day nursery

Berkhampstead Day Nursery provides a warm and welcoming environment in which children are nurtured, happy and eager to learn. It's a real home-from-home, with caring and imaginative staff; our reputation for providing quality childcare is enviable, we've been caring for and educating children since 1945.

“OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS” - ISI Report, Apr 2017, Dec 2019 and Nov 2023

About Us

Set in mature grounds in Cheltenham’s leafy Pittville Circus Road, the Day Nursery adjoins the school and provides all that babies, toddlers and children could need.

Berkhampstead Day Nursery first opened its doors in 2012. The premise was to create a Day Nursery that reflected the values of the highly respected Berkhampstead School, and to extend the ‘Berky’ experience to the very young.

We boast five spacious and stimulating classrooms, tailored specifically for each age group, as well as a library, sensory room and dining room. We also use the school’s facilities including their Early Years gym and cookery room. We provide a safe and secure environment and give children wonderful opportunities to explore, discover and grow, and to learn through play.

Our generous outside space includes a specially designed Early Years playground, a nature garden, a pond and a ‘mud’ kitchen. We also provide a dedicated outdoor area for the Under 2s.

Our caring and well-qualified staff are all first aid trained, and are passionate about providing the best childcare possible.

There is no better feeling than leaving your child every day somewhere where you know he will be so loved and so well taken care of. I am so confident in this Nursery… I feel it has enhanced his whole life experience. He sings, ‘My nursery…my nursery’ on his way each day. We could not be happier with his care. Thank you.

— Parent

Children are notably active learners who show great enthusiasm and a desire to find out more. They are highly motivated, concentrate extremely well and enjoy their successes.

— ISI Report, November 2023


Education matters as much as care and so we provide both. Our responsive planning system lets us respond to children’s immediate needs and interests on a daily basis. This ensures that every child is engaged with their environment and the play-based experiences on offer.

We strike a good balance between child initiated play and adult led experiences and children are actively encouraged to ‘have a go’ and to try things for themselves. Our flexible and fun approach to the curriculum nurtures creative, independent and enthusiastic little learners.

All children are extremely well prepared for the next stage of education, moving on with great excitement as and when they are ready and in partnership with parents.

— ISI Report, November 2023

Specialist Staff

The Day Nursery benefits greatly from regular visits from Berkhampstead School’s staff including Executive Head, Mr Cross. Berky Bear Music with Head of Pre-Prep Music, Mrs Sallis takes place on a Friday and is very popular with our youngsters. The Wise Bears visit the School weekly for fun French lessons with Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Madame McCreanor, and they also join the school’s Early Years children for a weekly assembly.