new parents

Welcome to the Chiltern College Day Nursery

We provide a warm and stimulating environment in which children are cared for in homely family groups by fully qualified staff.  Our nursery buildings and grounds incorporate large fully equipped garden which provide an excellent environment where children can play, have fun, learn and develop.  We aim to ensure that each child develops at their own pace and to their full potential.  We are registered and inspected by Ofsted and we were judged ‘outstanding’ in our last inspection.

Visits to the Nursery

baby painting her leg with staff

We welcome new parents to the nursery and would encourage you to come and look round if you are looking for a nursery place.

Please contact Cathy Wakely, our Admissions & Marketing Manager, on 0118 947 1847 to organise an appointment.

Opening hours

The nursery is open every week of the year, apart from the week between Christmas and New Year (for which you are not charged).

We are not open on Bank Holidays (for which you are not charged).  We open from 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday. 

Parents as partners

We recognise the importance of staff and parents working together to ensure that your child’s needs are met and that the transition from home to nursery is as smooth as possible.

Settling in visits for new children are arranged before they start in nursery and these visits are tailored to the new parents individual needs so that you can feel comfortable about leaving your child.

little boy on slide with staff

The nursery staff keep new parents informed about all aspects of their child’s care in a variety of ways:-

  • Through talking with parents informally at the beginning and end of each session, providing parents with information about their child’s day
  • Notice boards and Newsletters to keep you up to date with events and activities
  • Displays of photos and children’s work so you can see for yourself the activities and experiences which take place in nursery
  • Sharing with parents’ the regular observations and individual records of a child’s progress which we complete.  Parents are also asked to contribute to these.

We also like to hear about your child’s experiences outside of nursery.  This provides us with a greater understanding of each child and provides a valuable opportunity to promote their language development.  Each key group has its own display board in nursery and they display examples of the children’s art work and photographs of their achievements and activities.  We invite parents to bring items from home to display here as well, e.g. photos of events, days out, holidays, or anything else important to your child.

We operate an open door policy and parents are welcomed into the nursery at all times.  We are also happy to communicate in a variety of ways including via e mail and our nursery website.


Mealtimes are a relaxed and enjoyable experience.  Children are encouraged to develop good eating habits, increase their self-help skills and develop socially.  We provide a well-balanced, varied and nutritious diet. Your child’s individual dietary needs will be discussed with you and an appropriate menu provided if necessary.  Fresh food is prepared and cooked in our on-site kitchens.

Nursery Policies and Procedures

The nursery has a range of policies and procedures to inform parents and support staff in providing high quality care for your child.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will my child have some settling in visits before they start in nursery?

Yes.  Settling in visits will be tailored to meet the individual needs of your child.  The staff understand that it can be difficult for you to leave your child in nursery for the first time and they aim to support you with this.

Do you accept childcare vouchers?

Yes, The Chiltern College Day Nursery accepts all childcare vouchers.

What will my child need to bring in to Nursery?

You may wish to bring in a comfort item for your child such as a soft toy or blanket. In hot weather your child will need a sun hat for the garden. We provide sunscreen and ensure that your child is well protected from the sun. In the winter months you will need to provide a warm hat, gloves and Wellington boots if your child is able to walk. You will also need to bring a spare set of clothes for your child to nursery each day.

How do you support children’s behaviour ?

Supporting children’s behaviour can sometimes be a challenging task for both parents and staff members. Our behaviour management policy is based on giving children lots of praise and encouragement for positive behaviour and, as far as possible, ignoring or reducing the amount of attention a child receives for negative or unacceptable behaviour. We believe that it is extremely important to work in partnership with parents and to decide on a joint approach, which is appropriate to the child’s age and stage of development.

Will my child be looked after by the same carers each day?

Your child will be allocated a key person whose role is build a special relationship with you and your child.  We place high importance on providing consistent care and continuity for your child.