“The main thing that I have taken away from this project is the benefit of working in partnership with other settings, to share our experiences and gain ideas from them which we in turn have implemented in our Centre.”



Emma Mottershead School Improvement Advisory Teacher, Reading Borough Council

Miranda White Cross Phase English Adviser, Reading Borough Council

Pat Connor Projects Officer, Early Years, Childcare and Play Service, Reading Borough Council

Professor Helen Bilton  University of Reading

Professor Rhona Stainthorp University of Reading

Matthew Bird Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) Project Officer, University of Reading


The HELLO2YOU Settings:

Caversham Heights Pre-School
74 Highmoor Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7BG

Caversham Heights Preschool has been providing learning through play for local pre-school children for 51 years. The pre-school aims to provide pre-school education in a Church Hall  where children have access to the large hall, a quiet room with a lending library and an outside play area.  Pupils range from 3 to 5 years of age.

Dickory Docks Day Nursery
Cockney Hill, Tilehurst, Reading  RG30 4EX

The nursery operates from two large buildings in Prospect School (‘The D-Block’ and ‘The Log Cabin’), whilst also having access to 3 large play areas. The outdoor spaces of the nursery are covered.

Kennet Day-Nursery
Reading Borough Council, Lower Ground Floor, Civic Offices RG1 7TD

Kennet Day Nursery is one of several workplace nurseries run by Reading Borough Council. It opened in 1987 and operates from part of the main Civic Centre building and an annex building sited within an enclosed outdoor area. It is situated in Reading town centre. The children at the nursery share access to a secure enclosed outdoor play area as well as a modern indoor centre.

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

Norcot Nursery School is a large, state run nursery school for 3-5 year olds with 180 part-time places.  They also have 50-day care places for 0-5 year olds and provide wraparound care from 8am-6pm. called Waterside Day Nursery.  The centre is situated in Tilehurst, Reading, a part of a mixed socio-economic and cultural community.

Rocking Horse Montessori Nursery
26 St Peter’s Avenue, Caversham, Reading RG4 7DD

Based in Caversham, Rocking Horse Montessori Nursery and their teachers implement the ‘Montessori’ style of education, meaning that children’s learning evolves around self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. The nursery offers 16 places per session.

St Mary’s and All Saints C of E Nursery
Wensley Road, Coley Park, Reading RG1 6DU

St Mary’s and All Saints C of E Nursery is part of St Mary’s and All Saints C of E school, situated in Reading. Being part of a faith school, St Mary’s have values and educational techniques that are inspired by the Bible. They have purpose built accommodation, linking the nursery and primary phases and extensive grounds.