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The Nursery at Highgate Primary School

The Nursery at Highgate Primary gives children an exceptional start to their experience of school. Set within a light, relaxed and home-like setting, our nursery provides a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment where children are able to enjoy learning, gain independence and grow in confidence. Children attend Highgate Primary Nursery in the school year in which they have their fourth birthday, therefore the majority of children will start in the September after they turn three. Children may also be admitted in the January if places are available.

Nursery Sessions & Hours

During term time, every nursery-aged child is eligible for 15 hours free childcare a week, and 30 hours free childcare a week where both parents are working. Families can select the type of nursery place they require, subject to availability. The three main options are:

Morning Places
9.00am to 12.00 noon, five days a week
15 hours per week.

Afternoon Places
12.30am to 3.30pm, five days a week
15 hours per week.

Full-time Places
9.00am to 12.00 noon and 12.30 to 3.30pm, five days a week,
30 hours per week, with the option of staying for lunch.

Extended Hours Options – lots of choice

To support families, the school provides a range of other options allowing families to extend the time children are in nursery.

Afternoon top up
If your child has a morning place, it may be possible to book an afternoon top-up place, allowing children to stay in nursery for the full day (9.00 – 3.30pm including lunch)
Cost £35/day

Stay for lunch
Families with either a morning or full time place have the option of booking a place for lunch (12.00 noon – 12.30pm)
Cost £5/day including a hot meal.

Early Birds
Children can start the school day at 8.00am by booking in to the Early Birds Breakfast Club. Here children enjoy a gentle start to the day with breakfast provided.
These sessions are led by the members of the nursery team who are with the children during the school day.
Cost £10/day

Night Owls
Children attending the afternoon session can remain at school until 6.00 pm by booking in to the Night Owls after-school provision.
These sessions are also led by the members of the nursery team who are with the children during the school day.
Cost £20/day

The school provides a very flexible arrangement for all top-up options, with the possibility of combining options so that a child could potentially be at school from 8.00am to 6.00pm.

Please note, all top-up places are subject to availability on a first come, first served basis.

Admissions & Application 

You can find out everything you need to know about our Nursery Admissions here. 


You can read more about our Nursery Curriculum here.

Feedback from parents 

“Both of our daughters have absolutely loved their time in the nursery, thriving in the free flow play set up, enjoying the array of activities offered each session, forming firm friendships with their peers and strong relationships with all members of the warm and caring nursery team.” A parent, February 2022

“My eldest daughter, who is currently in Year 3, still speaks so fondly of her time in nursery and my youngest frequently tells us she wants to stay in nursery forever!” A parent, February 2022

“We can’t recommend the Nursery at Highgate Primary enough for providing our daughters with the most exceptional start to their early years education.” A parent, February 2022

Other questions?

Please call or email the School Office if you have any questions – we’d love to hear from you.
Tel 020 8340 7023