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Next week is half term we are back on Monday 3rd June. School clubs will be running from the first week back.

Nursery Admissions

We take children into our nursery the term after their 3rd birthday and have up to 3 intakes each year (September, January and April).  


We contact parents in the half term before they are due to start to discuss admission arrangements.  Details of what we offer are below.  


15 Hours' Entitlement


The funded early hours’ entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds is 15 hours per week.  12½ hours are provided during normal morning (8.55am-11.25am) or afternoon (12.50pm to 3.25pm) nursery sessions.  


Each child will then be entitled to an additional 2½ hours of provision in addition to their existing 5 morning or afternoon sessions. The following options are available:


Option 1 – three sessions at Breakfast Club (3 hours) - This option is only available to children attending morning nursery.  Children extend their session from 7.45am to 11.25am, 3 days per week, and would attend the breakfast club already running on site.  Childcare provision and food is included.  


Option 2 – two sessions at Lunch Club (3 hours) - This option is available to all children.  Morning children would extend their session from 8.55am to 1pm, 2 fixed days per week.  Afternoon children would extend their session from 11.30am to 3.25pm, 2 fixed days per week.  These extra sessions would be provided at our existing on-site lunch club.  Childcare provision is included.  However, the funding does not cover the cost of lunch and therefore you will need to either provide a packed lunch or purchase a school meal (currently £2.55 per day payable in advance electronically via ParentPay).

30 hours entitlement

We offer 30 hours' entitlement to eligible families.  Please see this link for eligibility. Below is a breakdown of what we offer under the 30 hours entitlement:


The times will be:

7.45am – 8.50am 

Breakfast club ( both care and food are included in your 30 hours)


8.50am -11.25am

Morning nursery session


11.30 – 1.00pm

Lunch time (This is NOT included in the 30 hours provision).

12.50pm – 3.25pm

Afternoon nursery session.


11.30 – 1.00pm Lunch time (This is NOT included in the 30 hours provision). There are two options as follows:


Option 1:      You can arrange to have your child collected and brought back for the afternoon     



Option 2:      Your child can stay at school for lunch at a cost of £2.50 per day for 1.5 hours

                     childcare charged in advance for each half term.  They can either bring a packed

                     lunch or pay for a school meal (currently £2.95 per day).


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


When can my child start nursery?  Your child is eligible for a nursery place from the school term after their third birthday.


Birthday between

Earliest Your Child can Start Nursery (F1)


01 April – 31 Aug

September following their 3rd Birthday


01 Sep– 31 Dec

January following their 3rd Birthday


01 Jan – 31 Mar

April following their 3rd Birthday




The school year starts at the end of August or beginning of September and finishes the following July. This makes the term starting in April the last intake of that school year.  If your child is due to start in April you may find that the places are filled by children starting in September and January.   If this is the case you will be considered for the following September entry and there is no need to reapply.


How soon can I register my interest for a place? Applications are NOT based on the amount of time your child has been on a waiting list, the admission criteria is outlined on the back of the Nursery Registration form.


What is my Catchment area? Your catchment school is not necessarily your nearest school.  To check your catchment area visit Nottinghamshire County Council’s website and use their “find my nearest" search - type in your postcode and select your house number.  The address is http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/findmynearest


When will I know if my child has a place? The School will contact you at the end of the term prior to your child being eligible for a place. 


Can my child start nursery at an earlier age? - Arnold Mill Primary and Nursery only offer places to children aged 3 and over.


How big is the Nursery? The unit has 50 places (25 morning/25 afternoon). 


Is the Nursery open 52 weeks of the year?  No, the unit is only open during school term time.


Can I visit to view the Nursery before I decide to apply for a place? We are happy to show prospective parents around and answer their questions.  This is done strictly by appointment, please contact the school office to book one of our look around sessions. 


If my child attends Nursery at Arnold Mill will they then go to school at Arnold Mill Primary? Attending our Nursery does NOT guarantee your child a school place at Arnold Mill Primary.  If your child lives in Nottinghamshire you must apply for a school place through Nottinghamshire County Council as they manage the admissions process.  


For current/more information about school admissions please see the County Council’s website http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/when-to-apply  or telephone the School Admissions team on  0300 500 80 80 – OPTION 2, OPTION 1.





Our Foundation Unit consists of

an F1 classroom (Nursery) and two F2 classrooms (Reception Year)


for a virtual tour of the school visit our website


Also on our website you will see some information which we hope you will find useful

when making the decision about which Nursery to choose for your child.