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Nursery Information
Our Nursery and Pre-School has now been successfully established since September 16, and we are delighted with the progress and feedback achieved during this time. We have an excellent team of dedicated teachers and carers providing a first class Nursery environment.

Click here to view the Nursery Prospectus

The Nursery terms are slightly different to mainstream school, to tie in with the funding periods assigned by the government.  They are as follows:

Summer Term: April to July  

Autumn Term: September to December

Spring Term:January to March

All Bank holidays, Teacher Training Days, and School Half Term / End of Term breaks for mainstream school also apply to the Nursery and Pre-School, and will not be chargeable.

Information on Government Funding for Early Years Childcare Provision
There may be government funding available for 2 year old children if certain criteria are met. There are forms available from the school reception identifying the criteria, or you can contact Swindon Borough Council directly on 01793 466314 or email them at A maximum of 15 hours per week are available if the you fulfil this criteria, and these are known as 'Universal Hours'.

For children who have turned 3, Nursery place funding is available from Swindon Borough Council for a total of 15 hours a week from the term following your child's 3rd birthday - this is known as 'Universal Hours'. If your child is to attend multiple nurseries, then the 15 hours is split between each setting (if you intend for your child to attend another Nursery as well as Liden Academy Nursery, this must be notified to us upon application). You do not need to apply for the government funding, however you will need to complete and sign a 'Parental Declaration Form 2018' which will be issued to you once the offer of a nursery place has been made.

From September 2017 the government rolled out 30 hours funding nationally on a phased basis. This means that as well as the 15 'Universal Hours', you may be eligible to an additional 15 hours known as 'Extended Hours'  If you would like more information or to check if you are eligible for this funding, please visit the Government/DFE information on the government website, visit or contact Swindon Borough Council note, this funding must be applied for in advance ie the term prior to when you wish to use the funds should they be available to you. Late claims will mean your child will not be eligible for this extra funding until the following term.  

Applying for a place at Liden AcademyNursery and Pre-School
You can register interest in your child attending at Lidebn Academy Nursery and Pre-School at any point by filling in an application form (downloadable from below). Alternatively, you can collect a Nursery New Admission Folder from the school reception, which contains various information and forms for the admissions process.  The school office will contact you to confirm receipt of your application and to discuss your requirements the term prior to your chosen start date for your child. This is to check if your needs or any details have changed.  If you have only submitted an application form, further forms will require your completion before your child can be admitted to Nursery (these are included in the Nursery New Admission Folder). It will also be necessary for us to see your child's birth certificate.

Click here to download the Nursery & Pre-Schools Admission Form

Once your requirements are confirmed, all applications will be considered.  If there are more applications to the Nursery and Pre-School than places available, then the Nursery and Pre-School Admissions criteria will be applied. 

Click here to view the Nursery & Pre-Schools Admission Policy

You will be contacted to discuss the nursery sessions available for you and a verbal offer will be made.  Once a place has been agreed, you will be contacted to collect a Parent Agreement for you to sign.  This is your contract between Liden Academy Nursery School and yourself. Please ensure you read the Parent Agreement Terms and Conditions, and keep them to hand for future reference.

If you will be receiving funding, you will also be required to complete a 'Parental Declaration Form 2018' . This is your agreement with Swindon Borough Council for receipt of funding (Universal and/or Extended hours).  This authorises Liden Academy Nursery School, as your Early Years Provider, to claim this funding on your behalf.

Click here to download the SBC Early Years and Childcare Privacy Notice for parents receiving Early Years Funding.

Admission to Liden Academy Reception Class
Although Liden Academy Nursery and Pre-School is part of Liden Academy, attendance at the Nursey or Pre-School does not guarantee future admission to the Reception Year at Liden Academy . To request admission to the main school, parents/carers must apply to the Local Authority through the Starting School Admissions Process.

September 21 school admissions is now closed. However, please see below the guide to using the portal for admissions, for future reference.

Parent Guide to using the Citizen Portal