“Outstanding” – Ofsted

Lake Street Nursery

Small and friendly nursery in South Oxford where 2-4 year olds can develop and thrive. Home from home environment rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

Find out more by calling 01865 727939 or email: lakestreetnursery@outlook.com.

Local Giving

Fundraising, grants and donations are an important part of our income. Fees and funded income covers our staffing and main overheads. For other resources and equipment to benefit the children we need to raise funds ourselves. We have had many generous donations and grants over the year enabling us to buy high quality furniture and equipment for the children to use. Please consider making a regular, or a one off, donation to the Nursery.

Learning through play

Our play-based approach

We respect play as one of the main ways in which children learn and develop, based on strong attachments with a small number of trusted adults and high levels of well-being and involvement. A high quality play environment helps to build self worth by giving a child a sense of his or her own abilities and to feel good about themselves. Because it’s fun, children often become very absorbed in what they are doing leading to high level learning. 

Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. It is also how they learn to socialise, as they engage in learning through play experiences with other children and adults.

Play takes place indoors and outdoors and it is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world. It’s here they practice new ideas and skills, take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others. 

COVID-19 UPDATE and Change to opening hours from September 2020

We are delighted to announce that we are extending our session hours, from September 2020, to all children. We will be changing from our existing 2.5 hour sessions to 3 hour sessions. We hope this will prove more convenient for families and it will help us to create a smoother start to the day for all children. Our hours will be:

Mornings: 8.45 – 11.45

Afternoons: 11.45 – 2.45

Drop off and pick up will be 11.45 between sessions. Afternoon children need to bring a packed lunch as before.

We can also confirm that our fees will increase to £6.30 per hour. A three hour session will therefore be charged at £18.90

We have been open for the summer term in two ‘social bubbles’ based on our key groups for 10 hours per group. We are planning for the Autumn Term to be open full time and are awaiting Government updates around social bubbles and class sizes in order to assess whether there will be any restriction to the size of group on the site.

We would like to direct all our families to our Facebook page where nursery manager Catherine, and other team members post regular ideas and links for home activities and information about the play and learning at Nursery.

If you are interested in a place for the future do email us as usual and, those of us working remotely, will respond as soon as we able to.

For the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Managing Suspected and Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Childcare and Educational Settings follow this link for the latest advice from the government in case of suspected or confirmed case at our setting.

Catherine Morey and the other Trustees (Management Committee)


What We Offer

Up to 30 hours a week in term-time, 8:45am-2:45pm.

A strong focus on outdoor education in our amazing garden.

Experienced, fun-loving staff and a key person for every child.

Reasons To Choose Us

Based in one of Oxford’s most beautiful parks (Hinksey Park), our nursery is at the heart of the community. An easy and pleasant cycle ride from the city centre and well-connected by public transport.

  • Rated Outstanding by Ofsted
  • Experienced, qualified, caring staff
  • Emphasis on strong attachments, well-being and involvement
  • Learning through nature with a child-led approach
  • Confidence-boosting activities
  • Excellent SEN experience and support available in an inclusive setting
  • Funded hours accepted, including 30 hours
  • Flexible sessions
  • Large outdoor space
  • Close to Oxford city centre

What The Parents Say

“Exceptional activities”

I was bowled over by how quickly my son settled here and how much he loves coming to nursery. The quality and range of activities they do is exceptional. My son’s really happy.


“Huge garden”

Lovely nursery. The garden is huge and the space is so much larger than what you’ll find in central Oxford. The staff are wonderful, too. My daughter formed a lovely bond with her key person.


“Caring staff”

Staff have a real knack for encouraging the children to be respectful, empathic and independently minded. They genuinely care about nursery and the children.



Lake Street Nursery
Hinksey Park
Lake Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4RP
United Kingdom

Charity number: 1174863

Ofsted number: EY557982