Little Sailors - Nursery

The Nursery in Little Sailors is divided into two sections: younger children join Toppers in the academic year in which they turn 3 years old and progress through to Lasers in the academic year in which they turn 4 years old. There is some fluidity of movement between Toppers and Lasers to ensure that children progress through the Early Years Foundation Scheme at a rate appropriate to their development.

The Nursery is open during term-time from 08.30 – 15.30. Nursery children whose parents need to drop off at 08.00 and collect at 18.00 may request ‘wraparound care’. In addition, a small number of places are available for 7.30am starts; please contact the Registrar for more information. Childcare for Nursery children is available during the school holidays, space permitting. During the holiday period, Daycare session timings and session fees apply to Nursery children.

Nursery sessions are agreed at the point of entry; an academic term’s notice is required of any reduction or cessation in sessions. An increase in sessions will be accommodated immediately – space permitting.


Applications are not restricted to September entry but it is not uncommon for a waiting list to operate when the demand for places exceeds supply.

A non-refundable fee of £100 must be paid to register a child’s interest in the School and, if necessary, to secure a place on the waiting list. Priority on the waiting list will go to registered children who have committed to join The Royal School's Comets Reception class.

Once space becomes available, children are invited to take part in two or three free familiarisation sessions prior to a formal offer of a place to ensure that they are happy in Nursery and that the School is able to meet their needs.

For Nursery fees please click on Little Sailors Handbook link on the right hand bar of this page.


Children move into Comets (The Royal Junior School Reception class) in the academic year in which they turn 5 years old. Demand for places in Comets is high, so it is important that Nursery parents wishing their child/children to transfer into Comets register their children for the Junior School upon entry into Nursery, since places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

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