You can apply online for a place in a community school nursery class from 1 September until the closing date.  

This section is about applying for 15 hours a week of free childcare ("universal entitlement") at a school nursery. You may also want to look at preschools, day nurseries or childminders: Find a childcare provider.


When to apply and important dates

Children born between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017

Late applications will not be considered until all on time applications have been processed and outcomes issued on 10 May 2019.

Children can usually start in nursery class from the start of the school term after their third birthday. You can work out the earliest date your child will be eligible to start from the table below.

Date of birth Eligible from
1 April 2016 - 31 August 2016September 2019
1 September 2016 - 31 December 2016January 2020
1 January 2017 - 31 March 2017April 2020

The closing date for applications to these intakes is 28 February 2019. Applications after this date will not be considered until all on-time allocations have been made in May 2019. Please ensure that your application has been submitted by 28 February 2019.

The key dates for the nursery class 2019/20 admissions process can be found in the following table.

Date Activity
September 2018 to March 2019 Parents can contact primary schools to arrange visits.
28 February 2019 Closing date for receipt of online applications. Paper application forms must have been returned to your first preference school.
April to May 2019 Applications are ranked according to admissions criteria.
10 May 2019Offer day. Parents will be notified of the outcome of their application.
June 2019 Second round of offers issued.

Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 March 2016

The application process for these nursery class 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.

Date of birthEligible from
1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015September 2018
1 September 2015 - 31 December 2015January 2019
1 January 2016 - 31 March 2016April 2019

For more information on which schools may have places please see our Nursery Vacancy Checker.

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.

For children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 you will also need to submit a Starting Reception 2019 application. Further details on this application process are available on the Starting Reception page

Children born between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018

The application process for these places will begin on 1 September 2019.

The information on how to apply for a nursery place will be available on our website from September 2019.

Date of birthEligible from
1 April 2017 - 31 August 2017September 2020
1 September 2017 - 31 December 2017January 2021
1 January 2018 - 31 March 2018April 2021

Contact us

School Admissions Team
Civic Centre