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Students with children

Little girlIf you have children, we have excellent childcare facilities on campus to make life as easy as possible for you.  The Little Owl Pre-School has places for children aged 2½ to 5 years, while Little Learners – a nursery run by the Student Union – caters for children from 3 months to 5 years.

 Further information on childcare in the Reading area is available from the Reading Children's Information Centre on 0118 950 9499.


The Students' Union (RUSU) currently runs a 94-place (including Pre-School Nursery) Nursery. The Little Learners Day Nursery caters for children from 3 months to 5 years and is open between 8.30am and 6.00pm for 36 weeks of the year and until 5.30pm for the remainder of the year. Staffed by a team of fully qualified child-carers, the Nursery offers a caring and stimulating environment in a purpose-built environment in which your child can play and learn. For further information contact the Nursery Manager on +44 (0) 118 378 4128 or visit the Nursery website.


The Little Owl Pre-School is open to the children of all current students. There are 24 places each morning for children aged 2 1/2 to 5 years. The Little Owl Pre-School operates from 9.15am to 12 noon during school term times, and follows the curriculum of the Pre-School Learning Alliance of which it is a member. For further information please contact the Supervisor on +44 (0) 118 926 8988 or visit the Little Owl Pre-School website.

Emergency Contacts

Students who need to give their children's school or childminder an emergency contact telephone number in the University, should contact the appropriate departmental secretary who will be happy to help. Students should leave a copy of their lecture timetable with the secretary concerned, plus the name of the child, school or childminder. You should note, however, that secretaries cannot undertake to be permanently available on the telephone, nor can there be any guarantee that a student can be found.


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