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Darell Primary and Nursery School

About Us


We are delighted that you are considering our school for your child.

We have places for 52 children in our Nursery: 26 in the morning session (8.45am – 11.45am) and 26 in the afternoon session (12.30pm – 3.30 pm). Children start in either September or January depending on available places and the age of your child.


Admission to Darell Nursery

Our provision is for 3 and 4 year olds and children are admitted in September or January of each year.  Priority is given to siblings of children in the school, and then proximity to the school.

The school keeps a waiting list of applicants for Nursery places and children’s names can be added from the age of 2 years.  To apply, contact the school and leave your child’s details.

Applications must be received at the school office by Friday, 8  March 2019 for a place in September 2019.  Offers of places will be made during early May 2019.

All successful applications for a place will then be sent the school’s admissions form which must be completed and returned, accompanied by a copy of your child’s birth certificate and proof of address; this should ideally be a council tax bill or a utility bill. 

The Nursery is staffed by a qualified teacher and one early years educator. 

Nursery sessions:                


Morning: 08.45 – 11.45

26 children


Afternoon: 12.30 – 15.30

26 children


30 hours provision

Parents can check whether they could be eligible for 30 hours via Childcare Choices at: or the Childcare Calculator at:

For a more detailed guide to the 30 hours eligibility criteria see:

Parents will be able to apply for both 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare at the same time by entering their details once. Parents’ eligibility for both schemes will be checked by HMRC at the same time.

To apply for 30 hours provision please follow this link

Our Aims

At Darell Nursery we aim to:

  • provide a learning environment that supports children to co-operate with others and to develop their sense of curiosity and independence
  • treat each child as a unique individual and help them develop as a confident and capable learner
  • provide a breadth of stimulating, engaging learning opportunities that support a rounded approach to each child’s development
  • involve parents as partners in their child’s learning

Is my child ready for Nursery?

  • Are they used to leaving you?
  • Can they use the toilet by themselves?
  • Are they learning to put on their jumpers, coats and shoes?
  • Are they happy in the company of other children their age?

If you have any concerns about the above, you may:

  • Contact your Health Visitor
  • Speak to one of the Darell Nursery team

If you have questions about specific educational needs, please contact the school office and ask to speak to the Inclusion Manager

We strongly advise that your child has frequent visits to parks, playgrounds, the library and playgroups to help prepare them for nursery.

Want to know more?

If you would like to find out more about the Nursery please come to our Nursery open morning on Thursday 20th June at 9.30am-10.30 to meet staff and see our learning environment. 

Contact the school office to register for the open morning or for any further information:

Telephone:   0208 876 6721


Reception 2019

For our Reception 2019 intake we are admitting 30 pupils. Deadline for admission  applications into Reception for next September is January 15th 2019.  

Applications are made online at


Please click this link to view determined admissions arrangements for 2018/2019 for
Richmond's community schools and the co-ordinated schemes for Secondary and Primary admissions for all maintained, free and academy schools in Richmond.

Complete a school registration form (available from the school office) to ensure that you are on the school’s database.

Closing dates for primary applications is 15th January 2019 and 31 October 2018 for secondary transfer.

For the new intake into Reception, a brochure will be sent to you in July giving you information about the admissions process. All eligible children in our Nursery will also be sent a brochure for admission to primary school.

In-year applications to Darell school must be made using Richmond’s In Year Application Form available from Richmond School Admissions on tel 020 8891 7514 or by email to request a copy or download a copy from the Richmond website at

You are warmly invited to visit the school and see us at work and the facilities we have to offer. Please telephone the school to make an appointment for a personalised tour with the Headteacher, Karen Bos.

We look forward to meeting you.