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Welcome to the CAN Schools Federation. We are two well-established, teacher-led nursery schools supporting children and families in Derby.
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Opening Times and Session Costs
Opening Times:8.00am - 6.00pm (parents can drop off from 7.30am - additional charge applies)
Session Costs:£6.50 to £7.00 per hour booked within our published session times


We all value the time our children spend out in the gardens and over time we have developed our gardens so that the children can be involved in growing their own food, taking it from seed to plate.


We have our own on site kitchen at Central, where we can produce seasonal, home-cooked food with locally sourced, quality ingredients for both our nurseries. Our food is the energy keeping our children going so they can learn, grow, develop and play with the right fuel inside them. We would like to offer everyone the chance to try our menu and for everyone to eat together.


Our chef, Mr Paul Varney, is fully qualified with over 20 year's experience, working in restaurants, at QMC hospital and for Derby University hospitality team. He was the driving force behind the plot to plate initiative with a National Trust setting, which worked with families to grow, harvest and cook with seasonal produce. As a father of a young daughter he knows only too well about the importance of a healthy diet.


We believe that mealtime is an important part of a child's social development.  All meals are served as family style dining with children eating in small groups with their peers.  

Central and Ashgate Nurseries are nut free schools


Served between 7.30 and 9.00 to all children attending our dawn sessions.

Breakfast is prepared in house and children can choose from a range of

  • Cereals
  • Porridge
  • Toast with a choice of spreads
  • Fresh fruit


Lunch is served between 11.30 and 1.00 in our dining area.

Current lunch menu is available below or in school, please ask at the office.

We try to stick to our menu as much as possible, however, we sometimes have to change things depending on availability of foods and stock levels in school.


Tea is prepared in house and served to all children staying after 4.00.

Staff prepare food with the children and meals are eaten in family style dining.



Snack is available throughout the sessions.

We offer a range of healthy snacks including the following

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables are always available.
  • Toast
  • Crackers
  • Rice cakes
  • Breadsticks


Children often bake and cook during the sessions and will eat what they have made for snack

  • Stir fry
  • Soup made with fresh vegetables from our garden
  • Eggs from our chickens
  • Homemade biscuits
  • plus lots more!


We ask for a small contribution per session towards snack and baking


Milk or water is available to drink throughout the session.

For current prices please see our session times and charges leaflet.  Follow the link below.
Please see our Policies page for the latest Charging Policy
New baby room opening in September. Please get in touch to find out more and book a place.