We are proud to have a nursery incorporated into Cottons Farm Primary Academy.  We can accommodate up to 26 children from the age of 3.  The  nursery hours run alongside the school opening hours, between 8.45am to 3.20pm Monday to Friday, Term Time only.  We offer nursery hours on the following basis:

  • Morning Nursery – attending every morning from 8.45am to 11.45am.
  • Afternoon Nursery – attending every afternoon from 12.20pm to 3.20pm
  • Full time (Extended Hours Funding (30 hours) plus lunchtime supervision) – attending Monday – Friday 8.45am – 3.20pm.

What free provision is my child entitled to?

Your child is eligible for 15 hours of free nursery provision. However, they may also be entitled to additional free nursery provision through the governments ‘Extended Hours Funding’ which could entitle them to a total of 30 hours of free nursery provision. In order to qualify, you must satisfy the following criteria:

Both parents are working and/or:

  1. One parent working in a lone parent family (earning equivalent of 16 hours a week on National Minimum Wage including those receiving Tax Credits or Universal Credit)
  2. One/both parent/s is away from work on leave (parental, maternity etc.)
  3. One/both parent/s receiving Statutory Sick Pay
  4. Includes zero-hours contracts and self-employed
  5. One parent is employed and the other parent has either: substantial caring responsibility and/or a disability; is a foster carer with their own three- and four-year-old children

Please Note: Parents who are in training will not be eligible and there is an income cap of £100k

If you believe you qualify for the Extended Hours Funding, you must apply as soon as possible.  Our advice would be to apply as soon as possible to guarantee the extended hours for your child. The hours MUST be applied for before the cut-off date provided by Derby City Council.  Details of which can be found on the following link:

If you qualify for the 30 hours funding, parents and carers MUST re-apply every three months.  If you do not reapply or your circumstances change then it may mean that you are no longer entitled to these additional hours (but your child will continue to be eligible for the universal 15 hours).

Additional Sessions (15 hour children)

When your child is settled into nursery, parents will be able to purchase additional sessions.   These places are subject to availability and will be allocated in consultation with the nursery staff.  These sessions will need to be booked and paid for in advance. Each additional session is £8.00 a session (a sessions is defined as a 3 hour morning or afternoon slot)

Children accessing the Extended Hours Funding (30 hour children) 

If you child is eligible for Extended Funded Hours (30 hours) you can purchase a hot meal for £2.20 or provide a helathy packed lunch.  


Additional Sessions* (over 15 hours)

£8.00 per 3 hr session

Lunch Time (11.45am – 12.45pm) Inclusive of a hot school meal




*One Additional Session equals 3 hours of nursery.  8.45am – 11.45am Or 12.20pm – 3.20pm


If your child’s chosen hours generate fees, these are payable one week prior to the sessions and non-payment of fees will mean we will only provide the hours covered by the free funded hours.


Please contact the School Office on 01332 771370 or email to apply for a Nursery Place.


 Please note we only offer term time provision and are closed during school holidays.


Sheridan Street, Sinfin, Derby, Derbyshire DE24 9HG

Mrs K Patmore - Principal

01332 771370 - Cottons Farm Academy