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Darley Dene Primary School

Our Nursery (Robins)

Darley Dene Nursery is a thriving part of the mainstream school. Along with our Reception Class, it forms our Early Years department. 

Below you can see a short video about our Nursery as well as further information on our provision.


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Our Provision

Our Nursery children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. You can read about this by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage. This child-led approach allows for 'teaching alongside' as well as direct adult-led activities, such as learning to count, sounds and letters. Children follow the phonics programme, 'Letters and Sounds' (Phase 1).

Our Facilities

We have a range of ways to stimulate learning through the outdoors. We have a well-equipped outdoor space, just for our Early Years children which includes:

  • climbing apparatus
  • a mud kitchen
  • bikes and trikes
  • a play 'hill'
  • sandpit

We also have a wide range of construction materials for children to explore. We seek to develop children's Mathematics and Language skills through this space as much as possible.

Session Options

Our Nursery offers 15 and 30 hour places.   As you are probably aware 15 hours is free, to parents of 3 year old children, as it is funded by the government. 

Whilst offering the allocated number of 15-hour government funded nursery places will take priority, if spaces allow, there may be the opportunity to offer 30 hours childcare.

This could either be offered to parents claiming 30 hours free childcare or parents who may want to fund the additional 15 hours themselves.

The nursery offers two separate sessions. These are:

15 hours

Monday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Tuesday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Wednesday 9.00am - 12.00pm

15 hours

Wednesday 12.15pm - 3.15pm

Thursday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm

30 hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 3.15pm 

Nursery Intake

Places for three/four year olds

All children will be eligible for admission to our nursery class in the term after they turn 3 years old, although admission will be subject to an application being made and places being available.

To register your child for a nursery place please complete the application form below and return it to the school office by hand, post or email at office.darleydene@lumenlearningtrust.co.uk. 

There are 2 versions of the form available - PDF & Word document. The Word document is editable and can be returned by email. We will then hold your application on file and contact you when places become available.  

If you have any questions please call the school office on 01932 847 674.

School Place Application

Children in our Nursery are not automatically enrolled into the School's Reception class.  You can apply for a Reception class place in the school on the Surrey admissions website surreycc.gov.uk/admissions or you can call on 0300 200 1004.  The closing date is 15 January 2022.

30 Hours Childcare Entitlement

For further information on checking your eligibility for the 30 hours childcare entitlement please visit :https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/family-information-service/choosing-childcare-for-children-and-young-people/paying-for-childcare/30-hours-free-childcare-for-working-parents

  • 30 Hours Childcare: for more information about 30 hours child care and how to apply for your code.

Darley Dene Primary School