Welcome To Little Bears Day Nursery and Pre School (Newbury)

Little Bears Nursery and Pre school is located in the very heart of Newbury: we are 10 minutes walking distance from Newbury train station; we have excellent road links to Hungerford, Thatcham, Reading, the M4 and A34 can be accessed within minutes. The Parkway and Kennet shopping centres are located just a few hundred yards away.

We are a private nursery offering high quality  childcare and education for children aged between 3 months and 5 years.

Our opening times are 7.45am to 6.15pm Monday to Friday, for 51 weeks of the year.


Why choose us?

We are experienced professionals dedicated to providing high quality childcare. We offer a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which children can develop lively, inquisitive minds.

We offer flexible attendance patterns to help keep childcare costs as low as possible.  Children can attend full time or term time only. They can attend for full days (7.45 am to 6.15), school days (8.45-3.30) or short morning/afternoon sessions (9 am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm).

We offer free government funded places for children aged 2, 3 and 4.

Little Bears Nursery and pre school has good childcare facilities over two floors for babies, toddlers and pre school children. The playground incorporates a range of play activities. We also make extensive use of the facilities in the surrounding area; children visit Newbury library, go for walks, feed the ducks in Victoria Park, and build dens.

We offer extra activities such as French tuition on a Tuesday using La Jolie Ronde methods and resources and we work with Mini Trailblazers to provide sports coaching on Wednesdays. There are no extra charges for these activities.

We do not compromise on standards of care and work hard to meet the individual needs of children. We believe passionately in the potential of young children, by working closely with parents we believe we can make a difference and lay the foundations securely for school.

You can download our fees here


Ofsted  - May 2014

We were inspected in May 2014 and awarded Good across all our provision. Below are some comments from the inspection report:

‘Children are happy, confident and enjoy their time in this welcoming and friendly nursery.

Staff support children to feel extremely secure and comfortable by having very close relationships with them.
Teaching is strong and enables all children to make good or better progress across all areas of learning. 

Staff plans a rich variety of activities to support young babies and young children in their learning. In pre school teaching is clear, well-paced and sharp showing an in-depth understanding of children’s overall and specific needs.

Children behave well throughout the nursery because they are engaged and always active in their play. Children form strong and secure emotional attachments with others, which provides a solid foundation to develop their personal, social and emotional skills.

Sensitive, caring interactions ensure that all children are happy and settled and form positive and relationships with staff and each other.

'The nursery is well resourced and children have access to a stimulating environment in which to play and learn’

Specialist Classes

Pre school children are taught French by an experienced teacher (from La Jolie Ronde) on Tuesday mornings. You can find out more by visiting the La Jolie Ronde website www.lajolieronde.co.uk

We provide sports coaching on Wednesday afternoons to encourage physical development and confidence. Our coach is from Mini Trailblazers.


Get in touch


0163 544 184

6 Northcroft Lane
RG14 1BU
United Kingdom


What parents say...

''Freddie is very happy at Little Bears and we are so pleased with the care he receives and the progress he has made.''
(Freddie’s dad Rupert)

''We can see Reuben’s confidence growing every day. He is very proud to let us know when he has learnt something new, and is keen to practice, whether it is his alphabet or learning a new song.''
(Reuben’s mum Laura)

''Suraya loves coming to Little Bears and has gained so much knowledge. She can write, look at words and spell them out and loves her time here. She is a very happy little girl.''
(Suraya’s mum Sara)

''Mollie has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Little Bears and she has already learnt so much. Thank you Lola for being such a great key worker and thank you Little Bears for giving Mollie such a great start on her journey at big school.''
(Mollie’s mum Sarah)

''We are very happy with Bethany’s progress and she will miss Little Bears very much. She loves her Key Worker and all the activities too. She is ready for ‘big school’ and I think she has been well prepared by you all. Thank you.''
(Bethany’s mum Lorraine)

Class of  Pre school 2013 Parents

Where do we begin? You have cared for the children as if they were your own. You dry their tears, wipe their noses, heal grazed knees. Your kind words, guidance and strength have helped to make them the children they have become today.”

As we send them off on their next journey and say goodbye to Little Bears with do so with thanks and love to you all.
The reasons why we're so happy with Little Bears- Daisy and Rupert Hutchinson:
  • Most importantly, your staff are lovely.  It also seems that there is relatively little staff turnover, which I think is unusual.  There are some members of staff who were there when Alice was there, and she is now 8 and a half!

  • We really like the fact that you do term time only places, which I think is unheard of in other nurseries.  Given that childcare is inherently costly for most people having the flexibility of term time only places is great, as there must be lots of people like us who only need help during the school term.

  • Similarly, having a school hours day is also great.

  • Your flexibility generally is a really good thing, you've always been so helpful in fitting Freddie in for an extra day here and there.  I know that there are plenty of other nurseries that don't offer this flexibility.

  • The extra things you do like French and sports are great, and Freddie is always so positive about these extra activities, and has a real sense that he is learning new things all the time.

  • Although you don't have much outside space the fact that the children go out and about to the library and the park, and the shops is really good, because they're out and about doing things and interacting with other members of the community.  


News & Events

Stay informed, Here you can find out more about  our plans  for group excursions, special activities as well as what we have been upto.


New website
Now you can find out what we do here on the internet too! Happy browsing!


Recent events
As part of our 'People who help us' topic we went to visit the fire station, the children had a brilliant time exploring the fire engine and finding out all about what fire fighters do!

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