- Nurseries and pre-schools near Hatley
- Primary and secondary schools
- Later on – Connexions
Nurseries and pre-schools
All three and four year olds are entitled to 12½ hours of free early years’ education a week, for 38 weeks a year, with a 'registered provider' such as a school, nursery or playgroup, regardless of income or circumstances.
Information of all aspects of pre-school education can be found from: the preschool learning section of the Direct.gov.uk website, the SchoolsFinder Direct website or the ChildcareLink website.
More local information is available from the Children's Information Services:
Families and childcare information service website
Tel 01480 878 674
Family and Youth Information Service (FYIS) website
Tel 0300 300 8119
Hertfordshire's children's services website
Tel 0300 123 4043
Montessori schools website
Tel 020 7493 8300
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Nurseries and pre-schools near to Hatley
Children's Montessori Nursery
Next to 24 Green End, Gamlingay, SG19 3LB
Tel 01767 650645 and 07714 821940
Gamlingay Rainbow Pre-School
Green End, Gamlingay, SG19 3LF
Tel 01767 652157
Website – www.gamlingayrainbow.co.uk/index.htm
W.I. Hall, Waresley Road, Gamlingay, SG19 3EH
Tel 07703 770676
Wendy House Day Nursery and Pre-School
Manor Farm, Shingay-cum-Wendy, SG8 0HW
Tel 01223 208869
Greenfields Day Nursery
Caxton Road, Great Gransden, SG19 3BH
Tel 01767 679118
Great Gransden Extended Day Playgroup
The Sportsfield, Caxton Road, Great Gransden, SG19 3BG
Tel 01767 677040
Website – www.greatgransdenplaygroup.org
Mother Goose Pre-school
Wimpole Village Hall, Cambridge Road, Wimpole, SG8 5QB
Tel 01223 208527
For children with special needs
SPIN is a support group run by and for parents of children with special, educational, medical or social needs.
The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 10 am in each others’ houses (usually in Gamlingay) for coffee and a chat.
We are able to offer support in completing DLA (Disability Living Allowance) forms and in accessing help from other agencies.
Our regular members have a wealth of experience gleaned from their own children. We always welcome regular members or casual visitors.
Contact Bridget at:
Lifespan, 58 Stocks Lane, Gamlingay, SG19 3JR
Tel 01767 650510 or 01767 650595
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Primary and secondary schools
Hatley falls within the catchment area of Gamlingay First School. Children can start their education there at the beginning of the school year in which they turn five. Children then transfer to Gamlingay Village College aged eight and to Stratton Upper in Biggleswade or Sandy Upper in Sandy at the age of 13. This is the Bedfordshire three tier system. See also the Bedfordshire Schools' website.
Parents who prefer the Cambridgeshire two tier system can apply (through the Admissions Office in Cambridge) for places in schools such as Barnabas Oley Primary School in Great Gransden, Petersfield CE Primary School in Orwell or Bassingbourn Community Primary School.
Children can start at these schools at the beginning of the school year in which they turn five. However, these schools are often over subscribed, making it difficult to gain a place and parents may therefore have to go through Cambridgeshire County Council's appeals process.
From the primary schools, children transfer into the Cambridgeshire secondary system of village colleges. Details are in the Cambridgeshire County Council Education and learning website.
Websites for primary and secondary schools
- Gamlingay First School
- Gamlingay Village College
- Barnabas Oley Primary School
- Petersfield CE Aided Primary School
- Bassingbourn Community Primary School
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Later on – Connexions
The national Connexions service offers careers advice, guidance and information for 13 to 19 year olds. Its advisers are trained to give support over the phone or direct you to the support available locally – it is available from 8am to 2am every day and can be contacted free on 080 800 13219.
Our local Connexions recently changed its name from Purple Pigeon to Youthoria.
There are bases in several libraries (see below), offering individual careers advice, guidance and information to people of all ages and from all backgrounds. This includes help with choosing courses, training opportunities, work experience, special needs, CV preparation, job search, interview techniques and a job vacancy service for 16 to 19 year olds.
Freephone 080 800 13219
Website – national www.connexions-direct.com
Website – local (Youthoria) www.youthoria.org
Local Connexions Centres are available in these libraries:
Cambridge Central Library
7 Lion Yard
Open Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Tel 01223 728500
20 St Benedict's Court
Open Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.
Tel 01480 376800
St Neots Library
Open Monday to Friday, 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
Tel 01480 376013
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