University of Hertfordshire Nursery

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University of Hertfordshire Nursery

University of Hertfordshire Nursery


Child paintingIf you are a parent studying or working at the University of Hertfordshire, we can offer you on-campus childcare facilities at The University Day Nursery, giving you peace of mind so you can concentrate on your studies or work.

We accept children aged between 3 months and 5 years and cater for parents who are University of Hertfordshire students and employees, as well as external applicants.

We offer:

  • an all-round experience for your child – we keep children stimulated in a fun, active environment where every day is an adventure.
  • a warm, caring haven – we give special attention to the needs of each child.
  • qualified, enthusiastic and helpful staff who are dedicated to providing the highest standards of care and education.
  • a flexible approach to learning and development.

Find out more what we do at the Nursery.

The day nursery is registered as GOOD with Ofsted. Read our latest Ofsted Report published October 2013. Registration No: EY378136.

‘From a young age children display a strong sense of belonging and are confident and self-assured in the Nursery environment. Effective settling-in arrangements help children to quickly settle and feel secure in their surroundings’. (Ofsted)

The Nursery team

Welly bootsKaren Conroy is the manager of The University Day Nursery and has a Deputy who helps her, plus a Nursery Administrator who deals with admin, phone calls and queries regarding payments, invoices etc.

We have a team of 19 nursery staff in addition to the management team.

  • 3 nursery staff have childcare qualifications at Level 5
  • 13 nursery staff hold the relevant Level 3 childcare qualification
  • 3 nursery staff hold the relevant Level 2 childcare qualification and are currently working towards their Level 3 qualification
  • Several members of the team are also working towards University degrees and other higher qualifications

‘The activities are planned to take account of children’s interests and their capabilities, with staff who are clear what children should learn from these experiences. This means children are motivated and engaged in their play and are becoming active learners’. (Ofsted)


Playing the drumEvery 3 years all staff are trained in first aid and child protection. The safety of the children is our priority, and all staff have undergone an enhanced CRB check.

‘Children’s safety is given high priority with staff who closely supervise children and are vigilant and responsive at all times. The premises are safe and secure and the maintenance of the facilities and the management of safety systems are good.’ (Ofsted)

Apply for a nursery place

Children are admitted on a first-come-first-served basis, depending on the following factors:

  • sessions required and availability
  • your child’s age
  • distribution of places between students and staff

No one is guaranteed a place until an acceptance/indemnity form has been signed and returned along with the £50 registration fee.

Download our Nursery Application Form to register your interest and we will invite you to start as soon as we can accommodate your requirements within our availability.

Send your completed form to us by email.

Nursery opening hours

Days Sessions Times
Monday-Friday Morning 08:00-13:00
Afternoon 13:00-18:00

Find out more about fees and financial assistance in paying for your childcare.

Nursery Fees

Child in tunnelThe Day Nursery is open Monday – Friday, 08.00 – 18.00, all year round, closing only for bank holidays and University closure days. Fees are not charged for these planned closure days.

Fees for children at the Day Nursery – effective from 1 August 2017

Unit Children of students* Children of staff Children of external applicants
Registration fee £50 registration fee payable to secure a child’s place at the Nursery (this is a non-refundable charge to cover administration and settling in visit(s))
Squirrels and Hedgehogs (under 2 years) £33.00 per session
£43.00 extended AM session**
£56.00 per day
£35.00 per session
£45.00 extended AM session**
£58.00 per day
£40.00 per session
£50.00 extended AM session**
£60.00 per day
Foxes (2-3 years) £31.00 per session
£41.00 extended AM session**
£52.00 per day
£33.00 per session
£43.00 extended AM session**
£54.00 per day
£36.00 per session
£46.00 extended AM session**
£56.00 per day
Badgers (over 3 years – pre-school) £30.00 per session
£40.00 extended AM session**
£50.00 per day
£32.00 per session
£42.00 extended AM session**
£52.00 per day
£34.00 per session
£44.00 extended AM session**
£54.00 per day
Ad hoc sessions The above external rates (appropriate to age) apply to all non-contract customers
Absence and late collection £10 per 15 minutes £10 per 15 minutes £10 per 15 minutes

*Students must be registered to study at the University of Hertfordshire within the academic year that the child attends the Day Nursery, to qualify for this price range.

**An extended lunch time pick up session from 13.00 to 14.00 is available with prior agreement of the Nursery Manager at a cost of £10 per day. Please note if your child is free funded, then this extended charge of £10 per day will still apply. If prior agreement is not obtained, then a late collection fee will be charged at £40 for the hour.

Full fees are payable for all booked sessions where a child does not attend, for whatever reason.

What’s included

Morning sessions include breakfast, a morning snack, drinks and lunch; and afternoon sessions include drinks and a light tea. Extended sessions include the same meals as morning sessions.

Fees include nappies, wipes and sun cream. Formula milk is to be provided by the parent.


 Painting at tableFees are invoiced monthly, one month in advance. Payment terms are 30 calendar days.

Payment can be made by childcare voucher, debit card or credit card (charges may apply for credit card payment), bank transfer, or cheque.

Any fees unpaid after 30 days may attract a £25 debt chasing administration fee, applied as £25 per unpaid, overdue invoice.

Non-payment of fees will result in the loss of a child’s place at the Nursery and legal action to recover the debt.

Monthly fees for all children will be calculated for each individual calendar month and invoiced in advance. Therefore, your invoice will differ each month.

Financial support

Financial Support available from the University is offered by Student Funding and Financial Support.

  • For any Student Finance England and Student Loans Company queries, please email
  • For any University of Hertfordshire Hardship Fund Queries, and all other financial support queries, please email

All information regarding the University of Hertfordshire Hardship Fund, which replaces the Access to Learning Fund, can be found on Ask Herts.

Nursery Education Free Funded child places

The Nursery can claim up to 15 free funded hours per week (over 38 weeks pa – a maximum of 570 hours per year) for children who are over 3 years old. Each child in this age range is entitled to free education from the term starting after their third birthday, providing the parent application form is completed and signed, and submitted to the Nursery promptly.


A retainer arrangement is available for children not attending Nursery for a continuous period of at least 4 weeks, enabling the child’s place to be kept open for the child’s return. Please ask the Nursery management team for more details.

Happy parents, happy children

100% of parents agreed that the environment is welcoming

96% of parents agreed that their child is happy and enjoys attending the University of Hertfordshire Day Nursery

(Results of customer survey January 2015)