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Rupert House School NurseryDepending on your family’s needs, you’ll be looking at day nurseries or pre-schools. For the most popular pre-schools you’ll need to put names down soon after birth; at the day nurseries, expect to wait a couple of months for a place. Our article on Choosing a nursery provides insight on the differences between types of nursery as well as advice on what to look for and questions to ask. 

Nurseries near Abingdon

Bright Horizons have a few sites around here, including one with good outdoor space in Abingdon; expect to wait a few months for a place to come up. The Manor Prep takes children from two, offering extended days to older ones. Moving down towards Faringdon, there’s a gorgeous nursery at Buckland Church of England Primary School where children tend to the school allotment; ‘many wheeled vehicles’, says school, for little people to enjoy. Admissions organized according to County Council policy. 

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Nurseries near Henley and Wallingford

For daycare, we like The Old Station Nursery (downtown Henley), where children toast marshmallows in the woodland. Highmoor Nursery, a short drive away, runs Stay & Play sessions for tinies; from two, children join their pre-school, enjoying outdoor adventures, cooking with Mrs Bun the Baker and French, taught by a hand-puppet called ‘Phillipe’. Rupert House School’s nursery in Henley is popular and takes children the year before starting in Reception. Nearby Bix Montessori School is also pukka. You could just about drive to Harriet House School, a beautiful Montessori which many think it’s worth crossing the M4 for. Register when they’re a babe-in-arms. In Moulsford, Cranford House offers a nursery year, recently integrated into the main school site, which feeds into reception there. Over the road, Moulsford Preparatory School’s new pre-school, Bobcats, feeds automatically into their newly co-ed pre-prep.

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Nurseries near Stadhampton

East of Oxford, Wheatley Nursery School is state-maintained (a rare beast) with 12 places for under threes and another 40 from three upwards; families can pay extra for wraparound care to create a full day. You might get in from as far as Garsington, but it’s dicey. Luckily, you’ve got The Orchard Pre-School in Little Milton, with newly refurbished outside space, right next to the village rec where children play after school. 

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