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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.

Children born between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015

The application process for these places begins on 1 September 2016. You can apply online for a place at a Merton community nursery. Simply click on the logo below to be taken to the online admissions website.

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 information you need regarding the application process will appear on the website shortly.

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 15 January 2017. 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 2017.

Important dates

The key dates for the Nursery 2017/18 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 2016 Parents can contact primary schools to arrange visits.
15 January 2017 Closing date for receipt of online applications. Common Application Forms should be returned to your first preference school.
9 February 2017 Closing date for applications from people moving into the borough, or changing address after 15 January 2017.
March to April Applications are ranked according to admissions criteria.
12 May 2017 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 12 May.
26 May 2017 Date by which reply slips must be returned.

Children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 March 2014

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 2012 - 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

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 2016 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 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

Children born between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016

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 from September 2018
1 September 2015 - 31 December 2015 Starts Nursery from January 2019
1 January 2016 - 31 March 2016 Starts Nursery from April 2019

Alternative childcare options

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

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School Admissions Team
Civic Centre


This page was last updated on Wednesday 17 August 2016

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