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Oxford Waterways Day Nursery and Preschool

Day Nurseries
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30 Hours Funded Childcare
Funded Childcare*
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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

Bright Horizons' Waterways nursery in Oxford is located on the Waterways Housing development, off Elizabeth Jennings Way in Summertown. We offer care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years. 

Purpose-built in 2007, our nursery boasts bicycle park and buggy storage facilities. The rooms are spacious and our fantastic large outdoor environment with a nature garden, growing area and age appropriate equipment is ideal for all children to learn and develop. Convenient parent parking at the nursery allows for safe drop off and pick up times. 

Our highly qualified and longstanding staff team are dedicated to providing exceptional care and education for all children. We were awarded 'Good' at our most recent Ofsted inspection. An enriching Ready for School programme gives every child the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to thrive in school and beyond. 

Fees include all meals and snacks, branded nappies, cream, bottles and formula baby milk as appropriate. Excellent nutritionally balanced menus are freshly prepared on site by our Chef catering for all dietary requirements.

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Sally Paton
Nursery Manager

Food Hygiene Rating of 5

Supporting and Learning

Bright Horizons Family App

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the NEW Bright Horizons Family App. The app will offer a variety of features that will give you the ability to get more information on your child's day than ever before, as well as being able to notify the nursery of any changes to your planned pick-up or absences, as well as booking extra sessions.

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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.

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Meet the Team

Alternative Female Manager Silhouette

Sally Paton

Deputy- Claire Brasier

Claire Brasier

I have been with the company for 13 years working across different settings in the Oxford area.  I have been working in childcare for 18 years. I have a level 3 NVQ in Childcare and Level 3 NVQ in management. I have worked in all positions up to Deputy Manager and beyond, my knowledge and experience has grown to provide the best childcare experience for the children possible. I enjoy and feel touched when I see the children grow with confidence knowing I had a part in their development.


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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