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Pelican Nursery

A big adventure for small people

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With cosy corners, messy play, an enticing range of toys and books, and our very own wild woods, our Pelican Nursery provides the perfect environment for your child to start exploring their world.

Wonderful facilities and warm, enthusiastic staff who really care about your child.” - Nursery Parent


Care and Comfort

Located at King’s College Prep School, we offer a friendly, happy and welcoming setting for children aged two to four years. We are open from 8am until 6pm during term time and, with full and part time places, offer total flexibility to suit your family's needs. Our Woodland Adventures activity club also provides extra fun during the school holidays.

Our friendly nursery setting offers a stimulating environment (including two colourful rooms for three and four year olds, and a purpose built room just for two year olds), experienced Early Years staff, and safe outdoor play areas ensure that even our youngest children feel completely secure and at home.

Whether your child starts at age two or three, they will be assigned a key person who will work in partnership with you to ensure they feel happy and safe, and that all their needs are being met.


A Springboard for Learning

A wide variety of stimulating activities, boundless opportunities for discovery, and a child-centred approach mean that children flourish in our care and achieve important early milestones – whilst having lots of fun! Our aim is to encourage a lifelong love of learning – starting with the vital ingredients of curiosity and wonder - in each individual child, and support an easy transition into Pre-Prep Reception.


Fresh Air and Fun

We have direct access to a beautiful, rural 50-acre setting, which allows children to enjoy daily Forest School in a dedicated area of woodland, gaining confidence and cultivating natural curiosity as they make dens, create amazing concoctions in the mud kitchen, or hunt for mini-beasts among the trees – all under the watchful eyes of our highly skilled nursery staff.

“It is a joy to see our Nursery children using all their senses learning through play, growing at their own pace.” Claire Luckhurst, Head of Nursery and Pre-Prep


Room to Grow

As part of the wider King’s College Prep family, we are able to access extensive play, sport, music and drama facilities, and our Nursery children are an intrinsic part of our close-knit community.

When the time comes for your child to move up to reception, we will be delighted to give you a tour to enable you to see more of King’s College Prep and what we have to offer for the next stage of your child's development.

Children looking to make the move would normally do so in the September term following their fourth birthday. It can be a little daunting moving up to a new class, with new teachers and a new environment. We like to make this feel as easy as possible, by starting to introduce children to their new teachers and routine during the summer term, and holding a dedicated Welcome even


Joining our Nursery

We offer full day or morning sessions (term-time only):

Morning (including lunch): 8am - 1pm £39.80

All day: 8am - 6pm* £68.00

*children may be collected from 3.30pm

The full day and morning only sessions include lunch, drinks and snacks. The afternoon only session includes drinks and snacks.

In order to apply for a Nursery place, you will need to complete a registration form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £200.

Registration does not confirm a place at the nursery, but ensures that your child’s name is added to the waiting list if a place is not available. Offers are made on a first come first served basis, although siblings of current King’s College Prep pupils are given priority.

We invite you to come and visit, to see what we can offer you and your child. To express your interest in registering with the nursery or to book a tour, please complete the enquiry form here.


Early Years Funding

King’s College Prep is now registered to participate in the 15 hours Working Families Entitlement funding for eligible two-year-olds (from 1 April 2024). If you are eligible you can apply for funding the term after your child turns 2 years old.

Detailed information regarding this scheme can be found at the Childcare Choices website, www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Three and four year olds are entitled to receive the Early Years Entitlement the term after their third birthday (the maximum that can be claimed is 15 hours per week).

We are also approved for Tax-Free childcare, please see more information at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.


How to Find us

Set in a stunning location in the foothills of the Quantocks, surrounded by glorious countryside, the nursery is just one mile from Taunton centre as part of King’s College Prep school.

Please see details of how to get to the nursery here.


To find out more about admission to the Nursery, please contact our Admissions team on 01823 328204, or email admissions@kings-taunton.co.uk

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