Admission to maintained nursery school /Nursery classes

We maintain one nursery school and 28 nursery classes attached to a variety of primary schools. Children usually attend a maintained nursery for 12 months (three terms) the year before they start reception class. Places are usually offered as five morning or five afternoon sessions per week (15 hours a week) or 30 hours for children aged 3-4 years. While places usually run from September, maintained nurseries admit children throughout the year if they have places available.

We also offer grants to provide free nursery places in pre-schools and nurseries operated by voluntary or private groups. Visit for more information and guidance on the type of nursery place to best suit your child’s needs.

How to apply for a place at a maintained nursery for September 2024

To apply for a place at a maintained nursery for September 2024 you must complete an application form. The forms will be available from schools from February 2024, or you can download an application form. Send the completed forms to your first-choice school.

Before completing the form read the nursery education - information booklet for parents.

Applications for nursery school/nursery classes for September 2024 from children born between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021 will be reviewed first.

To apply for a place at a nursery school/nursery class at any other time of the year please contact the school direct.


20 February 2024