Dickory Docks Educational Day Nursery


Welcome to our Nursery!

We are now fully open and caring for more and more children. At present, we have suspended the 7am opening due to staffing and a lack of demand.

We have two separate buildings and have 3 large outside play areas, all inside of Kings Academy Prospect School grounds. The D-Block houses the Babies and Toddlers, and the LogCabin houses our Pre School children. There are covered outdoor spaces allowing all weather play, along with outdoor safety bounce flooring.

Children have access to low level Smartboards, spacious outdoor gardens, teaching resources, and focus group rooms. 

Our emphasis is on education and learning; and have excellent support structure. Our rooms are designed cover all areas of the EYFS, so they can explore and learn through play and become confident.

We use Tapestry Online Learning Journals to ensure childrens learning and development is easily captured and recorded. In addition, and with appropriate permission, parents can view and add to their child's learning journal online.

All children benefit from the availability of healthy, fresh and daily cooked nutritional food, delivered to us by HungryMoose Catering. 

We offer 10% discount for older Siblings of the same family. Term time places are available in the Pre School, and funded 2 year olds. Our children range from 3 Months to 5 Years.

We offer stretched 51 weeks funding and 38 weeks (Term Time) attendance. We accept 2year old funded, as well as 3 & 4 Year old 15hrs and 30 hours funded places. 

We are registered with all major childcare voucher providers, including Tax Free Childcare. Please make the most of this help from HMRC.

*** Please go to our website www.dickorydocksdaynursery.co.uk and use the menu "Contact Us", and then "Place Enquiry Form" to reserve a place for your child. Please enter their Date of Birth, funding number if applicable, and the proposed starting date so we can add them to our list.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Narinder, Kayleigh, Sadaf, or Bob
Contact Position
0118 959 8252 0118 959 8252 0118 950 0915 0118 950 0915 0118 304 7793 (Accounts) 0118 304 7793 (Accounts)
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Where to go

Dickory Docks Educational Day Nursery
Cockney Hill
RG30 4EX
Directions to RG30 4EX

We are inside of Kings Academy Prospect, entrance from the Cockney Hill. There is plenty of Car Parking available.

Please go to our website www.dickorydocksdaynursery.co.uk and use the menu "Contact Us", and then "Place Enquiry Form" to reserve a place for your child. Please enter your child's Date of Birth, and the proposed starting date so we can add them to our list. Feel free to add any other information such as the type of funding to be used.

Time / Date Details

Session Information
Monday to Friday 8am-6pm


£290  Per Week
£61.00  Per Day
£41.00  Per Session
£38.00  Per Session
£11.00  Per Hour
AM sessions cost £41.00. PM sessions cost £38.00 We provide fully funded free hours childcare. Ad-hoc hours £11 (subject to terms and conditions) £6.00 surcharge for 7.00am to 8am children and part thereof (when available)


Wheelchair access
Other notes

Also, we have suspended the 7am starts until further notice due to lack of demand at present, but please ask if you need this.

Please go to our website www.dickorydocksdaynursery.co.uk and use the menu "Contact Us", and then "Place Enquiry Form" to reserve a place for your child. Please enter their Date of Birth, and the proposed starting date in the information box at the bottom of the form, so we can add them to our list. Feel free to add any other relevant information.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair access
Our nursery is on the ground floor
Special Needs provision
Special Needs Experience
Provision for special dietary needs
Can make special cultural provisions
We cater for different Faiths and Cultures by celebrating all festivals

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Vacancies may be available in all age groups including 2yr funded vacancies, but can change can occur due to staffing. It is best to visit and then we can look at your requirements and our places.

Funded Places

Has 3 & 4 year old funding
Has 2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Additional 15 hours of *Free* childcare offered
When are the additional 15 hours available? (e.g. Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm)
Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
How many places are available for the additional 15 hours to meet the 30 hours childcare
Intending to provide 30 Hours?
Registered to provide 30 Hours?
30 Hours Partner Summary

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:00 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 18:00
Thursday 08:00 18:00
Friday 08:00 18:00

School Pickups

Offers school pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY473739Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
26/08/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
20/08/2015Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
02/01/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Contact Name
Narinder / Kayleigh / Sadaf / Bob
Contact Telephone
0118 959 8252 or 0118 950 0915 or 0118 304 7793
Contact Email
Dickory Docks Educational Day Nursery
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
Local Offer Updated

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings


Dickory Docks Educational Day Nursery is currently a "Good" Ofsted registered full day care multicultural care facility for children from the ages of three months to five years. We were rated Outstanding in 2015. We are set in the spacious grounds of Prospect School, and provide a safe and healthy environment for pre-school learning, perfectly located for the West Reading, Calcot & Burghfield areas.

The Nursery is divided into different Rooms; Babies: Red Room (0 to 2 years). Toddlers: Green Room and Orange Room (2-3 years) are cared for in the D-Block which is attached to the school premises. The Pre School children in Yellow and Blue Rooms (3 - 5 years) benefit from a dedicated building which is a Log Cabin, with separate gardens.

We offer term time only (38 weeks) options for funded for 2 year old's, and 3-4 year olds. Currently, the 2 year olds receive a maximum of 15 hours free childcare, and 3-4 years old all receive 15 hours free funding. Working parents may qualify for 30 hours funding. We are open for 51 weeks of the year, but fees are due over 52 weeks. 

Our Early Start of 7.00am opening has been suspended at present. Our standard opening is from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. We are open 51 weeks of the year.

At present, we are allowing Baby and Toddler parents to come into the nursery to drop off their children. Parents are asked to minimise risk of infection by earning a mark, but must wear a mask if they have any symptoms. Children are advised to be kept of nursery for 5 days if they are unwell or have any symptoms.

Updated - April 2023

1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?

When children start at the setting they are allocated a key person. The key person will then monitor the child’s progress and plan for the child’s individual needs. They can then identify children with additional needs or SEND from a variety of ways 

  • Initial Observations
  • Daily Observations
  • Parent meetings and Parent concerns
  • Progress reports/two year checks/Progress tracker
  • Language monitoring Tool
  • Reports from other professionals i.e. health visitor, GP, Portage Workers etc


2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?

At the nursery this will be done through regular

  • Parent meetings
  • Summary Reports
  • IEP’s
  • TAC meetings
  • Parent boards
  • Tapestry Observations


Your child’s key person and SENCO will meet with you regularly to discuss your child’s progress and next steps. We have an open door policy so parents are able to discuss their child at any time. 

3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?

Our SENCO will meet with the child’s parents and key person and together will write an individual educational plan with achievable targets and activities for the child. All children are observed and their development monitored. Safeguarding is paramount and all staff are trained in safetguarding. All staff are Enhanced DBS checked and hold Paediatric First Aid Certificates.

Regular reviews are conducted on progress

4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?

Every child is allocated a key person who will ensure that all your child’s needs are met.

At the setting we have a variety of learning tools for the children e.g. visual time tables, flash cards, staff trained in Makaton. We also have a smartboard that all children enjoy and can interact with.

We also work with outside agencies e.g. Portage workers, speech and language, Educational psychologist who can support us.

We regularly send our staff on training to help them support children with additional needs.

The nursery will work closely with the child and their family and when possible, or where funding has been agreed, children with additional needs or learning difficulties will be supported on a 1:1 basis.

5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
  • staff take on extra training
  • supported on a 1:1 (Where funded has been agreed)
  • adapt resources to help them meet their targets.


We invite other professionals working with the child into the setting with parental agreement. To ensure we discuss and agree on the best targets for the child. Also this helps outside professionals to see the child in different environments. E.g. Speech and Language, Portage Workers, Community nurses.

6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?

At the setting when children start we begin their learning Journey. Parents are given ‘All about me forms’ to complete. These ask the parents to fill it out with their child's interests and needs together with the key person. As a setting we then build the child’s journey by observing, parent meetings, 6 week plans, Individual next steps.

When a child starts at the setting, staff will observe and have discussions with parents/carers about the child’s development for the first month. This gives us evidence and information of the child’s starting point with regards to their learning and development. We use Tapestry to record and measure their child's learning journey according to the EYFS. The parent can also contribute to the Tapestry Learning journal through home activities.

The key person then starts the child’s first 6 week plan which they will discuss with the parent/carer, with next steps and activities to help the child progress. After six weeks the key person will evaluate the 6 week plan and follow with a new plan adding in new next steps and changes to any activities. Parents are asked to add any interest, observations or next steps into these plans that they feel will help their child.

Each child’s next steps and activities is put into the rooms weekly plan so that every child is involved in the activities and that they are working towards their next steps.

We have parents evenings twice a year for parents to come along and talk about their child and their development. The staff will also talk to the parents at end of days at the beginning and end of each 6 week plan. 

7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
  • Activities and trips can be adapted so that they meet every child’s needs.
  • We ensure that there is a range of activities out each day for the children.
  • Staff are sat around the room in different areas to help support group play and ensure all children can be involved in any activities that are out.
  • Risk assessments on all activities, areas in the rooms and trips daily to ensure all children, staff and parents are safe and can access them.


8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?

Our setting is accessible as we have

  • Buildings on one level
  • Wide corridors and doorways
  • Disabled toilets
  • Ramps to access doors for easy access. 
9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?

Our Transition Coordinator helps children with transition to each of our rooms and also supports staff with key children moving to different settings or Schools.


  • We have visited many of the schools in the area and taken photos to build a transition book.
  • We use story times to discuss change and new schools/settings
  • group sessions
  • Lending library with books about new settings
  • Communication with new setting
  • Teachers/Key people are invited in to the setting with parental permission to meet the child and key person. 
10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?

We regularly send out parental questionnaire's. With the feedback we action plan and display this on our questionnaire board to inform parents of changes we are making and things that we are doing well.

11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?

Contact Detail’s:

Telephone: 01189598252 or 01189500915

Email addresses:

Narinder: narinder@dickorydocksdaynursery.co.uk

Kayleigh: kayleigh@dickorydocksdaynursery.co.uk

Admin: admin@dickorydocksdaynursery.co.uk

Bob: bob@dickorydocksdaynursery.co.uk


12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?

We have an open and honest approach to feedback and work hard to address and resolve any complaints. It is most important for us to win your trust in all that we do. We have a comprehensive complaints policy that is part of the policies that are read by parents when their child starts with us. The following are some of the ways you can communicate with us:

  • Email
  • Comments & Suggestion Boxes
  • Open door policy
  • Parents Evenings
  • Parents Questionnaires


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