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Early Years Practitioners

We offer a range of high quality courses for early years' professionals.

Our one-day courses are aimed at all practitioners in Early Years settings, including teachers and support staff. The day normally includes a buffet sandwich lunch (unless otherwise stated), refreshments throughout the day and a tour of Dorking Nursery School (if staffing/circumstances on the day permits).

We also regularly run Makaton training as well as offering early years practitioners an opportunity to visit our Nursery on our Visitors' Mornings.

Regarding Covid, we constantly re-assess the situation and follow guidance issued by the Government at the time.  In the meantime we have made a few adaptations, but the format of the day is generally the same with a few 'tweaks'.  The format is as follows and we will update this if further guidance is issued:

  • Maximum of 16 attendees instead of 20 to reduce numbers in the training room;
  • Current government guidance will be followed regarding the wearing of face coverings;
  • A buffet sandwich lunch will be provided (unless otherwise stated) along with refreshments throughout the day;
  • There is no parking on site for attendees - please see separate info re local parking on our 'Contact us' page.

Booking via website booking form only.

We have been working in partnership with Early Excellence since 2018 and are delighted to be recognised again for 2023/24, to host events and share good practice in our area. Early Excellence are a highly regarded organisation that promote inspirational learning, offering School Improvement & Bespoke Consultancy as well as educational resource solutions focused on early primary EYFS & KS1.

Since June 2017, Dorking Nursery School and Family Centre has been designated as a National Support School and our Headteacher, Donna Harwood-Duffy is a National Leader of Education.  A range of support, training and CPD for schools and settings can be purchased by contacting us directly.  

More information about National Leaders of Education can be found on the DFE Website and Surrey Primary Purpose Website.


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Dorking Nursery School
West Street
01306 882397

Excellent inspirational course. Stella really makes you think and I’ve come away bursting with ideas and knowledge of schemas to share with others and inform my planning.