Providing the perfect start
for your children
A “home away from home”
Highly qualified, committed
and compassionate team
Outstanding care and
education
Consistently rated Good or
Outstanding by Ofsted
Flexible and reliable service for
parents and guardians
Attractive premises with
outdoor play
Enriching the lives of
your little ones
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Notice

Following the recent developments surrounding Coronavirus, we regret to inform you that The Close Day Nursery will be closing its doors, at the end of day on Friday 27th March, until further notice.

We truly apologise for the inconvenience caused.

We hope you stay safe and take care during these unprecedented times, and we look forward to reopening once the Coronavirus threat passes.

Welcome to the Close Day Nursery

We are a family run nursery and pre-school based in Banbury, for children aged 3 months to 5 years. We are consistently rated by OFSTED as Good or Outstanding.

We are open 8am – 6pm, 50 weeks a year, and offer both full time and term time contracts. We are closed during bank holidays, one week at Christmas and one week at Easter.

Our team of highly qualified, experienced and compassionate Early Years Practitioners has created a ‘home from home’ for your little ones.

We are thrilled for you to come and visit us.

What we offer

A safe, secure environment is obviously of great importance to any parent leaving their child in a Nursery setting.

Our Admissions policy is meticulous and at the time of booking your child’s place you will be asked to complete an ‘Authorised Persons to Collect your child’ on the registration form and only these people will be allowed to collect your child. Your child will be signed in on the Room register at the start of each session and signed out at the end.

Any visitors must produce a form of ID before they gain access to the Nursery and they are required to sign a visitors book.

Health and Safety also plays an important part in Nursery life. We ensure that our Nursery provides a safe environment for all children, parents and staff. Our staff receive regular training and updates on Health and Safety issues.

Our policies and procedures are found here.

At Close Day Nursery we practice the Key Worker system.

We introduce new children and parents to all staff working in your child’s room, and after a couple of weeks we allocate a Key Worker who we feel the child naturally migrates to.

This Key Worker will build a close relationship with the child and parents, assist your child in a smooth transition to the nursery, and support the child’s progress in all areas of development.

At Close Day Nursery, we ensure we provide parents with verbal feedback concerning their child’s experiences at nursery and the progress they are making.

Each child has a Personal Learning Journey, which covers all aspects of their development. This contains observations, photos and examples of your child’s creative achievements. The Learning Journeys are accessible to parents at all times and we encourage parents to take them home. We discuss the child’s next steps’ with parents on a termly basis.

Parents are also requested to be involved in a 2-3 year old assessment (a legal requirement for the nursery), where you will be asked to celebrate your child’s achievements at home and nursery, across the prime areas of communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development.

We believe that mealtimes should be social, happy times where skills can be developed and food is enjoyed.

We provide breakfast for our early starters, a light afternoon tea for those children staying after 5pm, and mid-morning and afternoon snacks, all of which are carefully planned to meet the individual needs and requirements of each child.

Parents provide packed lunches for children.

The local authorities regularly inspect us to ensure we are meeting; we are pleased to say that for the last three times we have been rated 5* for our hygiene standards.

At Close Day Nursery we endeavour to involve parents in their child’s experiences at nursery. We have an ‘Open Door’ policy where parents are welcomed into the nursery to discuss advice, guidance, or any other matters of interest.

We organise workshops with parents to share insights on how parents can support children in their development. Subjects such as healthy eating and outdoor play are promoted.

We hold Parents Evenings where children’s progress and future needs are discussed. At these regular sessions, we work with you to prepare for upcoming transitions – for example, if a child will be moving to an older group at Close Day Nursery, or transitioning to primary school.

We organise events throughout the year, such as Christmas Play and Summer Parties for parents to attend (and participate in if preferred!).

We are delighted to have received kind feedback from our parents.

What Parents Have Been Saying

Both of my sons have attended The Close and I'm delighted with how the staff have helped them hit milestones. While education is important, it's clear that social skills, empathy, love and thoughtfulness is a huge part of the staff's 'teaching' with the children.
Every day he comes home happy, and with something new to show or do. He absolutely loves it and I would not send him anywhere else.
The staff team are very knowledgeable and approachable, fun, caring and it's lovely to hear the conversations that have happened and activities that have taken place. The manager is so helpful and runs a very effective childcare setting. Being a teacher myself I am very happy with the care and education received at The Close. I would always recommend you!
My son is truly taken care of at The Close nursery and I couldn't thank the staff enough for all the time they put in with the children there. Always a clean environment and never a mess. I couldn't recommend them enough!
The staff and management are caring and well trained and offer children in all rooms a huge variety of activities, play, experiences and learning. Our sons have both developed so well there. The baby room is a home from home for the really little ones and this approach continues throughout the stages.
My eldest started nursery here at 11-months-old and my youngest is now in the big room. I cannot recommend this place enough. It feels like home from home and is small enough to feel like your children are practically with family but big enough to give them new and diverse experiences.
My son has been at The Close for the last year and a half. He has always been so happy at The Close the staff are incredible at supporting the children to flourish. He is able to count well, feels secure and has grown so much with the care of the team at The Close.
Staff always put 100% into their work and care for my children as if they were their own. I know when I leave in the morning my son is going to be well cared for and the staff are great at giving advice whether it's for my son or just a worry that I have. I feel very much reassured.
I know my children are getting the best possible foundation at the close and feel really happy when I leave my two year old there twice a week.
The staff have been incredibly supportive and I have received calls at work to assure me and  to check that I was okay. The care and devotion the staff provide my child is remarkable. I am safe in the knowledge that I am leaving my child in with a well-informed supportive, caring and professional team.
I think you all do an amazing job, and I have been singing your praises to anyone I know who has little ones and who are looking for a great nursery.
The ladies in the baby room in particular deserve a gold medal for what they have to deal with (Especially with Darcie) I would recommend anyone without hesitation to place their child with The Close. Darcie has really enjoyed it and is always happy after leaving making our lives at home so much easier.
We have been extremely happy with the care and dedication our daughter has at the Close. She is in the baby room and adores it! She is happy and settled coming to nursery every day; this is due to the caring, approachable staff and clear routines. It is a huge decision to choose a nursery for your baby/child and we are in no doubt that we made the right decision.
There’s not a thing we don’t love about the close day nursery. It’s a close knit team that all take an interest in your children - whether they are in the same room as them or not and we feel it’s made a huge impact on how well and quick both our boys have settled in the baby and middle rooms.
Aimee, Jade and Louise are great and keep me well updated about how he has been that day upon pick up and via his diary. The activities are varied and creative and my son is always doing or making something new - taking part in messy activities that he wouldn't get to do at home!
I am very impressed  with the high standard of teaching and childcare that Huw has received. It’s a lovely Nursery with fantastic environment for the children learn through play. I would definitely recommend this Nursery to friends and family. The staff have given Huw a good grounding to start school.
I’ve had 2 children come to the close nursery and they both loved it there my daughter who is 2 and a half so still is attending and has various health issues I was really nervous about starting  but needn't be she has come on leaps and bounds since starting back in January.
All of the staff are dedicated to ensuring that each child’s needs are met. Each child is treated as an individual and is made to feel very special. They are given the opportunity to experience lots of lovely and thoughtful activities that definitely make lasting impressions with the children.
I think The Close Nursery is a wonderful environment for children to grow in. They have kind and dedicated staff who really take the time to get to know you and your child. I am very pleased with the way my daughters have both developed whilst attending there.
You and all the staff who interact with her are playing such a key role in her development, but more importantly the happy, sociable and funny child she is. You care about her as an individual and us as family. We just can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for us. You’re helping her grow into a child where nothing seems to phase her.