About the Nursery

Forbury Gardens Day Nursery is a privately run, high quality, professional childcare service, catering in the main for working parents in the Reading and surrounding areas. We care for children from 3 months to 5 years of age.

We are open Monday – Friday throughout the year (except public and bank holidays). Full time places and part time places are available. Our opening hours are 8.00 am – 5.45 pm.

Forbury Gardens Day Nursery

The Nursery utilizes a very attractive flint school which was built in 1911. This replaced Reading’s first Catholic school of 1840 built on the site of Reading Abbey, which once equalled the size of Westminister Abbey. The school bell is from the pre 1911 building. St. James School as it was known, adjacent to St. James Church on Forbury Road, once educated 240 pupils’ ages 3 – 15 years. Gradually numbers declined so that it ceased to function as a school in 1990.

Forbury Gardens Day Nursery Applications were made to use the premises for offices, but an alternative bid to provide much needed childcare was preferred. This was initially for thirty six children, opening in the September of 1991. During the first six months, the number of children rose from one to thirty five, so the Nursery was re-registered in May 1992 for forty eight children, this time under the Children’s Act 1989. In January 1995, the Nursery had it’s final re-registration to take its maximum number of children, ninety five in total.