School Admissions - Applying for a nursery place

All 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for up to 15 hours a week of free nursery provision from the term after their 3rd birthday and some children may be entitled to an additional 15 hours of full nursery education (where parents are eligible - find out more from the Children and Families Information Service).  This is based on children attending nursery for 38 weeks of the year for 5 x 3 hour sessions per week, either every morning or every afternoon, although other flexible options may be available.  Various 'settings' provide nursery education where parents can access this free entitlement, including:

  • nursery classes in 'maintained' infant and primary schools
  • maintained nursery schools
  • pre-school playgroups
  • private nurseries
  • academies which are registered to provide nursery education.

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Children born between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2020 can receive their free 15 hours a week from April 2023.

Children born between 1 April 2020 and 31 August 2020 can receive their free 15 hours a week from September 2023.

Children born between 1 September 2020 and 31 December 2020 can receive their free 15 hours a week from January 2024.

Some 2 year old children are also entitled to free places.  Contact the Children and Families Information Service for more information:

Telephone: 03457 125 737 or at: Children and Families Information Service

30 Hour Free Childcare

 Title  Date  Size
5/09/2022 167k

For community and voluntary controlled nurseries: 

Entry dateClosing date for applications
April 202313 January 2023
September 202324 March 2023
January 202422 September 2023

For academies, voluntary aided and foundation schools:
Check with the individual school for the closing date.

Before you apply for a nursery place, please make sure that you have read through the important information leaflet above that includes the admissions policy for community and voluntary controlled nurseries.

Download the application form and return it to your preferred school.

If you are unable to download an application form, please contact the School Admissions and Appeals Team and we will post one to you:

Email: - application forms only

For all nursery or eligibility code queries, please contact the Children and Families Information Service

Telephone: 03457 125 737

Attendance in a nursery class does not guarantee a place in the reception group at the school.  It is not a factor in allocating places at community and voluntary controlled schools and many other schools.

 Title  Date  Size
5/09/2022 63k
4/10/2021 211k

Find a Childcare provider.

Please contact the nursery you are interested in for information about their establishment and applying for a place with them.