Colleges Nursery School, Campkin Road, Cambridge


The nursery is OPEN to all children at the present time.


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Colleges has a long tradition of providing nursery education. Despite current government uncertainty we will continue to provide Outstanding provision through the coming years.  We are looking forward to welcoming a new group of children for the academic year 2020-2021.


We are very proud to announce that following the Ofsted inspection carried out in December 2018 we are officially OUTSTANDING !

We demonstrated such strong practice and offer such high quality Early Years experiences that we were judged to be outstanding in all areas.  This is a fantastic outcome and is a great endorsement of all the hard work of the staff.  Please enjoy reading the report and share it with your family and friends – it is full of amazing and positive comments by the Ofsted inspector.


“Leaders and all staff put children at the heart of everything they do at Colleges Nursery School.  They establish caring and nurturing relationships with the children and make sure that every individual child feels safe, happy and secure”

Ofsted 2018   click for full report

Colleges Nursery School was built in 1972 with funds donated by the colleges of Cambridge University and the fund raising efforts of a community based committee. On completion of the building was adopted by the local authority. Further building projects have followed and Colleges now shares its site with North Cambridge Children’s Centre.

All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours per week of government funded education/childcare during term time. From September 2017 children of working parents may be eligible for an additional 15 hours a week (30 hours free entitlement). To find out if you are eligible please visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website.

We are open 8.45am – 3.45pm. Download your application form from the Applying For a Place section on the website or ring the school office.

Colleges offers free places for 80 children aged between three and four years old with the option of purchasing extra care.

The Daisy Room offers 24 places for two year olds. You can apply for a place with this form.

The Future

For over 100 years Brunswick Nursery School and Colleges Nursery School have provided exceptional Early Years Education and we are still passionate about offering outstanding provision for young children.

We look forward with confidence to the future. We are working closely with our colleagues in other nursery schools both in Cambridgeshire and nationally in the knowledge that these partnerships strengthen us.


Bad Weather Closure Information

We try to keep the Nursery open through bad weather. The best way of finding out about school closure is to check the county council website or to listen to the local radio: The information you need to check is below: (on the front page of the website under schools is a link to the school closures page). The following radio stations give regular updates:

  • BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (96.0)
  • Heart FM (103)
  • Star Radio (107.9/1)

Contact Details

Colleges Nursery School
The Centre
Campkin Road

Tel: 01223 712168