Our Nursery and EYFS



The first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important in their development. Their early years should be fun, active, happy, nurtured and secure—all the elements that will contribute to their development and ultimately shape their future.
At Carlton Primary School our aim is to give every child the best opportunities and support to thrive and develop as learners.
The open-planned layout of our Nursery and Reception classes allows children to immerse themselves in their play-based learning and encourages a workshop-style ethos. Children can move freely between outdoor and indoor areas to access the many activities available across the different areas of learning. The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. In Carlton the EYFS covers Nursery, Reception and the first half term of Year 1.  The EYFS focuses on different areas of development and learning, such as:

  • Personal, emotional and social development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Children in the EYFS learn by playing, problem solving, exploring and experimenting. They are encouraged to be active, think creatively and critically and to be curious about the world around them.
Our (EYFS) provision considers and addresses each individual child and their needs. They are taught by fully qualified staff in a safe and secure learning environment



At Carlton, we believe in working closely with our families. They are encouraged to attend Stay and Play sessions that are organised on a Friday morning, attend off site educational trips and the termly sing along sessions.
In the setting, we also invite parents and carers in to look at their child’s portfolio of work to celebrate the child’s achievements.

Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 3.20pm
Friday : 8.45am to 12pm

You can apply for a Nursery place at Carlton by downloading the Carlton admissions form  online, collecting one from the school or by attending one of our opening mornings. There is additional information on our admissions page.

Our Head teacher, Jacqueline Phelan, leads  regular tours of the school, details of the dates these are held can be found on our Tours and Open Days page. Please contact the school to sign up for one of our next tours, if you are unable to attend the next scheduled one.

Below is a flow chart to help you decide which route of funding is best suited for your family.

At Carlton we shall support you through the whole process, from applying to funding to the start of Nursery.  Please take a look at the resources below that will provide information on applying for funding, if you require any further advise, please contact the school and we will be more than happy to help.

Funding for Nursery

Please visit the different areas of learning in our EYFS


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“The school is very nice and the adults are very caring”

Ismail, Year 6

“There are many fun and interesting lessons”

Anika, Year 6

“Carlton is very helpful: I learnt English in less than 3 months!”

Paul, Year 6

“Carlton Primary School is a great place to achieve an excellent career and future.”

Sufi, Year 6

“Carlton is a really enjoyable school with lots of fun lessons”

Maesha, Year 6
Phone: 0207 485 1947
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Carlton Primary School
Grafton Road, London, NW5 4AX