Quick Facts

  • Usually children will start school between the age of 4 and 5 years old. Nursery, childminders and pre-school are usually used before this time.
  • In the UK the local County Council is responsible for the regulation of local schools and childcare providers.
  • The school your child attends is decided by their age and the geographical area in which you are living. For this reason, it is not usually possible to apply for a school place until you are certain of where you will live.


The Family Information Service is able to advise you on child-care and registered facilities. They also maintain lists of registered child minders. For further information please visit their website.

Here is a list of Nurseries that may be of interest to you when you start your studies at Cranfield University.


On campus:

Cherry Trees Workplace Nursery (operated by Childbase)

  • Full or part-time places for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years.
  • Ranked ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2013.

Off campus:

Wellies Day Nursery, North Crawley

  • Full or part-time place for children aged 0 - 5 years old.
  • Open 7.45 a.m. to 6.15 p.m.
  • 4 miles from Cranfield campus.

To contact Wellies Day Nursey call them on:

Tel: +44 (0) 1234 391600.  

Broughton Manor Nursery, Walton

  • Ages: 2 months to 7 years.
  • 6 miles from Cranfield campus.

To contact Broughton Manor Nursey call them on:
Tel: +44 (0) 1908 678403.

Fordfield Nursery, Fordfield Road, Millbrook, Beds

  • Full-time or part-time places for children aged 6 months to 5 years.
  • 8 miles from Cranfield campus.

To contact Fordfield Nursey call them on:

Tel: +44 (0) 1525 405524


On campus

Cranfield University Pre-School, Sports and Amenities Centre, Prince Philip Avenue  

  • Places available for children aged 2 years 9 months to 5 years.
  • Open mornings during school terms from 8:50 am to 12:00pm.

To contact Cranfield University Pre-School call: 


Mrs Jane Dunn (Leader)

Tel: +44 (0) 1234 750111 ext. 3603


Off campus

Acorn Pre-School, Cranfield United Football Club, Crawley Road, Cranfield

  • Open during term time. 
  • Places for children aged 2 ½-5 years.

To contact Acorn Pre-School call:

Tel: + (0) 1234 751444.  


The Schools Admissions Service oversees the admissions process for children enrolling into schools. International students are advised that the admissions process cannot commence until you and your family have arrived in the UK. 

For further information on enrolling your children in school, please contact the Schools Admissions Service.

Cranfield Church of England Academy

  • Children aged 4 - 9 years

Court Road, Cranfield, MK43 0ER
Tel: + (0)1234 750261

Holywell Middle School

  • Children aged 9 – 13 years

Red Lion Close, Cranfield, MK43 0JA
Tel: +44 (0) 1234 750381

Wootton Upper School

  • Children aged 13 – 19 years.

Hall End Road, Wootton, Bedford, MK43 9HT
Tel. +44 (0) 1234 767123