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Nursery School

Dorking Nursery School was originally founded in 1939 and has long been at the heart of family life in Dorking. We have two nurseries, catering for children from age 2 to 5. We have always excelled at Early Years education, which has been recognised by Ofsted. Our school been rated as Outstanding. 

Our 3-5s nursery has up to 70 places, as well as provision for up to 12 children per session with complex needs. The 2-3s nursery has approximately 30 places. Our school is open term time only. We value the whole child and endeavour to work in partnership with families to empower each individual to reach their personal and learning potential.

Our nursery is located on our West Street site in the town centre.

About our Nursery

The Dorking Nursery School caters for children aged 2 to 5

Nursery School: General Info

We offer a rich indoor and outdoor environment within which we encourage the children’s enjoyment of learning and their desire to investigate and question, whilst ensuring the safeguarding an

2-3s Nursery

We plan a happy, nurturing, secure environment where children can grow in confidence and develop their learning through play experiences that are meaningful to them.

3-5s Nursery

The 3-5s nursery is an exciting and carefully planned learning environment where we provide a balance of child-initiated and adult-initiated activities.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

We are fully committed to the inclusion of all children and believe that this is beneficial to both the mainstream children and those with special needs that they play and learn together.

Nursery News and Events

All the latest News and Events from the Nursery

More about our Nursery

Find out more about what we learn at Dorking Nursery School


Nursery school places are allocated in accordance with the Nursery School's Admissions Policy which is set by Surrey County Council.

Early Years Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum is broken down into 7 key areas, these are what the children learn. There are also Characteristics of Effective Learning (CEL) which looks at how they learn.

Forest School

At Dorking Nursery School and Children’s Centre we have a piece of land which we have transformed into a woodland area where children can play and learn in natural surroundings.

Woodland Adventure

All Children in the 2-3s Nursery have the opportunity to participate in a Woodland Adventure...

We were very worried about our son before starting DNS regarding his future. We are much more confident and hopeful now. Thanks to the team for all the help to support throughout.


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