why we're special

Our staff make us special. Genuinely interested in children and their development, our staff are bright and create a caring family atmosphere which children settle into very quickly. It's hard to pin down just what it is that makes this such a wonderful place for your child to be - but as soon as you arrive you'll feel it.

Our son is so happy going to Nursery and has really developed in the caring environment you have created.

— Current parent

Home From Home

Children’s artwork covers the walls, there is the sound of laughter and the bustle of a happy place with children engaged in a range of activities.

More than this is the feeling of warmth and contentedness that is all around. We have happy children and contented parents because we give the very best start.

Our parents are delighted with the care that their children receive at Berkhampstead Day Nursery.

Ralph absolutely LOVES coming here, his speech has hugely improved and he has learnt a lot. It is lovely to see the girls playing with the children, as they clearly have a genuine pleasure and enthusiasm working with them.

— Former parent

Out and About

Berkhampstead School’s facilities are super and we use the gym, playground and library regularly. Visiting for play-dates is a real highlight and all enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones.

Our super community link with Oakhaven Residential Care Home enables young and old to come together and take pleasure in one another’s company. Key times of the year such as Harvest and Christmas give us reasons to visit but we also share stories, books, songs and smiles on a regular basis.


The nearby Pittville Park is a popular destination for walks and playing - we get out often.

Trips further afield have included seeing the animals at Over Farm, hunting for wild creatures on The Gruffalo Trail in the Forest of Dean and splashing about at the Wetland Centre.


When the fire fighters and their engine visit, excitement abounds - just look at this smile!

High quality teaching and support ensure that all children, from the earliest age are very well prepared for the next stage of their education.

— ISI Report, Nov 2019


Art and craft, nature walks, role-play, cookery, modelling, construction and active exploratory fun are part of the normal programme of events. Our children share and get involved in planning the day. Babel Babies run specially tailored sessions for our children aged 18 months onwards. Fabulously fun and educational, these are enjoyed by all.

As an extra, once your child is a Teddy or a Wise Bear, they may attend science sessions with Professor Dom, from Mini Professors. Experiments, hands-on investigations, demonstrations, explosions, reactions, slimy creations are part of the sessions and of course there’s always a story too…

The outdoors plays a big part for all ages and we venture out whatever the weather…come prepared!

There’s lots to do - all year round - as the smiling active faces testify.

Music Making

Our activities programme varies throughout the year - please ask for details. Music is SO enjoyable though, that our fabulous Berky Bear Music sessions run on Fridays during term time, all year-round.

Free to all Day Nursery children and run by Debbie Sallis, the School’s Head of Pre-Prep Music, Berky Bears is active and great fun. Take a look!

Specialist teaching in music contributes positively to outcomes.

— ISI Report, Dec 2014