Kenilworth Nursery School

Kenilworth Nursery School & Early Years Teaching Centre (EYTC)

Welcome to the website of Kenilworth Nursery School. Kenilworth Nursery School is a vibrant and innovative ‘outstanding’ Maintained Nursery School for 2-4-year-olds. We value and celebrate the uniqueness of every child, and nurture the foundations for life long learning by providing exceptional early childhood education experiences. Our educational philosophy is inspired by that of Reggio Emelia and is based upon an understanding of the socio-constructivists approach. Effective learning is a collaboration between child / teacher / environment/ parents and other children constructing learning together, with ideas and contributions extending possibilities.

We are one of 391 Maintained Nursery Schools in the country and along with our reputation for high quality nursery provision and innovation in research, we have also been recognised for training and support we offer across the sector.

We believe that it is important to recognise each child’s learning style and our highly qualified teaching staff are skilled at working beside each child to “open their eyes to learning” Ofsted. We have been judged as an outstanding school in our last 5 Ofsted inspections. Through careful observation and skilled work beside the child, children here are encouraged to extend their thinking and engagement in learning opportunities to develop lifelong learning skills. For details of our latest Ofsted Report please click here

Maintained Nursery Schools (MNS) have to meet standards in line with primary and secondary schools. We employ a Headteacher, qualified teachers, a SENDCo and staff with a minimum of level 3 qualifications. We are also overseen by a Governing Board.

Evidence shows that Maintained Nursery Schools help close educational gaps for all children, as well as helping disadvantaged children to catch up with their peers. Our research has allowed us to track outcomes for children who have attended our School and we are one of just 40 national Early Years Teaching Schools who have gained this status through high quality teaching as part of a DfE national research project. We provide a hub of expertise and are a vital resource to draw on as local authority Early Years services are being cut.

Our new Summer Holiday club is here

Now accepting Applications for September 2022 spaces in our Nursery School and Nurture Nursery.

Free 15 hour, and a limited number of 30 hour places, are offered in our Nursery School for 3 -4 year olds along with the option to purchase additional hours and wrap around breakfast and teatime clubs to enable access for working parents/carers.

For 2 – 3 year olds, we offer morning sessions in our Nurture Nursery from 9 – 11.30am at a charge of £17.50 per session, with a minimum of two sessions per week for continuity of care. We also offer free 15 hour 2Help places for eligible families.

Please get in touch for more details or to arrange a visit by calling 01926 853394 or e-mailing us at:

On our website you can find information about our Nursery School, Nurture Nursery and other services that may be of interest to you and your family. For further information about any of our services please contact us, where our staff will be happy to help.  Visits are highly recommended, to arrange a visit or for further information please call our School Office Manager on 01926 853394.

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Over 13 years as an Outstanding School!

Kenilworth Nursery School has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ in school inspections for 5 consecutive inspections. We are inspected under a full school Ofsted inspection process by qualified HMI inspectors in the same way as primary and secondary schools are. In order to meet these high standards, the school has had to adapt and reflect upon its practice continually, put into place professional development that is exceptional for the staff and above all ensure excellence in early education for the children who attend.

When data for the children who have attended Kenilworth Nursery School is compared to local and national data, a higher percentage achieve more in all aspects of learning and particularly in PSED, literacy, numeracy and understanding of the world.

Ofsted say:

“Kenilworth Nursery School is a superb place for children to learn. They have an enjoyable and meaningful experience in all areas of learning, led by expert staff. A particular strength is the imaginative way in which staff develop children’s communication from the outset. All staff have high expectations of what all children can achieve.”

Ofsted 2021

“The School has a deep understanding of the ways that young children learn and develop, and have exceptionally high expectations of the standard of education that all children should receive in Nursery. You have been relentless in continuing to develop and improve teaching and learning through innovative approaches and involvement in cutting-edge research projects that have further enhanced the already very high-quality Nursery provision.”
Ofsted 2016

“This Nursery opens children’s eyes to life and gives them the very best preparation for their future”
Ofsted 2013

“High skilled interventions from staff and excellent relationships secure rapid learning for all children”
Ofsted 2013

“The nursery provides an excellent quality of education for the children”
Ofsted 2010

“Outstanding care, guidance and support, coupled with excellent teaching and learning and a vibrant curriculum which is underpinned by many creative experiences contribute to children’s successes.”
Ofsted 2010

“This outstanding Maintained Nursery School provides a very high quality education. Everything about the nursery encourages children to learn and to discover things for themselves as well as instilling in them a recognition that they can succeed and the motivation to do so.”
Ofsted 2007