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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.


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

Community Art Project: Gilliangladrag Fluffatorium!

Today, children from our 3-5s Nursery worked with local artist Gillian to create a felt wall hanging!  

It is a masterpiece in many stages....

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DNSCC Alumni

We are sharing our alumni stories in an effort to demonstrate the impact Dorking Nursery School and Children’s Centre has made on our families’ lives.

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Healthy Children's Centre Programme achieved by Dorking team!

Huge congratulations today go to the Children's Centre team at Dorking!  After approximately 6 months, the team have been awarded the Healthy Children's Centre Status!

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Dorking Nursery School designated as a National Support School

Our headteacher, Donna Harwood-Duffy and staff at Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre have been selected to support schools in challenging circumstances and train new teachers.

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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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I was happy with everything that happened today, all information before the course was helpful. I found the course very helpful, it’s helped me to plan and use my ideas with my colleagues.