Nursery

The University of Bradford Nursery was established in April 1992 to offer affordable and high-quality childcare.

We have now been open for 22 years and offer both affordable and quality early educational experiences to children from 12 weeks to 5 years for University of Bradford staff, students and the public. 

The provision was purpose-built to provide facilities of a high standard across the age groups.

In 2013-2014 the provision underwent key refurbishments which have transformed both the interior and exterior of the setting. 

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Opening times

Monday to Friday: 7:45-18:00

  • AM session: 7:45-13:00
  • PM session: 13:00-18:00

Summer club

This year our summer club for children aged 5-12 takes place from Monday 23 July  - Friday 24 August. 

See our summer club page for more information.

Nursery closures

The nursery closes for statutory bank holidays, days the University is closed (normally the Tuesday immediately following Easter Monday) and two staff training days per year.

Christmas closure is finalised no later than April of that same year, and the closure is between 8-10 days.

Additional services

Flexi-care sessions

If you feel like you never have time to complete that task, do the ironing or manage the house work then these sessions are for you!

We offer 'flexi-care sessions' between the hours of 9.30-15.30 or 10.00-16.00 on Mondays and Fridays. These sessions are subject to availability and will only be offered to existing children of the setting. If you are interested in taking advantage of these sessions please speak to Sarah or Amanda within the office, as a weeks notice will be required.

Prices are currently under review.

Drop-in sessions

We offer drop-in sessions for University staff and students, as well as those attending conferences at the University. 

The charge is £4.50 per hour.

Stay and play

Stay and play is a great opportunities for parents, carers and/or family members to get involved with nursery life and to join together with the children to play, interact and learn new ideas.

The sessions take place on Tuesday mornings 10:30am - 11.30am and Thursday afternoons 2:00pm – 3:00pm term time only.

The aims of stay and play are:

  • For parents and carers to meet and socialise with each other.
  • For parents and carers to access information and guidance.
  • For families to get involved in nursery life and out of the house.
  • To make friends and feel part of the local community
  • For parents and carers to pick up new ideas and activities to do at home.
  • To prepare children for nursery or school
  • For our children to have the opportunity to mix with diverse people.

About us

The University of Bradford Nursery is purpose-built to provide facilities of a high standard. During the summer we also run a Summer Club Scheme for children aged 5 to 12 years.

Over the years we have achieved many awards including the University's award of Excellence for Developing People (IIP), certification for passing Effective Early Learning (EEL), the Investors in Children Award (IIC), Silver Award in Inclusion Quality Standard (IQS) and a 5* rating in Food Hygiene. In February 2014 we achieved a Gold Award for the First Steps to Healthy Teeth Dental Health.

To maintain our good practice ethos we continue to develop our provision through the use of audit tool and Local Authority (LA) development programmes. These include the Every Child a Talker (ECaT) National Early Years Language Programme, which is dedicated to supporting children's speaking and listening skills. The Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) is another tool for measuring practice and environment quality within early years provision. We use this auditing tool within our setting as we feel it enables us to assess our provision holistically. 

We have a highly qualified staff team which consists of two Graduate Leaders and an Early Years Teacher.

Our vision

We aim to provide high quality early education and care to all children who access our provision.

The children’s well-being is paramount to our ethos; it is the foundation we build our practices around.

We endeavour to provide positive outcomes for all our children and will support them individually to achieve these.

University of Bradford Nursery
Laisteridge Lane
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD5 0NH

01274 234866 (main nursery office)
01274 234937 (pre-school unit)

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