Ducklings Nursery

Ducklings-004-resizedDucklings Nursery provides first hand experiences for the children structured around play-based learning, whilst encouraging them to interact socially with their peers to inspire them. Children will be encouraged to be physically active and will also have their interests valued, developed and extended.

“We have placed a strong emphasis on the use of outdoors to promote independent learning, including Forest School sessions, making the most of our idyllic surroundings at the foot of Skiddaw. There is a stimulating, exciting indoor and outdoor learning environment which offers a wide range of provision.

Children exceed expected progress at Bassenthwaite School and achieve their very best both academically and socially through our caring, inclusive and personalised approach to teaching and learning.  School Council recently came up with our new vision which is ‘Small School, Big Opportunities.”   Head teacher Sara Royle

If this sounds like the place you would like your child to be nurtured and taught please contact the school for further information by emailing or call us on 017687 76365.

Applying For A Nursery Place

Children are eligible to start at Bassenthwaite Nursery following their third birthday. To apply for a place in our Nursery, click on the link below for our on-line application form. If you are unable to use the on-line form, you can collect a paper version from the school office. Once you have submitted your application form, please bring your child’s Birth Certificate in to the office as proof of identity.

Apply for a place by clicking here

The early years entitlements are:

  • the 15 hours entitlement for eligible working parents of children from 9 months to 2 years old (new entitlement from 1 September 2024)
  • the 15 hours entitlement for eligible working parents of 2-year-old children (new entitlement from 1 April 2024)
  • the 15 hours entitlement for disadvantaged 2-year-olds
  • the universal 15 hours entitlement for all 3 and 4-year-olds
  • the additional 15 hours entitlement for eligible working parents of 3 and 4-year-olds

The entitlement hours are up to 15 hours of childcare a week over 38 weeks of the year (equivalent to a maximum of 570 hours a year), or, for 3 and 4-year-olds, up to 30 hours of childcare a week over 38 weeks of the year for qualifying children of working parents (equivalent to a maximum 1,140 hours a year).

From September 2025, eligible working parents of children aged 9 months and above will be able to access 30 hours (over 38 weeks a year) from the term following their child turning 9 months to when they start school (please note, the rollout of this entitlement is not covered by this guidance).

For information on Child Tax Free Credits please follow the link