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Muddy Boots Day Nursery

Muddy Boots Day Nursery is a private day nursery which is registered by OFSTED to care for 90 children ranging from new babies from the age of 3 months and children up to the age of 5 years. We think that you will find that Muddy Boots Day Nursery is substantially different from other day nurseries.

We are situated in a wonderfully historic setting which will excite and inspire your children. Upton Court is a unique 13th Century oak framed Aisled Hall, which was once a monastery. Upton Court has been subject of a major renovation and has been completely refurbished in order to meet the needs of a modern nursery. Despite this, the building remains steeped in historic charm on the outside, which is more than matched with an exciting and inspiring interior and 3 acres of grounds.

Upton Court provides our children with a range of free flow activities for every age, with modern facilities in all rooms which also includes under floor heating. Lots of challenge and opportunity inside is only enhanced with the play and exploration opportunities outside. The Great Hall is at the heart of Muddy Boots Day Nursery and is our nursery's social hub, where our children experience the indoors becoming the outdoors all day and every day.

Who to contact

Fiona Lewis/Becca James
Fiona Lewis - Nursery Director & Becca James - Nursery Manager
01753 303406
Muddy Boots Nursery
Muddy Boots offers funded places for 2, 3 & 4 YEAR OLD CHILDREN for both 15 & 30 Hours. We offer places for all children on a flexible basis (including funded places).  We take into account your requirements and identify ineeds and look to accomodate your pattern wherever possible.  If we are not able to accomodate your pattern immediatley, we can offer you an alternative and place you on waiting list to change it over when availability is there. For example, we do not fix the funded hours attendance like many other settings.  If you require your child to attend say from 11.00am to 1.00pm over 5 days of the week then we can look to accomodate the hours that you need, subject to availability. 

Where to go

Upton Court
Datchet Road

Other Details


Average hourly rate will vary on occasions - please contact us to discuss your requirements and for the fee structure. Discount for siblings and full time bookings. Additional payments required for nappies and trips. Trips offered off-site cost extra but are optional. Procedure for charging parents, invoice monthly in advance. Accepts childcare vouchers and payments through Government schemes.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
All of our premises has been designed to accomodate wheelchair access on the ground floor level.

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Learning difficulties
Language impairment
Hearing Difficulties
Serious allergy
Renal failure
Physical impairment
Motor impairment
Speech Impediment
Social development impairment
Sign language
Severe dietary needs
Visual impairment
Trained to use an EPI Pen
Challenging Behaviour
Cerebral palsy
Autism spectrum
Downs syndrome
Delayed Development
Cystic Fibrosis
Emotional needs
Edwards syndrome
All special needs will be discussed with you in great detail to ensure we can meet your child's individual needs and how we can best provide sound support

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
We have a qualified Chef on the premises who works from 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday throughout 51 weeks of the year. Our food is made from fresh ingredients which is cooked before each meal. We can cater to any dietary need or requirement whteher this is an allergy, intolerance or a religous or parental preference. We have a 5 star food hygiene rating and we are proud of the food that we offer. We also cook for our parents and they have the opportunity of tasting the food that our children eat. If the Director and the Manager do not like the food the children are not served with it! The children and parents love our home cooked food and our philosphies towards healthy eating and healthy smiles.

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Experience with
We involve our parents and engage them to come in and fully partiipate to share their cultural heritage with our staff and children.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Vacancies across all age ranges- please contact us to discuss your childcare needs
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Intending to provide 30 hours entitlement
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)
We offer the 30 Hours Extended Entitlement to all children who attend, on a flexible basis which is offered in line with the parent's needs. We can deliver the funding either during the term time only over 38 weeks or on a stretched offer over 51 weeks of the year.

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Opening Times & Facilities

Full Time
All Year
Afterschool (3pm - 7pm)
Mornings (9am -12pm)
Afternoon (12 -3pm)
Late nights
School Holidays
Early Mornings (6-9am)
Day Time
Term Times
Summer Holidays

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Schools within a 5 mile radius - from homes or parents place of work

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer

Contact Name
Fiona Lewis/Becca James
Contact Telephone
01753 303406
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)

Extended Local Offer Response

Special Educational Needs Policy

At Muddy Boots we are committed to the inclusion of all children. All children have the right to be cared for and educated to achieve the best possible outcomes, to share opportunities and experiences and develop and learn alongside their peers. We provide a positive and welcoming environment where children are supported according to their individual needs.

We recognise that some children may have additional needs that may require particular help, intervention and support. These needs may be short-lived for a particular time in the child’s life or may require longer-term or lifelong support. At all times we will work alongside each child’s parents and any relevant professionals to share information, identify needs and help the child and their family access the support they need.

In accordance with our admissions policy, we are committed to providing a childcare place, wherever possible, for children who may have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities according to their individual circumstances, and the nursery’s ability to make any reasonable adjustments in order to provide the necessary standard of care.

Teaching and Learning

We set out to support all children attending the Nursery to attain their maximum potential within their individual capabilities. A personalised record of each child's development is maintained, showing their abilities, progress, interests and areas needing further staff or parental assistance. We acknowledge that children learn in different ways and at different rates and plan for this accordingly. 

The staff are very aware of the importance of a positive play environment for the child, so they may develop good social skills and an appreciation of all aspects of this country's multi-cultural society.  Planning of the learning experience by the staff is further designed to ensure, as far as practical, equality of opportunity between all children and that it celebrates diversity.

We promote the relevant frameworks and curriculum set by the Department for Education and Early Education to support and enhance children’s learning and development holistically through play-based activities. We view all aspects of learning and development equally and ensure a flexible approach is maintained, which responds quickly to children’s learning and developmental needs. We develop tailor-made activities based on observations which inform future planning and draw on children’s needs and interests. This is promoted through a balance of adult-led and child-initiated opportunities both indoors and outdoors.

Identifying and Assessing Special Educational Needs

Where we believe a child may have learning difficulties and/or a disability that has not previously been acknowledged, we will work closely with the child’s parents and any relevant professionals to establish the child’s needs and to secure any action that may be required. We recognise that children with disabilities may not have SEN but may need the nursery to make reasonable adjustments to enable them to make full use of the nursery’s facilities.

 Where we have emerging concerns about a child and/or where a child has identified additional needs or a disability, we will find out as much as possible about the needs of the child and any support the child or family may need to ensure the child makes the best progress in their learning and development. We do this by:

  •  liaising with the child’s parents
  • observing each child’s development and monitoring such observations regularly
  • liaising with any other relevant professionals engaged with the child and their family
  • seeking any specialist help or support
  • researching relevant publications/sources of help
  • reading any reports that have been prepared
  • attending any assessment or review meetings with the local authority/professionals.
Involving Parents and Children and Young People in Planning and Reviewing Progress

We acknowledge parents as primary educators and encourage parental involvement as outlined in our Parents and Carers as Partners policy. We build strong home links in order to enhance and extend children’s learning both within the Nursery environment and in the child’s home.

We encourage Parent involvement via:

Regular parents evenings
Our online Journal System
Transition meetings
Development reports
Parent sessions
IEP review meetings

Additional Support

At Mudddy Boots we have a SENCO who seeks advice and support from the Early Years Advisors and area SEN Advisor. If further support is needed training will be provided according to the child's needs. Muddy Boots regularly liases with a variety of multi-agency professionals to ensure knowledge and training is up to date and all professionals involved are meeting the needs of the child. 

Staff are experienced in identifying and supporting children with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Speech and Language Needs
  • Behavioural, Social and Emotional Needs
  • Global Development Delay
Extra Activities

We are very proud to have such a large amount of outdoor space for the children to move around which is complimented by having large, uncluttered classrooms and a dedicated sensory room. Such facilities allow us to care and educate children with SEN in a spacious and varied environment.

Furthermore at Muddy Boots we pride ourselves on our highly trained and experienced staff team. Having an experienced team allows us to provide tailored support and care for individual children. This results in providing one on one support to children who may require it with a Level 6 Early Years Teacher.

Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Children and Young People with SEN

Muddy Boots is very aware and supportive of all the children's social and emotional needs. We are highly experienced and trained in supporting children's behavioural, social and emotional needs. We take pride in our approach and practice across the nursery which ensures specific, emotionally targeting, strategies are used for all the children during this time of rapid development. We believe that all children need to be emotionally and socially supported in order for them to feel safe, learn and develop.

Strategies are shared with our Parents to support a consistent and sound approach between home and nursery.

Keeping Up to Date with Knowledge and Skills
  • Staff attend regular training with Slough Borough Council, in house training or with another relevant professional
  • Our Early Years Advisors  keep us well informed of relevant changes and legislation
  • Experienced SENCO's who keep updated with changes and practice
  • Staff team is led and managed by two Level 5 qualified pracitioners who also work with a Level 6 Early Years Teacher who holds Early Years Professional Status.
  • All staff are encouraged to achieve their Level 3 qualification as a minimum with the intention of embarking on an Early Years foundation degree or specialist subject.  We have 95% of our staff qualified to a Level 3 in Childcare. 
  • Staff are constantly observed and reviewed to ensure the best and most update practice is in place at all times

Children experience many transitions in their early years and Nursery staff are sensitive to the difficulties children may have whilst going through these transitions. 

The Nursery will support all children in the Nursery with any transitions they may be encountering. With any transition we will work with closely with parents and expect there to be open and honest conversations regarding the best way to support the child and their family. If the nursery feels extra support may be required this will be sought from other professionals and external agencies.


Helpful Contacts

You can speak with Fiona Lewis (Nursery Director) or Becca James (Nursery Manager)  Please contact us to discuss your needs on 01753 303406. 

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This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Slough Family Information Service website and Slough Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations