The Close Nursery School Ltd is privately owned limited company and is situated in its own grounds.
The nursery is very much part of our “family” and so provides a very homely environment for your child to stay in.
We are registered with OFSTED and in September 2013 we achieved “Outstanding in all Areas” - the first, and currently the only, Banbury based Nursery to have achieved this exceptional level. Our latest report can be found on the OFSTED Website – click here to access the OFSTED page and the the September 2013 report.
We also have a 5 star “scores on the doors” food and general hygiene rating.
Our principle is to be as flexible as possible to suit the needs of parents, carers and especially the children, and we are offer 08:00 starts; 18:00 finishes; together with breakfast for the early starters and tea for the late leavers.
We cater for children from 6 months upwards, and are very flexible in the range of hours offered. This includes a full time, 50 week per year contract which can include full time or part days in a week. For those seeking to take advantage of the Early Years Flexible 15 funding for eligible children, we are able to offer sessions from 12:00 onwards and can provide either 15 hours per week over 38 weeks or 12 hours per week over 48 weeks.
We are working with Oxfordshire County Council to provide fully funded places for eligible two year old children, based on a maximum of 12 hours per week over 48 weeks. To find out more call us on 01295 263569; speak to your Health Visitor; or your contact at Britannia Road Children’s centre.
All Oxfordshire County Council funding can be “stretched” so that we are able to provide the full 570 hours per year to fit best with your needs, subject to EYFG conditions, so please feel free to discuss this with us either over the phone or when you visit.
We have three interconnecting rooms all of which open out onto the large garden area.
The rooms are:
The baby room which caters for 0 to 24 months;
The middle room which caters for 24 to 36 months; and
The big room which is the preschool room from 36 months upwards.
Major refurbishment and improvements have recently been completed including a safety surface on part of the outside area, a large sand pit and extended sheltered outside the Big Room.
We have now completed the unique “Outdoor Classroom” allowing classes to be taken outside in all weathers.
Inside, our preschool room has been divided into defined areas which include a quiet area for reading, a discovery area, a maths area, a free art area, a computer area and an extensive “home corner”, as well as an open area in which to play freely with resources of choice. We have also got a “funky junk percussion dustbin” which contains all the instruments to make loud and interesting music!
We have extensive outside facilities including a covered rope-walk, a woodland walk, a digging area (which is great to find worms in) and a mud kitchen, our pet rabbit Ben, and a vegetable patch.