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Copperfield Academy

Little Acorns @ Copperfield

Our Nursery Curriculum Rationale

Providing opportunities that take you beyond your everyday experience.

Education has the power to provide real-life experiences that strengthen and develop children’s understanding of the world around them. Children deserve the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that take them beyond their everyday life. We believe children have the right to an engaging and innovative curriculum that allows them to explore and investigate. We will endeavour to promote a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment which supports the growth of independence, resilience, collaboration and a love of learning. We value and understand the links between children’s well-being and learning and are committed to developing close partnerships between home and school. Children will always be at the heart of everything we do.

A typical day

  • Children will enter in the mornings to activities they enjoy to help calm and settle them.
  • Children will access a range of child initiated activities, free flowing throughout the provision.
  • Children will take part in daily Phonic and Maths activities.
  • Children will also take part in group activities to develop their social skills alongside an adult.
  • Children will stay for lunch
  • There will be time for rest and calm during the day.
  • Children will have plenty of opportunity to learn through play with age appropriate opportunities.
  • Every day children will enjoy a story in a small group or class.

As a Nursery every day we strive to encourage our children to be:


Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.

Confident individuals, who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.


Currently at Copperfield Academy Nursery we only provide all day (8:30am-3:15pm) sessions, as a response to COVID 19.

We are able to take children from the term following their third birthday.

Our provision runs for 38 weeks, term-time only and is non-stretched.

Please do not hesitate to contact our main office  if you would like to secure a place or have any questions.


‘From little acorns, mighty oaks grow’

Who to contact

Contact Name
Emma Root
Contact Position
Admissions Officer
01474 352488

Where to go

Dover Road Primary School
Dover Road East
DA11 0RB

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
3 year(s), 0 month(s) to 4 year(s), 11 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 8.30 15.15
Tuesday 8.30 15.15
Wednesday 8.30 15.15
Thursday 8.30 15.15
Friday 8.30 15.15
Other Availability
Please be aware that we have inset days where your child will not be able to attend the pre school on those days.

Other Details

ECD Type
Academy Nursery
Cost details
Contact provider for details

15 hours
30 hours

Please visit the KCC website:-
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Vacancies Details
Please email for an application pack or any further information.
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date

Funding Periods

When a child’s first year of funding starts is dependent on their date of birth and can be identified using the chart below.

Children Born in Period

Child First Becomes Eligible for 3 & 4 Funding

Terms included in the Child’s Funding Year

1st April to 31st August

The start of Term 1 following their third birthday


(after Summer holidays)


Autumn, Spring & Summer

1st September to 31st December

The start of Term 3 following their third birthday


(after Christmas/New Year Holiday)


Spring, Summer & Autumn

1st January to 31st March

The start of Term 5 following their third birthday


(after Spring holiday)


Summer, Autumn & Spring



Apply for 30 hours

To get the additional hours you will need to sign up online to get an eligibility code ( You'll also need to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months.

You must apply for your 30 hours eligibility code in the term before your child becomes eligible by age. The government has recommended application periods. If you do not apply within these recommended periods you may not get your code in time. If you do not apply for and receive your code before the deadline date you will not be able to take up your place until the term after.


When your child turns 3

When they can get 30 hours from

Recommended time to apply

Deadline for applying

1 September to 31 December

1 January

15 October to 30 November

31 December

1 January to 31 March

1 April

15 January to 28 February

31 March

1 April to 31 August

1 September

15 June to 31 July

31 August


30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement

Local Offer

Copperfield Academy

Special Needs Support


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