Nursery in Headington Oxford

Learning through play in a natural environment in our Nursery in Headington, Oxford

A warm welcome to Rye Bear Nursery in Headington, Oxford. Set in 12 acres of Woodlands and gardens, we offer the perfect environment for your child’s educational beginning.

From fun in the muddy kitchen at weekly Forest School to bug hunting in our outdoor learning area, we offer a holistic approach to your child’s early years, a time of discovery and cognitive and physical development.

Children can start at Rye’s term-time educational Nursery School from the age of rising 3 and our rich curriculum covers the key areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage alongside regular Forest School, music sessions and termly French workshops.

Our highly experienced staff encourage child-led activities with endless opportunities for learning through play in a calm, happy and purposeful environment.

Our nursery children are free to create, discover, explore, be adventurous and get messy. It’s all part of learning at this age. Our children enjoy the wealth of resources available both indoors and outside in our purpose-built outdoor play area with a brand new garden fitted in September 2020. The children are encouraged to play outside in all weathers; we embrace snow, rain, wind and sunshine here at Rye.

Just as importantly, we know that as a busy parent you need a flexible and convenient wrap-around service, so early morning care starts at 7.30am and after school care is until 6pm.

Judged to be Excellent by ISI, our warm and welcoming Early Years environment offers the perfect start to a child’s educational life.

We welcome parent input, offering online learning journals so that we can work together to establish a joy for learning in your child that lasts a lifetime.

Come and experience for yourself what makes our Nursery different – we’d love to show you around.

“I cannot praise Rye Nursery highly enough; from its kind, caring, and energetic staff, to the beautiful 12 acre wooded surroundings. It is the perfect place for inquisitive minds.

The staff have created a warm and nurturing environment which helps the children feel safe and cared for. The classrooms are always full of fun activities, and the children are able to choose what they play with and when. This free-form play is interlaced with a very strong educational basis, and the teachers work hard to ensure that the children are well prepared for Reception. They are also provided with a lovely warm school lunch every day.

It is wonderful to see my son’s smiling face at the end of the day. He tells me about the worms he collected at Forest School, the jelly fish he made with his teachers, and the cake he baked with his friends. This is what childhood dreams are made of!”

Nursery Parent

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