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Nursery 2021/22 allocations

All on-time applicants will receive an outcome after 14 May 2021 - schools will send offer letters to successful applicants and School Admissions will send emails to applicants who could not be offered a preferred school. Emails will be sent to online applicants from 5pm on 14 May 2021.

Please read your email or letter carefully to find out how to proceed.

Wating list information can be found on the waiting list page.


This booklet summarises the information on our website.

Applying for a place in a Merton community school nursery class

Making a Nursery applicaion

Children can start Nursery the term that starts after their third birthday. For some children this means that they could spend five terms in Nursery until they start Reception and for others it is a maximum of three.

All children born 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 should make their applications before the closing date 28 February 2021. If your child's date of birth fall outside this range, please see the relevant section below for further information.

Not all schools will admit children in January or April as priority is given to those who can attend from September. This ensures that more children have the opportunity to attend for three terms and only offering up to five terms where there are vacancies.

As well as ensuring the maximum number of families can have their full three terms in a nursery setting, this provides a more settled learning environment with less movement between schools and less disruption caused by new joiners in January.

When to apply and important dates

Children born between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

Date of birth Eligible from
1 April 2018 - 31 August 2018September 2021
1 September 2018 - 31 December 2018January 2022
1 January 2019 - 31 March 2019April 2022

The closing date for applications to these intakes was 28 February 2021. Applications are now considered late and will be processed after the second round of allocations.

Please see the section of our website How to apply for further information and a link to the online application portal.

The key dates for Nursery 2021/22 admissions process can be found in the following table. 

Date Activity
September 2020 to February 2021  Parents can contact primary schools for further information about tours and open events.
28 February 2021 Closing date for receipt of online applications. Paper application forms must have been returned to your first preference school.
April to May 2021 Applications are ranked according to admissions criteria.
14 May 2021Offer day. Parents will be notified of the outcome of their application.
Mid June 2021Second round of offers issued.

Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 March 2018

Date of birth    Eligible from
1 September 2016 - 31 August 2017September 2020 or before
1 September 2017 - 31 December 2017January 2021
1 January 2018 - 31 March 2018April 2021

The application process for these nursery class places has already been completed, however, you can still submit a late application.

Please complete an In Year Nursery form and return it to School Admissions at Merton Civic Centre.

You can download the form and return via email or post:

In Year Nursery application form

If you are not able to print or access the In Year Nursery form, please contact School Admissions and we can arrange for one to be posted to you. It is not currently possible to make an In-Year Nursery application online.

For more information on which schools may have places please see our Vacancy page

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

Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 you will also need to submit a Starting Reception 2021 application. Further details on this application process are available on the Starting Reception page

Children born between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020

The application process for these places will begin on 1 September 2021 with children due to start from September 2022.

The information on how to apply for a nursery place will be available on our website from September 2021.

Date of birth Eligible from
1 April 2019 - 31 August 2019September 2022
1 September 2019 - 31 December 2019January 2023
1 January 2020 - 31 March 2020April 2023

Contact us

School Admissions Team
Civic Centre