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Our Nursery

Our nursery provision runs from 07:30 to 06:00, Monday to Friday through our joint venture with specialist nursery providers, Noah’s Ark.  

Breakfast Club and Teacher-led sessions are run by The Lea every morning.  Afternoon sessions and after school club are run by Noah’s Ark. This perfect partnership allows a seamless, full day of wraparound care, ideal for working parents.   

Noah’s Ark was rated as outstanding by Ofsted in October 2022.

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Our offer

  • The Lea teacher-led Nursery via a dedicated team of experienced teachers who go above and beyond to create learning opportunities without limits (08:45 – 12:30)
  • Full wraparound cover on site at The Lea Primary School and Nursery from 07.30 – 18:00, Monday to Friday during school term time in partnership with private providers Noah’s Ark
  • We would recommend your child attends The Lea Nursery for 5 mornings a week however we offer flexible hours and wrap around care and will work alongside you to fit in with your needs and requirements. 
  • Funded childcare – 15/30 free hours eligible. Please check your eligibility for 30 hours at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
  • Being part of a small school which nurtures and values each individual, and provides links with Reception and the wider primary school ensuring a seamless transition to Reception and school
  • Large outdoor spaces including dedicated all-weather Nursery/Reception outdoor space
  • Ofsted registered – the Noah’s Ark provision was rated as OUTSTANDING in October 2022
  • Children may start in the term after their 3rd birthday.

Nursery Curriculum

 In Nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Children at The Lea Nursery learn through play and through the positive relationships and stimulating environment they are immersed in. They are encouraged to learn from their mistakes, take risks and are supported to feel confident to do this within our setting. We recognise that children develop quickly in the Early Years and believe a child’s experiences, early on, will have a major impact and shape their future life chances.

The children are taught through a mixture of Adult directed activities and child initiated learning opportunities and are questioned and supported by our team of dedicated staff who ensure the children are happy and excited to learn and are ready and prepared for the next stage of their development.

Our school values of kindness, respect, ambition and pride underpin everything we do.

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Nursery Fees

Fees for Nursery and wraparound cover as follows:-

Timings Provision Provider Fees
07:30 – 08:45 The Lea  The Lea 

07:30 – 08:45 £7 incl. breakfast

08:20 – 8:45 £5 excl. breakfast

08:45 - 11:45 Teacher Led  The Lea Free 15/30 eligible
11:45 - 12:30 The Lea Lunchtime The Lea

£5 daily top up /

£25 per week


N.B. This excludes the cost of a cooked lunch

12:30 - 15:20 Noah's Ark Noah's Ark Free 15/30 hour eligible or £26 top up
15:20 - 18:00 The Lea (after school) Club - TLC Noah's Ark

15:20 – 16:15 £9 incl. snack


15:20 – 17:00 £16 incl. snack and light meal


15:20 – 18:00 £24.50 incl. snack and light meal


16:15 – 17:00 £7.50


16:15 – 18:00 £16 incl. light meal

Note: full days and lunchtime slots exclude the cost of cooked school dinners.  Children in Nursery receive a free piece of fruit/veg at snack time and free school milk.  If they are staying for lunch, they can either bring a packed lunch from home or pay to have a cooked school dinner.

You will need to commit to a pattern for half a term and pay in advance, giving the office two weeks’ notice if you wish to change from one arrangement to another. You can top up your afternoon nursery hours with Noah’s Ark at any time.

Nursery Tours 

The Lea is a small, nurturing and inclusive one-form entry school in Harpenden. Our school’s vision is to be at the forefront of high-quality education. 

Nursery tours take place between January and February. Dates will be published here nearer the time. 

If you are considering an in-year admission and would like to look around the school please contact the school office.

Nursery Admission

Please see our Admissions page for details on how to apply for a Nursery place including the link to our online booking form.

To register with Noah’s Ark for use of any of the wraparound care options please contact them directly to arrange this by using this form.