Welcome to Adderbury Day Nursery where caring for your child in a safe, free flowing and stimulating environment is our main objective. We understand that leaving your child in the care of others is a difficult decision to make and hope the information in our prospectus is helpful. However, please contact us if you need any further information.

Adderbury Day Nursery is privately owned and run by Martin and Angy Rye. It is a single storey self-contained unit situated in The Hub on the Twyford Mill Estate on the outskirts of Adderbury.

The unit has been extensively developed and redesigned to provide a first-class warm and welcoming environment for children and their families. There are 4 home bases, Owls, Hedgehogs, Squirrels and Woodpeckers together with a room for small group activities and a designated sleep room.  Also, there is a staff room, office and kitchen with facilities in place to provide cooked meals for the children and staff. Outside there is a landscaped secure garden which is accessible in all weathers and includes a sand pit, climbing apparatus and planted areas. We have developed a woodland garden area which has a mini beast hotel, mud kitchen and vegetable patch with lots of opportunity for digging and exploring. There are dedicated parking bays and a secure path to the nursery.  Cycle racks are also available.

Our enthusiastic staff are qualified in childcare and include an experienced nursery Manager, two Early Years’ Teachers, Nursery Nurses qualified to Level 5 and Level 3, and Apprentices. All staff are DBS checked, have level 2 food hygiene and Paediatric first aid training. The team work together in a child-led environment, using the Early Years’ Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) to provide high quality learning and care opportunities supporting your child’s development.

At our nursery you will find a wide range of activities taking place both indoors and out. Children are encouraged to spend as much time as possible in our garden designed to be accessible to all.

All children have a key person who is responsible for their care routines and is the parents main point of contact in nursery. The key person role is to get to know the chid and their interests then plan activities and experiences to extend the child’s skills and knowledge.

We provide healthy and balanced meals, more detail on pages 13 and 14.

Our nursery is registered with the regulatory body Ofsted, and has a grading of ‘GOOD’ in all areas. We provide spaces for up to 54 children aged from 6 months to 5 years. The best way to decide if a nursery is right for your child is to visit, meet the team and see children learning and playing together. Please do call us on 01295 810116 or email to make an appointment to visit. We look forward to meeting you.

Our nursery day is carefully planned to give a balance of adult-led and child-led activities.  We try to adapt the planned activities to individual children in order to reflect their particular skills, interests and development needs. The staff record their “observations” in what is known as a “learning journey” which is a collection of different documents prepared by the Key Person to provide a picture of a child’s development under various areas of learning such as Physical Development, Communication & Language, etc. Forward planning of activities in each room is informed through the children’s identified next steps and their current interests

While there is a statutory need to record and monitor progress, we also need to ensure that this process doesn’t get in the way of actually interacting and playing with the children.

Since September 2015 we have been using an electronic system called eyLog (for early years Log) which allows staff to capture a photo, a video clip or a voice recording as well as written notes using a tablet computer and to assign this to one or more children. These observations are then uploaded to a secure web-based learning journey to which you as a parent also have access to. All data is held in encrypted form and is accessed subject to a secure login and password.  The only people who can access a child’s learning journey are the relevant nursery staff (manager, room leaders, key persons) and the child’s parents.

This also helps to support our partnership with parents because parents can contribute their own photos, observations and thoughts to the learning journey which also helps us to plan for individual children’s development, and of course a wonderful keepsake for parents to share with their child. This technology also supports a daily record, especially for the Owls and Hedgehogs, of food, milk, and nappy changes.

The tablets that we use to record the observations are supplied with a custom “firmware” in which all applications, except for eyLog, have been removed.  This ensures that the tablets cannot be misused – for example, it is not possible to access Face book or websites or to send any e-mail messages from the tablets.

The eyLog website ( has more information as well as a list of FAQs.

We also welcome and encourage parental involvement through social events, celebrations and shareyourjob days. As a nursery we are committed to providing a safe environment keeping children from harm in line with our Safeguarding policy.

A typical day

Is a flexible one with children being encouraged and supported to select their own activities from the range on offer. We feel that children learn best in a warm welcoming environment where self-independence and creativity are fostered.

The morning starts with breakfast between 8.30 and 9.00 am. Afterwards, when the children have settled and met their friends, there is a circle time for the older children to share news and information with their dedicated staff member. They will be encouraged to take turns in speaking and listening and will all have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

During each session children are able to access a range of activities indoors and outdoors. There is Free Flow time which provides opportunities for all children to choose their own activities. There will also be one-to-one or small group focussed learning experiences led by a key person.

Key areas and activities include messy play, role play, physical/active opportunities, books and language, discovery/sensory play, music and movement, calm/cosy areas, maths, science and nature experiences and ICT.

We believe that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Our commitment is to have each child at the heart of all that we do in partnership with parents and carers. We observe children and plan for them on an individual basis taking into account what they already know and what interests and fascinates them.

Our nursery staff engage in play and conversation with all our children, helping to make sure that play is meaningful and supports learning. Our mentoring system supports newly qualified staff in developing skills. Our daily routines offer a range of experiences giving children consistency of care whilst also challenging them.


We offer places for babies from 6 months of age and our youngest children are based in the Owls room. We appreciate the importance of individual routines at this age and work closely with parents to ensure a personal approach for each child. We have a separate sleep room, bottle preparation area and nappy changing facilities. At this age play and learning is very exploratory and discovery based with all five senses involved.

In Owls you will see:

  • Treasure baskets- encouraging children’s natural curiosity investigating “real life “ items
  • The children learning how things look, feel, taste, smell and sound
  • Messy play – sand, gloop, water, play dough
  • Books and songs
  • Exploring the outside world – watching trees sway in the wind, listening to birds singing
  • Physical play – tummy time, developing balance and control
  • Cuddles and quality one-to-one time with a key person
  • Opportunities to explore and interact with older children

We have space for up to twelve babies with four key adults.


Our rising 2 year olds join the Hedgehog group. By this time most children are confident and competent toddlers developing their social skills and language abilities to communicate their wants and needs as they begin to interact with other children and key people.

Communication skills are supported through regular opportunities as we help them to become confident talkers. Meal times are an especially social time with small groups sitting together with key people in a family style arrangement. We offer more opportunities for children to explore, play and interact with other children and we aim to support their fine and gross motor skills through these experiences.  As part of our free-flowing environment, the children are also able to access activities and experiences in our other rooms and the garden for most of each session.

In Hedgehogs children still have the opportunity to sleep after lunch if needed. We work with parents in getting the balance of rest and play right for your child which is key to their learning and development and, as they continue to grow and develop, we support increasing independence during potty training and hand washing, building on their self-esteem, including them in decision making and valuing their opinions. In Hedgehogs we have space for 12 children with four key adults.


Our rising 3 year olds are based in Squirrels. We continue our free-flowing child-led environment but as the children grow in self-belief, confidence and ability, we respond by providing increased opportunities for development in all areas of the foundation stage curriculum. We also provide the right environment for children to experiment, problem solve, design, investigate, take responsibility, communicate and start reading and writing. After lunch they are given the opportunity to clean their teeth with nursery supplied Aquafresh toothbrushes and colgate 3 – 5 years. We have space for 16 children in Squirrels with four key adults.


Woodpeckers, for our Pre – School children, where they continue to build on their independence and confidence. The personalised planning continues by working in partnership with parents, with the aim of giving each child the necessary skills and experiences for a flying start when they leave nursery and start school. They have an outside area specifically designed for their requirement but also have opportunities each day to free flow with the rest of the nursery. Woodpeckers is led by an experienced Early Years Teacher.

Settling-in sessions

All new children and their families are offered free settling-in sessions. We recommend a minimum of two sessions. The first visit is spent filling in forms and in conversation with your child’s key person, giving you the opportunity to start to get to know each other. Once your child is busy and playing you will be invited to leave the room for a short period, and the key person spends time with your child. A plan can then be formed for the next and subsequent visits. We usually suggest allowing two weeks for settling-in sessions ideally during the same hours as your child will be attending so that nursery becomes a part of their accepted routine.

Policies and Procedures

We have available for parents in each home base copies of our Safeguarding and Complaints/ Compliments policies. Other policies and procedures are stored in the reception area; parents are welcome to have copies if they request them.

Policies and procedures in place include:-

  • Accident and First Aid
  • Allergies and Allergic reactions
  • Behaviour Management
  • Camera, mobile phones, recording devices
  • Medicine
  • Sickness and Illness


What to bring

For babies we ask that you supply nappies for your baby. We will supply wipes and cream, but if you have a specific brand you use then you are welcome to supply them too. If your baby is having formula milk during the day, this should be supplied together with bottles. Following the latest advice, bottles will be made up fresh for each baby as required.

For all children, you should provide at least one spare change of clothes. These should be named and in a small rucksack or drawstring bag which will be kept on your child’s coat peg. Also a pair of indoor shoes.

As we go outside every day, it is important that children have the appropriate clothing for possible weather conditions. Therefore, we ask that parents of mobile children supply a named pair of wellingtons and all children have a named sun hat.

Nursery will supply Soltan Kids Hypoallergenic Suncare Lotion SPF50+ unless a parent prefers to supply their own sun cream which must be in the original container and clearly labelled with the child’s name.

Meal times

At Adderbury Day Nursery we have a cook and a kitchen assistant who carefully provide food and drink for breakfast, lunch, snack and tea. They are aware of our childrens dietary requirements and cater for this on a daily basis. Drinking water is available throughout the day, and milk during snack times.

Breakfast is between 8.30 and 9.00am. A selection of food will be available, including cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, toast and porridge, with water to drink.

Snacks are served at 10.15 am and 2.15 pm.  Food offered will include fresh vegetable sticks, bread sticks, bagels, cheese cubes, and fresh fruit, with water or milk to drink.

lunch is a freshly cooked main meal and freshly prepared desert. All children are encouraged to feed themselves, although there is always someone to lend a hand when needed. The babies have the same food which is blended down for them.

Tea is at 4.00 pm. Food served will include sandwiches, finger food, baked beans on toast, soup, yoghurt, fresh or dried fruit, and water to drink.

We have a 3 week rolling menu which is on display in our hallway.


To register your child, call Kate on 01295 810116 to arrange a visit, find out about availability and request a registration form. The registration fee of £50 is payable when you have been offered a place and returned your registration form. This sum is deducted from your first month’s fees. Once your registration form has been received, the manager will contact you to confirm availability, start date and arrange your child’s first settling-in visit. A contract will then be issued.

Fees are due on the 1st of each month, a month in advance.

If your child starts part way through the month, then fees will be due on their first day. There is no charge for settling-in sessions.

Payment methods

Our preferred payment method is by direct debit or childcare vouchers. However, fees can be paid by cheque or cash.

Session changes should be requested in writing. For changes to be implemented there is a notice period of one month.  Increases in sessions are subject to availability.

Parents as Partners

At Adderbury Day Nursery we believe that in order for children to receive quality care and early learning that suits their individual needs, parents and staff need to work together in close partnership. As part of this we operate an open-door policy, with parents welcome to come into the Nursery at any time, because we recognise the importance of their role as the child’s primary carer.


At Adderbury Day Nursery we will work with children, parents, external agencies and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life.   Children have the right to be treated with respect and to be kept safe from abuse in whatever form.