When should you apply for a nursery school place?

Finding a nursery that offers a friendly, academic and nurturing environment for your child can be a difficult task, which is why deciding on the perfect school can be a tough decision.

There are some important factors to consider to ensure that your child is given the best experiences and opportunities for learning, setting them up for success in their future.

Nursery schools are designed to ease young children into education by offering a caring and warm environment, which supports young learners and provides a platform for them to develop. It’s all about learning through adult-led and open ended play activities, allowing children to choose their own route for learning and develop at their own pace. This is as well as introducing subjects such as Maths and English.  



What can you expect from nursery?

At Clifton Lodge School, children join us from the age of 3 years, and have dedicated, caring and committed staff on hand to guide them through their early years learning in a safe and homely classroom environment. We believe that small class sizes enable individual and personalised learning. Play based tasks are clearly differentiated, with each child taught at the appropriate level for their ability.

Pupils are introduced to learning through English and Mathematics, with a focus on reading through synthetic phonics. We also introduce children to ICT, P.E. Music and languages with specialist teachers through songs, fun activities and rhymes. There are also plenty of activities outside of the classroom, to ensure that all children thrive and develop their creative, young brains.


Arrange a visit with your chosen nursery

It’s important to take the time to arrange a visit to your chosen nursery school. This will allow you to make a more informed decision and get a feel for the day to day running of the nursery and how your child will settle in.

Before your visit, make a note of all the things that are most important to you, such as any questions you have come across whilst doing your research. Feel free to chat with teachers or the administration team on the day, at Clifton Lodge School we are happy to answer any questions you may have. It’s also important to bring your little one along with you to have a look around the nursery too; after all, it will be them who are starting their educational journey there.


When to start your application?

The process of starting your child’s nursery application should begin well ahead of their third birthday, allowing you plenty of time for you to arrange visits and prepare your application.  

Some nurseries have a longer waiting list than others, so an early application may secure a place at your desired school. The more time you allow for research, the more time you’ll have to look around different settings and find the best option.

When you find the nursery that fits your needs and requirements, you will need to secure your child’s place. Nursery admission processes can vary widely between schools and age groups, so it’s best to ask your chosen school as soon as possible.

At Clifton Lodge School children join from the age of 3 years. Visit our admissions page to see our step by step process – we also have a dedicated Admissions Registrar to support and guide you through every step. And to help you settle in, we invite our new nursery children and their parents to an activity morning each term, from the time you register an expressions of interest, as well as an induction afternoon during the summer term before joining the school.

Deciding on the perfect school for your child can be a difficult decision to make. At Clifton Lodge School we understand this, and for this reason, we are committed to providing prospective parents and pupils with as much information as possible about our school and facilities. If you are looking to visit Clifton Lodge School to see our fantastic private nursery facilities then we hold private tours every week. To arrange a tour of our nursery please contact us or visit the Open Days page.  

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