Times and Fees


Our nursery admissions occur 3 times per academic year, at the beginning of each term as follows:

Autumn Term – September to December

Spring Term – January to March

Summer Term – April to end of July

Please note that these terms do not exactly match the standard school terms, but instead follow the Early Years Funding terms as specified by Swindon Borough Council.

On requesting a place for your child, if you haven’t already, you will be asked to complete a Nursery Application form, Nursery Induction Pack, Data Collection form.

Our Nursery Induction Pack provides Liden Nursery with details about your child and of those who have parental responsibility and legal contact, together with details of those who have permission to collect your child from Nursery and of those who may be contacted in an emergency.

Our Data Collection form provides data for our school office to enter directly onto our systems.

Our parent contract is a contract between Excalibur Academies Trust, who own and manage Liden Nursery, and the parents or legal guardian (referred to as the parent) of a child that is enrolled at Liden Nursery.

Session Times:

Liden Academy Nursery is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm during term time, with the additional provision of a breakfast club from 7:30 am to 9 am, at a cost of £5 per day. The daily sessions available as follows:-

Nursery Breakfast Club 7:30am – 9:00am
Morning session 9:00am – 12:00pm
Afternoon session 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Please note that breakfast club must be booked and paid for in advance on MCAS, and is subject to availability – please refer to ‘The Nursery Day’


All 3 to 4 year olds in England are entitled to 570 free hours per year. If this is taken in term time only it works out as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose how to use the hours.

Find out more here

Your two-year-old child can get free childcare and early education if you get one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit – if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • Tax credits – if you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

A two-year-old child can also get free childcare and early education if they:

  • have special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan (EHCP)
  • get Disability Living Allowance
  • have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

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Nursery fees will be invoiced monthly in arrears, requesting payment within 30 days of the invoice. Should parents have difficulty meeting the payment day, we ask that we are notified in writing so that we can come to some amicable arrangement. There are no reductions for any absences including holidays, medical appointments, hospitalisation. We currently prefer payment via BACs or the Government Childcare Grant Payment Scheme (CGPS),

Looking for a New Primary School or Nursery place?

We are located on the outskirts of East Swindon and set in beautiful grounds with lots of outdoor space.

Every day is an Open Day – We welcome you to visit us any weekday by calling us on 01793 5231025 to arrange a visit

OR come along to one of our Weekend Open Days – Next scheduled date Saturday 20th January 2024 – 10:00 until midday.

Apply now to join Liden Academy – 2 to 11 year olds

Primary School Applications – for September 2024, complete online – closing date 15th Jan 2024.

New Nursery Applications and Session Changes now accepted for April 2024 – closing date 31st January 2024

(Upcoming Early Years Funding changes starting April 2024 – latest news on Childcare Choices)