The Old Ford Primary Academy Nursery, rated Outstanding by Ofsted, is a friendly and caring place for your child to take their first steps on the school journey. 

Our nursery is for three year olds, and children can join us on their third birthday, with two main intakes, one in September and one at the start of January. We open every weekday during term time, and morning sessions run from 9.00-12.00. If your child has the full thirty hours they start at the same time and stay until 3.30.

The Nursery is in the Old Ford grounds and has three large classrooms which have been purpose-built to accommodate children of this age. Everything is on their level, from the toilets and sinks to the countertops and seating. The classrooms have different areas for roleplay, art, music and much more, and the children have free-flow access to an external space, where they can enjoy playing on the climbing equipment and spending time in our exploration garden.  


Our curriculum covers many topics, including ‘Ourselves’, ‘Journeys and Holidays’ and ‘Celebrations’. We make learning as interactive as possible, and invite guests in like Safari Pete to really bring the subject to life. We also get out and about so the children can explore the world around us, taking them on trips to places like London Zoo and the seaside. 


We appreciate starting Nursery is often a worrying time for both children and parents/carers, so we always work closely with you before they start and over the first few weeks to make sure your child settles as quickly and as easily as possible.


Applications for a place at Old Ford Nursery are made via Tower Hamlets Pupil Services; use this link to find all the information you need.


All children are entitled to 15 hours per week of free early years education for 38 weeks each year. If both parents are working (or the sole parent is working) then you may be eligible for an additional free 15 hours per week. To find out more about funding for nursery places, click here.


What age do children begin at Old Ford Nursery? 
Our Nursery is for three year olds and we have two intakes each year – one in September and the other in January. 

What are the opening times? 
9.00am – 3.30pm for children who are full time. Part time children attend 9.00am – 12.00.

I need my child to arrive earlier / stay longer, is this possible?
Old Ford provides wrap-around care, including a breakfast club from 8am and an after-school club which stays open until 5.30pm. Nursery children are welcome to attend both.

What food/drink is provided? 
We supply all children with healthy snacks of milk and fruit. Those who are with us full time can have a packed lunch or opt for school dinner which costs £2.30 per day.

Is there a uniform? 
Yes, children in our Nursery wear the Old Ford uniform, this helps them feel part of the rest of the school. You can buy it at MyClothing.com, as well as other items such as our book bags.

My child has a special need, what support will you provide for them?
Old Ford Primary Academy is an inclusive school, which means that we feel that every child should be able to participate in every aspect of school life with a sense of belonging and a sense of being valued. Our support is tailored to each child’s individual needs so before your child begins at Old Ford Nursery we will discuss their particular requirements with you and create a plan for them.

Last updated August 30, 2023