Jack Straws Lane | Day Nurseries & Pre-School | Oxford

Jack Straws Day Nursery and Preschool

Why Children Love Us

A place to grow

Jack Straws Lane Nursery is an Outstanding, exclusive nursery for staff and students of one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the University of Oxford.! Situated in a beautiful grade II listed building we have easy access to large outdoor spaces in addition to the spacious, well-equipped four nursery rooms. Our passionate staff team work closely with all of our families ensuring every child has a fantastic experience, all genuinely care for each child. Our recent Ofsted inspection rated us Outstanding, we pride ourselves in our philosophy for educating young children, reflected perfectly in our inspection report.

Lois Smith
Nursery Manager
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Nutrition

Our excellent nutritionally balanced menu is changed regularly to encourage a varied diet and is approved by Action for Children. Here is an example of a typical menu.

Food Hygiene Rating of 5

Supporting and Learning


A day at Jack Straws Day Nursery and Preschool

Below is an example of a typical day

  • Morning

    Drop Off

  • Morning

    Breakfast

  • Morning

    Free Play

  • Morning

    Growing Programmes

  • Morning

    Organised Activities

  • Morning

    Organised Activities

  • Midday

    Lunch

  • Afternoon

    Sleep Time

  • Afternoon

    Sleep Time

  • Afternoon

    Free Play

  • Afternoon

    Outdoor Play

  • Afternoon

    Growing Programmes

  • Afternoon

    Organised Activities

  • Afternoon

    Tea / Dinner Time

  • Afternoon

    Outdoor Play

  • Afternoon

    Free Play

  • Afternoon

    Free Play

  • Afternoon

    Pick Up

Fees & Availability

Where possible we look to offer flexible booking patterns, including everything your child needs. To request pricing and availability, please request a call back by clicking the button below.

Meet the Team

Lois Smith

I joined the JSL family in July 2009 following from gaining my Level 3 CACHE diploma at Oxford College and have since gained lots of experience with all ages. My love is the pre-school age children where I initially spent over 3 years as a Nursery Nurse and then progressed to room leader. Myself and my team made fantastic progress in this room and supported the whole nursery in gaining our Outstanding OFSTED inspection in 2013. Through JSL and the excellent support from my management team, I was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2015 and have been in the Nursery Manager post from January 2018. I am also completing my Early Years degree and thoroughly enjoying my role at JSL as the nursery SENCO and Keeping Everybody Safe Rep.

Jennifer Nicholl

I am Room Leader of the Bunnies unit and additionally support the nursery as acting deputy. I gained my level 3 diploma in childcare & education through Oxford & Cherwell College in July 2003. Throughout my career most of my experience has been in with the babies and toddlers. Having a family of my own and 4 children has also helped me develop as a Nursery Nurse.

I can relate to parents who are new or anxious about leaving their child in the nursery for the first time. I started working at JSL in October 2013. When I started I became room leader of the baby room and eventually I over saw the whole of the unit and worked alongside the team.  In 2016 I had the opportunity to become part of the management team throughout this time I have gained lots more experience and developed my leadership skills. Since January 2018 I have been supporting the nursery as Deputy Manager. 

Candy Floss

Hi, my name is Candy Floss, I joined Bright Horizons in March 2010 as the ‘Super Safety Hero’ to help nursery children stay safe and manage risks. My role as a Health and Safety Super Hero is unique to Bright Horizons and I’m in every nursery, 365 days a year.

Back in 2010, I saw a job advert for a Zebra Super Safety Hero – I was very excited, applied and was invited for an interview with several other zebras. We were interviewed by all the children who then voted on which of us would be their Super Safety Hero. It was hoof biting but I was thrilled when they told me I was the most voted for by the children who all loved me because of my cape and bag. My bag is very special, if something fits inside, it’s a choking hazard. You might be wondering how I got my name. The children in our nurseries chose five names and voted for their favourite. I love it as it’s unique, I mean have you ever heard of a zebra called Candy Floss? Exactly!

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Why Bright Horizons

The Bright Horizons passion and enthusiasm for providing high-quality care isn’t just common knowledge within our own business – we’ve also gained some impressive accolades from external sources for excellence as both a childcare provider, and as an employer. We are the only childcare company to have been listed for the last 11 years as one of the country’s top 50 “Great Places to Work” by the Great Place to Work Institute.

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