About the building

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 Westminster 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’ aged 3 – 15 years. Gradually numbers declined so that it ceased to function as a school in 1990.

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.

We offer the children weekly music & movement sessions with ‘Wiggle Waggle’, weekly sports sessions with In2Sports and weekly French lessons with La Jolie Ronde.

Wiggle Waggle with Miss Joanna

All children thoroughly enjoy their weekly music and movement session with Miss Joanna. The sessions involve action songs, movement, drama, singing, rhythm… and all whilst having the most invigorating fun possible. The children use a wide range of activities and stimulation by means of different props, pictures, lights and instruments. They simply LOVE it!


Coach Dave visits the Nursery every Tuesday and offers a variety of sports including football, rugby, cricket and athletics for our Pre-school aged children. The children learn to work as a team and also develop lots of individual skills. These sessions are linked into the EYFS and are thoroughly enjoyed by the children.

French Tuition

French lessons with Rola are offered to children from 2.5 years every Monday morning. These lessons provide a unique programme developed specifically for this young age group based around two lovely fun characters: Matou and Tounette. It provides an opportunity to have fun whilst learning through fun songs, puppets, finger rhymes, games and crafts such as mask & puppet making. La Jolie offers good grounding for future language learning.

The children also spend time on walks in our local community visiting the local Forbury Gardens, Reading Library and visiting the local shops to buy ingredients for cooking activities, as well as more structured activities to the local theatre and farm trips.


Forbury Gardens Day Nursery is a fabulous Nursery. The staff are amazing! The variation of activities offered to the children could not be better.

Forbury Gardens Day Nursery provides an excellent level of care and attention for each individual child, the staff team are all really supportive and provide a great range of activities for the children.

Communication between staff and parents is brilliant. The entire team of staff are extremely professional. Frankly I love the Nursery, my children couldn’t be happier.

Our other nursery locations

Newbury Gardens Day Nursery
Newbury Gardens Day Nursery opened in October 2013 and is the third to open within The Forbury Group. Situated in Newbury town centre, the building is set in beautiful grounds, with three outdoor play areas and caters for five childcare rooms on three levels. We welcome all families to visit us and see what we have to offer.
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Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery
Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery is the second nursery to follow from Forbury Gardens. It opened in July 2011, and is located in Reading. We received a 5 star rating from Reading Borough Council for food safety and a silver award from Chiltern training Ltd for continuous support for our staff training towards their Diplomas in child care.
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