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Mansion House Day Nursery and Preschool

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In a Mumsnet survey of 131 users of Bright Horizons Nurseries: 82% would buy again and 85% would recommend

A place to grow

Mansion House Nursery & Preschool is exclusive for staff and students of the University of Oxford, the most prestigious University in the world. 

Situated in Summertown, Oxford, the nursery is located close to A34 and A40 ring roads, making it a perfect location for parents living in the local area or those who commute. 

It boasts a fantastic outside area including an adventure playground and also has use of the University’s nearby fields. 

An enriching Ready for School programme gives every child the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to thrive in school and beyond. 

The enthusiastic and highly professional staff team helped the nursery secure a ‘good’ rating in their latest Ofsted Inspection.

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Marie Gaughan
Nursery Manager


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

Fees & Availability

Where possible we look to offer flexible booking patterns and a range of funding options, including the government's 30 hours funded childcare* provision. To request pricing and availability, please request a call back by clicking the button below.

*Terms and conditions apply to 30 hours funding. Click here for more information.

Meet the Team

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Marie Gaughan

Kathy Padfield Mansion House Nursery Manager

Katheryn Padfield

My Bright Horizons journey started in May 2013 as a bank member of staff and over the years I have worked my way to Deputy Manager.     

In my spare time I enjoy trips to the seaside  and spending lots of time with my family.

nursery third in charge

Keira Ward

Candy Floss

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!

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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