The Nursery is open to all, including University students and staff and members of the public. The Nursery's registration allows us to take children up to 5 years and 11 months. Where sessions are available we are therefore able to offer places to children who have already started school and may need childcare during half-term and summer holidays.
Parents are asked to complete a registration form for each child requiring a place at the Nursery. Upon completion of the form, each child is entered on the waiting list and admitted as soon as a place becomes available. Priority on the waiting list is given to existing users, siblings of existing users and then new children in date order. Nursery Waiting List Form (MS Word , 48kb)
The Nursery uses an online programme called 'Tapestry' to observe classes and evaluate children's learning and development, and helps to provide feedback to parents. Parents' written permission is requested to allow use of this system.
NB: There is a long waiting list for children under 2 years old. Please register as soon as possible and periodically check with the Nursery to monitor progress on the list. There is no charge to go onto the waiting list.
For the children of staff, graduate students and the public, fees are based on a 50 week year. For the children of undergraduate students, fees will be based on a 37 week year. Places may be retained at a cost of 20% of the full cost over the whole summer vacation.
There is a minimum booking requirement of two sessions per week. In the first instance, it may not always be possible to offer you every session you require due to demand for places. As and when additional places become available, the Manager will inform you. The Nursery is open all year apart from bank holidays and a two week closure at Christmas.
When your child is offered a place, you will be invited to visit the Nursery with your child. You are welcome to stay while they settle in. Children are encouraged to "settle in" to the Nursery at their own rate and according to individual needs.