There has been a nursery  at Castle Newnham, South site, for over 25 years and it has been designed to give all our nursery children the best start. The nursery caters for children from the age of 3 years to 4 years. Please click here to download a copy of the Nursery Information Booklet.

From September 2023 only, we shall be offering families 30 hours free funding. If you have a 30 hour code you can use this by splitting your childcare across 2 childcare settings if you wish.


We are no longer taking any new applications for places in the nursery for September 2022, the process is now closed. If you would like to apply for a place in the nursery for September 2023, please complete an application form and return it to the school office by Friday 10th February 2023. To download a copy of the nursery application form and terms and conditions, please click here. A hard copy is also available from the school office on the South site.


We believe that every child is individual and special, and that all children are to be cherished and valued. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, a copy of which can be viewed by clicking on the image below:-

You can also access a parents guide to your child’s learning and development by clicking on the image below:-

Please click here to view the Nursery Curriculum Map.

Nursery times

  • Morning Session: 08:45 – 12:00
  • Afternoon Session: 12:30 – 15:30
  • All day session: 08:45 – 15:30


Children who are booked in all day can have a hot dinner (currently £2.45 per day), cooked on site by our own in-house catering team.  Please check the school website for sample menus.  Some children prefer to bring a packed lunch and we cordially ask that you do not pack any nuts or nut products as some of our children have severe nut allergies. An additional £2 charge will apply to all children who stay all day. This is to cover lunchtime supervision costs and is not part of the free funding for childcare.

Dressing for Nursery

It’s really helpful if the children can dress and undress independently; take off cardigans, jumpers, shoes and socks for PE (Monday am, Wednesday pm and Thursday pm)

Each child shares a named peg for a SMALL named bag of spare clothing (pants, socks, joggers / leggings, T shirt)

Toilet training….. we expect your child to be toilet trained. Of course some children will have the odd accident, but please encourage your child to use the toilet independently.

Absences, illness, medicines etc

Sick, unwell, tummy upset…..please do not bring your child to nursery for 48 hours.

Let us know if your child will be absent, either by contacting the school office on 01234 300800 or by emailing Mrs McCarthy, Nursery Teacher, [email protected]

Please make us aware about ongoing medical conditions by giving detailed information when completing the Nursery admissions form.

Please complete an ‘administering form’ available from the school office if your child needs uses an inhaler or has an epipen.  These will then be kept in the Nursery.

If your child has any food allergies, intolerance’s or religious reasons for not eating certain foods please give details on the Nursery admissions form.

Nursery access and security

The Nursery can be accessed before 8.45 am and at 3.20 pm using both the pedestrian entrance on Goldington Road and the double gates on York Street. Children can be dropped off at 8.45am.

If you are collecting your child at 12.00 pm or dropping off at 12.30 pm you will only be able to enter using the York Street double gates.

There is no parking on the school premises and please be aware of the parking restrictions on the roads around the school. We ask that you please park courteously for the sake of our neighbours.