Entry to Early Years

Entry into the Early Years

The Early Years Department at Devonshire House consist of three year groups: Nursery, Pre Reception and Reception. The Nursery is for children from two and a half years of age. Pre Reception  is for children  from three to four years of age and Reception is from children from four to five years of age . If vacancies arise at any stage, children may be admitted at the beginning of each term. Children normally transfer into Year One at the end of Reception.


Oak Tree Nursery

Places in the Oak Tree Nursery are for children aged from two and a half. Children with birthdays from September to March enter in September, and children with birthdays from April to August enter in January. All children must be fully toilet trained by the time they start in the Nursery.

There are two daily half day sessions:

  • Morning: 8.45 am to 11.45 am
  • Afternoon: 12.45 pm to 3.45 pm

and a full day session from 9.00am to 3.00 pm. Please note that the full day session is available only for children who enter in September.

Admission is subject to observation during a play session. Although priority is given to siblings we always have places for new families to join the school in this age group.


Pre Reception and Reception

Entry into Pre Reception from the Oak Tree Nursery is automatic. There are places for new children to enter Pre Reception in the Autumn Term after their third birthday, and for Reception after their fourth birthday. Entry is by assessment, generally made in January/February before proposed entry in September.

Children are seen, when possible, in a group. All children are asked to complete the same tasks and detailed notes are taken both of their approach and the results. Every attempt is made to assess potential rather than current attainment.

Notice is taken of dates of birth, position in family and any disclosed special need.