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Claygate Acorns Nursery

The Governing Body at Claygate Primary School is in the final consultation phase of opening a nursery in September. 

We are proposing a quality school nursery that would be open in line with normal school weeks and would offer wraparound care. 

The nursery would like to offer places to children eligible to start school the following academic year, however we are keen to assess demand for 2, 3 and 4 year olds as part of this process and to inform our final offer.

We would like to gather information from parents who would be interested in their child/children attending in  September 2021. 

Please email direct to with your contact details and information about your child and your preferred requirements for nursery provision. 

We would like to hear from you by Monday 15 March.

Registering your interest is not binding but will enable us to contact you directly to provide you with updates and to inform you of the application process.


Why are we proposing to lower the entry age of the children joining our school?

Supporting the government’s policy on providing 15 and 30 hours Funded Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds in schools we propose for our school to open a nursery and provide a secure, stimulating, quality nursery provision. It is proposed that we would offer both full-time (30 hours) and part-time (15 hour) places for 3 and 4 year olds from 1 September 2021 with a maximum of 24 children per session and with an option for an extended day.  The school currently has an extended day starting at 7.30am until 6pm.

Why are we consulting now?

Changes to the DFE/Ofsted regulations enabling schools to include provision for 3 and 4 year olds will ensure that the nursery provision is included on the schools inspection process. 

Will the proposal have any impact on the school’s admission arrangements?

Currently we offer 60 reception places each year for local children.  The current capacity of the school is 420 and it is proposed that this will not change. Please note there is no automatic right for nursery aged children to gain a reception place at the school.  Parents of nursery aged children would need to apply in the normal way for admission to the primary school.

Do the governors and staff support the proposal?

The governing body and staff support the proposal as they believe the school community would benefit lowering the entry age of pupils to include a nursery.

Will there be extra traffic and how will you reduce the impact of this?

It is possible that there may be a small increase in traffic at the start and end of the school day.  However, we believe that many of the pupils will already have siblings in the school and therefore be travelling together. There will be some additional traffic for dropping off and picking up in the transition between morning and afternoon sessions.

What are the next stages in the process?

Responses will be received throughout the consultation period which ends at midnight on 21 January 2021. These will be analysed and the school will publish the outcome on its website.