About our Nursery
The nursery is set in Charles Dickens beautiful orchard with an abundance of outdoor space for the children to have fun, play freely and explore.
Inside, the classrooms are inviting and offer enticing, vibrant play areas to allow children to immerse themselves in role-play . Small class sizes ensure each child is able to investigate the many engaging areas. Natural resources have been lovingly combined with a variety of textiles and vibrant colours to create a stimulating environment for children to play and explore.
While the children are given freedom to play and explore we also have a timetable of activities that take place to compliment their own interests. The children are given the opportunity to bake on a regular basis, to visit our very own Forest School with the specialist leader, who takes the children out once a week, encouraging them to learn about the environment while making mud pies and building camps. They also receive Music and Movement with our own specialist performing arts teacher and participate in many performances throughout the year. While the children benefit tremendously from this expertise, they’re also regular visitors to the main area of the school where they join the kindergarten for lunch, assemblies and events. This gives the children the confidence they need for the next important step in their education as they transition from nursery to reception. A huge benefit of attending the nursery is that your child will be given priority for a place in the reception class and will continue their education with many of the friends they make.
We understand that the Early Years of a child’s education are crucial to their future development, enjoyment and achievement and that selecting the right setting to deliver this for your child is one of the biggest decisions parents will make. We work closely with our families and have excellent communication links with home which enables us to work alongside one another in supporting, challenging and planning the next steps in their learning journey.
“We are so pleased with how beautifully our son settled into the nursery at Gad’s Hill. The staff made us all feel so welcome and supported that the transition from his old nursery to Gad’s was fun and stress fee. We are so pleased we found Gad’s Hill school, if offers everything we want for him”. Parents of Hudson
How to apply for a place in our nursery
Children may commence KN/Nursery after their 3rd birthday. On occasion, we are able to accept applications for a child to start the term before their 3rd birthday. This will be subject to availability and a successful home or current nursery visit as detailed in our admissions policy.
To register your child and to begin the application process for a place in our nursery, please click here. Once your online registration is received, a member of the admissions team will be in touch to confirm the next steps in your application.
Our Session times in the nursery are:
Morning session – excluding lunch 08.30am-11.30am, including lunch 08.30am-12.10pm
Afternoon session – excluding lunch 12.10pm – 3.10pm, including lunch 11.30am – 3.10pm
A full day in the nursery commences at 8.30am and finishes at 3.10pm
Parents are welcome to choose the number of sessions they require to suit their needs. However it is recommended that they attend at least 5 sessions (one session = one morning or one afternoon) per week to ensure sufficient curriculum material is covered. Fees are payable per session (details of current fees are available here).
In addition to the normal school day we are able to offer wraparound care from 7.30am – 6pm. Please click here to find out more about these sessions and the additional cost.
Early Years Funding
1.For new pupils without a sibling connection, the school makes available places that are funded by the local authority for up to 15 hrs per week. The first five sessions are available each afternoon, Monday to Friday, 12.10 – 3.10pm providing there are vacancies and subject to our usual entrance criteria. Any pupil who attends for more than 5 sessions per week, will have their first 5 sessions funded by the local authority and the 6th and subsequent sessions will be subject to the standard fees being charged as will lunches, pre and after school care which are outside of the scope of the early years funding scheme.
2.For new pupils who have an older sibling who have formally accepted or have an existing place at Gad’s Hill School in KR or above, the 15 hours of funded early years provision is available for any of our published morning or afternoon sessions providing there are vacancies and subject to our usual entrance criteria.
Parents may register their child at any time from birth up until the start of the academic year of entry. To register your child please click here.
To see more of the nursery and to hear from the Nursery Leader please click here