day Nursery, Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, RG14 7NZ. T: 01635 48969 E: info@rockinghorsenewbury.co.uk W: http://www.rockinghorsenewbury.co.uk/

Sandleford St Gabriel’s Nursery, Sandleford Priory, Newbury, RG20 9BD. T: 01635 555680 E: info@stgabriels.co.uk W: http://www.stgabriels.co.uk/sandleford

Spurcroft Primary School, Spurcroft Road, Thatcham, RG19 3XX. T: 01635 41281 E: office@spurcroft.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://www.spurcroft.w-berks.sch.uk/

St Georges Pre-School, St George’s Church Hall, Andover Road, Newbury, RG14 6NU. T: 07887 900348 E: stgeorgespreschoolnewbury@yahoo.com W: http://www.stgeorgespreschoolnewbury.co.uk/

St John’s Pre-School, St John’s Road, Newbury, RG14 7QB. T: 07814 155110 E: info@saintjohnspreschool.co.uk W: http://saintjohnspreschool.co.uk/

St John The Evangelist Nursery & Infant School, Old Newtown, Newbury, RG14 7DE. T: 01635 41281 E: office@stjohnev.w-berks.sch.uk W: https://stjohnev-westberks.secure-dbprimary.com/westberks/primary/stjohnev

Thatcham Park Primary School, Park Avenue, Thatcham, RG18 4NP. T: 01635 870950 E: office@thatchampark.w-berks.sch.uk W: https://thatchampark.w-berks.sch.uk/westberks/primary/thatchampark

The Sunshine Club, John Rankin Infant School, Garford Crescent, Newbury, RG14 6EX. T: 01635 42376 E: sunshineclub@jri.w-berks.sch.uk W: https://www.jrs.w-berks.sch.uk/

Teddy Bears Pre-School, Boxford Village Hall, Rood Hill, Boxford, RG20 8DD. T:
01488 657273 E: admin@teddybearspreschool.com W: http://teddybearspreschool.com/

Tigers Day Nursery, Henwick Court, Turnpike Road, Thatcham, RG18 3QY. T: 01635 528857 E: tigersday@tiscali.co.uk W: http://www.tigersdaynurseries.co.uk/

Tigers Too Day Nursery, Chequers Court, Station Road, Thatcham, RG19 4PR. T: 01635 866321 E: tigerstoo@tigersdaynurseries.co.uk W: http://www.tigersdaynurseries.co.uk/

Thatcham Pre-School, Moorside Community Centre, Urquhart Road, Kennet Heath,
Thatcham, RG19 4RE. T: 07831 611145
E: info@thatchampreschool.co.uk W: http://www.thatchampreschool.co.uk/

Victoria Park Nursery School, Victoria Park, Newbury, RG14 1EH. T: 01635 41296 E: office@victoriapark.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://s416691947.websitehome.co.uk

The Willows Primary School, Pyle Hill, Greenham, Newbury, RG14 7SJ. T: 01635 42155 E: office@willows.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://thewillowsnewbury.org.uk/

The Winchcombe School, Maple Crescent, Shaw, Newbury, RG14 1LN. T: 01635 232780 E: office@winchcombe.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://www.winchcombe.w-berks.sch.uk/page/default.asp?title=Home&pid=1

Woodlands Day Nursery, Weber Road, Greenham Business Park, Newbury, RG19 6HW. T: 01635 33626 E: enquiries@woodlandschildcare.co.uk W: http://www.woodlandschildcare.co.uk/

Hungerford & surrounding villages

Great Shefford Pre-school, Village Hall, Station Road, Great Shefford, RG17 7DR. T: 07765 508 867 E: herrington@btinternet.com W: http://www.greatsheffordunderfives.co.uk/

Hungerford Nursery School & Centre For Children And Families, 22 The Croft, Hungerford, RG17 0HY. T: 01488 682628 E: office@hungerfordnursery.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://hungerfordareachildrenscentre.co.uk/

Inkspots Early Years Pre-School, Inkpen Primary School, Weavers Lane, Inkpen, Hungerford, RG17 9QE. T: 01488 668219 W: http://inkpenprimaryschool.co.uk/

Kintbury Pre-School, Preston Hall, Gainsborough Avenue, Kintbury, RG17 9XN. T: 07765040269 E: kintburypreschool@hotmail.co.uk

Lambourn Primary School, Edwards Hill, Lambourn, RG17 7LJ. T: 01488 71479 E: office@lambourn.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://www.lambournschool.org.uk/

Little Rainbows Nursery, Herongate, Hungerford, RG17 0YU. T: 01488 686843 E: enquiries@rainbowschildcare.co.uk W: http://www.rainbowschildcare.co.uk/

The Montessori School House, Crossways, Kintbury, RG17 9ST. T: 07810 797 170 E: rees@hotmail.com W: http://www.montessori-nursery-school.co.uk/

Rainbows Pre School, John O’Gaunt School, Priory Road, Hungerford, RG17 0AN. T: 01488683545 E: admin@rainbowschildcare.co.uk  W: http://www.rainbowschildcare.co.uk/

Springburn Childcare, Ermin Street, Shefford Woodlands, Hungerford, RG17 7AA. T: 01488 649650 E: springburnchildcare@btconnect.com W: http://www.springburnchildcare.co.uk/

Burghfield, Calcot & surrounding villages

Acorns Nursery School, St Birinus House, Empress Road, Calcot, RG31 4QX.T: 01189420475 E: acornsnursery@loveyourcommunity.net W

Alder Bridge Steiner-Walforf School Kindergarten, Mill Lane, Padworth, RG7 4JU. T: 0118 971 4471 E: info@alderbridge.org.uk W: http://cms.alderbridge.org.uk/

Apricot Day Nursery, Lescun, Pangbourne Road, Upper Basildon, RG8 8LN. T: 01491 671 044 E: lescun@btinternet.com

Barn Owl Day Nursery, 1117 Oxford Road, Purley on Thames, RG31 6UT. T: 0118 942 5555 E: info@barnowldaynursery.co.uk W: http://www.barnowldaynursery.co.uk/

Beansheaf Community Pre-School, Beansheaf Community Centre, Calcot, RG31 7AW. T: 07504956168 E: beansheafpre-school@live.com W: http://www.beansheafpreschool.co.uk/

Brightstart Day Nursery, 16 Church Street, Theale, RG7 5BZ. T: 0118 930 3000 E: nursery@gmail.com W: http://www.brightstartdaynursery.co.uk/

Calcot Infant & Nursery School, Curtis Road, Calcot, RG31 4XG. T: 0118 941 8189 E: office@c-inf.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://www.calcotschools.co.uk/

Denefield Nursery, Long Lane, Tilehurst, RG31 6XY. T: 01189 728 970 E: jms@denefield.org.uk

Fledglings Day Nursery, Little Heath Road, Tilehurst, RG31 5TY. T: 01189 451 545 E: info@fledglingsnurseryreading.co.uk W: http://www.fledglingsnurseryreading.co.uk/

Jubilee Day Nursery, Paddock View, Rectory Road, Padworth Common, RG7 4JD. T: 0118 9701 600 E: info@jubileedaynursery.co.uk W: http://www.jubileedaynursery.co.uk/

Jubilee Gems term time nursery, Ark House, School Road, Padworth, RG7 4JA. T: 01189834018 E: info@jubileegems.co.uk W: http://www.jubileegems.co.uk/

Kennet Valley Pre-School, Holybrook Centre, Carters Rise, Calcot, RG31 7YT. T: 07884028715 E: jillr52@sky.com .

Little Tots Montessori Nursery, Parish Centre, St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Burghfield, RG30 3TG T: 07931 807021/0118 9591371 E: lisa@little-tots.co.uk W: http://www.littletotsnurseries.com/

Mortimer Kindergarten, Mortimer Methodist Church Hall, 17 West End Road, Mortimer, RG7 3TB T: 07736353821 E: mortimerkindi@aol.co.uk

Mortimer Pre-School, St John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer, RG7 3TF. T: 0118 933 1668 E: info@mortimerpreschool.org.uk W: http://www.mortimerpreschool.org.uk/

Mrs Bland’s Infant & Nursery School, Jordan’s Lane, Burghfield Common, RG7 3LP. T: 0118 983 2332 E: office@mrsblands.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://www.mrsblandsinfants.co.uk/

The Mrs. Williams Pre-School, Pinchcut, Burghfield Common, RG7 3HP. T: 0118 9833412 E: themrswilliamspreschool@gmail.com W: http://www.themrswilliamspreschool.co.uk/

Pangbourne Day Nursery, 21d Reading Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7LR. T: 0118 9841496 E: pangbournedaynursery@outlook.com W: http://www.pangbourne-daynursery.co.uk/

Pangbourne Primary School, Kennedy Drive, Pangbourne, RG8 7LB. T: 0118 984 2315 E: office@pangbourne.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://pangbourne.w-berks.sch.uk/

Pangbourne Valley Playgroup Pre-school, Kennedy Drive, Pangbourne, RG8 7LB. T: 0118 984 1661 E: enquiries@gmail.com W: http://www.pvpg.org.uk/

Purley Pre-School, Purley Memorial Hall, Glebe Road, Purley-on-Thames, RG8 8DP. T: 07504 831149 E: supervisor@purleypreschool.co.uk / chair@purleypreschool.co.uk / purleypreschoolcommittee@gmail.com W: http://purleypreschool.co.uk/

Rainbow Montessori Nursery, Burghfield Scout Hut, Holly Bush Lane, Burghfield Common, RG7 3JL T: 07889 794122/ 07702 084099 E: rainbowmontessori@outlook.com W: http://rainbowmontessori.azurewebsites.net/

Sparklers Pre-school, Basildon Primary School, Beckfords, Upper Basildon, RG8 8PD. T: 01491 671910 W: http://www.sparklers-preschool.co.uk/

Springfield Primary School, Barton Road, Tilehurst, RG31 5NJ. T: 0118 942 1797 E: office@springfieldprimary.org W: http://springfieldprimary.org/westberks/primary/springfield

St Catherine’s Pre-school, St Catherine’s Hall, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN. T: 07745 909348 E: stcatherinesadmissions@yahoo.co.uk W: https://www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk

St Peter’s Pre-School, Southend Road, Southend Bradfield, RG7 6EU. T: 0118 974 4000 W: http://www.stpeterspreschool.org.uk/

Streatley Hill Pre-School, The Coombe, Streatley, RG8 9QL. T: 01491 875247 E: streatleyhillpreschool@gmail.com W: http://www.streatleyhillpreschool.com/

Theale Primary School, Church Street, Theale, RG7 5BZ. T: 0118 930 2239 E: office@theale.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://www.thealeprimary.co.uk/

The Village Montessori Nursery School, Cock Lane, Bradfield, RG7 6HW. T: 0118 9744643 E: info@montessorinursery.org.uk W: http://www.montessorinursery.org.uk/

Westwood Farm Community Pre-School, Downs Way, Tilehurst, RG31 6SL. T: 0118 942 9865 E: admin@westwoodfarmpreschool.com W: https://www.westwoodfarmpreschool.com

Westwood Farm Infant School, Fullbrook Crescent, Tilehurst, RG31 6RY. T: 0118 942 6113 E: officeinfants@westwoodfarmschools.w-berks.sch.uk W: http://www.westwoodfarmschools.w-berks.sch.uk/index.asp

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First published 18/04/2017

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  • Jubilee Gems is a term-time nursery and is owned by the operators Jubilee Day Nursery and located in the beautiful Berkshire countryside between Reading, Newbury and Basingstoke.

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