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When can my child start?

Nursery boy having fun in the Discovery Garden at Dover CollegeChildren can start at Dover College the day following their third birthday. Attendance is flexible in the Early Learners Class, they may attend a morning or full day session, as the little ones get used to their new environment and settle in. It is expected that the number of sessions will increase through the year so that by the time they move up to Reception class they are attending full time. The children go into the Reception class in the September after their fourth birthday.

  • Early Years Pre School care available from 8:15am
  • The morning session is from 8.30am – 1.00pm (lunch included)
  • Full day sessions are from 8.30am-4.00pm (lunch included)
  • After school care is provided from 4.00pm-5.30pm ( a packed tea is required)

For entry into Dover College’s Junior School, places are awarded according to availability and there are no entrance tests. The School operates a registration list and Taster Day system and we recommend that parents register their child in advance to ensure a place is available.

Whole school Open Mornings are held once a term, giving prospective parents and their children the opportunity to meet the staff and tour the excellent facilities on offer. In addition, personal visits can be arranged at a more suitable time with the Headmistress, Mrs Donnelly, to discuss your child’s future schooling.
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