Admission to maintained nursery schools and nursery classes

The Local Authority (LA) directly maintains one nursery school and 27 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 visit 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 contact the visit

How to apply for a place at a Maintained Nursery for September 2020

For admissions to Nursery School/Nursery Classes for September 2020 applications will be considered first from parents of children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017.

To apply for a place at a maintained nursery for September 2020 you must complete an application form. You can The application forms will be available from the preferred schools from January 2020 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.