Welcome to Our Nursery

Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery is part of a chain of nurseries in and around the Reading and Newbury area. The Forbury Group consists of 5 exceptional nurseries the most recent addition being Waingels Gardens Day Nursery.

Berkeley Gardens opened in July 2011, is privately run and offers high quality professional childcare for families in Reading and the surrounding areas. We care for children from 3 months to 5 years and we are open from 8am-6pm Monday-Friday. Full time and part time places are available.

The building itself is accessible to all as a large Victorian mansion with a huge grassed garden and an all weather use playground for younger children.  We currently have 5 rooms used for childcare, including a large annex where children in their preschool year can attend (our Dragonflies room), which is located directly next to the main building.

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Our Nursery Manager


Maria Hine, NVQ 3, joined the Nursery team in October 2002. Maria took on the position as Nursery Manager in March 2018. Maria previously worked at our sister Nursery Forbury Gardens Day Nursery as the Deputy Manager before transferring over to Berkeley. Maria completed her Level 3 Qualification with the Nursery and worked in a variety of roles from Nursery Nurse to Room Leader to more senior positions.

Maria has a vast experience of child development and has worked in all age groups. Maria has attended a variety of training courses and has a Level 3 Diploma in Management and Leadership. Maria also works in the role of Designated Safeguarding Officer. Maria is a mum to two boys who attended the Nursery before starting school, she also has a Daughter who currently attends the Nursery.



Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery is the second Nursery to follow from Forbury Gardens. It opened in July 2011, and is located in Reading. We received a 5 star rating from Reading Borough Council for food safety and a silver award from Chiltern Training Ltd for continuous support for our staff training towards their Diplomas in Professional Childcare.
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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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We have an extensive number of policies in place, all of which can be seen in the Nursery Entrance Hall. We are regularly inspected by Environmental Health and OFSTED. We endeavor to ensure that all staff practices remain in line with the current best practice.
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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

Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery 
72 Berkeley Avenue, Reading RG1 6HY

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