Admission to Maintained Nursery School /Nursery Classes

The Local Authority (LA) directly maintains one nursery school and 28 nursery classes attached to a variety of primary schools within the Authority.

Children usually attend a maintained nursery for 12 months (three terms) prior to the year in which they start Reception Class. A ‘place’ is usually offered as five morning or five afternoon sessions per week (15 hours a week). However, maintained nurseries admit children in subsequent terms, if they have places available.

As well as nursery places in schools the LA also offers grants to provide free nursery places in pre-schools and nurseries operated by voluntary or private groups. Please see childcare section for more information on these types of nurseries.

For advice and guidance on the type of nursery place to best suit your child’s needs please visit

How to apply for a place at a Maintained Nursery for September 2021

For admissions to Nursery School/Nursery Classes for September 2021 applications will be considered first from parents of children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018.

To apply for a place at a maintained nursery for September 2021 you must complete an application form. The application forms will be available from the preferred schools from January 2021 or alternatively you will be able to download a copy from this webpage. Completed forms should be returned to the first preference school.

Before completing the application form, all parents are advised to read the Nursery Education - information booklet for parents.

To apply for a place at a Nursery School/ Nursery Class at any other time of the year please contact the school direct.