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The Early Years (Nursery and Reception)


Nursery Admissions Process

Kent College is delighted to now offer places in the Nursery class to girls and boys who can join in the term of their third birthday. Girls and boys joining in September need to attend a minimum of three sessions (one session = either morning or afternoon attendance) a week, but have the opportunity of signing up for as many sessions as they wish. For some this may mean that they attend full-time. In addition, nursery girls and boys can attend Breakfast Club and After School Care. Generally, new pupils join the Nursery Class in September but we are happy to admit them throughout the year in the term that they turn three. 

All children in the term following their third birthday are eligible to receive a maximum of 15 hours education per week regardless of parental income. Click here for information about our pattern of delivery. Those parents who wish to access only 15 hours free Early Years Education will be offered 5 sessions from 10.15am to 1.15pm, subject to availability , until their child reaches compulsory school age.  If you wish for your son or daughter to attend more than 15 hours a week, Kent College offers a flexible balance of full days and morning sessions to suit. The School reserves the right to withdraw from the scheme at any time and will endeavour to give one term’s notice of our intention. By the time your son or daughter joins the Reception class they will be expected to attend full time.    

The Early Years, an introduction

Our main intakes to the school are in the Nursery and Reception classes, which comprise the Early Years Department. They have their own wing of the School with light, colourful, stimulating and well-resourced classrooms and spacious outdoor facilities for play and learning. 

It is widely accepted that children learn more in the early years than at any other time in their life. Therefore you need to be secure in the knowledge that your daughter or son will enjoy their first experience of school and that they will be safe, happy, valued and stimulated. This is our aim in the Nursery and Reception classes, which together form the Early Years Department.

We set out to achieve this by combining play and enjoyment with a carefully structured approach to learning. We follow the national Foundation Stage Curriculum which is organised around the seven areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Within each of these areas there are a number of development matters and learning goals. For each child the class teacher is required to compile a 'Foundation Stage Profile' which shows how they are doing in each of the seven areas in relation to the learning goals. There are no tests involved, just observation, and this type of feedback is extremely informative and useful for parents.

The learning goals establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the Reception year, and in many cases our pupils have exceeded these expectations and will be working at the lower stages of Key Stage One of the National Curriculum. A detailed guide about the curriculum will be given to you prior to your daughter or son joining the School and copies are available upon request.

Our Early Years pupils benefit from subject specialist teachers for dance, PE, music, drama, French and swimming. Dance is an optional extra which incurs an additional cost. Nursery pupils can do ballet and Reception pupils can do ballet and/or modern dance.

Throughout the academic year, the Early Years enjoy various trips and outings which enhance the curriculum and gives them exciting and unusual ways to develop their knowledge and skills.  The Early Years have had recent trips to Leeds Castle, Raystede Animal Sanctuary, Downingbury Farm and Sevenoaks Wildlife Centre.  Pupils also benefit from visiting guests which includes authors, artists and even some reptiles from Beaver Water World.

The Staff

Our team of qualified, experienced staff are our most important asset who will support your child in every aspect of her development; not only in her academic attainment, but also to ensure their happiness, well-being and progress. Our high staff to pupil ratio ensures each child gets plenty of individual attention and support. We also have a full-time school sister.

A unique quality of the teaching in the Early Years is the access the pupils have to specialist teachers. This means that even by the age of 3, you child benefits from the expertise of teachers who are specialists in music, drama, PE, swimming and dance. Children have access to modern computers and benefit from individual tuition in the teaching of Information Communication Technology (ICT). Both classrooms have their own computer and interactive Smart Board which the pupils in Nursery and Reception use on a daily basis.

Nursery Class Session Times and Intakes

Girls and boys can join the Nursery class in the term that they turn three. Most start with morning sessions with optional lunch, building up to full time attendance. The morning session is from 8.30am – 12.00pm excluding lunch, and 8.30am - 12.30pm including lunch. The afternoon session is from 12.3pm – 3.30pm. By the time your son or daughter joins the Reception class they will be expected to attend full time.

Part of the Community

The pupils in the Early Years Department benefit from being an integral part of the whole Prep School which ensures a smooth transition into Year One. The Early Years pupils take part in assemblies and events such as the Nativity plays, celebration assemblies and whole school events such as the Sponsored Walk which parents can join in too.  They enjoy supervised interaction with the older girls at playtimes. 

Communication with Parents

Communication between home and school is particularly important in the Early Years and parents are encouraged to play an active role in their child's progress. There are parent consultations each term and two reports per academic year.

Induction Programme

Prior to your child joining, we have a comprehensive induction programme to ensure you and your child have a smooth transition from home to school. This includes an information session for parents, an individual consultation with the class teacher, and a fun taster afternoon for your child when they have a chance to meet the other children in their class and the teachers. Our class teachers will also endeavour to visit your child at her present nursery (where applicable), to get to know them better before they joins us.


If you have any concerns regarding Early Years Foundation Stage, please contact:





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General Helpline:             0300 123 1231


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