Welcome to the Ark Dickens Nursery

Our nursery offers quality child care and holistic learning for up to 30 children.

Our nursery staff have specialist knowledge of early years, and strong subject-knowledge. They are here to support your child with his or her transition into reception class. School can be a shock to children who come along from private day nurseries, but at Ark Tindal the nursery and reception staff work really closely together to ensure this doesn't happen.

Here to support your child in our nursery are:

  • Mrs R Grosvenor - Class teacher and EYFS Phase Lead
  • Mrs D Oram - Class teacher
  • Miss R Begum - Class teacher
  • Mr R Lyne - Class teacher

We follow the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (EYFS), which is set by the Department for Education.


What hours does the nursery operate?

Our nursery is open from 8.20am until 3.20pm on weekdays.


What age do you accept children from?

We accept children from the age of 2 years and 9 months up to 5 years.


Is there a charge to attend the nursery?

We offer 15 hours of free childcare a week and children can either attend morning sessions from 8.20-11.20am or afternoon sessions from 12.20-3.20pm. Both sessions include a snack of fruit and milk.


Can I apply today? 

You can apply to our nursery at any point in the year.


How do I apply?

You can apply for a place by visiting our school office and filling in a nursery application form or fill in the form and email it to us on info@arkdickensprimary.org or post it to:

Nursery Applications

Ark Dickens Primary Academy

Turner Road

Portsmouth PO1 4PN

You will also need to complete a Home-School Agreement, to be signed by both you and the Principal.

A child-centred approach

Ark Dickens Nursery has high expecations for each and every one of our children - and that is true for our youngest children as well. We offer holistic learning, supported by structured play, as well as our Read Write Inc. phonics programme, Talk 4 Writing and Maths Group work to ensure that each of our children can be confident readers, writers and mathematicians when they get to primary school.

The nursery is situated near Portsmouth and Southsea train station and is a 15-20 minute walk from the town centre. We are situated on the same site as Ark Dickens Primary Academy.


If you would like to receive more information about the nursery or book in for a show round please contact us on 023 9282 6514 or email info@arkdickensprimary.org.