Our Nursery

Forbury Gardens Day Nursery is a privately run, high quality, professional childcare service, catering in the main for working parents in the Reading and surrounding areas. We care for children from 3 months to 5 years of age.

We are open Monday – Friday throughout the year (except public, bank holidays and between Christmas Day and New Year). We offer full time and part time places. Our opening hours are 8am – 6pm.

The nursery enjoys the benefits of being a large Nursery. We have a good reputation based on the care that we give to each individual child. Please email with any questions that you may have or call us on 01189 588116 to arrange a visit to the Nursery.

Our ethos is to create an environment where children are engaged, motivated, independent thinkers, who have a positive attitude to learning, supported by secure and respectful relationships. We only have one chance to get it right for our children and what we do now, stays with them for the rest of their lives.


Our Practitioners

Our best resource is our dedicated and passionate practitioners, we devote time to training our apprentices to becoming fully qualified Nursery Nurses, our supportive managers develop individual training plans for our employees for their continued professional development throughout their training and beyond.

Our senior Nursery Nurses and room leaders are qualified Nursery Nurses with a certificate in First Aid and either a National Nursery Examination Board Certificate (NNEB), B-Tec National Diploma, NVQ level 3 in Childcare, Early Years Educator (EYE) or DCE Level 3 in Childcare and Education. They will usually have received two years professional training with practical experience in a day nursery, primary school, the home, hospital and special care centres.

We aim for our practitioners to continue to progress within in our nursery and we support them in their career development. With an enthusiastic and hard working team we aim to achieve the best possible outcomes for  the children in our care.


Our Nursery Manager

Amanda Hunter

Amanda Hunter was employed as the Nursery Manager of Forbury Gardens Day Nursery from 1st December 2016.

Amanda joined Forbury Gardens Day Nursery in July 2005, completing both her NVQ 2 & 3 with the Nursery and then promoted to a number of different positions.  Amanda was employed as the Deputy Manager in May 2013, and has worked with all age groups. Amanda has a keen interest in helping to oversee the children’s transition from Nursery to school.

Amanda is also one of the Health & Safety Officers for our settings, and is also a Qualified First Aider. Amanda has attended many different training courses and has also gained her Level 5 Diploma in Management. She is also a Behaviour Ambassador in Early Years Amanda also works in the role as a Designated Safeguarding Officer.


Forbury Gardens is The Forbury Group's first nursery, established in 1991. We are a privately run children's day nursery, offering both full and part-time placements for children aged 3 months to 5 years. Located in the heart of Reading town centre, we are adjacent to Forbury Gardens and just a five-minute walk from both the train station and the town centre.

Our additional locations include Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery in Reading, Newbury Gardens Day Nursery in Newbury town centre, and two facilities in Woodley: Woodley Gardens in the town centre and Woodley Gardens on the outskirts.
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We provide a safe, secure, welcoming and happy environment for children. Please take a look at our aims and objectives, staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving. The children have the opportunity to engage in lots of activities throughout the day. This will ensure that the children’s interests and learning are extended and developed.
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Our Curriculum
We observe daily and assess every child’s needs and development. This is recorded in their personal progress portfolio and shared with the parents. It is important for children of this age to receive continuity of care between nursery and home therefore the nursery staff will ensure your child’s familiar routine is maintained.
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The health and safety of all the children are of fundamental importance. We aim to provide a secure and pleasant environment for everyone. We practice a whole range of safety policies and procedures. Your child is allocated a ‘Key Person’ within their room, who is responsible for your child’s well being, ensuring your child feels individual, secure and cherished while they are away from home.
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Our Team
Our team are committed to providing the highest standards of professional childcare and education. Before beginning employment, all staff are thoroughly vetted in accordance with OFSTED requirements. Our team are dedicated to giving your child the individual attention to develop their social, emotional and intellectual development.
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Do you have a childcare qualification or are looking to do a childcare apprenticeship?  If you are interested in joining our team, please email your CV to [email protected]
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Come and see us

We welcome visits to the Nursery for Parents and Children to view what we can offer and meet our dedicated team.  We provide an open and friendly environment where we encourage learning and development from an early age.

Get in touch

Forbury Gardens Day Nursery 
Abbot’s Walk
Berkshire RG1 3HW

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