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All children in Merton who are 3 and 4 years old are entitled to up to 15 hours a week of free early education. Places can be taken up in school nursery classes or with approved day nurseries, preschools, childminders or independent schools.
This section is for parents wishing to apply for a place in a primary school nursery class in Merton.
You can apply online for a place in a Merton community school nursery class for a child born between these dates from 1 September 2016. You must submit your application by 31 March 2017. Simply click on the logo below to be taken to the online admissions website.
See the completing an online application leaflet if you require any assistance completing your online application.
Children can usually start in nursery class from the start of the school term after their third birthday. You can work out the earliest date your child will be eligible to start from the table below.
|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|
The closing date for applications to these intakes is 31 March 2017. Applications after this date will not be considered until all on-time allocations have been made in May 2017. Please ensure that your application has been submitted by 31 March 2017.
The key dates for the nursery class 2017/18 admissions process can be found in the following table.
|September 2016 to March 2017||Parents can contact primary schools to arrange visits.|
|31 March 2017||Closing date for receipt of online applications. Paper application forms must have been returned to your first preference school.|
|April to May 2017||Applications are ranked according to admissions criteria.|
|12 May 2017||Offer day. Parents will be notified of the outcome of their application.|
|June 2017||Second round of offers issued.|
The application process for these nursery class 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 2012 - 31 August 2013||Starts nursery class from September 2016|
|1 September 2013 - 31 December 2013||Starts nursery class from January 2017|
|1 January 2014 - 31 March 2014||Starts nursery class from April 2017|
For more information on which schools may have places please see our Nursery Vacancy Checker.
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 2012 and 31 August 2013 you will also need to submit a Starting Reception 2017 application. Further details on this application process are available on the Starting Reception page
The application process for these places will begin on 1 September 2017.
The information on how to apply for a nursery place will be available on our website from September 2017.
|1 April 2015 - 31 August 2015||Starts nursery class from September 2018|
|1 September 2015 - 31 December 2015||Starts nursery class from January 2019|
|1 January 2016 - 31 March 2016||Starts nursery class from April 2019|
If you want to consider alternative early education and childcare provision, please visit:
School Admissions Team
This page was last updated on Wednesday 28 September 2016