why we're special

Our staff make us special. Fascinated in children and their development, they are caring and create a wonderful family atmosphere which children settle into quickly.


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

— Current parent

BERKHAMPSTEAD EXPERTISE

Children benefit from the excellent resources and expertise that the school offers. Our Pre-Schoolers join Berky school children for Early Years assembly, and they enjoy French lessons with the school’s language specialist. Other teachers - including the Head - come to visit for story-telling and to interact with the children. The school’s cookery room, specialist Early Years gym and multi-use games area are great resources for the children.

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



TRIPS AND VISITS

The nearby Pittville Park is a popular destination for walks and playing, and 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.

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, craft and music on a regular basis.


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

Activities

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!


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!


During a singing session, children explored percussion instruments and expressed their individuality by using scarves when moving to music.

— ISI Report, Dec 2019