Our Nursery timings are as follows:

Morning Sessions - 8.45am until 11.45am

Afternoon Sessions - 12.15pm until 3.15pm

30 Hour Session - 8:45am until 3:15pm

30 hours (Free) Childcare

Along with the 15 hours funded childcare that we currently offer in our Nursery, we will now be offering 30 hours for eligible families.

The Childcare Choices website includes a Childcare Calculator for parents to compare all the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for families.

Currently all 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 570 hours of free childcare a year as a universal offer. If you are both working parents you may be entitled to 1140 hours of free early years provision.

View the leaflet to find out the criteria for working families to be eligible for this offer. Parents can now register details on the Childcare Support website, to be able to apply for this exciting offer and return their eligibility code to the academy ASAP.

A quick reminder on the eligibility criteria entitling parents to the 1140 hours of extended entitlement is:

  • Both parents are working (or the sole parents is working in a lone family) and work / expects to earn the equivalent of 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
  • This equates to £120 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or c £5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old.
  • This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on a zero hours contract.
  • The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.
  • Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.
  • Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.
  • Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.
  • If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds.

The Childcare Service System is now live for parents with children up to the age of 4. This means that parents wishing to access the extended free childcare can now apply for the extended entitlement using this system. Here is a link to the online Childcare Service.

The online checker is now available so you can find out if you are entitled to the extended free childcare offer for 3 and 4 year olds.
Parents who will be eligible for the extended entitlement must act now if they want to be able to access the extended entitlement.

Parents must apply, as soon as possible, per the section below on page 10 of the DfE’s recent operational guidance document. Parents may receive eligibility codes before their child is three but children can only start claiming their extended hours place the term following the child’s third birthday or the term following the date the eligibility code was issued (whichever is the later). Parents can also submit a telephone application by calling 0300 123 4097. You can use the DfE’s 30 Hours Eligibility Guide to help understand if you’re eligible for the extended entitlement. You can download a copy here.

Further Information

For any further queries you can contact the Childcare and Families Information Service on 01332 64078 or or visit their website for more information about services for children and families.

Aims & Values

In Nursery our aims, values and vision is that of the whole academy but also we want to adopt a nursery classroom that builds a good foundation for the rest of their academy life.

We plan fun and exciting activities every day to promote and nurture the children’s natural curiosity and love for learning and finding out. All activities are accessed at the children’s own level and we believe every child has the right to succeed. The children who attend our nursery are happy and friendly, who play well together, sharing and taking turns. We encourage independence in many skills and help children foster an “I can” attitude. The classroom is a stimulating and friendly place to be, where we encourage the children to be eager, enthusiastic and willing to try new things.

 Mrs Connor 

  Hello, my name is Mrs Connor.

I’ve worked at Carlyle since December 2018. I previously worked at another Early Years setting for 9 years so have lots of experience and knowledge with this age range.

In Nursery we are all passionate about helping each child reach their full potential by building on their interests and introducing them to new experiences. It’s so rewarding when you look back on each child’s journey and what they have achieved during their time with you.

Out of work I enjoy watching my son play football and particularly enjoy being my daughter’s guinea pig (she is an apprentice beautician!) I also have a dog who I love to take on long walks along the canal near where I live.


Mr Wallace

Hi, I’m Mr Wallace. I have been teaching for 20 years, the last 10 of which have been in Early Years settings. I joined the Carlyle family in September 2017 and love my job. In all the learning opportunities we provide, we aim to encourage creativity, independence and have lots of fun.

At home, my wife and I try to get our four children outside as often as possible for lovely walks in the Peak District. We grow vegetables and keep chickens and bees.

As well as working as Nursery teacher on Thursdays and Fridays, I can be found in the school woods on a Wednesday, leading Forest School activities with other classes.

Mrs Grace

Hello my name is Mrs Grace and I work part time in the nursery as a teaching assistant.

I have now worked in early years for 8 years and before this I had a very busy job as a full time mum to my three children who are quickly growing up! I absolutely love my job in nursery as it’s so rewarding being involved in this very important stage  in the children’s lives, and being able to be a part of helping them learn, grow and achieve every day (and having lots of fun at the same time!)

My hobbies are keeping fit by going to the gym and walking in Derbyshire with my family. I also enjoy eating out with friends and going to the cinema.

Mrs King

Hello my name is Mrs King and I have been part of the Carlyle nursery team for the past 18 years. I have a real passion for early years education and this is reflected in everything I do. I thrive on creating and developing ideas, resources and activities that will enable the children in my care reach their full potential.

I believe your child’s first step on their education journey should be exciting and filled with awe and wonder! Our Nursery has an amazing team of passionate staff who are dedicated in nurturing your children and providing an excellent Early years curriculum.

I am also a Mum to 3 children who keep me very busy indeed! Together we love to be creative, bake, swim, go on bike rides and we all love to share stories. Some of our favourites are, ‘Peace at last,’ ’Room on the broom’ and ‘The Borrowers’.

Mrs Hardy

Hello My name is Mrs Hardy and I have been working at Carlyle Infant & Nursery academy since April 2018. I am a Midday Supervisor in the Nursery. I love the job I do, I enjoy interacting with all the children, helping out wherever needed. It’s lovely to see the children grow in confidence and learn new skills.

I have 2 grown up sons and a grandson. One of my main hobbies is reading so I like to read to the children and watch them learn new words. I like joining in with the stories we read together after lunch. I hope to work here at Carlyle Infant and Nursery Academy for many years to come.


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Get In Touch

Carlyle Infant and Nursery Academy

Carlisle Avenue, Littleover, Derby DE23 3ES
Rebecca Doyle/Catherine Hitchcock

01332 760369

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