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Once Upon a Time Day Nurseries - UxbridgeOutside Cotton Socks Day Nursery

Once Upon a Time Day Nurseries - Uxbridge, Hillingdon  


Jane Barton Manager


01895 255 479


1st Uxbridge Scouts Hall
Rockingham Recreation Ground
Rockingham Road, Uxbridge
Middlesex. UB8 2UW

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Opening Hours 8.00am - 6.00pm   No. of Weeks 52  
Age Range

1 years – 5 years

  Capacity 42  
Nearest School

Whitehall Junior School
Cowley Road
Middlesex. UB8 2LX


School Pick ups / drops
Car Parking
Full Days
Funded Children
Visits / Outings
Half Days
Childcare Vouchers
Computers for Children
Outdoor Area
Cooked Meals
  Records of Achievement  


Once Upon a Time Day Nursery Uxbridge 2-5s is based in 1st Uxbridge Scouts Hall and has operated from these premises since 1991. We offer a safe, fun and caring educational environment which has led to many of our parents returning with subsequent children and recommending us to their family, friends and co-workers.

We are open from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday all year round and take children aged 2 – 5 years. We have minimal staff turnover and all our staff are qualified and experienced or are in training. They attend regular training courses to keep up to date with the latest recommendations and changes in delivering the highest standard of care and education.

Here at Once Upon a Time Day Nursery we provide breakfast, a cooked lunch and a tea, all of which are prepared freshly on the premises by our dedicated Cook, along with daily portions of fruit for snacks and water is available all day. Our menus are varied with vegetarian options available. We encourage parental input to our menus and are happy to cater for any dietary requirements.


The Rooms

Due to high demand for places, in 1999 we installed a partition within the main hall, thereby creating 2 separate areas – one for toddlers (2-3 years) and the other being a preschool room for 3-5 year olds.

Our rooms are very well equipped and set at the children's level, allowing them independent access to the various activities available to them.  This is in keeping with our implementation of the “High/Scope” philosophy; a learning system based on children planning and implementing their own play. Staff support this by clear picture and word labelling on equipment and encouragement, communication and interaction during the children's play. The children's work is utilised to make bright and colourful displays within the setting.

  Once Upon a Time Day Nursery Toddler Room
Each child is assigned a Key Worker who plans activities around their groups individual needs and completes a Development Pack for each child. They also maintain a weekly Homelink Book to advise parents/carers of the activities and events they have participated in. Each child is given their own unique symbol to help them identify their personal belongings. They also have access to a range of ICT equipment including digital cameras and a laptop computer.
Once Upon a Time Day Nursery Pre School Room  

Back Room

Our Back Room at Once Upon a Time Day Nursery is designed for a maximum of 16 children age 2-3 years and here we work on a staff/child ratio of 1:4. Four qualified staff manage this room, three of which have attained Level 3 standard. The staff plan their activities around “Birth to Three Matters”; a framework developed to focus on the aspects of each individual child and how they can become independent and confident learners. As well as taking part in the different activities throughout the day, the children have the opportunity to sleep after lunch. They are provided with their own set of bedding which is washed regularly and as required. Staff help with potty training when parents feel their child is ready; we also have child insert seats with stools and potties depending upon which the child prefers. Shortly after turning 3 years the children will move into our Pre-school Room with their Key Worker ensuring a smooth transition into their next stage of development.


Pre-school Room

Our Pre-school Room at Once Upon a Time Day Nursery accommodates a maximum of 26 children aged 3 – 5 years. The staff ratio is 1:8 and seven of our staff in this room are qualified; three of them to Level 3 standard. The children's activities are planned around the “Foundation Stage”; a curriculum designed to help the children meet the necessary milestones they need to be prepared for school.

Once Upon a Time Day Nursery Ouside Play Area  

Surrounding Areas

We have 2 enclosed play areas for the children, where they are able to extend their learning. One is a large soft-floor area where they have access to bikes, cars, balancing equipment etc. We also have a large enclosed grassed play area to the rear of the building. Set beside the Nursery, is a large recreational ground and small river. Our children have a great opportunity to see and experience the everyday and seasonal changes occurring in the outside world, providing them with a vast range of learning experiences and activities to draw upon. Children are able to visit many different locations during Group Time outings such as the Park, Library and nature walks along the river and through the Recreation Ground. Some of our children have also been on mini excursions to places such as Iver Nature Centre, fruit picking and Heathrow Visitors Centre. We also have an annual trip each year for the whole family and in recent years have visited places such as Legoland, Drusilla’s Park and Woburn Abbey Safari Park.



As well as a high level of childcare, we also offer additional services at Once Upon a Time Day Nursery. For example:

  • Weekly computer classes
  • Hairdresser every 8 weeks
  • Photographer every 6 months
  • Discounted books from The Book People and Index Books
  • Parents evenings every 6 months
  • Mothers Day mornings
  • Fathers Day mornings
  • Charity Fund-raising events
  • Baby sitting
  • Fireworks display in November
  • Summer family BBQ
  Once Upon a Time Day Nursery Outside Area

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