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Are you looking for a Nursery place for September 2023?

The Lea Primary and Nursery 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.

If you missed our Open Mornings, but would still like a tour of the school please call the office on 01582 767 939 – we would love to meet you!

We are now receiving applications for our nursery 2023 intake (anyone who turns 3 before September 2023).  To apply for a place please visit the Nursery admissions page

At The Lea Nursery, we have created a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment.  Children are supported to explore and develop though planned learning opportunities and activities that engage and inspire them both inside and outside the classroom.

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We offer;

  • Teacher led nursery
  • Full wraparound cover from 7.30am – 6pm term time
  • 26 nursery places with 15 free hours a week, comprising three full days or 5 half days
  • 30 hours funded childcare for all eligible families
  • Flexible nursery hours
  • If your child turns three between September and December 2023, they are entitled to a place at the Nursery from January 2024.

Wraparound Care

We offer parents wraparound provision from 7.30am – 6pm during term time in collaboration with outstanding specialist nursery, Noah’s Ark. The Lea offers every morning and Noah’s Ark provide afternoon sessions, as well as breakfast and after school clubs.  Find out more about a typical day at our nursery.

Learning Through Play

Our staff work tirelessly to ensure that learning supports children’s development through both planned and spontaneous play.  Activities are fun and motivating for the children and are designed to provide a positive and happy start to their education.

Giving You Peace of Mind

Your child’s journey at The Lea Nursery begins with a comprehensive settling in process, completely tailored to the individual child, giving you peace of mind.  Being a teacher-led nursery and part of the Primary school helps to ensure a smooth transition for your child into their Reception year.

Our Facilities

Our Nursery is well equipped, with plenty of indoor facilities featuring areas for reading, writing, role play, construction, music, maths, investigation, ICT and creativity. The outdoor learning environment includes a large canopy area which enables children to play outside in all weathers, a climbing frame, mud kitchen, play sheds, race track and a great range of interactive play equipment.

Seamless Transition to ‘Big School’

Our children have regular opportunities to visit and work with the rest of the school.  Wherever possible we participate in assemblies and other whole school activities which ensure a smooth transition to full-time education in our Reception class.

Virtual Open Mornings

Click on the video below to see our nursery virtually.  Call the school on 01582 767 939 if you would like to book a tour.

About the Lea Primary School & Nursery

The Lea Primary School and Nursery 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. Varied extra-curricular activities cover a multitude of sports, dance and musical theatre.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Lea.


“The Lea is a truly wonderful place, where all staff value, nurture and celebrate the talents and interests of all its pupils.  It has a wonderful feeling of community and togetherness. It’s the little things they do so well that make it such a fantastic place and why children love learning so much”.  Parent View, Ofsted 2018

“As headteacher at The Lea, I am incredibly excited about what the future holds for your children and welcome you to the school to find out more.”  James Berry, Headteacher