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

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

Head of Centre Welcome


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.


Katarina Bingham

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.


                                     Latest News

Funding for Nursery Schools

Guarantee the future of state-funded nursery schools after March 2020


The future of maintained nursery schools in England after March 2020 is under threat as adequate funding has not been confirmed after then when the current supplementary transitional funding ends.


There is therefore an on line petition to urge the Government to take action to ensure maintained nursery schools are financially sustainable.


Please click here to sign



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