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Nurseries in Henley

Cygnets of Henley

If you are looking for a nursery to care for your child within a warm hearted atmosphere and all-round personal attention, then we are the right nursery for you.

We aim to support your child's personal development and prepare him or her for the future. Cygnets of Henley Full Daycare Nursery was opened in 1997 and is situated the grounds of Valley Road Primary School. Our aim is to provide a warm, safe, happy and welcoming environment and one in which each child receives stimulation appropriate to his/her own particular age and stage of development. We aim to encourage all aspects of your child’s development, creating a balance between freedom and discipline, creativity and control. We strive to achieve this by encouraging a family atmosphere, teaching children to have respect for each other, to relate to one another and build attitudes of caring and sharing. We encourage learning through play by providing games and activities which develop your child’s skills and self-awareness. To provide materials and challenges that encourages excitement and learning

Our staff give their heart Your child will benefit from our staff's experience and educational training.


Hartes of Henley

Hartes of Henley is an all-year round childcare setting, situated right in the heart of Henley, set just at the back of the river. The nursery is located within walking distance of the town centre, train station, two playgrounds and a large open meadow making Hartes of Henley an ideal location for pick-ups and drop-offs, outings and outdoor play.

Hartes of Henley can be found in the large Leichlingen Pavilion in Mill Meadows and is fortunate enough to have a beautiful glass dome roof allowing for a light and spacious setting. The interior is carefully designed, fit for purpose, to be the ultimate early years setting. Staff help children with learning and play, and enable children to experience a rich curriculum in a secure setting, assisted by caring, qualified and friendly staff.

The space allows for staff to offer a wide range of activities, for all different age groups and these can be run simultaneously to allow children time to play with others of their own age, but also have the opportunity, in small doses, to interact with children of different ages.

Being so close to play parks, beautiful meadows, the river Thames, shops, places of interest and a wide range of wildlife staff are spoilt for choice on fun ways to help the children learn and grow.

Hartes of Henley is a nursery and offers a before and after-school club and a holiday club for children from age three-months to 11-years- old.

Staff are happy to be flexible and aim to help make your life easier and allow where possible for versatile session times, with parents able to choose from early or late pick-ups and drop-offs, holiday and after-school clubs in order to schedule their childcare needs.


Henley Village Montessauri Nursery School

Our philosophy is “Locus Laetus Discere” which is translated to “A happy place to learn.”

We’re here to support children through their early years to become confident, content and considerate.

We provide children with a nurturing and stimulating environment where their uniqueness is celebrated and also prepare children for school. 


The Old Station Nursery

Henley is the newest nursery to join our group, although it has been operating for more than 8 years as Orchard Farm Day Nursery. It is registered for 64 children, and is based in a lovely rural setting on the edge of Henley, surrounded by fields and woodland. The nursery has a separate baby room, toddler room and a newly built pre-school room. We operate a holiday club for 4-11 year olds in the club barn. We are very proud to have our own Forest School in woodland behind the nursery, which all age groups to enjoy. Children from 2 upwards take part in weekly Forest School sessions and enjoy lots of time in the outdoor areas that surround the nursery during the whole week. During the holidays we are able to offer Forest School sessions for all children who attend, so if your child would like to enjoy toasting marshallows over a camp fire and would enjoy learning to build a shelter, they should come and join us! From February 2014 we have extended our opening hours, so we are open from 7.30 am until 6.30pm, to accomodate parents who need longer hours to fit in with their commute.  


Treetops Nursery

Treetops is located in central Henley close to the river and train station. It has been equipped specifically as an extended day care nursery. Within each room we cater for sleep, quiet, noisy, messy and learning activities and a major feature is an exciting multi-level soft play area. We have a unique indoor / outdoor play area and there will also be plenty of opportunities for the children to be taken on walks and trips to local amenities. In addition we also have a tarmac area outside for the children to play and ride bikes, etc.

We have a unique garden which enables us to be able to go out in all weathers; because half of the garden has a roof, the children have the opportunity to get fresh air all year round. Our central location means that we can walk the children to the town centre, river, park, local church, library and supermarket, all of which we visit regularly. We are also close to the train station, so the children can watch and take trips on the trains. In our rooms the children all sit down and have their meals together; we feel this is a great time for the children to be interacting with their peers and key carers, who sit at the children’s level so that they can give guidance and assistance when needed. All children have the opportunity to play and explore with a large range of messy play, such as gloop, crazy soap, ice, jelly, sand, water, custard and many more. We have a wide range of resources that all the children can use to encourage learning through play and help the children gain new experiences on a daily basis, this helps the key carers to plan for each individuals' need. We also believe in nurturing a smooth transition from home to nursery so, before children join Treetops, we offer a home visit, which lets the children see their key worker in their own environment; this helps the children when they come into the nursery, to see a familiar face. We believe we are the first local nursery group to offer this.


Nurseries in Surrounding Areas


The Denning Montessori School

OFSTEAD Outstanding. The Denning Montessori School was established by the current owner and Principal Jennifer Blain, with the simple aim of offering the very best nursery education. For nearly 25 Years the Denning Montessori School has been delivering on its promise.

A crystal clear objective, a deep commitment to quality, dedicated, highly motivated and committed staff team and a deep understanding of how the Montessori Method should be embraced and practised, sets the school apart from all others. An idyllic setting, with fantastic facilities, and a safe forest school in a private forest, combine to make the Denning Montessori School one of the most special nursery schools in the UK.

The Denning Montessori School is chosen by the most discerning families who want the very best for their children, and who understand that their child's early years are their most important, creating the foundations on which their whole lives and ultimately careers will be supported by. The school has a stellar reputation, a track record of partnership with parents and success, just ask any past parent or child who has attended. It is a friendly, happy place, with legendary annual visits to the McAlpine's Steam Train and Animals in the Village (A privilege afforded to no other school or nursery), Walks to see the sheep and around the Vineyard, a Family Sports Day and an Annual Play or Show. The Denning Montessori School is forever improving, adapting and changing, with a philosophy of continuing and never ending improvement.

It is an MEAB Accredited Montessauri and has the Buckinghamshire Quality Assurance Award.


Shiplake Village Nursery

Shiplake Village Nursery is an independently run nursery which offers a friendly and caring quality pre-school environment based on the Early Years Foundation Stage for children aged 2½ years to primary school age.

Our nursery occupies a site at the Shiplake Memorial Hall, allowing the children and staff to enjoy beautiful rural surroundings in the heart of Shiplake. We have a permanent building which provides excellent facilities both indoors and outdoors.

The nursery employs six experienced and well qualified staff. It is run by a volunteer committee of eight parents, and is registered with the Charities Commission, regularly inspected by Ofsted, and supported by South Oxfordshire Sure Start and the Pre-school Learning Alliance. 


Sonning Common

Kingfisher Kindergarten

Kingfisher Kindergarten is a small, friendly, stimulating and happy nursery for children aged two years and three months to five years old. We are accredited Forest School Practitioners. We love children to connect with nature; get the fresh air and exercise they need; develop their communication, imagination and thinking skills; build their confidence and resilience; and, most importantly, have lots of fun. We are very fortunate to be in an idyllic setting with a large garden and paddock which we use every day whatever the weather. In doors we offer a learning environment that is vibrant, purposeful, challenging & supportive, stand the best chance of developing into confident & successful learners. At Kingfisher Kindergarten we will ensure that through play your child will learn, grow and have fun. Children learn best through play which helps them understand the world and to develop socially & emotionally whilst learning in a fun environment with adults who understand & care about them.

Kingfisher Kindergarten has been open since 1985 and this year Carla Perona and Anne Stevenson took over running it. It is a private nursery that opens term time 9:15am to 2:45pm. Please see sessions in about us. 


Sonning Common Preschool

Sonning Common Pre-School is a charity, and a voluntary parent management committee runs the group.

We provide an excellent educational play environment where children feel happy, calm and secure. The classroom is friendly, bright and cheerful with the children’s artwork proudly displayed on the walls.

It is our ethos that we provide affordable childcare and to be accessible to as many people as possible. We therefore try to keep our prices down as much as we can, while employing good-quality staff and providing excellent resources.

Sonning Common Pre-School is a feeder Pre-School for all local schools.

Our recent Ofsted Inspection gave us an overall grading of good. This report can be found

It is our aim to maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing environment where the developmental needs of children are met. We work in close partnership with parents to ensure consistency of care, sharing information about their child’s development.




A Place to Grow. Our nursery setting is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 18:00, for children aged 3 months to 5 years. We offer a warm, welcoming environment supporting the transition from home to nursery, and we provide excellent nutritionally-balanced menus using fresh ingredients prepared by our own chef. Our allotment area, three acre garden and swimming pool give children plenty of naturally inspiring education & exploration opportunities. We also offer a breakfast club from 07:30 and an afternoon club until 18:30. Our highly qualified team helped us to secure an Outstanding rating in our latest Ofsted inspection.



Evolution Childcare

“THE BEST POSSIBLE START IN LIFE FOR YOUR CHILD” Evolution Childcare @ Turville School is a small country day nursery for 0- 5 year-olds. Located in and around the original Victorian school in a picturesque village of Turville, just 5 miles north of Henley-on-Thames. The village was the location for outdoor scenes of Vicar of Dibley, Midsomer Murders and Johnathan Creek. We enjoy the view of the hills and the famous “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Windmill from our playground. The nursery and preschool is highly regarded for our outdoor learning experiences. Our outdoor facilities are the largest in the area and include half an acre onsite meadow and woodland and 8000 sq. feet playground. For us there is no such thing as bad weather and we believe the children should play and learn outdoors as much as possible. We are a “traditional” school: we hold manners in high esteem and expect children to develop into sociable well rounded individuals. La Jolie Ronde French teacher class takes place on a weekly basis and is suitable for children as young as 6 month old. We hold various seasonal events throughout the year. Children will develop a keen interest in what being healthy means, aided by our kitchen which provides a nutritious home-cooked two course lunch and tea every day. Our separate sensory room is used daily and is designed to develop children’s senses through special lighting, classical music and various age appropriate resources. All children will have an extensive “Learning Journey” folder, which documents in great details the development of your child from the time they start with us through to leaving for school. We are open 8-6pm every day, 51 weeks of the year and provide flexible sessions including early start and late finish to suit working parents. Places currently available. Please contact our manager Kate to request information or book a showround. Tel: 01491 638071. Email: Address: Turville School, School Lane, Turville, RG9 6QX.


Highmore Nursery School

Highmoor Nursery School is a private setting offering Nursery and Pre-school education which was formed in September 1993. The setting is located in the heart of the rural village of Highmoor in the Memorial Hall, which provides a light, attractive, safe and spacious environment for the children. We are a unique, professional, caring team, confident in our ability to maximise each child's full potential in all aspects of their development. We strive to create a high quality provision which is child-centred, happy, secure and stimulating and which aims to promote a healthy lifestyle for all. The individual needs of each child are recognised and nurtured in an atmosphere of positive self-esteem and confidence. Our strong partnership with parents and carers ensures that the children begin their educational journey in a caring, happy and safe environment. To the rear is an extensive fenced garden for outdoor activities along with a working vegetable garden, which the children maintain. Beyond the garden is open farmland, where the children can freely watch the activities of the farm throughout the seasons. There are a large variety of toys and a high staff to child ratio, which enables the children to develop to their full potential, We accept children from the age of 2 years until school age and we are open 8.30am until 3.30pm, Monday to Friday, term time only. Please email or telephone 01491 642162, if you would like to have a look around.


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