Meet The Team

Our team is made up of both full and part time staff, some of who only work during the normal school term time. To see our Team please go HERE.


Read our frequently asked questions HERE.

About Us

The main aim of The Close Nursery School is to care and look after your child, whether that is for a whole day or just a few hours. We endeavor to create an atmosphere that is home from home and one which you should feel from the very first time you visit.

All the staff are known to each other and work very closely with each other. We have a very low turnover of staff which is a top indicator that we have a happy environment.

The outside gates are locked at 09.00 and only opened after this time when the bell is pressed. Everyone passing through the internal gates is required to close them firmly behind them. All visitors are required to identify themselves and to sign in. Children are not allowed to be taken home by any unauthorised person. Please do not open the gate for anyone as you will not be aware of who may be excluded from the site at the request of a parent or carer.

You can be confident that your child will be well cared for, respected in their own right and be part of the larger “family” that we have.

We offer a great deal of activities and facilities, usually around a central theme, that enable the children to grow and progress. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and monitor and observe the children’s progress against this model. We will create a file specifically for your child where all observations and assessments are kept. This will enable the child’s key worker to maintain an accurate record of your child’s achievements and forms the first part of the Foundation Stage on entry to primary school.

All the rooms are bright and airy and contain a wealth of resources that can be used and played with. We try to have as much fun as we can whilst all the time making sure that the children gain something from the activities on offer. We do lots of cookery and then have fun eating the end results and have competently made everything from bread to pizzas, biscuits to special birthday cakes  and stews  to kebabs. We have a Morrisons very nearby and it is not unusual for us to go shopping for the ingredients we need, as we have realised that the children take ownership if they pick the pizza toppings and so are more likely to try those “green bits” they normally find so off putting!

The room are regularly re-arranged and re stocked with different core equipment

Visitors are regularly invited to talk to the children e.g. Fire Brigade, local chef on pancake day, RAC breakdown van and so on.

We have a huge outdoor area for play and gardening activities and in September 2013, we opened our “Outdoor Classroom” – the first of it’s kind in Banbury. This will ensure that the classroom activities can be carried on outdoors, in all weathers .

We have recently grown our own potatoes, peas, runner beans, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and pumpkins ready for Halloween.

  1. a) We operate under the guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles and cover the seven areas of learning which are
  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematical Development
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  1. b) We have a full set of policy documents all of which are regularly reviewed and updated. All staff members and students whether full or part time, are required to read these so that they understand the workings and policies of the nursery.
  2. c) All staff are DBS checked  and receive Safeguarding Training.
  3. d) All staff hold relevant childcare qualifications and constantly strive to update and improve these qualifications.


Meet the team