A little bit about us

Quackers is an established Family run Day Nursery and Pre-School, having welcomed our first child back in 1992. We are based in a converted house in Chieveley, Newbury, which provides a homely feel to our setting.

What sets us apart from other Day Nurseries and Pre-Schools is that our staff are all long serving and we do not use any temporary staff. Our manager has been with us for 13 years and around 70% of the team are mums or grandmas themselves, bringing real life childcare experiences with them.

In April 2012 our owners Anthony and Victoria Pickford, who have a 6 year old daughter and 1 year old son joined the Nursery Childcare team here in Newbury. Anthony and Victoria are very hands on and have a simple philosophy that the service provided by Quackers Day Nursery and Pre-School in Chieveley, Newbury must be to the very high standards that they expect for their own children.

This philosophy has been recognised externally by our Nursery’s regulator, Ofsted. In our recent Ofsted inspection we were awarded Outstanding for the first time in the 3 areas of:

  • Effectiveness of Partnerships
  • Engagement of Parents and Guardians
  • Children Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle

Ofsted Report

Children’s welfare needs are rigorously safeguarded. The staff are very professional and they aspire to maintain the highest possible standards of care and education. The setting’s highly stimulating and challenging environment enables children to develop independent, active learning as they have fun. Children make excellent progress within their individual learning journey which is imaginatively shared through excellent partnerships with parents. The continuous improvement through well developed self-evaluation highlights areas for improvement to include the upgrading of resources for information and communication technology (ICT). Children are valued as unique individuals, and a strong inclusive ethos threads through all aspects of the setting. View our report here

Our Services


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Highly popular with parents in Newbury, click to view what our Pre-school offers.

Holiday Club

Held at Chieveley Primary School in Chieveley, we take children aged 4-11 during School Holidays.

Breakfast and After School Clubs 

We run Breakfast and After School Clubs at both Quackers Nursery and Pre School and several local schools.