Childcare Services' strategic direction is set with the assistance of the University of Oxford's Childcare Steering Group.

The Childcare Steering Group

The University's Childcare Steering Group meets termly and aims to support the strategic development of childcare provision within the framework of the Childcare development plan. The group considers and recommends any changes in University childcare policy, as well as receiving and approving the termly Childcare Report. In addition, it receives year end and new year financial budgets (which are subject to the UAS planning and budgeting process, based on the development plans, and must be approved by BSC and PRAC).

Information regarding the Childcare Steering Group's members can be found below.

Parent Nursery Associations

Our parent nursery associations (PNAs) perform a vital role. Run by each of the nursery managers and attended by parent volunteers, they help our nurseries to be the best they can be, whether through feeding back parental views to our nursery management teams, suggesting changes or improvements to working practices or helping to host community events, e.g. charity fundraisers. We find that many University parents are keen to be involved with what happens within our nurseries and it is great that we are able to take their ideas into account. 

Feedback Procedure 

We recognise that from time to time, parents may want to share feedback about their child’s nursery experiences with us. If this feedback is specific to a particular child or location, in the first instance, please speak to your child’s keyperson or the setting manager. If you have a suggestion about an event you would like your nursery to run, for example an extra-curricular club or group, please contact your local PNA.

Queries with regard to our application and offering process should be directed to and finance queries to

Queries of an urgent safeguarding nature should be directed to the Head of Childcare Services:

Childcare Steering Group Membership 2017-18


Chair / member of the Personnel Committee Director of Human Resources Julian Duxfield
Member / Representative of the Education
Pro-Vice- Chancelllor (Education)
or his/her nominee
Ms Joanna Barlow
EDU Representative Member of EDU team Sara Smith
Head of Childcare Services (Secretary) Ex officio Jo Mason
A member of Personnel Services Senior Personnel Officer Katharine Herdt
Student Representative VP Women, OUSU Katy Haigh
Academic Representative, MPLS Academic

Professor Pedro Ferreira 

Academic Representative, Humanities Academic

Dr Sian Gronlie
(History, Arts and Humanities)

Academic Representative, Medical Sciences Academic

Professor Jenny Taylor
(Nuffield Department of Medicine, MSD)

Academic Representative, Social Sciences Academic

Dr Jennie Middleton

Nominee of Conference of Colleges Academic 

Dr Chris Ballinger
(Academic Dean, Exeter)

Parent & Nursery Association representative  PNA Representative
(University Nurseries)
Dr Lennart Verhagen
A member of the support staff nominated by
the Personnel Committee
Support Staff Anne Pearsall