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Nursery Admission

At Mission Grove Nursery we are committed to providing an inclusive, warm, friendly, and nurturing environment, in which each child is encouraged to reach their full potential through praise, sensitive interactions, and mutual respect.

We encourage children to learn through play, with a balance of free choice and daily adult-led activities.

All children have the opportunity to play outdoors in our garden as many times as possible throughout the day.

We aim to form a strong working partnership with parents/carers, so that information regarding your child’s - developmental, social, or health-related - can be exchanged easily and comfortably by parents/carers and staff. Each family has a named key person.

On starting nursery, there is a settling-in period. The length of this period is flexible but at the start of settling-in, your child will do shorter hours with the parent/carer present or nearby part of the time. As your child settles in, a gradual transition is made to doing the full complement of hours without the parent/carer present.  You are welcome to stay with your child, for a period of time, to settle them into their day; perhaps sharing a book with them, or playing alongside them at an activity of their choice. Each child is unique and we work with families to ensure that the settling process is as pleasant as possible for everyone.

Please complete our application form and submit it to our school office.   Our Nursery Teachers will contact you within a few days via email to either arrange a visit to our setting or if we do not have any spaces available to put your child on our waiting list.  We will then contact you as soon as a place becomes available.

Fees and hours

Children aged 3 and 4 are eligible for the Free Early Learning entitlement. This is a government entitlement which allows us to offer each eligible child 15 or 30 hours of free childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year. Other entitlements may be available depending on your circumstances: see for more information.

15 hours – free and available to all

Our South Site times are 8:30am for morning children and 12:30pm for afternoon children, through the entrance on Netley Road. A member of staff will be there to greet you. Please ensure you are on time to collect your child from the provision at 11:30am for morning children and 3:30pm for afternoon children.

Our North Site hours are 8:45am for morning children and 12:45pm for afternoon children. and collection is 11:45am for morning children and 3:45pm for our afternoon children.

Your child is expected to attend daily. If your child is ill, please ring the front office to let us know. 

30 hours (9am – 3pm) – This additional entitlement is available to families where both parents work more than 16 hours a week, or the single parent in a single parent family works more than 16 hours a week. Check if you are eligible for a free 30 hr place.

Additional hours can be purchased from £5:50 per hour.

We hope that you will find all the information you need on our website and prospectus. If you have any further queries the Early Years Staff in the school are always happy to help.