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Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre


A child may be allocated a place through the nursery school's admissions policy (which is set by Surrey County Council).

Admission to the 2-3s Nursery

The sessions are 8.45am to 11.45am Monday to Friday with the option of a hot lunch, from 11.45am to 12.30pm. Children are normally expected to attend a minimum of three sessions per week.

For two year olds the fees are as follows:
8.45am to 11.45am - £25.00
8.45am to 12.30pm (including hot lunch) - £31.50

In the term after the child's third birthday*:
8.45am to 11.45am - no fee 
11.45am to 12.30pm (including hot lunch) - £8.50

* Children born after 31st March are not eligible for a free place until the September after they are 3.

Admissions to the 3-5s Nursery

Children are allocated either a morning (8.45am to 11.45am) or afternoon (12.30pm to 3.30pm) place. There are also a limited number of places for disadvantaged children to attend for 30 hour per week which are funded - these are according to the Local Authority criteria.

Sessions are free and children must attend five sessions per week Monday to Friday. Any hours over and above these sessions are charged at a fee and are subject to availability.

Hours can be extended as follows on a regular basis, (fees from Sept 2017, reviewed annually):

  • Breakfast Club runs from 8am - 8.45am - £5 per day.
  • From 11.45am to 12.30pm to include a hot lunch on any day of the week - £8.50 per day
  • To include the other session i.e. 11.45am to 3.30pm for a child with a morning place or 8.45am to 12.30pm for a child with an afternoon place - £27.00 per day

From September 2017, the Government are introducing new entitlement totalling 30 hours for working families (15 hours free entitlement plus 15 hours additional entitlement). This is not available to everyone.  Parents need to be working a minimum of 16 hours per week, equivalent to the national living wage up to a maximum of £100,000 per year.  In a couple both parents must be working/in a single parent household, the single parent must be working. 

Everyone will be offered their first 15 hours over 5 mornings or 5 afternoons as detailed above.  If you are offered one of our places for the additional entitlement, it will be made clear which session this applies to, either over the 5 mornings or 5 afternoons. This is because families may find they are no longer eligible for the additional hours during the year and therefore, will need to revert back to their 15 hour free entitlement session.  Our school day is 6 hours and 45 minutes, therefore the additional 45 minutes per day can be purchased at an additional cost.


Please note, applications do not work on a 'first come first served basis'. All applications will close in January prior to the September start date and be considered by the Admissions Panel of the Governing Body.

Please contact the centre for an application form if you wish to put your child's name on our waiting list. We strongly recommend that you telephone us to arrange to come and see the nursery as well.


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