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We strive

Whether you are a returning parent or new to Oliver Thomas, this website will answer many questions and give you an idea of what to expect when attending Oliver Thomas Nursery School and Children’s Centre. We have tried to cover all areas, but should you have additional concerns, your child’s key person will be available to help you.

We believe that

parents and families are a child’s first and most important educators and that we need to value their knowledge and expertise

all children are unique, with differing needs, interests and personalities

all children have the right to play, inside and out, and learn in an emotionally and physically safe environment

all children have the capacity to achieve within, and contribute to our nursery environment

children learn best through play, talk and meaningful first hand experience

education is a continuous process that starts at birth and involves the home, the community, the school and centre

We want

to support each child in maximising their achievements by providing a varied, stimulating and flexible curriculum

children to leave the nursery as confident, sociable, independent, enthusiastic and curious learners, who have the courage to take risks and make mistakes

to find out about and build upon the knowledge, skills, experience and interests of each child

children to be aware of and sensitive, to the needs, feelings and beliefs of others, and to help one another


  • Now managed by Oliver Thomas
    Oliver Thomas Nursery and Children’s Centre is now managing the children’s centre provision in the Beckton and Royal Docks neighbourhood area. […]
  • Covid-19 and useful links
    Newham Council Services and Support Government guidance  NHS Support/Advice Request a NHS Covid-19/Coronavirus test Newham Food Alliance Wellbeing & Mental […]
  • Received your free Book Packs?
    Have you received a free Book Start pack for your child yet? Book packs are available from the Children's Centre for babies and toddlers, there are also packs […]
  • Book our new session – Play
    The Importance of Play New 5-week course to help you enhance the quality of play and interaction you have with your child, gain a better understanding of the […]
  • Healthy Start Vouchers
    You qualify for Healthy Start if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you or your family get: Income Support Income-based […]
  • Closed Thursday 22nd July – training
    On Thursday 22nd July the Children's Centre will be closed for staff training.  There will be no sessions or staff available.  Apologies for any inconvenience […]
  • Garden Makeover
    Exciting things have been going on at the Children's Centre this week.   We are having a garden makeover! The BaRD team are so excited and can't wait for […]
  • Update – we’re now open
    Beckton & Royal Docks Children's Centre remains open to support Newham families.  We are delivering sessions via zoom, please have a look at our timetable […]