Applications are open for our nursery – including 30 hours free

Led by a team of highly-qualified teaching and support staff, our caring learning environment in Retford provides an inspiring and creative space for those all-important early years. Our children are encouraged to explore and use their imagination through educational play, enabling them to develop and grow in independence.

When can children join our nursery?

We accept children from the term after their third birthday.

If your child turns three between:They are eligible from:When to apply for your free hours:
1 September to 31 DecemberThe start of the spring term in January15 October to 30 November
1 January to 31 MarchThe start of the summer term in April15 January to 28 February
1 April to 31 AugustThe start of the autumn term in September15 June to 31 July

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‘Children quickly settle into the stimulating nursery and reception classes. Relationships are very positive between children and adults.’

(Ofsted, November 2021)

30 hours free child care

To support children and families in our local community, Bracken Lane Primary Academy offers up to 30 hours free childcare funding for 3 and 4 year olds within our nursery and foundation classroom.

All parents and carers who have children aged three and four are currently entitled to 15 hours a week free childcare – working parents may now be eligible for up to 30 hours a week.

This government-funded initiative provides great options for families to give your child more experience in an education setting before they begin their primary education. We currently have availability for children already with us to extend their hours, and for families looking to take full advantage of this funding by joining us for the full 30 hours.

To check your eligibility and to find out more, visit:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call 01777 705017 or email

Our nursery curriculum

You can find an overview of our curriculum by year group on our dedicated ‘Our curriculum by year group’ page.