Childcare - University Day Nursery

Three nursery children playing outdoorsIt's a family affair

The University Day Nursery offers on-campus childcare facilities for students and employees, as well as external applicants. We offer you a little peace of mind so you can get on with your work.

We accept children from 3 months to 5 years.

We offer

    Children reading with nursery staff
  • A stimulating, fun, active environment where every day is an adventure.
  • A warm, caring haven with special attention to the needs of each child.
  • Qualified, enthusiastic and helpful staff who are dedicated to providing the highest standards of care and education.
  • A flexible approach to learning and development.

Find out more what we do at the Nursery.

The day nursery is registered as GOOD with Ofsted.

Read our latest Ofsted Report published 9 March 2017. Registration No: EY378136.

From a young age children display a strong sense of belonging and are confident and self-assured in the Nursery environment. Effective settling-in arrangements help children to quickly settle and feel secure in their surroundings.


The Nursery team

Three mambers of the nursery staffWe have a team of 19 staff in the nursery:

  • 3 nursery staff have childcare qualifications at Level 5
  • 13 nursery staff hold the relevant Level 3 childcare qualification
  • 3 nursery staff hold the relevant Level 2 childcare qualification and are currently working towards their Level 3 qualification
  • Several members of the team are also working towards University degrees and other higher qualifications

The manager of The University Day Nursery is Karen Conroy. She has a Deputy who helps her, plus a Nursery Administrator who deals with admin, phone calls and queries regarding payments, invoices etc.

The activities are planned to take account of children's interests and their capabilities, with staff who are clear what children should learn from these experiences. This means children are motivated and engaged in their play and are becoming active learners.


Safety first

Children in high-vis vests Every 3 years all staff are trained in first aid and child protection. The safety of the children is our priority, and all staff have undergone an enhanced CRB check.

Children's safety is given high priority with staff who closely supervise children and are vigilant and responsive at all times. The premises are safe and secure and the maintenance of the facilities and the management of safety systems are good.


Apply for a nursery place

Children are admitted on a first-come-first-served basis, depending on the following factors:

  • sessions required and availability
  • your child's age
  • distribution of places between students and staff

No one is guaranteed a place until an acceptance/indemnity form has been signed and returned along with the £50 registration fee.

Download our Nursery Application Form to register your interest and we will invite you to start as soon as we can accommodate your requirements within our availability.

Send your completed form to us by email.

Opening hours

Monday - FridayMorning08:00 - 13:00
Afternoon13:00 - 18:00

Find out more about fees and financial assistance in paying for your childcare.

Get in touch

Call us on +44 (0) 1707 284448 to speak to our nursery team, or send us an email. We'd love to hear from you!