Childcare in Oxford

The Joy of Learning Childcare in Oxford

 Rye Bear Nursery offers childcare in Oxford – with a difference – and the transition to Reception is seamless and worry-free, ensuring the best start to your child’s educational journey.

Our Nursery and Reception pupils learn in an unrivaled setting – our spacious grounds with 12 acres of woodland in Headington, Oxford is the idyllic backdrop to a happy and supportive learning atmosphere.  Your child will thrive, develop, and make friends for life.

We follow the Early Years Curriculum with our children. This covers 7 key areas of development, which you can see below.

Alongside these key areas, our children are incredibly lucky to take part in many other activities taught by subject specialists. Nursery and Reception have weekly sessions in Forest School on our own grounds, French, PE, Cookery, Music, and Drama.

We encourage you to come and see for yourself what Nursery and Reception at Rye has to offer your child. Please get in touch to visit us at a time to suit you.

The Seven Areas of the Early Years Curriculum – What your Child will learn with us in Nursery and Reception

The Joy of Learning Childcare in Oxford

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making friends, becoming independent, learning how to help others through charity days, and sponsored events.

The Joy of Learning Childcare in Oxford

Communication and Language

Preparing for reading and writing, speaking and listening, singing songs, and joining in with stories, helping to build confidence through frequent assemblies and circle time.

The Joy of Learning Childcare in Oxford


Learning through our highly successful phonics programme, one-to-one reading sessions, structured and varied activities, practicing fine-motor skills for writing.

The Joy of Learning Childcare in Oxford

Practising in Physical Development

Putting our wonderful grounds to good use to provide opportunities for climbing trees, riding scooters and trikes, practicing climbing skills on the host of play equipment and gym apparatus, gymnastics, and ball skills.

The Joy of Learning Childcare in Oxford


Fostering a natural curiosity for numbers, structured activities, maths in everyday life, offering a range of methods to suit the child’s way of learning.

The Joy of Learning Childcare in Oxford

Understanding the World

Exploring through a safe and nurturing environment, visiting local organisations and hosting visits from our essential services such as fire and police through to artists and business people, weekly ICT lessons and more.

The Joy of Learning Childcare in Oxford

Expressive Arts and Design

Getting messy with gloop, sand, playdough and paint to help learn and express themselves, dressing up, music and musical instruments, dancing and movement.

Childcare in Oxford

Whole School Open Week

Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October

This year we are doing things slightly differently to comply with current Covid-19 guidelines.

We warmly invite you to experience Rye St Antony during a personal virtual meeting at a time that suits you. Meet staff and pupils, have a look around with our virtual tour and see what makes Rye so special.

We are incredibly proud of the Virtual Learning Experience we have offered our pupils during lockdown – you can read about it here