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Applying for a place at a school nursery

Child's drawing of a school bus

To register interest at a Merton community school, please contact a school when your child is between 12 and 18 months old and give them details of your child's name, address and date of birth. The school will then send you an application pack at the appropriate time based on your child's date of birth.

If you are applying for any of the Voluntary Aided (Church affiliated) school nurseries you must contact these directly to get their application form. You can apply for places at these schools and also apply for a Merton community nursery class.

Children born between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012

If your child was born between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012 please register with a local Merton community primary school and an application pack will be sent to you. Online applications cannot be made until the next round of allocations starts on 1 September 2014.

The Starting Nursery School 2014/15 booklet (1.2MB) contains all the information you need to make an application.

1 April 2011 - 31 August 2011 Starts Nursery from September 2014
1 September 2011 - 31 December 2011 Starts Nursery from January 2015
1 January 2012 - 31 March 2012 Starts Nursery from April 2015

The closing date for applications to these intakes was 15 January 2014 and any new application received will be considered after all ontime offers have been made.

Children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 March 2011

1 September 2009- 31 August 2010 This child could already be attending a Nursery.*
1 September 2010 - 31 December 2010 Starts Nursery from January 2014
1 January 2011 - 31 March 2011 Starts Nursery from April 2014

* children born between 1 September 2009 - 31 August 2010 must make an application to start Reception from 2014 in addition to any Nursery application. Please see

If you require a nursery place for a child who is already of nursery age, you can request a copy of the application form from your nearest community school. Alternatively you can come to the Civic Centre in Morden to complete your application. You can also download the Starting Nursery Application Form (0.3MB) from this website.

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

For details of possible vacancies, please see the Nursery Vacancy Checker (60kB)

If your child is due to start January 2014 or April 2014 but you would like them to start Nursery from September 2014, please use a paper Starting Nursery 2014/15form.

Alternative childcare options

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

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Contact us

School Admissions Team
Civic Centre


This page was last updated on Friday 4 April 2014