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Welcome to Dorking Nursery School and Children’s Centre.

Our Nursery was founded in 1939 and has been at the heart of the family life in Dorking since this time. Our provision grew in 2008 when our nursery for 2 year olds and Children’s Centre provided further activities and services from birth to five. We value the whole child and endeavour to work in partnership with families to empower each individual to reach their personal and learning potential.  

We offer rich indoor and outdoor environments within which we encourage the children’s enjoyment of learning and their desire to investigate and question.  We follow the principles and guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), emphasising developing the children’s unique and individual potential as active learners. Our Nursery has been consistently rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted.  Read our September 2016 inspection findings.  

Lots of information can be found here on our website, alternatively we welcome visitors to the Centre, please contact us to arrange a visit.

Donna Harwood-Duffy - Headteacher


Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, families and carers, and expects all parents, carers, staff and users to share this commitment.   

To view our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, click here




Latest News

All the latest news from Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre

Aviva Community Fund WINNERS!

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded funding by the Aviva Community Fund!

A huge thanks to everyone who voted for our Project; 'Technology for the future'!

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Dorking Nursery rated as OUTSTANDING!

Dorking Nursery School has been rated OUTSTANDING for the 6th consecutive inspection!

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Staff go NUTS in 2016!

Just to prove how crazy three of our staff are - Becky, Carrie and Helen completed the Nuts Challenge at Henfold Lakes, Newdigate on Saturday 3rd September.

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Aviva volunteer day clears up!

Staff at Aviva worked hard during the summer holidays to help clear up and tidy the grounds at our West Street site.

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Our Nursery

The Dorking Nursery caters for children aged 2 to 5

2-3s Nursery

We plan a happy, nurturing, secure environment where children can grow in confidence and develop their learning through play experiences that are meaningful to them.

3-5s Nursery

The 3-5s nursery is an exciting and carefully planned learning environment where we provide a balance of child-initiated and adult-initiated activities.


Monday to Friday

8:45am - 11:45am
11:45am - 12:30pm
12:30pm - 3:30pm
3-5s only
8:45am - 1:45pm
3-5s only

Children's Centre

We provide high quality services and activities for parents, carers and children.

Children's Centre

Our Children’s Centre is located on two sites, one in the town centre of Dorking, on West Street and the other on Goodwyns Road.

Groups at West Street

Groups at Goodwyns Road

Courses for Parents and Carers

Do you want to find out more about how to enhance your child's development and learning? If so, we have a range of courses covering every age and stage of your child's early life.

Early Years Training

We offer a range of high quality courses for early years' professionals

Great Feedback

People love our courses. Find out what they're saying about us.

Course Booking Form

Book your place on one of our courses for early years practitioners.

Contact Us

West Street Site
West Street
01306 882397


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We were very worried about our son before starting DNS regarding his future. We are much more confident and hopeful now. Thanks to the team for all the help to support throughout.