Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool

A Spacious and Inspiring Nursery in Harwell, Didcot

Welcome to Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool. You and your child will love our Ofsted Good rated nursery and preschool, located on the Harwell Campus in Didcot. Every aspect of our nursery is specifically designed to support your child's development from the age of 3 months to 5 years.

Excellent Rooms and Resources for Every Age

In our bright and cosy Acorns room, little ones aged 3 to 18 months spend happy days exploring our wide range of stimulating, sensory resources. Unique activities aid their development in a warm and nurturing environment, while nap times are enjoyed in our separate sleeping room.

Our Saplings room is for children aged 18 months to 3 years and is an exciting environment to make new discoveries. Your toddler will be nurtured as they learn new skills and take part in activities based on their interests.

Oaks is our lovely preschool room for little learners aged 3 to 5 years. This is an airy and spacious room where your child will learn the key skills they need to prepare them for their next steps.

We're fortunate to have a large and brilliantly equipped children's kitchen, where your mini chef will explore recipes and nutrition with our qualified chef.

Children also enjoy Boogie Mites music sessions where they can learn about the world through music and song.

A Bright Beginning for Every Child

Your little one will get the best start to their schooling life through our enriching and wellbeing-focused Bright Beginnings Curriculum, designed by our own Early Years specialists.

Building on the foundations of the government's EYFS curriculum, Bright Beginnings combines a wide range of activities to nurture and develop the skills your child needs to flourish and reach their full potential. This holistic yet personal approach supports each child's wellbeing, development, and progress – whether that's moving rooms or preparing them for school.

You can stay updated with your child's progress through our Bright Horizons Family app.

Getting Ready for Their Next Steps

To ensure your little learner is confident to start school, preschoolers take part in our Ready for School programme, which brings structure and focus to maths, reading, writing and other essential skills they need to get ready for school.

Garden Adventures

Your little explorer will love spending time in our large, all-weather garden, which is full of exciting activities and age-specific areas. There is so much to discover from our trike track and climbing frame to our planting area and mud kitchen. We also have a lovely baby garden with its own sandpit and covered area.

Each classroom enjoys free-flow access to the garden, allowing the children to choose when to take their play and learning outdoors.

All-Inclusive Care and Convenience

  • Nutritionally balanced meals are prepared by our onsite chef. Our all-inclusive care extends to meals, nappies, wipes, formula, and creams.
  • Onsite parking.
  • Our nursery in Didcot is conveniently located on the Harwell Oxford Science Campus, with excellent transport links between Didcot Parkway and the campus.

Your Personal Tour

We're so excited to meet you and your little one. To learn more about our Didcot nursery or to see us for yourself, please get in touch and we'll arrange a personal tour.

Manager Harwell
Nursery Manager
Curie Avenue, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0RA
  • Monday7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Tuesday7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Wednesday7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Thursday7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Friday7:30AM - 6:00PM
Lines open: Mon - Fri 08:00 - 19:00

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What’s included & Funding options

Whether you’re looking for a full-time or flexible booking pattern, get in touch with us to discuss availability. We will accommodate government funding options wherever possible.

Discover more about what we can offer your family by downloading our easy to read set of guides. Explore our Bright Horizons nurseries and discover the funding options available - from funded childcare and tax free childcare, to childcare vouchers plus key dates. You can also find out what's included in our fees and how we support families from the beginning.

*Not all nurseries offer every component of the all-inclusive package. Please check with your nursery for details.

Included in your fees:

  • Unlimited hypoallergenic nappies*
  • Unlimited hypoallergenic wipes*
  • Three nutritious meals
  • A range of healthy snacks
  • Formula milk for babies under 1 year
  • Cows’ milk or dairy-free alternatives for older babies and children

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Bright Beginnings at Bright Horizons

Bright Beginnings Curriculum

We believe that every child deserves the best start in life. Bright Beginnings is a holistic curriculum, designed to acknowledge the individual voice and needs of every child promoting confidence, wellbeing and a genuine love for learning.

As well as nurturing a lifelong love of learning, Bright Beginnings helps set the foundations for emotional resilience to prepare children for the next stage in their learning journey.

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Meet the team

Our team are dedicated to making your child's experience safe and fun. We always go the extra mile.
  • Manager Harwell AlisonNursery Manager
  • Harwell Third in chargeSarahDeputy Manager


Did you know that our nursery is on Facebook? 'Like' us to join in the fun! We share what we've been getting up to, as well as activities you can try at home with your little one. Learn about upcoming events happening at our nursery to pop in your calendar and enjoy meeting the team with posts about the amazing early years practitioners in our setting. We look forward to welcoming you to our Facebook community - just click 'like' and you're in!

Bright Horizons Family App

Our Family app offers a variety of features that give you the ability to get more information on your child's day, notify the nursery of any changes to your planned pick-up or absences and even book extra sessions if needed.

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