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Applying for a place at a school nursery

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This information is for parents wishing to apply for a place at a community school nursery in Merton.

If you are applying for a place at any of the Voluntary Aided (Church affiliated) school nurseries, or a place at one of the primary Academies (Benedict or Harris Primary Academy Merton) you must contact the school directly to get their application form.

You can apply for places at these schools and also apply for a place in a Merton community nursery class.

Nursery Offer Day - 6 May 2016

Offers for Nursery children will be issued by schools on 6 May 2016. Parents who applied online will also be able to view the outcome of their application via their online account from the evening of 6 May 2016.

Parents who applied online cannot use the online system to accept or decline their place - all updates must be provided to the school that is offering a place.

Parents should respond to the letter they receive within two weeks (i.e. by 20 May). Acceptances/declines must go back to the relevant school.

If it is not possible to offer a place at one of the schools you have applied for, you will be sent a letter on 6 May confirming this. The letter will provide you with details of alternative schools that may have places available.

Right of appeal

There is no right of appeal for nursery applications as nursery education is not statutory.

Second round of offers

A second round of nursery offers will be run mid to late June.

Waiting lists

Waiting list information will be available after the second round of offers has been completed.

Children born between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014

The application process for these places began on 1 September 2015. The online admissions site is now closed as the deadline for submitting an on time application has passed. You can still submit a late application by completing a paper nursery application form.

Apply online at the e-Admissions website

Please see the attached completing an online application leaflet if you require any assistance completing your online application.

The Starting Nursery 2016/2017 booklet contains all of the information you need regarding the application process.

1 April 2013 - 31 August 2013 Starts Nursery from September 2016
1 September 2013 - 31 December 2013 Starts Nursery from January 2017
1 January 2014 - 31 March 2014 Starts Nursery from April 2017

The closing date for applications to these intakes is 15 January 2016. Applications will be accepted after this date but may not be considered until all on time allocations have been made. In order to maximise your chances of being offered a place at one of your preferred schools, please ensure that your application has been submitted by 15 January 2016.

Important dates

The key dates for the Nursery 2016/17 process can be found in the following table. Please ensure that you meet the date for submitting your online application. Submitting a late application could seriously jeopardise your chances of being offered a place at one of your preferred community school nurseries.

Date Activity
September to December 2015 Parents can contact primary schools to arrange visits.
15 January 2016 Closing date for receipt of online applications. Common Application Forms should be returned to your first preference school.
11 February 2016 Closing date for applications from people moving into the borough, or changing address after 15 January 2016.
March to April Applications are ranked according to admissions criteria.
6 May 2016 Offer day, letters are posted to applicants. Parents who applied online will be able to view the outcome of their application from the evening of 6 May.
20 May 2016 Date by which reply slips must be returned.

Children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 March 2013

The application process for nursery places has already been completed however you can still submit a late application. Please complete the In Year Nursery application form and return it to School Admissions at Merton Civic Centre.

1 September 2011 - 31 August 2012 Starts Nursery from September 2015
1 September 2012 - 31 December 2012 Starts Nursery from January 2016
1 January 2013 - 31 March 2013 Starts Nursery from April 2016

Please be aware that nursery availability in many schools is limited. For more information on which schools may have places please see our Nursery Vacancy Checker. When deciding on a nursery, we recommend that parents consider whether they are likely to be offered a place at the school in Reception. Attendance at a nursery is not considered when Reception applications are being processed. More information on how Reception places were allocated for September 2015 can be found on the Starting Reception page.

If you have recently moved into the country, you will need to come to the Civic Centre to complete your application, as we will need to see yours and your child’s passports.

For children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 you will also need to submit a Starting Reception 2016 application. Further details on this application process are available on the Starting Reception page

Children born between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015

The application process for these places will begin on 1 September 2016.

The Starting Nursery School 2017/18 booklet will be available from September 2016. This booklet will contain all of the information you need regarding the application process.

1 April 2014 - 31 August 2014 Starts Nursery from September 2017
1 September 2014 - 31 December 2014 Starts Nursery from January 2018
1 January 2015 - 31 March 2015 Starts Nursery from April 2018

Alternative childcare options

If you want to consider alternative pre-school childcare or nursery provision, please visit:

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School Admissions Team
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This page was last updated on Thursday 5 May 2016

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