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Bishops Down Primary School (Maintained Nursery)

Bishops Down Nursery School is situated in the Culverdon Area of Tunbridge Wells.  We are a sessional nursery, led by qualified teachers, for children aged 3-4 years old.   Our Nursery School is only open term time.  We are very proud of our provision and, we believe, we offer our children the best start possible.We offer both 15hrs and 30hrs funded sessions and we do not charge any top up fees for education.  We have wrap around care on site (this is called Beehive) for nursery children.  The Breakfast Club starts from 7.30am and then the After School Club runs from 3.30pm to 6.00pm for our nursery children.  Please do make contact and talk to our Admissions Officer to organise a tour.  The nursery has its own separate setting on the site of Bishops Down Primary School with beautiful grounds in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Jo Sheldon
Contact Position
Office Manager and Admissions Officer
01892 520114

Where to go

Bishops Down Cp School
Rydal Drive
Tunbridge Wells

Our Early Years provision is in Garden House which is a separate building on the Bishops Down Primary School site.   Children attending have their very own garden and playground (separate from KS1 and KS2) and parents enjoy a separate entry and exit for safe drop off and pick up.  The children do however enjoy using the school hall for yoga and dance lessons, productions and PE.  Nursery children can order a school lunch from our canteen or bring in a packed lunch from home - we are very flexible.  

You can purchase extra private sessions if you not entitled to the Extended Funding and current prices for sessions are published on our website.

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 08.45 15.30
Tuesday 08.45 15.30
Wednesday 08.45 15.30
Thursday 08.45 15.30
Friday 08.45 15.30
Other Availability
Nursery Children are allowed to attend Beehive Holiday Club during all the school holidays.

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£19.50 per 3hr Nursery Session Per session
£4.90 Lunch Club Session - re childcare between 11.45am to 12.30pm Per session
£5.00 per hour in after school club called The Beehive After School
£5.00 fixed price for breakfast club called The Beehive Before School
£2.50 for a cooked school meal Per lunch
ECD Type
Maintained Nursery
Offers pickups
Cost details
We do not charge any top up fees for your child's education. We do charge if they stay in Lunch Club between 11.45am and 12.30pm at a cost of £4.90 - as of September 2023.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Vacancies Details
We have Universal and Extended vacancies available each September, January and April. We do get near our maximum of 26 children per session by the end of the Spring Terms.
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
3 4 15
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Swing, Survival Skills, Cookery, Drama, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Team Games, Discussions / Talks, Themed Sessions, Trike, Environmental Area, Tv/video/dvd, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Help With Homework, Languages, Internet Connection, Library - Children's Library, Life Skills, Library - Storytimes For Children Aged 3-5 Yrs, Library - Storytimes For Pre-School Children, Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Messy Play Area, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Quiet Room, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Refreshments, Sewing, Books, Sign Language / Makaton, See-Saw, Bike, Sensory Room, Car Parking, Soft Play Area, Songs, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories, Support Group, Sports, Squash
Other facilities information
Our nursery school is on the site of Bishops Down Primary School. Nursery children enjoy the facilities that the school has to offer from the beautiful grounds, it own kitchen providing hot meals for children, amazing facilities. Nursery staff are able to be totally child focused as all the administrative duties for admissions, funding, etc are taken on by the Admissions Officer of the school.

Please contact the Admissions Officer for further inforamtion about our school.  We have a SRP (Special Resource Provision) for children with complex and life threatening conditions and children with a physcial disability.

Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)

We do offer Univeral and Extended (30 hr funding) for 38 weeks of the year.  We are unable to stretch this over the holidays.

Service status


Local Offer


We support children in our SRP who have complex medical needs and/or a physical disability.  Our nursery is a maintained nursery attached to a community local authority primary school we therefore support and provide for children who have SEN.

Bishops Down Primary and Nursery School

Special Needs Support

Observations by professional teachers.  Teachers and parents have ongoing communication regarding progress.

Full time SENDCo employed by the school.

Senior Leadership Team of the school oversee the nursery school.

Class Teacher communication.

Parent evenings


One to one meetings with professionals

School Office 

Complaints Policy is on our Website.


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