How to register for a school nursery place
You can register for a school nursery place at any time, but we suggest you do it as soon as you can as most allocations are based on the date of registration.
Your child can start nursery in the school year that they turn four. If their birthday is before 1 September, they can start in September of the year they turn three years old. If they turn three after 1 September, they can start nursery the following school year.
To register, download and complete the form below and send it to the school where you want a nursery place. You can list more than one nursery.
Only complete one form and return it to your first choice of school by post, email or in person.
Download registration of interest in a nursery place (size 153kb)
Where you can register
There is no catchment area priority for nursery places, so you can apply to any school. However, if your catchment primary school has a nursery, it makes sense to apply there so that your child doesn’t have to move to a different primary school when they start in reception.
If your child gets a nursery place at a certain school, it doesn’t guarantee or give them priority for a place in that school's reception class.
List of primary schools
The allocation process
In the January before your child is due to start nursery, you’ll receive an application form. You must complete it and return it to the school. Your information will be sent to the Education Department who allocate nursery places. The allocation process usually takes place in February.
How school nursery places are allocated
If nursery schools are oversubscribed, we allocate nursery places by taking individual children’s needs into account, based on the following criteria:
- children suspected of being at risk
- children with social, educational, physical or emotional needs (eg medical conditions, disability or health needs)
- children from families with particular needs (eg brothers or sisters with special needs, multiple births, parental illness, night shift workers)
- children with brothers and sisters at the school
- time between date of birth and date of application
The nursery induction process
Once your child is given a nursery place, you will be offered a home visit as part of the induction process. This is a chance for you and your child to the meet the nursery teacher or officer.
We will also invite you and your child to visit the nursery before the school year starts, so that you can see the nursery and build relationships with the nursery staff.
Applying for additional hours
You can buy hours or apply for free hours using the online form below.
Apply for additional hours
Additional hours nursery policy
The policy below explains the process for applying for free additional hours and includes the criteria used.
Download Additional Hours for a Child in a States Nursery Policy (size 321kb)