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Norcot Early Years Centre, 82 Lyndhurst Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 6UB

01189 375577 (Nursery)  01189 375677 (Waterside Day Care)

                                     Latest News

Ofsted will be inspecting the Nursery School on Wednesday 12th December 2018.


Parents are welcome to speak to the Inspector who will be in Hillside/Meadowside.

More flexibility for your 15 hrs funding...

We are now offering 3 & 4 year olds their universal funding over 2 1/2 days per week.  You can choose between our current offer of 15 hrs part time mornings or afternoon and the new flexible 2 1/2 day offer.  Please contact the Meadowside office to confirm availablilty or phone 0118  9375577

                      30 Hours Funding Entitlement   

We are offering the Free 30 Hour entitlement at Norcot Early Years Centre in both our Maintained Nursery and Waterside Day Nursery.  For more information on how this will work at Norcot please see the information leaflet below.  Please also click on the link below for a range of information on eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Norcot Early Years Centre 30 Hour Offer
Norcot 30 hour Proposal.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [95.9 KB]

Head of Centre Welcome

Ethos, Aims and Values

Be inspired by our creative learning adventure...

We aim to support your child's personal development and prepare him or her for the future by:

  • providing a broad and balanced curriculum with reference to the guidance provided in the Early Years Foundation Stage

  • providing an environment that develops lively enquiring minds and an enthusiasm for learning
  • recognising children as individuals and build upon their successes
  • enabling children to feel valued and respected so they can be confident and secure: willing to seek help in the understanding that overcoming difficulty is part of the learning process
  • developing, through example and explanation, a sense of responsibility, self-discipline and respect for: one another; the Centre; and the community
  • encouraging aesthetic and spiritual awareness
  • ensuring that children, staff, parents, governors and the community feel a sense of belonging and ownership and take a pride in the Centre.


 Our key values are respect, trust and communication.



Welcome to Norcot Early Years Centre.  Here at Norcot, we are committed to treating each child as an individual.  We have a passion for care and education using the natural world and inspire children to learn and develop in our exciting environment. 


Norcot Early Years Centre is a large, outstanding (OFSTED 2014) state run nursery school for 3-5 year olds with 180 part-time places.  We also have 50 day care places for 0-5 year olds and provide wraparound care from 8am-6pm.  We are sited in Tilehurst, Reading near the river in the Thames Valley, west of London and we are a part of a mixed socio-economic and cultural community.


The Centre provides a broad, balanced curriculum following the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage with a strong emphasis on outdoor learning delivered through our innovative Learning Through Nature programme as featured on the good practice pages of the Ofsted website.  Each child and their family are encouraged to work in partnership with staff to build a learning journal as a record of their development and progress.  We have a well developed Special Needs policy and practice, ensuring early identification, support, planning and evaluation.  Families are closely involved and work with the centre or outside professionals, where needed.


We are constantly developing the Centre to maximise its potential as a learning environment.


We are sure you will find our website interesting and informative.


Diana Heath

The Headteacher and staff at Norcot Nursery School have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.


Diana Heath is one of more than 80 headteachers to be appointed to

the role of National Leader of Education to in the latest recruitment



NLEs along with staff in their school - designated a national support

school (NSS) - use their success and professionalism to provide

                                                                                      additional leadership capability in other schools. 


NLEs NLE's are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support.   The type of support provided is flexible and can    sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteachers. They also have responsibility for developing the next   generation of NLE's and national support schools.


Please contact us on 01189375577 or if you would like a printed copy of any of the information on our website.