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Little Dragons

Little Dragons opened in 2003 in a purpose built single story building to accommodate 64 children across 3 nursery rooms. The nursery is conveniently located on the Bath Road in Reading with the town centre only 1.8 miles away.

We accept children aged from 10 months up until 31st August after their 4th birthday. Children are eligible for a school place in a reception class with effect from the September following their 4th birthday. There is a minimum attendance of 2 days per week.


The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Nurseries offer high quality care and education, by highly motivated, knowledgeable staffing. The individual needs of children are supported to enable them to reach their full potential.

Our learning environments allow children to explore, initiate their own play and grow as individuals.

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The nursery in Reading has a secure entry system with a magnetically sealed front door which releases when commanded or in the event of an emergency evacuation. The nursery has a large garden that has been extended over the years and incorporates a specific baby garden in the centre and a nature garden at one end.

Both the 2 to 3 year and the 3 to school age rooms have outdoor free flow areas enabling the children to access the outside as an extension to the nursery rooms.

In 2005 we became a training nursery helping schools and colleges across the Reading area, this is something we are extremely passionate about and continue to do to this day.

If you would like to enquire regarding the current availability of a place for your child please call the nursery on the telephone number below.

Please note that we only offer attendance of full days.

To apply for a place please complete an application form.

Address: Little Dragons Nursery
57- 59 Bath Road
Reading, Berkshire
RG30 2BA

Opening times: 7.30am - 6.00pm

Nursery manager: Rebecca Croft

Tel: 0118 958 5316

Email: rebecca.croft@berkshire.nhs.uk / littledragonsnursery@berkshire.nhs.uk

Nursery Area Manager: Lee Owen-Macleod, 07557 207429, lee.owenmacleod@berkshire.nhs.uk

Provider details: operated by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Registered by: OFSTED

Registration number: EY263914

When you use our nursery, we’ll ask for and record yours and your child’s personal information. We may share your information with other organisations, such as school when they are transitioning into the care and education system, only information that is required and appropriate to support your child will be provided. To find out more about how we use your information please see our Nursery Privacy Notice.

Little Dragons holds many events - these include annual summer and Christmas Fairs, an Easter coffee morning, book sales, visiting pantomime, visiting farm, portrait photographer, visiting mini beast zoo, children’s carol service, 4 year olds’ graduation celebration to infant school, Children In Need, Comic relief, The Big Toddle and fancy dress days as well as celebrating many different cultural festivals, special days and children’s birthdays.

We have regular parent’s evenings where each child’s Key Person discusses their progress with their parent/s.

We also ask parents and grandparents to come and get involved with the nursery, for example: Reading a story to the children in their home language, coming in to help the children during a cooking session, helping in our nature garden etc.

Little Dragons is a training nursery in Reading for NVQ Level 2 and 3 students, we have a student mentor who supports the staff here on apprenticeships and they have regular visits from their college tutors. We have seen in excess of 25 staff qualify at NVQ Level 3 over the years and have been successful in being awarded Chiltern Training Colleges ‘Employers Award’ on two occasions.


 I is leaving to go to school in September 2016.

When asked on the exit questionnaire 'please describe the most positive experiences that your child has had during their time in the nursery', his mother responded;

Oh so numerous! Continuity of care from dedicated and professional staff who all know him. Support at each stage of his development. Trips out of nursery and a range of learning experiences within it, including visits from police, animals, creepie-crawlies!, theatre, dance, trying foods and experiencing traditions from all over the world. A lot of time to play outside as well as indoor activity, a lot of craft opportunities.

And for 'please describe the most positive experiences that you have had during your child's time in the nursery'; 

I have benefitted from the wisdom and experience of the staff, who have helped me get through difficult stages in I's development (potty training, tantrums, behaviour problems). I have had feedback on how he is progressing. I knew from the moment he started with them that Little Dragons' staff would look after him while I had to work.  

I really think that ALL of the staff are quite exceptional and would really hate to think that by singling anyone out the others might not think I haven't appreciated the skills they have. Louise is so kind and naturally able to pick up on the needs of the children around her, reacting instinctively, it is humbling to see. Christine has such a lot of experience and a fantastic range of exciting activities - I've borrowed a few! Kirsty has been a constant in I's life throughout his time in nursery and gave him the stability and support that meant I could leave him without worrying. He absolutely adores her. Lorna is a model of sanity and good sense...I have never seen her flustered. 

Dr M said that's he feels the nursery represents value for money and I am well aware of the difficulties nurseries face at the moment. I have never resented paying for the care my children have received whilst at Little Dragons.  

I have recommended the nursery to friends locally and continue to do so. I visited several nurseries in the area before finding Little Dragons - I am very happy that I made the right decision in sending both of my children here. 

I applaud the management on creating and keeping a team of fantastic individuals who all seem very happy to be working for you.

Dr M