Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery

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Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery is part of the Forbury Group, which has been established for over 30 Years.  We have Nurseries in Reading, Newbury and Woodley.   We care for children from 3 months to 5 years old and have a range of sessions available.

Please contact us to arrage a visit.  You will receive a warm welcome and you will be able to see what we can offer for you and your child.

This setting has signed up to offer Tax Free Childcare.




Who to contact

Contact Name
Maria Hine
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
0118 9500116 0118 9500116
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Where to go

Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery
72 Berkeley Avenue
Directions to RG1 6HY

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


See website for full break down of costs.


Wheelchair access
Other notes

For futher information on what the nursery can offer your family, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you. 



Inclusion Information

Wheelchair access
Special Needs provision
Provision for special dietary needs
Can make special cultural provisions

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
NO FUNDED ONLY PLACES AVAILABLE. Possible vacancies please contact nursery directly.

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)
21.92 hours available per week all year round within our full day or half day spaces. Additional fees will apply for extra hours and services including meals.
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?

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
EY425243Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
03/01/2012Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
01/10/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
27/05/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
22/02/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
17/10/2023Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Contact Name
Claire Hermitage
Contact Telephone
0118 9500116
Contact Email
Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery Website
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
Local Offer Updated

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings


Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery is part of the Forbury Group, our sister Nursery, Forbury Gardens Day Nursery, which has been established for over 30 Years. Berkeley Gardens most recent OFSTED inspection was Feb 2019- we are Graded GOOD overall.

We hope that you will find the following information helpful. 

In order to maintain the high standards of the nursery it is important that parents read and accept the following philosophies and regulations.

 This information is current and particulars may change but we will endeavour to update if necessary.

No website can convey true characteristics of a subtly changing nursery, or the atmosphere created by happy and creative children and staff, which is why we encourage you to visit us.  You will receive a warm welcome. We hope you enjoy your visit and are able to make an informed judgement on what Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery has to offer you and your child.

Last user update: October 2023



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

When families first register with the setting they are asked to supply information about any identified needs. If parents have any ongoing concerns, meetings can be held with the nursery SENCO and the child’s key person. All concerns are taken very seriously and advice can be sought from outside agencies if needed.

If we identify a possible SEN we would immediately arrange meeting with the SENCO and parents to discuss our concerns and help to direct them to the correct advice service.

We use the early years outcomes and development matters to guide our staff in the children’s milestones. We use the Early language monitoring tool to look specifically at their communication skills. We complete a 2 year check in line with the Health visitors check to look at their overall development. Every time the child attends the nursery they are observed closely and notes are made on significant progress and recorded in their individual online learning journals. When children transition through the nursery, summaries on their development are made and shared with the parents and the room they are moving to. Parents can have access to their child’s learning journey at any time through the Tapestry platform. 

Children's progress is recorded and tracked. We follow a multi-layered approach to learning which includes In the moment planning, Loose parts, Adult lead activities, curiosity approach & enabling environments, which is all based on the children's interests. We ensure that children have individual support plans (ISP) made for them when they have a specific need. These plans involve targets which are individual to the child. Children's progress is tracked using the learning outcomes and parents are asked to be involved in every part of the ISP process.



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

Meetings are regularly held between the parents, the nursery SENCO and the child’s key person when a specific need has been identified. Parents are always asked to be involved in the child’s learning and we would develop an ISP with the parents to ensure that we are working together. The SENCO would oversee this plan, keeping the child’s key person and other team members informed of the needs and the targets which have been set. The ISP would be in place for as long as the child’s needs remain that way and we would make alterations as and when necessary. The ISP’s are reviewed according to the individual child’s needs. 

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

Through initial assessments when a child comes to us, we are able to determine the child’s capabilities. We ask the parents for information on the child’s needs during the registration and induction process. We would put enough support in place for the individual child and would seek further advice from other professionals as and when needed.

Gaining independence is a huge part of nursery life and it is encouraged in everything we do, we can adapt activities via planning and assessment. The SENCO is there to support our staff team with planning particular activities to meet the needs of children with SEN. Each key person plans for the needs of each individual child in our setting. The children’s learning journeys, the monitoring tool and the staff own knowledge of the children help to inform the planning of activities and daily routines for the children.

Parents are actively encouraged to be involved in their child's day by looking through their learning journeys and we invite parents in regularly to stay and play sessions where they can get involved and also look at the sorts of activities we have planned for their children. We also hold Parent’s evening twice a year or when needed to discuss their child’s development in more depth.

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

The nursery uses visual timetables and prompts throughout the setting to help children with learning difficulties and additional needs. We may need specialist equipment and we would speak with outside agencies if necessary. The ISP’s are put in place with the parent’s knowledge of the child and we seek further advice from other professionals where necessary. We would always allow access from other professionals into the setting and encourage the staff to observe the teaching methods shown by them. We also seek training from professionals to give the staff the tools to be able to support individual children.

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

We would always encourage other professionals and organisations to come and spend time at the nursery. Individual children may have varying needs and therefore we welcome support and advice from everyone. The nursery uses the local children’s centre for advice and also as a sign post to other agencies. They can also advise us on funding options for the children if necessary. They run meetings where we can meet with Educational psychologists and speech and language therapists for advice. The manager works closely with the SENCO to advise them in specific needs.

Children without funded support would be involved in small group activities and may get some one to one time where possible. When funding has been provided for a child this would be used according the child’s needs and we would support as the funding required us to.

 We are also able to sign post parents to the local children’s centres for advice, if we have specific agencies in mind for a child we would let the parents know when developing their ISP and help them to seek the correct advice. Parents are always involved in decisions about their child’s needs through regular meetings.

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

The process of monitoring a child’s progress is described in all of the previous questions. Good relationships with parents is one of our main priorities, the nursery understands and recognises the importance of the parents role and we would always ask for parents involvement when planning for their child, and ask them for specific targets to help their child to progress whilst they attend the nursery.

Where possible children can be involved in setting their own targets and have their say in the activities which are developed for them. We always take children’s current interests into account when we are planning for them.

In cases where a child attends another setting as well as ours, we would share transfer forms and development summaries to gain overall knowledge of the child we would regularly communicate with other setting and in past cases we have been able to visit the child at their other setting to see how they get on there and what they get up to. 

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

When we are introducing a new child to the nursery we find out all about them from the parents. We are then able to plan for each individual child and, where necessary, risk assessments would be carried out to ensure the practicality and safety of the adaptations we would need to make to activities and when taking them on outings.

When leaving the nursery to go on a trip, all parents are invited to attend. It is not expected that the parents will attend, we would ask for valuable advice from the parent on how to organise and prepare the child for the outing. The nursery would look at the relevant support and equipment needed when arranging the details of the trip.



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

The lower level of the building is wheelchair accessible, as is our preschool room. The gardens are accessible via the driveway and staff would always be on hand to ensure the safety of any child in a wheelchair. The upper level of the building could be accessed via a stair climber which we would seek funding for when needed. We have plenty of areas for safe storage of specialist equipment with easy access for staff. There is a place for disabled changing and the toilets are also accessible.


Each room has a visual timetable displayed and this can be adapted to individual children’s needs. 

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

Before any child attends our setting they must have had an induction to discuss the child’s needs. Once this has been done all of the staff team involved in the child’s care would be briefed on their needs. The child would be invited to come and play for a number of short sessions to develop their confidence and relationships with their new carers.

Where children have more specific needs and need specialist equipment we would ask for parent support in accessing the equipment that we need. We would need contact name and numbers for every professional involved with the child so that we could communicate with them on a regular basis about the child’s needs. When a child is moving onto a new room in this setting we ensure we allow plenty of time for transitions if we feel they need them. Lengthy reports are filled in by the child’s current key person which are then passed onto the new room. We accommodate the child on many short visits when needed to allow them time to adjust to the new room and make new relationships with their peers and staff. We offer the parents a chance to meet the new Key Person and have a tour of the new room beforehand. 

When a child is starting at a new setting or school we would ensure that all transition documents are sent in plenty of notice, we would send them the child’s ISP with parental consent and could also share their learning journal. The child’s key person would arrange a meeting with the nursery SENCO and the schools SENCO and the child’s teacher, at the school, and discussions can be held with the parent and child present to ensure that everyone can be involved in decisions made about the transition.

Where a child has a statement of educational needs we would call a meeting with all of the professionals involved with the child so that the school is fully prepared for the child’s needs and know what has been being worked on. Parents are welcome to speak to the staff about the transition at any time and can ask to speak with the SENCO or manager of the nursery.

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

The nursery self evaluates it's practice, through staff supervisions and observations. We have a number of evaluating tools to assess and evaluate the provision for the children, which focus on safeguarding and welfare requirements, staff supervision and play equipment, and also the needs for new resources. Especially in the case of a child with additional needs coming into the setting.

We also regularly send out parent questionnaires to assess the overall effectiveness of our provision, the office also has an open door policy to actively invite parents in to express any ideas for improvements and give advice and offer support in any way they can. 

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

Maria Hine- Nursery Manager- 01189500116

Please contact us for an information pack and enrolment form to register your child.

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Other useful contacts

Maria Hine - Nursery Manager

Koral Prout - SENCO Deputy Manager ( Currently on Maternity Leave until June 2024)

Sarah Greenough- SENCO and Joint Acting Deputy Manager 

Lauren Wainwright - Joint Acting Deputy Manager 


All of the above can be contacted on 0118 9500116,

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

Useful information about other agencies can be found in the entrance hall of the nursery and further details can be given to the nursery from our local children’s centre.


Our complaints policy can be given on request and you are more than welcome to come and visit the setting to see a member of staff who will be able to talk to in detail about all of our policies and procedures. 


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