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Volunteering, students and work experience

Work Experience

  • We welcome local students to undertake their work experience at Dorking Nursery School.
  • We can offer students an insight into what working in an early years setting is all about.
  • Students will be working alongside experienced and qualified early years teachers and practitioners and fully supported throughout the day. 
  • Students who are interested, are invited to contact the office to arrange a time for an informal interview and visit with the Headteacher.  
  • We tend to prioritise students who are attending local secondary schools, The Ashcombe and The Priory.


  • We host students who are studying at local colleges and need placements as part of their training.
  • We work with local colleges, such as Reigate College, East Surrey College and Collyer's College. 
  • We can offer students the experience working alongside qualified early years teachers and practitioners and fully supported throughout the day.
  • We can offer expert mentoring in an outstanding setting. 


  • There are a variety of volunteering opportunities at Dorking Nursery School, from working with the children, grounds maintenance, being a Governor and Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to explore volunteering opportunities and can commit to a regular time to work with us.


DfE 'Do something big' campaign has more information about careers and development pathways in Early Years - visit to find out more


Dorking Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, families and carers, and expects all parents, carers, staff and users to share this commitment. All students and volunteers will be subject to appropriate safeguarding checks and risk assessments prior to the commencement of any agreement.