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Kender Primary School Nursery

Our most recent Ofsted inspection says of our outstanding provision that “children in the Nursery and Reception experience an excellent start to their education. The rich learning environment and sharp focus on developing their literacy and number skills help them to make rapid progress.“

We believe very strongly that young children learn best by playing and by following their own passions and interests. We support the children's learning by ensuring our curriculum is rich and varied and provides challenges that stimulate their interest and follow their passions, particularly outside in our lovely, large garden.

Our nursery focuses on developing confident and independent children who are able to make informed choices and decisions for themselves, whilst developing a caring and considerate attitude towards other people and their environment.  We believe that the consistency provided by regular sessions and routines, a familiar and consistent peer group and staff team, are significant factors in developing these life skills.

In Nursery, the staff focus on the prime areas of the early years curriculum; developing the children’s communication and language, personal and social skills and physical skills through daily interactions during free-flow time and through specific carpet sessions. We strongly believe in the importance of focussing on these skills to enable children to access the specific areas of the curriculum (Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design).

Kender Nursery is a large nursery led by Rowan Smith. In the classroom there are two Early Years Teachers (job sharing) supported by two Early Years Practitioners, one Inclusion Learning Support Assistant and two Early Years Practitioner apprentices

Application and Nursery places:

Children can start at our nursery from 3 years of age.   Application forms for children who have turned two can be obtained from the school office or downloaded online using the link below. Proof of address and a copy of your child's birth certificate will need to be provided.  Places in our Nursery are allocated using the Lewisham School Admissions criteria.

We offer part time places of 15 hours per week, 3 hours a day in the morning or afternoon. These are either 8:40 - 11:40 or 12:30 - 3:30. We try and offer as flexible an offer as possible to fit with your circumstances and are happy to discuss individual requirements.

We also offer full time places for parents who qualify for 30hours free childcare.  Information regarding the criteria for eligibility can be found here:

As our school days are slightly longer than most schools, we charge a top-up to cover the extra hours of £30 per week.  Parents of fulltime children will also need to provide packed lunches.