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Welcome to The Meadows, Wokingham Borough's only local authority maintained nursery school for children aged 3 to 5 years.


The Ambleside Centre aims to offer a seamless service of education, childcare and support for children aged 0 to 5 years and their families together with training and support for practitioners across the district.




The Centre celebrates diversity, is committed to the inclusion and equality of all and uses a problem solving approach to meet individual needs.


Early Years Pupil Premium can apply to children in Meadows.  

For more information go to


Our fees for any paid for sessions in Meadows are increased annually.  New fees in Meadows will be appliable from Monday 16th April.  Details of actual fees will be published here as soon as possible.


Admissions to The Meadows 


We have three admissions intakes per year – September, January and April.  Please note that we usually have a very limited number of places available in April due to the Primary School Admission process which has one single intake in September.


You can apply at any time – please call in to fill out an application form.  Please note you should bring along your child’s original birth certificate and proof of your address (eg a utility or tax bill in parents name).


Offers will be made according to our admissions policy and the availability of spaces.    

Please click here to see our Admissions Policy with details of the order in which spaces are allocated.


We are required by the local authority to offer places as follows:



Applications received after the deadline will be considered once all places have been allocated for the appropriate term.


We do understand that the admissions process is complicated.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.



Our Meadows nursery offers:


 - Experienced and highly qualified staff.

 - Care, learning and development for children aged 3 to 5 years

 - We offer 15 hours of flexibly funded education for children aged 3 to 5 years

-  We can also ​offer the additional 15 funded hours for families with working parents


With your initial universal funding (15 hours) you must take at least one core session of 3 hours over at least 3 days per week.  

Some families with working parents may qualify for a further 15 funded hours.   Please speak with Reception if you think you may qualify.

Any sessions over the funded sessions that are required are available to purchase (see Session Fees). If you need any further information, please contact us.   Also, please see our terms and conditions (document link below) for full details and deposit requirements.


 - Funded sessions for 156 children

- 15 hours or up to 30 hours of funded education per week term time only (or between 15 and 23 hours per week stretched across 48 weeks of the year)​

 - Opportunity to purchase additional sessions between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.

 - School Holiday Childcare

 - Available for visits by practitioners for observation, discussion and support

 - Resource for the Hearing Impaired

 - Acoustically treated environment Teacher of the deaf

 - British Sign Language trained staff

 - Childcare Vouchers/Tax Free Childcare may be used to help towards costs.

For information on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum framework please click here

Parents can apply for an additional 15 hours of funded childcare and education, totalling 30 hours per week term time only.  If eligible, parents can therefore choose 30 hours of funded education between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday (over a minimum of 3 days per week).  A limited number of stretched places (23 hours over 48 weeks) are also available.

For further information, please speak to Reception 0118 3776444

For our last Ofsted report for Meadows please click here

Privacy notice for all children on our waiting list for a place in Meadows click here


The fees below apply from April 2018


8.00 – 9.00am    £4.59 (plus £1.00 if breakfast food required)
9.00 – 12.00am: Core session      £13.77
12.00 –1.00pm £4.59 (plus £2.00 cooked meal is required; £2.05 frm September)
1.00 – 4.00pm:   Core session £13.77
4.00   5.00pm £4.59 (plus £1.00 tea is required)
5.00 – 6.00pm  £4.59


Childcare vouchers may be used to help towards costs:


Many places of work offer employees Childcare Vouchers to help towards the costs of their childcare.  The Ambleside Centre is able to accept most types of these vouchers.  General information can be found on the following websites (follow the links).  Contact your employer for details of their scheme.


The DirectGov website also has lots of useful information.



Terms and Conditions