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Applying for a place at a school nursery

Child's drawing of a school bus

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, a place at one of the primary Academies (Benedict or Harris Primary Academy Merton), or a place at the new Free School (Park Community School) you must contact these 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 September 2010 and 31 March 2012

The application process for nursery places has already been completed however you can still submit a late application. Please complete the Starting Nursery School 2014/15 application form (0.1MB) and return it to either your first preference school or to School Admissions at Merton Civic Centre.

1 September 2010 - 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

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 (48kB):

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 2010 and 31 August 2011 you will also need to submit a Starting Reception 2015 application. Further details on this application process are available here.

Children born between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013

The application process for these places will begin on 1 September 2014. You will be able to 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 (60kB) if you require any assistance completing your online application.

The Starting Nursery School 2015/16 booklet will be available in the Autumn term. This booklet will contain all of the information you need regarding the application process. If you require a paper copy of the booklet, this can be requested from either your nearest Merton community school or from Merton Civic Centre.

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 is 15 January 2015 . 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 2015.

Children born between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014

The application process for these places will begin on 1 September 2015.

The Starting Nursery School 2016/17 booklet will be available from September 2015. This booklet will contain 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

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

Phone: 020 8274 4906


This page was last updated on Thursday 14 August 2014