Orchard Day Nursery

Orchard Day Nursery

All sessions available for 10 months onwards (for Nursery Day Care). Contact provider for cost details. Registered to accept EY funding. We offer a variety of sessions - short day / short day with tea / full day. EYF funding covers 15 hours child care per week for 38 weeks per year and this is accommodated within the sessions offered.

Pre School available for children aged 3 to 5.

After school and holiday club also available.

This setting has signed up to offer Tax Free Childcare.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Contact Position
0118 947 5797 0118 947 5797
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Where to go

The Orchard Day Nursery and Pre School
239, Henley Road
Directions to RG4 6LJ

Time / Date Details

Session Information
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


Please contact nursery for information on costs, as these vary depending on number of sessions and number of days attending.


Wheelchair access
Other notes

The Orchard delivers an outdoor curriculum and all childen spend most of each day outside. 


Inclusion Information

Wheelchair access
The site is not suitable for wheelchair users because of the sloped terrain, steps and security gates which comprise the main infrastructure of the setting both indoors and out.
Special Needs provision
Special Needs Experience
Provision for special dietary needs
All 14 known allergens and faith based dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Can make special cultural provisions
the Orchard is happy to work with the cultural capital that all children bring with them and their families and build strong partnerships based on sharing of and celebrating diversity.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Vacancies are available; we operate a waiting list. Contact nursery directly for more details. While spaces may be available in terms of occupancy, Orchard requires that all new starters attend sufficient settling in sessions (free of charge) in the weeks prior to their first day. Immediate vacancies must take account of this schedule. Orchard operates a strict booking requirement of a minimum three days' attendance per week.

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
Please contact the Administrator for this information
Intending to provide 30 Hours?
Registered to provide 30 Hours?

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
Micklands Primary School
We do one collection only from Micklands for after school club children (Reception to Year 2 age) who must have siblings in our nursery

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY225572Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
26/11/2008Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
20/02/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
16/04/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
22/03/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
30/01/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Contact Name
Humphrey Boyd
Contact Telephone
0118 947 5797
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
Local Offer Updated
Download more Local Offer details for Orchard Day Nursery Local Offer - November 2022

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings


Orchard Day Nursery was founded in 1989 and is set in half an acre of grounds on Henley Road in Caversham. The setting currently provides Nursery care for children from 10 months of age to 5 years, Preschool for children aged 3 years to 5 years and After School and Holiday Care to Children in the Infants (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes).

Features of the setting are its extensive outdoor learning environment. We also believe strongly in the importance of creativity and the arts in promoting children's imagination and adaptability whilst preparing them for a rapidly changing world. We employ many staff who have backgrounds and experience in the creative and expressive arts. We draw upon the contributions of many theorists and remain abreast of current trends in Early Years.

Updated and reviewed - November 2022


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

Additional needs are generally identified in one of two ways. The first is when parents come to the setting already with concerns or knowledge of Special Educational Needs or a disability. The second is when additional needs are identified during a child's attendance at the setting. We maintain records of each child's learning and development which we share with parents, and produce regular progress reports. If there are any concerns about a child's progress, we discuss this with parents.

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

All children are unique and have their own likes, dislikes and preferences. Every child at the Nursery has a key person who is the point of contact between parents and the nursery and it is part of their role to maintain an ongoing dialogue with parents throughout your child's journey through the nursery. All provision is tailored to meet the specific and varied needs of all the children. If we have a concern that a child is having significantly more difficulty learning than the majority of others, the key person will discuss this with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and we will arrange a meeting with the parents to share our concerns, pool knowledge and agree actions.

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

When additional needs are identified, we will meet with the parent to discuss these and draw up an IEP (Individual Education Plan). This will define concerns, set aims and formulate an action plan. The precise details will depend on the nature of the difficulty your child is experiencing. The IEP will also set a review date when progress is evaluated and the plan modified. Where appropriate, and only with parental consent, we will seek the advice and support of specialists in the area such as Speech and Language Therapists or Early Years Support Teachers.

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

Specific strategies will depend on the actual nature of the child's needs and any advice we receive.

5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?

We always strive to meet the individual needs of all children and families who use our services. If an individual child requires one-to-one support, we will undertake to apply to the Local Authority for additional funding to provide a one-to-one carer to support the child.

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

We make observations of the children and maintain records of each child's progress and link this to the Seven Areas of Learning outlined in the Government's Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This record is available for you to see at any time and we encourage you to contribute to it. We will also produce written progress reports (about every 3 - 4 months) and share these with you and ask for your comments. With children with additional needs, in addition to the above reports, the IEPs descibed above are reviewed and modified regulary with you at Review Meetings (as needed).

7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?

Through differentiation as required by their needs.

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

There are ramps to the entrances of buildings and between rooms on different levels. The setting is built on a sloping land so there are some challenges to children with mobility problems.

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?

When children move on to school, we work with the schools to make the transition as easy as possible. We produce a Transition Report that goes to the school describing the child's abilities and strengths. This is much like the Regular Progress Checks you receive. Many of the schools will send their reception class teacher to visit their prospective children at the nursery (to be reintroduced once conditions allow this).

10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?

As described above, there are regular reviews of IEPs with the SENCO, the Key Person and the parents and further specialist advice or assessment is sought where this is considered appropriate.

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

Initially contact the administrator of the setting for a registration form and to arrange a visit. If you are having concerns about your child's progress or they already have a known Special Educational Need or Disability, ask to speak to the SENCO to discuss how these needs can be met.

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

Every child has a key person. Parents are able to discuss all the minutiae of a child's individual care with the key person in an ongoing partnership. We greatly value daily informal contact in providing quality and personalised childcare. There are also the formal reports described above in which we invite your comment. Should you feel unhappy with any aspect of our care, you can always ask to speak to the manager. We take all concerns very seriously and value parental feedback. We are grateful for positive appreciation and praise and always ensure this is passed on to the individuals concerned. We are equally grateful to receive feedback about anything that is wrong so that we are able to rectify it. There is also an official complaint procedure clearly outlined in the policy pack received by all parents on admission.


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