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Apply for a school nursery place

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 birthEligible 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 is 28 February 2021. Applications after this date will not be considered until all on-time allocations have been made in May 2021.

Please ensure that your application has been submitted by 28 February 2021. Late applications will not be considered until all on time applications have been processed and outcomes issued in May 2021. 

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. 

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 birthEligible 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