Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery

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 (information to be updated shortly)

The following timeline for Nursery applications for children born between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021 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 26th February 2024  Nursery applications open
Thursday 28th March 2024  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 19th April 2024  Nursery places are offered to families by email

Friday 26th April 2024

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

(From 27th 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 2024-2025 open on Monday 26th February 2024. 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. You can read our latest Ofsted report here.

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 > 

Applications for Nursery 2024/25 have now closed.

You can still book a  school tour,  call us on 01442 863913 or email admin@swinggate.herts.sch.uk.

To make a late application or apply for an in-year place to our current Nursery Class please call or email our school office.

You can also view our 'Why Swing Gate?' video that gives a flavour of our school.

Swing Gate Lane, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 2LJ

01442 863913