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Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre

Dorking Nursery School and Children’s Centre is located on two sites, one in the town centre of Dorking, on West Street and the other on Goodwyns Road.

In August 2007, our long established and highly successful maintained nursery school was designated as a sure start children’s centre and renamed as Dorking Nursery School and Children’s Centre. In January 2010, a new building, in Goodwyns Road became part of the Children’s Centre and in April 2011 the two areas became one Children’s Centre.

Dorking Nursery School (Local Authority maintained) has an excellent reputation for providing high quality education and care for a total of 70 children and has specialist provision (special needs support centre and pre-school speech language and communication centre) for 18 children. The 2-3s nursery (non-maintained) has adopted the same principles and ethos, catering for a maximum of 24 children in any session. These are both based on the West Street site.

The Children’s Centre is based across both sites and provides a wide range of activities, services, information and advice, including outreach and home visiting.  


Find out more about our governing body and the roles and responsibilities of the team.

Fundraising - Friends of Dorking Nursery (FOND)

FOND is a registered charity whose aim is to raise funds to support Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre.

Early Years Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum is broken down into 7 key areas, these are what the children learn. There are also Characteristics of Effective Learning (CEL) which looks at how they learn.


Please take a look at our policies for Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre.

Job Vacancies

Job vacancies at Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre will be advertised here.

British Values

The teaching of British Values is an integral part of our ethos and values at Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre where all members of our community are respected, valued and given space t


Dorking Nursery School and Children’s Centre is currently inspected under 2 different inspection frameworks. 


Nursery school places are allocated in accordance with the Nursery School's Admissions Policy which is set by Surrey County Council.

Thanks so much for the training today it was brilliant - pitched really well, engaging, inspiring and given me lots of tools. You're a brilliant presenter and managed the whole day fantastically ('New to Early Years', Donna Harwood-Duffy)