About our Nursery and Pre-School

Welcome to the Old Palace of John Whitgift Nursery and Pre-School - an exciting world of exploration and discovery and the ideal start to your child's education. Working Open Mornings are held at regular intervals throughout the year and prospective families can reserve a place by going to the Bookings page of this website. Alternatively email admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk for further information/availability.

Current parents may telephone 020 8688 2027 (option 3)

Entrance to the Nursery is from the date of a child's first birthday.

Nursery Fees

Old Palace has been at the forefront of education for girls since 1889. We have now extended our outstanding provision of care to girls and boys from the age of one in the Old Palace Nursery through to Pre-School. Entry to the Old Palace Preparatory and Senior School is open to girls only.

The Nursery and Pre School is an integral part of the Preparatory School and its classrooms are situated at the very heart of the school. Preparatory pupils with younger brothers and sisters are never far away from each other, creating a warm, family atmosphere.

Our youngest children enjoy a stimulating environment, beautiful grounds and well-resourced buildings. Learning through play, we encourage them to develop a love of learning which will stay with them for the rest of their life.

"The overall effectiveness of the early years provision is outstanding" ISI Report 2016

 Every child will receive individual care and attention and be provided with stimulating experiences and a range of learning opportunities.

Our aim is to build upon every child’s natural curiosity, inspiring a love of learning, exploration and creativity. We offer a safe and well-resourced environment designed to stimulate imagination, social interaction and the development of a range of skills, ensuring that your child will grow in confidence and be fully prepared for full time education from the age of four years.

Entrance to the Nursery is from the date of a child's first birthday.

We promote a caring, happy ethos and value working in partnership with families to meet the needs of each child. Our vibrant learning environment and our highly qualified and dedicated staff combine to support all our children through their first steps of development.

We enable social and educational development through structured play, following and extending the Early Learning Goals. From the earliest age, your child will be encouraged to become the articulate, confident and independent learner that characterises students of the three Whitgift Foundation schools. We have high expectations of all those in our community and we encourage all individuals to pursue their dreams and actively support them in achieving their goals.

What we offer

  • stimulating indoor and outdoor areas for purposeful learning
  • specialist resources for ICT, gym, music, art and technology
  • enjoyable, stimulating and challenging activities through structured learning and educational play.
What we do
  • meet the needs of the individual child
  • deliver all aspects of the Early Year Foundation Stage Curriculum within an enhanced programme of activities
  • support the transition of each child to the next stage of learning
  • focus on the joy of learning, happiness, self-esteem and confidence.