Free ‘Outstanding’ Nursery Education. We have term-time spaces for: Eligible 2 year olds, all 3 and 4 year olds.

To join our Nursery please click the link here for an online admission form or call us on 01274 574539

If anyone would like a paper copy of any information on our school’s website please speak to Serana at the front office or e-mail



On behalf of the governors, staff and children of Canterbury Nursery School we warmly welcome you to our website. 

We are an outstanding Nursery School with excellent facilities located at the heart of Canterbury estate in Bradford West Yorkshire.  We work in close collaboration with Exceed schools and Bradford Maintained Nursery Schools to ensure we provide the best opportunities for our children and the community.


I have been part of the team here at Canterbury since 2012 and am delighted to be taking on the role of Headteacher.


Here at Canterbury we believe that the key to unlocking children's potential begins with connection and a sense of belonging. Seeing children for who they are first and foremost enables us to meet them where they are academically. Having strong relationships and celebrating every child's unique gifts enables us to tailor their learning and make it meaningful and challenging to them. We provide all of our children with real, hands-on experiences to help prepare them for their educational journey and future contribution to the world around them.

Canterbury is more than just a school - it’s a family and we want all of our children and families to feel confident and comfortable in who they are so that they can go out into the world and make the positive difference that only they can make.

We want our children to experience, learn and thrive.


We are extremely proud of our school and our achievements and would be delighted to show you around.  If you would like to visit us please contact the school office.

Ruth Beddoes - Headteacher



At Canterbury Nursery School the children are at the heart of an encouraging and challenging environment where everyone recognises and celebrates our differences, communicates the importance of learning and believes that everyone can achieve. 

"Children get off to an exceptional start at this outstanding school. They are well supported by caring staff, who have high expectations of the children."

Ofsted March 2020

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Upcoming Events

Latest Canterbury Nursery School and Centre Events

Wise Owls16Jul2024

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm @ Benko Building

Wise Owl's Language Development Advice drop in To book a please ring 01274 730415

Alike Minds19Jul2024

9:00 am - 10:30 am @ Benko Building

SEND Parent Support Group This is a lovely opportunity for parents that have children with special educational needs, to talk about issues they may have and support that may be available.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Invite only Please call 01274 439500 for further details

Story and Rhyme Time22Jul2024

9:30 am - 10:30 am @ Benko Building

Stay and Play delivered by BHT Language team. Enjoy rhymes and stories with a parent/carer. To book a place please contact Sumiyya or ring 01274 730415 or 07519 414464

Wise Owls23Jul2024

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm @ Benko Building

Wise Owl's Language Development Advice drop in To book a please ring 01274 730415

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At Canterbury Nursery School we believe good attendance is essential if children are to be settled and take full advantage of the learning and development opportunities available to them. Good attendance is a skill for life and has an impact on a child’s whole school experience.  As well as affecting your child’s academic potential, poor or irregular attendance can have an impact on your child’s friendships, self-esteem and confidence.  Also we believe regular attendance at nursery can set good practice for statutory school.

90% attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses:

  • one half day each week,
  • nearly four weeks every school year
  • one school year over the course of the whole school lifetime

We expect all our children at nursery to attend regularly as we know how much they learn from being here every day. We ask all our families to aim for 90% attendance.  If a child’s attendance has fallen below this, we would invite the family to come and meet with us to discuss their child's attendance and offer any support needed to help it improve.