Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery

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Nursery Admissions 

Adventurers wanted!

Maintained schools in Hertfordshire are now responsible for their own admissions of children to Nursery. At Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery we're proud to say, as trailblazers in Dacorum, that we invest time, money and energy into 'experiential learning'. What that means for our children is more activities, events, outings and imaginative learning exercises that help truly bring learning to life. So, whether discovering 'why things float' or joining a whole class karate session, we'll make everyday an adventure for your little ones.

We warmly welcome new children into our Nursery.  Within our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit there are 40 places, all with a September intake. Our Nursery runs from 08:30-11:30, followed by the option of 30 hours care with our on site provider, Little Deers. We also offer full wraparound care, Breakfast Club from 07:30 and Little Deers After School Club until 18:00. 

Important dates for Nursery applications

The following timeline for Nursery applications for children born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 is being followed by the following Berkhamsted schools: Bridgewater, Greenway, Potten End, St Mary’s CofE Northchurch, St Thomas More, Swing Gate, Victoria and Westfield:

Monday 20th February 2023  Nursery applications open
Friday 24th March 2023   Nursery applications close for on time applications (applications can be   accepted at any point after this date, but will be dealt with after on time   applications)
Friday 21st April 2023  Nursery places are offered to families by email

Friday 28th April 2023

 Deadline for families to accept Nursery places in writing (by email is   sufficient)

(From 28th April onwards we can continue to accept applications and allocate Nursery places to children, based on availability).

Please refer to our individual school website for information about oversubscription criteria. 

Nursery Admissions for 2023-2024 open on Monday 20th February 2023. To apply for a place or book on to one of our Open Days, please contact the School office on 01442 863913 or admin@swinggate.herts.sch.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Nursery which provides “very effective support to all children, ensuring that they make rapid progress“ Ofsted February 2017. 

Appeals process

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place in the school there is a set process of appeal to an independent panel . Because nursery education is not required by law there is no right to appeal for a nursery place. However, if you are not happy with the nursery place offered you can write to the Education Authority who will listen sympathetically to your concerns.

 Reception admissions > 

Is your child due to start Nursery in September 2023?

We would love to welcome you to one of our Open Mornings taking place at 09:30 on the following dates:

  • Thursday 12th January
  • Thursday 2nd February
  • Wednesday 22nd February
  • Monday 6th March
  • Thursday 16th March.

To book a place for one of our sessions, please call us or email the office

If you would like to apply for an in-year application to our current Nursery Class or for your child to start in our Nursery in September 2022, please get in touch with our school office.

You can also view our 'Why Swing Gate?' video that gives a flavour of what we have to offer your child.

Swing Gate Lane, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 2LJ

01442 863913

admin@swinggate.herts.sch.uk