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 unrivalled setting – our spacious grounds with 12 acres of woodland in Headington, Oxford are 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 in 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, practising fine-motor skills for writing.

The Joy of Learning Childcare in Oxford

Physical Development

Putting our wonderful grounds to good use to provide opportunities for climbing trees, riding scooters and trikes, practising 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 suite 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 businesspeople, 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

Rye St Antony, Oxford – Bringing Our School to your Home

We are pleased to be able to offer bespoke virtual tours and meetings to interested families at this time.

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