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Our Nursery

The Lea Nursery is a 26 place nursery that is part of The Lea Primary School.

Our Nursery is a safe and exciting place for children to learn.  Our aim is to provide children with a positive and happy early start to their education and make their time here as joyful and successful as possible.

Children can start our Nursery in the term after their third birthday.  We offer flexible hours Monday to Friday during school time.  Children are entitled to 15 free hours a week (working families may be entitled to 30 hours a week free provision) – information on this entitlement is available at

The Lea Primary School and Nursery has teamed up with specialist private Nursery, Noah’s Ark, to enable us to provide an affordable, teacher-led Nursery with full wraparound cover during school terms on site from 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

To make the most of being part of a teacher-led school setting we recommend attending our Nursery 5 mornings a week from 8h45 to 11h45 and then using Noah’s Ark for any top up requirements you may need, but we will try to accommodate other day/time combinations provided space available.

Nursery and School Integration

Our Nursery shares an Early Years dedicated playground with Reception.  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 and a great range of interactive play equipment.

Our playground area is getting an exciting makeover during the summer holidays – watch this space for more information!

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

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Nursery is at the start of the Early Years Foundation Stage where learning is carefully planned and structured, with an emphasis on activities that are fun and motivating for each child.  The EYFS curriculum supports children’s learning through planned and spontaneous play in a warm and friendly environment.

Our Nursery is well equipped, and the staff work tirelessly to enhance learning experiences for the children. Drawing on their observations of the children’s interests and fascinations, they sensitively extend learning and plan for the next steps so that children have every opportunity to make excellent progress. We offer a varied, balanced and rich curriculum which enables children to develop the skills they need for life-long learning and achievement.  Please refer to our Curriculum page for details of the EYFS curriculum.

The classroom is mostly open plan with areas for reading, writing, role play, construction, music, maths, investigation, ICT and creativity.  The children also have access to IT equipment, musical instruments, the school’s library and outdoor classroom.


Fees for Nursery and wraparound cover as follows:-

Timings Provision Provider Fee
07h30 – 08h45 Noah’s Ark Breakfast club Noah’s Ark 07h30 – 8h45 £7 incl. breakfast
08h00 – 8h45 £5 incl. breakfast
08h45 – 11h45 The Lea (teacher-led Nursery) The Lea Free 15/30 hour eligible
11h45 – 12h30 The Lea Lunchtime The Lea £5 top up*
12h30 – 15h30 Noah’s Ark Nursery Noah’s Ark Free 15/30 hour eligible or £22.50 top up
15h30 – 18h00 Noah’s Ark after school care Noahs Ark 15h30 – 17h00 £14 incl. snack and light meal
15h30 – 18h00 £21.50 incl. snack and 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 nutritious cooked school dinner.  Children eligible for 30 hours free childcare are exempt from paying the lunchtime top up fee.

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.

We offer

  • School Awards 2019 - Nursery of the Year finalistThe Lea teacher-led Nursery via a dedicated team of experienced teachers who go above and beyond to create learning opportunities without limits (8:45 – 12:30)
  • Full wraparound cover on site at The Lea Primary School and Nursery from 7.30am – 6pm, from Monday to Friday during school term time in partnership with private providers Noah’s Ark
  • Flexible nursery hours
  • Funded childcare – 15/30 free hours eligible
  • 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

We would love to show you around our beautiful Nursery and meet our wonderful team.  If you would like to book a visit or if you have any further questions please contact our school office, and staff will be pleased to help you.

To Reserve your Place

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click this link for answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

The Lea Primary School and Nursery always puts the children’s and pupils’ needs and welfare first.”  OFSTED 2018