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Applying for a place at a school nursery

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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 2012 and 31 March 2013

Please register an interest with a local community school. Application packs will be sent out in September and online applications will be accepted from September 2014 through eAdmissions

The Starting Nursery School 2015/16 booklet will be available in the Autumn term.

1 April 2012 - 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

The closing date for applications to these intakes is15 January 2015 . Applications will be accepted after this date but may not be considered until all on time allocations have been made.

Children born between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012

If your child was born between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012 you can make an application for your child to start Nursery as below:

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

You can still make an application, and details of places currently available can be found on our Nursery Vacancy Checker: (48kB)

Online applications can no longer be made, forms are available from Merton Civic Centre and from Community School Nurseries. Alternatively, you can download and print the Starting Nursery 2014/15 form (0.1MB).

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.

Children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 March 2011

1 September 2009- 31 August 2010 We are no longer accepting Nursery applications for this age group as they will start Reception from September 2014 -.Please see www.merton.gov.uk/primaryplace for further information about Reception applications.
1 September 2010 - 31 December 2010 We are currently accepting applications for September 2014, please see above advice for children born between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012
1 January 2011 - 31 March 2011 We are currently accepting applications for September 2014, please see above advice for children born between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012

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
Morden
SM4 5DX

Email: admissions@merton.gov.uk

This page was last updated on Tuesday 1 July 2014