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Welcome to Dorking Nursery School and Mole Valley Family Centre!

Consistently rated ʻOutstandingʼ we are the only maintained nursery school in Dorking for children aged 2-5 years and have been at the heart of the Dorking community since 1939. Our Family Centre is located at Goodwyns Road and provides targetted support to families who need it most. We offer support and advice as well as activities and courses.
We embrace every child's individual needs and our diversity makes us unique.  All our children benefit from exceptional, specially trained teachers and supportive experienced early years staff.  
Our focus on education and learning creates an environment where every child and family can achieve their potential.  We help every child to flourish and blossom giving them the best start in life.
Dorking is fortunate to have of Surrey's four maintained nursery schools in the heart of the town. As a early education provider, it differs from the rest of the sector as it is legally constituted as a school, benefitting from a Headteacher who is a qualified teacher and early years specialist, a governing body, delegated budget and other members of staff who are qualified teachers and early years practitioners.  
Read our September 2016 inspection findings to find out more or explore our website.  Alternatively, we welcome visitors, please contact us to arrange a visit.
In September 2018, we entered into a new and exciting partnership with Chertsey Nursery School , providing leadership and governance support.  To find out more about how we work with Chertsey, click here.  
Quite simply, we are Dorking.

Donna Harwood-Duffy

Executive Headteacher


Dorking Nursery School and Mole Valley Family Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, families and carers, and expects all parents, carers, staff and users to share this commitment.   

To view our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, click here.


​Paper copies of any documents on the website can be obtained by contacting the office. 


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Our Nursery

The Dorking Nursery caters for children aged 2 to 5

2-3s Nursery

We plan a happy, nurturing, secure environment where children can grow in confidence and develop their learning through play experiences that are meaningful to them.

3-5s Nursery

The 3-5s nursery is an exciting and carefully planned learning environment where we provide a balance of child-initiated and adult-initiated activities.

Term Dates

There are no upcoming events at the present time.


Monday to Friday

8:45am - 11:45am
11:45am - 12:30pm
12:30pm - 3:30pm
3-5s only
8:45am - 1:45pm
3-5s only

Mole Valley Family Centre

We provide high quality services and activities for parents, carers and children.

Mole Valley Family Centre

*Due to the on-going situation with COVID-19, we are having to limit numbers in our groups.

Health Services

Courses for Parents and Carers

Do you want to find out more about how to enhance your child's development and learning? If so, we have a range of courses covering every age and stage of your child's early life.

Early Years Training

We offer a range of high quality courses for early years' professionals

What's On

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Course Booking Form

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Contact Us

Dorking Nursery School
West Street
01306 882397


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We have mainly attended the centre for kickers and crawlers. Staff are great at providing new and exciting sensory experiences for the babies to enjoy and my daughter absolutely adore them!