The Benefits of Nursery

Attending a nursery linked to the school a child will be attending offers many benefits:

  • Children will begin to build relationships and develop positive associations within the school environment.
  • They are gently introduced to the structure and routine of school life and will have opportunities to see older children going to school.
  • Children can learn within a Nursery which is underpinned by the success and reputation of the Prep School and will benefit from our proven expertise and individual teaching approach.
  • Children experience greater teaching continuity through a progressive curriculum and have an excellent and cohesive platform for a seamless transition into the Pre-Prep.

Joining the Nursery

  • Children join the Nursery in the September following their third birthday, which is the year prior to joining the school in Reception. 
  • We are a term-time nursery school, open five days per week to complement the Pre-Prep and Prep school day for children aged 3 to 4 years.
  • Children may attend either five mornings sessions, five full day sessions or five mornings sessions plus a minimum of two afternoon sessions.
  • Offers to join the nursery are issued on a first come, first served basis 12 months before the nursery start date.
  • Nursery Offers are only made to children who are already registered to join Reception the following year.
  • There is no additional registration process for the Nursery. On registration for Reception entry your child will automatically be offered a place in the Nursery 12 months before the Nursery start date. If the start date is less than 12 months then they will be offered a place immediately, provided that their are still places remaining.
  • Should you decline this nursery place offer, there may be an opportunity to request a place in the nursery at a later date, but this will be subject to availability.
  • Please note that a place in Reception is not dependent on accepting a place in the Nursery.

Nursery times harmonise with morning start times at the Prep and Prep-Prep providing parents with a single drop off and closer proximity to any older siblings.

As children learn more about themselves and the world around them, their year at nursery provides a natural, welcoming, and comprehensive prologue to starting school.

Overseas Nationals

Overseas nationals entering the UK, who wish to apply for a place must have a right of abode or the conditions of their immigration status must permit them to access UK education.

Children aged under 18 are classed as dependant children if they are the children of foreign nationals who have settled status in the UK, or who are entering the UK on a work visa or Student visa, or who are part of a family entering or residing in the UK under the immigration route for British National (Overseas) citizens and their dependants. These children are entitled to enter the country with their family, or to join their family and study at a state-funded or independent school once in the UK.

Please note that the school is unable to sponsor unaccompanied children who are entering on a Child Student visa or Student visa.

Foreign nationals cannot use the 6-month Standard Visitor visa, or 11-month Short-term Study (English language) visa, to enter the UK to enrol as a pupil at the school.